The PS Store is chocka with great titles to while away the hours, but how do you know which games you should play next on PS4? Check out this list of 20 PS4 games you should have jotted down on your shopping list. So dive in and find out what to play on PS4. For clarity, this list consists of a healthy mix of games due for release any day now and titles that you may want to keep an eye on over the coming months. We won’t get you too excited for 2018 just yet.
Masked martial arts warriors await in Absolver, an RPG headed to PS4 on the 29th of August. Developers Sloclap are a rag tag crew of ex Ubisoft Paris employees who have set out to bring card based mechanics to incredibly subtle combat gameplay. The same main campaign houses single, online cooperative and online competitive gameplay and infuses a deeply detailed fight system branching alongside complex skill growth structures.
17. Manifold Garden
Billed as a first person exploration game, Manifold Garden is anything but standard. The independent title is on its way to PS4, expecting a summer release. The isometric-ish top-down-ish minimalist puzzler is currrently shrouded in mystery as far as storyline goes, but its promises of gravity-bending experience and the weighty tagline “Witness infinity in first-person” carry a lot of hope.
16. Get Even
Horror took a step back in the right direction with Get Even. The Farm 51’s latest title released last week and is based on a brain melting paradox of realities and empty rooms. Beginning with your standard waking-up-in-an-abandoned asylm, protagonist Cole Black is forced through his own memories to discover the truth about his current situation, and the young damsel he was rushing to save. Psychological horror incarnate, Get Even‘s environmental storytelling will leave your skin crawling long after you turn the camera off. If you’ve been left guessing what to play on PS4 after Resident Evil 7, Get Even is for you.
Onto something slightly lighter, Hob looks like a great platformer to chill with. There’s enough here that anyone can pick up and play – solve puzzles, grapple, punch, jump, warp, and explore as the world changes around you according to your progress. Hob looks set to steer clear of platformer fatigue and intriguingly plays around with a wordless narrative and dynamic environments. Hob is slated for release this year.
We all love Towerfall and yet little is spoken about Matt Thorson’s new platformer Celeste. Based on trial and error principles and encouraging creative thinking, players are tasked with the tricky task of clambering up a mountain. With over 250 stages across a vast array of gorgeous pixel art locations, Celeste looks like a throwback to the punishingly difficult static screen platformers of yore – a simpler but oh so complex time. Wondering what to play on PS4 to bring back those 2D days of wall jumps? Celeste can scratch that itch.
13. Nidhogg 2
Nidhogg rose to cult status when released a while back. Its quirky stick figures and MS Paint visual design earned it more than a few smirks on first glance, yet its intelligent and reflexive design structure quickly turned those chuckles on their heads – for the most part, the game still retains its charm long into the sweaty button mashing.
Nidhogg 2 is just as bizarrely nostalgic. While the line work has been replaced with garish pixel graphics, the game still reeks of homegrown bedroom coding. With the same goals, to ensure your character is able to reach their side of the map without being held back by your opponent, Nidhogg 2 also features new combat abilities and gruesome death animations await.
12. WipEout Omega Collection
As soon as there was PlayStation, there was Wipeout. Since its heady techno beginnings, the game’s aerodynamics have been refined and the bumpers polished. Recognised for its break-thumb speed and incredible soundtracks, there have been a host of offspring titles over the years. Packaging Wipeout HD, Fury and 2048, the WipEout Omega Collection squishes three amazing games onto a PS4 Pro ready wonder disk that any 90s head bobber would be tripping over.
WipEout Omega Collection was relesed 7th June 2017
11. Birthdays The Beginning
Birthdays The Beginning is the oldest game on this list. Released in May, you may wonder why it still remains in my consciousness for the purpose of this list. Well, Birthdays The Beginning has been spoken about so little I felt we really needed to give this guy another shot. The core of this simulation game is the creation of life itself. It’s a tricky Spore daydream that tasks players with developing life from minute Minecraft blocks through to the er… intelligent species we have become.
10. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
It took me a while to understand the name, but don’t let the pure genius of its title put you at ease. South Park: The Fractured But Whole is the long anticipated sequel to The Stick of Truth. Set for an October release, the RPG will see the boys of Colorado take on the superhero genre through Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s iconic skewed lens. Navigate your way through the treacherous politics of the childrens’ superhero civil war after battles rage on in a movie franchise dispute. Expect big laughs and ‘how do they get away with that’ moments to get you through the nights of wondering what to play on PS4.
9. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Hellblade is a unique title in many ways. Its development has been tracked throughout its history via dev blogs and frequent YouTube updates so its hungry players can keep track of every single edit made to the final title before getting their hands on it themselves. Following young Senua, a figurehead of Celtic and Nordic mythology, players journey through this fantastical world and battling it out with demons and warriors. That’s not the clincher, though. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice has been developed alongside several psychiatrists, and individuals who have experienced psychosis to deliver a video game world seen through the eyes of a protagonist with mental illness.
The gameworld shifts and blurs with the whims of Senua’s own mind, and is reflected in the very gameplay mechanics of the experience. I’m incredibly excited to get my hands on one of the first mid-size “independent AAA” titles we’ve seen in a long time, and for £25 you should be too.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is available on the 8th August
8. Horizon Zero Dawn The Frozen Wilds
Ok, I cheated. But anyone who knows this site well will know that Horizon Zero Dawn is my jam, and when The Frozen Wilds DLC was announced at E3 this year I wept softly into my Nora cloths. The Frozen Wilds welcomes Aloy back into your DS4 control as she encounters a brand spanking new machine lurking in the darkness. A new area, new machines, and a bunch of new stuff to get on with, the story DLC will have your fingers itching for your Shadow Bow once more. Pre-orders are live at the moment, and if you’re a PS Plus member you can nab yourself a cheeky discount while you’re there.
7. Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite
Fancy a bit of superhero brawling? The upcoming fighter Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite will see you through on release on the 19th September. With all new 2v2 fights and firing up a new tag-based combo metre to assist its Infinity Stones mechanic to boost your adrenaline in the moments that matter most. All the characters you love and love to battle are back and developers have also disclosed that the latest instalment is designed to bring new players into the fold, reeling in certain features and aiming for a more accessible play field moving forward.
6. Middle Earth: Shadow of War
Middle Earth: Shadow of War is treading in heavy footsteps. Shadow of Mordor stole the hearts of Lord of The Rings lovers and sceptics alike, and with a new and improved Nemesis system and open-ish world design, i’m optimistic. Following Talion’s quest from the undead to take down that pesky Saruman by building your army of brainwashed Orcs and taking control of strongholds throughout the land of Gondor.
Just a side note – Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is currently featured in the Steam Summer Sale if you happen to have a PC kicking around next to your PS4. Grab this bargain for £3.19 and relive everything the original title bestowed upon the world in preparation for Shadow of War’s release on 10th October.
5. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy
Take on every single level of the first three Crash Bandicoot title in the N.Sane Trilogy collection coming to PS4 at the end of June. Relive the good old days of wumpa fruit, purple crystals, plant-evasion, and spin glides in this ground up rebuild of Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. Featuring a few new systems and moves, the games look beautiful running on PS4 with Vicarious Visions’ taking the next-gen reigns from Naughty Dog. If you’re truly stuck thinking about what to play on PS4, you can’t go wrong with a classic bit of Bandicoot buttcheek action.
4. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
You thought it was all over. And then we watched a short video of two women on a rooftop in India. And then the credits rolled. And then we grinned. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, initially billed as a DLC for Uncharted 4, has been fully fleshed out into a standalone title. Nathan Drake is out of the picture, but it’s still looking bright. Chloe Frazer is searching for the Tusk of Ganesh alongside her mercenary pal Nadine Ross in the typical Uncharted playstyle we’ve come to rely on. With several game elements that first saw light in Uncharted 4 returning for the spin-off, we have every reason to believe that when this title launches in August it will only improve the franchise’s sacred name.
3. Call of Duty: WW2
Ah yes, Call of Duty. Around this time of year, we have the standard magazine cover dedicated to the latest Call of Duty exploit, and i’ve always been quietly sceptical. It’s why I rejoiced at the success seen by Battlefield 1, and is also why i’m shocked to see myself getting really excited for Call of Duty: WW2. Finally taking the series back to the war of the 40s, Sledgehammer Games have stepped in and not only introduced a host of new features but have also reprised some of the trickier game mechanics of CoD past.
2. Destiny 2
Destiny 2 will have a definable, relatable story. With a context for action and time set aside for traditional Destiny gameplay, Destiny 2 can only increase its playerbase. The heavily anticipated sequel will flesh out some of the mechanics, storylines, and experiences that scraped through in the original, saved predominantly by the excellent game balancing system and combat customisation options. Even if you’re not into the Destiny franchise, Destiny 2 is an upcoming PS4 game to keep an eye on, if not only for developmental curiosity. Destiny has been a PS4 contemporary classic since its release, so what better to play on PS4 than the latest incarnation of a fan favourite.
1. Detroit: Become Human
From the trippy headspace of Heavy Rain comes Detroit: Become Human. The intriguingly billed neo-noir thriller mystery action title sees an army of disgruntled AI creations take action against their human overlords. So far we’ve seen disturbing scenes of morality and consciousness that will apparently colour this experience of branching decisions and careful dialogue choices. David Cage’s brilliant mind is back behind the keyboard to bring Quantic Dream’s highly complex game system to life (or, whatever AI is calling it now).
Still wondering what to play on PS4? See if PlayStation’s E3 conference sparks any further interests.