The Geekiverse’s Top 25 Playstation 4 Games

It has been quite the run for the PlayStation 4 this generation.

The console was already firing on all cylinders long before it was released on the market, capturing the video game world’s attention with a landmark showing at E3 2013. It’s hardly slowed down, since, with more than sixty million hardware units sold that, for the moment, has firmly put in control of the home console race for the eight generation of gaming.

With a system this historically-successful, there was bound to be a slew of great games for it, and the Geekiverse crew has come together to tally our list for the top 25 titles on the Playstation 4 thus far. Like all of our top 25 lists, we plan to update these rankings as the years roll by and new software releases. Contributing to this list were Geekiverse members Josiah LeRoy, Seth Zielinski, Andrew Garvey, Jeff Pawlak, and Sam Sarvis.

After you’ve looked through our rankings, let us know in the comments what you think. Do you agree with the choices? Did we snub a game that you believe should have been on there? We’d love to hear!

 

25. Batman: Return to Arkham

Our Official Review: 8.5/10
Release Date: October 18, 2016

Two original Batman games remastered, updated, and better than ever. Return to Arkham contains the complete versions of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, including all of the additional downloadable content. Originally released in 2009 and 2011 respectively, these two games, created by Rocksteady Studios, circle around the Batman and some of his nemeses. Arkham Asylum focuses on the Joker, who takes over Arkham Asylum, setting his gaze on Gotham City. You play Batman, as he fights his many of his old adversaries and tries to save Gotham City from the Joker’s clutches. In Arkham City, a year has gone by since the asylum incident, and Professor Hugo Strange has expanded Arkham to be a super-prison in a run-down area of Gotham. Batman is imprisoned, and must uncover the truth behind the plan Professor Strange is weaving. Batman needs to do all of this as he is slowly dying of a sickness, thanks to the Joker. – Chelsey Silvus

24. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

Our Official Review: 9.25/10
Release Date: January 28, 2014

The reboot of this legendary franchise received critical acclaim when it was released in 2013 on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 and again when the Definitive Edition was released on Xbox One and PS4 in 2014. For this game, developer Crystal Dynamics decided on an origin story that features Lara Croft on her first expedition, which of course goes horribly wrong and forces her to do whatever she can to survive. This was a more human Lara than gamers had been used to seeing, and it worked very well. Toss in a good combat system, interesting crafting, and Assassin’s Creed/Uncharted-style, vertigo-inducing platforming, and you have yourself the base of a new (old) franchise.  – Andrew Garvey

23. Doom

Our Official Review: 8.75/10
Release Date: May 13, 2016

A 12-year wait finally ended in 2016 when Doom returned to the world of gaming with a brand new entry for home consoles. 2016’s Doom took the iconic franchise back to its roots, foregoing a survival horror design and diving back into run-and-gun action that the original game innovated. With the power of the strongest HD home consoles to date, Doom was built with huge, open environments that were just asking for bombastic action to take place in them–as well as the suitably-gruesome and satisfyingly-violent “glory kills”. – Jeff Pawlak

22. Telltale’s The Walking Dead: Season 1

Our Official Review: 9.5/10
Release Date: October 14, 2014

I had played a few interactive adventure games like this in the past, but none really stood out to me unless it was hilarious (here’s looking at you, Money Island franchise). Then, The Walking Dead Season 1 was released, and it changed the way I thought about this genre. I was immediately engrossed in the story of Lee and Clementine. One of the best aspects of this game were the decisions you had to make–you literally held the fate of the characters in your hands. The results could be catastrophic: My mouth dropped open a number of times when a certain decision I made came back to haunt me. The absolute best part of the game, though, is watching Lee and Clementine bond and become almost like a family. The end of the game is one of the most well-done endings I’ve ever had the pleasure to watch, even if it did turn on the waterworks in a major way. – Andrew Garvey

21. Injustice 2

Release Date: May 16, 2017

Injustice 2 is the sequel to NetherRealm Studios’ Injustice: Gods Among Us and was released in May of 2017. The games character roster and gear load out system is a major update from the first game, which released back in 2013. The Story Mode continues where it left off pitting Batman and Superman as well as their teams against one another. A new team is added to the mix called The Society which follows their own leader, Brainiac. The Multiverse makes AI battles more interesting and removes a sense of repetition with missions, side kicks, and challenges. With new DLC Fighter Packs being released each with their own Multiverse ending and gear, Injustice 2 will hold its popularity for some time, at least in our universe. -Tom Kolbert

20. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Release Date: April 14, 2014

After an incredible rocky start to 2010’s Final Fantasy XIV (version 1.0), which saw subscribers almost immediately cancel, Square Enix made a brave decision: scrap it and start over. During the next couple years, Final Fantasy XIV was almost completely rebuilt from the ground up with new directors. The result was astronomically better: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (2013). Since the release of FF:ARR, fans have been almost courted by Square Enix by the best kinds of fan service: popular tie-ins to Square Enix’s other games (such as materia and The Gold Saucer), a myriad of pop culture references, a constant stream of new content, and more. Not to mention that this is a fun game with a great story–I actually cared about the characters in this game, which is a connection I’ve never made with NPCs in any MMO. There have also been two expansions, Heavensward (2015) and Stormblood (2017). Each expansion has come with new jobs (classes), dungeons, areas, weapons, armor, and much more. Square Enix has come along way since the disaster that was verison 1.0, and gamers are definitely taking notice, with a projected 9.3 million subscribers estimated by October, 2017. – Andrew Garvey

19. Battlefield 1

Our Official Review: 9/10
Release Date: October 21, 2016

Following years of high-profile First Person Shooters being set in the modern age, EA decided to go way back in time for Battlefield 1—further back than the genre had ever gone before. Battlefield 1 took us to the chaos that was World War 1, exploring the many staples of combat used during that era and working them into the backbone of its game mechanics. Gritty, dirty combat through the trenches was created in full HD imagery, as players utilized such uncommon weapons in FPS’s, such as flamethrowers, mustard gas, and sabers. Many of the vehicle options came in form never seen before, including horses, and the enormous zeppelin airships. The classic scope of the Battlefield franchise was on full display here, offering massive multiplayer battles across immense stages and a campaign which took players into battles as a number of different soldiers in the many regions where the Great War was waged. Jeff Pawlak

18. The Last Guardian

Our Official Review: 9.5/10
Release Date: December 6, 2016

Fans were convinced this game would never happen. An initial announcement in 2009 followed years of nothing. At last for E3 2015, the game’s comeback was official and in December 2016, the world finally got The Last Guardian. A game that combined the symbiotic character relationship of Ico and the scale of Shadow of the Colossus with a new artistic vision, the final game fits perfectly next to Team Ico’s previous masterworks. The game disappointed some with its unusual gameplay and storytelling style, but captivated others with its distinct mood, awe-inspiring visuals, and gameplay that emotionally invests the player with its harrowing journey.

17. BioShock: The Collection

Our Official Review: 8.5/10
Release Date: September 13, 2016

The groundbreaking BioShock trilogy was packaged together within one case for this collected edition of the sci-fi masterpieces. The first game, released in 2007, was one of the landmark titles of its generation, introducing gamers to the immersive world of Rapture, its thought-provoking narrative, and the choice-heavy journey filled with wild plasmid powers. Its sequel, released in 2010, let you play through the story as one of the iconic Big Daddies, while introducing a story-driven multiplayer component. The concluding entry to the trilogy, Infinite, released in 2013, and took fans out of the waves and into the floating air city of Columbia, where the sprawling environments and rail-paths deepened the already dynamic combat. Jeff Pawlak

16. Crash Bandicoot: N Sane Trilogy

Our Official Review: 8.5/10
Release Date: June 30, 2017

A modern remake of the original PlayStation classic Crash Bandicoot was just a dream for a long time. But Shawn Layden brought the house down at E3 2016 with the announcement that the entire original PS1 trilogy would be remade for the PlayStation 4. Sony and Activision joined forces, tasking developer Vicarious Visions with producing this collection, and the final result is a glorious revisiting to the fun, varied gameplay and charming aesthetic of this early 3D platforming series.

15. Dragon Age: Inquisition

Release Date: November 18, 2014

After commercial and critical acclaim with Dragon Age: Origins, and then quite so much acclaim with Dragon Age 2, Bioware knew they had to come out with something special for the new console generation. They delivered. Inquisition took the hardcore, old school combat of the first game, took out some of the streamlining they added in Dragon Age 2, and mixed in a new, epic story, great characters, and a lot of gameplay-altering choices (come on, this is Bioware–what else did you expect?). The result was nothing short of epic as your main character, The Inquisitor, journeys throughout Thedas to close The Breach: a gateway that is letting in demons and other monstrosities. Oh yeah, and you can hunt dragons. They’re really difficult. -Andrew Garvey

14. Star Wars: Battlefront

Our Official Score: 8.75/10
Release Date: November 17, 2014

The highly anticipated and long awaited Star Wars: Battlefront brought fans back to a galaxy far, far away to relive some of the most memorable moments from the original trilogy. The game was criticized for being light on content, lacking a single player campaign and charging a hefty $49.99 for its season pass of DLC. The gameplay was fantastic still, with authentic sights and sounds, and numerous heroes and villains to play as. One of the coolest features was the Rogue One add-on, which brought Jyn Erso and Director Orson Krennic in as playable characters. The game’s sequel is out this November and looks to improve on nearly every major facet of the first. Josiah Leroy

13. Persona 5

Release Date: September 15, 2016 (Japan) April 4, 2017 (Worldwide)

I had tried and enjoyed many previous games in the Persona series, but I was never able to stick it out for the long run in any of them. Persona 5 changed that. With this game, everything clicked–the graphics, the music, the systems, the characters: everything was top notch. Following in previous games’ shoes, Persona 5 sees your main character living the “regular” life of a high school student by day and then becoming a persona-empowered badass by night. Don’t let this game’s goofy nature fool you, however, as Persona 5 isn’t afraid to tackle tough subjects, like bullying, suicide, and societal pressures. Also worth noting: my first playthrough clocked in at about 103 hours; a hefty game indeed. This is, without a doubt, the finest JRPG that has graced consoles since Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch back in 2013. -Andrew Garvey

12. Fallout 4

Our Official Review: 9.5/10
Release Date: November 10, 2016

Ahhh Fallout 4. There is nothing more relaxing than strolling through a destroyed, irradiated Boston, MA with your dog or your girl by your side. Plus, all the classic 50s tunes really help set the mood. Bethesda knocked it out of the park with this game. Being released 7 years after their last installment Fallout 3…but Gene what about Fallout:New Vegas in 2010?….yes yes I know, but New Vegas was made by Obsidion, not Bethesda, moving on now..7 years after the release of the critically acclaimed Fallout 3, Bethesda has created gold again. What is not to love about this game, or this series in general? Fallout 4 is a game you can sink hundreds upon hundreds of hours into through multiple playthroughs and have a different experience every time. The only thing I wish there was more of is the DLC . While the DLC that was released was fantastic, knowing it will be several years before another Fallout is made, I wish they would make more DLC to tide me over – hopefully not for another 7 years. Gene Williams

11. The Last of Us Remastered

Our Official Review: 9/10
Release Date: July 29, 2014

One of the Playstation 3’s most popular titles, The Last of Us returned in 2014 with an enhanced re-release in 2014. Gameplay tweaks and greater fidelity in the already-gorgeous graphics proved enough to win over critics and fans for a second time. The remaster’s success solidified the enormous acclaim that the original garnered, between it’s intense shooting and survival gameplay, but particularly from its gripping story told through cinematics that are Naughty Dog’s specialty.

10. Batman: Arkham Knight

Our Official Review: 9.75/10
Release Date: June 23, 2015

Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Knight was a satisfying and fitting way to end the greatest comic-based video game trilogy of all time. There was no way Arkham Knight was going to live up to the massive expectations set forth by its predecessors in Arkham Asylum & Arkham City (which collectively made our Top 25 Xbox One list too). New dynamics such as controlling the Batmobile and fighting side-by-side with an ally helped to make the game just fresh enough, while the game’s primary antagonist was a shocking revelation. Just writing this paragraph makes me want to play through the story again. – Josiah LeRoy

9. Rocket League

Release Date: July 5, 2016

I remember reading an interview with the head game designers at Psyonix in which they discussed why they decided to make the game free on PlayStation Network when it launched. They said it was a huge gamble, but they thought the extra exposure would help move more units. Boy was that an understatement–word of Rocket League’s insane rocket-powered RC car soccer mayhem spread like wildfire, and it was hugely successful. Available on Xbox One, PSN, and PC, Rocket League has since added new arenas, cars, customizing options, and game types (like it’s hockey- and basketball-inspired game modes). There is also a huge competitive aspect to the game, with MLG teams and multiple match ladders. Rocket League really did it right. They have gameplay that’s easy to pick up, but difficult to master; a great price tag ($14.99); tons of free (and paid) content that is released frequently; and many ways to play. This is one game that is not going anywhere anytime soon. -Andrew Garvey

8. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

Our Official Review: 9/10
Release Date: October 7, 2015

Bringing these PS3 classics to the PS4 was an essential step in readying the world for the greatness of Uncharted 4. These wonderfully-produced ports, collecting Uncharted 1-3, are an easy jumping on point for new fans, as well as great retrospective for old fans looking to relive the series. This compilation allows you to see the immense progess the series has made in a mere 4 years, as well as witness how the name “Uncharted” came to be identified as an iconic modern lynchpin for the PlayStation brand.

7. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Release Date: September 30, 2014

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor was anything but a sure bet. Movie-based games are rarely of high quality, even if this was inspired by the Lord of the Rings franchise as opposed to one of the films. WB proved they could release another juggernaut aside from the Batman Arkham series in Shadow of Mordor. Though the story was nothing to write home about, the gameplay was wonderful, mixing elements from the Arkham games as well as the Assassin’s Creed series. The revolutionary Nemesis system was a fresh of breath air, making otherwise unremarkable and repetitive enemies exciting and challenging. Here’s to hoping Shadow of War will hold a candle to the original.

6. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Our Official Review: 9/10
Release Date: May 10, 2016

After a troubled early development that resulted in several staff members leaving Naughty Dog (including series creator Amy Hennig), Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley (The Last of Us) took over the project. What resulted was a masterclass in narrative-driven action platforming. Combining the deeper character development of The Last of Us with an evolution of the series’ exciting gameplay formula, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is a shining jewel in the PlayStation 4’s library, and the perfect sendoff for series hero Nathan Drake.

5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

Our Official Review: 9/10
Release Date: October 28, 2016

Skyrim, another masterpiece by Bethesda. Originally released in 2011 on the 360/PS3/PC, Skyrim has captivated audiences for years. It was one of the most requested games for Xbox One backwards compatibility, but we got one better. Bethesda remastered the game and released it with all its DLC in one glorious move with the Skyrim: Special Edition. This is yet another game you can spend hundreds upon hundreds of hours playing and not do everything. Just don’t kill a chicken in a town… don’t say I didn’t warn you. – Gene Williams

4. Horizon Zero Dawn

Our Official Review: 9/10

Release Date: February 28, 2017

After spending well over a decade working on the Killzone franchise, Guerilla Games branched out into a new IP with a world unlike any that gaming had ever seen before. Horizon Zero Dawn took us to a planet Earth one thousand years in the future, where society has regressed to a tribal state, where nature has reclaimed the land, and where most of the wildlife are enormous, robotic creatures known only as “the machines”. The stark contrast in surviving the rigors of the wilderness with low-fi technology, while fending off mechanical creatures with such realistic movement and behaviors made for a fascinating setting and compelling game mechanics that have the future of this budding franchise very bright.

3. The Witcher 3

Release Date: May 19, 2015

When The Witcher series finally introduced a game built with home consoles in mind, it didn’t skimp on the technological feats that the previous games had managed while being designed with PC hardware. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt features one of the most impressive in-game worlds in the history of the industry, between its peerless size and what seems like never-ending content. This is a game where world-building wasn’t just an added flair, it was the very basis for the project. Such a dynamic, and fascinating story, along with equally-compelling lore and mythology could only come from a property that originated as a series of critically-acclaimed novels. Whether in the medium of video games, or on the pages of a novel, The Witcher knows how to spin an engrossing yarn. Jeff Pawlak

2. Overwatch

Our Official Review: 9/10

Release Date: May 23, 2016

If you’re a gamer, you’ve probably heard a lot about Overwatch. A hybrid MOBA/FPS, Overwatch had all the makings of a great shooter when it was released–Blizzard knows how to package games and make them appealing, as evidenced by the amazing character design this game showcases. But Blizzard kept it coming. Seasonal events, new characters, new maps, new game modes, comic books, and new skins, just to name a few things. Then the community took off with it too, creating memes, cosplay, and fan-created lore (Gremlin D.Va, anyone?). It’s a perfect storm of a developer that knows they have something special and a community that loves them for it and eats it up, and I haven’t even mentioned the bustling Overwatch competitive scene! I had the pleasure of writing our official review back when this was first released, and the game has help up perfectly. In fact, I’d probably score it even higher today based solely on the content Blizzard keeps adding. If you’re a fan of shooters, MOBA’s, or team-based games, look no further than Overwatch. This is one game that’s going to be around for a long time. -Andrew Garvey

1. Grand Theft Auto V

Our Official Review: 9.5/10
Release Date: November 18, 2014

At this point in time, what else needs to be said about Grand Theft Auto V? The interweaving stories of Michael, Lincoln, and Trevor have cemented themselves in video game history with their chemistry and top-tier voice acting. Planning and executing heists made for exciting, rewarding gameplay, and if that wasn’t enough, GTA V stayed true to its roots by providing you with an abundance of extra activities to participate in: play the stock market, do some racing, pick off some assassination targets, or just drive around and see what kind of trouble you could get into. GTA V also came packaged with GTA Online, and although it had a lot of technical issues at first, Rockstar worked it out and is still releasing new, free content for it on a regular basis. In shear hours of gameplay alone, GTA V is definitely one of the best values in gaming. It’s still kind of amazing to think about where this series came from and what it has turned into. The series that was originally met with such resistance due to its violence, vulgarity, and crude sense of humor has become a paragon of what game developers hope to achieve. Graphics, story, gameplay–Grand Theft Auto V has it all, and I can’t wait to see what comes next. -Andrew Garvey

 

So there you have it! Our Top 25 Playstation 4 games. Did we miss any of your favorites? Which games shouldn’t be on the list? Tune back in every few months as new releases come out to see our updated list.

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