So you’ve just picked up a shiny new PlayStation 4 and are wondering what are the best PS4 games so far. Or maybe you grabbed Sony’s latest console all the way back at it’s October 2013 launch and are overdue for some fresh games. Either way we’re here to point you in the right direction. We’ve set out to compile a definitive list of the top 5 best PS4 games so far. We know that everyone has different tastes and genre preferences, so our aim was to choose a nice range of the very best titles the system has to offer, with a particular focus on titles that are either PS4 exclusive or at least significantly improved over previous-gen versions. There are more than just 5 great games on the PlayStation 4 however, so we’ve also included an ‘Honorable Mentions’ section at the bottom for some additional suggestions. As a final note it’s worth mentioning that Watch Dogs has just been released this week and by all accounts it looks like a perfectly decent game. Unfortunately we haven’t had a chance to really sink our teeth into it just yet so we’ll reserve judgement for the time being. So please try to hold back any anger regarding it’s exclusion from this list. With that out of the way, let’s get started shall we?
When you buy a new console, there are two things you really need. Firstly you’ll want some great exclusive titles to make your non-PS4-owning friends jealous, and secondly you’ll want something to show off the machine’s impressive power. Thankfully Resogun delivers on both of these counts. This downloadable side-scrolling shoot ‘em up offers plenty of heart-pounding arcade action, but it’s the game’s jaw-dropping visuals where Resogun really shines. At first glance it might not look like anything that wouldn’t be possible on Sony’s aging PS3, but before long you’ll be amazed at the unprecedented level of destruction as thousands of tiny particles fly across the screen without a hint of slowdown. The great news is that Resogun is more than a pretty face too, and there is a great shooter beneath the glitz and glamor that will have you chasing high scores for quite some time to come.
4. Need for Speed: Rivals
No console can claim to have a complete game library without a few adrenaline fueled racing titles, yet here we are more than six months after the PS4’s release and it’s still very slim pickings for petrol heads. In this sense, Need for Speed: Rivals almost makes it onto our list by default–at least until the upcoming PS4 exclusive racer Driveclub gets a chance to prove itself this October. Luckily for us then Need for Speed: Rivals is much more than a lazy next-gen port. Gameplay-wise this is still the classic brand of vehicular mayhem that we’ve come to know and love from the series, but Need for Speed has never looked better than it does here on the PlayStation 4. True car nuts who like their racing games to resemble real life might want to keep their PS3’s plugged in for Gran Turismo 6, but everyone else will have a *ahem* smashing good time with Need for Speed: Rivals.
3. TowerFall Ascension
Forgive me if I get all “Back in my day…” on you, but surely I can’t be the only one who pines for the golden age of couch multiplayer. I’m talking about the good old days when all you needed for a memorable night of gaming was a few buddies, three N64 controllers, a couple of pizzas–and age permitting, a case of your favorite beer. In so many ways modern games are bigger, better and more beautiful than ever before, but there are some experiences that just don’t translate over a headset and a high-speed internet connection. Many games don’t even bother to include local multiplayer options anymore, making the thought of buying expensive additional controllers somewhat unnecessary. Thankfully, any old dinosaurs like me can scratch that multiplayer itch with the excellent TowerFall Ascension. This once Ouya-exclusive downloadable game has a premise which, much like its retro pixel art style, is deceptively simple. Four archers enter an arena, but only one will remain. The catch is that you have an extremely limited supply of arrows so it’s all about waiting for the perfect moment to strike. As an added twist, players can pick up any arrows that missed their mark, meaning the power in this game can quickly shift. The fast-paced action and addictive ‘one more round’ nature of TowerFall Ascension make it must have for any PS4 owner with more than one controller.
2. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Last year’s Tomb Raider reboot was one of the very best games of 2013 on the PS3 and Xbox 360. While there may not be enough compelling reasons to buy this game for a second time if you already played through it, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition on the PlayStation 4 is just that, the definitive version of an already excellent game. Players who missed Lara’s latest adventure the first time around owe it to themselves to pick up this game. At it’s heart Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is an origin story which follows Lara Croft through her earliest adventure in which we see her grow from a young frightened woman to the battle-hardened survivor that we fell in love with all those years ago on the original PlayStation. 2013’s Tomb Raider wasn’t exactly lacking in the visual department, however developer Crystal Dynamics have really upped the ante for Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, giving it a complete visual overhaul including a new and improved character model for Lara that will have your eyes glued to the screen in amazement. Seriously, I’m calling it early–Lara Croft for ‘Best Hair in Gaming 2014′.
1. Infamous: Second Son
Perhaps due to a combination of hype, last-gen ports, and developers simply getting to grips with new hardware, the first wave of software in a new console generation can be somewhat underwhelming. Look at early PS3 games for example which graphically share more in common with their PS2 ancestors than the visual sorcery that Naughty Dog wielded to create The Last of Us. Created from the ground up exclusively for PS4, it’s fair to say that Infamous: Second Son gives us our first glimpse of just what this console is capable of. Infamous: Second Son’s Seattle is a vast playground whose impressive weather, lighting and particle effects make it simply stunning to behold. This is a gorgeous game from the start, but it wasn’t until I climbed to the top of the city’s iconic Space Needle that I was truly floored by Infamous: Second Son. This is the type of game where you will forget what you were doing as you stop to appreciate the realistic reflections in a puddle, or go out of your way to climb a building just to slow pan over the city. Gameplay-wise it’s a blast too. Gone are the tired old superhero stereotypes like fire and ice, replaced with creative new powers which include turning into smoke to travel through vents, or speeding across the city in a blaze of neon. Protagonist Delsin Rowe is a bit of a cocky jerk, but hey, we probably would be too if we had even half of his awesome powers. Fluid open-world gameplay and beautiful graphics which really show off system’s power make Infamous: Second Son a must have game for any PS4 owner.
Battlefield 4, Child of Light, Transistor, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Trials Fusion