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, make superheroes fight for fun and profit or think your way through a puzzling adventure, here are some of our top picks.
After a handful of titles that leaned on action tropes too much, fans were worried that the Resident Evil series might never be scary again. Resident Evil 7 allayed their fears — by scaring the living daylights out of them. This first-person horror title brought the franchise back to its roots with cramped environments, unsettling characters, a cloying sense of dread and just enough jump scares to keep players on the edge of their seats. If you're feeling especially brave, you can even play in VR for additional immersion.
When it comes to RPGs, there simply isn't anything else out there like Persona 5. From its gorgeous anime cutscenes to its smooth, jazzy soundtrack or even little things like the in-game UI and battle menus, Persona 5 is dripping with style. Unlike a lot of other RPGs stuck in fantasyland, Persona 5 is set in contemporary Japan with all the trappings of modern society, and its story is exquisitely crafted too. And with Persona 5 only available on PS4 and PS3. this game is an exclusive treat that Playstation owners would be foolish to ignore.
Horizon Zero Dawn has it all: an interesting open world, a creative story, a relatable protagonist, a variety of challenges and, of course, a whole host of gigantic robot dinosaurs. Set in a postapocalyptic world that has had time to become lush once again, Horizon Zero Dawn tells the story of Aloy: a pariah from her tribe, who nevertheless becomes a master of the bow and spear. As she explores the dangerous world around her, she learns that she may play a pivotal role in changing it for the better.
In Nathan Drake's final adventure, he pursues pirate treasure, evades a ruthless villain and throws his personal life into chaos — and that's just the setup. Uncharted 4 is the last, and arguably the best, game in the Uncharted series, combining a delightful historical mystery with top-notch gunplay and vehicular exploration sections. If you haven't already played the first three games, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is also worthwhile.
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.
The latest in Square Enix's long-running (but misleadingly titled) series of role-playing games, Final Fantasy XV still tells a story about a group of misfits banding together to save the world, but with a twist. This time, they're four best friends on a road trip, and they're all guys. Final Fantasy XV aims to explore the nature of male relationships, but also provides a moving story with tough, fast-paced gameplay. This is easily one of the best Final Fantasies in years.
Fighting games need to walk a fine line between instructing new players and satisfying competitive veterans. Injustice 2 offers the best of both worlds. The game starts by easing in neophytes with an imaginative DC Comics storyline and a large cast of recognizable characters. Over time, it familiarizes them with a deep, customizable gear system, which changes not only their stats, but their appearances as well. By the time they've mastered the basics, they're ready for the game's deep and varied competitive modes, which pit players against each other in battles that are both strategic and stylish.