Top 25 PS4 Games
Consoles have it tough. Whenever a new system comes out, people are expecting a rush of massively awesome titles that overwhelm them, like a baby sea turtle caught in high tide, or a rat in a grocery store. Not sure where those examples came from, but we’ll run with it. The PS4 is glorious and it has glorious games.
The list that is coming is huge, and the games are even bigger. Ladies and gentlemen, hypothetical rat and sea turtle, hold your hats because I’m about to rank the top 25 PS4 games.
Horror is alive and well on the PS4, but it's games like Observer that really show us when the genre can do when put in the right hands. This incredibly unique cyberpunk horror title is set in a future where augmented humans were all but wiped out by a digital plague called the Nanophage.
You play as Daniel Lazarski, an Observer who has the power to jack into people's minds and interrogate them among their worst fears. This game is intense, trippy, and absolutely horrifying in more ways than one. It's a must for horror fans.
When Blizzard makes a game, people pay attention. This company, best known for World of Warcraft and Diablo, decided to try their hand at a competitive online shooter and Overwatch was the result. With a colorful style, a wide range of characters, and polished gameplay, people have really taken to this new title.
As time goes on Blizzard plans to support the game with new content and more story to explain how all these guys, gals, and gorillas got together. If you like games like Team Fortress 2, Overwatch is right up your alley!
23. Titanfall 2
While Call of Duty and Battlefield have often enjoyed the spotlight, Titanfall 2 proved that Respawn entertainment still has it. This sequel combines an excellent story campaign with the already beloved multiplayer combat.
Whether it's the touching story, or the ability to call down your titan from the sky and jump inside, this shooter brings a lot of unique gameplay that you won't find anywhere else on the PS4.
22. FIFA 18
The Fifa series has always been the strongest among the sports games for consoles. Every year it provides the best simulation of soccer (football?) that you can find.
I don't know if it's the graphics, the animation, or everything in between but it works. If you're a soccer fan, this is the game for you. The latest version even includes its own story mode!
21. Gravity Rush 2
Gravity Rush 2 is a surprise hit for the PS4. The original title only just recently had a remaster on the console. The sequel was built from the ground up for the PS4 and boy does it show. With a unique world and story, Gravity Rush 2 is unlike anything else on the system.
Kat's unique gravity shifting powers allow her to fall in any direction and traverse colorful and mysterious environments. It's truly a blast to play and a joy to experience.
Firewatch is a hard game to rate because it has so many amazing elements, but ultimately it leaves you with a hollow feeling because of the way its story leads you in and pulls out the rug in the final act. That being said, in this game you play as a firewatch (what?!) working in the Wyoming wilderness.
Your only point of contact is a woman named Delilah that you communicate with via a two-way radio. The game heavy, but the dialogue and acting are amazing. It's not an action game or a shooter, it's more of a human experience. Overall, it's a game I would recommend to anyone.
19. Tales From the Borderlands
The Borderlands series has always been a quirky and hilarious world for people to enjoy, but the shooter games rarely capture that world as best they can. Luckily, Telltale Games stepped in to fix that.
Doesn't matter if you know a single thing about Borderlands, you're going to love this game. An epic adventure with hilarious characters and amazing writing awaits!
18. The Last Guardian
Fans of both ICO and Shadow of the Colossus waited for this release with bated breath. For a time, it looked like we would never get this title, but it eventually came. Yet another wholly unique title for the PS4, in this game you must work with Trico, a strange creature, to escape ancient ruins and ultimately discover the purpose behind it all.
Trico can be frustrating when he doesn't listen to you, but the amazing A.I behind it all makes it impossible not to form a bond with this amazing creature as you journey through a beautiful and mysterious world.
While Dark Souls and Bloodborne often dominate the hardcore gaming landscape for those who want a stiff challenge, Nioh is an often overlooked option that stands tall amongst the competition. Created by the same team who did Ninja Gaiden, this Japanese hardcore hack and slash pulls no punches.
With punishing difficulty, excellent controls, and beautiful graphics, this is sure to satisfy that Dark Souls itch and possibly become your new preferred option.
16. Diablo III: Ultimate Edition
Diablo has always been a PC thing, but with this release of the console version, a new champion was crowned. Now you can slay demons with up to three friends either on the same console or online.
It’s the ultimate binge game to play cooperatively. The story won’t shock you, but the way that it managed to translate so well to a controller layout will. It’s fun, addicting, beautiful, and a perfect example of how to do a cooperative action game.
15. Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto always shatters records when a new one is released. This one was no different, and when the massive open world game came out, people questioned when it would be on PS4. It was begging for a tuneup on the next generation console, and it eventually came. This incredible game manages to pack everything from heists, to car chases, to flying, golf, tennis, scuba diving, and plenty more into the same world.
On top of this, you can switch between all three characters and must do so during certain missions. It’s one of the most technically advanced and most massive games ever made, but would you really expect any less from Rockstar Games?
14. Wolfenstein: The New Order
Before Call of Duty drove people into endless cycles of multiplayer matches, Wolfenstein began the first-person genre years ago and with this release on PS4, it proves that it’s still got it. This game features a robust campaign with two different timelines that alter events for each playthrough.
The story is deep, engaging, powerful, and full of meaning. It’s also well over twelve hours, so not the short campaigns you’re used to in shooters lately. No, there’s no multiplayer, but the story was fully realized as a result. That’s one scenario I’m perfectly fine with personally.
13. Nier: Automata
The original Nier was one of the most interesting RPGs I've ever played, but I was convinced it would never get a sequel. Nier: Automata is proof that dreams do come true. A winning combination of Yoko Taro's vision and Platinum Game's exquisite gameplay make this one of the finest RPGs on the PS4.
With tons of different endings and the need to play through the game multiple times just to see everything, this one will also keep you busy for a long time to come.
12. The Long Dark
While the story of The Long Dark is still developing as episodes are released, the actual sandbox survival mode represents the finest version of this genre you can find on the PS4. The mechanics are both detailed and in-depth, while the pure survival against mother nature is a wonderful and beautiful take on the concept.
An intriguing story only makes this deal even sweeter. If you've wanted a pure and uncompromising survival experience, look no further.
11. Life is Strange
Life is Strange came out of left field, but it's one heck of a heavy hitter. This time traveling adventure game is split into five incredible episodes that allow you to use your powers to travel back and try different decisions to see the outcome.
It takes what Telltale started with choice driven games and adds in an element of time travel. It’s bursting at the seams with character and the tense nature of the game’s choices makes it all the more interesting. Imagine making a choice and then rewinding time when you decide you want to change the answer. It’s incredible, and really unique in terms of puzzle solving. Give this one a try, you’ll be glad you did.
10. Rise of the Tomb Raider
While many have said that Uncharted took inspiration from classic Tomb Raider, the latest entry on the PS4 proves that inspiration works both ways. This is an excellent title with a sprawling adventure and a huge amount of gameplay to experience.
It doesn't quite topple Uncharted, but it comes close with stunning graphics and superb gameplay. The environmental puzzles are well-designed and the PS4 Pro support here is second-to-none.
9. Destiny 2
The original Destiny was a cool idea, but it had a lot of flaws. Destiny 2 came along and made a bunch of changes for the better. This hybrid between a shooter and a MMORPG works incredibly well in the newest version.
A strong story, addictive gameplay, and plenty of activities to keep you busy long after the credits roll makes this an absolute must for those looking to find that perfect game to play online with friends.
8. Persona 5
The Persona series has always been a big part of the JRPG world, but Persona 5 truly elevated the series to new heights. The incredible amount of style and substance here is stunning.
An interesting story, plenty of side activities, and great combat makes this a must for those who consider themselves JRPG fans.
7. Battlefield 1
Battlefield 1 is the hotly anticipated take on World War I for the series, and it turned out great. With a unique campaign structure that tells several unique stories, and a setting barely touched in gaming, it's a breath of fresh air.
If you love Battlefield, you already own this. If you don't, then give it a try. I think you'll be very happy with your decision.
The months leading up to the release of the new DOOM were rocky to say the least. People didn't really dig the multiplayer beta, and others were worried the single player would come up short, but then it came out and we all had a lot of apologizing to do. While the multiplayer still isn't a COD killer, the singleplayer was an absolute blast from the past.
Excellent graphics, smooth 60fps gameplay, amazing glory kills, and some of the most awesome monster designs in gaming made this a complete success.
5. The Last of Us: Remastered
The Last of Us is one of the most incredible, emotional, and heart-pounding games I’ve ever played. While originally released on the PS3, the PS4 version takes a gorgeous game and makes it look incredible. If you haven’t played this, you absolutely must. It has everything from an amazing story, to incredible gameplay, and even multiplayer for those who must have it.
It’s the whole package, and this version also includes all of the DLC. A masterpiece in our time from the makers of the Uncharted series. Check this out while you wait for their next game.
4. Resident Evil VII
Resident Evil VII went back to its roots and it paid off in spades. This return to survival horror is some of the best work Capcom has brought to the table since the series began.
A great new setting and story is paired with positively atmospheric environments and great scares. It's easily the best horror experience you'll find on PS4.
3. Uncharted 4:A Thief's End
Naughty Dog has once again proven that they are the masters of their craft. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End succeeds in so many ways, it would take a separate list to explain all of them. Suffice to say, this is yet another incredible game from the folks who brought us Crash Bandicoot way back in the day.
If you're a graphics person, a gameplay person, or just someone who absolutely loves mind-blowing games, you owe it to yourself to play this one. It can only be beat by something even larger and more grand than it. Here we go!
2. Horizon: Zero Dawn
Guerilla Games is best known for the Killzone series, but with the release of Horizon: Zero Dawn, all of that changed. These developers created one of the compelling worlds in all of gaming, while mastering the open world design.
It's a game that must be played to be believed, but ten minutes with this gem will have you hooked.
1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
There’s so much to say about this game. Simply put, it’s one of the finest video games I’ve ever played, bar none. It has one of the largest and most realized worlds in gaming, one of the coolest main characters, and one of the best storylines there is to tell. You don’t need to have played the other two, it does help, but it’s not required.
What you’ve got here is a game that pulls you in like none other. Into a world filled with magic, greed, racism, politics, war, all of the things that we know in our own world are realized here in deep and mature ways that make it and all of its problems feel real. There’s just nothing quite like it, and nothing that gives you more for your money. It’s the best game on PS4 right now, so drop what you’re doing and go buy it!
So there you have it, but the PS4 is still a toddler. Which games do you think will crack our list? What would you pick as your top game on the PS4 right now? Tell us in the comments!
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert Date: 2/20/16
Updated - 8/29/16
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