The 9 Best Playstation 4 Fantasy Games to Buy in 2016

Buy the best fantasy games for multiplayer, kids, graphics and more

Great video games transport us to fully realized worlds and allow us to experience them and make them our own. Most fantasy games cross over into the genre of the role-playing game, but we covered that separately, so we’re sticking to games that contain elaborate fantasy worlds. Every game on this list is a must-own, so read on to see which nine fantasy worlds you need to explore.

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Best Overall: Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
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Shadow of Mordor broke several rules when it was released in September 2014, quickly becoming one of the most acclaimed titles of the still-young PS4. Why? First off, most video games even loosely based on movies (that aren’t LEGO games) are awful. They’re cheap tie-ins designed for profit. The way that Shadow distinguishes itself is by using the universe of J.R.R. Tolkien and Peter Jackson as a foundation but not an end point. It creates its own protagonist, Talion, a ranger killed by Sauron, seeking vengeance from the other side, and it takes place between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The game has a gloriously detailed world, fine-tuned melee mechanics, and a fascinating dynamic in that your enemies remember killing you. Every time you die, the enemy that takes you down gets stronger, becoming your nemesis. Buy from Amazon »

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Best Multiplayer: Overwatch

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Although Overwatch may not specifically count as fantasy, there are characters with supernatural powers that you can control, so we’re going to allow it. Overwatch is as addictive as gaming gets. The concept is simple—pick from one of four classes of characters and compete in mission-based multiplayer games. What’s so addictive about Overwatch is the blend of teamwork and memorable characters that make each match feel a little different. It’s one of the best multiplayer games of any genre in the way it encourages players to work together, forming the right team to win the match. Unlike a lot of combat games built on the Call of Duty model, you really can’t do it alone in Overwatch. Buy from Amazon »

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Best Story: God of War III Remastered

God of War III Remastered
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Millions of people have played God of War III Remastered since its release, and the reason for that is its memorable narrative, featuring the incredible protagonist of Kratos. From the very beginning, a sequence that rivals any Hollywood blockbuster in its scope, God of War III doesn’t feel like your average fantasy game. The stakes are higher, the scope is greater and the action is more intense. You play Kratos, on a journey to climb Mount Olympus and find the one and only Pandora, who can help you defeat Zeus himself, the father who betrayed you. The blend of narrative and action in the God of War series is still arguably unmatched in the fantasy genre, and it holds up beautifully in its remastered edition for the PS4. Buy from Amazon »

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Most Underrated: Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition

Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition
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The Darksiders series was the most impressive of the numerous copycats trying to replicate the success of Kratos’ franchise. With a blend of action and puzzle-solving and a mythical narrative, Darksiders II probably looks too familiar to many gamers, but it’s well worth playing, especially in its remastered version for the PS4. You play Death himself, one of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, on a quest to save your brother, War (whose story was chronicled in the first game). Buy from Amazon »

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Best Kids Game: LEGO The Hobbit

LEGO The Hobbit
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LEGO games are a formative chapter of gaming for most young people in the ‘10s. They’re just inevitable. Every kid gets around to playing them. And one of the best is the 2014 release based on the J.R.R. Tolkien book and the first two Peter Jackson films: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It was announced that they would release DLC to coincide with the plot of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, but that never happened. That’s too bad, but it’s still neat to relive the world of the games in classic LEGO style, especially the sense of humor for which the series is known. Buy from Amazon »

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Best Graphics: The Order: 1886

The Order: 1886
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Sony exclusive The Order: 1886 was marred by the reports of the game’s remarkably short length (five to six hours with no multiplayer). But what is does remarkably well is the world creation of an alternate universe that blends elements of Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Blade Runner and more. In this game’s universe, the Knights of the Round Table have persisted to 1886, battling to keep London and the world safe from the creatures of the night with unique weapons. Most impressive is the sense that this is a fully realized world, a steampunk London with a beating heart. Buy from Amazon »

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Best Action: Far Cry Primal

Far Cry Primal
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Some might argue that this surprisingly great game is more action that fantasy, but given that you get to control animals like a primal Beastmaster, it counts. You play Takkar, one of the last remaining members of your tribe in the era of the Stone Age. Over the course of the game, you rise to become a leader, bringing tribes together to form a new one, ready to defeat the enemies who have destroyed your land. You also become something of an animal whisperer, training jaguars, tigers and even elephants. Far Cry Primal breaks the rules of the modern action game, discarding the gunplay that so commonly define it, for something unique. It’s one of the best games of 2016 so far. Buy from Amazon »

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Best Episodic: King's Quest

King's Quest
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The first King’s Quest game was released for the PC in the early ‘80s, becoming one of the most influential and important franchises of that era. King’s Quest III: To Heir is Human and King’s Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella helped define modern fantasy gaming. And, much to everyone’s surprise, the franchise returned with the episodic release of The Odd Gentlemen’s King’s Quest, an episodic game available on the PlayStation Network. The episodic game has had only two chapters released so far—A Knight to Remember and Rubble Without a Cause—but they both capture the wit and spirit of the original series, reimagining some of their plot threads while feeling modern at the same time. Buy from Amazon »

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Most Anticipated: South Park: The Fractured But Whole

South Park: The Fractured But Whole
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2014’s South Park: The Stick of Truth was a shockingly successful RPG, blending the humor of the Comedy Central hit with old-fashioned role-playing dynamics and an addictively silly fantasy aesthetic. Naturally, fans started talking about a sequel, especially because The Stick of Truth was last-gen-only, never released for the PS3. Are Cartman, Kenny, and company ready for the PS4? Are you ready for them? Little is known about South Park: The Fractured But Whole but even the tongue-in-cheek name has gamers excited to see what Ubisoft has for them. Buy from Amazon »

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