Top PS4 Games of 2016

The PlayStation 4 is the most powerful console out there and this was cemented further when the PS4 Pro launched on November 10, 2016. It's also home to some of the best games, but in 2016 Sony had a distraction in the shape of PlayStation VR. With many of its first-party studios working on VR titles for the company's new headset, standard PS4 releases were a little thin on the ground.

In 2016 we were meant to get Gran Turismo Sport, but it got delayed, but we did get The Last Guardian, which managed to drag itself out of release hell and arrived just in time for Christmas. Earlier in the year we did get the excellent double act of Uncharted 4 and Ratchet and Clank, so we can't complain too much, can we?

So, what were the best PS4 games of 2016? This list should help you find the best games of the year.

  • 30.

    Fallout 4: Far Harbor Review

    Fallout 4: Far Harbor

    Changing aesthetic from 'Dry Urban Dilapidation Chic' to 'Irradiated Sea Fog Realness' is refreshing. First it was Rockem Sockem Robots: Apocalypse Edition, then it was Neon... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 29.

    Hitman Episode Three – Marrakesh Review

    Hitman Episode Three – Marrakesh

    It doesn't hit the heights of Sapienza, but Marrakesh is another sterling Hitman episode. There's a strong le Carré vibe to the latest Hitman episode, a broadening of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 28.

    Prison Architect Review

    Prison Architect

    Prison Architect is a full-on sim that will eat your time. If you fancy a dark look inside the running of a prison, look no further. Prison Architect isn't a nice game. Don't let the basic, twee appearance of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 27.

    Hitman: Summer Bonus Episode Review

    Hitman: Summer Bonus Episode

    An interesting and imaginative remix. Playing these bonus missions, it's hard not to wonder how many of the Hitman... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

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  • 26.

    ABZU Review

    ABZU

    Abzu is a testament to where we are with video game development and shows how diverse the medium can and should be, even if it's not quite as emotionally resonant as it perhaps could have been. I went snorkeling in a mexican lake about 4 years ago. In that lake, hiding... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 25.

    Hitman: Episode 4 - Bangkok Review

    Hitman: Episode 4 - Bangkok

    A familiar setting makes for some excellent kills in Hitman's latest episode. In Hitman's newest mission, Club 27, Agent 47 finds himself - or can find... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 24.

    BioShock: The Collection Review

    BioShock: The Collection

    The reality is that the games haven't changed, but you might have. Scoring this is weird. Given that the remasters are, in most respects,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 23.

    Virginia Review

    Virginia

    As a whole Virginia is wonderfully cinematic, and a fantastic story to inhabit as it unfolds. With Virginia there's a handy litmus test that we can get out of the way,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 22.

    FIFA 17 Review

    FIFA 17

    EA introduces FIFA's best new mode in years and delivers an excellent game on the pitch. The Journey may well bring back lapsed fans. Listen to Tom's thoughts about FIFA 17 in this video review. With added Dave,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

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  • 21.

    Batman: Arkham VR Review

    Batman: Arkham VR

    A short but stunning 90-minute experience that truly lets you 'Be the Batman'. Batman: Arkham VR is an incredible experience, but it’s over far too soon... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 20.

    XCOM 2 Review

    XCOM 2

    XCOM 2 is more tense and thrilling than a turn-based strategy has any right to be. There are some great additions to the original gameplay, but the port to console is an imperfect one. XCOM 2: The Ballad of Warlord Kelly Some of the added mechanics in XCOM 2... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 19.

    DriveClub VR Review

    DriveClub VR

    DriveClub VR has lost the stunning visuals of the original game, but it remains a brilliant racer to play. The immersion offered by VR is superb, making this an essential launch title. DriveClub VR is incredibly immersive, but boy have the graphics taken a hit... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 18.

    Farming Simulator 17 Review (toddler edition)

    Farming Simulator 17

    Lots of tractors. Hens. Trailers. People driving tractors. Combine harvesters. No train on train track. A video review with Tom and his three-year-old son, Jacob. Usually we'd have... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 17.

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition Review

    Skyrim: Special Edition

    Skyrim Special Edition on console looks lovely and runs well, and with all the DLC included it's a great option if you aren't fussed about mods. If you are fussed about mods you might be disappointed. Or already have a PC. The state of mods on Skyrim Special Edition's consoles Modding your... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 16.

    Watch Dogs 2 review

    Watch Dogs 2

    Watch Dogs 2 is missing a bit of refinement, and has had issues with multiplayer, but joining DedSec is still a riot and a half. It's high energy fun with engaging characters, and you can make an entire city your playground. Watch Dogs 2 has launched without full multiplayer functionality. While you... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 15.

    Final Fantasy XV review

    Final Fantasy XV

    Final Fantasy XV is about adventure and excitement. There are oddities, and it's not the FF you're used to, but it's a good time with some good boys, and has an unexpected emotional resonance to it. Sometimes it seems like it shouldn't work, but it does. Getting a handle on Final Fantasy XV's combat In Final Fantasy XV the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 14.

    Superhot Review

    Superhot

    Sometimes games just feel right, and Superhot is such a game. It takes something familiar and turns it on its head to create what I expect will become an indie classic. I'm not a cool person. I dress like a supply teacher, wear dorky... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 13.

    Hitman Episode Two – Sapienza Review

    Hitman Episode Two – Sapienza

    A superb second instalment, and one which shows off Hitman's greatest strengths. If IOI still has something to prove with this episodic version of Hitman -... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 12.

    Overwatch Review

    Overwatch

    The more you play Overwatch the more you realise Blizzard thought of basically everything you might criticise it for. It's not clear if a bunch of developers got the same memo about team... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 11.

    The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine Review

    The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

    Geralt’s final hours are his absolute best. As the latest volley of fire in CD Projekt's war on poor DLC, Blood &... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 10.

    PES 2017 Review

    PES 2017

    Strange refereeing aside, PES 2017 is a wonderful football game that just begs to be played. It just wouldn't be PES if it was perfect. It's been a while since I last felt like I was really into a football game.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 9.

    Rise of the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration Review

    Rise of the Tomb Raider

    An awesome adventure that delivers an epic sense of discovery. On PS4 Rise of the Tomb Raider is just as gorgeous as ever and packed full with some excellent bonus content. Tom and Colm discuss what's new in Rise of the Tomb Raider on PS4.What... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 8.

    Thumper Review

    Thumper

    Thumper is a great rhythm action game, with strong visuals, fantastic design, and more speed than Keanu Reeves on a bus rigged to explode. What is Thumper, really? The inclusion of a giant futuristic space head is... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 7.

    Battlefield 1 Review

    Battlefield 1

    World class multiplayer and an original, successful approach to single-player make Battlefield 1 the shooter to beat this Christmas. Battlefield 1's Operations mode perfectly captures the chaos of war... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 6.

    Titanfall 2 Review

    Titanfall 2

    With its thrilling multiplayer now backed up by a surprisingly excellent single-player campaign, Titanfall 2 is every bit the sequel I'd been hoping for. Titanfall 2's single-player campaign is a winning combination of Call of... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 5.

    Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Review

    Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

    Infinite Warfare's multiplayer may lack new ideas, but it's still first-rate, and its stunning sci-fi campaign is Call of Duty's best in years. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a difficult game to score Infinite... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 4.

    The Last Guardian Review

    The Last Guardian

    For some The Last Guardian's iffy controls, awkward camera, and glitches might be hard to overcome. Others won't care as they experience one of the most incredible relationships in video game history. The Last Guardian: Trico loves me, and I love him. But I also hate him... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 3.

    Inside Review

    Inside

    Inside delights from start to finish. Don't miss out on what will surely be one of the best games of this generation. Playdead's Inside, the studio's follow-up to indie darling Limbo, is very... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 2.

    The Witness Review

    The Witness

    I'm so caught up inside the world of The Witness that it's hard to think about anything else. It is one of the best games I've ever encountered. At one point towards the end of The Witness I considered whether it might be... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

  • 1.

    Dishonored 2 review: I would change nothing about this game

    Dishonored 2

    Dishonored 2 takes everything you loved about Dishonored and improves upon it without becoming bloated. It's a beautifully designed, layered game, stuffed with hidden gems and secret stories. Also you can stab people in mid air.   5 things Dishonored 2 is doing so right After a few... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4