PS4 has enjoyed a great 2017, and it only looks to go from strength to stength as the year rolls on.. We also have the excellent NieR: Automata to dig into, giving the cult classic the sequel it deserves. And now we have a crushing RPG in the form of The Surge alongside Injustice 2 and Tekken 7 for fans needing a fight fix.

We also now have all the games shown off at E3 2017 to look forward to; including PES 2018, Assasin’s Creed Origins and Middle Earth: Shadow of War.

It’s a great time to be a PS4 player, and it’s only going to get better in 2017, enjoy the list and get gaming.

Yakuza Kiwami

Yakuza Kiwami is a magnificent remake of the PS2 original, providing Kazuma Kiryu’s debut adventure with new visuals, cutscenes and gameplay mechanics. SEGA has evidently poured a lot of love into this adventure, and in doing so has crafted an excellent action-adventure.

Set in the fictional red light district of Kamurocho, Yakuza Kiwami tells a story of revenge, betrayal and friendship fitting of the best cinematic crime thrillers. It’s also super violent, with Kiryu capable of some truly intense combos. Mini-games such as arcades, karaoke and bowling also give you plenty of things to do away from the main story.

Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age

Square Enix has remastered yet another entr

y in the classic JRPG series for PS4, this time in the form of 2006’s Final Fantasy 12. Zodiac Age brings a plethora of visual and gameplay improvements to the original experience, making it more accessible than ever before.
The world of Ivalice is a gorgeous one, brought to life by some realistic characters and a narrative filled with political intrigue and a slowly unfolding war. Final Fantasy 12 has always been a polarizing entry in the eyes of fans, and this remaster finally gives a classic the attention it rightly deserves.

Injustice 2

Injustice 2 is one of the finest fighting games of 2017. By making incredible use of the DC license with a huge cast of playable heroes and villains, NetherRealm Studios has crafted one of its best creations in a long, long time. The combat system is rewarding for both veterans and newcomers, boasting an incredible amount of customization through a dastardly addictive loot system.
The comprehensive solo campaign makes things even better, pumping out a more convincing story than any films in the fumbling DC Cinematic Universe. Comic book fans will find so much to love here, especially those who are looking to trounce their friends as Superman, Batman, Harley Quinn and more.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Ninja Theory’s latest work might just be its finest yet. The studio behind Heavenly Sword and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West has crafted a harrowingly beautiful journey with amazing visuals,  great performances and ingenious design.

It’s short-lived but perfectly paced with a blend of action and puzzles that grows in richness and complexity as the game goes on. Senua’s story is a tragic, heartfelt one that is just begging to be experienced.

YS VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

YS VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana feels like a JRPG pulled straight from the PS2 era. While its graphics are relatively primitive on the powerhouse that is the PS4, it manages to excel with excellent hack ‘n’ slash gameplay and fun, tongue-in-cheek storytelling.

Upon the game’s opening you wash up on a deserted island, one that doesn’t seem to appear on any maps. You soon stumble upon an evil plot that must be stopped by teaming up with a selection of quirky yet lovable characters. Lacrimosa of Dana’s anime-infused art style is lovely, allowing battles to feel both both and flashy.

Those looking for a hack ‘n’ slash adventure with a little more depth than usual can definitely do worse than this.

Tekken 7

After four years of waiting, PS4 players finally have a Tekken title to sink their teeth into. Updating the classic formula with new mechanics, fighters and a cinematic solo campaign, Namco’s iconic fighting series has never been better. Looking absolutely gorgeous on PS4, Tekken 7 feels fittingly engineered for newcomers and veteran players alike.

While it doesn’t quite reach the fantastic heights of Injustice 2, Tekken 7 remains an excellent fighter that builds upon the classic series in exciting new ways. Whether you’re playing through the fiedishly addictive Treasure Battle mode or taking on friends online, there is plenty to love here.

Persona 5

Persona 5 is arguably the finest JRPG on Sony’s console. Successfully living up to years of hype and anticipation, Atlus’ latest masterpiece combines addictive gameplay, beloved characters and an unrivalled sense of style to deliver an experience that simply can’t be missed. Playing as a young boy starting a new life in Tokyo, you quickly find yourself embroiled in a series of sticky situations as the leader of The Phantom Thieves.

You’ll attend classes, make friends and infiltrate a series of devious dungeons known as Palaces to defeat corrupt individuals from the real world. This generous gameplay loop is made even better by some wonderful visuals and sharp, witty writing the series is renown for. Persona 5 is nothing but essential in your 2017 gaming calendar.

NieR Automata

NieR: Automata is the sequel to 2010’s belovedly bizarre cult classic that builds upon the original’s brilliantly varied combat with a suitably deep narrative that will keep you guessing well beyond its initial ending. Playing as 2B, an android carrying out the bidding of humanity’s last renmants against otherworldly invaders in an oddly skimpy dress, you’ll spend your time cutting down countless robots while exploring a dense, post-apocalyptic world.

While it may not rank among Platinum Games’ finest, the imaginative mixture of high-octane combat and the wonderfully compelling story makes NieR: Automata an essential purchase for fans of obscure Japanese games. From the looks of it, Yoko Taro has struck gold once again with this mythical masterpiece.

Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn is quite simply the most gorgeous console game ever made. Whether you’re gaming on PS4 or PS4 Pro, it’s a beautiful title that needs to be seen to be believed. It is also the finest example of HDR we’ve yet to see in games.

But Guerilla Games has also delivered so much more: Horizon is a compelling story told with an incredibly satisfying gameplay loop. As Aloy, you will take to this glorious open world, bow and arrows in hand, and hunt everything in site. It’s an immensely enjoyable game and a must-buy for PS4 players.

Night in the Woods

Night in the Woods is a funny, creative and surprisingly touching adventure game, and a definite sleeper hit of 2017. You play as Mae, a talking cat having returned from a failed college degree to her quiet hometown of Possum Springs. Be warned, it’s filled with anthropomorphic creatures with attitude.

By meeting up with old friends and making new ones you’ll view life through a different lens and come to release that things change, friends leave and life doesn’t stop for anybody. Packed with clever minigames and strikingly original dialogue, Night in the Woods is a special little experience well worth picking up on PSN.

Nioh

Team Ninja combines the complexity and challenge of the Souls series with the fluid and exciting combat of Ninja Gaiden to bring its best game in a decade in the form of Nioh.

With an intricate combat system that allows players to exploit myriad weapons and stances, you’ll get to take on loads of fiendish monsters as you progress through the world, one demon at a time.

The boss battles may prove overly tricky and the story may not offer the emergent storytelling of From Software’s offerings, but this is still a brilliant game and a must-buy for fans of a challenge.

Resident Evil 7

Capcom is bringing players back to the world of survival horror in style with Resident Evil 7. Players play as Ethan as he looks to take on the wicked and sadistic Baker family in the deep woods of Louisiana.

From an all-new first-person perspective, Resident Evil 7 is a welcome return to form for a beloved series.

Yakuza 0

Yakuza is easily one of the most underrated franchises in PlayStation history, and now, it’s finally getting the attention it deserves on PS4. Yakuza 0 is the perfect jumping-off point for newcomers to the franchise, acting as a prequel to all previous games as our heroes are plunged into 1980’s Japan.

At the core of Yakuza 0 lies an emotional tale that will grab you by the heart and never let go, taking you through a series of brutal fights and unpredictable storybeats. This is balanced out by the sheer variety of side-activities on offer, many of which are utterly mental in their execution.

You could spend your entire day in the arcade or hit up all the local restaurants sampling dozens of dishes. Fancy a spot of karaoke? Just pop by the local and sing your heart out. Yakuza 0 strikes a perfect balance with its gritty criminal underworld and light-hearted exploration.

Gravity Rush 2

Gravity Rush 2 takes all of the strange charm and unique quirks of the original and amplifies it on a more ambitious canvas. Kat the Gravity Queen is back once again as our happy-go-lucky heroine, leaping about the place as she helps out friends and defeats supernatural enemies.

The larger setting of Gravity Rush 2 allows Kat to put her powers to use like never before, leaping across daunting skyscrapers and bustling market streets, sending all sorts of things flying alongside her.

Possessing a lovable sense of charm and a cast of brilliant characters, Gravity Rush 2 is the perfect way to spruce up your PS4 library in 2017. Just try not to get any vertigo.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3 has become the ultimate RPG – the one by which all others should be judged. For one, this is the largest, and most convincing open world we’ve ever seen. But also, you’re looking at a game with a storyline, quests and game systems that makes that world an incredibly compelling place to exist in.

This is the GTA 5 of sword and sorcery, so be prepared to sink a lot of hours into this game.

After taking PC by storm earlier this year, Stardew Valley and its charming mixture of farming, exploration and dungeon crawling is finally on PS4, and it’s just as good as we’d hoped.

You’re a new citizen in the town of Stardew Valley, starting a fresh new life as a farmer in charge of your own land, crop and animals. Every day you’ll wake up and carry out whatever tasks you want, whether it be going on dates, digging up trees or hitting the local bar.

Much like Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon, Stardew Valley is capable of sapping hundreds upon hundreds of hours from you if you get carried away. It’s utterly addictive, dripping with bundles of charm that make it difficult not to love. It’s also really cheap, sitting at £11.99 on the PlayStation Store.

Final Fantasy 15

It only took ten years, several delays and a major name change, but Final Fantasy 15 is finally upon us. The Japanese giant has ridden the hype train for over a decade, and the end result is an ambitious, flawed yet ultimately enjoyable experience.

You play as Noctis, a young prince driving across the country with his friends in preparation for an arranged marriage between two kingdoms. Unfortunately, things quickly go wrong and you’re stuck in a bitter struggle, many of which involved would rather see you dead. The story is a bit of a mess, but it’s held up by a gorgeous open world utterly packed with things to do.

The world of Eos is absolutely huge, begging to be explored as you discover new towns, outposts and dungeons littered with unique quests and enemies. The gameplay often falls short of modern design expectations, yet remains a fun departure for the traditionally turn-based franchise.

We’re still not sure if it was worth the 10 year wait, but it’s definitely one of the biggest surprises of 2016.

Battlefield 1

Electronic Arts has taken the explosive shooter franchise back to the filthy trenches of The Great War with Battlefield 1. In doing so, it has produced what is arguably the best game in the series for decades, boasting a truly emotional solo campaign and bombastic, long-lasting multiplayer.

The single-player campaign is a harrowing retelling of the infamous conflict through the eyes of brave young soldiers fighting in a war they have no place in. Unfortunately, it’s over far too soon, a true testament of its quality that it left us begging for more.

Battlefield 1’s multiplayer is equally as fantastic, providing you and millions of other players with vast, explosive battlefields to march, drive and fly across. The blockbuster action of previous titles is here to stay, and it’s more pronounced than ever this time around.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

This standalone Uncharted adventure stars Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross as they travel across the world in search on an ancient treasure. Despite taking place outside the main series, The Lost Legacy is equally as beautiful and hectic as its siblings.

Stuart Andrews adored it, awarding Lost Legacy 10/10 in his review: “To my mind, this isn’t merely one of the best games of the summer, but one of the season’s best blockbusters in any media. If Naughty Dog wants to leave the series here, it’s hard to grumble, but let’s hope it doesn’t. Right now, more Uncharted seems like anything but a bad idea.”

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