Best PS4 games

The PlayStation 4 has been a massive success since its original launch in 2013, and this is due in no small part to its incredible selection of games. From exclusives developed by Sony and its partners to third-party releases, the best PS4 games cross a gamut of genres from first-person shooters to action, role-playing sports, racing, strategy, and even puzzle games.

If you’re just now picking up a PlayStation 4 for the first time, it can be daunting to choose where to start, but we’re here to help. We’ve compiled a list of the best PS4 games and divided them by genre, so you’ll be able to find the perfect games to suit your preference.

Action

 
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DEVIL MAY CRY 5

Devil May Cry 5 is a sequel to a game released over a decade ago, but you wouldn’t know that from playing it. The flashy combat is brought to life with the power of the impressive RE Engine – also used for Resident Evil 2 – and with three protagonists using very different combat styles, you never do the same thing twice in Devil May Cry 5.

Nero and Dante both make their return alongside the mysterious “V,” who makes use of demons to do his fighting for him. Regardless of who you’re controlling, Devil May Cry 5 is an over-the-top adrenaline rush, with plenty of humor and ridiculous weapons that should please longtime fans.

BLOODBORNE

Bloodborne is not for the faint at heart. This action-RPG adventure, a spiritual successor to Hidetaka Miyazaki‘s Dark Souls series, takes the challenging combat and methodical boss encounters of the aforementioned games but speeds up the gameplay for a more frenetic and tense experience.

A dark, gothic setting and Lovecraftian story provide a bleak backdrop for the white-knuckle gameplay. As a Hunter, you’ll make your way through the city of Yharnam, where a strange curse has begun turning locals into mindless beasts. While not technically a horror game, Bloodborne’s setting and high-stakes combat are uniquely terrifying. Be sure to stay alert, because the world of Bloodborne is full of unforgiving monsters and traps around every corner, making it one of the best PS4 games to date.

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DIABLO III: ULTIMATE EVIL EDITION

The launch of Diablo III is infamous. Hotly anticipated, the game was hit with awful server issues and serious gameplay flaws, like a real-money auction house, that sucked out the fun. Thankfully, Blizzard revamped the game through a number of patches and one full-blown expansion. Then, it released the game on console with support for up to four players in co-op.

The result is a fiendishly entertaining, supercharged action-RPG that’s a blast to play with buddies on a couch or online. While other games might have a better story or better graphics, Diablo III is pure stress relief. Sit down, obliterate some demons, and watch your numbers shoot into the stratosphere.

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METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN

From the mind of designer Hideo Kojima comes Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the fifth (and ostensibly final) entry in the long-running stealth espionage seriesThe goofy and over-the-top tone the series is known for has been downplayed, and this installment instead delivers a far grittier and more reined-in narrative that follows Venom Snake (Big Boss) as he works to re-establish his mercenary army in his war against the shadowy Cipher.

It’s one of the best PS4 games available and has garnered near-universal acclaim thanks to its meticulously designed gameplay, which allows players to complete missions in virtually limitless ways while recruiting and building a mercenary army. Keifer Sutherland lends his voice as Big Boss, in what might be the best stealth action game of all time.

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GRAND THEFT AUTO V

Don’t mistake the PS4 version of Grand Theft Auto V — Rockstar’s extraordinary open-world opus — for a mere cash-grabbing re-release. The next-gen version of the already impressive game blows the original out of the water, even if the storyline and locales are identical. Rockstar’s unique additions, such as the first-person mode, allow the title to stand out from the crowd, bolstering it more than the updated visuals and expanded heists every could.

The re-release also allows for larger online matches, adds a number of songs to in-game radio stations, and even allows PlayStation 3 players to upload their previous characters. Couple all this with some of the finest writing and voice acting of any video game to date, and you have a title that’s the cream of the next-gen crop.

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HITMAN 2

Hitman 2 almost failed to see the light of day, as publisher Square Enix cut ties with developer IO Interactive before it had a chance to release the game. Now independent, the studio not only salvaged its legendary assassin series, but delivered an impressive sequel that builds on everything that made the 2016 reboot so impressive. There are dozens of ways to take out each target, and the game’s enormous, sprawling maps are loaded with secrets and hilarious interactions that fit the Hitman tone perfectly.

Unlike the 2016 reboot, Hitman 2 also released as a retail release from the very beginning, rather than being split up as episodes over the course of several months. Players who own the 2016 game even get access to all of those missions in Hitman 2, complete with the enhancements IO Interactive included in the sequel.

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Action-adventure

RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2

Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 is the result of decades of development experience, delivering one of the strongest stories we’ve seen from the studio despite often being limited to characters we’ve already known from the original game. Over its long, slow-burn tale, we are shown the heartache and pain that came with the end of the Wild West era, and protagonist Arthur Morgan’s gruff-but-nurturing personality makes him the perfect star during this transition.

If you don’t care about dialogue, however, Red Dead Redemption 2 is just an absolute joy to play. Exploring the open world almost always results in finding something you haven’t seen before, whether it be a new species of animal to hunt or a bizarre murder scene to investigate. Getting lost in the Wild West is easy, but we don’t ever want to leave.

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GOD OF WAR

The original three God of War games, as well as the prequel God of War: Ascension, are violent, over-the-top, often ridiculous games that center on anti-hero Kratos and his struggle against the gods and monsters of Greek mythology. After so many games, the formula had grown stale, so developer Sony Santa Monica went back to the drawing board for its 2018 reboot/sequel, simply titled God of War. The result? A more grounded and intimate adventure that breaks down Kratos’ character and turns him into a more relatable hero. The combat has also been altered drastically, focusing more on strategy than blind button-mashing, and the new two-person encounters with Kratos’ son Atreus guarantee each fight still feels fresh.

Somewhat surprisingly, the game eschews the linear structure of the previous games for the more open-ended “Metroidvania” style we’ve seen become so popular in action-role-playing games this generation. It isn’t exactly a fully open-world game, but God of War provides you with plenty of optional areas and secrets to find. God of War just might be the most visually impressive game to hit the PlayStation 4 to date, so you’re going to want to take some time and just look around and take in the developers’ interpretation of Norse mythology.

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SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER

Following the success of Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider, the end of Lara Croft’s origin story, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, is an epic adventure that shows us a different side of our hero. Set across beautiful landscapes in South America, Shadow of the Tomb Raider both ups the scale of the series and the emotions.

This is an edgier Croft, one whose decisions sometimes bewilder but always entertain. With great stealth and third-person shooting mechanics and tons of hidden treasures and mysteries to uncover, Croft’s origin story is as fun as it is narratively satisfying.

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UNCHARTED (SERIES)

Naughty Dog is one of the most talented game studios on the planet, and the developer certainly showed that with the Uncharted series. Following treasure-hunting adventurer Nathan Drake in all but the recent Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, the series riffs on the Indiana Jones format, but with an added dose of sarcasm and adrenaline that truly makes it feel like you’re playing a movie.

Over the course of the four main games – the first three are bundled in The Nathan Drake Collection – Drake and partner Sully travel across the globe in search of riches, and they always seem to run into trouble along the way. That leads to plenty of shootouts and skin-of-your-teeth escape sequences, which often offer spectacle rarely seen elsewhere in video games. If you want to try out online play instead, Uncharted 4’s competitive multiplayer is surprisingly engaging, even managing to pack in some of the campaigns’ humor.

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Fighting

MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN

Swinging from skyscraper to skyscraper through a living, breathing New York metropolis is just one of the things that Marvel’s Spiderman does incredibly well. Though the main story is only an stimated 20 hours long, there’s plenty for players to see and do. From unlocking really cool Spidey suits and gadgets to taking out your camera and capturing some of the city’s best landmarks, it’s really hard not to feel like the real Spider-Man when playing this game.

Critics have even gone on to say that it’s the best Superhero video game of its time (surpassing that of Batman: Arkham Asylum) and we hope that this means we’ll get more games in other superhero universes just like it.

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INJUSTICE 2

Following up on the success of Injustice: Gods Among Us and Mortal Kombat X, developer NetherRealm delivered its best fighting game to date with Injustice 2. Refinements to the already great mechanics of Injustice: Gods Among Us would have been enough to recommend Injustice 2, but the studio exceeded our expectations entirely. With stunning visuals and character animations, the well written, grim story offered one of the best DC tales in years. But it is the Multiverse and deep customization system that gives Injustice 2 its legs.

Each fighter can be leveled up and customized with items obtained from loot boxes. Essentially, Injustice 2blended the fighting genre with RPG elements, making it a unique brawler to come around in quite some time. Its excellence keeps on giving the more you play, with Multiverse events changing and updated continuously. Perfect for solo players, and a rousing good time online, Injustice 2 easily earns the distinction of best fighting game on PS4.


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Survival Horror

SOULCALIBUR VI

Often overshadowed by Bandai Namco’s other fighting series, Tekken, the Soulcalibur games are among the most technical and rewarding fighters around, and Soulcalibur VI delivers more of what longtime fans have love – fast and furious weapon-based action. Using the new “reversal edge” technique, you can counter an enemy’s attack and change the momentum of a battle, and guest fighter Geralt from The Witcher III fits right in with the swords and spears that the other classic characters wield.

But the real fun in Soulcalibur VI doesn’t take place in the fighting arena. Using the create-a-character tool, players have been designing some truly morbid creatures for battle. Everything from Waluigi to 2B from Nier: Automata can be created using the tools, though the results are occasionally horrifying.

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RESIDENT EVIL 2

The typical video game “remake” improves the resolution or updates a few control issues for a new generation of players, but Capcom took things much further with 2019’s Resident Evil 2. Telling the same basic story of the 1998 game but with completely redesigned characters, environments, combat, and conversations, it feels like it used the original game as a framework for a modern take on survival-horror.

Every gruesome creature is brought to terrifying life on the PlayStation 4, and it shines even brighter on the upgrade PS4 Pro system. With some of the best audio design in the medium, you can also hear every grotesque monster’s screams and movements, and that comes in handy when trying to avoid the terrifying, lumbering Tyrant.

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Shooters

RESIDENT EVIL 7: BIOHAZARD

If Resident Evil’s deviation from its classic survival horror roots bummed you out in previous games, then you’ll be happy to know that it returns in Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Don’t expect old school resident evil though, because this a modernized take that’s way more refreshing. Instead of the third-person visuals that Resident Evil 6 has, Biohazard immerses us in the first-person.

The story takes us somewhere we’ve never been before in Dulvey, Louisiana. You’ll play as Ethan Winters as he investigates an isolated plantation in search of his wife. You’ll fight desperately for your survival and uncover incredibly horrifying secrets that could be related to Umbrella Corporation. Resident Evil: Biohazard is one of the best games for PS4 to satisfy that horror bug. It’s also available in VR if you’re brave enough to try it.

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METRO EXODUS

An emotional and harrowing story of survival in the face of nearly certain death, Metro Exodus is an exhilarating ride through an irradiated Russia that doesn’t feel the need to throw in mindless cutscenes or boss battles. Instead, its carefully-paced journey through snowy cities and desolate deserts relies on small details and dialogue to build suspense, and tasks you with fully examining your surroundings if you want to survive.

Despite largely taking place outside the Metro system itself, Metro Exodus hasn’t lost the tough-as-nails approach to survival seen in the first two games. You still have to keep your flashlight charged and your air filters in stock, and ammunition is particularly scarce. With a little practice, however, you can still become the hero the survivors on Earth so desperately need.

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FAR CRY (SERIES)

With Far Cry 3, Ubisoft Montreal found a winning formula. The open-world first-person shooter put you in control of a spoiled American who must quickly learn to deal with the death threats – human or otherwise – lurking around every corner on a tropical island, and villain Vaas’ was quotable enough to keep players talking for months.

Far Cry 4 doubled down on what made the previous game work so well, and its Himalayan setting was just as much fun to explore, as secrets were hidden all over the map. Far Cry 5, however, shook things up by throwing us into Montana to fight against a deranged cult that believes the end times are upon us, and it led to some truly bizarre moments.

The follow-up, Far Cry New Dawn, got even more surreal, with a nuclear bomb leaving the landscape unrecognizable and giving life to new, even more dangerous bandit groups. It also especially emphasized themes of player-choice and danger around every corner, which have been pillars of the series since its earliest days at Crytek.

All the Far Cry games thrive on open-world combat that lets you choose how you want to approach a situation. They also feature heavy use of vehicles, spectacular level design, and (since Far Cry 3) focus on co-op multiplayer. If you want to shoot baddies with a couple of friends, this is the franchise for you.

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OVERWATCH

For a while, it seemed like Blizzard might never make a new game utside of its three major franchises, Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo. Then along came Overwatch. A multiplayer, objective-based shooter with a focus on diverse character design, Overwatch is not merely a new direction for Blizzard, but a shot across the bow of the entire genre.

Set in a world where an international team of superheroes once stopped a robot revolution, the game gives players more than 20 unique characters to choose from, each with their own set of abilities. Characters fall into a broad set of roles — offense, defense, tank, and support — and players must cooperate using their particular skills in order to take objectives and fend off the other team.

The game’s heavy focus on teamwork over lone-wolf tactics is refreshing, and the various abilities make for fights that rarely feel the same. Overwatch is also one of the most attractive games of this generation; each character has a distinct look that suits their personality, and the game boasts a vibrant art style that evokes classic comic books.

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TITANFALL 2

Titanfall 2 stands above the crowd by providing an extremely quick, polished, varied experience. While the first Titanfall never made its way to the PlayStation ecosystem, its sequel has — and it’s better in every way. The main event is multiplayer, in which players battle it out as Pilots, who have the ability to run on walls, climb just about anything, double-jump, and more. At about the midway point of every match, though, out come the Titans: giant, walking mechs that totally change the course of every battle.

Whether you’re a Pilot zipping around the map, a Titan lumbering into battle with other mechs, or a little guy jumping on the back of a giant robot to drop a grenade inside it, Titanfall 2 is full of amazing, crazy moments, and intense battles. And unlike the last title in the series, Titanfall 2 also packs a single-player campaign that’s really a standout from a design perspective. Every level is a little different from the one before, providing a host of interesting challenges to work through.

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BATTLEFIELD 1

The spinoff title Battlefield Hardline wasn’t exactly the greatest game in the world, failing to impress with either its single-player campaign or competitive multiplayer. Dice righted these wrongs in Battlefield 1, a WW1-era shooter that builds on the large-scale chaos of the Battlefield series with weapons and vehicles appropriate for the era.

Its multiplayer option is one of the best in the history of Battlefield, giving even the greenest players a chance to make a difference, and the multi-map “Operations” mode makes for some of the tensest moment in any shooter. Battlefield 1 also impresses on the campaign (Western) front, with multiple “War Stories” giving you unique looks into the lives of several soldiers and combatants during the War to End all Wars.

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CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 4

The PlayStation 4 missed out on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and it isn’t clear if the game will ever hit the system, but Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a more than welcome replacement. The battle royale mode “Blackout” mixes the fast and intense first-person shooting the series is known for with the white-knuckled suspense of PUBG, all while paying tribute to classic weapons and locations from other Black Ops games.

Though it doesn’t have a campaign, there is still a ton of content included in Black Ops 4. The multiplayer and cooperative Zombies modes are both fantastic, and the progression systems for both encourages continued play in a way that few other shooters can do. For anyone burnt out with the excess of the previous Call of Duty games, its straightforward approach to leveling up is more than welcome.

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Free-to-play

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS

It took a year after the game released on Xbox One, and even longer since its PC release, but PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is now available on PlayStation 4. The battle royale game that helped bring the genre into the spotlight, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a slow, stealth-focused multiplayer shooter that requires careful item management, knowledge of the map, and team coordination, with just a few shots taking down anyone not wearing substantial body armor.

Where Fortnite focuses on players’ ability to quickly acquire targets and evade damage as they build their own structures, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds takes a completely different approach. Running around and attempting to play the game as you would Call of Duty or Battlefield will result in a quick death, with only the most patient, efficient, and quiet players having a chance at being the last player standing. More maps have been added for free since the game’s initial release, all of which must be mastered and memorized, and new weapons and vehicles are often added to give players a few more tools to work with, as well.

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APEX LEGENDS

Rather than develop a full-fledged sequel to Titanfall 2, Respawn Entertainment instead developed the free-to-play battle royale game Apex Legends. Set in the same universe as the studio’s Titanfall games, the class-based shooter retains Respawn’s knack for excellent first-person shooting action, and the various classes’ special abilities offer variety for players bored by the same old battle royale matches.

Respawn also cleverly added its own twists on the battle royale formula by introducing respawning – with its name, how could it not? If killed, a player’s banner can be picked up by a teammate, who can then bring them back to life at a special respawning terminal. There are also special redeployment devices that you can use to launch yourself back into the air like you would at the beginning of a match, and the game’s “ping” system makes it incredibly easy to communicate with teammates who aren’t wearing headsets.

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FORTNITE

Epic Games’ Fortnite, and more specifically its free-to-play Fortnite: Battle Royale release needs little introduction. The game has become nothing short of a worldwide phenomenon, with its dances and mechanics making their way into nearly every facet of pop culture and its addictive battle royale gameplay keeping players glued to their screens for hours at a time.

Building on the formula established in games like The Culling and PlayerUnknown’s BattlegroundsFortnite adds buildable structures to the mix, giving you the opportunity to create cover and ambush opportunities no matter where on the map you happen to be. With regular updates adding more weapons and vehicles as well as story content, there’s always something in the game that you haven’t seen before.

 
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WARFRAME

What’s going on is some of the best minute-to-minute play in video games. Not in shooters, not for a free-to-play game, but in all of video games. You can get a bow and arrow, or a machine gun. You can rush down a hallway, skid on your knees while firing at the enemies around you, jump through the air like a bullet and continue firing on the way down. You want to try a new weapon? You’re going to need to build it, and you’re going to need materials spread across any number of planets, but the game treats farming like stock brokers in the 1980s treated doing coke. Sure, it’s expected of you ... but it sure is fun!

The game doesn’t avoid grinding, because the entire game is a grind. There is lore, sure, but the point is the grind. And the grind is amazing. It’s like being a quality control worker at the Skittles factory. Sure, you’re doing the same thing over and over, but what a thing to have to repeat. Each item can only be upgraded to level 30, and then you can either continue to make your gear more powerful using cards that can also be upgraded — using Endo, sipping on gin and juice — or buy a new blueprint and create a new weapon and level that up and use more cards. You don’t have to wait for drops, because the only thing that drops are materials and cards. It’s up to you to decide what you want to craft. If variety is the spice of life, than Warframe turns every player into Muad’Dib.

You want guns? Get some. You want swords? Get some. You want a bow and arrow? You got it. You want characters that look like H.R. Giger had a rough night at Taco Bell? You are in for a treat. (By Ben Kuchera)

Sandbox/Building

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MINECRAFT

Many publishers use sandbox as a general term for large, open-ended game worlds, but few games deserve that term more than Minecraft. Its premise is as simple as it is inviting (but it can be complex, minecraft is what you make of it) – you’re thrown onto a procedurally generated world, and you must survive in any way you can. This includes venturing into the depths of the planet to mine new resources, squaring off against explosive Creepers, and building shelters to protect yourself against the enemies hoping to snack on your brains whenever the sun goes down.

If the survival mode isn’t for you, a creative option is also available, giving you access to all the game’s resources and tools in order to make your dream home. If you want to bring a friend into the mix, there’s a multiplayer option, and tons of special skins are available to give your world the perfect look.

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STARDEW VALLEY

Who knew a farming simulator could be such a smash hit? After first-time developer Eric Barone had grown frustrated with the state of the long-running Harvest Moon series, he took it upon himself to create the game he wanted to play. The result was Stardew Valley, a charming love letter to the 16-bit era with a delightful cast of characters to meet, activities to complete, and dangerous areas to explore.

You can turn your land into the farm you’ve always wanted, and there are plenty of customization options for turning your house into a home. You can even start a relationship with 12 different people in the town, provided you’re able to tear yourself away from your crops long enough to talk to anyone.

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Platforming

NO MAN’S SKY

The development of No Man’s Sky was a marathon, not a sprint. The insanely ambitious space exploration game was made by a tiny team at the U.K.-based Hello Games, and it got the gaming community’s attention in a hurry. With potentially billions of planets to explore, each with unique flora and fauna to discover, no two players’ experiences in the game were ever alike.

At launch in 2016, however, it was rough around the edges, but the game has continued to improve over time, all culminating in the July 2018 “NEXT” update, which expanded on building features and finally added a multiplayer option so players could lose themselves on a mysterious planet with a buddy.

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MEGA MAN 11

Mega Man 11 is the first mainline entry in the series in more than eight years. Luckily for fans, Capcom doesn’t miss a beat in this long-awaited revival. Mega Man 11 uses colorful 2.5D graphics, going away from the retro look seen in all other iterations of the Blue Bomber.

The classic, challenging action-platforming gameplay is unchanged, though. Throughout the brilliantly designed stage, you’ll run, jump, and shoot your way to glory. The power-ups are interesting, each boss exudes personality, and the platforming is constantly throwing new obstacles in your way. Mega Man 11doesn’t last long, but it’s wonderful nonetheless.

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SHOVEL KNIGHT

Occasionally, a throwback game can end up being more successful than the games from which it spawned. This was certainly the case with Yacht Club Games’ Shovel Knight, which found inspiration in everything from Mega Man to DuckTales but managed to fold them into a  modern game. Initially released with a single campaign focused on the titular Shovel Knight, Shovel Knight has subsequently received multiple updates that add entirely new storylines and playable characters.

It helps that the basic action-platforming controls are close to perfect, which characters able to bounce on enemies and use multiple special abilities to take down bosses. If you loved retro pixel-art platformers, you’ll love Shovel Knight, but even younger players will get sucked into its masterful design.


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Puzzle games

RAYMAN LEGENDS

After years of mediocre spinoff games and borderline obscurity, Ubisoft’s Rayman jumped back into the spotlight with the excellent 2D platformer Rayman Origins, and for the sequel, nearly everything was improved. Rayman Legends has some of the most creative level design we’ve ever seen in a platformer, often rivaling Nintendo’s Mario games, and its whimsical art and music make it very difficult to stop playing.

The standout feature, however, are the special musical levels that end each area – Rayman must run and jump in time to goofy songs, including a mariachi rendition of Eye of the Tiger, and it’s impossible to get through them without a smile on your face.

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LIFE IS STRANGE 2

The sequel to the heralded episodic adventure is off to a moving start. Life is Strange 2 – Episode 1 introduces us to Sean and Daniel Diaz, brothers who quickly must flee their hometown of Seattle. It’s hard to say too much about the story without giving anything important away.

Just know that it confronts societal issues such as race relations and interactions with police, while also delving into the supernatural like the first game. If you want to get a taste of the quality writing before shelling out cash, you can download The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, a prequel episode of sorts, for free. Your decisions will affect the story in Life is Strange 2.

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THE TALOS PRINCIPLE

An atmospheric first-person puzzle game probably isn’t what you’d expect from the creators of Serious Sam but that’s exactly what Croteam delivered with The Talos Principle. It’s a deeply unsettling game that mixes overgrown ancient ruins with robots that look like they were pulled from Will Smith’s I, Robot film. You’re tasked with completing puzzles and the why of it all plays a major role in the story so you won’t be blindly completing challenges for hours at a time.

We have to warn you, though, that the game’s gorgeous environmental design might make you pause to just drink it all in every once in a while. Croteam promises that you can solve puzzles in your own way across its non-linear world, and its Myst-meets-Portal design will certainly leave you scratching your head at some points.

Role-playing games

 
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ASSASSIN’S CREED ODYSSEY

Ubisoft’s second attempt at turning its long-running Assassin’s Creed franchise into RPG fares better than the first. Set in an absolutely gorgeous and sprawling depiction of Ancient Greece, you play as either Alexios or Kassandra, siblings cursed to a terrible fate. As a Misthios (basically a hired sword) during the Peloponnesian War, you’re dropped in the middle of the struggle between Athens and Sparta.

At the center of it all is a family story, though, which shines despite some pacing issues. With a leveling and weapon system comparable to Destiny 2, Odyssey demands that you explore much of its lavish world to progress through the story. Though it’s overly focused on lvel grinding, if you enjoy the combat loop and get interested in the rich history of the open world, you could easily spend north of 50 hours in Ubisoft’s version of Ancient Greece.

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HORIZON ZERO DAWN

From the studio best-known for the Killzone franchise, Horizon Zero Dawn is quite the change of pace. You play as Aloy of the Nora tribe in a third-person, open-world action-RPG across a vast and sprawling post-apocalyptic world overrun by large mechanical beasts resembling animals. It’s arguably the prettiest game ever released on a home console, but Horizon Zero Dawn is much more than just a pretty face.

Engaging, fluid combat makes toppling the wide array of robotic beasts consistently exciting and fresh. The copious scavenging and crafting requirements are rewarding because of the diverse combat. The well-spun yarn is equal parts origin story for the captivating world and coming-of-age story for its brave heroine. Horizon Zero Dawn manages to hold onto its bountiful fun-factor throughout its 30-plus hour adventure, making it a standout within its cluttered genre.

A story DLC, The Frozen Wilds, was released to widespread acclaim and offers a whole new area for players towards the end of the game.

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HORIZON ZERO DAWN

Following the success of BioWare’s Dragon Age: Origins, the studio was forced to rush Dragon Age II out the door, and it showed – the sequel simply lacked the ambition, depth, and love that went into the original, but it did show flashes of brilliance in its more action-focused combat.

With Dragon Age: Inquisition, BioWare combined what worked in both games, and it’s a sprawling open-ended role-playing adventure with a brilliant story, strategic and engaging combat, a cast of entertaining supporting characters, and enough content to keep you busy for weeks at a time. Dragon Age: Inquisition is peak BioWare, and you really can’t ask for the studio to do a better job than that.

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HORIZON ZERO DAWN

While there are plenty of RPGs available on Sony’s PlayStation 4, CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the best. In the epic conclusion to the adventure trilogy, players once again don the role of Geralt of Rivia, waging battle against the advancing Wild unt army in the Northern Kingdoms. Although the title remains similar in style to previous games in the series, CD Projekt Red included new combat mechanics and significantly bolstered the customization, all of which help it improve upon the gameplay and imbue its open-world with a greater sense of depth.

Few games possess the kind of writing present in The Witcher 3, which features an enthralling story penned by regular series writer Marcin Blacha. Perhaps the game’s biggest draw is the fact the main storyline takes players roughly 30 hours to complete. That number balloons to more than 100 hours if you take into account side quests and mini-games, rendering its longevity as attractive as its visuals.

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HORIZON ZERO DAWN

t’s not exactly the most traditional Monster Hunter game but that’s what makes it so damn good. If you enjoy a good open world RPG where you can track rare monsters, engage in tough combat, and craft awesome armor out of their remains then Monster Hunter: World is right up your alley.

Monster Hunter: World modernizes a classic RPG and makes it easy for anyone to jump in. It features beautiful zones that feel alive, monsters with improved AI, and really cool DLC crossovers with Final Fantasy, Street Fighter, and Horizon Zero Dawn. There’s also a multiplayer mode where up to four players can suit up in their best gear and take down dangerous beasts together. As one of the PlayStation 4’s best selling games, you’d be missing out if you didn’t at least consider picking it up.

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HORIZON ZERO DAWN

After a more than 13-year wait, Kingdom Hearts 3 finally arrived. The Disney-infused action RPG sticks to its PS2 roots while moving the action forward in smart and engaging ways. The seven Disney worlds Sora, Donald, and Goofy visit on their adventure are much more accommodating and fully realized than in previous entries, allowing the Disney magic to fully enwrap the experience.

While each of the Disney storylines will warm your heart, the combat is the reason why the game doesn’t tire after dozens of hours. Armed with a bevy of Keyblades with a transformation or two each, taking out hordes of Heartless has never been this varied. Sora can even summon Disney theme park rides such as spinning tea cups to eliminate foes both large and small in a hurry. Yes, Kingdom Hearts 3 has a bonkers story that’s hard to follow, but it’s a thoroughly amusing farewell to a story arc that began 17 years ago.

MASSIVELY MULTIPLAYER GAMES

 
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DESTINY 2: FORSAKEN – LEGENDARY COLLECTION

Though many of us loved the original Destiny, it had a cryptic and confusing story and a surprisingly empty world. These issues have been rectified in Destiny 2, a game so content-rich and satisfying that we’ve found ourselves playing for three or four hours at a time without much thought. The buttery-smooth combat of the first game returns, but it’s coupled with a cinematic story spanning four different worlds, a huge number of extra “Adventures” to complete, six cooperative Strikes, and a competitive multiplayer component as satisfying as Titanfall 2 or Battlefield 1.

estiny 2: Forsaken, the major expansion released in September, added plenty of worthwhile additions to keep Guardians glued to their controllers. From the excellent Baron boss fights to the new Triumphs and Collections systems to great new environments like Gambit, Forsaken brings the already great Destiny 2formula to new heights. You can gain access to the entire Destiny 2 experience by buying Destiny 2: Forsaken – Legendary Edition. It comes with the base game, first two expansions, and the Forsakenmakeover.

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Final Fantasy XIV 

When the MMO Final Fantasy XIV originally launched in 2010, it was derided as one of – if not the – worst games in the entire series. Square Enix wasn’t content to just kill off its enormous online game, however, and instead chose to completely rebuild it into a new version called Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Later shortened to just Final Fantasy XIV, it’s one of the only true MMO games available on the PlayStation 4, and it released to a much more positive reception.

Several patches and paid expansions have released over the last few years, including 2017’s Stormblood, which added new dungeons, a new raid, new jobs, several new playable areas, and a new level cap.

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Final Fantasy XIV 

Polyphony has crafted one of the most realistic and engaging entries in the entire series with Gran Turismo Sport. With support for 4K resolution, 60 frames per second, and HDR, you’ll be able to see the tread of your tires and every drop of rain falling on your windows, and more than 150 different vehicles are available to choose from.

There are also driving assist functions to enable less-experienced drivers to enjoy Gran Turismo Sport, as well as a “driving school,” and provided that your stomach can handle it, the game also supports PlayStation VR – this isn’t some tacked on mode, either, but rather a full 360-degree mode showing the entire interior of the vehicle as you race.

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ROCKET LEAGUE

Is it soccer? Is it basketball? Is it something else entirely? It doesn’t really matter in Psyonix’ Rocket League, the hybrid racing game that replaces human players with rocket-powered vehicles capable of soaring into the air to knock oversized soccer balls into the net.

Despite its simple concept, mastering Rocket League demands practice, as the top players are capable of manipulating their vehicles down to the smallest turn in order to deflect a ball or get into position for the perfect pass. With other courses mimicking sports like basketball and a ton of post-launch content already released, you could easily drop everything you’re doing and play Rocket League for weeks on end.