Top 10 PS4 Games of 2017

Just a bought a PS4 and want to know the absolute must-buy best PS4 games of 2017? Or are simply looking for new adventures? Here is our pick of the top selling games and their Metacritic scores. Instead of listing the games directly from Metacritic, we’ve focused on different genres giving you plenty of options to choose from to match your gaming mood.

So whether you’re in the mood for war, for AI stunts or for a dark storyline, we’ve got the best PS4 games of 2017 lined up for you.

1. Persona 5

Genre: Role-playing, Japanese

Ratings: 1976

User Score: 9.0

Critic Score: 93

This game has made it to the top 3 games in major game review websites and enjoys the top position on Metacritic. So what makes it so amazing? The fact that it’s one of the coolest JRPG games released by Sony, featuring a group of teenagers with mysterious alter egos fighting for social justice. The kids form a team by the name of, ‘The Phantom Thieves,’ and begin on a thrilling journey making full use of their personas and change the world. If you’re a gamer and an anime addict (it’s quite a combination these days), this is the best game for you. An artistic, deeply intellectual and at the same time highly mysterious coming-of-age-story that is original, fresh and pretty relatable.

2. Nier: Automata

Genre: Action RPG

Ratings: 1972

User Score: 8.8

Critic Score: 88

Yoko Taro, a renowned Japanese video game director and scenario writer who has produced great works as Drakengard and its spin-offs Neir releases the latest sequel, Nier: Automata. AI, robots, warfare between machines and remnants of humanity makes this a beloved masterpiece for those who love dystopic gaming. It’s a cult classic so if you haven’t already played the 2010 version of Neir, maybe you could delve into it a bit before embarking on a new journey into an apocalyptic world. While the game has minor flaws such as secondary missions and average graphics, it has a compelling and complex storyline to lead it to the top games of 2017. This is not a game you should miss.

3. Final Fantasy Stormblood

Genre: Massive multiplayer

Ratings: 54

User Score: 9.0

Critic Score: 90

Who isn’t a fan of the Final Fantasy series? We’ve practically grown up with it. Well, in the latest installment of the series, Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood we are once more mesmerized by the vast landscapes, the magnificent Heavensward, and the ever smooth gameplay. A phenomenal MMORPG, the game has new challenges, intricate cast, new Primal threats and plenty of quests to keep you busy for a long time. It has a slow pace and boasts of hundreds of levels and plots that contribute to the main storyline, so it’s not like you’ll be focused only on the challenges. There’s plenty of plot twists that cannot be foreseen and it is this mystery bound with the quest lines that keep your interest in the game.

4. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Genre: Survival

Ratings: 1684

User score: 7.8

Critic Score: 86

The movie did not do justice to the game, so if you’re looking for a get-back-to satisfy your thirsting souls for a new level of terror, this version of Resident Evil is what you need. Unlike the previous versions, the atmospheric terror of this game is not for the weak at heart. In the very first scene, you’ll be forced to fight the Baker family – evil tyrants with twisted personalities and discover secrets of the old mansion. But despite the atmosphere and the terror, many gamers feel the game lacking in terms of storyline, puzzles and game quests. What does make it appealing though is its first-person perspective that gives you an immersive gameplay with stunning soundtracks and music that will leave you with a consistent high heartbeat throughout the game? Play in the dark for maximum effect!

5. Horizon: Zero Dawn

Genre: Action RPG

Ratings: 4758

User Score: 7.3

Critic Score: 89

Bow and arrow games may seem off the record especially when most game seemed to have picked up the trend after Rise of the Tom Raider. But, but, but! Before you wince, critics are seriously impressed with the Horizon’s amazing gameplay, claiming it, ‘Guerilla Games’ best effort, one of the PS4’s greatest games and the best game ever crafted from the ground up for the platform.’ The narrative is unique and intense with the protagonist Aloy, journeying through a machine-infested world fighting off robotic animals and other mechanic evils. If you’re a fan of folklore environments, bow and arrow fights and surreal graphics, this game is a must-have this year.

6. Yakuza 0

Genre: Open-world

Ratings: 528

User Score: 8.7

Critic Score: 85

Want to experience retro Japan? Try Yakuza 0. A criminal underworld with characters gripped in emotional battles of will and anger. Brutal fights, unforeseen story lines, plot twists and a set-up of 1980s Japan makes this game a great play for new and experienced PS4 gamers alike. The Japanese renaissance in this game makes it a perfect combo with Persona 5, Nier: Automata and Nioh. Note though, that this game isn’t as fast-paced or thrilling as the other games. It’s slow, it’s retro and it’s for people who want to have a good time shooting off gangsters.

7. Nioh

Genre: Massive mulitplayer

Ratings: 1596

User Score: 8.6

Critic Score: 88

What can we say! Japanese games are killing it! They are literally taking the top places of the best games released this year. Now while you had guns, bows and arrows and fighting teenagers, Nioh gives you brutal martial arts combat. Swords, axes, spears, whatever it takes to yank your enemy’s head off. The game is based on a deep combat system and so has some intricately planned missions but beware, none of these missions are easy to accomplish. You got to fight rogue demons with swords and hammers, but know that the story is not as compelling. People play Nioh simply for the sake of experience a combat system game set in Japanese style.

8. Injustice 2

Genre: Action 2D

Ratings: 378

User Score: 7.8

Critic Score: 87

Hey, DC superheroes can never be left out in RPG games. Experience how it feels to be a DC superhero fighting villains, standing up to injustice and be on your journey to becoming a superhero. It’s a solo fighting game with great presentation, a complex combat system, incredibly fun to play and generally loved by all. If you’re into dark storylines and just want a feel-good game, this is the perfect pick.

9. Tekken 7

Genre: Fighting 3D

Ratings: 323

User Score: 7.9

Critic Score: 81

Tekken is not a new name, but it is after four years that PS4 has released an updated game with new mechanics, breathe-taking cinematic environments, and a strong story line. What is it that would make you fight to the death? Is it protecting the person you love? Is it pride? Is it revenge or is it love? Tekken explores human nature, trying to help us understand why we do what we do and most importantly why we choose to fight. Mix in character customization and users consider Tekken 7 to be the ultimate experience and probably one of the best fighting games this year.

10. What Remains of Edith Finch

Genre: Adventure 3D, First Person

Ratings: 181

User Score: 8.0

Critic Score: 88

Sometimes, you just want to play a game that is magical yet realistic. You know the kind where you have to go through generations of a family to discover a curse you need to wade off? What Remains of Edith Finch is the exact game you need. It’s emotionally gripping as Edith narrates the story of her family, house and the lives lived as well as the deaths they each faced. The focus in this game is on death as each story is ultimately about death but the characters have wonderful lives before they were subjected to untimely deaths. Players get multiple levels and plot lines to conquer and understand how it is to survive in a game about death.

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