Senior game designer of MLB The Show 18 Lance Leahy runs down his top PS4 and PS VR picks.
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It’s an honor to be able to share some of my favorite games on PlayStation 4 with all of you. The games below are just a few of my favorites, but this list is by no means exhaustive — PlayStation 4 has one of the most robust and diverse games libraries of any console to date. Thanks to the tens of millions of dedicated players and fans, and the tireless work of amazingly talented developers around the world, we’ve entered a golden age in gaming. Please enjoy the list of games below, and I look forward to playing with all of you on PS4!
In many ways, Rocket League embodies every game developer’s aspirational goals – it is an unbelievably fun game that relies on simple, easy to understand, mechanics that are incredibly deep and difficult to master. Rocket League’s simple mechanics coupled with an outrageous premise makes this one of the quintessential multiplayer games to experience.
Rainbow 6 Siege
Intense. Tactical. Strategic. Competitive. Rainbow 6 Siege is my favorite multiplayer FPS of this generation. Its unique combination of tactical gameplay with a refreshing take on classes, perks, and abilities makes for an unbelievably tense and competitive experience. If you’re even remotely a fan of first-person-shooters, Rainbow 6 Siege is a must play.
Battle Royale… a term we were probably all unfamiliar with until recently, now it’s a multiplayer gaming phenomenon. Fortnite is arguably at the forefront of the Battle Royale genre – offering up a slew of unique features, modes, and mechanics that separate it from its competitors. With the ability to build on the fly, and its fast-paced game flow, Fortnite offers up non-stop action and emergent gameplay as 100 people attempt to be the last-man-standing. Join me, and millions of others, in Tilted Towers the Game… wait, no, Fortnite – sorry, but seriously; I hope to see all of you at the basketball court in Tilted Towers.
City building games are often thought about in the past tense – as a genre that was once synonymous with gaming, and now non-existent. However, Cities Skylines represents the best in a modern city building simulator; with slick UI, a realistic simulation engine, and a sublime orchestral soundtrack, you can melt away hours upon hours as you build the city of your dreams.
Gran Turismo Sport
Is it even possible to have a list of the best games on a PlayStation console and not have Gran Turismo on the list? I think not! There are few things in gaming that are as rewarding and frustrating as making a gold time on every license test in Gran Turismo. And Gran Turismo Sport continues to keep its racing tradition alive, while also entering a new era with online competition and eSports. If you’re a racing fan, or perhaps just a competitive oriented player, there’s no excuse not to try the latest entry in the storied Gran Turismo series.
Okami HD is one of my favorite games from the PS2 era. Okami’s visual aesthetic has proven to be timeless, and it’s one of the few games to combine both gameplay mechanics and visual aesthetics together in a meaningful way. As you paint your way through Okami’s beautiful and challenging world, you’ll experience not only beautiful visuals, but also one of the best action adventure games ever released on a PlayStation console.
Grim Fandango Remastered
I grew up playing point and click adventure games as a kid, so it’s no surprise to see Tim Schaeffer’s Grim Fandango on this list. Grim Fandango is one of the most delightful point and click adventure games ever made; its sly sense of humor, quirky characters, and clever puzzles make it a blast to play through. If you’ve never played a classic point and click adventure, give Grim Fandango a shot – es maravilloso!
Metal Gear Solid 5
Metal Gear Solid 5 is one of the best examples of a “textbook” masterpiece. Yeah, the story is crazy, and I’m still not quite sure what’s going on, but it really doesn’t matter. MGS 5 is a fantastic game that provides you with a set of tools and a sandbox in which to use them… from tactical stealth gameplay, to absolutely hilarious traps and decoys, you can spend hundreds of hours playing with this game’s world, its AI inhabitants, and its unique set of mechanics.
Normally, I’m not that excited about story driven games – I’m not a fan of cut scenes, I dislike dialogue boxes, and, more importantly, I really dislike when a game forces me to stop playing in order to tell a story; which is why Limbo and Inside are on this list. These games tell a riveting story without a single spoken line of dialogue or cut scene. Limbo and Inside highlight the intrinsically unique ways in which video games can tell a story through interactivity and everyone should experience their wonderfully crafted narrative.
Hitman is one of my favorite long running franchises, and it’s one of the best stealth games available on PlayStation 4. Hitman is a game that will challenge your ability to be creative… how do you want to accomplish this objective? Should I steal a guard’s uniform to sneak past the security detail? Or maybe I’ll set off a decoy and force them to relocate. Or, better yet, maybe an incredibly rare and unfortunate “accident” will take the guards out of the equation. In Hitman, all of these possibilities – and many more – are readily available at your fingertips, and it’s up to you to decide how to complete the mission.
Resident Evil 7 (VR)
Let’s be honest – exploring a creepy, dilapidated, mansion in the backwoods of Louisiana probably isn’t on the top of many bucket lists, but Resident Evil 7 on PlayStation VR certainly makes a strong case for why it should be. Every creak, wisp of wind, banging shutter, and ghoulish sound will make you wonder if it’s really a good idea to turn around. Resident Evil 7’s incredible atmosphere highlights the impressive ways in which PlayStation VR can transport you to a completely different world.
Head over to PlayStation Store now to browse Lance’s list as well as picks curated by Ed Boon, YOKO TARO, Cliff Bleszinski, and more.