Top PS4 Games of 2014

The PlayStation 4 endured a slow start to 2014, and it was left to digital titles and remakes to lead the way for the early part of the year.

Delayed launch titles like Infamous: Second Son meant that there was one first-party title on store shelves, but it wasn’t until May when the arrival of Watch Dogs really garnered excitement for the next-gen consoles, though Ubisoft’s hack of Chicago failed to live long in the memory.

The discussion of the best games on PS4 was dominated by two remakes, in the form of The Last of Us and Grand Theft Auto 5. The former bumping up the frame rate and offering a stellar photo mode, giving gamers the chance to capture some of the gorgeous scenery of Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic world.

The tail-end of the year contained much of the highlights for the PS4. What made our list? Take a look to find out.

  • 30.

    Skylanders: Trap Team Review

    Skylanders: Trap Team

    Activision's toys-to-life series is still wonderfully entertaining, but Trap Team's relentless encouragement to buy new toys can be draining on your enthusiasm – and your wallet. As much as I try and tell myself otherwise, it is a kids game, and if you're... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 29.

    Shadow Warrior Review

    Shadow Warrior

    Shadow Warrior is old-school in all the right ways, bringing the original into the modern era while leaving some of its less desirable aspects in the past where they belong. Shadow Warrior is one of those games that is mentioned on forums when... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 28.

    Assassin's Creed: Rogue Review

    Assassin's Creed: Rogue

    Being more of an epilogue than a sequel, Rogue falls short of delivering a full-fat experience. Generalisations incoming: It seems that there are two types of Assassin's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 27.

    Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Review

    Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

    A pleasant return to old-fashioned tomb raiding. Fan of Tomb Raider games where you actually raid tombs rather than perform... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

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  • 26.

    Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Review

    Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

    A great game made better thanks to a lovely lick of paint. Tomb Raider remains a very good game. It was one when it was released early... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 25.

    Octodad: Dadliest Catch Review

    Octodad: Dadliest Catch

    A rewarding, idiosyncratic romp imbued with nonsense, humour, and pathos. Although less convincing than a trenchcoated, bowler-hatted,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 24.

    Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Review

    Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

    A nice remaster as well as a comprehensive package, fans of the originals won't feel short-changed. A nifty polish of one of the most popular titles in the most... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 23.

    Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes Review

    Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes

    Fission Mailed? A superb introduction to Metal Gear Solid 5's world and systems, Ground... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 22.

    Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut Review

    Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut

    Oh winged death, how we’ve missed you... "Take out those turrets!" I swoop toward the underside of the enemy carrier... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

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  • 21.

    Rogue Legacy Review

    Rogue Legacy

    Simple mechanics mix well with a deep levelling system to make for an excellent game that'll keep you coming back for hours. Rogue Legacy grants players control of an entire lineage of knights, and I... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 20.

    Madden NFL 15 Review

    Madden NFL 15

    Madden NFL 15 is an excellent return to form for the series - an essential purchase for longstanding fans and a great starting point for players looking to jump on board. Madden NFL 15 feels like a reboot for the series. Defence, which previously... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 19.

    Velocity 2X Review

    Velocity 2X

    It’d be nice to see an entry focused entirely on Sony’s latest console, but for now this is yet another supremely playable shmup title with oodles of replay value and a twist of originality. Velocity 2X builds on the original's space-hopping twist on... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 18.

    The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Review

    The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

    Technical issues mean the PC version wins out, but this is still a memorable, inventive adventure. "This game is a narrative experience that will not hold your hand" states a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 17.

    The Evil Within Review

    The Evil Within

    A Mikami megamix of sorts that doesn't hit the heights of the director's previous work, but is enjoyable all the same. Note: the embargo for media that received The Evil Within from Bethesda is... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 16.

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Review

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    Mixing futuristic tech with established fundamentals, Sledgehammer has created the first truly impressive Call of Duty in years. Note: This week Activision held a review event for Call of Duty: Advanced... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 15.

    PES 2015 Review

    PES 2015

    A superb football game held back by a frustrating flaw in its passing game, this is the best football title on new-gen. But it could have been the best of all-time. PES 2015, like Gazza in Euro 96, is inches away from greatness. That... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 14.

    Dragon Age: Inquisition Review

    Dragon Age: Inquisition

    A worthy addition to the Dragon Age series, but it takes some time to prove it. Dragon Age: Inquisition had me worried. As soon as the prologue wrapped up... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 13.

    Assassin's Creed Unity Review

    Assassin's Creed Unity

    Unity may have the intention of being Assassin’s Creed’s next-gen reinvention, but it’s remarkably faithful to its roots. Sometimes you have to look back before you move forward. Unity may have the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 12.

    Far Cry 4 Review

    Far Cry 4

    Evolution rather than revolution, and better for it, Far Cry 4 is the best the series has to offer. A Far Cry 3: Brotherhood of sorts, the latest Open World Ubisoft Game (this... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 11.

    LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Review

    LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

    LEGO Batman 3 starts slow and then gets a lot better, and then overwhelms with so much content it's hard to be disappointed. I don't think I've ever played a game so clearly made with hardcore fans in... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 10.

    LittleBigPlanet 3 Review

    LittleBigPlanet 3

    LBP3 reaches new highs for the series by delivering some of the best levels and gameplay yet seen, but also disappoints with a fleeting campaign. LittleBigPlanet is a strange beast. I've now finished six games starring... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 9.

    Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Review

    Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions

    Geometry Wars 3 makes big changes, but retains the excellent core gameplay and delivers another addictive blaster. I stuck my middle finger up at my TV within five minutes of playing Geometry... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 8.

    Nidhogg Review

    Nidhogg

    One of the best local multiplayer games I've played in years. Bushido Blade by way of Prince of Persia, Nidhogg is one of the best local... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 7.

    Trials Fusion Review

    Trials Fusion

    A melding of the established template and something just new enough, RedLynx’s creation is a wonderful thing. The Trials series increasingly faces a common creative challenge. Just how... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 6.

    Child of Light Review

    Child of Light

    A beautifully-presented and surprisingly deep RPG that is deserving of everyone’s attention. Child of Light is bloody brilliant. Mixing a wonderful aesthetic with combat... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 5.

    Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition Review

    Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition

    The best (console) version of Diablo 3 money can buy. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition brings a welcome list of new features,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 4.

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Review

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

    A triumph of emergent gameplay, slightly let down by a heavily scripted ending. Forget the Tolkien association, and put aside its similarities with... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 3.

    Alien: Isolation Review

    Alien: Isolation

    CA has finally nailed the true horror of Alien in video game form. It's only taken 35 years. A masterwork of atmosphere and environmental design, Alien: Isolation may be... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 2.

    The Last of Us: Remastered Review

    The Last of Us: Remastered

    The best version of one of the last generation's best games. Editor's Note: Below is a rundown of the technical accomplishments of The... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

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    Grand Theft Auto 5 Review

    Grand Theft Auto 5

    The definitive version of Rockstar's biggest world to date. Editor's Note: Below is a rundown of the technical accomplishments of GTA 5... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4