Following on from last week where we posted an article regarding our favourite games of the generation on the Xbox One, here is our top Playstation 4 picks. This post is going to be slightly different to the last one as I (Joey), will be covering the list and I have picked out seven games – yes 7, not 10 – that I believe made the Playstation 4’s lifecycle one to remember.
The Playstation 4 has undoubtedly had an incredible run over the past 7 years, only today I read an article stating that the Playstation 4 has just secured it’s spot as the second best-selling console of all-time. In our opinion, Playstation has had far better exclusives than that of Xbox, so much so that this list is compiled of games that were all exclusive on launch and only a few have made the jump to PC. It is also worth noting that currently, none of the team own a Playstation 4, so we have not played the likes of Ghost of Tsushima, The Last of Us 2, Death Stranding and Persona 5 Royal – each of which would have undoubtedly made an impact on this list for us in their own way.
Let’s start off like the last list did, before we get into it – a few details:
- This list, unlike the Xbox One list, is predominantly made up of exclusives.
- We are in no way reviewing these games here, just providing details for why we believe they belong in this list.
- The choices are our opinions and as with any opinion, you may not share the same thinking as us and that is cool!
Ratchet & Clank (2016)
Ratchet & Clank is one of the most renowned action-platformers ever made. Coming from Insomniac, the studio which brought us Spyro, this series has always been a favourite of the fans for it’s unique approach to weapon design, witty humour and a great cast of characters. In 2016, the series received a fresh coat of paint after it was beginning to overstay it’s welcome in a few ways. The PS4 was an opportunity to show a new level of detail to Ratchet & Clank that we haven’t experienced before. So, Insomniac relaunched the series as simply, Ratchet & Clank. This game is visually stunning and charming to play, it had to make it’s way onto our list somewhere along the line. The variety of weapons at your disposal gives many ways to play – all while listening to our old pal, Captain Qwark – hero of the galaxies.
This game should be experienced by new and old fans alike, no one should really miss this opportunity. Personally, I was a big Jak & Daxter fan back in the day, and to not see it make a release since the last HD Collection is upsetting, but Ratchet & Clank has managed to fill that void somewhat. It harks back to platformers of old from the Playstation 2 era but there are clear developments bringing new flavour to an old recipe. Yooka-Laylee released this generation to fairly negative reviews, so if you find yourself craving some nostalgia or just looking for a new game that is going relatively cheap nowadays, 2016’s Ratchet & Clank may in fact be for you. Click here to purchase your copy of an exciting adventure now!
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Horizon: Zero Dawn was a new first-party IP released by Sony and developed by Guerrilla Games in 2017. A fresh, exciting adventure game that takes place in the very-distant future where mankind is near-extinct, and the world is overrun with the robots and tech they created. Combining elements of primitive and future technology, Horizon does brilliantly in providing a unique adventure that is a sheer beauty to behold. The story follows Aloy, a young woman who was exiled from the colonies at a young age. Cared for in her youth by a Liam Neeson, Qui Gon Jinn style mentor and father-figure, Aloy begins to question her place in the world and starts to search for her destiny.
This game boasts an incredible and beautiful open-world, giving you the freedom to explore and hone your skills in the hunting-style combat against the animal-machines of the future. Featuring an incredible exploration system with Assassin’s Creed-like towers to expand your map knowledge, there really is so much to explore. The game has a really interesting concept and it is a great example of the quality of exclusives on the system. If you love games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and recent Assassin’s Creed titles, you will probably want to check this game out. Recently it has released on PC and a sequel is due to come to the Playstation 5 in 2021. Click here to purchase the Complete Edition of the game, featuring all the additional post-launch content.
Many will argue that Yakuza: Kiwami doesn’t belong on this list but I do not agree with them, and I will tell you why. This game is a complete remaster of the original Playstation 2 game back in 2005, and it was received really well – by those who managed to get a copy and play it. In the UK, the game was pretty hard to get a hold of and even when you could, you likely already owned a PS3 at this point. So, for many Yakuza Kiwami is the first experience of an in-depth yet, over-the-top action-adventure drama game (what a mouthful). Kamurochō is as beautiful as ever in this remastered edition of the game and it is full of things to do.
The story is engaging and deep and you really do make a connection with the much-loved series protagonist, Kazuma Kiryu (one of my favourite characters of all-time). The world feels alive and there is so much you can do from side-quests to spending money on claw machines at the SEGA arcade. The game tries to be as true to life as possible, you really do feel like you are in a bustling city. The cutscenes feel like you’re watching a movie and the fighting, ohhhh the fighting. As I said before, this is an action-adventure game. You will regularly encounter thugs, rival mafia and even just the drunks on the side of the street who all want to pick a fight with one of the greatest, yet shamed Dragons in the underworld. The progression and depth of the combat system runs so deep as you have a number of stances and skills that you can unlock and when you have enough heat – built up from fighting – the finishers you can do are jaw-droppingly ridiculous.
I love this game and it has made me love the series, and now more than ever, you can finally experience why this series has an incredible cult-following. Why not give it a go and purchase a copy here.
The Last of Us: Remastered
The Last of Us: Remastered, a breath of fresh air on the post-apocalyptic genre – releasing just a few years after it’s initial launch on the Playstation 3. This game pushed the original system to it’s limits, it was only right for it to then come to the PS4. Never before have I played a story driven game that kept me so gripped that I completed it in just a few days. The game was like watching a movie, paired with a crafting and combat system we would later see developed further in the Uncharted series. I would have to say that this was possibly my top-game of the Playstation 3 and to see it come to the Playstation 4 in all it’s beauty was such a treat.
Joel is one of the most bad-ass dad characters I have seen in a game. The journey you see him and Ellie go through is relatively cliche, but in the setting and world it is such a welcome narrative. If there is one game that I would suggest playing through at some point, it is probably this – it can be like watching a movie to quickly being a painstakingly difficult experience.
One of the greatest games ever released in my eyes, and I am sure the second game is great too, but I never got to play that one. If you want to give this game a shot – you can pick it up here.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Ah, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. I have a real love-hate relationship with the Uncharted series but this game is one of the few that I really enjoyed. If I had to describe this game in two words, I would probably say it’s like smooth coffee. Hear me out. Everything about my experience with this game was so smooth to play that it was almost like watching a movie. In fact, I would almost compare some of it to more of an interactive-movie experience than a video game, but I digress.
The coffee part of this statement really comes with the action and excitement that always seems to follow Nathan Drake. One moment you’ll be experiencing a smooth, entertaining, movie-like experience and then BAM, a group of enemies show up to beat you to the treasure at the end of the map. It becomes somewhat predictable, but it still stands on it’s own two feet as an incredible game that you should really check out. You can purchase a copy of the game, here.
OK, I told a lie, Marvel’s Spider-Man is another game that I have completed in a matter of days. Honestly, I could play this game for just the web-swinging mechanics – it just plays so damn well. I really think Insomniac got this perfect. I remember playing Spider-Man 2 on the PS2 and really enjoying just swinging around, but this game does it so much better. Paired with an interesting story set in Peter Parker’s later-years and a fairly in-depth combat system which screams Batman Arkham series. This game really is a no-brainer to play. What I would suggest this game does best, possibly better than any game before it – the sense of immersion you get playing as Spider-Man is fairly deep. Would I say the story is the strongest story I have ever played? No, but I would say for a superhero game it probably is.
The game is riddled with easter-eggs and filled with collectibles and landmarks to explore. There is so much to do here that it is a really is a worthwhile experience. If there is one thing I would suggest – take it slower than I did. I played so much of it so quick that after completing the main game, it felt somewhat like a burden to go back and complete additional content. If you want to give this Spider-Man a go, find it on Amazon here.
God of War
100% the greatest game I have actually played this generation – I kid you not. the reboot to the God of War franchise was a game like no other. Taking you from the roots of Greek mythology into Norse mythology – but not forgetting where it came from. This is an experience that you must have and I really hope this game comes to PC so I can do it all again. What you have here is a father-son relationship where Kratos is relatively distant from his son, Atreus, but you can clearly see his love for him.
The combat in this game is completely different to the origins of the series but it is incredibly in-depth. The graphics are stunning, even for a PS4 game and the story, oh the story. I really do not want to spoil any of the story, but if you know the origins of Kratos, here you have a polar opposite man suppressing his past, which isn’t always possible.
Again, like The Last of Us, God of War is a journey, and one you will definitely remember. I don’t want to spoil too much of this game so I will leave the trailer below for you to watch yourself but I will say this: God of War is a game that my wife sat through and watched me play out of enjoyment – this virtually never happens. Let me put it this way too, if this list was in a particular order, this would be #1. If you want to experience one of the best action/adventure games you will ever play, you can buy it here.
That is all from us and our list of what we think are the best PS4 games to come out. It is clear to see that Playstation had a much better generation than Xbox when it comes to first-party exclusives, but will that be the same in the next generation?
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