The 9 Best PlayStation 4 Games to Buy in 2017

Play the best graphics, sports, role-play, family games and more for PS4

So you finally bought a Sony PlayStation 4, but with almost four years of games, including bestselling exclusives, how do you know where to begin when it comes to filling your game library? Or perhaps you’ve had a PS4 for a while now, but feel like maybe you’re missing out on one of the best games? Below you can discover the top games for the PS4, including our favorite picks for graphics, sports, role-play, the family and more.

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.

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.

For any hardcore sports gamer, it comes down to physics. Nothing kills the mood like a computer-generated animation that doesn’t feel real. More than any other sports series, the 2K basketball games feel right. The developers have brilliantly replicated the strengths and weaknesses of the real NBA players, right down to their hot streaks and flaws. Sure, a Lebron animated dunk will sometimes kick in, but any Cavs fan can tell you that sometimes happens in real life, too. 

Although some might say The Division is currently infuriating a lot of gamers with its weak endgame and troublesome post-release updates, we still think the core of this game is masterful and that Ubisoft will do what it takes to fix its flaws. For hours, “The Division” is the most fun we've had playing co-op on a PS4. However, getting to a tough mission, finding gamers in the same position as us online, and then taking it down as a team? It doesn’t get more rewarding.

Never would I have thought that currently one of the best role playing games is South Park: The Fractured but Whole for the PlayStation 4. The outrageous RPG adventure allows you to create a custom South Park character with your own costume, origin story, and unique super powers.

South Park: The Fractured but Whole not only feels like a well built RPG game, but it’s as if you’re actually watching and partaking in a very long episode of South Park. Its graphics are on par with the TV show, and delivers the same witty and absurd comedy. Players level up, collecting items and crafting new ones that allow you to develop and refine your powers as you progress in the game. It’s up to players to save the town of South Park from destruction, assembling a crew of up to 12 heroes, and battling various enemies like mutant butt cats and Subway’s Jared Fogle. Yes, it’s that type of game.

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.

Not only has it won Game of The Year in 2016, but also Overwatch continues to drive as one the most highly addictive online competitive games out there for the PlayStation 4. The team-based shooter features a variety of different game modes and includes over 25 different playable characters that acclimate to any player either experienced or just beginning.

With over 35 million players, Overwatch has you and five other players competing against six players in various game modes like escorting payloads and capturing control points. Blizzard, the company behind the game, has promised a continuation of new updates, including seasonal events, new playable characters, and unique never before seen game modes. Overwatch doesn’t have to be just intense, as multiple game modes offer relaxing gameplay including practicing against your own customized AI. 

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.

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.

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