Alien invasions infiltrate and crime sprees explode onto PS Now this month, as the PS4 streaming service welcomes 2K’s critically-acclaimed sci-fi strategy XCOM 2 and multiplayer co-op shooter Payday 2.
But that’s not all. You’ll also be able to showcase your action prowess with Capcom’s iconic ninja Strider and dazzle an empire with ace piloting skills in the bullet hell side-scroller, Sine Mora EX. Those who prefer a slower pace, rich storytelling and brain-taxing puzzles need look no further than the fantastical Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Great games that all have great reasons to try them out – and thanks to PS Now you can access them at the touch of a button.
Find out why they’re worth playing, and what other games have joined PS Now this month, below.
Developed by: Firaxis Games
Why you need to play it: Earth is now under alien rule. Rebuild the XCOM council from humanity’s scattered resistance and reclaim our world. With its smart blend of real-time strategy, RPG mechanics and resource management, expect to put some serious time into Firaxis’ acclaimed turn-based tactics gem.
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Developed by: Starbreeze Studios
Why you need to play it: With their father ailing, two brothers set out on a desperate journey to find a cure. During their adventures they have to work together to overcome every obstacle. For you, this means controlling both brothers independently, one per analog stick, leading to some (enjoyable) brain-taxing logistics in this beautiful fantasy tale.
Developed by: Overkill Software
Why you need to play it: Payday 2 captures the high-intensity and thrills of multiple Hollywood cinema heists, and filters them through an equally high-octane multiplayer experience. Though you can play solo, the real satisfaction comes from coordinating a four-person crew in successfully executing (and surviving) a heist. Think you can do better than the big screen criminals? Here’s your chance to prove it.
Sine Mora EX
Developed by: Digital Reality / Grasshopper Manufacture
Why you need to play it: The shoot ’em up’s classic ‘time attack mode’ is retooled to add a fun twist to this genre entry, itself an upgraded version of the 2012 shooter. Down enemies to add seconds to an ever-decreasing clock timer, but be warned: every bit of damage you take speeds the timer up. Nothing like a countdown to add pressure to an already frantic bullet hell ballet.
Developed by: Double Helix Games/ Capcom Osaka Studio
Why you should play it: It’s one of Capcom’s oldest icons returning to the side-scrolling platform genre that made his name – but now its action has been filtered through recent influences to give it a more modern feel. The result is a solid mix of classic attitudes and contemporary design.
Also out this month…
If you’re looking for more family-friendly fare to entertain everyone at home over the holidays, PS Now has a new range of appropriate games joining the service this month. These join the wider catalogue (which includes LEGO Harry Potter, Ratchet & Clank All 4 One and Tearaway Unfolded) already available.
Have fun with physics – and an oversized tongue – as you try to destroy the world, by sharpshooting boulders at targets!
Get the family together to solve numerous co-op puzzles, and help cute super-powered lab animals escape!
Save the world from darkness with quick reactions and perfect aim in this fast-paced and colourful puzzler!
A physics-based puzzler that’s all about slapstick fun with baseballs!
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