We have to admit that in 2017 is already a great year for PS4. This year opens with so many great games released and exciting upcoming release games shortly. From the history, Sony has done a superb job in dealing with exclusives (especially with Naughty Dogs’ releases) and looks like that still continues. This year we already get Horizon Zero Dawn, Persona 5, Nioh, and Nier: Automata to mention some.
In this post, we list the top 10 PS4 games in 2017 so far according to Metacritic and the important reason why they deserve high ranks. Here’s how we calculate the score; we’re averaging the score by average the critics’ score with users’ score to get better objectivity for the games. As there are games that receive very high score by critics but the user doesn’t think they’re that great. If they receive the same average score, then the one with better critics score wins. We also don’t count new games that only receive a few ratings (less than 40 given ratings).
So, here is the top 10 of 2017 so far (up to April 2017):
#10 Tales of Berseria
Average score: 79.5
Why Tales of Berseria is great… it still retains the old mechanics of the Tales series: long and the mix of predictable and unpredictable story, real-time combat, and kind of dated graphics. In Tales of Berseria, you play as Velvet Crowe, a young woman who seek revenge to the man who sacrificed his brother to save the world. So in contrast with the typical protagonist of the series, Velvet full of vengeance and anger. In the journey, several friends will accompany her: Eizen, a pirate that search for his ship’s captain; Rokurou, a demon trying to slay his brother, Magilou, a trouble-loved witch; and Eleanor, who always do rightly and willing to help people.
In short, the battle system uses Soul Gauge system to replace technical points bar. Every time a party member performs a unique skill (Arte) in combat, the Soul Gauge will decrease. Each depleted Soul Gauge for a character will make the enemies easier deflect your attacks otherwise maxing it allows the use of Break Souls, a special skill where a character can use their unique set of skill and ignore combo limitation. You can explore and experiment with this battle gauge to maximize it when facing harder enemies.
For Tales fans, the Tales of Berseria is well-worth to play that offers one of the darkest and emotional stories of the Tales series.
#9 Gravity Rush 2
Average score: 82
Why Gravity Rush 2 is great… it improves nearly all aspects from its predecessor, Gravity Rush. There are some new features, well-developed side quests, environments, and some new anti-gravity powers. The main character, Kat is also very attractive (and sexy?!). She can control her center of gravity so she can float in the air, fly to her destination, and she can also walk on walls. Gravity Rush 2 is an open world game, so you are free to explore its communities and choose whichever side quest and activities your map shows. It has more than 20 episodes and 40 side quests so you might spend some time without getting bored.
How about the combat? Kat can use her kick techniques from mid-air to defeat enemies. You can also weaken enemies by throwing inanimate objects at them, but not as effective as the kicking combos. So, overall Gravity Rush 2 is a well worth to play with colorful graphics, interesting side quests, and engaging characters to play.
#8 Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Average score: 82
Why Resident Evil 7 is great… it brings back a lot of their core elements missing from RE 5 and 6. After the great Resident Evil 4, the sequel after that especially Resident Evil 6 received the poor rating from the critics. Many feel latest RE series kind of shifting more towards action game from its roots and now to answer the fans concern, Capcom tried to redesign the Resident Evil 7: Biohazard to more of a survival-horror. RE 7 starts when the main protagonist, Ethan Winters, get a mysterious video email from his wife Mia who has disappeared for three years. The search brings Ethan to abandoned manor deep in the Louisiana bayou. Inside, he faces the lunatic Baker family and spends the night solving the puzzle and mysterious phenomenon occur in the house.
So, with the gripping atmosphere and intense survival-horror gameplay, looks like they are successful in delivering anything you’d expect from a horror game. If you are the fan of the game like the Outlast series, you definitely must play RE 7.
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#7 What Remains of Edith Finch
Average score: 83.5
Why What Remains of Edith Finch is great… this is the story of Edith Finch who visits the abandoned Finch House, a home for three generations of Finch family. There is mystery unsolved in this house, which the three generations have sudden deaths early because of various reasons. Now, with disbelief of the supernatural involved in the deaths, Edith explores the family’s house to reveal the truth of her family’s fate.
In What Remains of Edith Finch you play as Edith in the first-person view to explore each room for every clue possible. When Edith interact the photos, last journal entry, or memorial from their last days, the view will shift to that family member’s point-of-view and narrative. These experiences are very surreal and immersive you can find in a video game. While each narrative is about their death, it’s enjoyable to see how lively each story is. Such as, It presented with some sparkling magic and presentation for the passing of a child.
At last, What Remains of Edith Finch is an exciting experience and one of the greatest magical realism stories of all games.
#6 Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 Remix
Average score: 83.5
Why Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 Remix is great… This remix is many remastered titles compiled from Kingdom Hearts series include Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts (Final Mix version), Kingdom Hearts HD II (Final Mix version), Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep (Final Mix version), and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. A Kingdom Hearts Re: coded HD remastered cinematic scenes also included as an addition.
The Kingdom Hearts HD I.5 + II.5 Remix is also has supported PS4 Pro, displaying up to checkerboard 4K resolution and increase up to 60 fps. For the standard PS4, it displays 1080p and 30 fps. For fans looking to revisit the series on their current gen console or a potential newcomer to the series, this is surely a perfect package for any Kingdom Hearts fans.
#5 Yakuza 0
Average score: 85.5
Why Yakuza 0 is great… Yakuza 0, which sets in 1988, tells the origin story for two of the series’ most well-known characters, Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima. As the story told, they find themselves in the middle of the clash between rival clans. Unlike the earlier Yakuza 5, Yakuza 0 focusing only on the plights of Kiryu and Majima, whose each fight for their families. Their path finally crosses in the end.
Yakuza 0 is an open world game and mostly uses hand-to-hand combat. In this kind of brutal game, both characters are able to pick up weapons in the environment and use them for a period of time. The foes you engage in the open world comes in different types and include the likes of Lonesome drunks, bikers, and weak yakuza gangsters. In appearance, they may look different but in combat style, mostly fight the same way. The open-world environment of Osaka and Tokyo city make-up districts allows you to get access to around a hundred of optional missions by explore the neighborhoods and visit the store and other public areas.
Yakuza 0, despite some of its flaw, is a decent game even though you are not a fan of Yakuza series. The game has its own way to show some of Japan’s culture through its presentation, hopefully in a right way.
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#4 Horizon Zero Dawn
Average score: 86
Why Horizon Zero Dawn is great… Horizon Zero Dawn is the brand new Sony’s IP prepares as a successor to the Uncharted’s throne as the best exclusives on PS4. It tells 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 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 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 various traps. You will use those weapon based on your style of playing, the conditions, and enemies you’re facing.or
For more details and our guide about Horizon Zero Dawn make sure to check our page.
Average score: 87
Why Nioh is great… Any game that features a brilliantly slow-paced mauling of crazily diverse monster-enemies is bound to get compared to Dark Souls. But it’s one thing to be a complete rip-off, completely another to have a healthy inspiration from one of the classics of the genre. Nioh belongs to the latter, borrowing elements from Dark Souls games but doing things a bit differently to be fresh and fun. Gameplay, in particular, is where Nioh shines. Despite the clear inspiration, the new layers of the fighting system coupled with the Ninja setting prove to be an undisputed win-win.
Combat is tough, but you never feel drastically overpowered. Enemies will always telegraph their attacks by a subtle or less subtle prep moves. Difficult? Yes, but Nioh never feels unfair.
With bosses and mini-bosses (several Yokai creatures that are playing hard-to-get) things stand a little differently. They can be overwhelming at first, but give yourself a few deaths, and it’ll dawn on you. If you love Dark Souls and Bloodborne series, Nioh will be an excellent choice for you.
#2 Nier: Automata
Average score: 88
Why Nier: Automata is great… it is kind of part hack n slash, part of shoot em up, and part RPG with an interesting but weird story. The setting and visuals also beautiful and excellent to explore for the fans, with post-apocalyptic industrial themed open world.
In Nier: Automata you play as 2B, the robot exterminator with various weapons and attacking styles. The combat mechanics is also what the fans love about this game. It’s frenzied and may need several hours of a learning curve. But after you are skillful with it, it’s become a quick-paced combat with balletic dodges and martial arts aggression combined. The multiple endings consist the total of five major endings; players only get the complete pictures by getting all endings.
#1 Persona 5
Average score: 91
Why Persona 5 is great… They remind us why J-RPG is really great in the past. Persona 5 has a classic turn-based battle system with interesting stories and multiple endings. It combines dungeon exploration with daily high school activity we did every day. You will spend every single day doing everyday lives from going to school then choose whatever you want to do after school time. It could be hang out with friends, finish quests, working, reading books, etc. For your information, Persona 5 receive a great score as it even enters the all-time list for PS4 with the score of 91.
Its gameplay receives some additions while not changing much since Persona 4 make it even greater than the predecessor. That’s why gamers love Persona 5, thus accept their place in one of the best PS4 games of all time.
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So, 2017 has much more to come. Will we see a lot of changes in the list as more great upcoming releases? We’ll see!