The “Best of 2017” Lists are now appearing and honors are in the process of being awarded by journos, publishers and developers. Gamers will enter competitions to generate even more lists. There will be lists of FPS, RPG, action-adventure games that no-one will agree with, and there will be an overall list covering all genres, again a list that generates lots of heat and noise. What game do you think is the best of those released in 2015?
We’re no different, putting together a list of what we think were the greatest PS4 games that appeared in 2017.
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Child of Light
Amazing graphics like water colors are the standout feature of this game. One reviewer thought that they looked like they were painted onto his screen. Child of Light does not kowtow to genre standards, but still manages to fit in. The unique storyline and unconventional characters mix real-time and turn-about strategies leading to a game that is deeply satisfying. Perhaps it doesn’t have the RPG depth that it really needs, but overall an excellent game.
One downside – the characters speaking poetry can be really irritating.
Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition
Minecraft is a highly unusual game that is both unique and addictive. Players find themselves lost in a world of textured cubes and asked to survive. Night is the scary time when the monsters come out, so players must hustle and scavenge for resources during the day. It’s also a good idea to build a shelter.
It has elements of strategy and simple battle, but the very act of survival is key to the concept. Multi-player options, vast universes and monsters. A great game.
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Spotty teenage boys bought the original Tomb Raiderjust to drool over Lara Croft’s pneumatic chest and tight shorts. Crystal Dynamics organized a revision of the back-story starting with the origins of Lara Croft and we are thankful that they did. In Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition,Croft relives her coming of age with improved graphics and free multiplayer DLC. The spotty youth will need a new gen console.
Get this version now.
Far Cry 4
Tired of sleazy downtown landscapes? Try Far Cry 4 to get a bit of variety. Rather than an urban wasteland, you find yourself fighting in a civil war in the Himalayas. You can hang-glide your way to your safari camp to join the big game hunt, all the while blowing away the baddies. Watch out for distractions from time to time.
One new feature we want, please, please,is to see extended to other games is the ability to invite friend to come into your world to play co-operative games together. Even if they don’t own the full game. More of this brilliant gesture please.
Grand Theft Auto V
Rockstar Games with GTA V have carried on the proud tradition of the GTA franchise allowing players to make mayhem in environments unfavorably based on American famous locations, rendered as violent crime-ridden downtown no-go zones. GTA V gives the payer the option of switching between three players, a psycho hillbilly, a blinged-up gangsta, or a relationship challenged well to do family man.
All this is set in a landscape of sleazy joints, strip clubs, bang-on vehicles and a storyline that ties it all up making for coherent gameplay. There is even a heist mission reminiscent of GTA IV
Metacritic has it at a splendid 97.
Well worth the investment.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Tolkein freaks will dive into Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordorwith glee. At some point between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Talion, a Gondor Ranger goes bananas seeking revenge after his family is murdered by Orcs. The result – a classic revenge action game with added Tolkein. One key feature is that the Orcs are granted military rank, and a result are continually fighting among themselves trying to better each other. The nemesis ability then allows Talion to set Orc against Orc. Each play is therefore totally different.
Not just for Hobbits, go buy it now.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warefare
Call of Duty is an iron-clad icon of the FPS genre. It’s been around for over ten years, and passed through several console types, three I think, iterating from WW2 style battles to current day combat. This release, Advanced Warfare, moves into the future, introducing new weapons, including hovering grenades like the real-life claymore and personal jetpacks. It may be reminiscent of other similar games, but because of its unique position in the genre it will be a success.IGN gave it a 9.1.
The Last of Us Remastered
A feel-good movie with added violence. Feel-good, two characters, Joel and Ellie iterating across the US getting to know each other, learning and growing as they travel. Joe has nothing in his life and Ellie is a foul-mouthed teenager. Not for the under 16s. While doing the touchy-feely stuff they handout the added violence, disposing of zombies, clickers and other assorted baddies as they go. Chock full of feel-good moments, and a great variation on regular shoot-em-up games. Get it and a box of tissues.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
The Dragon Age franchise are renowned for their history of developing top-notch sci-fi stories with great depth and intricacy. The Mass Effect series was one of the best selling ever. The original Dragon Age set the benchmark as result of it’s commercial and critical success based on your choices making crucial differences to your long and detailed campaigns. Dragon II wasn’t quite as great a success but is still a great game to play. Inquisition carries on this proud history. Designed to be the ultimate RPG fantasy game, it provides a wide and complex world to explore, a superb storyline, and a highly tailorable combat system. Your choices at each stage of the adventure have a profound effect on it’s progress, leading to a deeply satisfying experience.
Overall, great fun and enjoyment.
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
Blizzard have go the fantasy genre down pat, exemplified by World of Warcraft and the Diablo series. Diablo is a fantasy game par excellence, in the kill baddy, gather new gear, repeat until either victorious or dead style.
It’s all about loot. As you pass through the dungeons bumping off hordes of Diablo’s troops, pick up the shiny new gee-gaws and weapons. Be careful though, the game generates a dungeon environment from on your actions as you move around. Most of the fun is in fitting out your character with the finest look and equipment to carry on the fight.
Addictive, fast, fun and keeps you glued to your game chair.