Thursday 8 October 2020

Top 10 PS4 All-Time Best Games

10. Mass Effect Legendary Edition

The Mass Effect series is one of the most critically acclaimed video game franchises in modern memory, and they’re all brought together under one roof in Mass Effect: Legendary Edition. With souped-up 4K graphics and over 40 DLCs included from the original games, this isn’t just an essential piece of gaming history you’ll spend dozens of hours in - but an absolute bargain to boot.

9. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Trying to describe the pleasure of playing a game like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is difficult to do without sounding like a masochist. The combat is gruelling. But the reward for persevering and improving is a rich tapestry of story, visuals and sound. Nothing is more rewarding than finally hitting every parry, every dodge, and finally using your sword to strike down an enemy who has bested you a dozen times. 

8. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

The conclusion of smart-mouthed treasure hunter Nathan Drake’s story (for now) was a fitting end for one of Sony’s biggest mascots. Spilling with clever puzzles, detailed level design and clearly an insane amount of historical research, this game is clearly filled with all of the heart of a passionate team. Don’t worry if you haven’t played any of the previous. It’s very accessible, even if you’ve never touched the series before. 

7. Spider-man

Nobody expected that a franchise tie-in game would become one of the best gaming experiences on the PS4, but Spider-man surpassed all expectations. This iteration of Peter Parker is already a fan favourite. The original storyline has incredible highs and lows, cinematic action and tear-jerking moments. Packaged with tight combat mechanics and ridiculously fun web-slinging through a near-perfect recreation of New York City, there’s nothing not to like. 

6. Days Gone

Days Gone had a second wave of popularity over lockdown when fans discovered that a sequel had not been picked up by Sony. The disappointment is understandable - Day’s Gone is one of the best survival sandbox experiences on the PS4. You play a gruff biker named Deacon, a survivor of a zombie apocalypse, as he motorcycles his way from camp to camp fighting hordes of literally hundreds of zombies - sorry, freakers - at a time.

5. Grand Theft Auto V

Although technically part of the previous console generation, GTA 5 is still one of the best games on the PS4. Switching between three separate characters throughout the story could have easily been mishandled, but it’s part of what makes the game so fantastic. It’s a near-perfect third-person shooter with a focus on gun combat and fast driving, mechanics which it absolutely nails. It’s also a GTA game, so you know. Expect adult themes.

4. Resident Evil Village

Village had big shoes to fill after its predecessor Resident Evil 7 reinvented the series to such universal acclaim - but it has no problem living up to expectation. With genuine scares, incredible visuals and some spooky humour on the side, Resident Evil Village brings back some action-adventure focus (a la RE4) that dropped out in RE7’s more survival-driven gameplay. Play it alone with the curtains drawn for the best possible experience!

3. The Last of Us Part 2

The Last of Us is a game that needs no introduction. Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic action-adventure title wowed both fans and critics with its compelling characters and nuanced storytelling. Set 7 years after its predecessor, The Last of Us Part 2 picks up Joel and Ellie’s story. With one of the most shocking stories ever told in gaming, more of the same competent gameplay and the best-looking visuals from this console generation, The Last of Us Part 2 is a piece of art that everyone should experience.

2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Set in a huge and beautiful game world spilling with rich characters and story, The Witcher 3 will be talked about for years to come. It’s a masterpiece of game design. But be warned - combat is a lot more tactical than it seems. If you’re used to rushing in, you’ll find this game very difficult. There are also two huge DLCs that rival standalone games - making this an unmissable experience. 

1. God of War

This 2018 revamp of the classic series is technically the sequel to 2010’s God Of War III, but the tone is so different you can’t blame them for naming it to draw in a new generation. Orgies have been traded for fatherhood. You’ll still find gore, but it’s no longer indulgent. This perfectly woven story is told through almost faultless gameplay and creates one of the best games available right now - full stop.

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