PlayStation Plus

When Sony announced it was finally combining PlayStation Plus with PlayStation Now (which most of us have been saying they should do for some time now), I was a little skeptical about ponying up for the higher tiers. At the time, there weren’t enough confirmed games to know whether or not to get excited. Heck, there was even a moment there where I was considering cancelling PS Plus outright, since the monthly games haven’t been much to gawk at and I rarely ever play online. The only saving grace is that I need PS Plus if ever I should venture into Half-Glass Gaming’s owner Josh’s Minecraft realm to marvel at his magnum opus build (it really is a wonder, folks).

But with a recent PlayStation Blog post, Sony has finally graced us with information that would’ve been nice to have had a long while ago.

And boy, have the tables started to turn. When I saw that Returnal would be among the PS5 games included in the Extra Tier, I thought, “Well shoot, I was planning on buying that game anyways. Considering it would be cheaper to just sign up for Extra, I guess I’ll go that route.”

But then I stumbled upon the granddaddy of all revelations, one so monumental that I felt the sudden urge to splurge and go all-in on the Premium Tier. That game, of course, is I.Q.: Intelligent Qube.

I.Q.: Intelligent Qube

I.Q.: Intelligent Qube is, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest 3D puzzle games of all time, and it’s a game I recently called for a remaster of (along with six other great older titles). It is, in fact, the only game from the PSOne era I would probably ever care to play again, but it alone is enough to warrant a Premium subscription in my book.

Of course, the blog post also includes this tasty little morsel:

Also, players who have previously purchased the digital version of select games from the original PlayStation and PSP generation will not have to make a separate purchase or sign up to PlayStation Plus to play these titles on PS4 or PS5. When these titles are released for PS4 and PS5, players can head to PlayStation Store and download a version for the consoles at no extra cost if they already own the digital version of the title. Some of the titles will also be available for individual purchase. 

It is the last line that I’m alluding to specifically: “Some of the titles will also be available for individual purchase.” So if I.Q. is one of the titles that can be purchased on its own, I’ll just buy me some I.Q. and call it a day.

This game is very much worth playing, despite being from a rocky era in gaming, and it will be able to see the light of day again and keep on shining.

And just so we are on the same page, here’s some footage of I.Q. Intelligent Qube so you can marvel at its brilliance and rejoice at the fact that justice has prevailed:

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