Top 10 PS4 Games of 2018
2018 has been an great year for PlayStation 4 gamers. More than 900 games, DLCs and early access titles have been released this year, 155 of which received enough critic and gamer reviews to earn a playscore®. Here are the ten highest-rated PlayStation 4 games released this year.
Winning the 2018 Game Awards for Best Independent Game and Games for Impact, Celeste deserves a spot in the PlayStation 4's competitive rankings. Amid today's obsession for vast, explorable open worlds, Matt Thorson and Noel Berry's indie game is a 2D platformer that manages to overcome the limitations of form. From the creators of Skytorn and TowerFall Ascension, their expertise are on full exhibit with their level designs that mix up basic Jump, Dash, and Climb in ways that open players up to broad platforming possibilities. Still built up on that same masochistic formula of try, die and repeat, its warm hug of a storyline is enough to balance it all out.
Following the character Madeline in her journey up the eponymous mountain, Celeste's narrative--expressed as veritably human struggles in a dreamlike atmosphere--is one that resonates with today’s crop, teaching lessons on mental health and the upward struggle of overcoming it. Frustration with a charming purpose.
Released in February 2018, this adventure game from Polyarc will let you experience a storybook fantasy first-hand. Not exactly a graphical marvel, it's one of the few VR titles that maximized the platform's potential while offering a complete narrative experience. Using the powers of VR, Moss tells a short and sweet tale seen through the eyes of the little man...or rodent. Play as guide to the game's small yet noble mouse, Quill, as she goes on a quest for greatness in world decidedly larger than her own. Targeted towards children, its gameplay combination of puzzles and platforming isn't exactly much of a challenge.
It clocks in at around three or so hours of gameplay, but every second is rife with its endearing visuals, intuitive controls, and inventive mechanics. Making subtle use of the VR's functions, it boded well for the future of the PSVR and the platform itself.
One of the most-hyped up fighting games last year, this Dragonball inspired fighting game came to us in the early days of 2018, and it looks like the excitement hasn't died down just yet. Along with Arc System Works--a company known for the cult fighting sensation, Guilty Gear--Bandai Namco gives free reign to sprinkle their signature cinematics and animations to their world of high-flying combat. It's definitely not the first Dragonball game, and compared to others that have come before it, FighterZ's roster of 24 characters isn't exactly impressive.
On the other hand, Arc System Works brings to fore the spirit of the series in its explosive visuals and callbacks to the anime. Not one to skimp on gameplay, this title also strikes that balance between accessibility and strategic depth that unites fighting rookies and veterans alike. Maintaining quality with recent balance patches, and adding 8 more characters in DLCs, the game is only getting better.
Coming to shelves at the tail end of 2018, JapanStudio's adorable EVE-like blue robot has become this year's PSVR posterboy. Seemingly coming from out of nowhere, the VR platformer manages to steals the show entirely--even so far as winning this year's Best VR Game. It's not that it's groundbreaking or entirely new. No, ASTRO BOT defies expectations because it attempts to perfect the platforming experience on the VR in the most genuine way possible. It's only goal is to delight, and it does so with its vibrant environments and with each peripheral surprise.
Reminding us of the pure joy of virtual reality, of being completely enveloped in a digital world, ASTRO BOT is tactile, intuitive, and inventive. Making good use of proximity and the Dual Shock 4, it almost makes platforming--and the platform itself--entirely new. Though a short experience, as most VR games go, it's undoubtedly an essential one.
A franchise that built its name on action role-playing gameplay that revolves around taming and battling humongous creatures, this first entry into a new generation takes all that and expands it to fit the larger scale of today's powerful consoles. With a sprawling size and scope equalling the behemoths that its known for, Monster Hunter: World's graphical upgrade not only makes for immersive exploration, it also does justice to the ferocity of their diverse bestiary.
Other than the obvious makeover, MH: World isn't much of a deviation from CAPCOM's long-established formula. And, that's not a bad thing. Instead, it homes in on the addictive thrills of their signature combat and refines the little details of the overall hunting experience. Though aimed towards casting a broad net of players, it synthesizes well with the game's revamped multiplayer. An audacious entry into the new generation.
As if the second installment to their breakthrough hit wasn't good enough, Larian Studios gilds refined gold with this definitive edition of their exceptional RPG. Released on the PS4 just last August, Divinity's sequel has been described as one of the richest role-playing games on the market. It earned universal acclaim for bringing the creativity of pen and paper adventuring into the digital form.
With its breadth of customizations, interactive environments, and fully-fleshed out storylines, Original Sin II's wealth of options makes for a complete role-playing experience no matter how many times you play. And, with the definitive edition adding a fresh perspective on both multiplayer and singleplayer, it only served to bolster the sequel's success. While the console controls weren't perfect, its minor quibbles just weren't enough dampen the sparkle of Larian's polished gem.
A true PlayStation classic. Team ICO’s mastercrafted action-adventure game gets a PlayStation 4 makeover. SIE Japan Studios and Bluepoint Games take the helm to recreate the beautiful and emotional video game for everyone to play.
For starters, the visual enhancements, textures and the smooth 60 frames per second makes it an exhilarating journey. Ride along its desolate world with your trusty steed and slay down towering Colossi in epic third-person action. All for the power of love.
It’s downside, however, is that it’s a remaster. It’s basically the same game but with a completely fresh visual polish. The bosses don’t offer much challenge since all you do is climb and not fall down. The lack of new content makes it less of a remaster but it’s still a fantastic adventure nonetheless due to its wonderful story of romance and hope.
Insomniac’s record-breaking new IP no longer takes you to the shoes of Ratchet and Clank. This time, Marvel’s web-slinging superhero takes center stage. Inspired by Rocksteady’s Superhero formula, Marvel’s Spider-Man takes you to a bustling open-world city of New York dominated by high crime rates, supervillains and collectibles.
Since you’re Spider-Man, web slinging is so much fun this time around. It’s easily the best thing about this game. Players swing around buildings, crawl on skyscrapers, bury thieves with your webs, and fight thugs as you upgrade your suit for that massive gameplay advantage. It’s huge and detailed open world makes every web slinging worthwhile especially taking down the big baddies from Peter Parker’s rogue’s gallery.
Although it’s a huge game, its simple execution of open world tropes make it similar to most open world games. It brings nothing new to the superhero-genre table. But you know what they say, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
Winning this year’s Game Of The Year at the The Game Awards, follow Kratos and Boy as they embark on a life-changing journey about fatherhood, responsibilities, and world-ending prophecies.
Considered as a soft-reboot of the franchise, Kratos no longer serves the Greek Gods. This time, the Norse realm awaits his presence. Travel to the frosty realm of Midgard, or through the peaceful, yet corrupted Alfheim alongside your son and take down mythical creatures with your magical axe.
For the first time in the series, it incorporates a more mature take on everyone’s god-slaying protagonist, and its new camera angle seamlessly puts players in a completely epic hack and slash experience. It’s short game time, however, leaves players wanting for more. One thing’s for sure about this game, Thor and Odin aren’t happy with this father and son duo.
Rockstar’s western open-world action game may not have taken home Game Of The Year, but it’s certainly one of the most ambitious videogame achievements this year.
A prequel to the original Red Dead Redemption, players assume the role of Outlaw Arthur Morgan as he tries his best to save the Western frontier against the growing government forces. As a member of the Van Der Linde Gang, assert your dominance by either performing shootouts, heists, horseback riding, or just interacting with various NPC’s in its huge open world.
A true upgrade compared to its predecessors, experience Rockstar’s most detailed game yet. Ride around the western sunset with your trusty steed, start bar fights, or just talk to the folk around town with branching dialogue options. However, it’s only gripe is its pacing issues. Rockstar isn’t really known to end their games in a good note, but nonetheless, this minor setback is nothing compared to the game’s sheer amount of awe. There’s so much to do in this game and it gives us so much hope to Rockstar’s upcoming Grand Theft Auto VI.
To view our complete, up-to-ranking of all PS4 releases this year, visit our list of the best PlayStation 4 Games of 2018.