With so many titles out there right now, it’s hard to keep up with the world of video games. Just in Sony’s PlayStation Store alone, over 800 PS4 games are available for purchase. However, this is no reason to feel overwhelmed. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best PS4 games that have flown under your radar.
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Not meant for the faint of heart, Playdead’s puzzle-platformer sequel Inside continues right where Limbo left off. This challenging and sometimes disturbing adventure game follows a young boy’s journey throughout a dystopian world. While traversing apocalyptic environments filled with obstacles, killers and strange creatures, you fight for your life and try to uncover how you got there. Fail to make it through any of these challenging hurdles, and shocking death scenes await.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is a crowdfunded game that provides adventure and fun for longtime Shantae fans. If platformers and toe-tapping music is your thing, join Shantae while she fights to protect Scuttle Town and the Genie Realm from pirate Risky Boots. Or try your hand at evil playing as Risky in the game’s “Risky Mode,” where you’ll learn all about Risky’s story and abilities. Additional chapters, game modes and costumes allow you to customize your experience if your first playthrough wasn’t enough.
Love sports? Disc Jam modernizes co-op arcade sports in this fast-paced and fluid game that can be played online or splitscreen with some friends. Disc Jam supports up to four players at a time with a chaotic air hockey-tennis hybrid sport, where glowing discs are unleashed to defend each player’s end zone. Use strategy and skill while you scramble along the court and try to knock players down. A PlayStation Plus membership is needed if you want to access online multiplayer game modes.
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Game developer Drool combines rhythm gaming and “violence” in Thumper, a high-speed and challenging title. With only one button and analog stick, you control a hurtling space beetle that travels through nine treacherous, obstacle-filled levels. Every rhythmic tap, hit and crash is noticed while you plunge through space accompanied by an original soundtrack by Brian Gibson. For added thrill, play Thumper with a PlayStation VR headset.
In this party-based RPG, you lead a band of exiles while exploring a vast ancient world. Packed with action along the way, Pyre lets you guide your exiles through a series of visually stunning celestial landmarks. With a compelling storyline and distinct gameplay, Pyre is one game you’ll remember long after you stop playing. Aside from a single-player campaign, Pyre has a two-player Versus Mode where you can challenge a friend in a ritual showdown.
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Downwell is a simple single player game where a young person ventures down a well in search of treasure with only Gunboots in hand. Making their way further down into the depths of the dark well result in creature sightings, mysterious secrets and red gems strewn about. Using only three buttons, you explore the bottomless pit combatting rogue elements, enemies and challenging obstacles. Gravity knows no bounds while you fall Downwell.
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In classic action-adventure fashion, Shovel Knight combines a vintage 8-bit aesthetic, unique characters and smooth gameplay in a way that old school gamers will love. Play as the Shovel Knight whose main goal is to defeat the evil enchantress and retrieve his beloved. Wield your Shovel Blade to slash through enemies and dig holes whenever needed. You’ll come across numerous obstacles while trying to rescue your love, but it’s ultimately up to you whether these puzzles will keep you both apart.
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