Sony’s revamped PlayStation Plus tier will add more to its Game Catalog offerings on November 15, including The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Special Edition and the entire Kingdom Hearts saga.
PlayStation Plus launched its new tiered service back in June, and Game Catalog access applies to the Extra and Premium levels. November’s update includes 16 new titles available to active subscribers, with a few major RPG and action titles thrown into the mix.
It’s not the fancier Anniversary Edition, but the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition for PlayStation 4 and 5 is one of the bigger titles joining the PlayStation Plus Game Catalog this month. It’s missing some of the new content and graphic updates added in the Anniversary release, but the Skyrim Special Edition is still an improvement on the original.
For those fine with the older upgrade, the IGN 8/10 Skyrim Special Edition review noted: “It still includes many of the original version’s bugs, ugly character models, and weak combat animations, but the memorable world benefits hugely from improved lighting and effects.”
Square Enix and Disney’s RPG series also joins the Game Catalog library with Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, and Kingdom Hearts 3 — that’s a mouthful. Between the collections, that’s nine games from the series in total.
IGN has mostly praised the series, giving the original Kingdom Hearts 1.5 collection an 8.5/10, and the 2.5 Remix followed up with an 8.4/10 review. As for Kingdom Hearts 3, IGN said it’s “a fulfilling evolution and resolution of the franchise that shows it’s still full of heart.”
The Oddworld title is a remake of an older, bizarre ’90s platformer IGN thought had “tons of charm.” Oddworld: Soulstorm – Enhanced Edition brings upgrades to the original experience, including a new game mode, Toby’s Escape, released for both Sony platforms.
The Tom Clancy series will also see additions like Rainbow Six Siege, released in both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint along with The Division 2 join as older titles originally for PlayStation 4 only, but new-gen console owners can still enjoy them on their upgraded hardware.
Finally, space-combat shooter Chorus and time-bending platformer The Gardens Between are being added as PlayStation 4 games, but have their own PlayStation 5 upgrades to boot. PlayStation 4 titles What Remains of Edith Finch, Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain, Earth Defense Force World Brothers, and Onee Chanbara Origin will also hit Game Catalog later this month.
As for the usual PlayStation Plus games added for free every month, November brings Nioh 2, LEGO Harry Potter Collection, and Heavenly Bodies to the rotation. For more information on PlayStation Plus Premium, check out IGN’s review on its backwards compatibility performance and our list of every title available in Game Catalog.
Andrea Shearon is a freelance contributor for IGN covering games and entertainment. She’s worn several hats over her seven-year career in the games industry, with bylines over at Fanbyte, USA Today’s FTW, TheGamer, VG247, and RPG Site. Find her on Twitter (@Maajora) or the Materia Possessions podcast chatting about FFXIV, RPGs, and any series involving giant robots.
Source: IGN Video Games All