Believe it or not, the PlayStation 4 is now six months old. To celebrate that fact, we at PS4 Attitude thought we’d bring you a selection of articles discussing the ins and outs of Sony’s latest console. And, as the PS4 is for the players, what better place to start than with the games themselves? These are the titles we consider to be the best on PS4.
Author’s note: Each title appears in a single category only. Games that were eligible for multiple categories were placed in whichever one we considered most relevant.
Best PS4 Exclusive
Winner: inFamous: Second Son
Notable contenders: Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, Resogun
Killzone: Shadow Fall remains a blast to play, Knack could well be the most underrated game on the console, and Resogun showed the potential of PlayStation Plus on PS4. However, it was inFamous: Second Son that truly showed off both the power of the console and the creativity of Sony’s first-party studios. Not only does it look phenomenal, but the game’s four superpowers are so distinctive and fun to use that they could each carry a full game on their own. And also, who knew using the DualShock 4 as a spray-can could be so much fun?
Best Retail Game
Winner: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Notable contenders: Battlefield 4, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
The PS4 was released to the biggest launch line-up in PlayStation history, with great support from third-party developers, and since then its library has continued to flourish. However, arguably its best game was released back at the beginning, in the form of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Ubisoft put a lot of effort into ensuring that the PS4 version of the Caribbean looked significantly superior to its last-gen equivalent, and the results speak for themselves. Of course, the fact that the gameplay and story were leaps ahead of Assassin’s Creed III also worked massively in Black Flag’s favour.
Best PSN Game
Winner: Trials Fusion
Notable contenders: Don’t Starve: Console Edition, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Outlast, TowerFall Ascension
The PlayStation Network has already delivered some awesome experiences (many of which have been free with PS+), but arguably the best out of all of them is Trials Fusion. The Trials games have been simultaneously elating and frustrating gamers on Xbox and PC for years, and Fusion finally offered PlayStation gamers an invite to the party. Perhaps best described as a hardcore Joe Danger, Trials Fusion tasks you with reaching the right side of the track in the shortest amount of time with as few faults as possible; a feat which is usually much easier said than done.
Best Cross-Buy Game
Winner: Fez (PS4, PS Vita, PS3)
Notable contenders: Child of Light (PS4, PS3 – Europe only), Flower (PS4, PS Vita, PS3), Sound Shapes (PS4, PS Vita, PS3), SteamWorld Dig (PS4, PS Vita)
Cross-Buy continues to be an integral part of the PlayStation brand on PS4, just as it was on PS3 and Vita. Paying once to get a game on two (or even three) consoles is awesome, and it’s never been more so than with Fez. It was a long wait for PS gamers to finally get their hands on Fez, but it was definitely worth it. Not only is it an incredibly creative game, but it also released at a great price, and the cross-save feature works like an absolute dream. As we said in our review, ‘Fez’s addictiveness, charm and ingenuity add up to what is simply an unmissable purchase for puzzle-platformer fans.’
Most Anticipated Retail Game
Notable contenders: Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Batman: Arkham Knight, Destiny, Driveclub, Final Fantasy XV, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, The Order: 1886, Watch Dogs, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and too many to list!
As you can tell from the length of the above list, it was extremely difficult to pick just one title as our most anticipated retail game on PS4. However, if one series could be said to have truly defined the PlayStation 3 era, it was Uncharted, so we’re hugely excited to see what Naughty Dog can do with the franchise on PS4. December’s announcement and teaser trailer offered some tantalising hints towards what the new title could be about, but with less than a month to go before E3 2014, it’s highly likely that we won’t have long to wait for a full reveal.
Most Anticipated PSN Game
Winner: The Witness
Notable contenders: Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Gone Home, Hohokum, No Man’s Sky, Rime, The Swapper, Transistor, Velocity 2X, Volume, and too many to list!
In the last few years, Sony has truly embraced indie developers, so it’s no surprise to see them flocking to the PS4. Although Braid, Jonathan Blow’s breakthrough title, was slightly late to the PlayStation party, his upcoming game will be launching on PS4 from the very start. Clearly inspired by classic adventure games of the past – notably Myst – The Witness promises a huge island with literally hundreds of puzzles to discover. With a budget of $3-4 million and a development time of over five years, we’re expecting big things, and we doubt we’ll be disappointed.