Best PS4 games 2019: T3's best PlayStation 4 games top picks from Sony's stellar roster of killer titles

These are the best PS4 games available today, from Sony's awesome exclusives to third-party gems

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Welcome to T3's best PS4 games guide for 2019. This guide has been carefully curated to provide a concise roundup of only the very best PlayStation 4 games available today. Every game on this list has won our approval, so you can be sure that each one of these titles deliver and would be a great addition to your PS4 collection.

Since the release of the PlayStation 4, Sony has smartly focused on delivering a broad and varied selection of games to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Slim and PlayStation 4 Pro, and what follows here is the absolute best of that offering, both in terms of first-party exclusives and third-party must-plays. 

From the incredible open-world epics of Red Dead Redemption 2 and Assassin's Creed Odyssey, through the brutal weapons-based versus fighter of SoulCalibur VI, and onto the adrenaline-inducing FPS action of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, we've got all the latest and best PS4 games going.

And now's a great time to build out your PS4 games library. That's firstly because we're currently in the doldrums of the quietest part of the video game calendar for new releases and, as such, retailers are dropping their prices across large swathes of their existing stock. Adding some of the best PS4 games available today for cheap has never been easier, so if there are any quality titles you missed first time round then now is a great time to add them to your PS4 games collection.

And, secondly, it's a good time to build out your PS4 games collection because an increasing list of killer exclusives like the bloody odyssey of God of War, futuristic drama of Detroit: Become Human and open-world epic Horizon: Zero Dawn are being pumped out of Sony's first-party studios and providing simply awesome gaming experiences that aren't available anywhere else.

Knowing exactly what games deserve the most attention from your PlayStation 4 is easier said than done, though. Thankfully T3 has taken down every boss, explored every open world down to its last crevice, and dumped countless hours into online multiplayer to let you know which titles you need to own.

And, is you're a fan of all things PlayStation, as well as bringing you the best PS4 game deals here in this guide, we've also got dedicated guides to the best DualShock 4 deals for all your PlayStation controller needs, best PS4 deals for all your console needs, as well as all the best PlayStation VR deals going right now as well in case you're looking to expand your PS4's capabilities.

With all that said, here is T3’s definitive list of the best PlayStation 4 games you can get your hands on right now.

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Best PS4 games 2019

Rather than collecting money, you'll collect resources to build weapons and vehicles.

Far Cry New Dawn

A post-apocalyptic semi-sequel/spin-off

Reasons to buy
+Craft makeshift weapons and vehicles+Enemy rankings make gunfights a little more tactical

It's only been a year since Far Cry 5 gave us a grand open-world in the form of Hope County's bombastic playground, but the series is back once more with a sequel set 17 after one of that game's post-apocalyptic endings. The land has now been reclaimed nature, and with a small community to protect you'll be going up against a gang of neon-loving marauders known as The Highwaymen.

Don't expect any grand changes to the formula with Far Cry New Dawn, but do expect a slightly smaller map and a streamlined approach to crafting and combat. You'll still fight to control Outposts, but you can now salvage them, lose them to your enemies then reclaim the for more resources. New Expeditions missions offer trips outside Hope County, while the option to craft new makeshift weapons plays perfectly into its Mad Max-esque aesthetic.

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The third title in the Metro series of video games, Exodus sees you leave the city of Moscow to travel across post-apocalyptic Russia.

Metro Exodus

The immersive FPS survival horror series broadens its scope dramatically

Reasons to buy
+Satisfyingly violent combat+Visually very impressive+Immersive world and narrative

The Metro series of games returns with a brand new, far more expansive third title in Exodus, which sees the player break free of the claustrophobic confines of ruined Moscow and its labyrinthine metro system and venture out into the wilds of post-apocalyptic Russia.

This broadening of its scope, though, hasn't changed what made the first two Metro game FPS delights, with the immersive survival and RPG aspects like maintaining and customizing your weapons and gear, as well as undertaking realistic actions like wiping condensation and detritus from your gas mask's viewing window and changing its filter, still very much in residence.

These small, atmosphere-building details when combined with a bombastic combat system where gunplay feels natural and very deadly make every mission or exploration genuinely engaging, while the fact that the game comes loaded with multiple different endings means that the player genuinely gets the finale they deserve.

The first properly good FPS of 2019, Metro Exodus is without doubt one of the best PS4 games you can currently play on Sony's generation-winning console hardware.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 is jam-packed with some of the most memorable Disney locations ever.

Kingdom Hearts 3

The Disney-loving franchise finally gets its third instalment

Reasons to buy
+Some of the most lavish locations yet+Toy Story and Pirates settings are brilliant

It's taken so long to arrive we were half expecting it to never come out, but Square Enix has finally made good on its promise to round off the long-running Kingdom Hearts series with a full-on current-gen extravaganza. Kingdom Hearts 3 continues the series' love of combining long-winded storylines with much-loved Disney characters with everyone from the cast of Toy Story to the chilly crew from Frozen getting a look in.

Expect more hack and slash combat, but with a refined battle system and some of the biggest sandbox levels yet. Packed with secrets, Disney lore galore and enough collectibles to keep you searching for months to come, Kingdom Hearts 3 is the top-form successor to KH2 we've all been waiting for.

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Resident Evil 2 is more than just a remake - it's a classic story and setting combined with all the improvements that followed it.

Resident Evil 2

A survival horror classic gets the remake treatment

Reasons to buy
+Raccoon City has been completely rebuilt+Over-the-shoulder camera makes such a difference

Survival horror has plenty of classics to its name, but few hold as much significance to fans and critics alike as the original Resident Evil games. Resident Evil 2, which originally launched in 1998, is still considered one of the best because it nailed the right mix of action, horror, exploration and puzzles.

Turn the clock forwards to 2019 and Capcom has completely remade that milestone in gaming, with every part of Raccoon City remade with modern visuals and mechanical improvements in mind. Those fixed camera angles are gone, with a RE4-style over-the-shoulder view making all the difference, and some top-notch lighting upping the nightmarish atmosphere.

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The PSVR missions are stomach-wrenching, but incredibly immersive and a great use of Sony's headset.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

A return to form in the virtual skies

Reasons to buy
+Mix of arcade and simulated dogfighting+Single-player and multiplayer modes+Support for PSVR

It's been a long time since the last proper instalment in Bandai Namco's long-running fighter plane series, and while the intervening years saw the franchise air towards arcade dogfights, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown manages to bridge the gap between the two. The result is an exhilarating exercise in simulated flying, intense aerial fights and the clever use of dynamic clouds as cover.

Along with support for multiplayer modes, and a zeitgeisty Battle Royale mode, the PS4/PS Pro versions also support PSVR. You can't play the whole game in VR, but there are some select missions that will test how good you are at fighting motion sickness and enemy planes.

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It might be ten years old, but TOV is still a classic JRPG that's as fresh as the day it originally released.

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

A classic JRPG gets the anniversary treatment

Reasons to buy
+Enhanced HD visuals+Japanese PS3 exclusive content included

The Tales series has been around since the SNES, and for more than 20 years its produced some of the best JRPGs to ever grace the genre. Tales of Vesperia, originally released on Xbox 360 in the West back in 2008, is one such example and Bandai Namco is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a nice Definitive Edition.

This version includes updated visuals, an enhanced soundtrack and all the costumes and extra content that was previously exclusive to the Japanese PS3 version. If you loved it the first time round, or you're brand new to the series, this is a must-play addition to your collection.

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Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom perfectly balances nostalgia and modern improvements in one gorgeous package.

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom

A classic platformer gets the spiritual successor it deserves

Reasons to buy
+Captivating hand-drawn animations+Over 15 hours of platforming adventures

Serving as a spiritual successor to the Wonder Boy games - a series of platformers that combined open-ended exploration with challenging combat and a variety of magical creatures to transform into - Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom offers six different forms to take and over 15 hours of gameplay to enjoy.

With hand-drawn animations that give every scene a magical anime aesthetic - and a soundtrack written by legendary Japanese composers Yuzo Koshiro, Motoi Sakuraba, Michiru Yamane, Keiki Kobayashi and Takeshi Yanagawa.  If you enjoyed Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, you'll love this.

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Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

Kiryu's epic story bows out in style

Reasons to buy
+Engrossing Yakuza storyline conludes+Vast array of silly side-activities and quests

The Yakuza series has been going since the days of PlayStation 2, and after three console generations the Japanese RPG brawler is finally ready to bring its story to a close. Set in modern day Japan, the sixth numbered entry in the franchise doubles down on everything that's made the previous entries so much fun, including its arcade combat, silly side-activities and enough side-quests to keep you playing well into 2019.

It's also a really good place to jump into the series for newcomers, but if you're a seasoned member of the Yakuza family, you'll find this a fine swansong to a series that's spiritually succeeded Shenmue for over a decade.

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You can smash cars from any angle, including landing on top of them after grabbing some serious air.


A team-based racer with a difference

Reasons to buy
+Intense team-based racing action+Inventive approach to track design

There's been plenty of memorable racers this year, but while everyone has gone crazy for the likes of Forza Horizon 4, there's been a few titles virtual petrolheads shouldn't overlook. Onrush, which comes from a studio formally known as Evolution Studios (it of Motorstorm fame).

Onrush takes the co-operative nature of a hero shooter and throws it into an off-road racing setup, where certain abilities can help heal your teammates or give them a speed boost. With a ton of modes and rulesets, a near endless amount of vehicle customisation and a slew of tracks to chew up, Onrush is one of the most underrated games of year.

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Following a long hiatus, the Valkyria Chronicles series returns with one of its strongest instalments yet.

Valkyria Chronicles 4

A tactical RPG with a chilly exterior

Reasons to buy
+More of that special tactical RPG action+Hitoshi Sakimoto's epic soundtrack

With its alternative history take on World War 2 - where fictitious nations battle for control of the continent of Europa - the Valkyria Chronicles series has always set itself apart with its western military aesthetic and anime character designs, and it continues that trend with aplomb in Valkyria Chronicles 4.

With a snow-swept new setting, a brand new soldier type in the form of the Grenadier, and a new Brave system (which enables you to use downed squadd-mates to inspire others to greater deeds) the franchise continues to prove that tactical battles and RPG mechanics can work in harmony.

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WWE 2K19

A phenomenal entry in the wrestling sim series

Reasons to buy
+Return of Showcase mode+Faster, less-simulated action

Over the last few years, the WWE 2K series has taken plenty of cues from the NBA 2K games with more of a simulated approach to its wrestling action. Well, developers Yukes and Visual Concepts have listened to fan feedback and decided to return to a more arcadey setup that leads to faster and more fun matches.

That shift in gameplay pace is joined by the return of Showcase mode, which follows the WWE history of Daniel Bryan through some of his most famous rivalries. There's also the return of the faction-driven Road to Glory mode and new Mortal Kombat-style towers. Easily the most accessible entry in the franchise in years.

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You can switch between the new soundtrack, and Stuart Copeland's whimsical originals, at the touch of a button.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Three PS1 classics, reborn from the flames

Reasons to buy
+All three Spyro games, fully remade+Plays just like those classic games+A faithful recreation from start to finish

With Sony presumably tinkering away behind closed doors on what will likely one day reveal itself as the PS5, the platform holder has been digging through its exclusivity archive and remaking some of the classics from the PS1 heyday. First it was Crash Bandicoot: N'Sane Trilogy, and now we've Spyro Reignited Trilogy.

Toys for Bob (one of the studios that gave Spyro some short-lived new relevance in the Skylanders series) has remade all three of the original PS1 games with a faithful recreation of every world, hub, enemy and mini-game. There's even a brand new soundtrack based on Stuart Copeland's brilliant original scores. A perfect treat you warm you up this Christmas.

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NHL 19

A return to form on the ice, and one of the best PS4 games to play this Xmas

Reasons to buy
+New player progression system+Improved physics and momentum

The NHL series, of all of EA's long running sports franchises, holds one of the best track records for quality, but that means it does occasionally struggle to out-do itself and truly innovate. Thankfully, NHL 19 manages to take the series forwards with some new enhancements to on-field play that make every check, turn and swipe of the puck that bit more realistic.

There's also a new World of Chel system, which uses something as simple as a persistent XP system to track your progress across multiple modes, so every game feels like its part of a connected whole.

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Battlefield V has a free road map of content updates known as the Tides of War.

Battlefield V

World War Two gets another modern FPS makeover

Reasons to buy
+Some of the best multiplayer maps yet+Single-player campaign+Free DLC and content updates

Call of Duty: WW2 wound back the clock last year, and now EA and DICE's grand shooter series is doing the same, returning to its roots for a full-scale FPS experience that doesn't hold back.  Featuring some of the biggest, and the most creative, maps in the franchise, multiplayer boasts plenty of modes (including the multi-tiered Grand Operations). There's even a single-player campaign for those that sorely missed it in this year's Black Ops 4.

There's also an upcoming content schedule, including new maps, new modes, new weapons and vehicles and a battle royale mode that's set to launch in March 2019. Did we mention all DLC is free to every player?

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Red Dead Redemption 2 is actually a prequel to the original Red Dead and ties into it in multiple ways.

Red Dead Redemption 2

One of the greatest games of this generation

Reasons to buy
+Brilliant story set during the end of the Old West+Incredible world-building+Dynamic and detail-rich open-world

Much like Grand Theft Auto V before it, Rockstar's latest opus - the Wild West-set Red Dead Redemption 2 - is a landmark in modern gaming. Eight years of development has produced an open-world filled with some of the best writing you'll play this generation (from the main story to dynamic encounters littered across its plains, swamps, mountains and deserts).

You can dual fellow gunslingers, break in and bond with wild horses, hunt some legendary animals in the wild and follow a narrative that shows a United States in a state of transformation as the Old West (and the outlaw life) finds itself about to be swallowed by the arrival of the modern era. It's an incredible piece of art, and a game you simply have to own on PS4 or PS4 Pro.

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With a terrifyingly-huge of options to choose from, every playthrough offers a new way to off your targets.

Hitman 2

Agent 47 returns for another sandbox assassination extravaganza

Reasons to buy
+Builds on sandbox formula of the 2016 reboot+Biggest and most detailed environments yet+Sean Bean is one of your targets

Back in 2016, IO Interactive took the sandbox assassination sim that was Hitman and breathed new life into its classic formula. Here and now the much-anticipated sequel takes the elements that made the first Hitman such a success - huge levels to explore, filled with myriad ways to kill a specific target - and simply turns the dial to 11.

Rather than releasing the game episodically as it did with the first game, IO Interactive is releasing Hitman 2 as a full-game alongside Hitman Sniper Assassin 2 and the first of its timed Elusive Targets, played by none other than Sean Bean!

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Fallout 76 isn't a single-player game like Fallout 4, but an online world much like The Elder Scrolls Online.

Fallout 76

It's time for Reclamation Day

Reasons to buy
+First proper MMORPG set in the Fallout universe+Game world as big as Fallout 4+Filled with NPCs, quests and secrets to uncover

A lot of detractors thought the fantasy RPG lore of The Elder Scrolls couldn't work as an online experience, and then along came The Elder Scrolls Online with its vast worlds and co-op gameplay. Now Fallout 76 is here, and it's ready to do the same thing for the irradiated plains of West Virginia.

You can party up on a server and play with friends, or go it alone, with a huge array of quests to undertake and complete, gear to collect, and all manner of mutant monsters to evade/destroy/loot. Classic mechanics such as the VATS targeting system and the SPECIAL progression setup all return, although they've been tweaked to fit an always-online experience.

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God of War brings the character of Kratos out of his PS2 roots and gives him a three-dimensional story that elevates him as a result.

God of War

Fatherhood and fatalities, God of War is a killer PS4 exclusive with heart

Reasons to buy
+Best GoW yet+Rejuvenated combat system+Compelling (and lengthy) story campaign

Having killed every last deity and godly creature on Mount Olympus, the walking mountain of muscle and rage known as Kratos wrapped up the original God of War trilogy in a pool of blood and satisfaction. 

So where to go next? To the halls of Norse mythology of course, with a new beard (and a new son) in tow.

The end result is God of War re-imagined with a new combat model, a lavishly designed semi-open-world and a story that’s not afraid to pull on the heartstrings while you’re killing monsters and the like.

It also looks absolutely stunning on PS4 Pro, acting as a technical showcase for just what Sony's pixel-pushing powerhouse console can do.

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition

The best PS4 game of 2019 for traditional RPG enthusiasts

Reasons to buy
+Deep, tactical combat system+World is vibrant and full of life+Genuinely funny and well written 

The superlative traditional RPG adventure comes to PS4 in the form of Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition, a remarkably good console port that retains everything that made the PC original an out and out hit.

Fans of those classic RPGs from the 1990s, such as Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment will immediately feel right at home in Divinity 2, with a detailed character creator, immersive world and narrative, interesting companions, complex and deep tactical combat system, and unsurpassed freedom to learn what skills you want and to go where you want, too.

With thousands of small improvements and enhancements, this edition of Divinity: Original Sin 2 is truly definitive, and a must-play for anyone with an interest in the RPG genre.

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Marvel's Spider-Man

Insomniac gives the Web-Crawler the game he deserves

Reasons to buy
+Best web-swinging mechanics since Spider-Man 2+Fantastic Spider-Man story+Fluid combat rivals Batman: Arkham series

It's been a long time since Marvel has had a video game that's achieved the popularity and acclaim that DC has enjoyed for years thanks to the Batman: Arkham series.

Well, that's all changed thanks to Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games, which has given everyone's favourite Web-Head an open-world adventure that encapsulates his powers and taps into the comic's classic lore to create something new, fresh and exciting.

There's a reason this game has already overtaken God of War as the fastest-selling exclusive on PS4.

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Lara's origins bow out in style

Reasons to buy
+Best Tomb Raider since Underworld+Combat finely tuned to stealth+Far more elaborate tombs and crypts

With Uncharted: The Lost Legacy proving that Naughty Dog's treasure hunting series was far from retirement age, it's up to Crystal Dynamics - and new series main developer, Eidos Montreal - to step up and prove Lara Croft still has what it takes to show Nate, Chloe and co who the real tomb raider is.

Thankfully, Shadow of the Tomb Raider more than raises the bar, with some the biggest set-pieces, elaborate tomb designs and some of the biggest sandbox hubs ever. Combat is now more geared towards hunting and stealth, enabling Lara - and you - to feel like a true predator when you're not hunting for relics in dusty old temples.

It's a little to bleak in places, and a lot of character development falls flat, but it's still a strong way to see out Crofty's origin trilogy.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

CoD gets into the Battle Royale game

Reasons to buy
+Blackout mode is a fine replacement for the campaign+Welcome improvements to Multiplayer+Best Zombies campaign yet

The latest Call of Duty aims to shed the series' increasing irrelevancy by actively incorporating  modes and mechanics from the likes of Overwatch and PUBG. The result is an online-focused shooter that's wholly unoriginal, but far more engaging and rewarding as a result.

Blackout - CoD's answer to the big Battle Royale craze - is a slick take on the genre, with a giant map and all the gun variants you could ask for. Multiplayer is now more team-focused with no regenerative health and improved Specialist abilities. And Zombies is packed with content, all of which is a fun and crazy as you could imagine.

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey

This. Is. SPARTA!

Reasons to buy
+Biggest AC map yet+Open-world sailing is back+Kassandra is a great heroine

While the series seems like its going back to a damaging annual cycle again (it isn't, with Ubisoft confirming the series will take another year off in 2019), you'd never know it thanks to the ambition and execution of Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Offering one of the biggest maps the series has ever boasted, this Ancient Greece set adventure throws in almost every popular feature from the last few years.

The improved combat of Assassin's Creed Origins returns, as well as a renewed focus on RPG mechanics. It can make the game a little grindy in places, but with some brilliant boss fights, a return to open-sea sailing and some great storytelling, it's proof AC is far from over-the-hill. 

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SoulCalibur VI

A classic fighter finds its form

Reasons to buy
+Unreal Engine 4 makes for a fluid combat model+Two big story modes+Geralt of Rivia!

It's been six years since the previous entry in the series, but while it's taken its time to reach current-gen hardware, SoulCalibur VI brings with it the best entry in the sword-swinging franchise since SCII. The change of engine makes for a slick and responsive combat model, while the inclusion of two huge story modes will ensure this fighting title becomes a serious time sink.

While locking fan favourite fighters behind DLC is a backwards approach to post-launch content, the inclusion of Geralt of Rivia as a special guest character is a fine addition. The net code is rock solid and there's all the customisation options you could possibly want.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the best PS4 games

The stunning open-world epic that is Red Dead Redemption 2 is a must play on PlayStation 4. It looks superb on PS4 Pro, too.

Red Dead Redemption 2

A Wild West epic that you simply have to play

Reasons to buy
+Beautifully realised open world to explore+Hundreds of hours of immersive content+Technical showcase on PS4 Pro

We're guessing you're already very familiar with Red Dead Redemption 2 review hype, with the game receiving perfect scores across the board, but it truly is an experience not to be missed.

So much time and money was poured into this game that, if it was anyone but Rockstar Games were at the helm, you'd be concerned it was going to be a costly flop. However, the resultant incredibly in-depth and immersive Wild West simulator and open-world epic is  nothing short of a triumph.

The scope of missions, activities, games, characters, stories, systems and the world itself is just breathtaking, and with hundreds of hours of quality content on offer, it's one of the most no-brainer game purchases in 2019.

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EA Canada's beautiful game is still a stunner

Reasons to buy
+Best chapter in The Journey yet+Divisions improve FUT progression+House Rules a boon for Kick-Off mode

EA Canada's hyper-polished football simulator may no longer have the shadow of Pro Evo looming over its shoulder, but that doesn't mean the latest FIFA is a complacent instlament. FIFA 19 makes changes to the much-loved formula in almost all the right places, so you're bound to find a mode to suit your footie tastes.

The Journey returns for its final instalment as Alex Hunter tries to go from top-flight superstar to football icon; FUT has a new Divisions mode to improve long-term play; Kick-Off mode has a new FIFA Street-style House Rules addition and much more. The changes to shooting and ball physics also add a sleeker sense of movement across the field.

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Detroit: Become Human

Do sheep QuanticDream of electric sheep?

Reasons to buy
+One of the most visually impressive games on PS4+Cinematic story experience

While 2013’s Beyond: Two Souls failed to live up to the serial killer japes (and awkward sex scenes) of 2010’s Heavy Rain, Detroit: Become Human goes full science-fiction with a story of artificial intelligence in rebellion. 

With mankind now using lifelike androids as a worldwide workforce, David Cage’s latest opus will follow the story of three machines that begin think, act and feel beyond their original programming. 

You’ll encounter plenty of challenging scenarios, from solving murders to caring for a dying master, so expect a story that evolves with every dialogue choice and action.

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The Crew 2

An open-world racer with an extreme edge

Reasons to buy
+Arcade-style racing+Boats, cars, planes and more

Back in 2014, The Crew offered up a truncated version of the United States filled with races and challenges and all manner of Ubisoft-related tropes. It also wasn’t very good, mainly because its racing lacked that ‘wow’ factor. 

Fast-forward to now and its sequel has looked to the Xbox-exclusive series Forza Horizon for inspiration, dropping the road trip setup of the first game in favour of a more accessible set of activities across its vast map. 

With powerboat racing, street races, drifting, dirt bikes and stunt planes, it’s packed with things to do in vehicular form.

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Jurassic World Evolution

It's Zoo Tycoon... but with dinosaurs

Reasons to buy
+UI works really on consoles+Jeff Goldblum on narration

Frontier might be more famous for the expansive universe of Elite: Dangerous, but it also gave us the cutey management sim that is Zoo Tycoon, and it’s these family-friendly series that’s served as the enhanced DNA for Jurassic World Evolution. 

The setup is simple: build your own theme park on one of five different islands, including pens full of every dinosaur you’ve seen gnashing their jaws in the films. Search for fossils, extract DNA then breed your very own enhanced species, but watch out. Your new creations might escape and run riot across your very own Jurassic World.

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A vampire simulator with a pre-Victorian twist

Reasons to buy
+A world that reacts to your decisions+Brilliant set of vampiric powers

Dontnod Entertainment - the Parisian studio perhaps more well-known for the narrative wonder of Life is Strange - has turned its attention to an entirely new genre, but it’s brought much of its love for stories and worlds that are shaped by your decisions and choices. 

Set in London in 1918, you play a doctor attempting to help the city through an outbreak of Spanish Flu. Unfortunately, you’ve also just been turned into a vampire, forcing you to choose between healing people or draining them for blood. 

With support for stealthy non-kill playthroughs and all-out vampiric bloodbaths, it’s proved to be a darkly hidden gem.

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Battle royale with cheese

Reasons to buy
+Fun, intense multiplayer gameplay+Battle Royal mode is free

While PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds helped put the ‘battle royale’ genre (where a large group of players drop into a map, find weapons and kill each other to the last man/woman) on the map, it’s the colossal popularity of Epic Games’ Fortnite has put it firmly on the map.

The full-game is actually about building a fort and surviving a night of monster-filled attacks, but the BR mode (which includes the ability to build ramps and walls on the fly for makeshift cover and traversing to higher ground) has proved a real winner on Twitch, YouTube and beyond. Who needs a chicken dinner, eh?

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Metal Gear Survive

Tactical espionage action has never played quite like this

Reasons to buy
+Shows there is still plenty of fun to be had in the Metal Gear universe+Shakes up the traditional stealth gameplay

Many fans thought the Metal Gear series was doomed to be plunged into chaos after the controversial departure of series brainchild Hideo Kojima — however Metal Gear Survive shows the series has plenty of life and is capable of producing an entertaining spinoff.

What’s most important about this title is that it isn’t a traditional Metal Gear game, instead it serves as a reason for players to relive some of the gameplay elements the series has nailed in the past with a vital twist.

Think of this installment as the Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare of the Metal Gear series. After a worm hole opens in the game world the player is forced to build and fortify a base while upgrading their own abilities and taking on new recruits.

Survival elements play a key part in the game and add to the tangible feeling of desperation the game exudes. Managing your health, food, water and any injuries sustained is vital to continuing the grind towards satisfying progression.

The game may not prominently feature any of the series’ signature characters, but Metal Gear Survive shows that there is still plenty of fun to be had in this incredibly captivating world.

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Monster Hunter: World

Bludgeon, stab and conquer to get incredibly rewarding loot

Reasons to buy
+Simplifies its introduction to make it perfect for newcomers+Easily the best cooperative fun you can experience on the PlayStation 4

Monster Hunter: World manages to maintain the series’ historically addictive backbone but makes the barrier to entry lower than ever so a slew of new players can experience gorgeous worlds and inspired creatures.

The game is best suited to cooperative play but has been tailored to fit single-player only hunters all the same. Instead of displaying a litany of text when you boot up the game, the developers instead opted to spoon-feed the player information when it’s needed.

Monster Hunter's incredibly diverse worlds look crisp and run without a hiccup on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro.

Getting friends together to chase down beautifully realised animals could be easier, but once everyone has teamed up the game takes on an entirely new level of charm and companionship.

Monster Hunter: World strikes the perfect balance between catering for die-hard fans of the franchise and a huge set of newcomers at the same time.

It succeeds without sacrificing any of its alluring characteristics that result in hundreds of hours lost slaying monsters, crafting improved items and exploring the game’s vast open worlds.

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Shadow of the Colossus

One of the best games of all time just got an amazing visual upgrade

Reasons to buy
+Rebuilt from the ground-up to look and feel better than ever+The emotional finale will stay with you long after the credits roll

The PlayStation 4 rendition of Shadow of the Colossus cements Team Ico’s heartfelt adventure as a true classic. The story about a man’s journey to save a mystical woman by taking down 16 fantastical beasts has never looked or played better.

Two generations of extra power makes the quest feel more immersive and real than ever thanks to the removal of the PlayStation 2’s technical limitations that stiffened up character models and severely cut draw distances.

The exhilarating feeling you get when you charge horse first into the territory of a new Colossus with your sword lighting the way feels better than ever.

Controls have also been greatly improved with remapped jump and grab buttons making this game feel like a modern classic and not a title that saw its first outing over 12 years ago.

Shadow of the Colossus gives players one of the most memorable crusades this generation and tops it off with an ending that will surely go down as one of the industry’s best.

Best PlayStation 4 games

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

The frantic blockbuster lives on without Nathan Drake

Reasons to buy
+Uncharted's first foray into an open world+Incredible characters steal the show

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is proof the series can live on without Nathan Drake and is testament to the charming cast of characters developer Naughty Dog has built over the last decade. The game sees the unlikely duo of Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross team up in search of the Tusk of Ganesh.

Naughty Dog is rivalled only by Rockstar Games in getting the best out of a console, and this trend continues with The Lost Legacy’s depiction of India looking absolutely gorgeous and pixel perfect on the PlayStation 4 Pro.

The game carries on the series tradition of putting characters in scripted moments that play out like the greatest scenes from a Hollywood blockbuster.

The game also takes the franchise forward by introducing an open world level that sets the player free to roam about, discover treasures and witness the developing relationship between Chloe and Nadine.

Best PS4 games

Horizon Zero Dawn

Engage in ruthless encounters with animalistic beasts

Reasons to buy
+The most original open-world title the PS4 has to offer+An immersive story with endless amounts of lure

With Horizon Zero Dawn Guerrilla Games not only showed they were capable of creating an inspired, new and unique RPG with an incredible amount of lure, but they could do so with an unparalleled amount of elegance.

The game features a strong leading character in the form of Aloy, but the game’s world steals the show with diverse landscapes and inhabiting animal-esque machines forcing players to stop and take everything in, especially in the PS4 Pro’s 4K mode.

The combat is some of the most original this generation with primitive weaponry used to tackle the animalistic enemies. Each machine has its own weakness that requires the player to adjust their techniques to take them down quickly before more arrive.

Horizon encourages the player to explore every crevice, complete every objective and make Aloy the most powerful version of herself. The game is a testament to the financial commitment and creative freedoms Sony offers its first-party studios.

Best PlayStation 4 games

Wipeout Omega Collection

Celebrate everything the series did right one last time

Reasons to buy
+Tracks have hidden layers of nuance that take countless laps to discover+Delivers an unparalleled sense of speed

Developer Psygnosis’ heritage lives on in the Wipeout Omega Collection that contains the beloved trio of WipEout HD, WipEout HD Fury and WipEout 2048 on one Blu-ray disc.

The series charms players instantaneously with its futuristic world and will have you replaying courses over and over again to beat your best time.

The games provide an unparalleled sense of speed but manage to do so while still giving the player a refined control scheme that allow the most talented to navigate a race without a single collision.

A deep meta-game can be found in the statistics of each of the available ships; some will have beefed up armour while others are perfect for nailing corners that will shave off valuable seconds if you’re going for a personal best.

Remastering three of Psygnosis’ greats is the best send off the studio could have ever asked for.

Best PS4 games

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

The beloved PlayStation mascot is back

Reasons to buy
+Gameplay tweaks make the series more accessible than ever+An incredible amount of content on one disc

The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy doesn’t just take the collection of games on the original PlayStation and cover them with a current-gen coat of paint.

Instead it serves to improve the first Crash game by adding a more accessible save mechanic that makes the package a lot less intimidating for those looking to dip their toes into the franchise for the first time.

The game serves as a differentiator between a traditional HD upgrade and a complete remaster from the ground-up. The graphics, sound and content have been tweaked or added to in some fashion to make this the definitive way to experience three of Naughty Dog’s classics.

The platforming and memorable boss battles offer a significant challenge for players and deliver a euphoric moment of satisfaction when they’re completed.

Best PlayStation 4 games

Gravity Rush 2

A testament to how unique and creative this series is

Reasons to buy
+Improve gravity-shifting mechanics+Definitively lush art style

The original Gravity Rush was criminally under-played when it was released on the PlayStation Vita in 2012. However Sony’s Japan Studio was lucky enough to get another crack at exploring the fantastical world of Kat, the game’s protagonist.

The adorable blonde has the unique ability of shifting gravity to suit her needs, meaning she can pretty much fly and walk on any surface at will.

The game features the same incredible art style from the original but dials it up significantly after being given the added horsepower of the PlayStation 4 to play with.

Although the story is largely forgettable, cutscenes take place through comic book style sequences that still manage to create some hilarious moments.

The gameplay is what you’ll be sticking around for though, with the combat being given an added layer of depth and the traversal of zipping around by manipulating the world made easier and more precise.

Best PS4 games

Battlefield 1

An epic World War 1 first person shooter

Reasons to buy
+Top story mode+Loads of free DLC+Excellent multiplayer

The much-loved Battlefield series travels back to World War 1 in this title, which manages to deliver excellent shooting action with a, for an FPS, surprisingly engaging story mode. A dump truck load of DLC (most of which is now free for all users), a top multiplayer Operations mode that allows for 64-player, multi-map scuffles, and the ability to hop into tanks and aircraft, too, keeps the action fresh each play session.

The game isn't optimised for PS4 Pro, so those rocking Sony's flagship won't get any benefit from their juiced up hardware, but the game's art style and graphics are top draw anyway and along with some top music and sound effects, they make for an immersive gaming experience.

Best PlayStation 4 games

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

The series goes back to what made it great in the first place

Reasons to buy
+Horror elements are executed brilliantly+The entire game is playable in PlayStation VR

Resident Evil 7 takes the series back to its roots by shaking off unnecessary over-the-top action sequences and replacing them with incredibly tense and frightening moments, rewarding exploration and a ton of nods to previous entries in the franchise.

The game sees the player thrown into a desperate scramble to overcome the sadistic Baker Family.

The player is also forced to conserve their resources that adds to the game’s expertly delivered feeling of vulnerability — the rush that ensues when you use the last of your bullets to land a headshot on a final enemy is one that can’t be understated.

Additionally, the game is one of the few to fully utilise Sony’s PlayStation VR headset in a meaningful way. The player can experience Resident Evil 7 in its entirety in virtual reality and showcases the unparalleled immersion offered by the technology.

Best PlayStation 4 games

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

One of the few games that will have you laughing with regularity

Reasons to buy
+Recreates the style from the series perfectly+A deep set of RPG and fighting mechanics

The beauty of South Park has always been the contemporary nature of each episode; The Fractured But Whole carries on that legacy with its satirical approach to the superhero craze.

Just like the The Stick of Truth before it, the title is easily mistaken for an episode of the show when the HUD is not displayed. The involvement of series creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker is the reason this game will have you in fits of laughter from start to finish.

The turn-based combat starts off relatively simple, but as the game progresses it becomes increasingly challenging and requires the player to put a lot more thought into every aspect of a battle.

Little details such as where your characters are positioned have the power to drastically change the tide in any battle.

Fans of the show will see this as another epic episode that pays homage to everything the series has done right for the last twenty years while the contemporary jokes mean even newcomers will have to stop their sides from splitting.

Best PlayStation 4 games

Friday the 13th: The Game

How will you escape the machete-wielding psychopath?

Reasons to buy
+Playing as Jason is incredibly satisfying+Requires teamwork and communication for a successful match

Friday the 13th: The Game is a deep nod to fans of the films - the multiplayer only title sees a team of up to seven players controlling Camp Crystal Lake counsellors attempting to escape the machete-wielding Jason Voorhees.

The game is best experienced with a group of friends and a microphone is a must to coordinate the asymmetrical maps and form a strategy to last the night.

Surviving typically requires finding resources that are scattered across the camp site that are too spread out for a single player to find them all alone, reinforcing the need to play with others you are familiar with.

Playing as Jason meanwhile offers an incredible power-rush as you speed around the map gouging the guts of each counsellor trying to escape. The game offers a variety of costumes that pay homage to Friday fans that know the franchise inside and out.

Although technical hiccups occur more than they should, the unparalleled rush of adrenaline you get as you speed away in a car with Jason following closely behind is worth the brief annoyance.

Best PlayStation 4 games

The Evil Within 2

Survival horror done right

Reasons to buy
+Throws the player into an unexpected and twisted world+A lengthy, scary and thrilling ride

The Evil Within 2 cements the survival horror genre as one that is thriving and where new titles can bloom.

Developer Tango Gameworks clearly understands what made games of this ilk so popular in the first place — The Evil Within 2 constantly keeps you on edge and feeling vulnerable.

Although the narrative largely takes a back seat in this second instalment, the gameplay and well-executed horror tropes will keep your sweaty hands clinging a little too tightly to the controller for some 15 hours.

The game forces the player to do everything they can to survive, meaning you’ll be scavenging everything you can from the semi-open world to ensure you have enough resources to live long enough to make it to the next deadly encounter.

The Evil Within 2 understands that surviving by the skin of your teeth is what makes survival horror games great and puts forward a wide-variety of innovations that set a new bar for the genre.

Best PlayStation 4 games

Hitman: The Complete First Season

More devious ways to assassinate your targets than ever before

Reasons to buy
+A wide-range of ways to take out each target+Expansive levels that offer a ton of replay value

Many players were turned off when developer IO Interactive announced that the next generation version of Hitman would be released episodically. However, the game turned out to be one of the few examples of this delivery done right.

The series of levels takes Agent 47 across the world and throws him into incredibly expansive mission areas in Paris, Sapienza, Marrakesh and Bangkok to name a few. However it is the incredible amount of variety and diverse ways to complete objectives that gives this title an incredibly long tail.

Hitman retains the series’ classic formula of throwing Agent 47 into an open area, giving him a target and a seemingly endless amount of ways to take them out. 

However, this iteration takes that to a new level, providing incredibly detailed worlds and an astonishing amount of killing methods and disguises to experiment with.

The title proves that Hitman is more relevant and endlessly repayable than ever. Developer IO Interactive should be commended for choosing a somewhat unconventional release method and nailing it to keep players invested episode after episode.

Best PlayStation 4 games

Ratchet & Clank

The Lombax and robot duo are back in this remastered adventure

Reasons to buy
+A dump truck worth of weapons available+Charming, unique and memorable characters

Developer Insomniac Games paid a fantastic tribute to the first Ratchet & Clank game that made them a recognised developer across the industry with a remaster built from the ground-up for PlayStation 4.

Although the title diverges slightly from the plot of the original game, the main through points remain. However players will be most enamoured by the glorious graphical treatment that the Lombax and his robotic friend have received.

The charming and incredibly diverse worlds look like something ripped straight from a Pixar cartoon. Of course the game will have your eyes popping on the PlayStation 4 Pro, but things will still look great in 1080p on a standard or slim PlayStation 4.

The quirky characters and litany of firearms have always been a staple of the Ratchet & Clank series and the PlayStation 4 installment takes that to the next level with guns that will have you in fits of laughter from the moment you pull the trigger.

Ratchet & Clank on the PlayStation 4 proves that there is not only a ton of potential for the series to climb to new heights on a new generation of hardware but that it still has the power to delight fans new and old.