PS4 HALL OF FAME
THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO CURRENT-GEN’S GREATEST GAMES
UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF’S END
Nathan Drake’s swansong is a daring evolution. It combines seriesdefining set-pieces, quietly devastating storytelling beats, and sprawling levels that make you feel like a real-life explorer. This franchise finale retains its signature charm, with the wisecracks flowing as fast as the bullets, while the new characters each justify their inclusion. With an astonishing attention to detail, it’s Naughty Dog’s best yet.
THE LAST GUARDIAN
After a decade in development, Ueda’s PS4 debut is both a technical marvel and emotionally devastating. Trico’s mannerisms make it feel like a real creature – one we truly care about – while escaping The Nest is a captivating test. Some things are worth waiting for.
METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN
While retaining that distinct storytelling and sense of wonder that defines an MGS title, MGS V offers a level of freedom and creativity unheard of in any sandbox. Grand, majestic, and bittersweet, it’s an instant classic.
GRAND THEFT AUTO V
Laughing in the face of other cross-gen ports, GTA V on PS4 is more than just a mere HD remaster. Upped to a glorious 1080p, it weaves everything that made the PS3 original great, with new music, more dynamic weather, and a game-changing FPS mode.
Atlus’ anime wonder dazzles thanks to its mix of friendship building, stylish dungeons, and speedy turn-based combat. Add a story oozing with darkness and taboo-busting confidence and you have the new gold standard for JRPGs on PS4.
THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT GAME OF THE YEAR EDITION
The White Wolf’s epic journey is an RPG experience like no other on PS4. It’s been made even more spectacular with this gigantic pack stuffed with DLC, making this a must-have part of any gaming library.
HORIZON ZERO DAWN
A staggeringly large world that condenses cracking combat, accessible systems, and uncut eye-candy into an action RPG that will please anyone. With Aloy, PlayStation might just have a new icon. Come for the robo-fights, stay for the exquisitely dense mythology.
With the finest third-person melee combat in gaming, drool-worthy art design and the most twisted monsters imaginable, this is a gorgeously Gothic must-have. The Old Hunters expansion adds enough nightmare fuel to make a Yharnam return essential.
Finally, the Batman vs Superman fight you wanted. This brilliant brawler has a strong central story, some astonishing animations, and controls that make it approachable for fighting newbies. Plus, the loot system is a stroke of genius. An unexpected delight.
RESIDENT EVIL VII: BIOHAZARD
Capcom’s greatest series returns to terrifying form thanks to a trip to Louisiana to meet the Baker family, who stalk you around their mansion. While the second half of the game doesn’t match the intensity of the first, this is a must for any horror fan.
STREET FIGHTER V
Mechanically, this is as close to perfection as any fighter on console – everyone from hardcore fans to first-timers can grab a pad/fightstick and have serious fun. The launch game’s lean, but with free add-ons coming all the time, it keeps getting better.
DESTINY: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
Bundling the base game and all four expansions (September’s Rise Of Iron included) into one bumper package, this is the most complete and moreishly satisfying shooter any PS4 owner could wish for.
This strong follow-up to one of PS3’s greatest mixes a creative skillset with impressive level design to create a Kaldwin-ning immersive sim. From the shifting rooms of The Clockwork Mansion to discovering how to link your powers, there’s near-endless scope for experimenting.
Respawn’s mech masterclass crashes onto PlayStation, bringing an inventive single-player story (including some of the finest levels ever to grace PS4) and a fluid multiplayer that rewards creative thinking. This is now the gold standard for pure shooters on PS4.
THE LAST OF US REMASTERED
This modern masterpiece just gets stronger with age, like a full-bodied stilton. A starkly brutal, emotionally honest take on the end of the world, Naughty Dog’s stealth shooter is quite simply one of the best games ever, even if this PS4 port doesn’t add much to it.
PS4’s best multiplayer shooter bursts with colour, character, and charm. At its core, Overwatch is a pleasing mix of empowerment and teamwork, enhanced by a raucous roster. Expect to become obsessed with landing Play Of The Game. Boop.
One of PlayStation’s superior scrappers goes back to basics. While geared more towards veterans, who will get a kick out of the silly story mode, the new Rage Art system helps newbies ease their way in with eye-poppingly pretty, and easy, special moves.
Using the story of William Adams as the basis for a mash-up of Japanese folklore and sadistically punishing combat, this bruising adventure will push your skills as far as possible, especially in the boss battles. A potential heir to the Dark Souls crown.
TES V: SKYRIM SPECIAL EDITION
Last-gen’s best RPG gets a remaster that will shave months off your life all over again. All manner of graphical upgrades breathe new life into Tamriel, while bugs are a much rarer occurrence. Mod support’s sadly limited by Sony, but it’s still ace.
DARK SOULS III
Offering heady nostalgia for veterans, as well as one of PS4’s most well-realised worlds for first-timers, From Software’s masterpiece is one of PlayStation’s most rewarding challenges. It’s a fitting conclusion to a mesmerising and engrossing RPG treasure.
Sonic’s return to PlayStation signals his return to form in this fan-service 23 years in the making. With both remastered and reimagined levels, time trials to beat, and Chaos Emeralds to collect, fans old and new will find something to love in this modern classic.
It may lack FIFA’s licenses and lookalikes, but we still find, on the pitch, the newest PES plays a better game of football. Slower than last year, and with a focus on passing and dribbling, PES 2018 takes time to master, but it’s worth persevering with.
The ultimate puzzle game? Thekla, Inc’s behemoth boasts one of PS4’s most stylishly inviting, and resolve-testing, worlds to explore. It then crams it so full of secrets that even the platinum isn’t the end of the adventure. It’s a true original.
This demanding racer doesn’t make any concessions to first timers – or old-school rally heads – but that only increases the thrill of victory. With the best moment-to-moment racing on PlayStation, don’t let the difficulty put you off another muddy classic.
Is it a sport? Is it an RPG? Combining an invented sport, stunning visuals and an enchanting narrative isn’t easy, but everything works in harmony in Supergiant Games’ Pyre, creating one of the most refreshingly original experiences PS4 has to offer.