SB Recommends PlayStation 4 Games

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  • Batman: The Telltale Series (also on: 360, PS3, XB1, PC, mobile)
    • Ni Go Zero Ichi: Probably the most fully realized iteration yet of Telltale's one-studio subgenre of visual novels (The Wolf Among Us is also a close competitor for that title). Better than the Christopher Nolan movies.
  • Bloodborne
  • Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (also on: PC, XB1)
  • Doom 4 (also on: XB1, PC)
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (also on: PS3, Vita)
  • Final Fantasy XV (also on: XB1)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (also on: 360, PC, PS3, XB1)
  • Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN (also on: PC, XB1)
  • The Last Guardian
    • Ni Go Zero Ichi: The rumors are true, it has some serious tech problems that hamper the game and some stretches of listless B-list level design where it's clear that this thing was in development hell for a decade because the levels didn't emerge as easily out of the simple core premise (giant AI pet helps you solve environmental puzzles) as they expected. But Fumito Ueda is still a cool guy and his team having an off day (albeit one dragged out for so many torturous years) is still more interesting on a conceptual and aesthetic level than 99% of AAA titles. Maybe one day they'll release an updated version or patch the game so that it doesn't handle and run like sewer mud it'll become vastly more approachable.
  • The Last of Us Remastered (also on: PS3)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (also on: PC, PS3, XB1)
  • Overwatch (also on: XB1, PC)
  • Republique (also on: PC, mobile)
  • Titanfall 2 (also on: PC, XB1)
    • Ni Go Zero Ichi: It's like Call of Duty meets Zone of the Enders with a little bit of Mirror's Edge. Whoa. I'm hearing a lot of heavy superlatives directed at the campaign and while I don't think it beats out the first two Modern Warfares, it is definitely Good. I like that the game periodically lets you exchange snarky banter with your giant killer robot.
  • Ultra Street Fighter IV (also on: 360, PC, PS3, XB1)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
    • Ni Go Zero Ichi: Better than Uncharted 3 but not-better than Uncharted 2. It's cool that there are actual large areas now instead of just fancy-dressed corridors. I wish there were fewer sequences where you're not really doing anything interesting because the game is busy conveying the narrative, because as crispy as the dialogue is and as many interesting new ways as Naughty Dog comes up with to take advantage of the medium, the actual plot and storytelling would still barely pass muster as a straight-to-video National Treasure sequel.
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order (also on: 360, PC, PS3, XB1)
    • Ni Go Zero Ichi: Pretty much the last franchise and developer from which you'd expect actually good writing but that's (the artists formerly known as) Starbreeze for you. Basically the Inglorious Basterds of video games (and I don't even like Tarantino). In its knowing pulpy excess it handles the topic of Nazism more responsibly than the vast majority of portrayals in popular media because it graphically depicts the full, unsanitized repulsiveness of both their actual beliefs and the atrocities committed under their watch, all via wacky grimdark alternate-history revenge fantasy. The mechanics are serviceable but they're not the main attraction. In conclusion, this game has an optional cutscene where you do peyote with an alternate-universe version of Jimi Hendrix in a secret resistance bunker under a statue of Hitler. Also you kill Nazis on the moon.
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (also on: PC, XB1)
 
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