Today is the first day of PlayStation’s annual Days of Play sale, which includes discounts on over 600 games and DLC packs. If that sounds overwhelming, I don’t blame you. With so many options and so few dollars, where do you direct your attention? Worry not, dear reader: Intern Charles is here to ease your decision paralysis. In no particular order, here are my Top 5 PlayStation games currently on sale.
Ace Attorney Turnabout Collection
If you’ve never played an Ace Attorney game before, the Turnabout Collection is a great entry point, compiling five of the best entries in the series. You play as one of two defense lawyers trying to keep your client out of prison, which include Phoenix Wright in the original trilogy and Ryunosuke Naruhodo in the prequels. The games are extremely text heavy, but I find the story engaging enough to hold my attention pretty easily. With the exception of a case here or there, the Ace Attorney games are remarkably consistent, and this one collection includes dozens of hours of juicy, objection-shouting goodness. (Note: technically, the Turnabout Collection isn’t a part of Days of Play, but it is on sale until June 1. The standalone original trilogy is on sale on the PlayStation Store for the whole duration.)
Batman: Arkham Collection
If the recent Gotham Knights gameplay demo (or Suicide Squad delay) has you hungry for the Batman: Arkham series, look no further. The Batman: Arkham Collection comes with Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, and Arkham Knight: three action-adventure titles that redefined superhero games. The puzzle design, story, and combat systems are some of the best in the biz, and Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamil deliver a series of remarkable performances as Batman and the Joker, respectively. Admittedly, Arkham Knight isn’t as great as the first two, but $9 for Asylum and City alone is a fantastic deal.
Life is Strange: True Colors
I’m a sucker for coming of age stories, and the Life is Strange series is no exception. In True Colors, you play as Alex Chen, a 21-year-old who’s trying to reconnect with her older brother after spending eight years separated by the foster care system. She’s also got a superpower that lets her feel other people’s emotions, so it’s up to her to uncover the dark secrets of a small, Colorado town. It’s a beautiful, queer, choose-your-own adventure game, and the excellent writing is enhanced by some great performances, especially the lead Erika Mori. True Colors can be a little cheesy at times, and the series isn’t for everyone, but I had a great time playing through it with my partner.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
If you read my intro post, you know just how crazy I am about LEGO games. I’ve been a fan since I was five-years-old, playing on the family computer with my younger brother. Sadly, a few years ago the magic started wearing off. As much as I tried to like games like LEGO Batman 3 or LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2, I just felt too old for them. The gameplay was so simple that I found myself joylessly going through the motions. The Skywalker Saga has changed all that. Ship combat, character classes, and dozens of explorable planets have completely revitalized my love for the series. I’m surprised it’s even on sale for Days of Play, considering it just launched last April. For Star Wars fans (especially kids), this is a must-play.
Gang Beasts is a glitchy, chaotic, physics-based fighter that has no story, unintuitive controls, and only four modes, and I love it to death. In fact, it might be my most played game of all time, and it’s certainly one of my favorites. There’s a few reasons for this. Firstly, it’s hilarious. I’m not usually a big fan of physical comedy, but it’s hard not to laugh when a floppy blue guy dropkicks your green guy down a flight of stairs. Secondly, it feels fair in a way most games don’t. For instance, I can’t play Smash Bros. with my brother. He’s just too good. But in Gang Beasts, there’s a certain point where skill becomes irrelevant, and you’re just two dudes flailing around on top of a lighthouse. And because the game never tries to be anything more than that, gameplay is less about the game itself and more about the people you’re playing with. Gang Beasts is fun because goofing around with my brother is fun, and the game is a great way for us to do so. It’s pure, childlike hilarity that I can’t recommend highly enough. (Also available on Game Pass).
Other great games in the Days of Play sale that didn’t quite make the cut: