Thursday, 26 March 2020

TOP 10 PS4 FPS Games

10. Overwatch

Overwatch defines the hero shooter subgenre, no doubt about it. Clones have come and gone, but none have done it with the quality, character and style that we’ve come to expect from Blizzard. Overwatch’s rich world is teased out through voice lines and easter eggs; this choose-your-own-investment style of storytelling means it’s enjoyable for everyone - whether you’ve got half an hour to spare or a whole weekend.

9. Bioshock: The Collection

Bioshock is iconic as a role-playing FPS game done right. Having all of the Bioshock games in one place is an absolute dream, and in Bioshock: The Collection, they’ve been given a graphical upgrade to boot. With fantastically dark and well-crafted storytelling, gun mechanics and unique powers, if you haven’t played the Bioshock series, you need to. If you’ve already played the Bioshock series, you need to play it again! surprise you.

8. Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 has a playful honesty - it’s a little bit mental, chaotic, a bit naughty. It takes all the strengths of old Borderlands games and dials them up to 11, improving on everything you’ve ever loved about them. It doesn’t feel as brave or original now that loot-based multiplayer games like Destiny 2 have caught up, but it’s the attitude that keeps it entertaining - and it has that in buckets.

7. Star Wars Battlefront II

Although all the controversy was pretty deserved, it’s really a shame that Star Wars Battlefront 2 made headlines for all the wrong reasons. It’s a fantastic game for Star Wars nerd and casuals alike - it’s got so much more content than the game before it that it’s not even worth comparison. With a new single-player mode too, there’s plenty of time to be spent here even if you haven’t got anyone to play with.

6. Battlefield 1

If there’s one thing that most modern FPS games seem to have, it’s some element of sci-fi and futurism. That’s probably why it’s so refreshing to play a game like Battlefield 1 - taking us all the way back to World War I through human-focused stories in single-player and wonderfully dynamic multiplayer modes. The destructible environments, the classes, the personality - they all come together to create a truly refreshing play.

5. Far Cry 5

If you’ve played a Far Cry game, you know how this one is going to play. But why fix what isn’t broken? What makes every different Far Cry game worth playing is the new setting - and Far Cry 5’s world makes it well worth picking up. It’s open sandbox survival gaming at some of it’s finest, and a great FPS that isn’t hinged on a multiplayer mode - which is getting rarer.

4. Doom (2016)

Doom is the grandfather of all FPS games, and this instalment is a worthy heir to the legacy. Stomping demon heads and clearing entire armies as Doomguy will never stop being pure fun. The huge array of weapons available to you to burn a path through the self-indulgent single-player story, Doom is a loud, stylish, fantastic palate-cleanser if you’re bored of the industry’s many, many gritty cover-based shooters.

3. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

You know what to expect from a Call of Duty game - remarkably tight and responsive controls, beautiful graphics and visual design, and of course, zombies. The series is fundamental FPS gaming at its finest, and Black Ops 4 is no different. There is one surprise this time - a battle royale mode! This game might lack a single-player campaign, but there’s so much to do packed in here that you’ll barely even notice.

2. Titanfall 2

Titanfall 2 is often described with taglines that say something along the lines of ‘the best game you haven’t played’. Considering how truly fantastic this game is, it’s criminal how little fanfare it has received from the industry as a whole. The gameplay is fast-paced and exciting, and has giant robot mechs! What’s not to love? The single-player story is short but sweet, and the multiplayer experience is one of the best on the PS4 too.

1. Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal takes everything that made what came before so good, including the original 90s games, and builds upon it to make for the most refined, and in our opinion best game in the franchise to date. It balances mindless power fantasy with satisfying, rewarding gameplay in a way that no other game does, and we would urge anyone with even a passing interest in FPS games to give it a go.

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

TOP 10 PS4 Platformer Games

10. LittleBigPlanet 3

Simply one of the most pleasant (and best) platforming series out there, every LittleBigPlanet is a masterwork of game design. Adventure Mode offers plenty of satisfying gameplay, but the 4 player local co-op multiplayer and creation modes are where this game really comes alive. You’ll get in each other’s way just as much as you’ll help each other out, and the chaos of the busy screen makes this help/hindrance balance oh so fun to play with.  

9. Sonic Mania Plus

Anyone who’s a fan of platformers has heard of Sonic the Hedgehog, and also knows that some of the 3D ventures have been... kinda naff. But this colourful modernisation of the classic pixel art Sonic is one of the best Sonic games to come to console in a long time - probably because it stays so true to the original. The super-simple controls are a gateway into deep, satisfying, sometimes infuriating platforming. 

8. Crash Bandicoot N-Sane trilogy

Yet another timeless platforming series, the classic Crash Bandicoot trilogy has been remastered and released together - and it’s just as silly, loud and zany as ever. There’s plenty of personality packed in with the jumping and spinning. With three crazy games in one, there’s a lot of bang for your buck. Like any good platformer, it’s easy to pick up but hard to master - probably much harder than you remember it.

7. Spyro: Reignited Trilogy

Classic childhood remasters are truly a treat. You get to enjoy the nostalgia, and your kids love to play them for all the reasons you did. In this case, it’s because Spyro is awesome. It’s console platforming at it’s finest, and this remaster has improved every jump, every glide and every charge. Spyro: Reignited is, of course, also three platforming games in one. So cancel all your plans for the next few weekends. 

6. Ratchet & Clank

It follows the storyline of the very first game, but Ratchet and Clank for PS4 is so far improved that it’s a totally different game. This remastering isn’t just graphical - it updates the original with all the best features of later games in the series. Expect the usual - silly jokes that wink and nod to all ages, tricky puzzle platforming and a large roster of insane weapons to clear levels with.

5. Rayman Legends

Rayman Legends isn’t a remake but is full of so much familiarity that you’ll still be awash with nostalgia while playing it. Simply one of the best platforming games available right now full stop, Rayman Legends will have you running, jumping and punching for days. The difficulty curve is so gradual that it’s perfect for hardcore platformers and casuals alike, and the art is so uniquely Rayman that every new level will become your favourite.

4. Shovel Knight

Every now and again, a game like Shovel Knight comes along that just completely surpasses all expectations. It perfectly marries punishing retro gameplay with gorgeous retro pixel graphics, harkening back to a day where finishing a level meant playing it ten times to figure it out. If that doesn’t convince you? Players can also share all this platforming perfection with a friend in local coop mode. You’re going to love it. 

3. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

In Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, you control Faith Connors as she explores the open-world, futuristic city of Glass, which is beautiful in its simplicity. Almost unique among the fantastic platforming experiences on the PS4, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is played in a first-person view - but still manages to pull off freerunning and Parkour in a way that feels natural and rewarding. You can lose an hour just enjoying the flow of freerunning around the city!

2. Dead Cells

Described by many as a fusion of Dark Souls and Castlevania, this roguelike platformer randomly generates levels and ends the game if you die. No two runs through are ever the same, and the permadeath means you’ll have a different gameplay experience every time. With impeccably tight and responsive controls and plenty of mechanics to keep you playing, Dead Cells is the perfect platformer for hardcore gamers who love a challenge. 

1. Hollow Knight

The critically-acclaimed Hollow Knight is tricky, spooky, and absolutely essential platforming. Set in the solemn world of Hallownest, you play as a little bug-like knight in Metroidvania style gameplay. Other bugs will try to kill you, and let me tell you - they will succeed many times. The interconnected maps are huge and don’t require you to fully explore them to succeed, meaning you build your own experience as you play. 

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TOP 10 PS4 Open World Games

10. Fallout 4

Classical gamers will say that Fallout 4 isn’t the best Fallout experience - it certainly has distanced itself from more traditional role-playing to appeal more to the masses. But just because it isn’t the best Fallout experience, doesn’t mean it isn’t still one of the best experiences on the PS4. The wide, sprawling nuclear wasteland of The Commonwealth is truly alive, and you’ll find a new story to play around every corner.

9. Far Cry 5

If you’ve played a Far Cry game, then you probably know how this one is going to play. But why fix what isn’t broken? What makes every Far Cry game feel fresh is the new setting. Far Cry 5’s world of Hope County, Montana is one of the best in a while - and not just because it feels so topical. It’s open-world gaming at some of it’s finest, and a great FPS that isn’t hinged on a multiplayer mode - which is getting rarer.

8. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

If you’re looking for a traditional Assassin’s Creed experience, then be warned that pure stealth is no longer a viable option. Odyssey introduces as much as it removes, and the new action RPG elements mean it’s still great fun to play, just different. Who can complain when you get to explore such a breathtakingly beautiful open world imagining of Ancient Greece? The hidden blade might be gone, but my god what beautiful views.

7. Final Fantasy XV

Undoubtedly, Final Fantasy XV is the best FF single-payer gamer we have had in over a decade and a great example of a JRPG done well. The reimagined combat system is more action-oriented, but still surprisingly tactical, while the refreshing new focus on open-world exploration brings the game and its world to life. Packed with tons of character, choices and interest, this is an RPG where the good times don't stop.

6. Horizon: Zero Dawn

Horizon was the greatest surprise of 2017, and protagonist Aloy has already become a mascot for Playstation. Horizon is set in an open world where feral robots dominate a planet populated by a primitive society of humans, and this concept informs the worldbuilding in every way possible. From story and environment to costumes and weaponry, design breathes life into the world, and hunting down giant mechanical dinosaurs makes the experience all the sweeter.

5. 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. The map is three and a half times bigger than Skyrim!  But be warned - gameplay 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.

4. 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. Not only is this open-world a near-perfect recreation of Manhattan, but the original storyline also has incredible highs and lows, cinematic action and tear-jerking moments. Exploring this reimagined Manhattan is an absolute treat - this is the web-slinging simulator you’ve always wanted. Until they perfect a VR version of course.

3. Minecraft

Don’t be put off by the fact that kids play Minecraft. You want open world? You got it. Minecraft grows as you explore, with a maximum map size bigger than the surface of NEPTUNE. It’s insanity. Beneath the blocky simplistic graphics, this game offers a delicate and engaging gameplay centred around the reward of creativity and hard work. Of course, it comes alive in multiplayer - but the single player should not be underestimated.

2. Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA V)

Although technically part of the previous console generation, GTA 5 is still one of the best games on the PS4. The series has long been a shining example of open-world gameplay done right - GTA 5 is the apex of everything that came before it. 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.

1. Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 came to us after an incredibly long wait, but boy did that wait pay off. Coming to us from Rockstar, the same studio as GTA, on the surface it’s Grand Theft Auto with Cowboys. Perfection already. The open world of Red Dead Redemption is so beautiful, so realistic and so alive, that you’ll skip fast travelling altogether. Who needs it when riding a virtual horse looks this good? 

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