The 10 Best PlayStation 4 Games of 2019

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Best Overall: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
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Is it too soon to claim a May 2016 game as the best of a generation? The most deeply cinematic game ever made, Uncharted 4 is the product of a team of developers who understand how to meld gameplay and storytelling in fluid ways that we’ve never seen before. To date, it is the game that most takes advantage of what the PS4 can do. (If we're being honest, it wins Best Graphics and Best Campaign below too but we’ll “spread the wealth.”) The story of Nathan Drake comes to such a satisfying conclusion that it actually feels OK to say goodbye to one of the most influential characters of his era. When Sony announced the PS4, this was one of the games they teased, making us wait almost two years for its actual release. Most surprisingly, Uncharted 4 was worth the long wait.

Best Family: Little Big Planet 3

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Little Big Planet 3 is a Sony exclusive, and this imaginative and creative family game follows the latest joyful adventure of Sackboy, another iconic Sony creation. What’s so remarkable about LBP 3 is the scope of it. Not only does it include a clever stand-alone campaign, but the franchise has long encouraged gamers to build their own levels and mini-games, and this iteration allows you to play every fan-created experience back to the first Little Big Planet. In other words, from the minute your family fires it up, it offers a wide array of things to do. A lot of family games guide little ones down a specific path, but Little Big Planet games encourage children to create their own and travel those that their peers have already brought to life.

Best Multiplayer: Overwatch

With millions of players competing in six-versus-six matchups, Overwatch has cemented itself as one of the leading multiplayer games on the PlayStation 4. Right from the start, Overwatch sets itself up as a fun, playful game with plenty of charm. You have a choice of 21 players including a very smart gorilla or a gun-slinging cowboy, each with their own unique battlefield perspectives. Every character has its own set of powers and abilities that can quickly shift the tide of battle. To keep gameplay even, no character's primary weapon will help you achieve victory every time.

Ultimately, Overwatch is less about the characters and more about the strategy your team uses to win. There’s plenty of synergies to discover between characters, and no matter if your mission is escorting an EMP device in London or protecting the secrets of a temple in Egypt, each battle demands proper tactics. Each of the 12 maps takes time to learn and master, which keeps users coming back for more.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best multiplayer PS4 games

Best Graphics: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
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The brilliance of The Witcher 3 is that its graphics are essential to the experience. What we love so much about Wild Hunt is the sense that the world in which it takes place is alive — that there are creatures hiding over the hill on that horizon or people behind the door in that city. This kind of immersive realism takes incredible storytelling, which this masterpiece definitely has, but it’s also a product of a world that contains depth and detail. The character designs, the creature movements and the detailed environments make The Witcher 3 one of the most beautiful games ever made.

Best RPG: Persona 5

Returning to video game consoles after its last foray with the PlayStation 2, Persona 5 quickly stands out as one of the premiere role-playing games in the genre over the last few years. The beautiful anime style pairs well with turn-based combat mechanics making for a combination that’s hard to beat on any platform. The main protagonist adds a satisfyingly deep storyline by discovering how to harness his Persona powers all while studying for midterms and attempting to having a social life.

There’s little time wasted as players are off to the RPG races being thrown into the deep end of a mystery casino heist. It’s here that the gameplay takes itself to a new level as one moment you're crawling through a dungeon or fighting a boss and the next you're thrown back into that of a teenage life simulator. Both sections of the game are done so satisfyingly that there's no disappointment in switching from one to the next as they're equally engaging. 

Best Combat: Injustice 2

It would be easy to dismiss Injustice 2 as a fighting game that’s just for comic lovers, but those that do would be missing out on one of the greatest combat games of all time. With famous DC heroes and villains — like Batman and Superman — leading the way, each character brings to the table a unique set of abilities and strengths. 

Injustice 2 pleases both beginners and serious gamers allowing the former to punch buttons and hope for the best while the latter has time to be methodical and go for the kill. With each fight, characters can earn points to boost their characters strength, defenses or health and while the options aren’t endless, there’s enough contained within to add hours upon hours of replayability. In fact, there’s so much single-player content it’s almost easy to forget about the hours of cut-scenes that pace the storyline or the online multiplayer capability where you can test your character and your skill against competitors all over the world. 

Best Sports Game: NBA 2K19

He shoots, he scores! Basketball fans of all ages will find something to love with NBA 2K19, the latest release in this much-loved series. The beautiful visuals of every NBA stadium will immediately grab your attention. Everything from the lighting to the animations and textures looks and feels lifelike — the faces of NBA stars even look like their real-world counterparts. The pre-game commentary is boosted by the likes of real NBA stars like Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith. Play calling sounds great, though you have the option of turning it off to focus solely on dropping threes.

Longtime fans of the series and newcomers alike will welcome the refined gameplay mechanics. To be certain, there’s a learning curve, but there’s no reason beginners can’t master the controls in short order. However, AI opponents won’t just let you drive to the basket. You’ll need to focus on strategy, finding the open man or taking a timeout. Beyond just playing a standard 82-game season, there’s a career mode and a new “takeover” mode that’s similar to NBA Jam’s “on fire” feature.

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Best New Release: Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

Ace Combat 7

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Whether you’ve been a fan of the Ace Combat series for years or are brand new to the genre of aerial combat, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is a must own. When you embark on the 15-hour campaign, your job is to take down enemy pilots, destroy enemy bombers and wipe enemy bases off the face of the earth. Rest assured: Ace Combat 7 is more than just a basic flight simulator. There’s plenty of strategy involved, which deepens the game’s overall value. Dogfighting is as complex as ever, requiring time and patience to master.

While the lack of tutorials is mildly frustrating, entering the game with no knowledge of how to play is somewhat fun. You’ll crash a few times as you get the hang of the mechanics but it’s all part of mastering your plane. All of this knowledge gathering takes place against gorgeous graphics with significant attention to detail. You are also forced to consider weather conditions in every flight. Fog, rain, and wind all factor into dogfights and bombing runs. 

Best Episodic Game: Bioshock: The Collection

By far the best collection and episodic games you can get for the PlayStation 4 is Bioshock: The Collection. The game pack includes three remasterings of the groundbreaking previous Bioshock titles including Bioshock, Bioshock 2, and Bioshock Infinite. One could consider the Bioshock series to be the best PlayStation 4 game for readers.

The Bioshock series takes you into what feels like a sci-fi book from the 1940’s: a “utopian” world set aside from the crumbling super states meant to bring the pinnacle of human civilization with a perfect society (but it’s not.) The series has some of the most compelling story telling in a video game, not only bringing to life its beautiful visual environments and characters, but providing an allure to its lore that sucks you in. The first-person shooter is filled with both terror and intrigue, as players traverse the underwater city of Rapture or sky city of Columbia, fighting off steam punk style AI, mutants, and zealous fanatics. It’s a must play for any astute gamer.

Best Remaster: God of War 3

God of War 3 is back for PlayStation 4 in an all new remaster with fully rendered 1080p resolution that runs at 60 frames per second, including all of its previous DLC costumes and content. The critically acclaimed series has updated stylized realisms to its unique 3D worlds, filled with thousands of dynamic lights and textures in stunning details, with depth of scale sights like Mt. Olympus.

God of War 3 has you playing as Kratos, a demigod and son of Zeus who is known for his brutality and constant need for revenge. As Kratos, you’re job is to kill terrifying Greek gods, like Poseidon, Hades, and even Zeus himself. The cinematic beat-em-up game features stylized combat, intricate puzzle systems, and an epic story that concludes the series. There’s an included photo capture mode too, that allows players to snap, edit, and share their favorite in-game action that they perform.