2016 has been a great year for gaming, and the PS4 in particular has seen some excellent titles.
Here are what I consider to be the flat-out 10 best games published on Sony’s machine this year.
10: Uncharted 4
The best-looking game released on console this year, after a muted first hour Uncharted 4 becomes arguably the best game of the series. Full of action-packed set pieces, fun climbing sections, excellent cover-based gunplay and some brilliant vehicle sections, Drake’s latest adventure was well worth the wait.
One of the unexpectedly brilliant games of the year, Overwatch is the most addictive shooter since the first Modern Warfare. The gunplay is just spot-on, the gameplay is fast and frantic and the graphics are just lovely. Overwatch is a must for any shooter fan.
8: Valkyria Chronicles Remastered
I’ve been a long-time fan of this series and was excited for this remaster. Fortunately it turned out brilliantly, looking just lovely on the PS4. Valykria Chronicles is a unique game that successfully combines the overall tactical play of a strategy game and the run-and-gun gameplay of a third person shooter. It’s an expertly crafted experience and recommended to anyone who enjoys deep tactical military games.
7: Rez Infinite
The most impressive game for PSVR by some distance. Rez Infinite is the one game for Sony’s virtual reality that feels like a fully-fleshed out game rather than a tech-demo. It’s an intense, beautiful, and at times even emotional rollercoaster of an experience – and there’s nothing like it out there on the market. Rez has never been better.
6: Titanfall 2
Criminally under-appreciated on launch, Titanfall 2 is actually the best single player FPS experience released so far this gen. The gameplay builds on the already solid foundation laid by the first game, adding new gameplay features that make playing it infinitely more varied than its predecessor. The multiplayer isn’t bad either.
5: Dark Souls 3
A fitting end to one of the best series in gaming. Dark Souls 3 doesn’t do anything revolutionary, instead building on and refining a winning formula established in its predecessors. Still equally punishing and rewarding, Dark Souls 3 is a satisfying and beautifully dark game. It’s essential.
4: Battlefield 1
DICE surprised many by taking their flagship franchise back to 1914, but what a decision it turned out to be. Battlefield One has an atmosphere unlike any other game, transporting you back to a time explored often in the world of videogames, and for the most part it succeeds in making you feel like you’re there. The fabulous multiplayer will keep you hooked for months.
3: Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
This may be the second remake on this list, but this is a game you should pay attention to. It’s an action RPG set in a land where the end of the world is imminent, and you’re tasked with saving it. The graphics are simply stunning – this is a remaster done right, with clear respect and love for the original shown in how it’s been handled. You can even play with the old settings if you prefer. A must-play for anyone who enjoys action RPGs.
2: Dishonored 2
The original Dishonored was one of the best new IPs to appear in the last generation, introducing us to a wonderful universe and beautifully polished gameplay. Dishonored 2 builds on its foundation and gives us more of what we loved – varied and deep gameplay, choices that actually matter and top-of-the-range presentation. Superb.
The surprise of the year for me – in many ways Doom had no right to be this good. Fast-paced, beautiful and brutally gory – the latest Doom manages to combine everything great about the original with slick modern gameplay we’ve come to expect from first person shooters today. A real challenge and a joy to play from start to finish.
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