With the fourth anniversary of the PlayStation 4 approaching quickly, the PlayStation team here at PSVG decided to take a look at the best games available on the console. While the list is ranked, this is meant to be a good look at a great collection of games available. This list was completed in May 2017, and is meant as a snapshot of PSVG contributors’ favorite games currently available on PS4. As we continue to play games in the future, this list could change. We will revisit it at a later time. This version’s contributors are: Seth, Kyle, Kevin and Devin.
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#25 Child of Light
Child of Light tells a charming story of a father and daughter’s reciprocal love, set in a beautiful fantasy world. This is one of the gorgeous UbiArt games, alongside Rayman Legends and Origins, Valiant Hearts and Gravity Falls. The 2.5D graphics are gorgeous to look at, and I love moving the main character Aurora around the environment. Aurora wakes up in the mythical land of Lemuria after freezing to death, and must travel to all parts of the world to defeat the Queen of the Night. My favorite part of the game was the active time-battle system that added a level of strategy to the turn-based battle system. Child of Light is a gorgeous game and one of my most memorable experiences on the PS4.
#24 Axiom Verge
Axiom Verge is the Metroid game I didn’t know I wanted. This game took me back to junior high when I was staying up all night to try and figure out Super Metroid. I had so much fun with this game just trying to figure out the puzzles, open up the map, and find all the weapons upgrades and energy tanks. Not to mention trying to find all the secrets. This game also worked great with remote play to my phone which was the icing on the cake. I know all of the backtracking in games like this can sometimes wear thin on people, but I love it. It’s even better when you forget about that one dead end, and then you come across a certain item and you have that Eureka moment. If you have any love at all for the 2D Metroid and Castlevainia games then you owe it to yourself to give this one a try.
#23 Rogue Legacy
Prior to playing Spelunky, I’d never played a “Roguelike” game. Roguelikes are typified by procedurally generated levels and permadeath. Every time you die, you start over at the beginning, armed only with knowledge of how the world works. Your powers are stripped from you, the level layouts are changed and enemies are respawned. It is now a favorite genre for me, and Rogue Legacy is a shining example of what can be done within the genre. In this game, you are a knight exploring a castle for clues as to what happened to your father. You won’t get very far before dying. The difference in Rogue Legacy is that your later characters are descendants of each previous character, and a variety of skills carry over from one generation to the next. This, combined with some truly goofy quirks, makes for a more rewarding roguelike experience, and one of the best games of the current generation.
This game from Double Fine snuck up on me. The Metroidvania about a floating astronaut head did absolutely nothing for me leading up to its release. Yet, during a slow summer, I decided to give it a try. And I immediately fell in love. The Metroidvania elements are light and make a ton of sense. The story is full of Double Fine’s traditional humor, and the boss battles are memorable. The environments are gorgeous, and the story is interesting. Headlander is a must play for any fan of the genre. Check out my full review here.
#21 TitanFall 2
Ahh the one with the campaign. And my, what a campaign it was. When the first Titanfall dropped I though man that looks like a blast but it was only on Xbox, and only multiplayer. So when I found out Titanfall 2 would be not only be multiplat but have a campaign as well I was a bit skeptical but thought hey it’s worth a Red Box rental. A day and $60 later I was knee deep in a campaign that completely captured my imagination. Coupled with slick controls, amazing visuals and a buttery smooth 60FPS I was hooked. Now while I never really got into the multiplayer, I loved the look and feel of it, but the speed was too much for this old man. If you are looking for a great FPS campaign that leaves you itching to hop in a mech and get a part 3 of this story I highly recommend at least a rental of TitanFall 2.
#20 Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
Individually, Uncharted 1, 2, and 3 could have made the list. If you put them all together in one package, the inclusion is a no brainer. If you are looking for one of the best values in games, this collection introduces you to Nathan Drake, his posse, and the ridiculous adventures they go on. Rediscover the lost treasure of El Dorado, explore the mystical Shangri-La, and rediscover the lost city of Ubar all while being engrossed in some of the best story-telling games has to offer. It might get a bit quirky at times, but the Uncharted series is still one of the preeminent single player experiences in games, and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection makes it an excellent deal as well.
#19 Fallout 4
While this game’s story wasn’t quite as good for me as Fallout 3, this is a must play for any Fallout fan. It has a massive map with TONS to explore. Also, if you are playing be sure to pick up the season pass on this game, as it added a lot of content to the game. I probably spent more time playing Fallout 4 than any other game over the last two years. Even thinking about it now makes me want to dive back into the wastelands of New England. If you aren’t familiar with the franchise it’s basically Skyrim but set in a post-apocalyptic setting with guns…..so basically way better, well at least to me
This is a game I slept on far too long and I encourage you to not make the same mistake. Gorgeous visuals, excellent story-telling with an unforgettable narrator, engrossing gameplay, and significant replayability make Bastion one of the best experiences you can have in games. For me, that is not hyperbole. I consider Bastion to be one of my top 10 games of all time. The developer SuperGiant Games has not missed so far (their only other release is also on this list in Transistor, and their next release Pyre is due soon) so I encourage you to get in touch with your inner “Kid”, investigate what happened to Caledonia, and see if you can prevent the Calamity.
#17 Rise of the Tomb Raider
The follow up to the phenomenal self-titled Tomb Raider reboot delivers in a way that only a few sequels truly can. Instead of having a sophomore jinx it took everything that was great about the first one and expanded on it in every way. Want more weapons? Check. Bigger map? Check. Deeper crafting and upgrades? Check. Even kookier story? Check. I absolutely loved this game. Tomb Raider takes the Indiana Jones theme throws a bow and arrow in there, a British female protagonist and creates a master in class of gameplay, and level design. Heck they even throw a compelling story in there to boot. Now if only I didn’t have to wait a year to play it on PS4…
#16 Tales from the Borderlands
I had always liked Borderlands, but honestly had no interest in a Telltale Games narrative adventure on Pandora. The characters were not the reason I played Borderlands, it was all about the sweet guns and running around causing general mayhem with friends. Then I played Tales from the Borderlands and it immediately became my favorite Telltale game, and was in the running for my game of the year in 2015. The characters are memorable, the dialogue is genuinely funny, and it shows the power of an excellent narrative. It is the game I judge all other Telltale games against…and will likely judge the next Borderlands against as well. I am hoping for a sequel, as I need more Loader Bot in my life.
#15 Watch_Dogs 2
Watch_Dogs 2 is one of the most compelling and fun open world games I have ever played. From character design, to worldbuilding, and storytelling Watch_Dogs 2 excels in every area. In a time when open world games seems to be the norm Watch_Dogs 2 stands head and shoulders above the rest with its fun approach to the underground world of hackers and tech geeks. Whether you’re like me and go through the game only using tech and hacks or you want to go in guns blazing this is a fun romp that should not be missed. For a more in depth take check out the full review here.
#14 Batman: Arkham Knight
The supposed end to the Arkham series, this was a masterpiece. Great voice-acting, great gameplay mechanics, fantastic story. While the Batmobile addition was divisive amongst fans, for the most part I didn’t mind, Another game that made great use of DLC as well, allowing you to play as other characters such as Nightwing, Harley Quinn, Red Hood, etc. I keep hoping they will announce another one of these games soon but they have said it’s done….but can’t stop me from dreaming.
#13 Until Dawn
Take a choose your own adventure story and mash it up with a 90’s B-Horror flick and you get Until Dawn. Fantastic casting and voice acting in this game mixed with a pretty good story. Every decision you make can alter the rest of the game and give you a different final outcome in the end. Can you keep everyone alive or will you only have a sole survivor when it’s all said and done…assuming you don’t stop playing from fear of the jump scares. This is also a great title to play with others, it’s like watching a movie!
#12 Diablo 3
The beloved PC game has finally come back to consoles! If you can smell what the…wait wait sorry forgot where I was for a minute. In all seriousness Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition, is like the gift that keeps on giving. It has had several updates over the course of its lifetime in an attempt to keep in up with its PC counterpart. Most recently it has received the seasons update that allows for certain gear sets and weapons to be pillaged for in the time frame for the season before your character resets. It is a serious testament to the Diablo player base as well Blizzards amazing game and level design that it has managed to be constantly updated and stay relevant since its release in 2014 and shows very few signs of slowing down.
Supergiant Games is a special developer. The studio has made two of my favorite games in the past 10 years, and is one of only two developers to appear multiple times on the PSVG list of top 25 games. Having missed Bastion on its first go-around, Transistor was my introduction to Supergiant. And what an introduction! Transistor is a sci-fi action RPG with real-time combat that includes an innovative time mechanic that changes how each encounter plays out. In the game, the player-character Red is a famous singer in a city called Cloudbank, which is being destroyed by a robotic force called the Camerata. The game is gorgeous, has an interesting, deep story and an amazing soundtrack.
I never thought I would get deep into a multiplayer game again, then I met Overwatch.With a plethora of characters, a rabid community, addicting gameplay, and a steady stream of content updates, Overwatch recently broke 30 millions players as it approaches its one year anniversary, and the future is bright. I have personally sunk over 100 hours into defending capture points, escorting payloads, healing Genjis, booping opponents, groaning at Hanzo mains (though a good Hanzo is game changing), watching the animated shorts, and reading the comics. Overwatch was my most played game in 2016, and I believe it will defend its championship in 2017.
#9 Shovel Knight
Shovel Knight is the best retro game on the market. It is a loving ode to the 8-bit games of yesteryear, updated with modern trappings that appeal to newer gamers. The environments are gorgeous. Shovel Knight has a great design, as do the various enemies you fight throughout the campaign. The team at Yacht Club games has continued to expand on the Shovel Knight universe, most recently with the stellar Specter Knight expansion, but the original game is still a masterpiece that all gamers should play.
#8 The Last of Us Remastered
One of my favorite games of all time, the opening alone will break your heart. This is the pinnacle of video game cinematography. Great graphics, some of the best voice acting ever, and an amazing story. As we early await the sequel to drop, all I can say is EVERY gamer should experience this game at least once in their lifetime, no joke.
It’s a testament to Bloodborne‘s greatness that none of the four contributors to this article have actually beaten it, and yet it’s still a top-ten game. I absolutely adored Bloodborne‘s initial setting and the gameplay loop. Even two years later, I still have Yharnam’s opening map etched in my memory — largely because I had to replay it 30 times. The game takes the patented Souls formula, drops it in a Victorian horror setting and speeds up the combat, placing an emphasis on dodging over blocking and parrying. The feeling of success as the player takes down boss after boss is immense. While I bowed out of the experience after defeating Rom the Vacuous Spider, I still thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
#6 InFamous: Second Son
An early example of the graphical power of the PS4, InFamous: Second Son is one of the most fun games on the system. While its story and main character are arguably lacking, the world and traveling around it are the absolute stars of the show here. Unlocking Delsin Rowe’s powers is an absolute treat, especially once you unlock the full potential of neon and can speed around this version of Seattle. It is a beautiful game, and is still a treat to look at. Second Son was also my first legitimate platinum trophy, as I couldn’t stop playing until Idid everything.
Everything Housemarque touches seems to turn to gold. Resogun is a launch PS4 games, and to this day one of the best games on the system. A side-scrolling shoot em’ up with stunning voxel art, Resogun has you making laps around a cylinder saving humans. After you destroy enough ships, and hopefully all the humans, you take on an epic boss who will put your skills to the test. High difficulty, tight controls, and a thumping soundtrack help make the high-score chasing addictive and Resogun an easy recommendation for anyone with a PS4.
#4 Ratchet and Clank
Probably the best example of a 3-D platformer on the console. Funny dialogue and TONS of weapons ranging from practical to completely absurd. While Seth would surely agree with me, if he actually had played it (long story folks) this game was easily some of the most fun I’ve had with my PS4. It’s a harkening back to the golden age of 3D platforms in the best way imaginable.
Is it too early to call Destiny game of the generation? While the initial reaction to Destiny was lukewarm, the game continued to get better with each patch, update, and content release. With 2015’s release of The Taken King expansion as the high point for the game, it has managed to capture player’s hearts and minds with its fantastic gunplay, MMO light mechanics and upgrade system, and its beloved Raids. With Destiny 2 just over the horizon, Destiny has managed to keep itself relevant and in the conversation since its 2014 release and for years to come.
#2 Horizon Zero Dawn
The great new hope for PlayStation, Horizon Zero Dawn had a lot of pressure put on it. A large, open-world RPG with an interesting protagonist, mystery abound,and hype levels off the chart, this type of game is not usually a console exclusive. Luckily for Guerilla Games, and Sony, the critical and player response has been exceptional. It is rare for a game to live up to the hype around it, and even more rare for it to exceed it. Horizon Zero Dawn seems to have taken the hype by the robotic horns and is bending it to its will. This is definitely the next big IP for PlayStation and I am already looking forward to the next chapter.
#1 Uncharted 4
Rock Climbing Simulator 2016, I kid, kinda. While some may argue it’s not quite as great as some of the other entries in the series, there is no denying that Uncharted is at the foundation of Sony’s gaming empire for the PS3/PS4 eras. A fun Indiana Jones style romp with lots of action, a great supporting cast, and a fun multiplayer as well. Along with The Last of Us, Uncharted is another must play series for any gamer.