PS4 HALL OF FAME

THE DE­FIN­I­TIVE GUIDE TO CUR­RENT-GEN’S GREAT­EST GAMES

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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.

PER­SONA 5

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.

BLOOD­BORNE

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.

IN­JUS­TICE 2

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.

DIS­HON­ORED 2

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.

TI­TAN­FALL 2

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.

OVERWATCH

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.

TEKKEN 7

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.

NIOH

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 MA­NIA

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.

PES 2018

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 WIT­NESS

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.

DIRT 4

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.

PYRE

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.

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