Remember that feeling of excitement when you are first getting your new PS4? Or maybe you ought to get one soon? It doesn’t matter. A great console is nothing without great games to play. Furthermore, the more important is what the best game you’ll play first. I just bought a PS4 Slim last year, and Final Fantasy XV is the first title I played as a newcomer (I’m more of a PC gamer before). Why Final Fantasy XV? I’m always a Final Fantasy fan since I first played FF VIII on PlayStation around 17 years ago. FF XIII the last Final Fantasy I played on PC; It is not great but quite a decent game for me, so I put a lot of expectation from the latest FF installment.

Everyone has their choice for their first game. So, what is the most gamers’ choose for their game as newcomers? Since a lot of people (especially those who just get a PS4) on the PS4 forum ask the same question, again and again, I’ve created a survey about what game is the best for newcomers. The research takes place in a couple of PS4 forums on Facebook and in total received 814 votes, and I’ve compiled the top 5 of them. Below is the top 5 result voted by PS4 players.

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5Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (56 votes)

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is a game that includes first three Nathan Drake’s adventure: Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. This is also one of the best game to start your PS4 journey, and many gamers suggest that you must play this before tackle Uncharted 4, which is the final adventure of Nathan Drake.

Here is the quick overview of each series; In Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Nathan Drake set an adventure to find the treasure of El Dorado based on the clue in 400-year-old Sir Francis Drake’s coffin. Later on, his exploration on a no man’s island turns to be dangerous as they hunted by other mercenaries and reveal the terrible secrets there. In the second series, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Nathan Drake will find himself back to the world of thievery he’d committed to leaving. He will set an adventure to find the Shambala, a legendary valley in Himalaya, for a mysterious and precious treasure. There he’ll also find himself in the deadly encounter against a criminal who also hunt the treasures.

And in the third adventure, Drake’s Deception, Nathan Drake is back again, now with his mentor Victor Sullivan to discover the fabled “Atlantis of the Sands.” In this adventure, they will compete with the mysterious occult organization and its tyrannical leader. In the journey of unearthed the secrets of the lost city, the fortune hunter must face the survival game that drives him to push his limits and faces his deepest fear.

So, three games in one perhaps also become one of the factor gamers love this bundle. Three great Sony’s exclusives in a price of one? That’s a must have for PS fans!


4GTA V (61 votes)

For number #4 we have Gran Theft Auto V. Many considers Grand Theft Auto V as one of the best game of all-time. It took the best elements from the predecessor and perfected it in the fifth installment. In GTA V you based Los Santos city, a magnificent city where you can free-roam its open-world settings. Some of the critics also consider it as one of the most beautiful environments in a video game.

As you explore the town, there are so many activities you can enjoy from encounter random creeps who will ask you to help them in a certain way, buy real estate, or invest in stock market. Want to have some fun? You can also run your own enjoyable adventures such as flew a plane, stealing a jumbo jet from the airport, or setting up a bomb in public area. If you are the fan of GTA series, there’s no doubt you will spend a reasonable time on GTA V.

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3Horizon Zero Dawn (99 votes)

Horizon Zero Dawn is the latest releases among this list. The Horizon, which released on February 28, 2017 (in North America), is the brand new Sony’s IP prepares as a successor to the Uncharted’s throne as the best exclusives on PS4. Horizon Zero Dawn, which is developed by Guerilla Games ( the studio behind Killzone series), is the story of Aloy, an outcast of the Nora tribe who embarks on an adventure after a sudden attack on her tribe. Her journey to outside world is to discover the reason behind the attack, find a clue about her origins, and how the machine rules the world.

Horizon Zero Dawn is a game with beautiful graphics, its open world post-post-apocalyptic world environments are stunning. This game also one of the first game that shows off the 4K display of PS4 Pro. Don’t worry if you don’t have a PS4 Pro or 4K TV yet, it still does look stunning in 1080p. Besides the display, many gamers also experienced the combat is very exciting; Here Aloy will fight robot dinosaurs that roam in the open world, where each machine equipped with their own nature and intelligence to fight back. Aloy can use several weapons choice from a bow, sling (to ranged combat), spear (for close combat), and she can also utilize various traps. You will use those weapon based on your style of playing, the conditions, and enemies you’re facing.

For more details and our guide about Horizon Zero Dawn make sure to check our page.


2The Last of Us Remastered (132 votes)

The Last of Us is one of the PS3 best game originally released back in 2013. Naughty Dog, the studio behind Uncharted series, had successfully brought it to PS4 in the form of The Last of Us: Remastered. What makes the game (if you’re already played it on PS3) worth coming back? Beside the graphic visual enhancement, the resolution upgrade from the 720p resolution on PS3 to 1080p on PS4, and better lighting they also increase the frame rate from 30 fps to 60 fps. It actually makes the gameplay a lot better especially during gun battles (the gunfight scene is not much in this game, though).

Anyway, let’s continue with the story and gameplay. The Last of Us starts in the post-apocalyptic world of United States where human life is under constant threat. The Cordyceps fungus has mutated and infected the human being and taking control over their brains. The two main protagonist here is Joel and Ellie. Joel is a smuggler that sells drugs and weapons on the black market, a cynicism character. Ellie, meanwhile, is an open-hearted teenager with contrast personality compare Joel. Ellie travels with Joel after he promises a friend to take care of her, and together they journey across the country in search of the Fireflies. Fireflies is an organization that aimed to find a cure for the disease and restoring modern society independently.

For the gameplay this game is stealth-adventure, so you mostly rely on stealth instead of frontal combat. Most of the time you will search through every abandoned house, workplace and store for useful things used to create health kits and weapons. Every enemy gives a dangerous encounter, which may kill you if you aren’t cautious. Allies (controlled by AI) sometimes behave badly and gets you spotted, and the other time they may rescue you by helping kill the enemies. That also makes the game even more attractive.

With the brilliant story, characters, enhanced graphics, and gameplay surely The Last of Us Remastered an excellent game to start your PS4 experience, even if you have played it on the PS3.


1Uncharted 4 (272 votes)

Another Naughty Dog’s masterpiece and our 2016 game of the year that very dominant as it receives more than twice the votes of our second place The Last of Us Remastered (both are brilliant, anyway). Uncharted 4 has a very well-crafted story and characters which you’ll notice from the beginning. The way they deliver the story and combine it with action gameplay is top-notch. This game also the fastest-selling and best-selling game on PS4.

Uncharted 4 continue the story of fortune-seeker Nathan Drake, who has quitted the world of thievery and run a normal life with his wife, Elena. But suddenly his long-lost brother, Sam, shows up and needs Nathan’s help to find Sir Henry Avery’ lost treasure. Then to find the treasure and saves his brother’s life, he must return to the dangerous world and once again facing the other groups also seek the treasure. The gameplay, however, is still very much the same as its predecessor, but with some enhancement. Enemy’s AI for example, now much more “intelligent,” they will react to your action and try to find your hiding place. If you haven’t played any of the series, the gameplay is action-adventure combine with puzzles quite similar to Tomb Raider.

Great visual appearance is also among the list of things what gamers love in Uncharted 4. The presentation of the environment is gorgeous and one of the best, also comparable to Horizon Zero Dawn. So, If you haven’t tried Uncharted 4, you should definitely get it – it really deserves all the praises. Find out yourself why everyone so hyped of this game when released in 2016.

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And, the other games that receive a good amount of votes but doesn’t manage to get into top 5 are The Witcher 3, Persona 5, Battlefield 1, Rachet & Clank, and Bloodborne. So, whether you are a newcomer or haven’t played all the games above, what is your pick for the first game? Is there any of your choice on the list, or you have any other must-play first choice? Feel free to comment below!

You can also check the full thread and survey result here and here.