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As the nights draw in and the weather gets colder, us gamers are always looking for something new to play.
Sure, we’re about to head into the busiest time of year as the pre-Christmas window of Triple-A titles dives into our wallets and leaves with the contents, but what if you want to save the pennies for something a bit more established, and refined?
Following on from our guide to the best Xbox One RPGs to play a couple of weeks ago, here are ten of the best role-players on Sony’s machine. Some old, some new. All worth trying.
One of the finest PS4 exclusive RPGs (if not the finest PS4 exclusive full-stop), this fiendish title from the team behind Dark Souls combines everything that made that game great (ultra-hard difficulty spikes, grotesque monster things, and did we mention the difficulty JESUS!) into one drool-inducing whole. From Software fans have lapped it up in droves, and if you’re an action RPG enthusiast without it in your collection, stop reading this right now and go buy it.
Bastion is still one of the best selling digital download games for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console, so it was only right that PlayStation fans got a fair go at the game on the PS4. The game’s dynamic narration changes depending on your in-game actions, adding emotional clout to “the Kid’s” story and making sure no two playthroughs are ever quite the same.
Transistor takes the isometic RPG format out of the worlds of Dungeons & Dragons and into a more futuristic, sci-fi setting. The interesting mechanic here is the combat system, allowing you to use a “frozen planning mode” referred to as Turn, but at a cost. Using Turn drains the action bar, which refills after a short delay. It’s an interesting new tactical approach to an established genre trait.
Dust: An Elysian Tail
No reason for anyone not to play this one: it’s available on just about every format under the sun, including iOS. Dust is an action-RPG that takes place on a 2D, sides-crolling plain and features all sorts of madness, like anthropomorphic animals, an amnesiac main character, and a sentient sword that talks back to you. A quirky, indie RPG.
DC Universe Online
The first free-to-play game on our list, DC Universe Online is an MMORPG set in one of the richest comic book universes going. The developers behind the title have stated that they want to make a “different kind” of MMORPG, which is why the game has seen so many downloadable updates over the years as features are tweaked. Players can create their own custom character to fight alongside and against iconic DC characters, or pick one of DC’s established heroes.
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward
Where would a list of great RPGs be without a Final Fantasy inclusion huh? This expansion to A Realm Reborn really makes a good game into a great one, and we’d recommend getting both at the same time if you don’t have either. The game features a persistent world, which means that it continues online even once you switch your console off, and character customisation is as impressively varied as you’d expect from the franchise.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
CD Projeckt Red’s epic conclusion to their Witcher trilogy released back in May, but many players are still only scratching the surface of what the game has to offer. With hundreds of side missions, an engaging main narrative, and a beautifully realised world to explore, make sure you set aside a good portion of time before settling down to The Witcher 3. You may not come back out of The Continent for a while.
Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
Originally released for PC gamers last year, the developers behind this post-apocalyptic RPG announced a graphical overhaul and remastering, resulting in the ‘Director’s Cut’ version that we’re able to play on next gen consoles today. It’s the first official sequel to the 1988’s Wasteland, of which the original Fallout was considered a spiritual successor. While it may not be demanding as much attention as a certain upcoming fourth instalment, this game deserves your time for its well realised, post-apolcalyptic world. Plus, it’s a Kickstarter success story, so it must’ve got something right.
Tales of Zestiria
The long-running Tales series has been leading the way for JRPGs, and as with previous entries the game includes an explorable open world, and the ability for certain characters to fuse into a single entity in battle to deliver powerful attacks. Featuring a predictably mystical story you could get wrapped up in for weeks, as long as they keep making them (and sometimes they make two a year), people seem to be buying them. And why wouldn’t they?
Pier Solar and the Great Architects
This game was originally developed for the Sega Mega Drive, so you may think we’re dealing with a years old game getting an updated port 25 years in the making. Not so, as it was only developed in 2010 as a homebrew project for the system. But – rather sensibly – the developers realised that not many people still own their old Mega Drives anymore, so it was quickly ported to pretty much every other system, including the PS4. Those playing on an original Mega Drive though can use the Sega CD expansion device to enhance its audio capabilities for authentic old-skool gaming. Cool.