We’re half way through the year and about to enter the usual summer draught before the manic Christmas season. But if you have a PS4, there has already been loads of great games. But what’s been the best? It’s a seriously tough call, but we’ve put our heads together to come up with the Top Ten best games of the year so far on PS4. The list includes a healthy mix of exclusives, multi-plats, indies and big-hitters. Put simply, you can’t complain about the draught if any of these are missing from your collection.
10: Mortal Kombat X
Review: Consider Mortal Kombat X your first essential fighting game of the new generation of consoles. It’s best enjoyed with local friends thanks to the easily memorised combos and buckets of gory X-Ray moves and finishers. The story and lengthy Tower options will pad out the single-player experience, but the online match ups are reserved for the more hardcore player. 8/10 – Brendan
Need more Mortal Kombat? Check out our review of the Jason Vorhees DLC.
Review: Ride is one of the best bike racing games in years and is much more appealing than the dry offerings of Moto GP or SBK. The bikes are fantastically detailed and there are enough handling options to appeal to any race fan. Moving most events to new road circuits was a great idea too for those of you bored with the Moto GP calendar. 8/10 – Brendan
8: Axiom Verge
Axiom Verge slipped through the cracks here at Dealspwn back in March, but it’s time to give this great MetroidVania adventure the credit it deserves. Intricately designed, offering compelling exploration, addictive progression and responsive mechanics, it’s doubly impressive that Axiom Verge was painstakingly assembled by a single developer. A class act that’s well worth picking up over the summer.
7: DmC: Definitive Edition
Review: Despite the incredibly frustrating platforming, it’s impossible to deny that this really is the Definitive Edition of a classic melee-action title. Newbies can enjoy the slickest version on the market, packed with all the DLC. Returning hardcore fans will find a serious challenge in the extra difficulties and hardcore modifiers. All that fuss over a haircut seems pretty stupid now. 8/10 – Brendan
£16.99 is a little pricey for a twin-stick shooter, despite Helldivers’ raucous co-op play, polish and fun factor, but if you own a Vita and either a PS3 or PS4 then value goes through the roof. You’ll get all three versions as standard, and can effortlessly pick up where you left off. Everybody fights, no one quits. If you don’t do your job, I’ll kill you myself!
5: Resident Evil HD Remaster
Review: This HD remaster of a remake is a remarkable homage to the original survival horror masterpiece to be enjoyed by fans of the original PS1 game, the GameCube remake or even complete newbs. Some of the mechanics like the dated inventory system can and will frustrate, but the overall journey is a rewarding one through one of gaming’s most important games. Can we finally have that remake of Resi 2 now please, Capcom? 9/10 – Brendan
4: Project Cars
A simulator with soul, Project CARS strips the bloat out of the racing genre to focus on what truly matters: the cars, handling, tracks and exhilaration of real driving. Sensational weather effects and impressive visuals make it well worth the wait.
3: The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
PlayStation fans have had to wait years for a Witcher game on the Sony consoles and The Witcher III: Wild Hunt was certainly worth the wait. The combat, spells and alchemy have been refined to feel much more fluid and the world is just packed with beautiful scenes like the one above. There’s no better game for just picking a direction and exploring. You’ll find strange enemies, enormous fiends, caves full of loot and dynamic-feeling quests with surprisingly deep stories. With loads of free DLC post-launch too, this is one the best value releases of the year.
Review: While the decidedly average combat and alarming number of technical gremlins are disappointing for a title that’s been in development for so long, The Witcher III: Wild Hunt is still a must-buy title for genre fans. The Northern Kingdoms is vast and beautiful setting, packed with unique adventures and touching tales that you’ll find away from the beats of the main story. A title to truly lose yourself in. 8/10 – Brendan
2: Batman: Arkham Knight
Rocksteady really stood up to the hype here with their final Batman game. PS4 users really got the definitive version too as it runs in 1080p compared to 900p on Xbox One (still gorgeous on both consoles though really). Some PC users were left disappointed my a shoddy port for some graphic’s card setups. The plot is full of twists that make it impossible to discuss without spoilers, but it’s a suitable finale to the trilogy for sure. The batmobile can be a lot of fun, but can feel a little out of sorts in the batmobile universe as I talked about in this article. As a complete package though, this could be Rocksteady’s best yet.
Review: Rocksteady and Batman is a combination we’ll sorely miss. Their trilogy ends on a high though, with a refinement of their excellent Freeflow combat and Predator modes. The Batmobile is a somewhat mixed experience, but its heart is in the right place. Our much-awaited tour of the city of Gotham was a gorgeous sight to behold and an unforgettable goodbye. 9/10 – Brendan
Hunt. Die. Learn. Repeat. That was my motto to get me through the obscenely mean days of my Bloodborne review. Enjoying this game was a big surprise for me, especially seeing that I’d rather take a hammer to my knees than play Demon’s Souls again. Bloodborne is a bastard, but getting angry and aggressive at the right time is actually a good thing thanks to the regain health system. Yharnam and it’s surrounding areas are intricately woven together in one of the best gaming maps I’ve ever seen. The PS4 really needed Bloodborne to shine after the disappointments of DriveClub and The Order: 1886 and it’s comfortably the best game on the system and arguably the best game of the new-gen machines. Look out for expansion DLC in the future.
Review: From Software’s title has blown away the competition this generation and is Sony’s first true classic on the PS4. I’d urge non-Souls fans to try it too as I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy Bloodborne this much. It’s knuckle-gnawingly difficult at times and would rather spit in your eye than point anything out for you. But fending for yourself in the incredibly well-designed environments is a rewarding, empowering and yet humbling experience that gamers will talk about for years to come. 9/10 – Brendan
Have you seen the Bloodborne Collector’s Strategy Guide Book? Take a look at our in-depth review.