The Best PlayStation 4 Games to Play Right Now

Just picking up a PlayStation 4? Or looking to pick up a few new games? These are the top games we think every PlayStation 4 owner should play.

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Every year hundreds of new video games release to the public, and sometimes it can be hard to decide what you want to spend your hard-earned cash on. Because of the ever-growing libraries of gaming platforms around the world, we've decided to compile a list of the best games to play right now. This time we'll be covering the PlayStation 4, but tune in later to see detailed lists for the Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Wii U, and other gaming platforms.

We'll be updating this article as time goes by, so be sure to check back every so often to see what new games you should be playing.


Infamous: Second Son

Building off the events set within the original games, infamous: Second Son puts players into the roll of Delsin Rowe. In a world that fears difference, the Department of Unified Protection works hard to imprison superhumans and clean the streets of the world of their filth. But when a military convoy is broken out of near his home town, Delsin Rowe discovers that he too holds superhuman powers. After the DUP terrorizes the people of the town, Delsin must set out to either save or avenge them. Choices have consequences, and the actions that players choose will determine the outcome of the story.


Towerfall Ascension

Towerfall is a fantastic indie game that supports up to 4 players in a local party game centering on intense versus matches. Master the skill of archery as you competitively fight against your friends in a fast-paced environment. While it might not be feature-rich the pick-up and play aspect of Towefall Ascension makes it a must-have for any PlayStation 4 owners looking to get the most out of the PS4’s library.


Wolfenstein: The New Order/ The Old Blood

Set in a world alternate to the original Wolfenstein games, Wolfenstein: The New Order is a fantastic reboot of the much-loved series that has spawned several renditions throughout the years. Followed by the release of the game’s first DLC Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, the two games work hand in hand to tell one story about a man, a war that was lost long ago, and the need to save the world. Step into the boots of William ‘B.J.’ Blazkowicz and make the Nazi commander Deathshead pay for all the wrong he’s done.


Batman: Arkham Knight

Step into the shoes of Bruce Wayne as he takes on the mysterious Arkham Knight. Set within a shut-down Gotham City, players will need to use the Batmobile, and all of Batman’s gadgets to bring the criminals and scum of the city to justice. Explore Gotham like never before, swooping down from rooftops, speeding through the city streets, or by punching your way through every thug you find. Batman: Arkham Knight is the culminating end of the Arkham Trilogy, and it’s a story Batman fans don’t want to miss.


Little Big Planet 3

Picking up on the success of the original Little Big Planet games, Sackboy is back for another adventure with all new characters. Featuring backwards compatibility, all DLC packs and created levels from LBP and LBP 2 can be played on the newest edition of Sackboy’s adventure. Leap into the shoes of Sackboy or his new companions and stop the unskilled creator Newton from destroying the creative world.


Dragon Age: Inquisition

Step into a masterfully crafted fantasy world as you spear head a team of characters into intense battles against an enemy of dark origins. Take on massive High Dragons, forces from the otherworld of Fade, and save everyone you can as you lead the Inquisition against the forces of evil. Featuring characters from the previous Dragon Age games, Dragon Age: inquisition is the largest, most open Dragon Age game to date, and it’s just waiting for you to sink hundreds of hours into all the content that it has to offer.


The Last of Us: Remastered

Although many have played this game on the PS3, the Remastered edition offered a chance for newcomers of the PlayStation to enjoy the fantastic story-telling of Naughty Dog’s apocalyptic tale. Follow Joel and Ellie as they make their way across the country to try to save the world. Fight, sneak, and shoot your way through the various enemies, both living and dead, as you try to save the world from a virus that nobody understands. With completely remastered and higher resolution graphics, improved shadows and light, and full 1080P support, this is the best way to experience Joel and Ellie’s story.


Bloodborne

Created by the Dark souls developer, Bloodborne is a PlayStation 4 exclusive that brings the hard-hitting difficulty of the Dark Souls games to the console in a never-before seen story. Set within the city of Yharnam, you’ll need to strive to become the best Hunter possible as you fight against enemies of unknown origins, and try to save yourself. Chock full of traps, underground ruins to explore, and various rewards to make your character better, Bloodborne will require wits, strategy, and most of all – quick reflexes – if you wish to conquer the city and dispatch all the enemies waiting to tear you to shreds.


Grand Theft Auto V

Take on the world of Los Santos like never before. Remastered for next-generation consoles, and sporting full 60 FPS support, Grand Theft Auto V is a complete and utter joy to play on PlayStation 4. Take up the mantle as Franklin, Trevor, or Michael in a city that’s more alive than ever. Jump straight into Grand Theft Auto Online and work with your friends to take on Heists, other players, or just enjoy the peaceful life of a Los Santos citizen. Even featuring a new first-person mode, GTA V has something to offer for everyone.


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The much-awaited conclusion of the Witcher Trilogy is better than ever. Step into the shoes of Geralt of Rivia as you work your way across the Northern Realms on a journey to save your daughter, Ciri. Take on dangerous creatures like werewolves, ghouls, and even spectres. Just remember that every choice you make has a consequence, and that in the end, you’re responsible for the way the world ends. Set within a massive open world, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is beautiful, fun, and full of mysteries waiting to be solved. If mystery solving isn’t your thing… well there’s always a bar a few villages over.

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    July 14, 2015 7:00 AM

    Shack Staff posted a new article, The Best PlayStation 4 Games to Play Right Now

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      July 14, 2015 7:34 AM

      Ugh!! I hate getting old/responsibilities!!! I haven't played most of these games yet. The pile of shame is just...shameful right now. Just wanted to add a recommendation, although it's not for everybody-Alien Isolation. Great game/Scary game.

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        July 14, 2015 8:00 AM

        yeah i have a good amount of those games just sitting here with no time. just finished DA:I before batman came out and now working on batman. have played a bunch of towerfall with friends, have wolfenstein sitting around, infamous, last of us, GTA, aaaaaaaaah

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          July 14, 2015 9:00 AM

          Annoying thing for me is that I now have a few hrs after work for gaming, BUT I'm playing Bravely Default, and as much as I love it this game just won't end. I'm 120hrs in. Just reached a point where what looks like 50 new quests opened up. I got my $$'s worth, but damn.

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            July 14, 2015 9:02 AM

            yeah i stopped playing that one. it was fun at first but it just feels too long and i'm not even anywhere near as far as you i don't think. plus there are so many different fucking jobs that i am frozen on what to choose.

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              July 14, 2015 9:05 AM

              Yeah, had the same problem with jobs so I stuck with the first few you get. Also I annoyingly over-leveled my dudes rather than forcing myself to use actually strategy so now I just use the "just keep hitting people a lot" method which makes the game really dull.

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                July 14, 2015 9:34 AM

                Wish I'd stuck with the first few jobs...I seek them out, and obsessively lvl them all. Anyways-sorry for sidetracking from PS4 :P

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      July 14, 2015 8:31 AM

      ROCKET LEAGUEEEEEEEEEEEE

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        July 14, 2015 8:38 AM

        Rocket League is great, but there were just so many titles to include on the list that we couldn't include them all. :"c

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          July 14, 2015 9:02 AM

          We'll be updating this article as time goes by, so be sure to check back every so often to see what new games you should be playing.

          Infamous: Second Sun - released on March 21, 2014

          lol

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            July 14, 2015 9:03 AM

            having a list of what new PS4 games you should be playing right now, not including a badass newly released multiplayer game, is kind of silly.

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              July 14, 2015 9:04 AM

              'The Best PlayStation 4 Games to Play Right Now' That doesn't say 'The Best NEW PlayStation 4 Games to Play Right Now'. These first lists will include some older titles, but we still felt there were games that people should play.

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                July 14, 2015 9:07 AM

                but you say "new games" in the article!

                terrible. add rocket league. the people demand it.

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                  July 14, 2015 9:08 AM

                  Who knows... maybe it will make it onto the list when we update it and it isn't free on PS Plus. ;)

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                    July 14, 2015 9:10 AM

                    isn't it being free on PS Plus the PERFECT time that it is on a list of games that should be played now? as in.. now in a couple of weeks when it isn't free?

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                      July 14, 2015 9:10 AM

                      now in a couple not in a couple

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                      July 14, 2015 9:12 AM

                      Eh. When we created this list we felt these were the best games that PlayStation has to offer right now. Rocket League may be a favorite of many people, but this is how the list will stay until we update it. We're sorry you disagree with the contents of the article. :)

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                    July 14, 2015 9:16 AM

                    Haha wouldn't it being free be a perfect time? So odd.

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          July 14, 2015 9:05 AM

          Just delete everything in the list, add Rocket League, and keep the same article title. Fixed!

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        July 14, 2015 1:12 PM

        Just realized this was free this month! Was about to get it on Steam before I checked the PS4 store

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      July 14, 2015 9:17 AM

      I see this list is already generating some commentary!

      Just to clarify, though, the list isn't about newly released games. The idea is simple. If someone picked up a PlayStation 4 right now, today, and asked the Shack staff what to buy, we're giving them a handful of recommendations. That certainly doesn't mean these are the only games worth playing, but they're the ones that come immediately to mind as the must-plays for a given platform.

      So the mention of "new" doesn't mean "all of these games are new." It means eventually some of the older entries will be replaced with newer games.

      Rocket League is a little too new at the moment, and not all of us on staff have even played it to come to a consensus to recommend it. We'll be revising this list from time to time, because the idea is that the list will be a rolling recommendation list that's always up-to-date, but that also means we have to take a long view. Not just what's new and popular right now but what we think is absolutely essential.

      Some more of these lists will be going up throughout the week. And keep the comments coming, of course, because if a reader happens across this list, a vibrant comment section full of other recommendations can only help.

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        July 14, 2015 9:18 AM

        Dear Reader, I vibrantly recommend Rocket League. -mwasher

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          July 14, 2015 9:26 AM

          Dear mwasher

          This article is designed to be picked up by people who buy a PS4 and do a search for what games they should buy. It's not aimed at folks who follow closely, its aimed at driving traffic to the website.

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        July 14, 2015 9:37 AM

        I'm kind of surprised that Shadow of Mordor didn't make the cut. Seemed like people loved that game. Or what about Mortal Kombat X? I get it, you couldn't name them all. I guess I'm just wondering the following: if you're recommending games to someone who just bought a ps4, would you really recommend Towerfall over Shadow of Mordor? Just curious.

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          July 14, 2015 10:13 AM

          We had to make some hard choices when making this list, and everyone on staff was adamant about having Towerfall on the list. It really is a great game.

          Shadow of Mordor, however, was a hard choice to leave off. Had we done Honorable Mentions it certainly would have made the list.

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            July 14, 2015 12:48 PM

            So make the list longer. Its not like you have to worry about printing costs.

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            July 14, 2015 12:51 PM

            Wasn't it a shack GOTY?

            I'm only just playing Shadow of Mordor and it's amazing - but then I've sunk a billion hours into Towerfall so it definitely deserves to be on the list in my opinion :)

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      July 14, 2015 10:22 AM

      Should Dragon Age still be on this list, given Bloodborne and the Witcher 3?

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        July 14, 2015 1:11 PM

        Nope. Dragon Age has been proven outdated by the standard set forth this year. There have been some truly outstanding RPGs in 2015.

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      July 14, 2015 12:52 PM

      a lot of these games are non-exclusives and therefore don't count as games you can play on PS4 even though you can play them on PS4