Sony’s PlayStation 4 is on fire this year. Experience greatness with our full and up-to-date list of the Best PlayStation 4 Games of 2019.
10. Slay The Spire
We start off the list with an unconventional combination between two genres: Deckbuilding and Rogue-like.
CGs come and go, but Mega Crit Games’ Slay the Spire is among the many CGs that survived the trend. Mixing turn-based strategy, cards and rogue-like into one title, this ever-changing gauntlet tests your luck, deck-building skills and a bit of your 200IQ plays. With each level randomly generated, make do with the limited cards you have at your disposal and fend off a horde of ghastly enemies with their own set of challenges.
It’s worth the asking price. Most of Slay The Spire’s praise comes from its amalgam of gameplay design. One of the critics, TheSixthAxis, gave it a 9 out of 10. They were impressed by the game's balance of multiple genres. Saying that, “... it takes the best parts of roguelites, dungeon crawlers, and card games, and mixes them together into an unholy, but absurdly enjoyable game.”
But like many games, it isn’t perfect. Most of its concern comes from its heavy reliance on RNG mechanics. But hey, it’s a card game and RNJesus isn’t always on your side. It receives a playscore of 8.84.
Others still couldn’t believe Kingdom Hearts III finally came out this year. After a series of major delays and technical challenges, Kingdom Hearts III is finally out… and it ONLY took Square Enix a decade. This third installment isn’t just any other sequel, it serves as the series’ climactic point after years and years of build-up.
Sora and his band of Disney friends return to save the world from the faces of Darkness using the power of friendship. Travel to iconic Disney and Pixar worlds while fending off enemies using your magical Keyblade in its refined hack and slash combat.
There’s no denying the series suffers from a very convoluted story. What makes this game truly special though is its cast of characters. Fans of the series will finally get the emotional pay-off they’ve been waiting for.
Push Square is clearly aware of its flaws but was completely overwhelmed by its magic, saying “As an unforgettable experience, Kingdom Hearts III is exceptional, essential, and most of all, undeniably special.”
Despite everything, Kingdom Hearts III still has the heart and the charm that makes it a great follow-up to the magical franchise... and it’s only just begun with a major DLC coming soon. A playscore of 8.84
It’s difficult not to love FromSoftware’s brutally punishing titles. Just when you thought you knew everything about Dark Souls’ combat, SEKIRO denies all of it. It twists the way these games were played. Instead of rolling out then attack, you are encouraged to PARRY swift sword strikes THEN attack. If you can’t master this, you’re most likely seeing this ANIMATION SCREEN every 3 minutes.
In this game, you are no longer wandering around Gothic landscapes and facing off against Eldritch horrors, you are a Shinobi in Sengoku Era Japan and your Sword is as important as your dodging skills. It will try your patience, yes. But once you get that satisfying coup de grace from that ONE boss that killed you a hundred times never gets old.
It was universally acclaimed. Critics lauded the game’s challenge and emotional story. One reviewer, IGN’s Brandin Tyrrel, stated that “Sekiro evolves From Software’s formula into a stylish stealth-action adventure that, naturally, emphasizes precision and skill in its combat.”
Git gud. It receives a playscore of 8.85
The Trails of Cold Steel series is a testament to the undying JRPG genre. It’s one of Falcom’s longest-running titles and it continues to bring more surprises in The Legend of Heroes’ vast and complicated universe.
This is the first entry made solely for the PlayStation 4. It’s set years after the previous installment and it takes you once again to its war-torn world. Like Persona, it’s not just all about taking out enemies in turn-based battles. Most of your 7 are spent exploring its Military version of Hogwarts and engaging in memorable social activities.
The game received generally favorable reviews. Most of its praise comes from its intriguing story arc and memorable cast of characters. ZTGD’s Jae Lee gave Cold Steel III a 9 out of 10. Stating that the game “... delivers on all fronts with improved visual fidelity, performance and a slew of meaningful new mechanics.”
Like most JRPGs, it’s a long journey that requires time and effort to fully realize the gist of it all, which is why other critics aren’t happy with it. And oh, there’s also a problem with its odd localization, which raises a few eyebrows from its Western players.
It’s a game built for its fans and it remains consistent with its overarching themes, gameplay, and world-building. You can’t fix something that’s not broken, and this is why Cold Steel III receives a playscore of 8.85
Capitalism… in SPACE. Three words that sums up everything about Obsidian's brand new IP. The Outer Worlds is a breath of fresh air after a series of disappointing First Person Shooter RPGs.
Explore the Halcyon Systems where everything costs money from important life-saving medicines to downright fake windows. Anyone familiar with Fallout’s style can easily manage to make sense of what this game is all about. There are multiple ways to handle every situation, whether you want to go guns blazing or use your silver tongue to make things easier without the bloodbath. There’s a lot to do in the system. As Captain of a massive ship aptly named The Unreliable, form your ragtag crew of unique personalities and travel between its multiple planets.
GameSpot’s 9 out of 10 is proof that this game fills the void of good RPG shooters. They said that “The Outer Worlds is consistently compelling throughout, and it's a superb example of how to promote traditional RPG sensibilities in a sharp, modern experience.”
Overall, it isn’t really revolutionary. The story isn’t as memorable compared to New Vegas and Fallout similarities are still there, but if you love a good adventure with impactful choices, the Halcyon Systems await you. A playscore of 8.85
Walking simulator, throwing poop grenades, Norman Reedus and his Funky Fetus. These are just a few of the words that you will hear when discussing about Hideo Kojima’s latest IP. A title three years in the making after his unfortunate departure from Konami. Reconnect a fractured post-apocalyptic America as a futuristic Delivery Man running away from ghosts with a baby strapped on your body.
Many critics adored its slow burn moments while others were completely annoyed by its wonky movement and sluggish gameplay loop. Amidst a barrage of unfavorable reviews, mainly due to its ‘gameplay’, it mostly received perfect scores from various media outlets because of the auteurs' fully-realized vision. It was heavily praised for its story, characters, themes, and even its multiplayer feature where you can help other players in its ‘social strand system'
There’s no doubt that this is perhaps the most divisive game of this year, but it sure doesn’t mean that it’s terrible. If you can get past the cracks and a few bumpy slopes, it’s one hell of an experience. A playscore of 8.99
The Metroidvania genre is just getting better and better each year. Castlevania veteran Koji Igarashi returns and breathes new life into the Bloodstained universe. Complete with new lore and characters, follow the cursed life of Miriam as she makes her way into an evil castle filled with paranormal entities.
Just like Symphony of the Night, your abilities prove useful with the game’s Metroidvania elements. With your demon powers, unleash a hellish blaze of power at your enemies. Even newfound abilities can be used as traversal elements to unlock new paths or find secrets, which gives exploration a deeper focus.
It was praised for its fine blend of old school platforming mechanics and stylish action. However, it somehow suffers from its lack of polish and other unwelcome bugs. Nonetheless, the critics, namely IGN, adored how “Bloodstained does show that Koji Igarashi’s particular brand of “Igavania” still has teeth.”
It has a playscore of 8.90
One of PlayStation 3’s colorful titles is finally making its grand revival to Sony’s latest console.
The first Ni No Kuni game signalled the return of good-looking RPGs. Now coming as a Remastered version of its 2013 original, the Wrath of the White Witch feels new, yet familiar. It’s living up to the standards of Level-5’s talent and with the help of Studio Ghibli’s animators, it’s a video game that feels like a painting that’s come to life.
Considering it’s just a Remaster, the story remains unchanged, but its graphical and performance upgrades now let you run it at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second, the quality of the game is now on par with its sequel, Revenant Kingdom.
However, most of the game’s ‘remasterization’ doesn’t strike too well with players who are now accustomed to the visually great modern RPG titles. It receives the same praise from its original version, but it falls short with its unnecessary rework. A playscore of 8.92
It’s been 10 years since the last Devil May Cry game came out of existence. This fifth major entry to Dante and Nero’s demon-slaying quest was a long time coming and yes, DMC is back. Fans of the series know that the game’s main objective isn’t just about killing your enemies, it’s about how stylishly you can them down.
Return to the demon-whooping adventures of Dante and Nero alongside a mysterious new character named V. Each hero has its own unique abilities with varied skill ceilings. Flex those smokin’ sexy style combos in the most badass way possible with its new and improved combat system.
In this latest title, CAPCOM retains its signature ‘edgy’, ‘slick’, and ‘ridiculous’ motif that the series was known for. And these elements resulted in the entry’s universal praise. We Got This Covered’s David Morgan rated it with a 9 out of 10. Concluding with the statement that, “Devil May Cry 5 is more than a worthy sequel – it’s one of the best action games I’ve ever played.”
It’s good to see Dante and Nero again. It receives a jackpot playscore of 9.05
CAPCOM is on a roll this year and this latest reiteration from the granddaddy of all survival-horror games is a step in the right direction. Return to the shoes of Claire and Leon as they go on a terrible first-day adventure in the mysterious town of Raccoon City.
Rebuilt from the ground up using CAPCOM’s powerful RE Engine, explore the god-forsaken town with painstaking detail. Its shift from a third-person perspective gives its terrifying atmosphere a more upfront tension. Nothing is more terrifying than being chased by a walking titan with a trench coat and a fedora.
Due to its mastercrafted rework, it received universal acclaim. Critics, including Game Informer, said: “Resident Evil 2 not only looks great, it plays well, and it forces you into a series of dark encounters that are a total rush.”
With RE3 rumored to be in development and more RE projects in the works, it looks like the franchise is far from ‘dead’ yet. It receives a playscore of 9.29