For Sony, 2016 has been a year of endings and beginnings. Drake’s story has come to its conclusion, and gamers can finally play long-awaited games like The Last Guardian and Final Fantasy XV. Sony also released the PS4 Pro and PSVR, the latter of which we can’t wait to see how it handles going forward. Although it’s difficult to limit this list to PS4-only exclusives, that doesn’t mean that Sony hasn’t had a hell of a year. Join us as we look back on our top ten PS4 games of 2016.
The Last Guardian
I know this is a controversial entry given our review, but hear me out. Having been in development for a decade, the game has its flaws. However, The Last Guardian is a work of art. It is both familiar and unique, in that it is like its predecessors yet unlike any other video game you’ve played. Yes, the controls are frustrating, but the time you spend bonding with Trico is worth experiencing. It’s a divisive game, but if you’ve been waiting to play it since its announcement, then it’s worth checking out.
Final Fantasy XV
Originally announced as Final Fantasy Versus XIII in 2006 for the PS3, Square Enix instead reworked the game to become the fifteenth entry in the long-standing series, and the wait was worth it. Sure, it has its problems. The narrative is barely existent, and the camera is unwieldy at times. That doesn’t prevent the action-oriented combat from being engaging for first timers and fans alike, and the blended American Midwest and typical Final Fantasy setting makes for a startlingly realized and engaging world to explore. Plus, you couldn’t ask for a more tight-knit set of bros to accompany you on the road.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Although Drake’s final treasure hunt is more grounded than his previous adventures, he retires at the top of his game. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is the longest game in the series, and a lot of that asks players to slow down, take in the sights, and enjoy the banter you have with Elena and Sam, Drake’s long-lost brother. But the stealth mechanic makes combat much more bearable, and the platforming and set pieces combine into a wonderfully chaotic experience like our favorite action movies. And of course, Drake’s retirement only means more adventures to come from Chloe’s perspective.
The original Titanfall never came out on the PS4, and apparently never will. It doesn’t seem to matter, however, because Titanfall 2 feels like the first game in the series. It packs a compelling single-player campaign that its predecessor sorely lacked, and although it wasn’t the most original story, it did a good job of encouraging players to bond with the mech suit. But if you don’t care for single player or find yourself craving more after you complete the campaign, you still have an addicting multiplayer experience to play afterwards – this time with expanded features.
Ratchet & Clank
Normally, video game movie tie-ins never fare well, but Ratchet & Clank is an exception to the rule. In fact, its existence is somewhat more complicated than that because it doubles as a remake of the original, albeit with enough differences to keep older fans intrigued. What it really is, however, is a damn good Ratchet & Clank game, and so long as Insomniac is still at the top of its game, we can only hope for a proper sequel.