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The best games on PS4

Friday, 20 June 2014 08:08 GMT By Dave Cook

PS4 entered the market in November 2013 and since then Sony and its third-parties have flooded the system with plenty of new games. Which are the best of the bunch? Find out in our ever-evolving list.

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You can also check out our ultimate lists of the best games on Wii U and Xbox One.

The PlayStation 4 had a strong start out of the gate when it launched in November of 2013, even if Watch Dogs infamously slipped. Sony’s indie stance started right from the beginning and thanks to PS Plus, gamers have found themselves rather spoiled for choice each month.

But what are the best games of the bunch? We’ve compiled a list of the essential PS4 titles out there right now, and feel free to suggest new additions below as they come.

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inFamous: Second Son

Sucker Punch made its PS4 debut with the story of a petulant dick and his ability to absorb super powers from other Conduits in Seattle. Although Delsin is a bit of a chump his journey across this lavish new-gen environment is filled with comedy moments, fast-paced action, and mind-boggling visual trickery. It shows what sandboxes of the new generation should look like, even if the distractions in that space are a tad familiar.

As we said in our inFamous: Second Son PS4 review, there’s a certain brand of glee that comes with swooping across Seattle with angel wings made of video static, only to ground-pound into a group of enemy troops, before frying them all with a barrage of neon power. It’s fun, graphically sound and worth your time.

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Transistor

The second title from Bastion developer SuperGiant Games, Transistor is a superb experience that manages to hold several interesting concepts together as a coherent whole. When we reviewed the game at launch, we praised its isometric combat that jumps between real-time and paused decision-making, along with its striking art style and musical score.

What stands out, however, is that the protagonist – a singer called Red – is mute, and the leading voice is that of the Transistor weapon itself. This creates a compelling narrative filled with sorrow and loss as the city of Cloudbank unravels around the player. It’s rare for an indie title to shine this brightly so early in a new console cycle, but we’re happy Transistor did back in May 2013.

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Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn

Holy crap it’s an MMO on console that actually made the transition from PC without suffering massively for it. OK, A Realm Reborn isn’t the first game to have done this, but Square Enix seriously swallowed its pride and took Final Fantasy 14 right back to the drawing board, listened to its fans and produced something much, much better. That’s a rare and wonderful thing. Best of all, you needn’t be an MMO regular to get involved.

The re-tooled Final Fantasy 14 throws many quests at you across its vast world, but they can be completed quickly, so that you don’t have to dedicate hour after hour of your life just to get a few steps further in the quest. Square’s whimsical fantasy world delivers a real sense of high adventure, and its reams of content make the monthly fee a little harder to argue with. If you’re on the MMO fence, it’s worth trying the free trial.

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18 Comments

  1. onlineatron

    how you make this list without including towerfall sportsfriends and don’t starve is beyond me.

    #1 8 months ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @onlineatron Did you read the part that said the list is evolving and will grow from here? :)

    This is just the start.

    #2 8 months ago
  3. KAP

    Yep. Wolfenstein is one hell of a game, I loved the plot so much. Out of all the PS4 games I’ve played since launch, Wolfenstein is my fav.

    #3 8 months ago
  4. onlineatron

    heck dave those games are ace they should have been first pass addition no questions asked dave :0

    #4 8 months ago
  5. Dave Cook

    @onlineatron Well yeah Sportsfriends is badass isn’t it? Well, it’s been suggested, as has Don’t Starve, they’re up for consideration in the next round :)

    #5 8 months ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @KAP it’s great eh? Some of the dialogue falls flat, but largely it keeps you going through all the mayhem.

    #6 8 months ago
  7. zoopdeloop

    i like what you’re doing there Dave
    many(mostly hypocrites) discount multiplatform titles now for every console, but not you :)

    hypocrites goes to those that at one point were yapping how multiplatform titles performed better on one console than the other and made it big exclusive deal,while now where the other firm has the edge they’re like “Pc is the better experience” (which has always been)etc… sour grapes i tell ya

    #7 8 months ago
  8. dazedonthemoon

    Read pretty much the same article on Kotaku a couple of days ago… Some of the games are different but the timing is just… I love you guys but even I can’t help but notice a lot of similarities in recent articles. I’d like to see more original stuff rather than imitation.

    #8 8 months ago
  9. Dave Cook

    @zoopdeloop Thanks :D Multiplats are very important.

    #9 8 months ago
  10. Luciferous

    Tomb Raider – Definitive Edition should be on here, definitely page four material!

    Make it so whilst I go play with Lara some more.

    #10 8 months ago
  11. Opalauge

    Props for not mentioning Killzone SF…cause it sucks and is by far the worst representative of the series.

    #11 8 months ago
  12. monkeygourmet

    I was going to pick up a PS4 next week, but thinking about it, I will maybe hold off for a bit.

    I can’t see a huge amount of difference between the Wii U’s struggles in the first year and the PS4 / Xbone’s line up at the moment.

    The third party situation is usually the main thing people use when drawing comparison, but, in the case of the PS4 / Xbone, most of the games have been cross – platform.

    COD, BF, AC, NFS, Tomb Raider, FIFA etc…

    They have all bridged gaps, but I also see a lot of complaining on sites like Neogaf that Sony have left the PS4 with large gaps in between games like Infamous etc… Drive Club being a classic example of a launch game being pushed way back for extra ‘polish’.

    I don’t really count Indie titles (as much as I love them), as the Wii U has tons of those too, it’s not really the same the ‘full fat’ experience.

    MS has done pretty well in that respect, a fair few exclusives at launch and a few more coming through out the year.

    The problem I find with third party titles on consoles, is, only one console will provide the best experience. Last gen it was primarily the 360. It bested the PS3 on many third party titles so I only used the PS3 for exclusives.

    Likewise, this generation, the PS4 looks to have the advantage (I’m obviously leaving PC out of this as it trounces them both).

    Exclusive’s are what get people excited and the PS4 is severely lacking IMO. Some big titles are promised, but look lucky to make it into 2015 (Uncharted for example), and some have already been delayed (The Order, Drive Club etc…).

    What we are left with is a year of re-makes and third party stuff I can play elsewhere. To me, it shows people were sooooo desperate for a new console, they bought blind on the promise of what was to come.

    It also worry’s me that the 360 / PS3 are still being supported so readily. Of course, there’s a huge install base, but we won’t really start seeing what these consoles can do until the old generation is abandoned or though exclusive titles (which are thin on the ground).

    To sum up, I’m surprised people are so happy with the PS4 / Xbone yet at the same time have criticised the Wii U / Nintendo for lack of games, remakes (Wind Waker) etc…

    What people have been complaining about and the reality of the situation seem out of whack to me.

    #12 8 months ago
  13. ManuOtaku

    I would had added, knack, lego movie, thief, trials fusion.

    #13 8 months ago
  14. Spider Law

    Personal Faves so far
    Killzone Shadow Fall
    Tomb Raider
    Knack
    Lego Marvel
    Warframe
    Need For Speed Rivals
    Resogun
    Wolfenstein

    #14 8 months ago
  15. OlderGamer

    Hell of a good post MG.

    Imo, despite the system sale numbers, I think this next gen stinks by in large. I like some of the WiiU exclusives. And I think mostly the games on XBO/PS4 are alright. I think too few 1st party exclusives. I think E3 was filled with games that weren’t coming till 2015 or later, and that was conviently over looked by the media and fanboys alike.

    Everyone wants an amazing new next gen experience…but these systems just aren’t delivering that in my book. Shoddy resolutions, lower then ideal frame rates, cross gen releases, continuation of long term franchises, over hyped new IPs that failed to deliver(TF and watchdogs), and games that keep getting pushed back. What is amazing about that?

    I can not think of one single Killer App on either XBO or PS4. I mean nothing. I own all three new systems, so I guess that makes me a hypocrite. If anyone was thinking about buying a next gen system but wasn’t sure…I would caution them to wait. To each their own, we all know that. But if I had it to do over again, I would still buy the WiiU(would have waited and not bought one at launch), but I would have saved my cash on both PS4 and XBO. They just need more games. And games that make you stand up and notice. I don’t need CoD 15, Halo 9, AssCred 7 or whatever, but something new, outstanding, amazing, screaming “Next Gen”. So Far I haven’t seen it.

    #15 8 months ago
  16. Rafa_L

    I’m still not sold on next gen. I’ll buy a PS4 when bloodborne and wither 3 comes out.

    #16 8 months ago
  17. ManuOtaku

    @monkeygourmet agree with your post, i do own all new consoles, and iam still playing more with the past gen systems, and wiiu.

    Games Like drakengard, the witcher 100 knights, south park, FF X hd, and future games like persona, borderlands prequel, kingdom hearts hd, etc, are really taking my attention and playing time.

    But there are few games this year that I wait with great anticipation, like shadow of mordor, sunset overdrive, etc. But i did bought both consoles because here in venezuela prices goes up all the time due currency conversion issues, ps4 cost me almost 4.500 $ and one 5.000 $, in order to have a reference wiiu cost me two years ago 1.500$, so you can see despite having similar prices, how was the increase in just two years, therefore in the future, if i had waited probably it would cost me 10.000 $ or more. So It Is like an investment for the future, iam saving money. But if it wasnt for that i would had waited, past gen consoles are still getting games.

    #17 8 months ago
  18. fearmonkey

    I enjoyed Knack way more than the snoozefest that was LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes.
    I don’t see why anyone loved that game, i tried to like it but it was just so meh.

    So far for me, Watch Dogs, Infamous:SS, and Knack were the best PS4 games I have played.
    Knack didnt deserve the punishment it recieved. When i played it, I was expecting a crappy game, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. The game was at least a 7.5 but I would have given it an 8.

    #18 8 months ago

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  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

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  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

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  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

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  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

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  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

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  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

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  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

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  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

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  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

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  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

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  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

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  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

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  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

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  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

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  • Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena is a twin stick shooter MOBA for PC

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  • More information, videos for cancelled Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun surface

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  • Three additional games added to Square Enix Humble Bundle

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  • Forza Horizon 2 gets Fast & Furious with standalone expansion

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  • The Evil Within: The Assignment has a release date, new trailer

    The Evil Within: The Assignment will be released on March 10 in North America and March 11 in Europe, it was announced today. Along with an exact release date was a trailer detailing more information about the first set of DLC. The Assignment is the first of two DLCs centering on Detective Castellanos’ mysterious partner, […]

  • Steam and GOG cross-platform multiplayer added to AvP Classic 2000

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  • OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood arrives on PS4, Vita next week

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  • Week 7: Play GTA Online with VG247 tonight at 8pm UK time!

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  • Batman: Arkham Knight – first look into the story

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  • Vita knocks New 3DS LL out of top slot on Media Create charts

    Thanks to four new titles, one of which was God Eater 2: Rage Burst, PlayStation Vita has knocked New 3DS LL out of the top slot on the Media Create charts in Japan. The handheld, which came in thrid place last week, moved 35,203 units for the February 16-22 period, compared to 10,901 units the […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes coming west in 2015, PS4 only

    Dragon Quest Heroes will be making its way to west this year. Square Enix has announced that it’s bringing Dragon Quest Heroes to the west this year. The press release mentioned only PAL territories (Europe & Australia). Though it’s unlikely it will miss the US. The game will release on PlayStation 4, both digitally and […]

  • Destiny: how to make sure Crota stays down for longer

    If you’re familiar with the final encounter of the Crota’s End raid, then you know every second Crota is immobilised counts. Arekkz Gaming has a handy tip for anyone who’s played Crota’s End or anyone attempting it. The trick is simple to execute and will ensure Crota stays on his knees for longer, making for […]

  • NBA Live 15 added to EA Access just four months after release

    EA has added NBA Live 15 to the list of games available instantly to anyone with an EA Access subscription. NBA Live 15 has been added to EA Access’ Vault, EA has announced. As of today, anyone with an EA Access subscription on Xbox One can play it alongside other available games. NBA Live 15 […]

  • Deal: get Advanced Warfare Limited Edition Xbox One bundle + extra game for £299

    UK retailer GAME is offering a good deal on the Advanced Warfare Limited Edition 1TB Xbox One bundle and is throwing in an extra game. The retailer has reduced the price of the bundle to £299, which is the usual price for the standalone console. The bundle is of course Advanced Warfare-themed. The console and […]

  • That Metal Gear Rising 2 logo was for the second anniversary of the original

    Metal Gear Rising developer Platinum Games has confirmed, once and for all, that the “2″ logo we saw during Sony’s presentation at Taipei Game Show was definitely not for a sequel. Platinum posted this on Twitter earlier. デザイナーの趙&ニシイから、『MGR』2周年記念イラスト! ディレクターの齋藤( @PG_saito )が、開発スタッフブログでご紹介しています↓↓ http://t.co/IW1aOxAZQR #mgr pic.twitter.com/ZbNF3Jk1tF — PlatinumGames Inc. (@platinumgames) February 25, 2015 The illustrations were made by artist Yong-Hee […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 is formulaic and I’m okay with that

    There’s something comforting about the lack of ambition and plain old gameplay in Resident Evil Revelations 2, says Matt Martin. “It’s locked from the other side.” Of course it is. What did I expect? I’ve been here before. So many times. Not just in Resident Evil but a million other games. It’s so familiar as […]

  • Battlefield 4: double XP event live now through Sunday

    EA is holding a double XP event in Battlefield 4 on all platforms. The publisher is celebrating Battlefield Hardline going gold by offering all Battlefield 4 players double XP in multiplayer matches. The double XP event is now live and through 23:59 UTC on Sunday, March 1.

  • BioShock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Rayman Legends free with March Games with Gold

    The list of free games coming in March as part of Microsoft’s Games with Gold programme has leaked. The leaked list of games include Rayman Legends and #IDARB for Xbox One along with Tomb Raider and BioShock Infinite for Xbox 360. In addition, Microsoft will be offering double the amount of games in April. The […]

  • Telltale’s new IP will be a “super show”, bridges the gap between TV and game

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