PlayStation 4 has been out for a year now, which has been enough time for the big-selling system to amass a collection of must-have games. Though the best PS4 games aren’t all exclusive to the system, you can argue that for the multiplatform ones, the PS4 is the “best” console to play them on with a great UI and slightly more power than it’s main rival, the Xbox One. But that’s the debate of the decade, it seems.
I thought I’d go through what I think are the five best PS4 games right now, given that I’ve sunk hundreds of hours into the console over the past year across probably a dozen different titles. In the end, here’s the list I came up with, and you can see if any of your favorites are on here, as well as suggest your own in the comments.
1. Infamous Second Son
I’m going to say right now that this is the only PS4-exclusive game on this list, which is head scratching given how much of a sales advantage of the PS4 has over the Xbox. While games like Resistance or Knack aren’t good enough to find a spot here, I really did enjoy my time with Infamous Second Son, which is a fresh on the superhero sandbox genre with innovative powers, a clever script, and action that rarely feels dull. I wasn’t even a big fan of the first two Infamous games, but Second Son really is a fresh start for the series, and I had a blast with it.
2. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
At the four numbered installment (not counting a myriad of spin-offs), Assassin’s Creed could easily start to feel tired, but Black Flag is less an assassination game and is instead the single best pirate simulator that’s ever been released across any game system. Yes, it’s cross-generation, meaning there are versions on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, but for the longest time after launch, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag was the best game out for the PS4, or Xbox One for that matter. Ship combat is incredibly, the lead hero is finally likable, and the Caribbean vistas are gorgeous on a next-gen system, even if it’s potential is far from “maxed out” at this point.
3. Wolfenstein: The New Order
Out of every game on this list, Wolfenstein was far and away the biggest surprise. Going back to an old well like Wolfenstein for what seemed to be a poorly conceived reboot/sequel had nearly no one excited about the game ahead of launch. And yet, after it came out, it produced one of the most memorable shooter campaigns in recent memory. Yes, the plot is absolutely insane, and your lead hero is literally a caricature of a video game hero, built like a tank with a chink that could break boulders by itself. But creative combat sections, a great script and on-point voice acting created a fun game with a memorable, likable cast of characters. It really was a shock that it was even remotely good, much less kind of…great.
I’ve written no less than thirty articles about Destiny over the past two months since its release. Though the game has much room for improvement, it’s the game on this list I’ve far and away sunk the most time into. Though it wasn’t quite as ambitious as promised, Destiny is still a hell of a lot of fun if you were ever a fan of Halo, and you find yourself getting hooked easily by loot-based games like Diablo and Borderlands. With so many modes, there’s something for everyone at every skill level, and even if it’s going to take some time to grow into a truly great game, I don’t know anyone who owns it and hasn’t been driven to sink at least 30 hours into it. Me? I’m probably closer to 200.
5. Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition
I’m a Diablo evangelist, particularly when it comes to the absolutely stellar console adaptation of the game, that against all odds, is my favorite way to play the series. I know many of you heard the horror stories of Diablo 3 at launch on the PC, and it really was a nightmare between crappy loot and an overbearing Auction House, but now? It’s a completely different game. Ultimate Evil is the culmination of a dozen different major patches that have transformed the game into something fantastic, and it also has the Reaper of Souls expansion to boot. I have a hunch there’s one more expansion in the cards a few years away, but for now, this is a must-have game for PS4, and any system that can play it, as it’s one of the only local co-op games on non-Nintendo consoles right now. Diablo 3 is hugely accessible and highly addictive, and trust me when I say it’s 100% a different game than it was when it made its lackluster debut two years ago.
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