Our Picks from the PSN ‘Essential Picks’ Sale
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Our Picks from the PSN ‘Essential Picks’ Sale

After releasing an incredible PS Plus lineup, Sony have once again persisted with their weekly sale, this time opting for “Essential Picks.” There is a wide array of games on offer here as expected, with a lot of massive landmark titles, as well as some other oddities you may want to check out. Here are our top five picks for this week.

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission (VR Title) – Was £34.99, Now £12.94

With the announcement of the second iteration of the PlayStation Virtual Reality headset being finally confirmed by Sony last week, there is plenty to get excited about in the future. However, that doesn’t mean you should hold out and not go through the incredible back catalogue from the past few years for the first PSVR. Those who opted to play the pack-in title with the PS5, Astro’s Playroom, will be joyous to know that Astro has his own standalone VR title, and it ranks as one of the best I have played. 3D platformer may not sound like a genre that fits the bill for VR, yet Astro Bot: Rescue Mission has been compared to the revolutionary steps Super Mario 64 took back in the day, and for good reasons. It is a game that fully understands the benefits of VR, transporting you to stunning worlds, from beautiful sand coated beaches to dark and icky caves, all the while utilizing incredible platforming that will leave a smile on your face from end to end. If you own a PSVR, this a must-buy.

A Way Out – Was £24,99, Now £8.24

With the developer’s next title It Takes Two releasing later this month, now is the perfect time to check out their previous prison break title, A Way Out. An exclusively co-op title, A Way Out is arguably one of the best co-op titles out there, existing as a rare experience in which both players will have a unique blast through the few hours it takes to beat. It is a game that plays with the idea of co-op gaming so well—as soon as you click with it, you will be clambering for more games to embrace this style of gameplay. Better yet, if you have a friend who is willing to play the title with you, they can access the title completely free thanks to the friend pass, which is pretty insane for an EA game. So grab a friend, cut the cost, and have an absolute blast.

Persona 5 – Was £49.99, Now £7.49

While it may be slightly off putting while Persona 5 Royal is out in the wild, if you aren’t willing to wait for a sale as steep as this, then now is the time to dive into one of the most incredible games of the last decade. Filled to the brim with style, passion, and a kickass soundtrack, Persona 5 is a game that—once it enters you head—is never going to leave. Balancing your social life as you hang out with friends, all the while maintaining a solid footing in your school work, while also infiltrating the hearts of corrupt individuals to try and change their ways makes for a lengthy but never dull experience. The daunting length may be enough to push many away, but I encourage those who have a fleeting interest in the series to finally take the plunge and lose themselves in the world of Persona 5.

Monopoly Plus – Was £11.99, Now £5.99

Not sure what to really say here—it’s Monopoly and it is on the PS4. If you can get a group of friends to pick this up, then be ready for games averaging over two hours in length to break friendships, cause arguments, and, of course, end up being a total ball. The tragic thing here is that in the past few games I have experienced game-breaking crashes that forced our intense rounds to be cut short with no winner decided. Even with that said, the crashes are worth the experience of the living Monopoly board alone, with the title existing as a great place to sit back and catch up with some friends for a while.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster – Was £24.99, Now £12.49

I will level with you here, Final Fantasy X is my number one favourite game of all time, and has been for nearly two decades now, so this recommendation is steeped in bias—but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider it. As the first PS2 title in the Final Fantasy series, the tenth entry brought enhanced graphical fidelity along with the inclusion of an expansive, fully voice-acted cast. The remaster—which first released in 2013 for the PS3 and Vita—has seen so many ports that you are really spoiled for choice in which device you play it on (or you are like me and own seven copies of the game because reasons), but the PS4 version stands as one of the most solid ways to play. Thanks to the improved visuals and increased loading speeds, the PS4 version is a breeze to play and can last you over 150 hours if you get as sucked it into as myself—or an equally solid 30 hours if you are just interested in the main story. Final Fantasy X is enchanting from beginning to end, featuring one the best scores ever created by the legendary Nobuo Uematsu, as well as what is considered to be some of the best gameplay the franchise has had to date, so it is of no shock why this entry ranked as the fan favorite in a poll from Japan’s national broadcasting organization NHK. To cut a long story short, Final Fantasy X is a very special game to me, so if you are a fan of the series and this one passed you by, now is the time to give it a go. Oh, and Final Fantasy X-2 is here too, but that doesn’t really matter.

So there are our picks from the sale! What will you be picking up?

You can find the full list of discounts for this week’s ‘Essential Picks’ sale here.

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