Best PS4 Games on the Market
The PS4 has established itself as one of, if not, the leading consoles and the quality and variety of games that have been released for it are a large part of the reason why. Another reason why the PS4 is so popular is that it's not limited to just a couple of genres.
Literally, any type of game you'd want to play on the PC is now available on the PS4.
With such a vast array of games on offer, I decided to pick 25 of the most popular and highest rated Playstation 4 games, with a few rough diamonds thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!
Role Playing Games (RPGs)
Persona 5 is a JRPG that is at the top of its game. You play as a high school pupil who lives a normal teenage life by day and then invades people’s minds by night in an effort to change them into good people.
This premise of exploring people’s minds allows for some creative and varied level designs. If you're a fan of previous Persona games, you'll notice the levels are much more extensive too.
In true JRPG fashion, the battles are turn-based, and you'll be using the different "personas" you've collected to help you.
There are 100 personas to collect, and it's very reminiscent of Pokemon. They each have their own weakness that you'll have to discover and you'll have to knock them out to "capture" them.
There's a nifty mechanic in the game that allows you to automatically use a skill that exploits a persona's weakness, once you've learned it and it's integral to finishing fights as quickly as possible.
Another, massive part of the game is exploring the city that you live in. There are tons of social activities to do which can also boost your stats. You can take jobs which unlock weapons and even interact with people who have their own storied side missions to complete.
Bloodborne is an action RPG that's very similar to Dark Souls, especially regarding style and the difficulty of combat. The game is set in Victorian London and is full of hellish and nightmarish creatures for you to kill.
The combat itself is very challenging, and you'll need to master the skills of timing and avoidance if you want to progress. You can use a shield but it's much less effective than in the Dark Souls games, and you won't be able to weather the storm of blows as you previously did.
There's plenty of weapons for you to find, such as two-handed and one-handed swords, great bardiches, and even guns. Guns are useful for staggering your opponents. Ammunition is limited though, so it's not as spammable as magic was.
Weapons can also be morphed to enable different abilities, like more extended reach or more damage for less speed, which is useful for when you need to switch things up on the fly.
There is also some multiplayer functionality, where other players can join your game which can be very helpful for when you're faced with a sizeable scary boss!
You might be forgiven for thinking that Undertale was first made for the Super Nintendo. In fact, the game's HOPING you're expecting something similar, just so it can play with you in new and unexpected ways.
All the main RPG mechanics are there: Exploration. Talking with characters. Items to pick up and use, a main storyline and combat. You'll find significant differences here compared to similar games, though, and it's in the combat that it's most noticeable.
Instead of the usual turn-based fighting, you have to protect your heart in various minigames which has you "dodging" the enemy attacks. Each enemy has a unique attack pattern, and if you successfully dodge the attacks, you win the battle.
How you interact with these enemies and the choices you make are also entirely different. You can play the whole game without actually "killing" anything, or you can decide to butcher the whole lot just to see what will happen.
This can be a hit or miss for some people, especially if you are expecting to play a normal RPG. Undertale's rave reviews prove that its idiosyncrasies are a hit with most people, though.
The Witcher series is set in a fantasy world that's more medieval than magic. It's a roleplaying series that's been around for some years now, and it just keeps getting stronger and stronger.
You play as Geralt, the white-haired Witcher, whose job it is to slay the pesky monsters that always seem to be cropping up everywhere. Grateful citizens will grace your palm with coin and, in turn, that allows you to upgrade your equipment, buy reagents for alchemy and whatever else you want to do, too.
In this, the third iteration of the Witcher franchise, the game world is much more open and a lot larger. You'll be going your own way more often than not as there are dozens of side quests, including "contracts" that have you hunting down unique boss monsters to keep you on your toes.
The Witcher 3 builds on what it's known for – its compelling characters, multiple endings, and great side quests, while doing everything bigger and better.
There's a lot of customization concerning how you build your character, and you can create some very unique builds.
Multiplayer First-Person Shooters (FPSs)
Overwatch is a popular, 6 versus 6 objective-based FPS. It's also similar to Team Fortress 2 regarding the variety of characters you can play. They all have their own strengths and weaknesses, and if you fail with one, you may well excel with another, due to differing playstyles.
There's a grand total of 21 characters to choose from so even if you've mastered one of them, there's plenty more to learn from the other 20.
It's entirely possible to play hundreds of games and never face the same lineup of characters twice. What this means is games can and do feel very different with no specific tactic being the winning one.
What works against one team could utterly fail against another, because the enemies abilities are different.
You'll also find that certain pairs of heroes and heroines can work very well together, becoming stronger than the sum of their parts (read: abilities!).
There's not a huge variety in maps or modes, but Overwatch's strengths lie in the great versatility of play styles it can support as well as the constant discoveries you make as you play certain characters more and more.
If you love action-shooters and you love piloting big stompy robots, Titanfall 2 is the game for you. There's a hefty single-player campaign that serves to teach you the basic and advanced moves as well as introducing you to all the different gameplay elements you might expect.
Sometimes you'll be running around as a grunt, while other times you'll be piloting your Titan, and the game is great fun in both modes. The enemies in single-player mode range from your average soldier to elite Titan-pilots who are just as powerful as you are.
Your parkour skills will also be tested as you use anything and everything at your disposal to make your way through a level.
There's a great sense of scale within the game, as your character is dwarfed by the Titan's he can ride and the Titans are nothing compared to the height of some of the buildings in the game.
Multiplayer breathes longevity into the game as only competitive PVP can, and there are several different classes of titans that you can pilot, with their own skill set and abilities.
If you haven't played the original Titanfall then pick up the sequel as it brings a lot of fun elements to the genre.
Battlefield is best known for its huge multiplayer maps with a wide range of vehicles to drive/fly/ride shotgun in. Battlefield 1 is set in WWI and, as well as the new setting, there's also a good, well rounded single-player campaign, which is a first for the series.
Single-player campaigns usually cover the war in France, and you don't see much else, but Battlefield 1's campaign actually covers different theatres of the war that you seldom see, such as North Africa.
It's also in this campaign that you're introduced to vehicles such as tanks and biplanes which are a lot of fun to control and to fight other vehicles with.
The single campaign is tied together by poignant storytelling, and it's well worth investing a couple of hours in.
Battlefield 1 features a wide selection of weapons to use, both in single and multiplayer, some of which are customizable. As you'd expect, each weapon has its own idiosyncrasies and learning how to handle them will allow you to play like a pro.
The multiplayer is where you'll be spending most of your game time, and you'll have to work with your teammates and pair up with a different class to be the most effective, especially when faced with enemy vehicles.
Black Ops III is set in the future – 2065 to be exact and this allows for lots of high tech gadgets to be utilized by you and your enemies. As you'd expect from a black ops squad, some items will allow you to become almost invisible, as well as technology that helps you see similarly stealthed targets.
One of my favorite missions has you climbing up a rock face using your sticky suit. If you ever wanted to know what it feels like to be a spider, this is your chance. Once you've reached the summit, you'll be base jumping to your next objective with your tiny wings.
There's the awesome 4-player co-op zombie mode that we've come to expect from Black Ops games, and 9 specialized classes are available for you to excel in.
There's a new power tree which allows you to focus and specialize even more which brings some RPG elements into the game, almost like the original Deus Ex.
The multiplayer is just as fun as ever, and it's a testament to the quality of the game that the community is as strong as ever.
The world of Fez is a strictly 2D environment... until a dastardly 3D cube invades and turns everything on its head. This is how Fez takes the 2D platforming genre and mixes it up with a unique mechanic that allows you to turn 90° corners which change the whole makeup of what's on the screen.
Platforms appear that will help you get to that high ledge. Doorways are now apparent in what used to be an impassable wall. Utilizing this particular mechanic is imperative to your progress in Fez.
Fez is made up of beautiful pixel art, old-school soundtrack and an impressive day/night cycle that makes you feel you're a part of this fantastical 2D world.
There's a lot of carefully hidden puzzle pieces too, and you'll want to go back to earlier areas just to make sure you've found them all, as you won't always know you've missed something when you first start playing.
Treasure chests and pieces of the 3D cube that you're after will pop-up in spots that you thought you'd already completed and a password is hidden inside the achievement list, making you do a little investigative work to finish the game.
Rayman Legends is a game of awesome level design that just keeps getting better as you progress. The game eases you in slowly with the standard running, jumping and punching. As you progress, this escalates into avoiding a multitude of deadly traps and spectacular boss battles whom each have their own uniqueness and individuality.
There's plenty of hidden secret areas to discover too, and a lot of them will seem obvious to you after you find them!
You can play the whole game in single-player mode, but the game shines even more if you can get a friend to join you on the couch. It makes some of the puzzle elements more manageable and less frustrating to complete.
I say "frustrating" because an AI-controlled character who you have to guide to safety is never a good idea. They always make silly mistakes that a human player would avoid and it makes the level a chore, rather than the fun that it's supposed to be.
Luckily these events aren't too numerous, and they're quickly forgotten once you're engrossed in the next level.
Rayman Legends is an example of how a 2D platformer can still be fun and exciting while introducing new ideas and mixing them in with the old.
Rogue Legacy is an interesting mix of an action platformer and a rogue-like. The action takes place in a randomly generated castle that is randomly generated all over again once you die, and you will die. A lot.
Death is also permanent, but that's when an interesting mechanic kicks in – choosing an heir. Heirs themselves are generated by the system, and you can choose from three possible heirs who have randomly generated traits, classes, and statistics every time.
The traits that heirs have can be beneficial, harmful or downright ludicrous. From short-sightedness to ADHD. From hypochondria to dyslexia. If your character is born as a dwarf, they'll be able to easily avoid pressure-based traps, while also be small enough to enter areas that would be locked to another.
The wealth that your former hero earned will go towards beefing up your family's fort and this, in turn, will help you to progress further into the game.
You won't be able to breeze through this game, even if you're an expert in this genre. Upgrading your fort, leveling up your heroes to perform specific tasks, and making use of a formidable heir all play critical roles in progression...and that's also where the fun lies!
Trine 2 is the sequel to the popular platforming puzzle game. It's a very similar game in many ways, and in Trine 2 you're given the power to switch effortlessly between three distinct character classes.
The wizard will allow you to create blocks and platforms out of thin air – useful for getting to many places. The thief comes equipped with a bow and grappling hook, which is a great class to play for the cowardly among you. The knight is the fighter class and uses his sword and shield to carve a path through green-skinned, soon-to-be-dead foes.
Choosing which character to play at any given time is entirely up to you although some puzzles will require a particular power.
One feature that I particularly love is the option to play in co-op mode with up to two other people. Being able to field all three characters at once makes the game a lot more fun, and any frustration you have with "unsolvable" puzzles will quickly dissolve as your friends help you out with their infinitely superior knowledge.
Trine 2 is another hit in the platforming genre, and if you're able to pick it up, you'll have a blast!
If you haven't heard of XCOM before.... where have you been!? It's a game of turn-based tactical combat coupled with a pausable real-time strategy view of the entire planet.
The original game(s) had you commanding a team of soldiers, scientists and engineers from around the world in a bid to defeat the alien invasion that's underway. In this sequel, the aliens won, and Earth is under their control.
You are leading the ragtag survivors of XCOM, and you have to resort to guerrilla warfare tactics to make things a fair fight.
You'll start with a small squad of soldiers who you level up and decide which class and skills and equipment they're going to pick up and the entire composition and strategy of your squad is left up to you.
When a soldier dies, he dies for good, and part of XCOM's charm is the near misses, and the "just made its."
The other massive draw is unlocking new technology via salvage and research, while also uncovering the aliens nefarious plans for Earth.
It's a great game with varied missions and some great new twists in the long-running franchise.
Shadow Tactics is a game of top-down stealth missions utilizing a team of four different samurais who each have their own skills and abilities. You're following the story of a country at war, and it's based on the Sengoku era of Japan where warlords are battling for dominion over the whole country.
The basic mechanic of the game is working out how you're going to complete the objective without getting killed.
The main obstacle is the guards who are deadly if they notice you. You'll be working out how to single out vulnerable enemies whom, once slain, will open up the way to eliminating the rest of them.
It's like an intricate puzzle with moving parts. If you observe for long enough, you'll notice particular patterns and hopefully a weakness to exploit too.
Learning how to master the game can be difficult, especially switching between multiple agents in quick succession to take out several guards at once.
Some missions are relatively easy, while others will require many restarts before you either give up in frustration or finally work out how to complete it.
If you like games like Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines or other games of that ilk, you'll love this.
Valkyria Chronicles is a story driven game focusing on a country's fight for survival after it's invaded by the "Empire." You'll fight turn-based battles with your team of freedom fighters, but it's not the usual point-and-click affair.
You control your units in the third person, almost like a real-time shooter. You only have so many action points to spend, though, so you may find yourself caught out in the open with no movement left!
You'll be able to see your troops from a strategic map, showing the position of all your men, plus those of the enemy that you know about. By selecting one, you then zoom into 3rd person mode to control your soldier.
There's an almost cartoonish feel to the graphics, especially when firing and missing, or landing hits. There's also an overarching sense that you're reading a graphic novel written after these events take place, which adds a lot to the storied-feel of the game.
Many games ported from Japan suffer from their English voiceovers, but thankfully this isn't true with Valkyria Chronicles. The translation, however, sometimes feels like it was done in Google Translate.
Overall it's a great game, and you'll fall in love with the story if you give it a chance.
Square Enix’s second of its three "GO" games is another puzzle based game with turn-based movement. Monsters and enemies will only move when you do, and it's more about solving the logic puzzle than glowing stuff away.
Working out how you're going to navigate the map or get that pesky carnivore off your tail is the name of the game.
If you're looking for something that's similar to the style Lara Croft's known for, you'll be disappointed, but if you're familiar with Go titles and you like them, you'll love this.
It's worth noting that this game was initially released for the mobile market, hence the simple controls and gameplay.
If that doesn't put you off, then you can enjoy a solid, logical, puzzle game which has you moving around to unlock new ways to progress, trick enemies to fall into traps and maybe do some pistol shooting too.
There's a bunch of collectible items to go for, and they're pretty easy to find. You'll always find them secreted in vases that are dotted around the game world.
If you're looking for a game to relax to and/or take a break from those more "epic" games, then Lara Croft GO is a fabulous pick.
The latest in Codemaster's F1 series is keeping up with regulation changes in Formula One. All of the modern cars you can drive are all heavier, faster and more aerodynamic.
The main branch of the game has you pitting yourself against the best drivers in the world as you race the fastest cars on the planet.
Anything and everything that can happen in the real-life Formula One can happen inside F1 2017 too, including high-speed crashes, near misses and professional recoveries.
The game is focused on presenting itself as true to life as possible, and if you own a steering wheel, you'll appreciate the effort more than ever.
There are no new circuits in F1 2017, from F1 2016 but there are around a dozen special side-races you can take part in which allow you to drive racing cars from the past and they all handle differently.
You'll be faced with overtaking, handicap, multiclass and checkpoint challenges which help to break up the season and make things interesting for you.
You'll play through your own ten-season career and unlock dozens of options from over a hundred individual upgrades.
These upgrades will help your team in areas where you're struggling as well as allow you to customize things to your taste.
If you were to describe DiRT Rally as the "Dark Souls" of racing, you wouldn't be far off the mark. It's a punishing and challenging game, and nobody's going to hold your hand here.
This makes it all the sweeter when things start to click inside your head and what was once impossible becomes probable.
If you're inexperienced with racing games or you have no idea how rally races work then be warned – you're going to fail. A lot! If you're the kind of gamer that I like, though, you'll eventually be rewarded with an increase in rank, times and general skill level.
The more you understand and play the game, the better you'll get, and you'll find a plethora of ways to shave seconds off your times.
You'll learn how to conquer corners, you'll learn the limits of your vehicle and with a bit of experimentation, you'll know how to tinker with your car to get the best results.
DiRT Rally is a stunning and detailed game that does a great job of relaying the reality of the sport if you take the time to observe.
Mud and water splashes, onlookers, and even camera drones make an appearance, and you might be forgiven for thinking you're actually racing.
Alright, you got me. This title might not belong under "Racing" but you're driving cars around, and it's a pretty high-octane game, so here it is. If you haven't heard of Rocket League, imagine a huge Thunderdome with teams of cars smashing into a huge bouncing ball in an effort to score goals.
That's Rocket League.
You don't need to know anything about the game to play, you can just drive around cackling wildly if you want to, and that's a big draw for many people.
If you take the time to learn the intricacies of the game, though, you'll find that there's a whole host of ways to score goals and manipulate the physics at work to your benefit.
When you graduate from "noob" to "intermediate," you'll experience the buzz of a well-planned goal, as though you were a soccer star yourself.
You can pull a variety of midair maneuvers, including changing direction, barrel rolls, and back-flips. And using them correctly will earn you points and a big ego.
Rocket League is a great game to jump into whether you're up for casual or expert play. It's fun to experiment with the controls, and you'll have to restrain yourself from executing a fancy combo when a simple nudge will suffice because it's that much fun.
This is a collection of some of the best Wipeout games made so far. In all of them, you pilot speed boats in hellish (waterish?) boat races that feel a lot like a wet Mario Kart.
You'll get boosts in speed from acceleration pads while also keeping an eye out for item pads – which you can only hold one of.
Choosing whether to keep the item you've got, which could be anything from a speed boost to a high-damage weapon is part of the decision-making you'll be doing as you zip around the high-speed courses.
It was an excellent decision to bundle these games together as there's a fair amount of variety in each, even if it's essentially the same game.
Some modes are more combat orientated while others will feed your need for high-octane fun.
The AI boats will steadily get harder as you progress in the game(s) and it can be a really close finish due to the timely use of boosts, items, and weapons, which the AI uses just as wisely as you will.
It's a great game if you prefer the more arcadey racing type and it fills the niche nicely.
The first Elite came out decades ago, and this is a modern re-interpretation of that game in a multiplayer setting. It's a space-sim that allows you to live your life however you see fit, whether you want to be an asteroid miner, bounty hunter or pirate.
You might also want to be an explorer, and things are constantly being added to the game to make that particular job always interesting.
The size of the universe is immense, and you could play for hundreds of hours without visiting every single star.
The biggest struggle in Elite is working out what you can do and what you want to do. Nothing is spoon fed to you, and this can put many players off. The difficulty level can be a bit steep, too.
Learning to land your ship without ramming it into the side of the station is one example, as well as becoming a proficient pilot in general.
Space can be beautiful and Elite does a great job of relaying this to you. Nowhere is out of bounds to you, and you can literally fly where you like.
Elite Dangerous is the modern successor to the original that the game deserves and if you don't mind a rocky start, you may well fall in love with the game.
Overcooked is a cooking simulation game that's best played as a local competitive experience. As you'd expect, your primary objective is to create, cook and serve orders as they come and the challenge comes from doing this carefully and with alacrity.
If you're not looking where you're dashing, then your food may well come crashing down, and all that work will have gone to waste. Whether you choose to trip your opponents up or not is up to you, but in my book, "all's fair in love and gaming."
It's a very simplistic game at its heart, and you'll only ever be moving, chopping or cooking. There are 30 campaign levels to play through, however, and there's plenty of new characters, kitchens, and challenges to unlock as you play or they can be downloaded from the store.
As you progress through the game, the kitchens become more bizarre, and the difficulty increases too. What this culminates in is a frantic food frenzy which has you running around trying to fulfill orders before your opponents can while trying to avoid running into people and getting the orders wrong.
It's a lot of fun to play and is a great casual game. There's no "deep" mechanics here, but that's a boon to its arcade nature.
Learning the intricacies of space travel doesn't usually make for a fun space game. That's why most space simulation games completely ignore most of the physics and just go for massive ships and bigger weaponry.
What Kerbal Space Program achieves is making the reality of space flight fun by allowing you complete control over the design and building of your own space rockets.
You will fail a lot, but you'll also learn a lot too, and when you work out why you failed, you'll feel ready to apply to NASA with your carefully crafted creation.
There are different modes to play through including Sandbox, Science, and Career. You'll start out by trying to safely reach ever-increasing altitudes until you're ready to orbit the planet and once you've accomplished that you're ready for the moon.
Each step along the way is challenging, and you're unlikely to get it right the first time. You will learn how to build rockets properly as you progress and what was once difficult becomes easy.
Recreating the moon landings gives you a great sense of accomplishment and makes you want to explore more and more of the solar system.
Messing around in sandbox mode provides some comic relief as you're given free reign to make the most ludicrous builds you'd like. It's also a great way to experiment and try things out, though, which can help you in the Career and Science modes.
Have you ever wondered who would win a fight between Wonder Woman and Superman? What about a grudge match between the Joker and Batman? Injustice: Gods Among Us is a fighting game with dozens of playable characters from the DC universe.
The Ultimate Edition also includes 6 characters, skins, and S.T.A.R Labs Missions that were previously available as DLC only.
The single-player story is a great addition to the game and boasts a fantastic storyline. If you're already a fan of the DC characters, then you're in for a treat. If you're not familiar with these heroes and villains then the single-player story mode is a neat way to introduce you to them.
Your S.T.A.R Labs missions consist of 300 reasonably quick fights that start off easy and get progressively more difficult, turning from more of a tutorial to a challenge mode. You'll have specific goals to meet, and there's often handicaps like certain moves you can't use, or some combo's that you need to attain.
Every character in the game has some missions to play through so whoever your secret favorite character is, you'll get to use them.
I'm sure you've heard of Minecraft, but in case you haven't, it's a blocky sandbox creative game that defined a genre all on its own. The randomly generated worlds are made up of blocks which can be destroyed or placed by you.
In survival mode, you'll need to craft simple items like stone axes so you can cut down enough wood to create your first hut before night falls.
Once night falls, all sorts of evil creatures come out from their hiding places and look for players to eat.
You'll explore more and more of the world and discover new recipes to create items. You'll be able to make weapons and armor, as well as mechanical switches for traps or secret doors.
You'll adventure into deep caverns in search of ore as well as the rare diamonds to make the most robust equipment.
It's hard to convey the pull of Minecraft if you've never played it as there weren't any games similar to it before. Once you understand how you can shape and craft the world around you, though, you'll be farming wheat, feeding your livestock and making sure no explosive creepers get too close to your home.
You can also play online or in local co-op mode, which is even more fun, and there are literally thousands of different servers to play on which allow anything from building as creatively as you can to battle royale-esque PVP maps.
Minecraft allows you to tap into a creative side you might not know you had, and the sense of accomplishment you get from playing is why it's so popular, even today.
With so many games for sale, it's impossible to play every single game, at least for more than a couple of minutes.
A good game is something that makes you want to invest your precious free time into and rewards you with that particular sense of enjoyment that got you hooked in the first place.
Many great PS4 games didn't make it into this list, as well as several genres, and I apologize if your favorite game isn't listed here! Apart from that, from one gamer to another, "Today is a good day to game!"
What did I miss? Go ahead and tell me in the comments, and I might add your faves to the list!