Best PS4 Games of 2016 (So Far)


2016 is shaping up to be a remarkable year for PlayStation gamers. Alongside receiving some of the big exclusives we were promised for ages, amazing titles have surfaced from both the AAA and indie scene. Without further ado, these are my favorite PS4 games that were released between January and July:


5. Firewatch


As soon as as Campo Santo's 'Firewatch' was released, opinions were quite varied. For the most part, you either sort of hated it or loved it. I belong to the latter group. An emotional, gorgeous, and unique walking simulator, Firewatch presented beautifully-crafted characters, realistic voice acting, an original setting, and a fascinating narrative that kept me hooked from beginning to end. Firewatch is a game about pain and joy. Loss and hope. Death and love. At it's core, it's a game about life. One that I shall never forget.

Price: $19.99
Available on: PS4, PC


4. Doom


The original First-Person-Shooter, the Doom franchise holds a very special place in every hardcore gamer's heart The demonic, almost unjustified violence found a broad audience, and people have been begging for a new game. Bethesda finally complied, and they truly nailed it!  I sincerely feared they would attempt to scale down the gore levels to appeal to a larger audience, but they didn't. A beautiful, satisfying trip to hell (that's a weird sentence), Doom is simply the best shooter I've played this year, thanks to its smooth mechanics and flawless performance.

Price: $59.99
Available on: PS4, X1, PC


3. Ratchet and Clank


For the past couple of years, PlayStation gamers across the world have been begging for some of the old, classic franchises to make their return. Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, and Ratchet. Honestly, I was absolutely a doubter. In my head, studios should move forward, and try to avoid previous projects. “Why revisit the past when you can create the future?” That was my mentality, until I played the new Ratchet and Clank. Our favorite Lombax and his robotic partner make their return in rather epic fashion. This game reinvents the series, thanks to its stunning graphics, wild weapons, and crisp humor. A must-own PS4 exclusive

Price: $39.99
Available on: PS4


2. Gone Home


My relationship with Gone Home has been years in the making. Literally. Initially released in 2013 (as a PC exclusive), it made quite an impact, being listed amongst the best games of that year. As the PS4 fanboy I am, I decided to wait until it came out on my current gen console. Almost three lengthy years later, I finally played the game. I'm happy to report that people didn't lie: Gone Home is one of the most touching, rewarding experiences I've ever had with a video game. It's easy to care about a character. It's rare that a game makes you feel like these characters have shared their lives with you. This game achieves that, and it does it remarkably well. Avoid spoilers and experience this gem as soon as possible.

Price: 19.99
Available on: PS4, X1, PC


1. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End


I never gave it much thought, but Uncharted may be of the most important video game franchises in my life. This realization didn't hit until the closing moments in 'A Thief's End'. A month ago, I simply saw the series as a fantastic trilogy of adventure games with breathtaking setpieces. Thinking about it, they are considerably more complex. They're the quintessential form of escapism. Getting a break from our boring lives in order to lead Nathan Drake towards a treasure. With Uncharted 4, Naughty Dog concludes one of video game's finest franchises with a contemporary masterpiece. From lifelike visuals and improved gameplay, to incredible characters and impeccable dialogue, this experience desperately screams "MAGNUM OPUS". If you enjoy art, you will adore 'A Thief's End'. An absolute must buy.

Price: $59.99
Available on: PS4


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