The PS4 saw a number of excellent releases in 2018. However, there were some that stood out even among their peers, though of course, different people are bound to come up with different picks. Still, here are our picks for five of the best PS4 games that came out in 2018:
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a turning point for the series as a whole. Sure, the title still put players in a story within a story, which can be summed up as the modern-day Assassin Layla Hassan searching for a Piece of Eden by looking into the memories of an ancient Greek mercenary who was active around the time of the Peloponnesian War. However, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey introduced a number of changes that could have a profound impact on the series from this point forward. For example, players had the choice to play either a male character named Alexios or a female character named Kassandra, which was integrated into the story itself. Likewise, players had the option to romance various male and female characters in the setting, which led to a lot of jokes about it being more Bioware than Bioware. On top of this, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey boasted a number of refinements that made it a better game for a wide range of players compared to its predecessor, which is why it has earned a position on this particular list.
Generally speaking, storytelling isn’t what came to mind for most people when the God of War series was brought up. After all, the series tended to be better-known for having a very, very angry protagonist in the form of Kratos, who had legitimate grievances but tends to be considered someone who took things too far. As a result, it came as a shock when the new God of War proved to be not just a good action game but also a good action game with a much better narrative than what one would have expected. Moreover, the new God of War isn’t a reboot but instead incorporates the events of its predecessors, which is used to excellent effect in the story by influencing Kratos’s evolving relationship with his son Atreus.
Making a good superhero game with an open world setting can be pretty challenging. After all, superheroes tend to have superhuman capabilities, meaning that there needs to be a balance between player freedom and practical limitations on the setting that the developers create. However, Marvel’s Spider-Man managed to land well in this regard. Moreover, the people behind it made the choice to make it its own thing instead of tying it to an existing work, thus turning it into an independent interpretation of the Spider-Man franchise that stands up surprisingly well.
The Monster Hunter series is huge over in Japan, so much so that it has spawned its own sub-genre of sorts. However, Monster Hunter: World was a real gamble in the sense that it was supposed to win over an international audience, meaning that the people behind it essentially sacrificed the guarantee of millions and millions of sales in the Japanese market in exchange for a shot at securing even more potential players world-wide. As it turned out, Monster Hunter: World was a winning bet, as shown by the fact that it is now the single best-selling game to have ever been made by Capcom, thus making it a big part of the Japanese company’s upward surge in recent times. The future of the Monster Hunter series in international markets remains uncertain, but since Capcom succeeded with Monster Hunter: World, there is plenty of reason to believe that it could repeat its success in the times to come.
Red Dead Redemption came out in 2010, so there are a lot of people who have been waiting a long time for Red Dead Redemption 2. Fortunately, their wait wasn’t in vain because Rockstar has released an absolute gem of an open world western. Different people are bound to have focused on different things, but some of the praise include but isn’t limited to an atmospheric setting, excellent pacing, and a well-told story that is more than capable of engaging the player in an organic manner.