The best PS4 games
We review the best PS4 games from the last few years, from Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture to Horizon Zero Dawn.
We didn’t think things could get much better than 2015’s PS4 games line-up, with the likes of Grand Theft Auto V, Batman: Arkham Knight, FIFA 16, Fallout 4, Star Wars Battlefront, Just Cause 3, Rainbow Six Siege and many, many more making their way on to our consoles. We were wrong, of course, because 2016 was amazing. We saw amazing games like Tom Clancy’s The Division, Dark Souls III, Uncharted 4, Doom and Overwatch arrive last year, and that was just the start.
2017 promises even more to come – check out our most anticipated games to find out what’s on the way. We’ve played each and every game in this round-up, and have reviewed all of them to help you decide whether they’re your cup of tea. We’ve got everything from solo adventure games to huge online open worlds, as well as fighting games, shooting games, racing games and more.
If you want to find out about the best games beyond your PS4, check out our guides to the best Xbox One games and the finest PC games. Read on to find out which games the Game Pro team here at Tech Advisor are loving right now, and be sure to share your favourite games in the comments section below.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Apart from roaming mechanical dinosaurs and a fiery red-headed heroine, of course. The game’s storyline is much like a Hollywood movie with an engaging and intriguing storyline: after proving herself worthy to those that labelled her an outcast as a child, it’s up to Aloy to unmask the secrets of her past and in doing so, shed some light on why the world it is as it is, and where the mysterious dinosaur-like Machines are coming from. Now, combine that with extended cut scenes and a game where every frame could be a painting and you’ve got something that’s engaging, gorgeous and hands down one of the best games to grace the PS4 ever.
Frankly, what’s most impressive about Horizon Zero Dawn is that it’s powered by a PS4, and not a high-end gaming PC. This is especially true when running Horizon Zero Dawn on a PS4 Pro, as we did, offering a 4K output at 30fps by rendering the game in 2160p checkerboard. Lines are clear and defined, textures are of an extremely high quality and the frame rate is stable while providing one of the greatest gaming experiences available on a console.
The Last Guardian
We had to wait nine years, and it managed to somehow skip the PS3 entirely, but it was worth it: The Last Guardian is the sort of exclusive that should make anyone without a PS4 very jealous indeed. The latest game from the creator of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus sees you play as a young boy tasked with escaping a derelict castle.
Your only companion? A giant, magical, half-bird, half-cat creature named Trico, who you’ll have to befriend and help if you want to make it out in one piece. Across the game’s platforming, puzzles, and fights, it’s that bond with Trico that’ll keep you coming back for more, as you slowly build up trust between the two of you, until by the end of the game you’re happily plunging off teetering towers, confident that the big fluffball will catch you on your way down.
There are a few performance issues and occasional frustrations with the controls, but The Last Guardian is beautiful – and emotional – enough that you’re not likely to care. Read more in our full The Last Guardian review.
Final Fantasy 15
At 200 hours for a complete playthrough (and at least 40 for the main story alone), Final Fantasy XV is pretty undeniable value for money- luckily, it’s also a good enough game that you’ll probably want to stick around for all 200 of those hours. The game sets you on a road trip with a few buddies, but since this is a Final Fantasy game, there’s obviously a lot more to the story than that, and it’s packed with all the requisite twists and turns to keep you engaged throughout.
FFXV shakes up the series’ turn-based combat with a new dynamic, real-time system that lets you perform joint attacks with your teammates. It takes a little getting used to, but once you do it’s effective, intuitive, and above all fun. The open world lets you travel just about as far as the eye can see, and visit everything along the way, and the game world is packed with activities and side quests to keep you occupied.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
In 2185, humans stumbled across a Martian ruin that projected their understanding of science and technology forward by hundreds of years, making space travel a reality.Appealing to adventurers, scientists and those that wanted a fresh start, the Andromeda Initiative took thousands of humans across the galaxy on a 600-year trip to the Heleus Cluster, nestled comfortably within the Andromeda galaxy. Of course, not everything goes to plan. As the Pathfinder, you’re tasked with exploring many planets to locate a ‘golden world’ for the human race to settle on.
You’ll come across aliens both friendly and hostile, and thanks to the multiple conversation choices available, the story and how others view you are effected by the choices you make. Couple that with amazingly smooth combat mechanics and a roster of bionic powers available, and you’ve got yourself a thoroughly enjoyable space exploration game with thoroughly enjoyable third-person combat. Of course, the facial expressions need a bit of work, but if you can look beyond that, Mass Effect: Andromeda provides a galaxy that looks absolutely stunning, offering tens if not hundreds of hours of gameplay.
For Honor has the potential to be the best hack-and-slash style fighting game of 2017 with players taking on the roll of either a Knight, Viking or Samurai in intense close-quarters war-based combat. What you’ll get for your money is a three-tier story that puts gamers in control of the The Legion (Knights), The Warborn (Vikings) and The Chosen (Samurais) at various stages in their ongoing battle. It’s an interesting way to get the perspective of all involved in the war, and also provides a great way to try out all the different heroes available before heading online for PVP-based fun.
There are different classes of warrior available, each with their own moveset, weapons and fighting styles, and it’s up to you to find what best suits your style. What we must admit that the battle mechanics do take a while to get used to as they’re unlike any game we’ve played in recent years, but with experience you’ll be able to perform incredible combos and over the top executions. Though there’s an element of brute force to the game, there’s a lot of tactic and skill required to do well in For Honor, both in the offline story and in the online multiplayer.
Pair that with a variety of ways to customise each of your warriors (both visually and in terms of skills) and you’re left with a hack-and-slash fighting game that you’ll come back to time and time again.
Sniper Elite 4
The Sniper Elite franchise is famous for providing fans with a satisfying sniper-based shooter, and that’s not changing with Sniper Elite 4. While it’s much the same as previous games in the series, it comes with a handful of changes and improvements that take Sniper Elite from being a good sniper game, to one of the best. Described as a “sniper’s paradise”, Sniper Elite 4 is focused more on gameplay than story – and it’s a smart choice too.
In terms of sniper gameplay, Sniper Elite 4 is hands-down one of the best games we’ve ever played, with no game providing more satisfaction as you ping the helmets off the heads of your enemies from over 200m away. Those who want a Sniper sim aren’t interested in deep, brooding storylines and emotional protagonists, they just want to camp and headshot Nazis – what’s so bad about that? The addition of climbing mechanics and environments that are three times larger than previous games provide a plethora of different ways to tackle your objectives, whether it be all-out chaos with exploding vehicles or a stealthy takedown from a far-away snipers nest.
Instead of launching a sequel to the somewhat disappointing DOOM 3, Bethesda has taken things a step back and launched a complete reboot of the 1993 original and it’s exciting, fast-paced, relentless action from the get-go. You’re thrown straight in at the deep end and forced to learn quickly, with non-stop action and next to no storytelling.
It’s all about brutal, chaotic and gory fighting. The environments are detailed, with strategically placed power-ups and secret paths, making a compelling and increasingly difficult arena-style game. Combat is intense, with little or no cover and no health regeneration, so you’ll need to dive in and think on your feet.
It’s during these adrenaline-filled battles that the real beauty of DOOM reveals itself – the beauty of pure chaos. Weapon customisation is a key part of DOOM, and you can upgrade your suit too. The DOOM online multiplayer mode is a different beast altogether, offering more closed-quarters environments perfect for online gameplay.
With Battlefield 1, EA and Dice have proven that sometimes it’s best to take it back to basics. While the developers tried to do something different with Battlefield Hardline, FPS gamers crave the chaos and destruction of a battlefield, not shootouts at a bank in downtown New York.
It puts an emphasis on the stories of the individuals in the first world war, and not the war itself, showing that those who fought the war – on both sides – were just like us, and it’s a sobering realisation. The interjection of statistics and other WW1 facts throughout the game are educational, and help gamers of today grasp just how devastating the first world war was. A phenomenal single-player mode, fantastically enjoyable multiplayer and mechanics that’ll keep us on our toes for some time makes Battlefield 1 one of our favourite games, possibly ever.
When have secret experiments on space stations ever gone right? Throw in memory modifications and eery aliens and it’s hard to really feel surprised that everything went a bit skewy on Prey’s Talos I. You step into the shoes of Morgan Yu, one of the station’s head scientists, as you contend with the outbreak of the Typhon, an assortment of gooey black extraterrestrials with a penchant for mind control and murder.
While most of these enemies are pretty typical, the best are the Mimics, scuttling spiders that also have the ability to disguise themselves as every day objects – potentially making Prey the first game to scare you with a coffee cup. There’s a pretty open character progression system, with options to focus on strength, hacking and repairing, or more outlandish Typhon powers of your own, while Talos I itself is also open to explore (mostly) freely. If there’s a downside to Prey it’s that the story, while initially promising, never quite comes together entirely.
Games are pretty expensive these days but at ?75 at Lego Dimensions does seem pretty steep – even if it is Lego.
That’s because you get actual Lego pieces and toys to play with alongside the console game, though. The downside is that you’ll only get the Starter Pack for that price – if you want the other characters and levels you’ll need to cough up more cash for expansions. The Starter Pack comes with a Toy Pad on which you place characters and vehicles to play in game, as well as Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle, and the Batmobile too.
All of it requires building from scratch just like normal Lego. The big difference from previous Lego games is the Toy Pad, with three light-up sections for you to place your NFC-enabled toys onto and play with on screen. You can play through the entire Story Mode with the Starter Pack, but there are more levels and plenty of things you can’t do without buying more.
Level packs are around ?25 with extra figures and a level, and there are Fun Packs and Team Packs available too. Lego Dimensions creates a somewhat mind blowing mash up of worlds, with single player or two player co-op options available to play through. It’s super cool to be Batman in The Simpsons house or Gandalf driving the Batmobile through Doctor Who’s world.
Mad Max is set in a desolate post-apocalyptic, sand-dune-filled world that you can explore openly, both on foot and in-car. There is a huge area to cover, but Mad Max captures the detail perfectly and buildings look as good up close as they do from afar, adding a level of realism to the game.
There’s even a dynamic weather system complete with day and night – you’ll often find yourself in the middle of a sandstorm, for example, which can have its advantages in combat. Not so convenient are the thunderstorms, which have lightning that will devastate everything in its path. You’ll spend time making your Magnum Opus, the car that Max drives throughout the game, completely awesome.
Scavenging for scrap is a huge part of the game, although it is pretty painstaking at times. Max himself can be upgraded too, from his clothing to his combat style. Even with its weak storyline, Mad Max is a pleasure to play.
The combat system is fantastic, and if you’re a fan of games that let you play your own way you will love it. It’s very much an individual experience for each player, and we’d recommend giving it a go. Find out more about Max Max in our full review.
Overwatch is an online multiplayer first person shooter (FPS) and as such there is no single-player story mode to be found here.
Instead, you’ll simply play with others online, either your friends or a randomly selected bunch of other players from around the world. You’ll be part of a team of six players on a random map and game mode. There are more than 20 heroes to choose from in each match, spread across different classes: attack, defense, tank and support.
With so many heroes there’s plenty of variation, even within each class you’re bound to find one or two that suits your personal style of play. Unlimited switching means you can try out lots of heroes within one match or make tactical substitutions based on what’s happening at any given moment. One of our only complaints about Overwatch is that we’d like more variation with the game modes, because despite being four different modes they’re all quite similar.
There is a weekly brawl mode that’s pretty fun, though. They change each week, with one forcing everyone to play as the same hero with 50 percent health, for example. The rules can be pretty much anything and it makes for some interesting gameplay that’s for sure.
There might be some borrowed elements that feel a lot like Team Fortress 2, but Blizzard has done a grand job with Overwatch. It’s fun, fast paced and accessible to a wide range of players of different abilities. Find out more in our full Overwatch review.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
After a few disappointing games in a row, and a steady shift away from horror and towards AAA action, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is an attempt to reclaim the franchise’s survival horror crown.
With a new first-person perspective and focus on hiding and stealth (lovingly borrowed from the likes of Amnesia and Alien: Isolation), there’s a lot here that’s new to the series, not least the setting: a Texas Chainsaw Massacre take Louisiana, complete with sweltering heat and bloodthirsty cannibals. But as much as it introduces new themes, Resident Evil 7 also harks back to the oldest games in the series. You’ll be exploring a decrepit mansion, using green herbs to heal yourself, and carefully lining up headshots to save ammo – at least when you’re not running away.
Yeah, the story gets a bit silly (though mercifully avoids almost all the expansive Resident Evil lore – this is a great entry point to the series) and the boss fights are slightly rubbish, but Resident Evil 7 is really, really scary – and you can’t ask for much more than that. Just don’t ask us to try it out in PS VR, we haven’t dared yet. Read more in our full Resident Evil 7 review.
Project CARS had an interesting development process – it was crowd funded by gamers and driving enthusiasts.
Important aspects of the game were decided by its backers, including the cars and tracks, which has resulted in a highly diverse driving simulator. Project CARS isn’t a game where you can go flat out, brake hard and still make it in first place – it’s about practice, precision and timing. Project CARS is different from your traditional driving game, with no car upgrades, unlocks, or storyline involved, which is a bit disappointing but does highlight that this is more of a simulator than a game.
There are four racing modes: Solo race, online, career and driver network. There are also more than 60 tracks including popular UK locations, and even those courses have alternate race layouts with dynamic weather. Find out more in our full Project CARS review.
- RRP: ?23.99, US£30
Fallout 4 is one of the best games out at the moment, and transports the player to a post-apocalyptic open world called ‘the commonwealth’.
You’ll encounter other survivors as well as hugely mutated beasts like the Deathclaw (you’ll understand when you play) and with limited ammo in a post-apocalyptic world, it’s not just a case of shooting your enemies down – although that’s pretty fun too. It’s not just about killing enemies either – pretty much anything in Fallout 4 can be salvaged for scrap, which is then used to upgrade your guns and armour. It can also be used to build settlements and fortresses to protect communities of survivors that look to you for protection.
Fallour 4 is a game where you’ll head to a location for a specific quest, but more often than not you’ll find yourself becoming distracted by various side quests and randomly generated events throughout the game, all of which create a game that will take 100s of hours to fully complete.
One of the best games we’ve played in ages is as simple as a remote control car version of football. Yes, we’re talking about Rocket League, which is soon to get its first major update called Rumble, which we can’t wait to play. For now, though, Rocket League has a simple premise that takes some time to master.
Pick a car and join a match, and you’ll be put into a huge stadium with a huge football that you’ll need to attempt to get into the opposing team’s goal. The ball starts in the middle and it’s go, go, go as you use the pads dotted around the pitch to get a boost, jump to block the ball from getting to close to your goal and drive up the walls to get the right angle for shooting and scoring. There are various game modes, with each match lasting five minutes unless a tiebreak is required.
For added fun, you can customize your car with quirky items and new paint, and there are plenty of achievements to be won too. At under ?15, Rocket League is an absolute bargain. Yes, it’s difficult to learn but once you get the hang of it, it’s really hard to stop.
Ratchet and Clank (PS4)
This reboot of the original 2002 Ratchet & Clank game is a stunning new adventure with a giant helping of nostalgia. You’ll recognise the quirky characters, quick-to-learn mechanics, the wonderful weapons and even those familiar sound effects, but the graphics have been upgraded to a whole new level of colourful and there are plenty of added surprises to help this game feel fresh. You’ll find that the levels and planets are brilliantly big and exciting, with plenty of exploration to be done and collectibles to discover.
You’ll play as Ratchet for the most part, developing tactics and mastering weapon switching, and occassionally take the reigns of Clank to solve puzzles. If you feel like you’ve stepped up your gaming skills since 2002, you’ll be pleased to hear that the difficulty levels are very inclusive, with a great mode for beginners but a very tricky mode for the more seasoned players who like a challenge. Ratchet and Clank is, as always, a fun game filled with lots of laughs, and we expect it’ll be highly sought after as a Christmas present that will provide hours of fun.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3 was one of the most anticipated game releases of 2015 and remains one of our favourite games to play in 2016.
It boasts an enormous open world for you to explore, along with a great combat system and more enemies than you can shake a stick at. It’s phenomenal value for money, too, as you’ll spend hours and hours playing it and will still find that you’re no where near finishing. In fact, the developers claim you’ll need almost 200 hours to complete all quests, side quests and collectibles.
The graphics and dynamic weather effects are great additions and the sheer size of the open world means that you’ll have many, many interesting and unscripted experiences whilst exploring. Read more in our full The Witcher 3 review.
Just Cause 3
Just Cause 3 is the third installation of the series, and looks to be the best of the bunch so far. Set in an open world, protagonist Rico has quite the skillset when it comes to blowing stuff up in dramatic fashion.
Utilising a grapple hook which can be used to pull things together, along with unlimited explosives and realistic physics create some pretty impressive situations. Rico isn’t just good with explosives either – Just Cause 3 has a parachuting system that can be used to traverse great distances with ease, especially when used in conjunction with the grapple hook. For those that want a bit more drama, Rico also has a built-in wingsuit that can be activated at any time for high-speed flight, and using the grapple to pull yourself along, you can cover huge distances quickly – which is fantastic, because the open world in Just Cause 3 is absolutely humongous.
PS4 exclusive Until Dawn is, in essence, an interactive horror film that uses a variety of horror film techniques to scare players more than any other decision-based horror game we’ve come across.
Be warned: this game really is scary. Created by UK-based developers Supermassive Games, Until Dawn stars a cast of Hollywood talent to create a mature game that builds suspense, plays on the fear of the unknown and utilizes a blend of common fears and anxiety triggers for a unique horror experience. Read more in our full Until Dawn review.
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
This is an independent PS4-exclusive story-based game developed by The Chinese Room in which players find themselves transported to a quaint, deserted English village whose inhabitants have mysteriously disappeared.
The player can interact with floating orbs throughout the world that’ll reveal snippets of the story, which in turn reveal the bigger picture. There is no map and no kind of heads-up display, which means you might miss bits and pieces – in fact there’s a trophy for those that manage to find every snippet of the story. It combines a sublime script with one of the best original soundtracks of any video game, composed by Jessica Curry – it was so popular that many argued it should be allowed into the UK Classical Charts, and is available to purchase separately.
You’ll find yourself hanging off every word, and wanting to piece together each story to fully understand what went on in the quaint little town of Yaughton.
Dying Light is an open world first-person survival horror game that appeared on our consoles back in January 2015. The game heavily utilises parkour (free running), providing an interesting take on a traditional zombie game where it’s usually hard to escape any given situation.
What makes it even more interesting (and frightening) is that the zombies run pretty fast, and some can even chase you over walls. Yikes.
It boasts a complete day and night cycle, with zombies becoming more powerful at night, evident by their ghoulish glowing red eyes and terrifying half dead screams.
The world is huge, with ample space to explore and free run to your hearts content, and thanks to co-operative gameplay you can explore and play with friends.
There’s also a wide variety of weapons to choose from, with hundreds of ways to customise them – want a samurai sword with fire coming out of it? Sure. Want a sledgehammer with a live electrical current?
That’s possible too.
The game provides hours of extremely satisfying zombie dismemberment, and the upcoming DLC promises an additional map the same size as the original, complete with an off-road doom buddy for all your off-road zombie slaughtering needs.
Star Wars: Battlefront
Rebels and the Empire are pitted against each other in constant online action, with some matches featuring up to fourty players. There are exciting new game modes available including dog fighting in X Wings and TIE Fighters, as well as standard game types like team deathmatches. With constant upgrades and powerups becoming available throughout the game, gameplay is ever-evolving.
The best part about the game? Players will find powerups dotted throughout each match, with one particular powerup allowing players to play as ‘Heroes’ like Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia just to name a few. These characters are stronger than the average player, and offer a number of special abilities which could help turn the tide of any match.
The only downside to the game is that there is no offline story mode – the game revolves around online gameplay, which means it may not be ideal for those that aren’t good at online gaming.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
One of the most critically acclaimed releases of 2015, Metal Gear Solid V is the final game in the Metal Gear Solid series – especially considering the brain behind MGS, Hideo Kojima, is no longer working with Konami. Players take the role of Big Boss in an open world environment based in 1984 Afghanistan, and along with companions ranging from dogs to horses, Snake can traverse the huge map and undergo a plethora of side- and main missions. There’s a huge emphasis on choosing your own style of gameplay with MGS V, with multiple ways to complete every mission – you can choose to be airdropped by a chopper straight into the action, or use stealth to silently make your way through the enemy compound.
It also features a day-and-night cycle that runs in real time, and the time taken to travel between locations is reflected with the time of day.
The cycle can also be used to the player’s advantage, especially when using a stealthy approach – it’ll be harder for enemies to spot you in the dark, but it’ll also be harder for you to spot them.
Filled with hours of gameplay, Metal Gear Solid V delivers on a promise that’s been years in the making.
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