By Jeremy Proome
The Playstation 4 has been delivering gems since its release, and this year has been no different. 2017 has provided us with a host of excellent games; and we thought we’d share some of the best that you should get your hands-on.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Coming from the team behind the underrated Enslaved: Oddysey to the West and the brilliant Devil May Cry reboot, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a third-person action game set in the Viking age. Players take control of Senua, a broken Celtic warrior who embarks on a haunting vision quest into Viking Hell to fight for the soul of her dead lover. Strategic yet brutal melee combat is the order of the day in Hellblade, with strong elements of psychosis, so expect some trippy moments throughout the game.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Following on from the stellar Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is essentially a standalone spin-off following the exploits of two tough female characters from the Uncharted universe, Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross. The story follows the two as they set aside their differences to work together to obtain an ancient artefact. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a brilliant addition to the Uncharted universe. There’s no denying that a little something is missing with the absence of series protagonist, Nathan Drake, but the new heroines and expanded ideas do confirm that there’s life in the Uncharted series, full of climbing, gunfights, emotional story beats, and high-octane action.
Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age
Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age is a remaster of 2006’s Final Fantasy 12, albeit with a few tweaks and changes. The PS4 edition of the game features the beloved RPG mechanics of the original, but also includes the International Zodiac Job system that was part of the Japan version of the PS2 title. The job system allows a user to assign a role to a character, which provides them with unique skills and stat growth opportunities. If you missed out on the original over a decade ago, this is a great addition to any RPG fan’s library.
Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy
From HD remasters to re-re-re-releases, the gaming industry is going through a period of reminiscent throwbacks, and the latest franchise to get a revisit is the beloved bandicoot of our childhood, Crash. The Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy is a collection of high-definition remakes of the first three Crash Bandicoot games (Crash Bandicoot, Cortex Strikes Back, and Warped). The collection resurrects the anthropomorphic marsupial’s three original adventures with beautiful new visuals and animations. If you were a fan of the originals, you’ll love it; and if you never did get the chance to play them, you’re in for a treat.
While many recent fighting games like Street Fighter V and Injustice 2 have somewhat reinvigorated the 2D fighting genre, Tekken returned this year after a 5-year console break to deliver its trademark 3D fisticuffs to some eager gamers. The result is something familiar yet incredibly evolved, making Tekken 7 a joy to play and a rewarding challenge to master. With its colourful roster of characters, deep yet accessible fighting mechanics, and gorgeous visuals, Tekken 7 packs a serious punch, reminding the contenders in the ever-growing fighting genre that, despite its absurd plot, the King is still very much at the throne.