Lots of teraflops, super fast SSDs and futuristic designs may look good in marketing presentations, but in the end we gamers are only interested in one thing: the games. If we are looking for the absolute non-plus-ultra in optics, there is most likely a well-equipped arithmetic servant at home who teases out the last pixels and frames from the games. Nevertheless, PC users in every generation are denied a lot of blockbusters because they appear exclusively on the console. In this special, we therefore look back on ten games that made it worthwhile to buy a PlayStation 4.
Small note: Horizon Zero Dawn and Detroit: Become Human were also PS4-exclusive for a long time, but have now also appeared on the PC and are therefore not on our list. The first Nioh now also runs on Windows computers and the second part of the series is no longer listed as an exclusive game by Sony itself, which means that it is likely to be announced for the PC soon.
Source: Insomniac Games
In keeping with the Ratchet & Clank animated film, the developers took on the very first part of the celebrated series and re-released it on PlayStation 4 (buy now € 280.00 ). The result is anything but a disdainful remaster. Ratchet & Clank is based on the PS2 game from 2002, but has been completely overhauled and the graphics even come close to modern CGI films in the style of Pixar. The adventure is bursting with variety and heart and offers a great mix of old jump & run virtues and modern design. The developers came up with a nice trick for the story, which means that the story of the original is not simply retold. Well, basically yes, because it is told by the series star and super dumbass Captain Qwark, who turns the events around so that he is in a better light. A nice idea that gives fans an additional incentive to enjoy this great classic again. The great jumping game principle is complemented by an equally successful action component. A real arsenal of shootings that are particularly creative give the game a lot of character. For example, the Groovitron forces opponents to dance, leaving them defenseless for a few seconds, while the Pixelizer turns them into 8-bit chunks that look like they just emerged from an NES game. You can tell at every turn how much love has flowed into this adventure!
Source: YOU Japan Studio
After what felt like an endless development odyssey that began for the PS3 in 2007 at the latest, The Last Guardian was finally released at the end of 2016 exclusively for the Playstation 4. Great expectations rested on the work of the makers of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. And even if it's just a decent puzzle game with platforming elements, atmospherically it is once again a number of its own. The relationship between the nameless protagonist, a little boy, and the giant creature Trico is the linchpin of the gaming experience. Without each other, they cannot survive and escape their mysterious prison. Little by little, the initial enmity turns into mutual respect and finally a deep, intimate friendship. More than almost any other team, the developers manage to convey so much emotion with so few words. The game world, which was never really explained, but which is precisely why it is fascinating, also contributes to making The Last Guardian an experience that will be remembered long after the credits.
The real hits for the PlayStation 4 only appeared in the middle and towards the end of the console cycle. Infamous: Second Son persuaded many gamers to buy the new console from Sony very early on. You are accompanying a superpowered rebel do-for-all as they grow up and learn things like responsibility and morals – at least if you follow the path of good karma. As in the predecessors, the story can be experienced in two completely different ways. Instead of becoming a selfless champion of the law, you can behave like the last bastard, murder, beat up and only do what is useful to you. Passers-by react to your call, you get special abilities depending on your attitude, missions and cutscenes differ and your appearance adapts to your karma. Reason enough to start two rounds of the game.
But each of them is filled with bombastic superhero action. You catapult yourselves into the air, hit the ground in an explosion, call alien beings to attack your enemies, or you incinerate entire blocks of streets with a neon explosion. That sounds pretty aloof, but the authentic characters with their very earthly problems bring the game back to the ground. Chaotic and beautiful – Infamous: Second Son uses the virtues of its good predecessors and delivers a better gaming experience in all respects.
Bloodborne is like Dark Souls, only with more Lovecraft: For fans of From Software there is no way around the PS4, because the dark action role-playing game is exclusively available on Sony's console. Similar to the Souls series, you take on all sorts of gruesome opponents, team up with other players or attack them to steal their blood echoes. Bloodborne is faster than its Souls siblings, lost life energy can be regenerated with a precise counterattack. Otherwise, the game excels in level design, in terms of combat system and in terms of the oppressive atmosphere and the indirectly told story. The randomly generated underground dungeons still attract adventure communities today who, as self-appointed crypt guards, try to wrest the last secrets from the game. And they are still discovering new things to this day! Bloodborne is rounded off by the excellent expansion The Old Hunters, in which you travel into the past and uncover terrible things. The DLC is already included in the Game of the Year edition. Despite its immense popularity, there is currently no information on a sequel to Bloodborne – but beyond the technical aspects, there is little that could be improved about this action RPG.
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Almost 2 years after the world as we know it ended, we take control of Deacon St. John in Days Gone. The fully tattooed rocker used to be a mechanic and member of a notorious motorcycle club. Then came the Freaker Apocalypse, an infection that mutated humans into zombie-like beings. Days Gone does not experiment with gameplay. It is a typical modern open world action game with RPG elements. And that's absolutely nothing bad, because Days Gone competently implements all gameplay mechanics. Later, the title even really picks up. Because in addition to camp infiltrations, there are also car chases on motorbikes, or linear, scripted sections of the open world. Everything is mixed well and ensures a lot of variety and fun. The battles are pretty cool because all the weapons have a lot of oomph and the sounds of the various guns are wonderfully powerful. The hit feedback is heavy and fits the relentless setting of the game. The special feature in the game is the fight against huge hordes of freakers. Hundreds of beasts are hunting the player at the same time, hissing, screaming and reaching for us. After a successful fight against such a horde, which only succeeds if you have a good plan beforehand, you feel really cool. Days Gone is a must for all zombie fans!
Source: Sucker Punch
The last major exclusive game for the PlayStation 4 is also one of the best. Ghost of Tsushima tells the little-known story of the Mongol invasion of Tsushima Island. You play as Jin Sakai, one of the last survivors of the massive carnage that began the game. From now on you fight your way through occupied territories with a few allies and either defend yourself against the Mongols – in accordance with the samurai code – in an honorable fight, or you silently bring your opponents around the corner. All kinds of devious tools are available to you for this. Smoke bombs, hidden throwing knives, or even poison, Jin's methods become more and more cunning as the game progresses and so he has to deal with the dilemma of deciding between the honor of a samurai and the liberation of his homeland. The island of Tsushima is beautifully designed and invites you to simply wander through the area for hours and enjoy the virtual nature. The complete diversity of Japan unites, on the actually completely forested island, in the form of blood-red spider lily fields, golden groves and authentically designed villages. Numerous sideline activities such as writing haikus, visiting old shrines and looking for legendary objects make you forget that you actually have to drive away the occupiers. But that's actually the most fun, because the combat system is top notch. Ghost of Tsushima isn't just a must for fans of old samurai films!
Since 2005, the fierce butcher of the gods Kratos has been slaughtering his way through Hellenic mythology and wiping out an entire pantheon from God of War 1 to 3. After all former adversaries have been brought around the corner, the grumpy Greeks are drawn to the far north. There he starts a family, but the gods simply won't leave him alone. God of War from 2018 breaks with many of the virtues of its predecessors and that's a good thing. The beautiful game world and the beautifully designed details allow you to immerse yourself deeply in the Nordic gods. The very catchy combat system with tactical depth comforts even fans of the Hack & Slay predecessors and inspires everyone who could not do anything with the old combat system. In addition, the game tells a super staged and winding story, which can score with emotional depth and authentic characters. This is a novelty for the series, which usually came across as very brutal and laden with clichés. Otherwise the game looks just amazing. Crisp textures and buttery soft animations make the heart of every graphics enthusiast beat faster. God of War doesn't make a lot of new things, but combines many gameplay innovations from the last few years and grinds them to perfection.
Source: Naughty Dog / Sony
About four years after the events from the first part, we play the now 19-year-old Ellie in The Last of Us: Part 2. The post-apocalyptic game world is of course still dangerous. The mutant Cordyceps mushroom has turned more than half of the world's population into bloodthirsty monsters, and looters and gangs roam everywhere. The story of the controversial game will surprise and shock many fans. Some might even put them off, because Naughty Dog trusts and expects the players to do a lot. The developers break with conventions that have been solidified over the years and make use of the peculiarities in the narrative form of video games. Even less than its predecessor, The Last of Us 2 is an in-between action adventure game. The 18 USK stamp refers not only to the extreme depiction of violence that is also present, but also to topics that can only be properly reflected on with an adult mind. Besides, the game just looks damn good and offers a great designed world. Seattle is very much alive, because in the ruins of the city there are not only all kinds of infected people, there is also a war raging between two factions. The Last of Us Part 2 is by no means a game for everyone. In order to advance a medium in the long term, however, it always takes courageous approaches and then preferably in such a highly polished form.
Source: Insomniac Games
The most important thing in a Spider-Man game is to make the swing between the canyons of the virtual Manhattan fun. And Marvel's Spider-Man, which will also appear in an extended version for the PlayStation 5, succeeds across the board. By pressing the right shoulder button, our spider thread automatically searches for an attachment point. If we hold the button down, the course is automatically activated, which means that we can run up walls. Other skills are added later, making getting around even more fun. Manhattan is designed in great detail and is much more than just a playground to swing around in. We can collect a whole bunch of collectibles as we navigate the city. Spider-Man doesn't tell a deep story, but does present varied and sometimes even emotional blockbuster entertainment. The many different characters from the Marvel universe more than do their templates justice. Added to this is the very well implemented, typical Spider-Man humor, in which the wall crawler comments on every situation with a brisk saying, which creates entertaining self-talk while swinging through the city. Surprisingly, the interspersed jokes ignite quite often. Spider-Man is actually really funny! Marvel's Spider-Man is not only one of the best PS4 exclusive games, but also the best game in the Marvel universe right now.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Source: Naughty Dog
Studio Naughty Dog had already set a monument for itself with the Uncharted trilogy. If Uncharted 4: A Thief's End had been "only" good and an appendix to the actually completed plot, then that would have been enough. Instead, the team went to great lengths and delivered an adventure that is not only one of the best PS4 games, but is also seen by many fans as the highlight of the Uncharted series. The story about an older, but only partially wiser Nathan Drake exudes as much Indiana Jones flair as ever and even more than before, the figures convince with their multi-faceted characters. In a playful way, the basic principle of climbing, shooting and exploring was not drastically changed, but improved in all respects. The levels are more extensive than ever before and often allow different routes, instead of waves of opponents there are cleverly placed enemies and much more dynamic battles and new game elements such as the grappling hook or sequences in which we are on open maps in jeeps ensure a loosening up.
And this graphic! Hardly anyone knows as well as Naughty Dog how to tease fantastic pictures out of the PS4. Combine this with the equally impressive soundtrack and presentation, which is in no way inferior to a cinema blockbuster, and the Sony masterpiece is ready. Because the individual parts in Uncharted 4 interlock even better than in the also very good spin-off Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, we preferred the fourth part. By the way: If you want, you can also play in Uncharted 4 in competitive multiplayer. It's very nice, but ultimately not worth mentioning. Well, nobody is perfect.
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