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The 20 best PlayStation 4 games you can buy right now

'Horizon Zero Dawn' lands on our list of best PS4 games

With every new PlayStation, Sony improves on the formula with groundbreaking graphics and processing power. The PlayStation 4 is easily the most impressive leap in the console’s history, bringing constant connectivity and high-power processing to a gaming crowd not easily impressed.

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Out of the ever-growing list of PS4 titles, we’ve selected a few of our absolute favorites; games which satiate your itchy trigger finger, tickle your funny bone, and maybe even coax out a tear or two.

Horizon Zero Dawn ($60)

From the studio best-known for the Killzone franchise, Horizon Zero Dawn is quite the change of pace. You play as Aloy of the Nora tribe in a third-person, open-world action RPG across a vast and sprawling post-apocalyptic world overrun by large mechanical beasts resembling animals. It’s arguably the prettiest game ever released on a home console, but Horizon Zero Dawn is much more than just a pretty face. Engaging, fluid combat makes toppling the wide array of robotic beasts consistently exciting and fresh. The copious scavenging and crafting requirements are rewarding because of the diverse combat. The well-spun yarn is equal parts origin story for the captivating world and coming-of-age story for its brave heroine. Horizon Zero Dawn manages to hold onto its bountiful fun-factor throughout its 30-plus hour adventure, making it a standout within its cluttered genre.

Read our full review here.

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Bloodborne ($20)

Bloodborne is not for the faint for heart. This action RPG adventure, a spiritual successor to Hidetaka Miyazaki’s Dark Souls series, takes the challenging combat and methodical boss encounters of the aformentioned games, but speeds up the gameplay for a more frenetic and tense experience. A dark, gothic setting and Lovecraftian story provide a bleak backdrop for the white-knuckle gameplay. As a Hunter, you’ll make your way through the city of Yharnam, where a strange curse has begun turning locals into mindless beasts. While not technically a horror game, Bloodborne’s setting and high-stakes combat are uniquely terrifying. Be sure to stay alert, because the world of Bloodborne is full of unforgiving monsters and traps around every corner.

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The Witness ($40)

The Witness, the long-anticipated follow-up to Jonathan Blow’s 2008 breakout indie platformer Braid, is a beautiful, sedate, first-person exploration puzzler in the vein of Myst. Much like that ’90s classic, you are dropped on a mysterious island with little to no context, and tasked with solving a series of puzzles, which in turn allow to you explore more and uncover the island’s secrets. Unlike Myst‘s wide-ranging environmental puzzles, however, the challenges of The Witness are very clearly defined as panels laced with grids that you must navigate like a maze. Blow has iterated a rich syntax of puzzle mechanics within that consistent framework, which helps keep up the pressure.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain ($23)

From the mind of designer Hideo Kojima comes Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the fifth (and ostensibly final) entry in the long-running stealth espionage series. The goofy and over-the-top tone the series is known for has been downplayed, and this installment instead delivers a far grittier and more reined-in narrative that follows Venom Snake (Big Boss) as he works to re-establish his mercenary army in his war against the shadowy Cipher. The game has garnered near-universal acclaim thanks to its meticulously designed gameplay, which allows players to complete missions in virtually limitless ways while recruiting and building a mercenary army. Keifer Sutherland lends his voice as Big Boss, in what might be the beast stealth action game of all time.

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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard ($56)

After fans and critics panned the action-heavy Resident Evil 6, Capcom’s slow and scary new take on the franchise caught us by surprise. With its genuinely terrifying narrative and return to horror-focused gameplay, Resident Evil 7 reestablishes the series as the gold standard in the genre. The Baker family’s mansion is filled with plenty of secrets and almost as many “molded” creatures, and the game’s novel approach to “flashbacks,” told through collectible VHS tapes, allows for gameplay-focused storytelling like nothing we’ve seen before. The move to a first-person perspective, a first for the main Resident Evil 7, only amps up the scares, with a relatively small field of vision leading to just enough jump-scares to keep us on our toes.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt ($38)

While there are plenty of RPGs available on Sony’s PlayStation 4, CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the best. In the epic conclusion to the adventure trilogy, players once again don the role of Geralt of Rivia, waging battle against the advancing Wild Hunt army in the Northern Kingdoms. Although the title remains similar in style to previous games in the series, CD Projekt Red included new combat mechanics and significantly bolstered the customization, all of which help it improve upon the gameplay and imbue its open-world with a greater sense of depth. Moreover, few games possess the kind of writing present in The Witcher 3, which features an enthralling story penned by regular series writer Marcin Blacha. Perhaps the game’s biggest draw is the fact that the main storyline takes players roughly 30 hours to complete. That number balloons to more than 100 hours if you take into account side quests and minigames, rendering its longevity as attractive as its visuals.

Read our full review here.

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