The Top 10 PS4 Games This Year, According to Metacritic
As usual, this year comes with good news and bad news for Ghost Recon fans. The good news is that in March 2017, Ubisoft released Ghost Recon Wildlands on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4. The bad news is that it didn’t make it to the list of the top 10 games on PS4 this year on Metacritic, the famous review aggregator. But which ones are the best? Let’s take a look.
10. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
User Score: 7.7/10
The highly anticipated sequel to 2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order has been released this October, bringing cinematic storytelling and captivating retro-futuristic action to consoles and PCs. As one might expect, the game has amazing visuals paired with spectacular action, human and mechanical enemies to slaughter, and the biggest enemy to overcome – the German war machine after winning World War II.
9. Injustice 2
User Score: 7.8/10
The sequel to 2013’s “Injustice: Gods Among Us” brings back the hot superhero fighting action to consoles and PCs around the world. Its success is probably at least in part due to the massive interest in superheroes fueled by the many DC superhero movies recently released. The game comes with 28 playable characters like Atom, Batman, Green Arrow, Enchantress, Firestorm, and Darkseid, along with further popular characters like Hellboy, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and a handful of Mortal Kombat characters available as DLC.
User Score: 8.5
Team Ninja’s “Nioh” is an action-RPG set in a fictional Sengoku period (the 1600s), with Japan in the midst of a civil war. Players get to lead an Irish samurai called William through various areas in the game, infested by the yokai, supernatural beings thriving on the chaos of war. Like all other RPGs, this one is also filled with collectable items and powerups, experience points, gold, and others.
Nioh sold over 1 million units within two weeks after its release.
7. Nex Machina: Death Machine
User Score: 8.0
Shoot first, ask questions… never – this kind of sums up Nex Machina: Death Machine. The shoot’em up video game, released this June, is one of the most spectacular such games ever released, with amazing weapon upgrades, colorful environments, fabulous explosions, and an incredible pace that makes the players’ heart pound.
6. NieR: Automata
User Score: 8.7
Another action RPG, this time from Star Fox Zero developer Platinum Games. NieR: Automata is a sequel to 2010’s NieR, the game puts the player in the middle of a conflict between automatons created by an invading alien force and the remnants of humanity. The game was praised for its level design, music, combat system, and its style that transcends its genre.
5. What Remains of Edith Finch
User Score: 8.0
“What Remains of Edith Finch” is a first-person narrative adventure game developed by Giant Sparrow, known for its BAFTA-winning title “The Unfinished Swan”, released in 2013. The game tells the story of the Finches, a family that seems to be cursed: every member of the family, except for one, dies an untimely death. The game has wonderful visuals and a unique story that makes it an excellent example of its genre.
4. Horizon Zero Dawn
User Score: 8.3
Horizon Zero Dawn is an action-RPG from Dutch video game developer Guerrilla Games, known for their work on the Killzone series. Players get to join Aloy, a hunter living in a world overrun by robots in the 31st century. The game won the PlayStation Awards Gold Prize and Users Choice Prize this year, along with Golden Joystick Awards for its storytelling, performance, and for being the Best PlayStation Game of the year.
3. Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood
User Score: 7.6
Stormblood is the second expansion to Final Fantasy XIV, released this June. It was an important update, increasing the level cap in the game to 70 and adding new dungeons and raids to the mix, along with two city-states to liberate.
User Score: 6.3
A very niche game with a unique style created by indie developer Toby Fox, Undertale tells the story of a human child that falls into the Underworld, a realm inhabited by monsters banished there by the world’s most powerful wizards. The child must return to the surface, defeating various monsters – including several boss enemies – and collecting various powerups in the process.
1. Persona 5
User Score: 9.1
Persona 5 is an RPG released worldwide this April after a limited release in Japan last September. It takes place in Tokyo, and it follows a user-named protagonist who, during a school year at Shujin Academy, acquires Persona powers, becoming part of a group of vigilantes known as “Phantom Thieves of Hearts”. Upon its release, the game received universal acclaim – except for its English localization, which was mediocre at best.