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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.
Wolfenstein: The New OrderWhile publishers seem intent on cramming multiplayer into every game to make it more appealing to consumers, Wolfenstein: The New Order is a strong reminder that single-player games can still be fun.
The New Order doesn't offer so much as a deathmatch mode. It puts the players' full attention on its single-player campaign, set in an alternate history in which Nazis won World War 2. The fact that Machine Games was willing to ship the game without any sort of online mode shows serious confidence in their product.
This confidence was justified, too. Wolfenstein: The New Order makes Nazis more monstrous than they've ever been in a video game and makes the once-mute B.J. Blazkowicz more human and likable than he ever was in past Wolfenstein chapters. Blazkowicz's arsenal in New Order, meanwhile, is as diverse and impressive as ever. The result's a great first-person shooter that every fan of the genre should try.
ResogunSony spent the months leading up to the PS4's launch touting the console's graphical capabilities and various online features. It's odd, then, that the best launch title - and one of the best PS4 games today - is a side-scrolling shoot 'em up inspired by a 1980 arcade game.
Resogun modernizes the classic gameplay of Defender: players fight off waves of aliens while saving humans caught in the middle of the battle. You have to weigh your own survival against saving as many innocents as possible and thereby maximizing your score. It's a simple but engrossing formula.
The game's only gotten better since its release, too. Housemarque recently released a free update that adds local co-op. It also included a toolset so players could construct a ship with custom attributes and visual details.
Finding games to play on a new console can be hard. Thanks to Resogun, though, PS4 owners had something worth playing since Day One.
Assassin's Creed 4: Black FlagAssassin's Creed was one of the biggest new franchises from last generation. If Assassin's Creed 4 is any indication, the series will survive long into this generation too.
AC4 is like a new-gen remake of Sid Meier's Pirates. Players freely explore the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy, attacking ships and forts to maintain control of the sea. They can then use their plunder to strengthen their ship, preparing them to take on even bigger targets.
The traditional Assassin's Creed gameplay is still there, though. At any time you can hop off your ship and engage in your old habits: assassinating targets, scrambling across rooftops, and picking swordfights with way too many guards.
There are some weak spots in the game. Ubisoft seems to think that sneaking in a ship is much more fun than it is. Still, it's the kind of immersive pirate game that we've been wanting since we were kids.
inFamous: Second SonThe inFamous series allows players to be a superhero. The premise has almost unlimited potential and inFamous: Second Son makes the most of that promise.
Second Son hero Delsin Rowe has the most diverse set of superpowers yet. He can manipulate neon, smoke and even concrete. It's like he's several superheroes crammed into one body. Roaming Seattle with that much power at your fingertips gives you the sort of thrill you expect from a new console.
There's still some untapped potential. Second Son's open-world feels a bit vacant at times and the side-missions are repetitive. However, there's players entertained and excited for the inevitable sequel.
TowerFall: AscensionTowerFall: Ascension makes us do something we haven't done since GoldenEye 007 or Mario Kart: invite friends over for as four-player battle royale.
The 2D archer battles of TowerFall: Ascension are fun in success or failure. Snipe an enemy in mid-air and you'll feel like a pro. If you miss and fall to your death, though, at least you've got a funny replay to watch.
The PS4 version of TowerFall greatly improves on the original Ouya edition with smart additions. A new Quest mode lets players compete against A.I. enemies alone or with a friend. New Arenas and power-ups spice up the already stellar 4-player battles.
Would TowerFall be better with online multiplayer? Probably. Still, I'm glad the game forces us to play together locally. It's a reminder of just how much fun that can be.