The PlayStation 4 has had another great year, and ends it on top of the pile once again. With an excellent miss of exclusive games and third-party titles, there are so many superb PS4 games to choose from in 2017 than picking the best 10 wasn’t an easy task. So, without any more preamble, here are the best PS4 games of 2017.
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Making a grand, stylish return after nearly a decade away, the Persona franchise soared back to great heights with Persona 5, pitting the usual band of unique teenage outcasts against a hostile and cruel society. Stretched out across a hundred hours, spanning an entire year in the life of our band of rebels, the characters of Persona 5 never outstay their welcome, and will be remembered as highly as their uniquely stylized game.
What Remains of Edith Finch
What Remains of Edith Finch is a game that you need to play rather than be told too much about. Following in the footsteps of ‘walking sims’ like Gone Home and Everybody’s gone to the Rapture, this is a game about exploring and discovering the story the developer has built into the world. Know too much before you go in and what is one of the best PS4 games of 2017 might well disappoint. Our advice is to play What Remains of Edith Finch sooner rather than later.
A group of androids becoming sentient doesn’t exactly sound like a unique set up, but the weird and wonderful Yoko Taro and Platinum Games managed to bring an entirely new angle to the tired conversation. To say anything more about the game would spoil the epic journey itself, but NieR Automata puts its lovable androids through the dreaded topics of human existence and emotions, always tackling its complex topics from new and thought-provoking perspectives.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Naughty Dog ditched Drake for this sort of budget-priced Uncharted spin-off, and to be honest did anyone miss him? Sure, Drake is good for the odd one-liner, but Chloe and Nadine worked brilliantly as the lead pairing and helped make Lost Legacy one of the better entries in the series. Part linear action game, part mini open-world adventure, Lost Legacy never outstays its welcome and looks absolutely gorgeous to boot. In a year in which single-player games have been labelled a dying breed, Naughty Dog clearly knows that’s not true.
Gravity Rush 2
A triumphant return to the tale of the whimsical Kat and her cat, Gravity Rush 2 took us to bright and vibrant new places among the clouds, soaring to new heights with the PS4 at its disposal. The joyful game never stops for too long in one place, hurling Kat through the clouds and around colorful cities and towns alike. It’s a game that’s easy to pick up and immediately enjoy, and one that’s even easier to love.
The premier online shooter of the year fits comfortably into the best PS4 games of 2017 list, as Destiny 2 pushed the established formula of the first game one step further, resulting in a frenetic online shooter with a perfected gameplay loop. Extra additions like the Leviathan Raid and new Strikes after launch only cemented Destiny 2 as one of the most satisfying PS4 shooters of the year.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
William Joseph Blascowicz is back from the brink of death once again, and tasked with releasing America from the grip of the Nazi empire. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus melds a hectic, ultra-violent campaign with a brutal depiction of war and mental health, pushing its cast of characters to the very edge of sanity on multiple occasions. Wolfenstein 2 may not be a ride for the lighthearted, but it’s easily one the most impressive single-player shooters of the last few years.
Resident Evil 7
The one-time clunky horror series has come a long way. After evolving into a third-person shooter and coming dangerously close to losing the plot completely in Resident Evil 6, Resi 7 saw the gameplay switch to first-person alongside a return to a creepy, puzzle-filled setting. Resident Evil 7 has some issues, but on the whole it delivered a darkly beautiful survival horror experience that created some much needed excitement about Capcom’s long-running series. The VR in the PlayStation 4 version is also top notch if you’re lucky enough to have played it.
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
Kazutaka Kodaka's Danganronpa series has been through a lot. Anime. Manga. And of course where it began, a few video games. Danganronpa V3 is wildly different to the games before it, taking the series in directions it's never ventured in before, while hosting an endearing (and sometimes disturbing) cast of characters to love and hate. Solving murder mysteries has never tugged on your heart strings more, and by its final class trial, Kodaka definitively puts an end to the topsy-turvy series he once nurtured.
Taking the storied characters of the Yakuza series back to the 80s, Yakuza 0 might just be the funniest game of the year, putting Kazuma Kiryu through flamboyant activities like karaoke and disco dancing, all with the blunt face of a man fighting for his life with his bare fists. Every character in Yakuza 0 is unique and memorable, and every encounter with an NPC, whether it results in a fistfight or a fetch quest, is hilarious and entertaining in its own right.