The best classic games on PlayStation Plus Premium

One of the benefits of the new PlayStation Plus Premium subscription is access to a range of classic games from PlayStation Vaults. While the PS Plus Classics list is still small, Sony has confirmed that you can expect its retro library to grow over time. For retro gamers who don’t have a PS2, PS3 or PS Vita, this option is the best solution. In addition to the quality-of-life improvements, some games also come with a trophy stand just in case you’ve always wanted to get some retro recognition for your efforts in classic games.

Keep in mind that the library of classics – PS1, PS2 and PSP – is only available to PlayStation Plus Premium subscribers. The classics library at the moment contains mostly PS1 and PS2, with only a few PSP games available for grabs. Streaming games from PS3 to PS Plus also requires a Premium subscription. But basically, if you’re looking for a bit of nostalgia, you should opt for the Premium subscription over the slightly cheaper Extra subscription.

Our list of the best classic games for PlayStation Plus Premium members includes great classic games that will take you back to the era of CRT TVs and wired controllers. But now you can play them with a DualSense wireless controller and on a gorgeous screen. We have excluded remasters of PS4 classics originally released on PS1, PS2, or PSP. This means you won’t find Patapon or Locoroco on this list.

For more deals, you should also check out our list of the best new PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium games to play right now and all the games in the PS Plus Extra and Premium library.

Best Classics on PlayStation Plus Premium


Monkey Escape 1+2

monkey escape

Ape Escape set a new standard for the PlayStation by being the first game to require players to use a DualShock controller. A goofy platformer that used both analog sticks quickly became a hit. As the name suggests, Ape Escape revolves around capturing escaped monkeys using various gadgets. The sequel was released on the PlayStation 2 and added new gadgets and improved graphics. We recommend both Ape Escape games on the service, but you’ll likely get the most out of them by starting with the first one before moving on to the more polished sequel.


black cloud 2

black cloud 2
black cloud 2

What happens when you combine time travel, RPG elements, and at least one power-hungry emperor bent on destroying the world? You get the iconic PS2 RPG Dark Cloud 2, one of the first titles to feature shaded visuals and an impressive amount of flexible gameplay options. The original Dark Cloud is also available on PlayStation Plus. If you have dozens of hours to immerse yourself in long-running role-playing games, start with the first game. We specifically chose Dark Cloud 2 because it removed some of the tedious work inherent in the original.


echochrome

echochrome
echochrome

If you’re looking for an intellectual challenge, Echochrome is worth checking out because of its puzzle collection and sleek, minimalist design that offers a fresh take on puzzles.


Hot golf kicks

Hot golf kicks
Hot golf kicks

This quirky game, the first in the Everyone’s Golf series, may seem simple, but it’s full of fun and challenging scenarios to try today if you love arcade golf games.


Mr Driller

Mr Driller
Mr Driller

Another amazing puzzle game, Mr. Driller is a fast-paced, hectic exploration where you fight against time and the threat of blocks falling on your head, burying you under a mountain of colorful debris.


Jack and Daxter 1-3

Jack and Daxter
Jack and Daxter

Jak and Daxter haven’t gotten a PlayStation resurgence yet, but until that day comes, Naughty Dog duo’s original trilogy of platformers is well worth revisiting. We recommend playing them in order. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy is a traditional action-platformer that tells the story of the origin of unusual heroes. Meanwhile, Jak 2 shakes things up considerably by taking players to a sprawling metropolis. Can be compared to Grand Theft Auto. And Jak 3 introduces bigger war machines and vast wastelands. In short, this trilogy is not to be missed.


Strange World: Abe’s Odyssey

Strange World: Abe's Odyssey
Strange World: Abe’s Odyssey

Follow me! Surprisingly eerie, the first Oddworld was a visual delight centered on peaceful puzzle-solving, telepathic abilities, and exploration of a world where being at the bottom of the food chain could spell grim doom.


red fraction

red fraction
red fraction

As the popularity of first-person shooters began to rise, Red Faction had the ambitious idea to create a world more destructible than the setting of a Michael Bay movie. The history of the Martian uprising was also not bad. Red Faction II is also available for PS Plus Premium subscribers.


Resident Evil: Director’s Cut

Resident Evil: Director's Cut
Resident Evil: Director’s Cut

The game that set a new standard for survival horror when it was first released in 1996, the original Resident Evil is still a chilling and unnerving game of finely crafted zombie horror. Expect this director’s cut to be updated with a set of features that improve upon the original.


rogue galaxy

rogue galaxy
rogue galaxy

When you play as Jaster Rogue, you know you’re in for a fun JRPG. Triple-threat gameplay ahead of its time, dated visuals and an epic story set among the stars, Rogue Gallery is an underrated gem from the PS2 era.


Star Wars: Jedi Hunter

Star Wars Jedi: Starfighter
Star Wars Jedi: Starfighter

Jedi Starfighter is not just another great entry in the library of Star Wars space combat games, but an addition to the formula incorporating Force forces into dogfights in space. Unique gameplay, a large selection of fighters, and repetitive missions helped give Force Return a new meaning.


siphon filter

siphon filter
siphon filter

In the late 90s stealth action gameplay was on the rise and Siphon Filter was one of the best the genre had to offer. Stunning characters, a compelling storyline, and polished gameplay make for a memorable 1999 spy thriller.


tekken 2

tekken 2
tekken 2

Why spend $10,000 on Tekken 2 when you can get it on a more affordable PS Plus subscription instead? It may be decades old, but the first Tekken sequel shows no signs of ring rust in its old-school King of the Iron Fist tournament.


Wild weapons 1 + 3

wild hands
wild hands

Another JRPG series, it’s high time to return to the spotlight, the first three Wild Arms games are available on PS Plus Premium. Whether it’s the original PlayStation game or the third game in the series for PS2, this franchise is worth exploring to see how Wild West action, magical firepower and vibrant visuals have been combined to create an excellent JRPG series. We mostly recommend the first and the excellent third installment of the series as Wild Arms 2 was a disappointment. That said, if you enjoy the first Wild Arms game, you might still want to check out the subsequent entry before jumping into the PS2 era for Wild Arms 3.

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