A man once told me that he was a gamer “from the womb, to the tomb.” Beautiful words, inspiring ones even. For those about to game, I salute you, but only for a second because I need both hands on the controller.
As a gamer since the days of Sega Genesis, I’ve loved games and they in turn have inspired me to chase my dreams of being a writer. It is only fair that I give them their due credit. What you’re about to see are the top 10 PS4 games. These weren’t chosen on a basis of ratings or sales, but on something far more precious.
These games have earned their place here, for a short while until the Fall rushes past us with a slew of new games. They are here because they affected me in some profound way, and in some cases, they paved the way for some of the greatest experiences in gaming. A place here isn’t guaranteed because it sold a million copies. A place here is not given, it is earned. Let us begin.
10. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Call of Duty is one of those series that just never seems to lose steam. That may change with this year's Infinite Warfare, but there's no arguing that the Black Ops series has always brought the A-game. I really enjoyed the first two Black Ops games, and while the third one isn't my favorite of the series, it was most certainly an enjoyable ride.
What has always made Black Ops stand out from, say, Advanced Warfare, is the unique spin they put on the games. This one was no different, with some particularly interesting psychological elements that helped the story and setting stand out from the pack.
Excellent graphics, varied gameplay, tight controls, a cool futuristic and trippy story all combine to create one of the most creative and well-designed COD games to come out in a while. Top that off with the excellent zombies mode and the series' polished multiplayer, this game is the full package from top to bottom.
9. Assassin's Creed Syndicate
Assassin's Creed has been on a rough ride over the last few releases. The previous entry before this, Unity, was an absolute mess. That put a huge pressure on Assassin's Creed Syndicate to perform, unlike its predecessor. Luckily, UbiSoft took this in stride and provided us with a glorious return to form.
Many fans of the series would tell you that the second game was one of the best in terms of gameplay, story, and so forth. Syndicate was able to bring back this same feel by introducing a pair of likeable characters, a great villain, and an interesting new setting. It also helped that the game performanced significantly better than its predecessor. Now that the series is taking a break for a year, this will be a great way to remember it in the meantime.
8. Tales From The Borderlands
Borderlands was a series that no one saw coming. The series emerged last generation and brought a unique world filled with insane characters on an alien world. The sequel was even better, and then Telltale stepped in.
I don't care if you like Borderlands, if you like Telltale games, or if you hate both. Tales From The Borderlands is one of the best adventure games I've ever played. The writing is punchy and hilarious, the characters are interesting and unique, and the overall story is just perfect. Try it, just do it.
I like a challenge as much as anyone else. Bloodborne is a little more than challenging though. It’s made by the same people who brought us Demon Souls, Dark Souls, and Dark Souls II. It’s the kind of game that smiles to your face while it stabs you in the back. Brutal, punishing, infuriating, these are all words I would use to describe Bloodborne. So why did it crack the top 10 PS4 games you ask?
Some other words if you’ll permit: haunting, gorgeous, mysterious, these also describe Bloodborne. It may be permanently stuck on hard mode, but the game’s world, enemies, and atmosphere are just incredible. You want to suffer another death because you desperately wish to move forward.
You have so many questions and it seems like answers may yet be waiting on the other side of the misty wall that leads into a boss fight. So, you go, knowing full well that you’re going to die.
6. Life is Strange
Life is Strange may not gone entirely the way we wanted, it was a milestone for gaming. It was a unique, original, and awesome story that rivaled most of the hollywood offerings out there. For those who haven't played it, imagine a hipster time travel story that manages to bring out the hipster in all of us. It's heartwarming, intense, and emotional all at once. It does what today's modern films try to do and succeeds in almost all of its efforts.
Not only is it an incredible unique title set in a believable art school with a great cast of characters, but it also includes an awesome time travel storyline where the main character can rewind and change her choices. So, when you’re faced with a tough decision, don’t sweat it, you can simply rewind and try the other options. You’ll also use this power to solve puzzles, gain knowledge to use in the past, and more.
It’s got a few issues (lip sync mostly), but it also has a lot of heart. Yeah, it’s a little hipster, okay it’s a lot of hipster, but it’s the charming kind that only cynical stonehearts will find grating. You can purchase the season pass for less than most other season passes on $60 games and experience the first 3 episodes of this awesome title now before the last two come out.
Brace for the feels though, because while you can rewind time, sooner or later you’ll have to face the consequences of your decisions.
Doom was one of the original first-person shooters and while the last entry several years ago on PC and the original Xbox wasn't critically acclaimed, the newest version, simply titled, DOOM, was an absolute return to form and an amazing shooter overall.
If you long for the days of fast-paced shooting and unapologetic violence in your shooters, DOOM has it in spades. The campaign is excellent and while the multiplayer may leave a bit to be desired, this is one of the purest FPS games in a long time.
4. The Last of Us: Remastered
While not the most articulate writer on the planet, one of our commenters pointed out that I left The Last of Us: Remastered off the last top 10 list update. I stand by my decisions for this list, and I think it’s about time this beauty had another chance at bat. With Uncharted 4 and the Uncharted Collection both coming back around to PS4, I went back to Naughty Dog’s zombie thriller and experienced it once more on the PS4.
Yep, it’s still as amazing as ever, and while we’ve had some incredible games come out, it’s hard to pick out something that has beaten this in terms of quality, story, and gameplay. Until I play something better, it deserves a place in the halls of this list. If you’ve played it, play it again, and if you haven’t I cannot express in words just how incredible of a game this is. Do yourself a favor, play it.
3. Until Dawn
I'm guilty of being someone who absolutely loves cinematic games. That being said, Until Dawn is incredible. This game takes everything you love about horror movies and puts them into a game where each choice you make has repercussions across the rest of the game.
It's fun to play by yourself, but it's a totally different experience when you're playing with other people in the same room. The screams and shocks, along with people voting for each choice makes for an experience not unlike watching a slasher flick with your favorite friends.
2. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Uncharted has been Sony's flagship series since the days of the PS3. After the success of the first one and the universal acclaim of the second, developer Naughty Dog became synonymous with greatness. Now we have what is claimed to be the last game in the series, Uncharted 4.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is an unforgettable experience. It goes beyond a simple game and really pulls you into its world. Everything about this package is perfect. From the graphics, to the story, to the gameplay. The only reason it's not number one is because it can be finished in a few days. Other than that, it's another masterpiece from Naughty Dog.
1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Was there ever any doubt? I mean, come on guys and gals, have you seen this game? The
Witcher 1 and 2 were PC RPGs (the second one came to 360), but this is the first time we’re seeing the White Wolf on PS4 and oh is it one heck of a debut!
Think of Skyrim, then Dragon Age, then the best RPG you’ve ever played. Got it? Okay, Witcher 3 is ten times better.
Let me just run down the list of features here:
This game literally offers everything you could ever want in a game, and then some. CD Projekt Red completely hit it out of the park with this one.
There you have it, the latest and greatest list of the 10 best games on PS4. What games would you put in the list? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below!
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert Date: 2/19/16
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