The 10 best PS4 games under $20
Gaming is much cheaper than it used to be, with games deprecating in price even after a few months on the shelves.
Following our popular feature on the 10 best Xbox One games under $20, here’s an equivalent list for those of you who may have recently purchased a PS4 and are looking to play catchup on all the great games released over the past 3 years, or for those of you who might be looking for a gem that you’ve overlooked having owned the console for a while.
So here are the best PS4 games available for under $20:
10: Batman: Arkham Knight
The final game in the Arkham trilogy, Arkham Knight released to critical acclaim (at least the console version did… stay away from the PC version!). The game gives players a huge Gotham to explore, and allows you to utilise the Batmobile for the first time in epic tank battles.
It’s an excellent continuation of what made everything about Arkham City good, with the trademarked and much-copied counter-based combat system and fluid controls refined further, controlling Bruce as you scale rooftops and take down goons feels as good as ever.
A fitting end to the Arkham series, it’s available here from Amazon.
9: The Last of Us Remastered
Arguably the best game on the PS3, the Last of Us was nevertheless released in the twilight of the console’s lifespan, and pushed the hardware to the max. It made sense then to bring it to the PS4, with better graphics and an all-round smoother package.
The game sees you take control of Joel and his daughter Ellie, as they traverse through an apocalyptic America infested with cannibalistic infected humans. It’s played in third person and features a mix of combat and stealth.
If you haven’t played Joel and Ellie’s adventure yet, this is the best way to do it.
8: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
The game prior to this, Assassin’s Creed Unity, was Ubisoft’s first attempt at an Assassin’s Creed game of this generation, and frankly – it was poor. The game was riddled with bugs, the story was boring, and the whole thing was just a disappointment.
Thankfully, they got their game together with the follow-up, and Syndicate is everything Unity should have been. London has never been rendered better in a game, and if you’re a fan of any of the previous entires it’s a must-play.
7: J-Stars Victory VS +
Probably the quirkiest game on the list, this is however an essential for any anime or manga fans.
It’s a 3D fighter featuring characters form all the main anime series, including Dragonball Z, One Piece, Naruto and Bleach. Up to four players can take to the battlefield at once, and fight in a fully 3D environment.
If you fancy something a bit different, the game can be picked up from Amazon here.
6: God of War 3 Remastered
God of War 3 initially released on the PS3 in 2010, touted as a title that pushed the console’s hardware on a technical level like no game before it.
As with the predecessors, players take control of Kratos as he hacks and slashes his way through the Pantheon, gradually upgrading abilities and stats until the final boss. Kratos encounters swathes of enemies and huge set-pieces against giant mythological beings, brutally executing them as he goes.
This game already looked phenomenal on the PS3 when it was released, and looks even better on the PS4.
It makes a gorgeous game all-the-more gorgeous – if you fancy slaying the Gods in silky smooth 60fps super-violent gameplay, it’s available here from Amazon.
5: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Another game that released in the twilight of the previous generation, there’s no doubt that the current gen is where Lara Croft’s best adventure belongs.
The tenth Tomb Raider released in 2013 on the PS3 and Xbox 360, with this remastered version releasing the next year. As ever, players take control of Lara Croft, traversing through an very well designed inter-connected Japanese island. The puzzles and combat are fine-tuned to perfection, punctuated with the occasional QTE.
It’s one of the best looking and most satisfying games of the generation so far, and is available here from Amazon.
4: Dragon Age Inquisition
Bioware’s sprawling fantasy epic is the best in the series – if you’re a fan of open world fantasy RPG’s then Inquisition should be experienced.
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3: Wolfenstein: The New Order
Wolfenstein: The New Order released in 2015 on the PS4 and Xbox One.
Set in an alternative history where Nazis reign supreme, the player shoots through levels ploughing through Nazi soldiers in order to prevent a nuclear attack. A huge and inventive arsenal is available to the player, with customisation of weapons encouraged by the game.
Worthwhile single-player FPS experiences are a dying breed, but thankfully Wolfenstein came out of nowhere, defying all expectations to become one of the best examples of how atmosphere and narrative combined with solid gunplay can still provide a relevant single player experience today.
The game is available here on Amazon.
2: Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor released to critical acclaim in 2014.
The player takes control of Talion, a ranger who has his family slaughtered by orcs at the Black Gate, and is only saved himself by the ghost of a dead Elf, who possesses him and makes him immortal. Talion then delves into Mordor seeking revenge, whilst left in the dark as to the elf’s own intentions.
Shadow of Mordor is an open-world game spanning two large areas, littered with Orc strongholds, slave camps and castles. The player is encouraged to explore and take down Orc generals, as well as recruit your own following of Orcs to help you make your way to Sauron.
Shadow of Mordor’s unique Nemesis system – where the enemies evolve around you based on your experience with them – was revolutionary at the time and still hasn’t been bettered.
If you think you’d enjoy Arkham-style fighting combined with Assassin’s Creed movement and a large open world set in Tolkein’s Middle Earth, then this is a no-brainer from Amazon for the Game of the Year edition.
In my opinion this is the best value bargain on the list. Bloodborne, the spiritual spin-off of the Dark Souls franchise, brings a fantastically atmospheric challenge to the PS4.
Not for the faint of heart, Bloodborne is a brutal but rewarding challenge and is available here on Amazon.