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By Adam Mathew
Moving into the fourth year of its life, Sony's PlayStation 4 boasts a truly impressive library of games. Admittedly, PS4 adopters don't currently enjoy the benefits of disc-based backwards compatibility – like its predecessor, the PS3, or its current-era competitor, the Xbox One – but Sony's forward-thinking console more than makes up for this with the lion's share of exclusives and quality first-party titles. In short, and at the time of writing, the PS4 looks to be winning the 8th-generation console war.
By a considerable margin, too, if you believe the estimates. As of December 2017, the PlayStation 4 passed the 70 million units sold mark, and, to put that into perspective, the PS3 only managed to sell 80 million in ten years. Microsoft doesn't currently report sales figures for its Xbox One console, but experts speculate the number is somewhere in the ballpark of 40 million.
It's also worth noting that 1 in 5 of those 70 million PS4s in the wild are the 4K-enabling model, the PS4 Pro. In addition to that, Sony's somewhat experimental virtual reality peripheral, the PSVR, has managed to shift 2 million units in little over a year. Sadly, the latter medium won't be featured here today – we're keeping a separate list for the best PSVR games here. So, if sci-fi-looking helmets and mild-to-severe motion-sickness is your jam, please go check it out.
What you will see below is the crème de la crème of console gaming. Every genre has been sifted through, every game has been finished and weighed against its closest competitor. Every grind has been completed au naturel, too – no micro-transacted pay-to-win loot boxes have tainted our experiments (truly gaming's worst new trend since paid epilogue DLC).
On the topic of our selection process, it's always worth knowing the credentials of any list curator. Basically, I've been gaming for 30 years. I've seen and played it all, folks – from Pong on a shitty black-and-white 20-inch TV, to 4K gaming on an HDR-enabled TV the size of Texas. I've owned (and still own) every console since the late '70s and I've been extremely fortunate to have spent 15 years in the games industry (five in the retail space, ten editing full-time for major websites and nationally-produced gaming mags). Basically, I'm a grown-arse man and critiquing games is my life's work.
- RELEASE DATE: 24/5/17
- DEVELOPER: Blizzard Entertainment
- PUBLISHER: Blizzard Entertainment
After decades of staying in its action-RPG lane with Diablo, gamers had forgotten how talented and versatile a developer like Blizzard was. When the team announced in 2014 that it was going to try its hand at a first-person shooter – which is the rough, non-gaming equivalent of Harley Davidson expressing an interest in making a supercar – people scoffed. Fast-forward to now, and Overwatch is an incredibly polished, team-based blastfest that's a dominant force in the genre.
Incredibly polished, team-based blastfest
Imagine, if you will, a purely PvP experience that revolves around the strengths and weaknesses of a Street Fighter-esque roster of heroes, each with unique skills and an assigned role on the battlefield (offense, defense, tank or support). Discovering your favourite among these 26 radically different characters is a real joy, and trying to hone your skills across a diverse array of gorgeously designed maps and game-types (Escort, Assault, Hybrid, and Control) is hours of fun. Throw in Blizzard's master-level understanding of lootbox addiction (cosmetic gear only) and Overwatch is nigh on irresistible.
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9. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
- RELEASE DATE: 19/8/14
- DEVELOPER: Blizzard Entertainment
- PUBLISHER: Blizzard Entertainment
It's sad to say it, but 4-person local play on a single TV is a rare commodity in this, the 8th generation of console gaming. Diablo III: The Ultimate Evil Edition flies the banner proud, however, and Blizzard's custom-designed controller interface let's any quartet do some serious action-RPG grinding / leveling / equipping without treading on each other's toes. Your only major concern is what class you're going to pick: Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, Wizard, Crusader or the recently added (and additional costing) Necromancer.
a timeless and heavenly experience
PC folk will hunt me down for saying this, but this feels like the best version of the game one can spend their gold coins on. There's hours upon hours of dungeon-crawling and loot-coveting to be had here, thanks to gift sending, kill-streak rewards, Nephalem “loot run” rifts and nemesis demons (that have murdered somebody on your friends list and now want to drop in to say hi and claim your skull, too). Don't let the age of this 2014 reissuing of a 2012 game fool you. Mowing through hellspawn is a timeless and heavenly experience.
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8. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- RELEASE DATE: 19/5/2015
- DEVELOPER: CD Projekt Red
- PUBLISHER: CD Projekt Red
Sliding into the riding boots of Geralt of Rivia – monster-slayer-for-hire and consummate bad arse – is an RPG experience like no other on PS4. The gigantic world of The Witcher III is teeming with side-quests, dungeons filled with horrors drawn from Slavic folklore and a mature, dark-fantasy main-quest that delivers some of the tightest story-telling in gaming. Better yet, you'll never just feel like a player who's mindlessly hacking and magic-blasting their way through a large sandbox set; you're an equal stake-holder here, and what you do matters. Don't believe me? How does 36 game endings sound?
The Witcher III delivers some of the tightest story-telling in gaming.
Getting to the best one is going to take you dozens of hours (and that'll head into hundreds if you get the GOTY edition that includes all of the expansion content). That said, the journey is bliss when you're steadily improving your skills, brutally dismembering fools in combat and tripping over plot-twists. The White Wolf may be getting long in the fang, but The Witcher III: Wild Hunt is an epic adventure that's yet to be topped.
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- RELEASE DATE: 24/3/15
- DEVELOPER: FromSoftware
- PUBLISHER: Sony
Bloodborne is a bonafide exclusive; a Sony / FromSoftware collab that's never going to appear on any platform but a PlayStation. It's also damned good, too – in many ways (arguably) better than the much-beloved Demon's Souls and Dark Souls games that informed its design. The major differences this time around: this brutally difficult action-RPG ditches the swords 'n' sorcery shtick for one of the best modern Gothic horror stories in ages and, in most cases, tactical aggression will trump defensive combat strategies. Oh, and you'll be asked to “parry” the incoming attacks of Lovecraftian horrors with a gun. What's not to love about that?
One of the best modern gothic horror stories in ages...
Give Bloodborne time to infect and grow on you – like one of the huge scrotal-esque sacs that its NPCs sport as replacement heads – and you'll be rewarded with an intricate, skin-crawling challenge that's unlike any other. Better yet, Bloodborne continues to expand with a generous side-dungeon system, PvP invasions and New Game Plus difficulties that'll make all but the finest among you bleed profusely.
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6. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
- RELEASE DATE: 1/9/15
- DEVELOPER: Kojima Productions
- PUBLISHER: Konami
Though the Metal Gear Solid franchise has been steeped in greatness for over a quarter-of-a-century now, gaming's greatest auteur, Hideo Kojima, still managed to outdo himself with this swan song. Leveraging the new and incredibly robust Fox Engine, that classic Snake formula was faithfully transplanted into a huge open-world framework, and the end result was a tactical stealth simulation that redefined the genre.
Basically, this is a constantly surprising experience that has systems upon systems baked into it – if you push it in weird ways, it will almost always push right back. If that sort of emergent super-spy action doesn't hook you in, I guarantee the addictive home-base-building and resource management will. And all that's just the icing smeared on top of a full-featured multiplayer suite, plus a loveably kooky, memorable solo campaign. Make no mistake: this is an apex predator of action-adventure gaming. A big boss in every regard.
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5. Persona 5
- RELEASE DATE: 4/4/17
- DEVELOPER: Atlus
- PUBLISHER: Five Star Games
What a masterpiece. Persona 5's claws will sink into you early and deep, thanks to its tale of a group of troubled high school students who live dual lives as Phantom Thieves. The day-to-day drama of being a Tokyo high-schooler must still be navigated, but there's also the need for the Phantoms to undertake fantastical adventures by using otherworldly powers to enter the hearts of people. Needless to say, when their stories start to delve into the dark nature of humanity (while delivering a series of masterful plot-twists that genuinely play upon your emotions) expect Persona 5 to enter your own heart and take up permanent residence.
You'll love every single second
Oozing with a slick, psychedelic visual style, and a face-melting acid jazz soundtrack, Persona 5 is the most polished JRPGs in years; an impossibly high benchmark set for the genre. The only potential pitfall: neophytes may not set aside enough of their calendar before becoming hopelessly captivated by this game's fast-paced battle system, vibrant world and loveable rogues who demand triple-digit hours of your attention. Upside: you'll love every single second you spend here.
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4. Horizon Zero Dawn
- RELEASE DATE: 1/3/17
- DEVELOPER: Guerrilla Games
- PUBLISHER: Sony
An open-world action-RPG where you stalk ludicrously dangerous dinobots and harvest their innards for precious loot: that's essentially what Horizon Zero Dawn is, and of course the formula works. The icing on the top is Guerrilla Games including a grounded and likeable heroine, a slew of creative weaponry and visuals that consistently put jaws on floors.
Over the course of many centuries, decimated tribes of humanity have clawed their way back to some semblance of civilization, and learning the history of this world and the nature of the aforementioned megafauna machines is a gripping adventure. Finding out how the robo-pooch got this screwed requires many hours of exploration, leveling and sifting through the old world tech that litters the corpse of this world. Indeed, Horizon Zero Dawn itself feels like you’re digging through the bytes of gaming's greatest mechanics, too – stealth and platforming harken from the Assassin's Creed series, while the hunt-loot-and-craft shenanigans are reminiscent of Far Cry. But while it may crib from the genre greats, the moment-to-moment action HZD stylishly weaves feels fresh, frenetic and often superior to the source of influence.
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3. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
- RELEASE DATE: 10/5/16
- DEVELOPER: Naughty Dog
- PUBLISHER: Sony
All good things, even great and beloved gaming franchises, must come to an end – but what a mind-blowing send off Nathan Drake receives in Uncharted 4. This last hurrah offers everything you'd expect from an adventurer who started life as Indiana Jones's spiritual understudy and grew to be a contemporary of equal-standing – ancient antiquity acquisitions, swashbuckling violence and the biggest set-piece moments this side of Señor Spielbergo. The only things missing are Nazis and a whip (though, to be fair, the new grapple hook mechanic is arguably superior to the ol' bull-cracker, and South Africa mercs die just as well).
Uncharted 4 is a priceless treasure that delivers top-shelf gaming
Naughty Dog also pushes the envelope by taking the linear-design blinkers off to offer levels so expansive a jeep (or boat) is required to get around. That sort of freedom-of approach, combined with a greater emphasis on stealth, makes for a number of tactically-rich encounters. And, obviously, the strategies you pick up here will serve you well in the teamwork-focused, over-the-top online multiplayer. Whether it's kick-arse solo adventuring, intense online headshot-hunting, or co-op survival, Uncharted 4 is a priceless treasure that delivers top-shelf gaming. It belongs in any self-respecting gamer's museum.
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2. The Last of Us Remastered
- RELEASE DATE: 30/7/14
- DEVELOPER: Naughty Dog
- PUBLISHER: Sony
When it comes to richly-painted, emotionally-resonant interactive story-telling, or just pushing Sony's hardware to insane new benchmarks, Naughty Dog are peerless creators. 2013's The Last of Us remains their magnum opus. It's a survival-horror experience that appeared during the final gasp of the PS3 generation, but this incredibly dark tale (of a grizzled survivor escorting a young ward through a post-pandemic America) has been allowed to shine like never before in this PS4 remastering.
Sneaking through environments and desperately scavenging the resources needed to craft the weapons required to survive an encounter – sometimes against hostile survivors, but also freaky cannibalistic mutants – has absolutely stood the test of time. No nail-biting encounter ever plays out the same thanks to some incredibly reactive AI, and this combat seamlessly interweaves with an incredibly well-directed and acted narrative. I honestly cannot say enough good things about this title. It's the sort of game I wish I could erase my memory for, just so I could experience it with fresh, wide-eyed wonder all over again.
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1. Grand Theft Auto V
- RELEASE DATE: 18/11/14
- DEVELOPER: Rockstar North
- PUBLISHER: Rockstar Games
Nobody sculpts living, breathing open-worlds, or hilariously skewers the American zeitgeist, quite like Rockstar Games. Played from either the first or third-person perspectives, GTA V's solo experience offers you either free-wheeling emergent fun, or a riveting, multi-threaded crime drama that lets you switch protagonist perspectives on the fly. The three misfits on offer include Mike, an ex-robber lured back to the life by sheer boredom; Franklin, a gangbanger who's sick of earning scraps for dirty deeds; and Trevor, a lovable and highly-dangerous sociopath who's up for whatever. Essentially, switching between these ne'er-do-wells lets you become the director of your own Michael Mann Netflix drama. And the bank heists you'll plan and execute are still – even four years later – some of the most memorable blockbuster set-pieces in gaming.
The most memorable blockbuster set-pieces in gaming.
Speaking of longevity, GTA V's expansive multiplayer suite, Grand Theft Auto Online, has constantly evolved due to frequent free updates since launch. It's overflowing with quirky structured modes, an addictive grind to improve your persistent online persona and some of the coolest online co-op available. Don't let its age fool you – Grand Theft Auto V is still a tour de force.
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