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The Best PS4 Games... So Far
So you just bought a PS4 and you're not sure what. Fortunately you've got plenty of options.
Like last week's article about the best games on Xbox One, this list will be evolving over time. The article will be updated when other great PS4 games hit stores. Bookmark it and check back when you're looking for a new game to play.
Without further ado, here are the best games on PS4...so far.
TransistorSupergiant Games proved with Transistor that they're not a one-hit wonder. Transistor, like their previous release Bastion, is a downloadable RPG worth spending an afternoon on.
Generally role-playing games have combat that either turn-based or real-time. Transistor doesn't choose the two, instead merging those systems into one innovative hybrid. The detailed character customization, which allows players to use acquired abilities as active powers or passive bonuses, ensures that each player will carve a different path through the game's battlefields.
The minimalist story and mute protagonist may be too subtle for some players' tastes. However, I found it to be apocalyptic, cyberpunk tale to be haunting and surprisingly emotional. It's a story and game that will stick with you long after you finish it.
Battlefield 4Battlefield 4 came sooner than some BF fans would've liked. However, it's a worthy sequel with some great changes.
Perhaps the most meaningful revision in Battlefield 4 is made to naval combat. Boats were merely transportation in BF3 but in its sequel they can stand toe-to-toe with land and air threats. The sea is now valuable real estate to control instead of a shooting gallery you have to hustle through.
Commander Mode is a nice addition, too. One player per team can aid troops on the ground with supply drops, radar sweeps and more through the game or a mobile device. This mode enables more organized team play while also giving you something to do while you're on the toilet.
These features simply enhance an already impressive package of multiplayer modes and maps. BF4's the gold standard for multiplayer shooters on PS4 right now and may stay that way for awhile.
Tomb RaiderPS4 gamers waiting for Uncharted 4 could do much worse than the Tomb Raider reboot. The reborn Tomb Raider has everything that you love about Uncharted: the frantic gunfights, the narrow escapes from collapsing buildings, the perilous climbs and the exotic vistas.
The reboot upset some fans who wanted a little more, well, tomb raiding in their Tomb Raider. Those tombs are still there, though, even if they're merely optional. They're much less frustrating than the catacombs of earlier games, too; they challenge players' puzzle-solving skills rather than their ability to determine ledge angles and distances.
Tomb Raider may be upstaged by a new Uncharted built specifically for new-gen technology. However, no matter how the game measures up to Nathan Drake's new-gen debut, Tomb Raider is one of the best games on PS4 right now.
FezMany gamers' experiences with Fez may be limited solely to reading about the drama surrounding it. The game's development was an unbroken chain of controversies: delays, disputes between the creators, and a slew of questionable sound bytes from designer Phil Fish.
In spite of these troubles, Fez turned out just fine. It's easily one of the best games on PS4 so far. Fez is a beautiful combination of old and new. The puzzles are fresh and innovative, centered around a 2D world that can be rotated 360 degrees. At the same time it's a loving tribute to the 8-bit era of gaming, with references to classics like Tetris and Legend of Zelda.
Drama is going to prevent us from getting a Fez 2 but let's not let it prevent us from enjoying the original game. Fez encouraged us to remember simpler times when games were just games, rather than catalysts for Twitter feuds. Let's try to do that.
AwesomenautsAwesomenauts accomplishes a seemingly impossible task: making the notoriously unforgiving MOBA genre approachable to newcomers.
The game transforms the team-based action of games like League of Legends and Dota 2 into a cartoonish side-scroller. The 2D perspective makes it the most console-friendly MOBA out there. You don't miss your mouse and keyboard at all.
In some ways, Awesomenauts trims down the complexity of fellow MOBA's. It's 3v3 instead of 5v5, with a far smaller roster of characters for players to learn. Players also have fewer upgrades to choose between. This makes it easier to start playing and become competent at the game. At the same time, there are plenty of subtle nuances to the gameplay that will take players many, many hours to master.
Some players may consider Awesomenauts to be merely a starter MOBA, something they'll ditch in favor of more advanced games after a short period of time. No matter what your time commitment to Awesomenauts is, though, it's a PS4 game worth checking out.
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