Sony's PlayStation 4 game library has something for just about everyone. Whether you picked up a PS4 on launch day or want to get one now, there's a healthy selection of titles you shouldn't miss, across a wide variety of genres. Whether you want to explore dark fantasy castles, engage in futuristic firefights or think your way through a puzzling adventure, here are some of our top picks.
Assassin's Creed Syndicate follows Jacob and Evie Frye, a pair of English twins who travel to London in 1868. There, they wage a secretive war against a corrupt industrialist. Switching between protagonists is fun, but not as much fun as exploring Industrial Revolution-era London, taking enemies out through intuitive stealth or robust hand-to-hand combat. You can even undertake missions for Charles Darwin.
A throwback to the beloved earlier titles in the series, World of Final Fantasy mixes collecting monsters with a more traditional story about saving the world. Teenage twins Lann and Reynn discover that they are Mirage Keepers: champions with the ability to control dangerous beasts. As they explore their colorful, fantastical surroundings, they'll engage in turn-based, strategic battles with their bestial companions close at hand. Plenty of classic Final Fantasy characters have cameos, too.
There will be blood — and beheadings, disembowelings and other over-the-top forms of dismemberments. In Mortal Kombat X, Earth's kombatants are fighting against Shinnok, a corrupted elder god who seeks to enslave Earth. In addition to fan favorites Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage, eight new characters have joined the arena. The title features polished fighting with gorgeous graphics, as well as the franchise's trademark fatalities.
Bungie's hybrid first-person shooter/role-playing game/massively multiplayer online title is still going strong in its fourth expansion, Destiny: Rise of Iron. In Earth's distant future, a long-standing wall in Old Russia collapses, revealing terrible threats behind it. Players will have to work together to stop dangerous mutants and desperate scavengers by collecting and equipping the most powerful loot in the game to date.
Don't let the abysmal recent film spoil your enjoyment of the game. Ratchet & Clank (2016) reboots the classic platformer series in style, pitting intergalactic adventurers Ratchet and Clank against the nefarious Chairman Drek and his planet-destroying weapon. With tight controls, a variety of goofy weaponry and a thoroughly enjoyable story, Ratchet & Clank is a perfect entry point for both kid and adult newcomers to the series.
The more strenuous the challenge, the more thrilling the victory. Such is the case for Dark Souls III, a game that takes delight in killing you over and over, but only so that you can learn how to triumph over its grotesque foes, cunning traps and devious level design. This bleak action/role-playing game takes place in the dilapidated world of Lothric, where adventures are gorgeous but deadly.
Have you ever felt lonely at work? Probably not as lonely as Firewatch's Henry, a fire lookout at Shoshone National Forest. From his vantage point high above an old watchtower, Henry must keep an eye out for forest conflagrations. What he finds instead is a mystery in the deep woods. He and his supervisor, Delilah, communicate via walkie-talkie as they try to puzzle it out.