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PS4 is massive right now, and Sony is steadily but surely building a great suite of games for the console. There are loads more on the way too, including all these great upcoming PS4 games. Later this year Sony will bring it's own VR headset to PS4, potentially changing the way we play games forever. That's something to look forward to. What you've come here for are the best PS4 games you can buy RIGHT NOW. The top 10 in the video below are a great place to start.
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25. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
Who’d have thunk digital childhood trauma could be so entertaining? This ace procedurally-generated dungeon crawler is fiendishly funny and scorchingly difficult. It also boasts a hugely endearing art style. A roguelike from the twisted mind behind Super Meat Boy, Isaac is wonderfully depraved and, well, just downright wonderful. An oozing, squelchy descent into hell, it someone manages to make a poignant commentary on parental neglect, all the while making you fight bosses sporting unborn foetal growths. Whether you pick up on the dark subtext or not, the actual shooting is top notch and the humour hilariously deviant. Good, clean (alright, filthy) fun.
24. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Black Ops 3 is an admirably weird entry in the unstoppable franchise. There’s something for every flavour of COD fan, with an intriguingly bonkers story that you can tackle in four-player co-op or solo, a fully (rotting) fleshed-out Zombies mode that takes place inside an entire open-city, and the still criminally addictive online multiplayer with all its perks and Cyber Core abilities and insane weaponry. Also, Jeff Goldblum is in zombies mode, which automatically secured the game’s place on this list.
23. Rocket League
From the ashes of an obscure PS3 curio that no one can recall comes a PSN sleeper hit so addictive it’s probably illegal. With a tooled-up remote controlled car, a bootful of boost and a giant metal football, Rocket League is a slice of multiplayer heaven. The popularity of this ‘football with cars’ game was completely unexpected, but it now has a thriving community of players and gameplay that has been tweaked and honed to make the absolute best of the concept. Give it a try - it sounds mad, but you will love it.
22. PES 2016
PES 2016 takes what made the previous year's standout title and brings even better animations and passing, and improved feature set, and outstanding visuals. It offers a masterful football experience that improves on the PES 2015 formula. The Master League mode has been much improved over the previous year's outdated feature. The control mechanics are top notch, treating you to a sumptuous passing game of football, where each player feels like a real individual. Though the presentation doesn't meet every expectation, there are still some cracking player models in there. A true champion on the pitch.
21. Guitar Hero Live
An innovative take on the classic peripheral design might’ve been enough to convince us there’s still greatness in the series, but that would be unfair to the beautifully designed GHTV and its constant stream of songs. Sure, Rock Band offers a more polished, all-round experience, but it lacks the accessibility of Guitar Hero and the raft of tracks you’ll play via GHTV. Plus, the songs here are a little more catchy. It’s only the slightly weird ‘token’ system that sullies an otherwise great music game. Clear the lounge, it’s time to rock.
20. Dragon Age: Inquisition
Following closely on the action-RPG heels of Geralt of Rivia (who has since returned in Witcher 3), BioWare’s third trip to Thedas conjures something truly special. Dragon Age: Inquisition has improved combat; an ace cast of characters; a semi-open world full of emergent gameplay; an epic story. The list goes on. What’s more, there are some genuinely tough choices to be made in this game (not just who you decide to try and sex-up), which draws you even further into the narrative. Oh, and dragons. There are proper, scary, bastard-hard dragons too.
19. Star Wars Battlefront
If you've ever wished you could be in the Star Wars films, blaster in hand, shooting Stormtroopers like a scruffy-looking nerf herder, Star Wars Battlefront is the game for you. Whether it's the perfectly palette-matched leaves under your feet on Endor, or the sense of cold as you peer into an ice cave looking for movement, everything looks and feels just right. The shooting's great fun too, offering a simpler, more instantly gratifying multiplayer experience than the likes of CoD or Battlefield. You can even ride a speeder bike through the Ewoks' forest with full control of direction and firing. No other game is as close to playing a movie, so if you love Star Wars, you need to play this.
18. Until Dawn
Once destined to live its life as a PS Move curio on PS3, Supermassive Games’ ode to the teen slasher movie has emerged on PS4 with a rusty, bloody axe in one hand and a rather nasty looking set of consequence-based choices in the other. The real beauty of Until Dawn is in a) the well-crafted, largely flawed cast of characters, and b) the horrific ends that they meet at the hands of the antagonist(s). In other words, you’ll want most of them to die sticky deaths, and although saving each one is a fun challenge, it’s an accepted and enjoyable nod to horror tropes when they get executed in the most gruesome fashion.
In a gaming landscape dominated by mindless violence and blabbering idiots this wordless walkabout stands tall in red robes. Journey is all about joining an online stranger and going for a wander, exploring a beautiful sandy world together in quiet awe. The more time you spend in Journey, getting to know its secrets and quirks, the more entertaining it becomes. And have you seen it? Despite being a PS3 port, it still looks amazing and stands up next to the best on PS4.
Capturing everything that made the shoot-‘em-ups of old so compelling and combining it with a sumptuous voxel-based visual presentation, Resogun should come with a health warning that reads ‘This game will consume your every waking moment’. At any rate, it’ll certainly obliterate your sleeping patterns; just try to peel yourself away from its high score challenges after that 72nd ‘one last go’. Even if chasing scores isn’t your thing, the game’s sumptuous controls, striking crumbling cities and ear-enchanting techno tunes are sure to appeal. Undoubtedly the star of PS4’s early launch lineup and a game that shows Sony’s indie charm offensive is working a treat.
15. Tearaway Unfolded
Its handheld original is rightfully placed high in the PS Vita Hall Of Fame. This PS4 remake-of-sorts swoops onto the current-gen roster on a raft of new features. Media Molecule makes the most of all that extra power and strikes gold yet again, thanks to some innovative DualShock 4 controls and a careful resdesigning of many of the game’s stages. It’s worth another look at Tearaway, even if you played through the handheld version.
What remains to be said about the game that awoke our long-dormant fantasies of playing Bear Grylls lost in a Lego wilderness? Perhaps just this: despite the knee-jerk outpouring of imitators, Minecraft still offers the most empowering and malleable survival experience on PS4. Whether you view it as an apparatus with which to build a 1:1 scale replica of your office block, a pig farming simulator, a first-person shooter or simply a whole bunch of blocks on which to place TNT for kicks, Notch's playbox has you covered. This iconic build-’em-up benefits massively from PS4’s additional power and gives you a creative playground 36 times the size of that on PS3 in which to build.
13. Life Is Strange
The sublime writing and pacing of this episodic narrative will have you agonising over choices, and then marvelling at their flawless integration. Life is Strange starts off as a fairly innocuous teen-life simulator and throughout the episodes transforms into something… very different. To quote heroine Max’s BFF Chloe, it’s “hella” good, and certainly a lot darker than you may initially think. In an ironic nod to the lead character’s ability to rewind time - you’ll wish you could play it all over again for the first time.
12. Uncharted: TNDC
If you somehow missed the trilogy on PS3 then this excellent remaster - The Nathan Drake Collection - should be your next purchase. While the original game hasn’t aged too well, Uncharted 2 and 3 hold up extremely well, especially with the slight visual upgrade. There’s heaps of value here too, with three full stories to play through. Nathan Drake is PlayStation’s biggest hero, and no PS4 owner should skip his collection, especially with Uncharted 4 on the horizon.
11. Batman: Arkham Knight
If you've ever wanted to become the Batman, Batman: Arkham Knight is the closest you can get (outside of actually donning a pointy-eared cape and cowl). The series' final instalment sets you free in a massive open-world ripe with Riddler trophies to find, crimes to stop, and thugs to brutally incapacitate. It's got all of the series staples like the intricate combat system, sneaky predator sequences, and crime scene investigations, but the Batmobile adds a new dimension to your heroics. Need to get from point A to B? Hop in the Batmobile. Want to take down some goons? Shoot them with the Batmobile's 'non-lethal' cannon. Need to break down a wall? You know the Batmobile has that covered. Batman: Arkham Knight is the complete Batman experience, and you don't want to miss it.
10. TowerFall Ascension
You haven’t lived until you’ve enjoyed a four-player free-for-all in this instant couchplay classic. There's a level of depth to TowerFall Ascension's arena-based archery bouts that continues to surprise, delight, and forces you to evolve your play style practically every time you go back to it. And you'll go back to it a lot. The solo campaign is an enjoyable sideshow and an opportunity to hone your skills, but almost nothing beats the arrow-grabbing, death-defying last-second kills of local multiplayer mayhem. Best of all, the replay function shows you that maelstrom of pixels in ultra-satisfying slow-mo after each round-ending kill.
9. Alien: Isolation
Seemingly the result of an improbable dare issued to Creative Assembly, Alien: Isolation not only allied itself with the erstwhile toxic Aliens license but threw gunplay out of the window almost entirely. Instead, the game is a perpetual cat-and-mouse game between the under-equipped player and their xenomorph pursuer. A brave and exceptionally well-crafted first-person horror, Alien Isolation allows you to explore Ridley Scott’s original vision of a horror-tinged future in startling fidelity with an attention to detail that borders on the obsessive. It’s time to remember what made the xenomorph so scary in the first place... and then get killed by it.
Weighed down by a litany of server malfunctions, Driveclub sank like a particularly shiny stone at release. But developer Evolution Studios wasn't about to give up on its motoring labour of love - in the months between then and now the game's been stabilised, expanded and transformed by a steady stream of updates and DLC. Today, Driveclub delivers and even exceeds its promise: a coming together of fanatical graphical detail, a pleasing handling model and social features you’ll actually appreciate. The competition isn’t exactly fierce on PS4 for Evolution Studios’ current-gen racer, but it crushes the rivals nonetheless.
7. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The White Wolf himself finally rides onto PS4 in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and brings with him one of the most diverse and challenging RPG worlds ever seen. Mesmerising to look at and utterly engrossing to play, CD Projekt RED’s farewell to Geralt is a new high for the genre. What really impresses are the genuinely entertaining missions, and the eclectic cast of characters that bring the world to life. While combat can be challenging at first, once you get into it, there’s enough depth here to keep you interested for the duration.
6. Fallout 4
Hitting PS4 with the atomic force of a Fat Boy, Fallout 4’s excellent gunplay and crafting systems can trigger a nasty case of RPG-itis. There’s so much to do and see here, and quite often you’ll set off to complete a mission and get completely side-tracked when you find something wonderful/horrific along the way. Giving the main character a proper voice adds an extra layer of polish to proceedings, and the expanded set of companions and customisation options are very welcome too. It’s not without its faults (or vaults), but the scale of Bethesda’s wasteland will keep you bunkered down for weeks.
5. The Last of Us Remastered
Like a full-bodied Stilton, this modern master-piece just gets stronger with age. The Last of Us Remastered is a starkly brutal, emotionally-honest take on the end of the world, Naughty Dog’s stealth shooter is quite simply one of the best written, most wryly-paced video games ever. With the jump to (a mostly stable) 60fps on PS4, TLOU has never been sharper to play or more devastating to watch. Whether refining the undead or redefining what a game script can be, this is Naughty Dog at the peak of its powers. And with Left Behind bundled in, you’re also being treated to arguably the finest slice of DLC in PlayStation history.
Blurring the lines between single-player shooting and co-op camaraderie, Bungie has created an epic MMO hybrid built on incredibly fluid firefights. The first 20 hours and a relatively disappointing ‘campaign’ eventually blossom into the real Destiny; a near infinite end-game of Raids, Nightfall Strikes and chasing delicious Exotic gear. In the Vault of Glass Raid, Destiny may well play host to the most expertly designed, sustained shooting gallery on PS4. Couple that with the wonderfully balanced Crucible PvP and the insatiable desire to keep improving your Titans’ gear and this is an essential experience with friends and the perfect platform for PS4’s social features.
Bloodborne is PS4’s first truly great, bespokely created exclusive. In Yharnam, From Software has made one of the most unerringly atmospheric worlds on PS4. This is a city that drips with dread; every corner potentially hiding a grotesque beast or fascinatingly twisted piece of lore. Though there may be fewer weapons than in Dark Souls, the new Trick variants (capable of morphing between long and short-form states) are among the most empowering virtual slaughtering tools you’ll ever find. With the finest third-person melee combat in all of games, drool-worthy art design and the most twisted monsters in the biz, this is a gorgeously gothic must-have. Bit hard, mind.
2. Grand Theft Auto 5
The magic of Grand Theft Auto 5 - our favourite PS3 game - and it's reappearance on current-gen hardware isn’t in the improved textures, shinier cars or even the brilliantly executed new first-person mode. It’s in the way each addition and improvement combines to enthral and seduce you all over again to sink another blissful 50 hours into Los Santos without it ever feeling like a re-run. Also: an unhealthy dose of first-person cat-stomping. If tabby-kicking isn’t your thing, GTA: Online – with its mega online Heists and improved character creator – is sure to gets it claws into you. Quite simply the definitive edition of the greatest open-world game ever made.
1. Metal Gear Solid 5: TPP
Konami might try and scrub Hideo Kojima’s name from the ultimate in tactical espionage action, but it’ll never remove his fingerprints. While retaining that distinct storytelling and sense of wonder that defines the Metal Gear series, MGS5 offers a level of freedom and creativity unheard of in any sandbox. It’s something to be explored for days, weeks, months - each little secret and hidden slice of gameplay just waiting to be found and to make players rethink the way they approach the game. Plus, it’s got a killer 80s soundtrack, and some wonderfully gruff voice-acting from Keifer Sutherland. Grand, majestic and bittersweet, this is an instant classic and the finest thing you can shove into your PS4.
Has PS4 delivered on all your wildest hopes and dreams? Not quite? Well, if you wait a bit there'll be plenty more to get excited for. There's bound to be a new entry in [insert your top franchise here] that'll blow your pants clean off. Like, you'll be without pants. Pantless. Where your pants once were, there will be a pile of PlayStation 4 games that you'll happily play (without leaving your house, because pants).
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