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. The Swapper
Originally released on PC, this incredibly unique puzzle/platformer wowed critics and myself alike. With an art style composed entirely of real life objects scanned into the game, a crazy metaphysical and profound storyline, and one of the most unique mechanics since the Zero Point Energy Field Manipulator (Gravity Gun) from Half-Life, The Swapper shows us that great ideas are never in short supply.
The main reason the game is so incredible beyond aesthetic and narrative value is the iconic “swapper” you use in the game. With the push of a button, you can project multiple clones of yourself and control them simultaneously. You’ll use them to solve puzzles, and you’ll lose them constantly, watching them crumble up and die in front of you. What’s more mind bending, is that you can transfer your consciousness into any one of them, and you will to avoid death and solve other puzzles. Yeah, it’s that deep.
9. Madden 15
I grew up playing Madden with my brothers, but after a certain point, the series stopped innovating. Years went by and while the games were good, they never hit that peak of greatness until now. Fully realized on the PS4, Madden 15 shows that with some fine tuning and fantastic features that the golden age can triumphantly return. Don’t call it a comeback though; it’s been here for years.
On a side note, the game also earned some major points with me for that insane, crazy, and absolutely out of left field trailer they released. If you haven’t seen it, you need to. It will make a Madden fan out of you. I would try to describe it, but they don’t make words that can truly capture the insanity of that trailer. Just check it out, after you finishing reading.
8. Murdered: Soul Suspect
One of my most popular tweets on Twitter was one where I declared that Murdered: Soul Suspect had an amazing storyline, great detective gameplay, and should be played by all who enjoy those things, despite what reviews will tell you. People retweeted it, liked it, and responded with similar opinions. This is one of those games that isn’t for everyone, but for the people who enjoy its type, there’s little else like it.
The storyline was sincere and captivating, the puzzles and gameplay were engaging, and the paranormal setting never left me bored. Sure, you can nitpick it to death like anything else, but if you like the sound of a detective investigating his own death from beyond the grave at the hands of a serial killer in the town of Salem, Massachusetts, then you need look no further. A very underrated and unique game.
7. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Lara Croft and Nathan Drake must have gone on a date at some point and somehow managed to avoid the paparazzi, because the latest Tomb Raider channels Uncharted to the point where it’s almost criminal. Not to say that’s a bad thing, the latest Tomb Raider game was a smash hit on the PS3, but when it came to PS4 it was truly in its ultimate form. This perfectly polished action adventure game has it all: mystery, excitement, explosions, and plenty of surprise twists. The only thing it could have used more of were actual tombs to raid.
On PS4, this game looks and plays like a dream, and it even puts the PC version to shame on ultra-settings. Yeah, that’s right, now you’re drooling. A great example of how two similar games can take ideas from one another and reboot a classic series into something greater than ever before.
6. Watch Dogs
You know, many Top 10 lists will put Watch Dogs higher on the list, or dare I say, in the number one spot. Honestly, I feel like a lot of that is giving into the hype that the game built over its years of demos, trailers, and teases. Was Watch Dogs a good game? Oh yes, most certainly. Was it the game it set out to be? Well, yes and no. The idea is truly unique, with a hacker vigilante running rampant in a semi-modern Chicago you open up a lot of great ideas. Most of them do come through. For example, using your phone to hack into people’s bank accounts, spy on their personal lives, or learn everything about them is truly a unique mechanic and it works well.
Hacking things on the fly feels fun and intuitive as well, but the game fails to truly innovate on these ideas. Everything here feels surface level, like they had a great idea, so they put it in, but they didn’t develop it any further. The game’s story also fails to capitalize on the premise, which was disappointing, and don’t even get me started on the driving controls. Still, it has a lot of really interesting features and options. Think of it like a fancy sports car with stock parts and bare bones features. Sure it looks great, but you wish it had more.
5. Metro Redux
Metro 2033 and its sequel, Metro: Last Light, were ahead of their time. I say that, because they had such incredible settings, story, and gameplay, but the hardware wasn’t there to truly support it. Granted, if you had the monster of all PC rigs, you could make it happen, but the console ports left a lot on the table. Now, with the PS4’s power, these games have come back to life and brought with them all the great ideas and mechanics that we remember.
With both games included, and all the DLC, this is a fantastic value. They may not be open world, and they may not have online multiplayer, but these games absolutely nail the atmosphere and immersion in a way that most games try to. The dank and post-apocalyptic setting of each title is fully realized with stunning graphics, crisp sound effects, and intense action. The games are based on a series of Russian novels, so the lore and backstory is very rich. If you like first person shooters that suck you in and don’t let go, this collection is something you absolutely must play.
4. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
I seriously thought I would see pigs fly before Blizzard would bring Diablo III to consoles. And yet, it happened on the PS3 and Xbox 360 a while back. The graphics took a hit, but the remapped controls and the addition of a dodge mechanic breathed new life into this beast of a dungeon crawler. And, the ultimate addition of couch co-op meant that for the first time since Gauntlet: Dark Legacy, I could play with my friends in the same room. That’s my kind of multiplayer, the one where I can turn and talk to them, instead of shouting through a headset.
Time went on, and the PC version received an expansion, so people started asking when that was coming to consoles. Well, it is here folks, and now the game has found its own definitive edition on the PS4. The graphics are right up there with PC, the frame rate is buttery smooth, and the game feels fantastic on the PS4. This includes both the base game and the expansion, so content is plentiful. After spending several hours with it this last week since it came out, I knew it deserved a place on this list. You know it’s good when hardcore PC fans are switching to the PS4 version.
3. Infamous: Second Son
It’s hard to play favorites when you have kids, but honestly, it’s a toss-up between Delsin and Cole from the Infamous series. I love them both equally. Oh, who am I kidding, the PS4 outing of Infamous: Second Son was the best one yet. While some may not have liked the story as much, you can’t argue with that gameplay. This PS4 exclusive was the first time we really saw what the system could do in the hands of a seasoned developer. The added photo mode was just the icing on the cake.
Whether you’re new to the series, or an old soul like me, this game makes you feel like the ultimate super powered hero, or villain. While the choices may not be as robust as the others, the multiple endings, powers, and huge open world make this one of the best games on the PS4
2. The Last of Us: Remastered
The only reason this game isn’t in the top spot is because it came out on PS3 originally. From the creators of Uncharted, this new I.P. blew minds when it originally released. With graphics that I honestly didn’t think were capable on the PS3, the game continued to surprise me with its tense survival gameplay and its sincere and moving storyline. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it has the best damn rims you’ve ever seen.
Now it’s on PS4 and my eyes have never been happier. With the excellent “Left Behind” and all multiplayer DLC included, this game realizes a new level of awesome with the power of the PS4 to back it up. With four times as many textures, twice as many shadows, an unlocked 60 frames per second, and still one of the best zombie storylines out there, this is a game that every single person needs to experience.
1. Wolfenstein: The New Order
What? Where’s Call of Duty? What about Battlefield 4? Sit down Skippy and shut up for a second, because I’m about to drop some knowledge. We take the first person shooter genre for granted nowadays because there’s so many of them. Your Call of Duty, Battlefield, Bioshock, and even your Doom wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for a little ol’ game called Wolfenstein 3D. That was the first FPS ever to be released, and it created a multi-billion dollar genre that is still growing today.
Beyond that though, the series has seen its fair share of ups and downs. This latest release, Wolfenstein: The New Order is not only a pitch perfect return to form and the best game currently out for PS4, but it is also one of my favorite games of all time. Don’t mock it until you’ve tried it, this game rekindled my love for shooters and treated me to one of the best storylines I’ve experienced in any form of entertainment in a long time.
It doesn’t insult you with a four hour campaign, it treats you to a sweeping epic that spans a decade and takes you all across the world and beyond. Trust me; you’re going to take at least twelve hours to finish this incredible campaign. It gives you powerful monologues and brings to life the characters in a way most games only dream of. It has weapons that make Call of Duty’s choices look like peashooters by comparison.
It was more than a game to me. It was an experience, an incredible journey that brought back those memories of marathoning a game for hours on end because you just couldn’t put the controller down. It made me excited, it made me laugh and it made me tear up. It doesn’t have multiplayer, but it doesn’t need it. This is where it all began, and where it continues to be. I was truly sad when it came to an end. Games like this come along every so many years if we’re lucky, but when they do, they bring memories that never leave.
That’s it for this list, and now I’m about to start a new play through on my top pick, because I love that game almost as much as I love my PS4. What do you think of the list? What’s your favorite PS4 game right now? Tell us in the comments!
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert Date: 3/08/2014