The PS4 has been out in the wild for almost five years now, and throughout its lifespan, the console has built a library of truly fantastic games. Whether it’s celebrated exclusives or third-party juggernauts, there are countless experiences to be found right now.
God of War
- Incredibly gorgeous
- Huge amount of gameplay
- Most satisfying combat system
- Depth to the combat via character upgrades
- Excellent father/son tale
- Zero load screens
- Boss encounters massively underwhelm
- Change of pace certainly won’t be for all
- Ending falls flat
God of War is yet another first-party phenomenon for Sony. On PS4 Pro, in particular, the game is absolutely stunning throughout its incredible 50+ hours of superlative gameplay. While a substantial departure from other entries in the franchise, it is by far the best game in the series to date.
With an incredibly satisfying combat system, an utterly gripping father/son story and some of the most imaginative world design you’ll ever see, this is an essential purchase for all PS4 owners.
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection
- Arcade perfect ports
- Online and Training Modes
- Detailed Museum mode does the series’ legacy justice
- Some ‘improved’ home ports missing
- Ridiculously cheap A.I. opponents
- Joy-Cons aren’t ideal for fighting games
This is how to do a collection of an iconic franchise. With arcade-perfect ports of 12 of the most incredible entries from Street Fighter at a time when it was considered untouchable, the 30th-anniversary collection is an essential purchase for fight fans. OK, one entry is a bit of a stinker (the very first game), but every journey starts with a single step, and from then on Street Fighter has become a staple of the games industry.
Also, the collection of artwork, concept drawings and more within the collection will allow you to pour over details previously unseen and learn much more about the games you love.
Far Cry 5
- Spectacular action in stunning scenery
- Four great villains, each with their own style
- More immersive and organic than previous Far Cries
- Brilliant specialists and animal allies
- Sometimes sticks too closely to old Far Cry templates
- Loses pace whn the Seeds aren’t around
The latest entry in Ubisoft’s Far Cry series doesn’t disappoint. Set in fictional Hope County, Montana, Far Cry 5 has you playing as a Deputy who find themselves up against Eden’s Gate. This mysterious cult has enslaved the local populous into mindless puppets willing to carry out their every whim.
At the front of this phenomenon is the Seed Family, a quartet of crazy, compelling villains who you’ll have to defeat on your adventure. They all have stand-out narrative moments with excellent performances, even if their motivations remain a bit muddled.
Far Cry 5 features all of the same crazy, over-the-top open world mechanics of its predecessors including outposts, hunting and the return of the companion system not touched since Far Cry 2.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
- The same great Uncharted gameplay
- Chloe and Nadine make great protagonists
- Astonishing visuals
- Huge set-pieces and ingenious world design
- Leaves you wanting more
- More of the same (if mostly in a good way)
This standalone Uncharted adventure stars Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross as they travel across the world in search on an ancient treasure. Despite taking place outside the main series, The Lost Legacy is equally as beautiful and hectic as its siblings. Following on from the stellar Uncharted 4, this is an experience you can’t miss.
Stuart Andrews adored it, awarding Lost Legacy 10/10 in his review: “To my mind, this isn’t merely one of the best games of the summer, but one of the season’s best blockbusters in any media. If Naughty Dog wants to leave the series here, it’s hard to grumble, but let’s hope it doesn’t. Right now, more Uncharted seems like anything but a bad idea.”
Naturally, as a first-party game, this game takes full advantage of the PS4 Pro, with 4K visuals and HDR.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Huge, coherent and immersive game world
- Game systems and storyline both engage
- Beautifully rendered characters and scenery
- Crammed with interesting quests, side-quests and activities
- Geralt a more mature and sympathetic lead
- Long loading times
- Occasional framerate drop
The Witcher 3 has become the ultimate RPG – the one by which all others should be judged. For one, this is the largest, and most convincing open world we’ve ever seen. But also, you’re looking at a game with a storyline, quests and game systems that makes that world an incredibly compelling place to exist in.
This is the GTA 5 of sword and sorcery, so be prepared to sink a lot of hours into this game.
The Last of Us Remastered
- Superb storytelling and immersive gameplay
- Enhanced graphics and consistently smooth frame rates
- Includes the brilliant Left Behind expansion
- Factions multiplayer mode works better
- Visual enhancements not as huge as you might expect
- No compelling reason to buy it again
The Last of Us was arguably the best game on PS3, and its remaster still stands tall as one of the best PS4 games you can buy. The re-release brings updated graphics, including HDR support and 4K upscaling for PS4 Pro. There are also graphical improvements, increased draw distance, a better combat mechanic and better framerate. Plus there’s the simply sublime photo mode, which we believe makes any game better.
This edition also includes the captivating Left Behind expansion, which follows Ellie in her very own tale. With The Last of Us Part 2 on the way, there’s no better time to jump in and familiarise yourself with the game that started it all.
Horizon Zero Dawn
- The most gorgeous console game ever made
- So much stuff to do
- An engaging story
- Waypointing can be a little iffy
Horizon Zero Dawn is quite simply the most gorgeous console game ever made. Whether you’re gaming on PS4 or PS4 Pro, it’s a beautiful title that needs to be seen to be believed. It is also one of the finest example of HDR use in gaming.
But Guerrilla Games has also delivered so much more: Horizon is a compelling story told with an incredibly satisfying gameplay loop. As Aloy, you will take to this glorious open world, bow and arrows in hand, and hunt everything in site. It’s an immensely enjoyable game and a must-buy for PS4 players.
- Smart level design
- Consistent, satisfying mechanics
- Thick, moody atmosphere
- Frequently frustrating
- Obscure style may annoy
Another PS4-exclusive and another absolutely incredible game. Bloodborne marks the spiritual successor the Souls series by FromSoftware. It’s a challenging, consistently rewarding and unsurpassed since it launched way back in 2014.
If you like your games to present incredible difficulty followed by unrivaled triumph, you need to buy Bloodborne. The best part is the game is currently FREE on PlayStation Plus, so what are you waiting for!?
FromSoftware has recently announced the spiritual successor to Bloodborne: Shadows Die Twice, so once again this is the perfect time to jump onboard.
- Great premise that doesn’t get old
- Menial tasks are somehow fun
- Looks great
- Battle system is smartly thought out
- Proper weird
- Asks for a lot of your time
- Not instantly accessible
- Does get very rough at times
Persona 5 is arguably the finest JRPG on Sony’s console. Successfully living up to years of hype and anticipation, Atlus’ latest masterpiece combines addictive gameplay, beloved characters and an unrivaled sense of style to deliver an experience that simply can’t be missed. Playing as a young boy starting a new life in Tokyo, you quickly find yourself embroiled in a series of sticky situations as the leader of The Phantom Thieves.
You’ll attend classes, make friends and infiltrate a series of devious dungeons known as Palaces to defeat corrupt individuals from the real world. This generous gameplay loop is made even better by some wonderful visuals and sharp, witty writing the series is renown for. Persona 5 is nothing but essential.
Buy now: Persona 5 for £40 / $46 from Amazon
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
- Incredible visuals and audio
- Brutal and kinetic melee combat
- Clever perspective-based puzzles
- Immersive storytelling that could only work in games
- Action takes time to warm up
- Be prepared to discover things for yourself
Ninja Theory’s latest work might just be its finest yet. The studio behind Heavenly Sword and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West has crafted a harrowingly beautiful journey with amazing visuals, great performances and ingenious design.
It’s short-lived but perfectly paced with a blend of action and puzzles that grows in richness and complexity as the game goes on. Senua’s story is a tragic, heartfelt one that is just begging to be experienced.
- Satisfying combat
- Inventive and surprising
- Movement feels incredible
- Brilliant soundtrack
- Invisible walls
- Camera can be annoying
- Ugly in places
NieR: Automata is the sequel to 2010’s belovedly bizarre cult classic that builds upon the original’s brilliantly varied combat with a suitably deep narrative that will keep you guessing well beyond its initial ending. Playing as 2B, an android carrying out the bidding of humanity’s last remnants against otherworldly invaders in an oddly skimpy dress, you’ll spend your time cutting down countless robots while exploring a dense, post-apocalyptic world.
While it may not rank among Platinum Games’ finest, the imaginative mixture of high-octane combat and the wonderfully compelling story makes NieR: Automata an essential purchase for fans of obscure Japanese games. From the looks of it, Yoko Taro has struck gold once again with this mythical masterpiece.
Yakuza 6: Song of Life
- A spectacular conclusion to Kiryu’s story
- Brutal and engaging combat
- Two distinct cities to explore
- An overwhelming of stuff to do
- No more UFO Catchers
- Camera can be finicky at times
- The last we’ll see of Kazuma Kiryu
Yakuza 6 is the latest entry in the thrilling series and marks the greatest game for the franchise yet. Embracing everything that has made prior entries so captivating and improving it, this is a game that will enthral fans both new and old.
The best part about it is Yakuza 6 is perfectly suited for newcomers, with tweaks to combat offering the most fluid game yet. Of course players who have enjoyed Kazuma Kiryu’s adventures over the past decade will be far more rewarded by this experience, but there’s still a great game here for everyone.
After taking PC by storm earlier this year, Stardew Valley and its charming mixture of farming, exploration and dungeon crawling is finally on PS4, and it’s just as good as we’d hoped.
You’re a new citizen in the town of Stardew Valley, starting a fresh new life as a farmer in charge of your own land, crop and animals. Every day you’ll wake up and carry out whatever tasks you want, whether it be going on dates, digging up trees or hitting the local bar.
Much like Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon, Stardew Valley is capable of sapping hundreds upon hundreds of hours from you if you get carried away. It’s utterly addictive, dripping with bundles of charm that make it difficult not to love. It’s also really cheap, sitting at £11.99 on the PlayStation Store.
Night in the Woods
Night in the Woods is a funny, creative and surprisingly touching adventure game, and a definite sleeper hit of 2017. You play as Mae, a talking cat having returned from a failed college degree to her quiet hometown of Possum Springs. Be warned, it’s filled with anthropomorphic creatures with attitude.
By meeting up with old friends and making new ones you’ll view life through a different lens and come to release that things change, friends leave and life doesn’t stop for anybody. Packed with clever minigames and strikingly original dialogue, Night in the Woods is a special little experience well worth picking up on PSN.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
- Emotionally compelling
- Better stealth
- Great end-game content
- Weapons could be more creative
- Animations and character models occasionally feel ropey
A far deeper game than its B-movie stylings would imply at first glance, Wolfenstein II also delights with its fast-paced, creative first-person warfare. Its tongue-in-cheek social commentary is heavy-handed, but there are few other games where mowing down the bad guys feels so cathartic or warranted.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus also pulls off the rare trick of being a sequel that more than lives up to the standard set by its predecessor, making this a real treat for returning players. The story is fantastic, combining a compelling ensemble cast with a genuinely emotional yarn. While tonally-inconsistent at times, you always feel passionate about wiping out the Nazi menace ruling over the globe.
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