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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.

Flower

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.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition: Perhaps the definitive version of Diablo III, Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition is streamlined, buttoned-down and an absolute joy to play - especially so when you start adding friends.

Watch Dogs: An astonishingly detailed world, a gripping storyline, creative game mechanics, a myriad of missions and activities, and improvisational tactical sandbox gameplay combine to create a truly next-generation open world game. Phenomenal. No other word for it.

Need for Speed: Rivals: EA's latest NFS game 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.

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare: Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare's bright colors, cartoon graphics and humorous approach are the antithesis of most first-person shooters. But don't be fooled. It's as good as any out there - and very likely an awful lot more fun. (Xbox One review: PS4 version is the same)

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.

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.

Guacamelee Super Turbo Champion Edition

Guacamelee Super Turbo Champion Edition: As fun in this beefed-up incarnation as in its original release, Guacamelee Super Turbo Champion Edition offers one of the best-designed and most original takes on the well-worn metroidvania phenomenon you'll ever find. The new material may not quite bring enough to the table to warrant a second purchase, and the game doesn't exactly push PS4 or Xbox One to the ragged edge of their capabilities, but once again excellent game design has less to do with technical specs and more to do with creativity and thoughtfulness: Features Guacamelee possesses in spades.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes

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.

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.

Last of Us: Remastered

Last of Us: Remastered: There's not really enough distance between the PS3 version of The Last of Us and this new remaster to make it worth double-dipping, unless you're simply that fixated on counting lines of resolution. If you missed out the first time around, though, you really shouldn't let it slip past again. While it often works better as a movie than a game, it still stands at the state of the art. And the writing is good enough to enjoy even if you hate zombie genre fiction (like I do). The Last of Us is about refinement, not innovation, and this version takes the art of refinement another step forward.

NBA 2K15: NBA 2K15's scope and ambition as a sports sim is admirable; and though its execution doesn't always match its vision, it's still an altogether polished and impressive package. Even if you don't care much about basketball, it's worth checking out for its highly entertaining MyPlayer mode alone. Once again, Visual Concepts has nailed what makes the NBA so appealing to a wide swath of people.

Alien Isolation: While it has a few rough patches and may prove too slow and drawn-out for some players, Isolation does an amazing job of capturing the essence of a classic film and recasting it as a video game. It can be a little too easy to see the man behind the curtain at times, but this is nevertheless one of the finest film-to-game adaptations ever... and a fantastic stealth adventure in its own right.

FIFA 15: FIFA 15's improvements don't jump out right away, but they rapidly manifest themselves in smarter teammates, livelier stadiums, and more tactical gameplay. Beyond that, FIFA 15 is still a remarkably polished and complete experience, boasting excellent career modes and a variety of touches like Seasons mode and Match Day Live that remain unmatched by other sports sims. NBA 2K may yet challenge it for supremacy, but for now, FIFA remains the best all-around sports sim on the market.

Shadow of Mordor: Shadow of Mordor is a great first step into the open-world action-adventure genre for Monolith. It up-ends what's come before with the Nemesis System, which brings the player closer to the game with personalized foes. The game isn't perfect - resurrecting foes can be frustrating - but those issues won't hold you back from enjoying yourself.

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.

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.

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is what the original game always wanted to be: a truly cinematic platformer. It looks fantastic, sounds brilliant and is great fun to play, despite its occasionally clumsy controls.

Outlast: A genuinely disturbing and terrifying game that'll have you jumping out of your seat in fright. It's a little short at around six or so hours, but the experience Outlast delivers is well worth the price of admission. (Xbox One review: PS4 version is the same)

Sleeping Dogs: Although it's slightly rough around the edges, and packs the occasional bug, Sleeping Dogs is nevertheless a gripping and thoroughly entertaining Hong Kong action movie in game form. (Xbox One review: PS4 version is the same)

Costume Quest 2: Lightweight but inventive, Costume Quest 2 feels like a Pixar adventure masquerading as an RPG. It goes out of its way to keep things simple... perhaps too simple at times. But its simplicity is redeemed by its terrific art and wry sense of humor, and most importantly, the sheer fun of its premise. (PC review: PS4 version is the same)

Skylanders: Trap Team: While not without its questionable qualities — expect to pay $120 to get something approaching an optimal play experience — Skylanders: Trap Team continues the series' tradition of catering to kids by treating them with respect. And the new trapping gimmick more than justifies itself through the flexibility it offers... not to mention the amusing and diverse role it gives the game's villains. (Xbox One review: PS4 version is the same)

So that's the official USgamer score sheet. If a game seems to be missing, it's probably because it scored less than 4 stars. If you want to find out why, use search to read the review. 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 Editor-at-Large

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition

Since we last updated this article, quite a number of high quality new PS4 games have been released, so I thought it's high time I refreshed my top three PS4 games list. Out go Need for Speed: Rivals and Call of Duty: Ghosts, and in come Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition, and Watch Dogs.

Starting with Diablo III, and without wanting to repeat myself too much, (you can read my five-star review here), I consider the PS4 version of D3 to be the definitive version of the game. While that statement is likely to send PC purists reeling away from the screen in horror, I do think that D3 is at its best when played with a joypad, and the console version's more streamlined menus and gamelay deliver ultra-chaotic dungeon crawling that plays out like a super-sophisticated arcade game.

Where the game really shines is in its multiplayer mode. Whether your friends are hooking up from a remote location, or are sitting next to you on a couch, D3 is just brilliant fun, and offers incredible depth thanks to its Adventure Mode.

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.

Watch Dogs

While some weren't particularly impressed with this game, I absolutely loved it. For me, the storyline really worked - more so than the latest Grand Theft Auto - because I enjoyed playing the character. Despite being deeply flawed, I could understand his motivations, and liked the way his actions had serious consequences - right the way through to the very end of the game.

Watch Dogs' missions were also a big plus for me. Many of them are sandbox in nature, giving the player a wide range of options in terms of how to tackle them. This helps dial up the engagement, and also gives plenty of options for creativity and experimentation. Once the main storyline is over, there are plenty of side missions to keep you engaged too.

I did feel the multiplayer was a little on the weak side, but since I wasn't really interested in playing this game with other people, it wasn't much of an issue for me. But if you really enjoy multiplayer action, you might find Watch Dogs' options a little pedestrian in nature.

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Jeremy Parish Editor-in-Chief

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.

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

Though not a fully formed game, and not without its problems, this bite-sized Metal Gear teaser has me interested to see what the full Phantom Pain experience has in store for us. I could live without the narrative, which manages to embody everything bad about 25 years of Metal Gear, but man does the action go down smooth. The best sneaking and shooting the series has ever featured combine with a contained but open structure to allow players to experiment with stealth and combat and tactics. Mechanically, it feels like this is what Hideo Kojima has been flailing toward for decades. Storywise... well, you can't win 'em all.

Wolfenstein: The New Order

The latest Wolfenstein came out of nowhere for most people, but having already demoed it several times at various events, I'd already gotten past my surprise at its excellence. Machinegames took a decidedly old-school approach to this shooter, giving it an intriguing (if occasionally overwrought) storyline and not really worrying about reconciling mechanics with narrative. You can pick up metal plates from defeated enemy machines to somehow wear as armor, eat dog food to restore health, and dual-wield guns the size of a motorcycle — no, it doesn't make sense, but it's a glorious nod to the forgotten days when first-person shooters were called "DOOM clones." Add to that some brilliant variety of mission objectives and level types and you have a shooter that manages to be worth owning despite (or perhaps because of) its strictly single-player focus.

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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?.

Infamous: Second Son

Infamous: Second Son is probably one of the best-looking PlayStation 4 games around. The Neon powers alone are worth the price of admission, and you've still got another three powers to work with. The city of Seattle is well-realized and tons of fun to play around in. Even better is the fact that Sucker Punch doesn't overstay its welcome by cramming tons of extra content into the game; there's no ping-pong or bowling in here. Infamous: Second Son is a great done-in-one experience.

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

Crystal Dynamics heads back to Lara Croft's roots to rebuild the Tomb Raider from the ground up. This version of the series sticks closer to Naughty Dog's Uncharted franchise with Lara's new adventure. That means cover-shooting, stealth kills, jumping, and limited exploration. If you're fine with that change, Tomb Raider: Defintive Edtion is a great game that deserved a re-release on PlayStation 4.

Bob Mackey Senior Writer

The Last of Us Remastered

The excessive hype and praise The Last of Us garnered in its short life might alienate those who haven't given it a try, but rest assured: It's fully deserved. With The Last of Us, Naughty Dog took the gunplay and amazing production values of Uncharted, and applied them to a story that isn't quite so happy-go-lucky. Expect to have your heart broken constantly, as The Last of Us isn't interested in video game escapism: Instead, its narrative tries its best to paint a picture of a bleak, hopeless world populated by plant-based zombies. And you think humans are going to work together to stamp out the problem, odds are you've never watched a George Romero movie. It may seem unnecessary to have a Remastered edition just a year after the game's original PS3 version, but the extras and improved frame rate make this one of the PS4's finest releasess.

Wolfenstein: The New Order

As multiplayer games like Titanfall and Destiny slowly take over the single-player FPS experience, it's nice to know there's still a market out there for something like Wolfenstein. MachineGames sprawling take on id's classic franchise jumps to a Nazi-occupied future, and gets a lot of milage out of exploring just how terrible that could be. The New Order excels in more areas than setting, though: Along with the expected firefights featuring inventive takes on classic killing machines, Wolfenstein offers a variety of challenges in its sprawling environments that put more than just your reflexes to the test. After the forgettable 2009 reboot, it's refreshing to see an interpretation of the series that's so damned inventive.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

It's taken long enough, but we've finally arrived: an MMORPG as robust as the ones found on the PC, and fully playable with a controller. Square's thoughtful retake on their misguided 2010 MMO boasts one of the most user-friendly interfaces ever seen in this type of game, as well as a job system—pulled straight from Final Fantasy tradition—that allows you to jump in and out of different roles on a whim. If you start the game as, say, a Lancer and find it's not your bag, just equip another weapon, and you'll automatically assign yourself to that class. It's a smart idea that lets one character explore every bit of the game's content, and since this is an MMO, there's a lot of it. If you've been scared away by this genre in the past, FFXIV makes for a welcoming experience engineered to steal away countless hours of your precious time.

Kat Bailey Senior Editor

Transistor

The PlayStation 4 has a lot of really great indie games, but Transistor stands out as one of the best. Like Bastion before it, Transistor stands out for its high-quality isometric action and tremendous sound design, highlighted by the smoky narration of the heroine's talking sword. Encounters are like puzzles, encouraging players to figure out how to defeat enemies with the maximum amount of efficiency. All told, it's a really unique action RPG, and it certainly deserves to be a part of your library. If you pick up one indie game on the PS4, this is probably the one to get.

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition is easy to dismiss as a simple port, but Blizzard deserves to be lauded for the effort they've put into translating one of their flagship franchises to console. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition is every bit as good on the PlayStation 4 on the PC, and in some ways better. Understandably skeptical PC owners are encouraged to check out Diablo III's couch co-op, which hearkens back to the classic LAN parties of old. With the addition of Reaper of Souls, Ultimate Evil Edition also brings with it the excellent Adventure Mode, which extends its replayability almost indefinitely with a series of random but enjoyable challenges. Until Dragon Age arrives later this year, Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition is by far the best RPG available on the PlayStation 4.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Dismissed as a failure and a stale retread by some before it was even release, Assassin's Creed IV proved to be a surprisingly successful comeback for the series after the disappointing Assassin's Creed III. The shift in focus in pirates, not to mention the unexpected joy of captaining your very own ship, was largely what did it. It also didn't hurt that it was one of the best-looking next-generation games at launch, not to mention the fact that it did away with the rather unpopular Desmond Miles. It's a stretch to call it a comeback, but it certainly did its part in saving the series from a prolonged decline. As of right now, it's one of the handful of launch games that really does it part in showing off the power of the PlayStation 4. If nothing else, buy it as a showpiece and wow your friends.

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