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What are the Best PlayStation 4 Games?

Which PS4 games are the best? This complete list separates the classics from the clunkers. And if you need even more info, the USG team reveal their own personal recommendations.

Just bought a PlayStation 4 and want to know which games you should buy? You've come to the right place. This complete list of all PS4 games tells you which ones are unmissable, and which ones you should leave on the shelf. We've highlighted the games we've already reviewed, so just click on a name if you want to read more. Below the list, Team USG talk about their own personal favorites and explain why they're recommending them.

Need for Speed Rivals

The Very Best - Rated 5 Stars

Flower: The previous generation's definitive chill-out game gets a lovely visual makeover for the next. And it's still as cool as ever.

Need for Speed: Rivals: Need for Speed: Rivals takes some of the best features from prior franchise entries and combines them with a seamless single-multiplayer mode to create an absolutely terrific, utterly bonkers race-and-chase game that looks and sounds as good as it drives.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Highly Recommended - Rated 4.5 Stars

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag: It's still not perfect because it carries the same gameplay and story missteps as its predecessor, but the graphics are much better and Vita Remote Play is a great feature for certain people. If you have to stream one excellent pirate game on your PlayStation Vita while in bed, make it Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Still trying to get someone into the Marvel Universe? If they have an open mind and a PlayStation 4, Traveller's Tales Lego Marvel Superheroes is the perfect introduction. For families or individuals that love Marvel comics, movies, or cartoons, Lego Marvel Superheroes is the perfect pick-up for this holiday. And Vita Remote Play co-op is a great addition to a great game.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes

Resogun: Resogun may not break any new ground with all the newfangled technology at its command, but it offers a level of entertainment that tends to be in short supply in the early days of a new platform. It comes highly recommended.

Tomb Raider Definitive Edition: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is an excellent port for PS4 and Xbox One, with some great graphical improvements. You can tell Crystal Dynamics pulled out all of the stops to make this the best version of Tomb Raider. If you've played it before, it may worth a rent. If you haven't, the Definitive Edition is great purchase that outclasses the PC edition. Unfortunately, the potential price gulf between this version and the PC version can make it a hard sell.

NBA 2K14: PS4 launched with not one, but two basketball games. The choice between the two was made very easy thanks to the fact that there's absolutely no contest between the excellent NBA 2K14 and its comparatively weak arch-rival, NBA Live. From graphics to gameplay, NBA 2K14 comprehensively trounces it on almost every level.

Call of Duty: Ghosts

Recommended - Rated 4 Stars

Call of Duty: Ghosts: If you can't get enough of Call of Duty's multiplayer action, Ghosts certainly delivers the goods. The more casual players might be disappointed at its incremental refinement and spectacular, but all-too-short single-player campaign. Squads and Extinction, however, are a breath of fresh air offer a tantalizing taste of where the series may go.

Infamous: Second Son: Infamous: Second Son is the first real reason to jump completely into the next-generation of consoles. If you wanted to show someone what next-gen can do, this is the game to show them, with great image quality and amazing lighting/particle effects on display. A magnificently-realized Seattle is your playground and players have a host of abilities to run, fly, and fight across it. Delsin Rowe is a charismatic protagonist and the Sucker Punch has pulled out all the stops on PlayStation 4 to make his first adventure a fun one. It's not perfect, but hopefully we see him again.

Mercenary Kings

Mercenary Kings: Despite looking and playing like a 90's throwback, Mercenary Kings adds character and weapons customization options, and a novel mission structure to create a game that feels contemporary. Its content can feel somewhat repetitive, but by the time it does, most players will have already got their money's worth.

FIFA 14: This represents what feels like a placeholder entry into the FIFA series. It does everything you want it to, and offers plenty of high-quality footballing action. The problem, however, is that it's a no-frills port of the prior generation version, not a made-for-next-gen game. So that means most soccer fans will have already sampled its delights on their PS3 or Xbox 360, and paying a hefty sum just to play the same game on a new system seems somewhat pointless. So unless you haven't already played it, we recommend waiting for the next version.

Sound Shapes

Sound Shapes: Almost, nearly, but not quite painfully indie cool, Sound Shapes delivers a simple, stylish and highly enjoyable platforming experience that packs some seriously good tunes.

Pinball Arcade: Packing 22 classic pin tables from Williams, Stern, Gottlieb and Bally, Pinball Arcade is without doubt the best silverball simulation available. For anyone who grew up playing pinball, this delivers as good a trip down memory lane as you'll get.

Battlefield 4

The Rest - Rated 3.5 Stars or Less

Battlefield 4: Battlefield 4 is a beautiful game and if you want something to show off that next-generation power to your family, this is up there with Killzone. It's not up to the PC's level, but it's close enough. The campaign is very impressive at times, but mostly it's the same boring cover shooting you've come to expect from AAA FPS games. Multiplayer is the game's big draw, but it doesn't stand on its own until the battles get real big on the larger levels. Using server filters should keep your multiplayer game exciting.

Blacklight: Retribution: A fun shooter that's definitely worth a download just to see whether you like it or not - because it won't cost you anything but your time.

Contrast

Contrast: You've always got to look out for the attractive ones. Contrast is a bit of a hot mess -- kind of like the bumbling Johnny Fenris in its core. Rife with bugs and prone towards glitching in the worst possible ways, Compulsion Games' pretty little title can and will outrage. If you're willing to overlook the brokenness of its platforming, Contrast is dazzling in almost every other capacity.

DC Universe Online: If the idea of playing a Superhero-themed MMO takes your fancy, DCUO will let you sample its delights for free. It does lack a little bit of oomph in the gameplay department, but nevertheless, DCUO's solid fan base shows that while its appeal might not be universal, some players do love it.

Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition: Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition is a Game of the Year-style version of the DC Universe fighter released earlier this year. The DLC now included in this release costs nearly $60, so the new release is a great bargain for new players. The PlayStation 4 version kicks the game up to 1080p and improves the graphics a bit, but it's not a big enough change to justify buying a PS4 on its own.

Just Dance 2014: An entertaining party dance game that nobody ever admits to playing, yet millions do. If you want it, buy it. We promise not to tell anyone that you did.

Knack

Killzone Shadow Fall: PlayStation 4 is light on original content in these early days, but you're better off with a decent multiplatform shooter than Killzone's mundanity. With both Call of Duty and Battlefield available on PS4 day one, there's simply no reason to settle for Shadow Fall.

Knack: Colorful visuals can't save Knack from its absolutely tiresome gameplay. But don't despair, PlayStation 4 owners: After this and Killzone: Shadow Fall, things can only get better.

Lego Movie Video Game: The Lego Movie Videogame is the latest title in TT Games' long line of great family-friendly games. The developer has turned out another rock-solid gaming experience here, but how much you love it depends on how much you love the source material. I thought The Lego Movie was a great film, so I like the game, but your mileage may vary. (Link is to Xbox One review, but the PS4 version is the same)

Madden 25

Madden NFL 25: Outside of instant replays, Madden NFL 25 won't impress the average player on PlayStation 4, as the game's normal play mode doesn't always show off the next-generation graphics. Improved physics and player AI change how the game is played on a fundamental level, making it more realistic, so veteran players will need a period of adjustment. Unlike previous console launch versions of Madden, Madden NFL 25 on PS4 keeps all the extra modes you've come to expect from the series.

NBA Live 14: The weaker of the two Xbox One basketball launch games, Electronic Arts' effort simply isn't as polished or rewarding to play as NBA 2K14. Buy that one instead.

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes: Ground Zeroes is definitely fun while it lasts, and it offers an interesting taste of what is to come in Phantom Pain. As appetizers go, it's terrific. Just don't expect a full meal.



Skylanders: Swap Force: This is very much a kid's game. While you'd doubtlessly find it absolutely super if you haven't yet celebrated your 12th birthday, if you have passed that milestone, you really should be looking elsewhere for your gaming kicks.

Strider

Strider: Sadly, Strider falls somewhat short of the original. Despite its failings, though, it manages to be the best Strider game since that old coin-op. With a little more polish and creativity, this could be the start of something great. (Link is to Xbox One review, but the PS4 version is the same)

Super Motherload: Combining digging, puzzles and strategy, this offbeat indie game is loved by many - but loathed by some. It's one of those quirky games that'll leave you hot or cold. That's not particularly helpful information, but just trust your gut. Check it out, and if you like the sound of it, you're probably good to go.

Tiny Brains: While its content is a little light, this 3D action puzzle game is fun while it lasts. It's at its best when you play its co-op mode. As a single-player game, it's decent, but you won't remember it a year from now.

Thief

Thief: Thief will almost certainly frustrate fans of the older trilogy, but it suffers shortcomings on a more objective level as well. Though solidly made, it never challenges the well-worn conventions of stealth action. In short, it lacks a certain spark of inspiration. It's good, yet it falls short of "future classic" status.

War Thunder: If you like flight combat, you should download this pronto. It won't cost you a dime, and actually offers some really solid aerial WWII-themed dogfighting.

Warframe: This free-to-play FPS is one of the most popular downloads on PSN. There's a reason for that: it's actually not bad at all. And if you do eventually find its action becomes repetitive, who cares. It didn't cost you anything!

Bound By Flame: Bound By Flame is a number of good ideas poorly crafted into a final product. The story itself is rather generic, with poor dialog and voice acting preventing you from getting emotionally invested in the world. The core combat is good, but once it meets with the larger game, it begins to break down. Even an excellent crafting system can't save Bound By Flame from being a budget RPG. If you can find it for $15-20, it might be worth a go for action-RPG fanatics. (Link is to PC review, but the PS4 version is the same)

Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Beenox latest Spider-Man game is a swing and a miss. The developer has improved the web-swinging mechanic and getting around Spider-Man's Manhattan has never been better. Unfortunately, the rest of the game drags it down. A schizophrenic story, a lifeless New York, and boring villains are what you can expect for the price of entry. The game's Hero/Menace system even takes all the fun out of just randomly swinging around the city. Beenox can do better, so I'm hoping the developer's next outing results in something truly "Amazing".

Lego The Hobbit: Lego The Hobbit brings the first two Hobbit films to life in TT Games' great, family-friendly style. On PlayStation 4, the game looks absolutely amazing, especially in the cutscenes and major battles when it matters most. Unfortunately, the source material lets down TT Games here; the dwarves just aren't very distinct when compared to the cast of Lego Marvel and The Lego Movie. All told, Lego The Hobbit is very good, but it doesn't reach the best of those previous titles.

So that's the official USgamer score sheet. But what about personal recommendations? Over to Team USG to tell you which games they've been playing the most - and why.

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Jaz Rignall Editorial Director

Flower

The great news is if you already own a PS3 copy of this game, you can download it for free on the PS4. And if you don't - well, you need to check out what you missed the first time around. This next-gen Flower is basically the same as the PS3 version, but it's had a full hi-res makeover. Even so, it doesn't look like much from the screenshots, but that's because it's a game that's all about its movement. The way everything flows, the stunning lighting, and the subtle detail of the landscapes is just gorgeous. It's so simple, so relaxing, and so fun - a serene chill-out game that's like a breath of fresh air.

While there are plenty of bigger name launch games that are very tempting to buy, Flower is well worth a look. It's a classic. Really different, and it's something that everyone can enjoy playing. It also shows off your PS4 in a way that'll really surprise you.

Need for Speed: Rivals

Right now, I think Need for Speed: Rivals is the best PlayStation 4 game currently available. I've played it extensively, and it's easily one of the best chase-and-race games yet seen. It builds on the features seen in the franchise's much-loved Hot Pursuit, but adds even better multiplayer integration, and gives you even more things to do. What makes this game particularly good is the fact that single-player and multiplayer are seamlessly integrated, so if you play with friends, you can see exactly what they're doing and join in on their missions if you want. Or you can just drive straight past them and carry on doing whatever it is you're doing. Or even turn around and give them some grief.

With its great roster of cars, comprehensive cop and racer career modes, tons of missions and stunning looks and sound, Need for Speed: Rivals is flat-out brilliant.

Call of Duty: Ghosts

While Ghosts' single-player game won't keep you busy for much more than perhaps an afternoon and a bit of an evening, it does have some spectacular set-pieces and is really good fun while it lasts. But what you'll stay for is the multiplayer, and this time around it's... well... it feels like more of the same, but it's been refined, fettled and tweaked to perfection. The Dualshock 4 pad also works superbly, and coming from a mouse-and-keyboard snob like me, that's high praise.

My favorite aspect of the game is Extinction, which is a multiplayer co-op mode where up to four players work together to fend off an alien invasion. Unfortunately it doesn't take long to work through it, but it's immense fun while it lasts. A special mention should also go to Squads, which is a bot mode that lets you experiment with different loadouts for your AI team and then take them into battle against other bots. In many respects, it's just as much fun as multiplayer - only you don't have to deal with real people. Great fun, and something I hope Infinity Ward continues to develop in future iterations of the Call of Duty series.

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Jeremy Parish Senior Editor
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Resogun

I wrote about Resogun in pretty respectable detail back at TGS, but here's the budget version: Take Defender, make it look all funky and flashy in the Tempest 2000 style, slather it with more ridiculous particle effects than any one game could ever need, and hey presto.

A fairly simple shooter -- you move along what amounts to a 2D plane, though it wraps around a torus -- Resogun uses sparkly graphics and a huge amount of moving objects to take a 30-year-old arcade game and give it the sort of sweaty-palmed intensity kids crave in their games these days. With resources to fret over and defend, power-ups to acquire, and wave after wave of escalating threats to deal with, Resogun is the twitchy fallback favorite for PS4 -- its Geometry Wars, to evoke a well-worn cliché. Of all the PS4 games I've played so far, it's easily the most entertaining... and I suspect it's a sign of things to come for the platform. Certainly it's why I'm excited about PS4. Those big-budget multiplatform titles are known quantities at this point, but the exclusive, digital-only projects by small games will keep things lively.

Need for Speed Rivals

I'm admittedly not much of a racing fan, but I like driving. Need for Speed is really about the latter, with the concept of racing sort of tacked on to offer context rather than substance. Really, Rivals challenges you to get from point A to point B pretty much any way you like, possibly destroying a tremendous amount of private property in the process. There are cop chases and hideouts and secrets galore scattered through an essentially open world. In other words, it's basically the best parts of Grand Theft Auto V minus the horrible, unlikable characters -- and it looks absolutely stunning.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

I'll admit to being surprised by this one. After Revelations and Assassin's Creed III, I thought I was done with this series. But Black Flag, while still kind of a mess and victim of Ubisoft's resolute refusal to rectify some of the franchise's perpetual flaws, swipes a great many of its predecessors' shortcomings from the table. It generally focuses on playability over spectacle, and the more tiresome gimmicks and set pieces of the past few games are in short supply -- well, so far as I've seen, anyway. Since saves don't carry over from PS3 to PS4, I decided to cut short my time with the game on last generation's hardware in favor of holding out for the prettier version. Now I just need to find the time to dig into it....

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Mike Williams Staff Writer

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag was great on PlayStation 3, but the PlayStation 4 version outdoes it; I said as much in my review. The PS4 version brings better lighting, higher-resolution textures, great water effects, real-time foliage, and more to the table. The game also adds Vita Remote Play and touchpad controls for smooth map handling. Ubisoft took one of the last great current generation games and gave it a solid tune-up. If you're getting it on one platform and you're buying a PlayStation 4, how can you pass this up?.

Need for Speed: Rivals

Need for Speed: Rivals looks amazing, and it's one of the highest-rated PlayStation 4 launch titles. We here at USgamer gave it a 5 out of 5 and it's a clear step up from Need for Speed: Most Wanted graphically. The same cops and robbers gameplay for Hot Pursuit is combined with the open-world gameplay of Most Wanted, and the addition of Alldrive online turns every session into one long, continuous race. It's exciting, it's great-looking, and it makes the case for next-gen.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

Look, this game doesn't feature those hot next-gen graphics, but if you're a fan of Marvel Comics and you don't have Lego Marvel on another system, you can't go wrong here. I bought it on the PlayStation 4 after finishing the game the first time on Xbox 360. Like I said in my review of the PS4 version, Lego Marvel isn't a system seller, but it's a great game for families and Marvel Comics fans. It's an awesome little title with a lot of love for its source material.

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Pete Davison News Editor

Resogun

I had the good fortune to sneak a bit of hands-on time with Housemarque's Resogun at the 2013 Eurogamer Expo, and I came away very impressed, much as Jeremy was at TGS. I was more impressed than I was expecting, in fact.

I mean, sure, at heart, it's just Defender on cylindrical levels, but by golly if it isn't the best update of a classic arcade game since Pac-Man Championship Edition DX. It's one of those games that's simple to understand and get started with, but enormously addictive. And it's quite a spectacle, too; the sight of the engine not even breaking a sweat at everything exploding into showers of voxels any time you blow anything up is a good indicator of the increased horsepower the PlayStation 4 brings. There's no better way to unwind than with a good, score-attack shooter.

Flower

I love Flower. "Art games" can be hit or miss, but Flower is just a straight-up enjoyable game even if you don't try to contemplate what deeper meaning -- if any -- it might have. If you've never played it before, the PS4 rerelease is a good time to jump in. If you already own a copy, you get the PS4 version for free, so what better time to revisit it?.

Need for Speed: Rivals

A welcome return to form for the series, Need for Speed Rivals is about as much fun as it's possible to have on four wheels. Okay, you can play almost the exact same game on PS3 and Xbox 360, but if you've already picked up a PS4 there's no reason to settle for second best.

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Brendan Sinclair Contributing Editor

Resogun

It makes sense that Resogun would be the PS4's Geometry Wars since developer Housemarque already made Super Stardust HD, also known as the PS3's Geometry Wars. While Housemarque hasn't produced anything quite as sublime as the original Geometry Wars, they do good work (like Super Stardust and the excellent downloadable Metroidvania game Outland). Add in the PS Plus promotion and this is probably the first thing I'll play on the PS4.

Sound Shapes

Like Flower, Sound Shapes has already proven its brilliance. It's Jonathan Mak's fine follow-up to his breakthrough game, Everyday Shooter. And where that game was conceived as an album of twin-stick shooters, where each level had its own aesthetic and gameplay mechanic, Sound Shapes takes a similar approach to the 2D platformer genre. There are a few "albums" of levels here, each one featuring its own art and music. And if you're so inclined, you can make your own. If you haven't played this game on the PS3 or PS Vita, it's absolutely worth picking up on PS4. The final Beck level alone made the game worth it for me.

Warframe

Not to take anything away from the game itself (it's a pretty-looking third-person shooter with space ninjas), but the fact that this free-to-play game is up for a digital preorder baffles me. We have become a culture hell-bent on commercializing, desperate to consume with every passing heartbeat. Perhaps Warframe will help dull the sting of this terrible realization for a few fleeting moments. Get it, I guess. We are all lost anyway.

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