Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Top 10 PS4 Single Player Games

10. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

If you’re looking for a traditional stealthy Assassin’s Creed experience, then be warned that pure stealth is no longer a viable option - but Odyssey’s improvements on the action RPG elements introduced in Origins have created a breathtaking reimagining of Ancient Greece that was clearly produced with endless research and passion. It might not play at all like an Assassin’s Creed game anymore, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a fantastic game. 

9. Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 came to us after an incredibly long wait, and boy did that wait pay off. At its simplest, it’s Grand Theft Auto with Cowboys (which is a perfect concept anyway) but goes so much further than that. You’ll struggle to find games with a more beautiful and authentically populated open world - it’s so engaging, that you’ll spend hours of your time just running errands and bonding with your horse. 

8. Jedi: Fallen Order

Jedi: Fallen Order has an engrossing canonical story set between the prequel and the original movies. You play as Cal Kestis, fighting through stormtroopers using a combination of force abilities and lightsaber skills. Jedi: Fallen Order takes a much more patient approach to combat than previous games; it can be surprisingly difficult. But actually, that works in its favour. Finally finding your stride and taking down a whole team of stormtroopers without even being touched makes it all worth it. 

7. Nier: Automata

Set in a world ravaged by war between alien machines and human-created androids, Nier: Automata is soaked in narrative and visual style. One thing to know heading into Nier: Automata is that this game has 26 different endings. That’s right, one for every letter of the alphabet! You’ll complete the epic story of this third-person hack and slash RPG through multiple playthroughs, unlocking new story elements each time. 

6. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Set in a huge and beautiful game world spilling with rich characters and story, The Witcher 3 will be talked about for years to come. It’s a masterpiece of game design. But be warned - combat is a lot more tactical than it seems. If you’re used to rushing in, you’ll find this game very difficult. There are also two huge DLCs that rival standalone games - making this an unmissable experience.

5. Bloodborne

Bloodborne is a game that pushes you to the very limit. Unlike its spiritual sibling Dark Souls, this experience is exclusive to Playstation. The great difficulty of the gameplay means that you’ll be dying hundreds of times in any one playthrough, and yet the payoffs of victory are ecstasy by comparison. When you’ve played Bloodborne, you won’t remember the pain. You’ll remember all of the well-earned successes and how good they felt when you achieved them. 

4. Shadow of the Colossus (2018)

Shadow of the Colossus is a remake of a 2005 Playstation exclusive game that even at the time, was ambitious. It’s an action-adventure game, where the only goal is to defeat gargantuan enemies called Colossi. It’s refreshingly minimalistic; you’ve got nothing but a sword, a bow and a horse. The 16 Colossi are the only enemies in a largely empty world. It’s a beautiful modernisation of an absolute classic; a perfect gift for the ‘person who’s played everything’. 

3. Uncharted 4

The conclusion of smart-mouthed treasure hunter Nathan Drake’s story (for now) was a fitting end for one of Sony’s biggest mascots and one of the console’s best exclusive series. Spilling with clever puzzles, detailed level design and clearly an insane amount of historical research, this game is clearly filled with all of the heart of a passionate team. Even if you haven’t played any of the previous games, you’re going to love it. 

2. Spider-man

Nobody expected that a franchise tie-in game would become one of the best exclusives on the PS4, but Spider-man surpassed all expectations. This iteration of Peter Parker is already a fan favourite. The original storyline has incredible highs and lows, cinematic action and tear-jerking moments. Packaged with tight combat mechanics and ridiculously fun web-slinging through a near-perfect recreation of New York City, there’s nothing not to love. 

1. God of War

This 2018 revamp of the classic Playstation exclusive series should technically be the sequel to 2010’s God Of War III, but the tone is so different you can’t blame them for naming it for a different generation. Gone are the orgies in exchange for Fatherhood. You’ll still find gore, but it’s no longer quite so self-indulgent. This perfectly woven story is told through almost faultless gameplay and creates one of the best games available right now - full stop.

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