Pre-Uncharted 4, What's Your Favorite PS4 Game To Date?
I think it's important to ask this question now because after Uncharted 4: A Thief's End arrives, that may end up topping a lot of lists. ;)
So, to date, what is your favorite PlayStation 4 game?
Is it a game everyone else loves, or is it more of an underdog? It's okay to have a dark horse sitting atop the list; besides, you might be able to recruit more fans if you post up the title of that lesser-known game here. Of course, chances are, we've all heard of it but that doesn't mean we've played it. Remind us! Tell us what we might've missed!
I think mine is still The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. That game just got me. Not only did it feature a setting I just love, but it also had the best way to produce a huge open world in my opinion: Break it up into two very large yet very distinct and surprisingly accessible areas, which also helps to drive the narrative forward, as the second area isn't immediately open. And the second half of the story was absolutely fantastic; it's just too bad it took a while to get going.
I'll also add that those who continually harped on the combat had no clue how to really play and ignored some of the deeper strategic elements. In my experience, everyone who bashes the fighting basically just went through the game hammering on the attack button and dodging here and there. Just because you can get away with that doesn't mean there's not more to the system. At any rate, if the new Assassin's Creed really does take design cues from The Witcher 3 in terms of open-world structure, I'll be psyched.
Speaking of which, Assassin's Creed Syndicate is definitely in my top 5. Again, I'm ignoring the morons who bash the game; most of them have never even played it, as far as I can tell. And Ubisoft's presentation of Victorian-era London is absolutely incredible, if people would just take a few moments to stand and appreciate that accomplishment. Plus, the refined and improved combat and overall movement, including the new grappling hook that makes city traversal much faster and more dynamic, and some truly solid characters (the protagonists and villain were the most fleshed-out of any characters in the series to date), makes this a gem. Loved it to pieces.
The recently released Ratchet and Clank remake is definitely in my top 5, too. Normally, I wouldn't cite a remake but this is just way too remarkable to ignore. And it feels so much like a brand new experience that it deserves a spot on my list. Then there's Rocket League, which is just a blast and a half and then some, The Order: 1886, a game that received more unfair and even downright idiotic backlash, and the wonderfully engaging game with the super-high EQ rating, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture.
Honorable mentions would be Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, inFamous: Second Son, Bastion, and Until Dawn. I should probably add Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain but frankly, though I know it's absolutely amazing, it just didn't make me fall in love with it. There are numerous reasons why but let's just say that the farther I get from it, the less I like it. Not really sure why.
What's your list look like?
4/17/2016 9:40:59 PM Ben Dutka