Just bought a PS4 or looking for something new to play? Here’s our pick of the best PS4 games of 2017. Our best PS4 games list isn’t simply the latest and greatest PS4 games titles out there right now. It’s a balanced list of modern classics and new releases.
IO Interactive’s episodic assassination game has been released in one bundle – drawing together six vast playgrounds for creative murdering. It’s a return to the formula that made 2006’s Hitman: Blood Money such a success: letting the player loose in a detailed environment and trusting them to come up with their own approaches to killing targets. Throw in time-limited ‘Elusive target’ missions, and you’ve got plenty to grip (garrotte) your attention.
2. The Last Guardian
Developed by Fumito Ueda, the mind behind similarly pared-down games Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian is an adventure focused on the interactions between an unnamed boy and a strange, bird-cat-griffin creature named Trico. The moment-to-moment steps of the story play out through puzzles and exploration, but it’s the emotional attachment you’ll form with Trico that makes this an exceptional game.
3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
You won’t find an open-world game (besides from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild) that’s anywhere near as slick, enjoyable and totally engrossing as CD Projekt Red’s adventure. Don’t let the fact that this is the third entry into The Witcher series deter you from picking it up, not only do you not need to know what’s come before, but this fantasy epic will sweep you off your feet within the first few hours and you’ll never be able to put it down. Pick up the award-winning Game of the Year edition and you’ll not only get the near 100+ hour main game but two full expansions – adding at least another 40 hours – and all of the free DLC bonuses.
4. Until Dawn
Horror games have had a resurgence over the past few years. While most have focused on grisly first-person-view scares, Until Dawn takes a different approach and throws you into a teen winter retreat gone wrong.
Playing like a horror movie, Until Dawndoes just about everything right. It has branching narratives, likeable – and deliberately unlikeable – characters, and a fantastic plot full of horror-movie tropes and nods. If you like horror games and want to experience something different, this is it.