There was much debate and many hurt feelings, but The Geekiverse is proud to unveil its Top 25 Playstation 4 Games of All Time. This will be a regularly updated list as new games release over time.
The panel for this iteration of the voting included Josiah LeRoy, Andrew Garvey, Samantha Sarvis, John Talarico, John Fick, and Lauren LeRoy.
The criteria is that the game must have been released on the Playstation 4, whether originally or in remastered form (ie The Last of Us debuted on the PS3 in 2013 but received a full re-release on the PS4 the following year). Games such as PS2/PSone Classics do not count.
25. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Black Flag is the only Assassin’s Creed game to make our list, though Syndicate received votes (Unity wasn’t even close). Staring AC 3’s protagonist’s grandfather Edward Kenway, the game focused on 3’s most popular feature – sailing the open seas. Despite a forgettable story, Black Flag’s game play more than made up for it, with entertaining side missions, beautiful jungle-like islands, and the series’ best combat since Brotherhood.
24. Far Cry 4
Another Ubisoft title in our Top 25, Far Cry 4 followed up 2012’s Far Cry 3 with an equally appealing entry in the series. Far Cry 4 helped to solidify the series among gaming’s best shooter franchises. With a new setting, new villain, and new dynamics (Elephants!), you owe it to yourself to give FC4 a shot.
23. Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition
It took a while for Minecraft to get to Playstation, but it was worth the wait. Now owned by Microsoft, it remains to be seen if non-Xbox/PC platforms will get future inevitable sequels of this mega popular franchise.
Challenging, dark games are all the rage these days. Bloodborne stole the show early in 2015, creating what many outlets considered to be their game of the year (it was a nominee for our Game of the Year before ultimately falling short to Fallout 4). Allowing a smaller barrier to entry than the Dark Souls series, Bloodborne’s Gothic feel and gorgeous visuals not only helped to make it a smashing success at release, but has likely created a franchise full of sequels for years to come.
21. The Wolf Among Us
Telltale Games has been on a roll ever since it released the critically acclaimed The Walking Dead in 2012, following that up with The Wolf Among Us, Tales From The Borderlands, and Game of Thrones (just to name a few). Based on the popular comic book series “Fables,” The Wolf Among Us puts you in control of Bigby Wolf, a sheriff living among a mundane world that must police and help to keep order among his fellow fables. You’ll run into numerous fairy tale characters, including Ichabod Crane and Snow White.
20. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
You might not see a better dollar-for-dollar value on this list than Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. Featuring HD remakes of Borderlands 2 & Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, the collection also includes every DLC pack released for both games. If you’re looking for a good jump-on point for the Borderlands series, look no further. Among gaming’s best loot fests, The Handsome Collection will provide you hours of tight shooting, leveling up, and gorgeous cell-shaded graphics.
19. Wolfenstein: The New Order
After a few poorly received entries, Wolfenstein: The New Order not only got the Wolfenstein franchise back on track, it was frequently found on most outlet’s shooter of the year lists. The New Order takes place in a fascinating setting that proposes the question “what if the Nazis won World War II?” Taking place mere years after WWII, The New Order embraces fully its time period and brought in scores of new fans while doing so. Whereas most shooter campaigns take us to the future, Wolfenstein hopefully started a trend that will see franchises like Call of Duty and Battlefield follow suit in looking to the past.
18. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor holds a special place in The Geekiverse’s short history, as it was our inaugural Game of the Year winner. Created by Monolith, Shadow of Mordor continues WB’s trend (see the Batman: Arkham series) of taking huge, licensed properties and creating worlds where gameplay is the focus. The player controls Talion, a Ranger living (or not living) in Middle Earth in a time period that falls between The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings. Though the story was simply above average, the gameplay, voice acting, and newly-introduced systems like The Nemesis System helped to make this an addicting, highly enjoyable experience.
17. Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward
Final Fantasy XIV released to nearly universal negative reviews upon its original release. Having gone through loads of revamping in most aspects of the game, the Heavensward’s expansion successfully righted the wrongs of the original and was a major success in winning back the FF fanbase. Just ask Andrew Garvey & Jeff Pawlak.
16. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Treyarch concludes the Black Ops trilogy with mixed reaction, due to an unfocused single player campaign that failed to live up to the impressive stories seen before in Black Ops & Black Ops 2. The multiplayer is rock solid as always, providing minor modifications that justifies the old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare received some votes to find its way onto this list but ultimately fell short in favor of Black Ops 3. Had the campaign been even close to the same level of quality as the previous entries, this game likely could have cracked our Top 10, if not Top 5.
15. Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age is similar to other titles on this list in the sense that the entry listed here was a major success that followed previously disappointing titles in the respective series. Dragon Age: Inquisition is a beautiful, massive RPG that can span hundreds of hours. It was nearly a surprise to us that this wasn’t listed higher in our rankings, but that just speaks to the overall quality of the other selected titles.
14. The Walking Dead: Season 1
Telltale Games’ second entry on our Top 25, The Walking Dead helped to bring choice-based gaming to the forefront, along with episodic gaming. Season 1 features Lee, a former convict now living in the apocalypse, who must take care of young Clementine. Your choices carry over from episode to episode (and season to season), forcing the player to truly contemplate the full weight of their decisions. Season 3 is in development, in addition to a spin-off series.
13. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Square Enix’s reboot of Tomb Raider in 2013 for the Xbox 360 and PS3 garnered so much praise for its visual prowess, Uncharted-like gameplay, and its superb voice acting & motion capture performance from Camilla Luddington, who is the new face of the franchise. The game got even prettier for its revamped release on next-gen systems in 2014, kicking off the trend of re-releases on Xbox One & PS4.
12. Until Dawn
Until Dawn is the sleeper hit of the bunch that made our Top 25 List. Originally a Playstation Move title that was to be released for PS3, Until Dawn was restructured, delayed, and released for PS4 ahead of the loaded 2015 Fall release window. Featuring a choice-based structure much like Heavy Rain or Beyond: Two Souls, this title brought respectability back to the horror genre in gaming.
11. Star Wars: Battlefront
This long awaited Battlefront reboot is a game that Star Wars fans waited for for 10 years, with the last console entry hitting shelves in 2005 for the original Xbox. EA struck a gold mine when it won the bid from Disney to exclusively create Star Wars games for a decade. Though some were disappointed with the lack of a single player story, Battlefront’s authentic look, feel, and sound is a joy for shooter fans of any kind.
After a rocky launch window, Destiny hit its stride with a few major updates and expansions. Bungie’s first non-Halo game, Destiny debuted to ridiculous expectations. The shared world shooter has gunplay that is second to none, with a sense of wonder and feeling in a big universe that few games have captured. The soundtrack is among gaming’s best.
9. Infamous: Second Son
Infamous: Second Son is widely regarded as one of the first gorgeous looking games for the PS4. Its portrayal of Seattle, along with its phenomenal game mechanics that included multiple unique super powers helped to make early adopters of the PS4 avoid buyer’s remorse.
8. Rocket League
Speaking of sleeper hits – no one saw this one coming! When Sony made Rocket League a PS Plus free game during the summer of 2015, the game hit popularity levels of epic proportions. eSports is a big part of Rocket League’s success and with the game now coming to Xbox One, its fanbase can only grow.
7. Grand Theft Auto V
There’s not much to say about the powerhouse that is Grand Theft Auto V. Rockstar’s keynote franchise produced another can’t-miss open-world game, this time with 3 main protagonists, all with interesting and unique pasts of their own. Heist missions became the go-to game for online gamers with GTA Online. The game has sold 54 million copies to date.
6. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Despite all of the turmoil between Konami and Hideo Kojima in 2015 and their ugly, public divorce, Metal Gear Solid V still released to critical acclaim. Had Kojima been able to truly finish the game unfettered, no one knows how truly big The Phantom Pain could have been (both in sales and in-game).
5. The Last of Us: Remastered
Naughty Dog has created many marvelous masterpieces over the years, including games such as Crash Bandicoot, Jak & Daxter, and the Uncharted series, just to name a few. The Last of Us put a neat bookend on the PS3 era in 2013 as the last big name game to grace the system. The Last of Us was remastered for PS4 in an attempt to show many new adopters of the Sony console what they missed last gen. With a dark overtone and superb performances by Troy Baker (Joel) and Ashley Johnson (Ellie), The Last of Us is generally revered as one of the greatest games of all time.
4. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
The Uncharted Trilogy helped to define a generation of the adventure genre of gaming during the PS3 era. Inspired by Tomb Raider, the series follows Nathan Drake on his journeys around the globe in hunt of secret, ancient treasures with his loyal partner, Sully. Featuring massive, breathtaking locations and set pieces, Uncharted in-turn inspired the rebooted Tomb Raider franchise. This might be the best way to start your PS4 experience.
3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the first game in the franchise to find its way to a Playstation system. After a successful console port of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings to the Xbox 360 from PC, Polish developer CD Projekt Red knew they had a newly found console hit on its hands. Featuring a deep narrative and a massive open world that rivals The Elder Scrolls series, Wild Hunt is one of the best games the PS4 has to offer.
2. Batman: Arkham Knight
Arkham Knight concludes Rocksteady’s legendary Batman Arkham series, the first of the series to release on current gen systems (where is our Arkham Asylum/Arkham City HD port?!). Arkham Knight ends the story arch in a very satisfying way, meeting high expectations and pressure for an exciting finale that incorporates many familiar faces while introducing the Arkham Knight.
1. Fallout 4
Fallout 4 earns the top spot on our first ever Top 25 games list. Bethesda dropped a bombshell on the gaming world during e3 2015, not only announcing Fallout 4’s existence, but that it would release mere months later. Fallout 4 continues Bethesda’s string of highly successful open world games, producing one of the most memorable experiences that can be found on the PS4 Entertainment System.
So there you have it! The first in our series of Top 25 games. Did we miss one of your favorite titles? Let us know in the comments below how your list would rank, we’d love to talk about it. Stay tuned for our other Top 25 lists, including Xbox and Nintendo systems, coming soon!
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