Best PS4 Games To Play Right Now!
A stand out both for the horror genre and the Aliens property, Alien Isolation came out of left field. A first-person adventure from a team near synonymous with real time strategy? A really, genuinely good licensed game? Who could have predicted this?
Alien Isolation isn’t a shooter – it’s a stealth game, and an unusual one in that the Alien AI is very hard to predict. Although it ruffled the feathers of those who like to “win” games by playing the system, for those in it for the atmosphere nothing beats the dread of having no clue where the creature might pop up next, or if it’ll sniff you out this time.
After the clumsy release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, Syndicate jettisons a lot of the fluff that muddies Ubisoft’s action adventure series and goes back to basics. Almost.
It’s helped by having two protagonists explore London, both with different approaches to goals. The environment feels fresher too, with roaming gangs and other ne’er do wells colouring the Big Smoke. If you do opt for Syndicate, we highly recommend getting the Jack the Ripper DLC too. It’s horrific, gripping and probably the best expansion the franchise has seen to date.
This really is the definitive Batman game and it feels like it’s taken a long time to get here. Not to take anything away from Rocksteady’s previous (great) efforts, but Arkham Knight is not only the end of their trilogy but also the pinnacle of the studio’s work to date.
Gotham is alive and seedy, the Batmobile is a tank, the rogue’s gallery of villains is dripping with hatred and menace. And you are the Batman; conflicted, committed, lethal. Batman: arkham Knight is quite possibly the best superhero fantasy committed to games.
A cult-favourite indie from one half of the Super Meat Boy team, The Binding of Isaac is available on a number of platforms but gets a nod in our PS4 list as one of the games we come back to time and time again – usually while an update is downloading. The old-school style twin-stick shooter (more like twin D-Pad, really; it feels pre-analog) was repackaged with loads of addition content for release on new-gen consoles, including the addition of co-op.
It’s the rogue-like aspect that’ll have you hooked – that and the dark themes running through Edmund McMillen’s art.
Perhaps the PS4’s most important exclusive to date, Bloodborne is a From Software and SCE Japan production in the same family line as Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls. A new, faster-paced take on the genre that proves no less welcoming to newcomers, it has all the hallmarks of a Hidetaka Miyazaki title: steep challenge, a restrained sense of narrative and a world you don’t want to lose yourself in because it’s full of monsters.
The only Souls game developed exclusively for new-gen consoles so far, Bloodborne is the default winner of the hardcore crown, but deserves the accolades on its own merits. Believe the hype, and prepare to die, again and again and again.
Of all the remasters on the market, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is perhaps the most welcome. The compulsive, near endless delights of the Borderlands formula are otherwise not available on new-gen consoles, and The Handsome Collection presents pretty terrific value for money by bundling up the absolute lashings of DLC released for Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.
If you’ve never tried Borderlands then you’re in for a treat at a discount ticket price. If you missed The Pre-Sequel due to its late launch last generation then this is the best way to get back on board the series at one of its highest points. And if you’re a diehard fan you already own and love this, because you know all too well that there’s always time for another Borderlands playthrough.
Ubisoft’s plan to foster top creative talent by allowing teams to work on small passion projects is really paying off. Child of Light is just one example of the fruits of the publisher’s schemes, but it’s also one of the most distinctive. A delicately beautiful side-scrolling RPG with turn-based combat, Child of Light offers both depth and replayability in a refreshingly manageable weekend-sized adventure.
Your mileage may vary for the rhyming dialogue and whimsy, but the pleasure of tactically combining abilities to overcome the escalating challenge is worth it. One of the best digital releases of the generation to date.
Diablo 3 faltered out of the gate but by the time it made the leap to consoles it was up and running, having ditched a number of systems, rebalanced everything, gained a bunch of new content and evolved into an ARPG worth investing in. Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition is particularly special because it represents the most complete and feature-filled version of Diablo 3 to date.
To our surprise, Diablo 3 works really, really well on PS4. Perhaps we should have expected this given the popularity of earlier series entries on consoles, but I doubt anybody really appreciates just how well Blizzard managed the transition to control pads until they actually have it in their hands. Co-op this with your buddies for best results – from the comfort of your couch.
Destiny has a large fanbase on all four platforms but you almost wouldn’t know it; the PS4 is very definitely the home of this generation’s biggest new IP. Sony threw itself into partnership with Activision in a relationship that is increasingly bearing fruit for PlayStation fans, with the result that Xbox fans are still waiting for content the rest of us have been enjoying since launch.
Writing about Destiny is almost redundant at this point. Part shooter and part MMO, controversy-ridden, punctuated by dazzling highs and grinding lows, Destiny is not a game any more: it’s a way of life.
Another very special indie, Don’t Starve is a crafting survival sandbox with a unique 2D art style. The primary goal is right there in the title, but nothing is as easy as it seems – in fact if you’re after easy it’s best to look elsewhere, as Don’t Starve is notoriously difficult for beginners. It’s very easy to fall into the “just one more try” trap with this one, as the randomly-generated worlds throw up surprise after surprise.
Klei continues to develop new content and features for Don’t Starve, which we expect to have a long tail.
The best BioWare game for new-gen, until it does another one. Dragon Age: Inquisition is absolutely huge, representing hundreds of potential hours of gameplay for the really keen, and despite a tendency to edge towards filler content it delivers with scaling challenges (lower difficulties are button mashers; higher settings require minuscule tactical control and serious preparation legwork) and a plethora of interacting RPG systems.
As usual, BioWare’s writing and especially its characters and dialogue are superb, and while you may pretend it’s all about the politics we know you’re in it for the kissing scenes.
A somewhat surprising inclusion, and not one we would have predicted back when TechLand parted ways with Dead Island and Deep Silver to make a new kind of zombie sandbox. A much less silly take on the zombie apocalypse, Dying Light is filled with moments of genuine horror, but it’s the process of levelling up and upgrading equipment that makes it so compelling. Every venture in the dark brings risk and reward – and the opportunity to return with an enormous automatic weapon and take revenge on the scary monsters. Take advantage of the new parkour system to explore the open world in every direction.
There’s much to be said for The Evil Within’s attempts to simultaneously keep it old school and move the genre forward, and for Bethesda’s bold bet on an unforgiving survival shooter.
Armed with a spooky and continuously present villain, astonishingly topped by its own DLC packs and quite, quite bonkers, The Evil Within is a divisive experience – half retro and half modern, not quite as terrifying as more minimal modern horror simulations, yet miles and miles ahead of recent Resident Evil efforts.
Old-fashioned and a little ugly, but still so damn essential. Fallout 4 has faults and it doesn’t look very pretty, but it’s an open world ripe for exploring, for building, for creating and surviving.
You can craft weapons and gear or scavenge whatever you find. You can follow the story or go your own way. There’s so much packed into Bethesda’s Boston Commonwealth it will keep you busy for months on end. From romancing companions to butchering whole factions, it’s never dull, often hyper-violent, funny and life-consuming.
Possibly the best traditional shooter of the generation so far, Far Cry 4 pops you down in an oven world with a toolkit full of deadly devices and a zillion things to do. Whether you go in stealthy with bow, silenced rifle and knife or strap C4 to an elephant and run into it in a car covered in land mines, you feel like a total badass – until you are savaged to death by a honey badger.
It’s pretty much Far Cry 3, but even more gorgeous and over the top. The mysticism-fuelled visits to Shangri-La don’t quite live up to the drug trips of its precursor, and Pagan Min is no Vaas, but on the other hand the charismatic villain doesn’t bugger off while you still have half the game in front of you and Far Cry 3 doesn’t let you fight alongside a tiger buddy, so.
Sorry, PES – FIFA is the best football series. If you want to play virtual soccer, FIFA is the place to do it. Of the three games available on PS4 so far FIFA 16 is the superior offering, although as is the nature of annual sports games that may be because it has the most up-to-date roster; we won’t really see the franchise shine on new-gen until we ditch the old set of hardware completely. That’ll probably be in 2024, when the next-generation starts, given how recently we were getting a PS2 version (FIFA 13).
If you’ve been away from FIFA for a few years you may not be aware that the actual sim itself has been somewhat upstaged by FIFA Ultimate Team. There’s a whole new world of fanatical obsession awaiting you.
Very probably the best console MMORPG, Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn is a triumph. Astoundingly playable with a control pad and populated via full cross-play with PC, the PS4 version of Final Fantasy 14 is in no way an embarrassment to its Windows sibling.
This game is so beautiful and so playable that you’d almost never guess the same title was once applied to the financial and moral embarrassment that was Final Fantasy 14 Online. A compulsive life-eater, as all successful MMORPGs are, Final Fantasy 14 has years of life left in it.
There’s no question of leaving GTA 5 off any best of list, even though it did launch last generation. You’d never guess it; Rockstar’s done an uncannily good job of brushing up its already astounding tech for newer hardware.
What can be said about the juggernaut of our times? Should we highlight the multiplayer suite that provides endless hours of dicking about and fantasy fulfilment? The sprawling campaign with its multiple playable characters and on-the-fly character switching? The sheer pleasure of cruising the streets of faux-LA with no purpose in mind at all? There’s a reason everyone and his dog played GTA 5, and you should, too.
We’re calling it – stand-alone expansion First Light is better than InFamous: Second Son. Second Son was the first proper open world city on PS4 and pretty impressive as a result of that, but in First Light Sucker Punch stopped trying to be clever clogs in building an enormous space and focused on creating a game that is a genuine pleasure – and challenge – to play.
Although there’s none of the smoke and cement powers of Second Son, First Light is all the better for focusing on the Neon tree. Upgrading Fetch’s powers results in one of the fastest, smoothest and most engaging city traversal solutions we have ever seen. Hopefully anybody working on a new Tron game is paying attention.
Yes, it’s a re-release, but since Naughty Dog had pushed the ageing PlayStation 3 to its wheezing, gasping limits, The Last of Us Remastered is a better experience than the original. In any case, the father-daughter story of Joel and Ellie is one of the great tearjerkers of gaming, not just the generation that birthed it, and left many a hardened gamer swiping angrily at their brimming eyes, both at the tragedy of a post-apocalyptic world and the thought of an end to the hours spent in Ellie’s company.
The Last of Us Remastered also includes the absolutely wonderful Left Behind DLC, which is packed full of even more feelings to make up for the absence of gun battles.
Lego Dimensions is expensive. Let’s get that out the way first. But it’s easily the best toys-to-life game out there, and the best Lego minifigures game in a portfolio full of quality competition. The portal is what you’re paying for, as it becomes an extra controller asking players to build real-life Lego models, and that’s all very cool.
But the real pull here is the freedom of not being stuck with one theme. Dimensions is where The Simpsons meet Dr Who meets Scooby Doo meets Portal, Ninjago, DC Comics, Back to the Future and more. It’s not a clumsy mash-up, it’s a genuinely hilarious game that isn’t just for kids, but for families as a whole. It’s as essential in a family home as Monopoly and a Sunday roast.
A challenger to Telltale’s hold on the episodic adventure crown, Life is Strange boasts a much more dynamic approach to the formula – not to mention a much less buggy and stiff engine underpinning Dontnod’s efforts. Subverting the consequential choice trope with a time reversal mechanic, offering clearly defined borders and puzzles more involved than “click on the thing”, Life is Strange outshines its rivals in the space.
But it’s the atmosphere that really gets us, tugging at a deep-rooted nostalgia for adolescence – or perhaps just for the media that celebrates it. Max and Chloe’s creators may not have got the hang of natural-sounding teenage dialogue, but they nailed the rest of it.
Despite the post-launch fallout that has seen visionary creator Hideo Kojima leave his baby behind, The Phantom Pain is still a fantastic game – one of the very best on this generation of consoles.
That’s because it’s a bizarre and unique, hilarious, violent, exhilarating stealth sandbox. It offers an almost overwhelming amount of choice to tackle missions, and throws out a bunch of boring stealth cliches we’ve become numb to over the years. The story is uncharacteristic in that it’s subdued, but the meta game of building Motherbase will keep you busy for months. The only downside is that we’re pretty sure there will never be another game like Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.
So here’s the situation: you’ve got a highly customisable character with a bevy of growth options. You’ve got an enormous open world navigable by stealth, parkour and all-out battle. You’ve got a hell of a license. How do you convince jaded players to dive into the oodles of content you’ve packed into this weighty adventure?
The answer is Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’s award-winning Nemesis system, which has semi-randomly-generated mini-bosses standing between you and your final goals. Taking these foes down, manipulating the command structure of Sauron’s army, and watching the consequences of your kills unfold is a fascinating and very personal piece of organic story telling unique to every playthrough.
The slickest fighter of the generation, Mortal Kombat X does a great deal more than just turn the franchise’s trademark gore up to 11 – although that definitely happens.
Perhaps the most interesting new addition (besides Johnny Cage and Sonya’s daughter, a baffling development to a plot already stretched thin to breaking) is the addition of multiple fighting styles for each character. Essentially expanding the roster of fighters, the ability to select different approaches with a single character means you can never quite be sure what you’re facing until the action kicks off, complicating the meta and putting the emphasis back on emphasis and on-the-fly tactics rather than tried-and-tested strategies.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch has to be seen to be believed. There’s very little as immediately funny as the concept of an octopus in a suit masquerading as a human, flailing around and knocking things down as you awkwardly puppeteer him through his own wedding. In addition to a never-ending series of jokes and challenges, there’s actually quite a touching story that may make you feel a little guilty next time someone suggests ordering the octopus salad.
Sony very cleverly loaded Octodad onto its PS4 demo units, meaning shoppers everywhere were treated to the gentle ridiculousness of Young Horses’ very polished adventure. It shifted quite a few consoles.
It may be 90% cutscene and shorter than is really acceptable for a full-priced game, but The Order: 1886 is well worth a look, if only because it is a frankly astonishing graphics showcase. Ready at Dawn and SCE Santa Monica seemed to be working on this one for donkey’s years, and squeezed more beauty and performance out of the PS4 than anyone else has managed yet (your move, Naughty Dog).
The Order: 1886 contains a number of interesting weapons and a pack of werewolves, which is pretty good, and is also one of a very small number of games in which you will see men’s genitalia flapping about in the wind. Yes, that’s right: tonker physics. Turn the brightness up to foil those tactically placed shadows.
The scariest game on PS4 now that Silent Hills teaser P.T. has been pulled, Outlast is a mostly combat-free survival horror in which running and stealth are your only defence. You think you’ve seen enough spooky abandoned psychiatric hospitals in your time to be immune to the horrors of a new one, but you are wrong.
A more polished effort than Zombie’s Daylight, Outlast is memorably terrifying. The plot and events are absolute nonsense, but you won’t care, because you’ll be shitting yourself. Highly recommended, except for pregnant women and people with heart conditions.
Resogun holds a very special place in our hearts for being one of the PS4’s first exclusive success stories. The Defender spiritual successor is wonderfully beautiful and unapologetically addictive, constantly challenging you with your friend’s achievements until your relationship devolves into sniping at each other’s high scores.
Even were the base gameplay not pure Housemarque joy, Resogun showcases the new social side of the PSN to great advantage, which makes it a tremendously important part of the PS4’s catalogue. We’re hoping something new will one day capture our attention in the same way, even though we’re still at war with an unnamed colleague who toppled one of Pat’s best leaderboard entries.
Fast cars playing football. Okay, flying fast cars playing football. Rocket League is instantly and infinitely playable, whether in couch co-op or online. Like the best arcade games, you’ll pick up the premise quicker than a click of your fingers, racing for the ball and smacking it into the back of the net.
Which is all very satisfying. And then you realise the clever physics system can be worked to your advantage and the next thing you know you’re trying all kinds of crazy stunts and tricks. Some work spectacularly and others fail miserably but at no point will you stop grinning. Developer Psyonix continues to add modes and fine-tune the gameplay, giving us every reason to believe Rocket League will continue to be played for years to come.
If Arkham Knight is the best Batman experience you’ll find on consoles today then Battlefront is the Star Wars equivalent.
Despite coming from DICE it has no intention of being another Battlefield. This is about accessibility and that 30-second combat loop. You die, respawn, kill and die again. DICE has nailed it. Add to that all the Star Wars fan service you could ask for – 40-player Empire versus Rebels showdowns on Hoth! – and it’s a whip-crack fast shooter dressed in the best pop culture clothes you could ask for.
Until Dawn begins with all the cheesy teen slasher cliches thrown into a pot and served up hotter than a cannibal stew. But after a few hours it becomes a little more subversive, successfully weaving a bunch of decent characters around a multithreaded horror plot.
Make the wrong decisions for your collection of teenagers and they’ll meet a grisly death, but the ability to replay chapters, find different clues and effectively rewind chunks of the game make it far more playable than you’d realise. One of the PS4’s unique games.
The release of The Witness will be looked upon as the next great leap forward in video game puzzles in a few years to come.
It’s a game that flips the player’s emotions from infuriated to elated within seconds, as the seemingly impossible goes *ping* in your brain and the next thing you know you feel like the cleverest person on the island. When baffled you’ll do well to wander away from one puzzle and explore the others, because the secrets to unlocking this massive conundrum lie all over the beautiful landscape. Surrender to the world of The Witness and you’ll eventually escape. Eventually.
Via – Vg247
#Best PS4 Games To Play Right Now!