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.
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.
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.
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.
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.