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. Dying Light: Enhanced Edition (or Dying Light + The Following DLC)
Dying Light is an amazing zombie parkour game in its own right. Honestly though, the hype for it has come and gone. So, why is it still in the top 10? The answer, ladies and gentlemen, lies in the new DLC expansion for the game that came out in February of 2016.
Known as “The Following,” this DLC is huge! It adds around twenty hours of gameplay, an entirely new area, a dune buggy that you can upgrade, a new skill tree, and a better storyline than the base game. You really can’t argue with that my friends. If you don’t have the game, purchase the enhanced edition that includes the DLC, or if you have the game, then pick up this DLC because it is absolutely worth it.
9. The Witness
The Witness is a hard game to rank. I've always considered it the Dark Souls of puzzle games. It's insanely difficult, but also incredibly well designed. Without saying a single word, it trains you and teaches you. It takes through hundreds of puzzles, all while you explore a mysterious island.
What makes this game so special isn't the setting, the story (or lack thereof), instead it's the way the game teaches you so much by saying so little. The lack of tutorials or hand-holding is what makes these intense puzzles stand out from the rest of the games in the genre.
8. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
I've been a Metal Gear Solid fan for most of my life, so when MGS V came out I was stoked. Kojima's last entry in the series was marred by a lot of politics and utter crap that ended with him leaving Konami. The finished game he left the Metal Gear series with wasn't perfect. In fact, the real ending was left out because of the issues.
That being said, what's here is easily one of the finest stealth games ever made. It may not be everything we wanted, and it's certainly a departure from the regular formula, but MGS V is still one of the finest experiences on the PS4.
7. 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.
5. 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.
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. Fallout 4
Oh Fallout 4, there are as many people that hate this game, as people who love it. Why is that? Well, Fallout 4 tries to appeal to one crowd while trying to appeal to another. On the one hand, it's a massive game with hundreds of hours of gameplay, a cool post-apocalyptic setting, and a decent story.
On the other hand, it's not as complex or deep as previous entries. For every settlement building system and gun mod feature it added, it took away a branching questline or a more robust dialogue system. It's a divisive game, but ultimately one that stands tall among most others in the running. It may not be perfect, but it still has that Bethesda charm that we all know and love (glitches and all).
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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