As we move into a truly new generation it is the perfect time to reflect on the highs that the now previous generation brought us.
The PS4/ Xbox One generation felt like it lasted a lifetime which is why there were so many games to choose from. No one really knew how far these consoles could push or where the industry would turn to but we saw a lot of things I don’t think we could have anticipated.
In this list I have considered not only the quality of the game but also the impact to the industry it had. As the title suggests I’m only focusing on Playstation and Xbox so if you’re hoping to see Breath of the Wild on here, think again.
I also won’t be posting exact remasters of a game, which means that Last of Us would likely be atop the list, isn’t, as it really was a game for Playstation 3. I’ve tried to be objective as possible and consider the experience, the production, the additional content and the value.
10 – Celeste
Celeste is a wonderful 2D side scrolling game that tackles a big issue for so many people, depression. It’s bold story that is so elegantly told it makes a claim for having a story that doesn’t fit the mould a normal occurrence, or at least relevant. Hopefully more writers take a chance on a topic that so many can relate to but struggle to talk about.
2D side scrollers are still very popular these days and celeste takes advantage of that to bring a top of the class performance showing that straying from the path works wonderfully well.
9 – Spider-Man
After seeing the MCU get so much screen time and success it was brave for Insomniac Games to attempt to recreate that as a video game. Spider-Man is the worlds most popular hero so it was a safe bet there but recently superhero games weren’t hitting the right notes.
This game however was composed correctly. It marked a new height for the best way to traverse an open world. The web slinging alone brings as much fun as much of the rest of the game. But they didn’t cheap out there, the story is well written, the combat is comic book fun and the open world is borderline copy and pasted but in the right way.
It looks great, plays great and is a credit to the way Marvel have been doing things recently.
8 – Fortnite
Remember when I said I would consider impact? Fortnite probably changed the gaming industry for the better, for good. Epic were a successful company before Fortnite but post Fortnite they are massive. This allows them to put massive resource into Unreal Engine for all developers to use.
In addition to that Fortnite introduced a truly successful free to play, pay to stand out model. It introduced the season pass that so many have adopted and brought battle Royales to the top of the Twitch views. They also have big name collabs and live events and keep making strides. Fortnite, whatever your view is one of the greatest of this generation for so many reasons.
7 – Overwatch
It seems that since Overwatch Blizzard have lost some of their integrity and way. However when Overwatch came out, it once again proved that when Blizzard set their mind to it, they make the best game.
Overwatch is an excellent example of a game anyone can pick up, learn and put down and come back to later. It also has a lot for competitive players to master with it’s well crafted balances and team play mechanics.
It was an instant hit on the scene, crushing Battleborn on release, and rising to the top of the e-sports scene. It’s wonderful art style and decent loot box system are examples they themselves need to continue following.
6 – Bloodborne
Bloodborne took me 3 attempts to really play and eventually complete. The first two weren’t down to it being a bad game at all, but that it was just so punishing. I realised that on my second play through I had sold an item that was crucial in providing me with resistance to a boss.
It’s truly gothic horror setting, fast paced combat and brutal difficulty make it a game for gamers. Every little map design makes you feel the need to explore it in the hope of a precious item or a blade to the face, but nevertheless as challenge to overcome.
5 – Final Fantasy VII: Remake
Those guys behind the Final Fantasy games always come up with a new game that really takes our breath away. As a later entry into this generation Remake sought to bring back what some would consider the best game ever.
Remake isn’t just a remaster of VII graphically or an overhaul of systems for better gameplay. It actually takes the story and tells it again, from a similar yet different perspective.
It’s moment to moment combat, gorgeous cut scenes and excellent story make it for one of the best ways to spend 40 hours of your gaming time on Playstation. I also consider this not to break the rules as the game is different to the original.
4 – Red Dead Redemption 2
Okay. this is my least favourite on the list, but objectively I appreciate what Rockstar made. As possibly the first game that said ‘look what we can do with this software’ Red Dead is graphically comparable to anything out there.
Taking us to before the events of the first game, It tells a lengthy story that we’re used to from Rockstar. It’s a story the seems to be worth playing through that is if you’re not distracted by the world around you.
It’s setting isn’t quickly copied either, probably because of the fine job Rockstar did on this, the bar is set a bit too high.
3 – Uncharted 4
Nathan Drake takes the bronze medal on this list. If I could give it a gold I would because this game is a masterpiece. I don’t think there’s a game that does intense, action packed cut-scenes as well as this game.
Uncharted 4 gets your heart racing and is so incredibly immersive in it’s story it’s hard not to get attached to it. Combine that with excellent gameplay mechanics, challenging puzzles and a seamless story continuing from the previous entries and Uncharted would make any list.
If you need anymore reason take a quick look at some of this games screen shots on Google and you’re probably going to wonder if it’s real and be amazed at how gorgeous it looks.
2 – God of War
I really wanted to put this game top, but you’ve probably guessed why it is not. God of War is worthy of a best year, decade or ever title. It sums up all of Playstation’s achievements in gaming, pretty much ever.
The first remarkable thing of note is the way it goes from gameplay to cutscene and back to tell it’s story. You really are a part of every single aspect of this game. The story is so full of emotion and conflict that it’s a wonder they were able to tell it with remarkable execution.
The combat is brutal and fluid and rewarding all at the same time. Hainge a combination of loot systems, skills, weapons and companion brought so seamlessly together to make you feel every blow is a feat not many games share.
Other than Last of Us: Remastered this is THE game you should play on Playstation.
1 – The Witcher 3
As I said before you’ve probably guessed this entry. The Witcher 3 as a whole package is the best the generation had to offer. First coming out in 2015 it showed how you could build a massive but immersive world with this software.
Each mission is relevant in moving it’s touching story of fatherhood, growth and responsibility on. It’s decisions impacting you in ways you won’t realise for days. Each side mission feels like it has a place within the story of Geralt and feels so relevant to complete. The voice acting for as many scenes are is really something that should be celebrated.
It’s combat systems are truly wonderful to get to grips with, offering you many ways to play the game as the same character. Everyone that plays this game will have a different experience.
It’s additional content are some of the best pieces of additional content you can get your hands on. It’s not often that the DLC is equal to the game itself but for this game they are.
I hope that if you haven’t yet, you give this game the time to really grab you in. I can pretty much say that once you meet the Bloody Baron after around 10 hours this game will start to soar after your initial estimations.
The best game this generation had to offer. Even in my objective opinion.
Honourable Mentions for various reasons:
Horizon Zero Dawn
Forza Horizon 2
Last of Us 2