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Top 5 Single Player Games Currently on the PlayStation 4

We look at the best single player games currently on the PS4.

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A few weeks ago, we published a list of the Top 5 Single Player Games on the Xbox One, followed by the Top 5 Single Player Backwards Compatible Games on Xbox One, now we have a list of the Top 5 Single Player Games Currently on the PlayStation 4. Going into year three for both Sony’s PlayStation 4 and their competitor from Microsoft, and there still aren’t a whole lot of really great new exclusives on either platform. As a matter of fact, a couple of the games that made this list of top, single player PS4 games are actually remasters. Personally, I thought that compared to its chief competitor, the PlayStation 4 had a notably weak launch title list. Despite a weak start, Sony has obviously overcome that obstacle, and there are a handful of notable, single player titles that are certainly worth playing.

This is my list of console exclusive, single player games that every PlayStation 4 owner should experience.

InFamous, PlayStation 4, PS4

INFAMOUS: SECOND SON

Infamous: Second Son is a third-person action adventure game and has the distinction of being the only launch title on this list. While there’s not really any new or revolutionary gameplay introduced, tearing up a city never looked and felt so good. Developed exclusively for the PlayStation 4, the gameplay was significantly streamlined over its predecessor, and it features lighting and particle effect never seen on a console before. Of course it’s not just the technical stuff that makes the game notable. Second Son also introduced a new protagonist and gave the series some narrative density, which was sorely needed.

Speaking of new protagonists, if you really need more action than Infamous: Second Son has to offer, there’s a stand-alone add-on. Infamous: First Light actually serves as a prequel to Second Son and puts players in the role of a female character, Fetch, who’s imbued with a whole new set of powers. There’s no award winning storytelling in Infamous: Second Son or First Light, but the narrative is more than serviceable.

Bloodborne, PlayStation 4, PS4

BLOODBORNE

Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and Dracula novels and developed by From Software, playing through Bloodborne is an experience you’re unlikely to forget. Like their other third-person, action roleplaying games, Demon’s Souls and the Dark Souls series, Bloodborne is no casual jaunt. Even with the introduction of period firearms, the game requires some serious diligence, but rewards aggressiveness. Set in a dark, gothic world filled with monsters, real strategy is needed to survive.

Despite its complexity, Bloodborne is probably the most accessible of From Software’s games. It’s still fairly sparse, but the narrative details are also a bit clearer and easier to find. Of course, what makes the game notable is how all of the individual elements work together. The decrepit setting, haunting sound work, and even the gameplay itself all help to build a dark immersive world. Though it’s likely to frustrate more casual gamers, finishing Bloodborne will definitely leave players with a sense of accomplishment.

Until Dawn, PlayStation 4, PS4

UNTIL DAWN

Until Dawn’s short length might cause some objections to its inclusion on the list, but for what it lacks in playthrough time, it makes up for in presentation and overall narrative density. It does also offer some incentive for multiple playthroughs. Best described as a cinematic action adventure game, Until Dawn is an ode to horror films, new and old. Featuring an all-star cast, the game is gorgeous, and each of the character models are instantly recognizable on screen. This kind of fidelity is what all of us early adopters use to show off to justify spending the money to jump on technology early.

With a heavy reliance on quick time events, the game is often compared to Quantic Dreams’ Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, though Until Dawn is arguably more narratively dense and engaging. The developer claims that the game has hundreds of various endings, or at least variations of the endings, but it isn’t easy to see all of them. The game autosaves often, and unless you’re really quick at turning off your PS4, the only way to undo something is to start over. How’s that for a challenge?

Uncharted, PlayStation 4, PS4

UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION

The Uncharted series is one of the crown jewels of Sony’s PlayStation 3, and The Nathan Drake Collection brings all three of them to the PlayStation 4. These third-person action adventure games are heavily inspired by the Indiana Jones and National Treasure movies, in addition to the Tomb Raider games. Unlike Tomb Raider though, these are also competent shooters. Despite borrowing heavily from a long history of treasure hunter films, the Uncharted games are able to keep it fresh, in large part due to the main character. It’s not just Indiana Jones that the Drake character is inspired by, there are also equal parts James Bond, with Mal Reynolds to balance him out.

Even if you played the Uncharted games on the PlayStation 3, it’s hard not to recommend buying them again for the PS4. If you haven’t played them, you’re missing out on an integral PlayStation series. Though The Nathan Drake Collection does drop the multiplayer from the originals, it’s really the narrative that makes the games. The new collection does include all new trophies and game modes for series veterans.

The Last of Us, PlayStation 4, PS4

THE LAST OF US REMASTERED

If I sound effusive about Uncharted, just wait until I get started talking about The Last of Us. Created by the same developers that brought us Uncharted, The Last of Us is what good survival horror games should be. Like Naughty Dog’s previous games, The Last of Us is essentially a third-person shooter with action/adventure elements. What really sets the game apart, though, is its narrative. That story punches you in the gut, right at the beginning, and then doesn’t ever let up. If that’s not enough for you, the included Left Behind single player expansion does it all over again.

Not enough can be said about The Last of Us’ story, but if the solo campaign isn’t quite enough for you, this remastered edition does include multiplayer. As a matter of fact, all of the game’s available DLC is included. There are of course all new trophies and in-game cinematic commentary from the cast and creative director.

When it comes to exclusives, the best days are probably still ahead for the PlayStation 4. Uncharted 4, The Last Guardian, a new Ratchet and Clank, and a whole slew of RPGs are due out soon for the system. That being said, things aren’t so bad PlayStation 4 owners right now. They do typically get the best versions of non-exclusive titles, due mostly to the console’s superior hardware configuration. There are other good exclusives for the system. Games like Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Journey, The Order: 1886, and Killzone: Shadow Fall barely missed my list.

Again, this is just my list. Do you agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments below, and make sure to follow us on Twitter (@Official_OnlySP) and Facebook where you can also sound off your opinions.

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Three Single-Player Games to Watch Out for in July 2019

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Three Single Player Games (July 2019) - Sea of Solitude, Fire Emblem Three Houses, Wolfenstein Youngblood

July, the middle of winter down here in Australia. Even in the bizarre New South Wales climate, the biting cold makes for a great excuse to stay inside and play games. 

Weirdly for single players, quite a few prestige games this month include additional co-op modes. With acclaimed designers behind them, such games will hopefully avoid the pitfalls of accommodating multiple players, as too many games have done in the past.

Sea of Solitude

Release Date: July 5, 2019
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

At first blush, Sea of Solitude looks like yet another story of a young adult struggling with questions of identity and mental health while exploring a beautiful but harsh fantasy world.

Actually, that’s what it is. ‘Quirky, life affirming indie adventure’ is a whole cottage industry these days, but the fact that such games are now more prevalent should never dismay.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was a masterpiece of refined design and storytelling, and Sea of Solitude appears be something similar—this time dealing with a fantastical vision of depression that turns ordinary people into literal monsters.

Players take charge of Kay, who has sought out the eponymous Sea—or rather, a flooded city based on Berlin—in the hope that there is a cure for monstrosity. However, despite its name, she is not the only person in the Sea. Avoiding the other monsters of the Sea seems to be a major part of the gameplay. These tense encounters are likely to provide rhythm and variety to the adventure and keep it from being a just walking simulator. (Not that being a walking simulator is inherently a problem.)

Although published by EA Originals, one would do well to remember that EA the company does not actually profit off the Originals that they publish. With a focused story and themes that still are not often explored in bigger games, Sea of Solitude should be of great interest to single player fans in a month otherwise dominated by multiplayer titles.

 

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Release Date: July 26, 2019
Platform: Nintendo Switch

Almost certainly the biggest single player release of the month, and tied with Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 as another massive Switch exclusive, Fire Emblem: Three Houses might be exactly what single players need right now.

Lately the Fire Emblem franchise has exploded in both its popular profile and sales success, buoyed by a hunger for both deep anime RPGs and polished tactics games. Three Houses seems to have doubled down on exciting trends and features in both genres: particularly a Persona/Harry Potter inspired magic school setting and an even deeper tactical battle system that ditches the rock-paper-scissors for more nuanced character progression options. As with many Japanese RPGs, the story is also a major focus and hinges upon a time-jump.

The early part casts the player as a teacher at the Officer’s Academy, situated in the center of the game world and attended by students from the three most powerful nations. Five years later, the second and likely larger part concerns the drama between the player’s teacher and their former students, whose nations are now locked in a massive three-way conflict.

As is to be expected for a series finally coming back to consoles after a long time on the 3DS, Three Houses is a massive technical leap over its predecessors. The game boasts better realised battlefields, more detailed armies, and a slick animated style that appears much more consistent compared with the three or four different art styles on the 3DS.

With such improvements, as well as the overall pedigree of the Fire Emblem brand, Three Houses should have no trouble satisfying single player fans looking for a meaty middle-of-the-year RPG.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Release Date: July 26, 2019
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One

The recent Wolfenstein revival series is such a remarkable achievement in traditional shooter design and great, if goofy, sci-fi worldbuilding that the co-op focus of this latest instalment is somewhat disappointing.

Yes, as with F.E.A.R. 3 and Dead Space 3, following a well-received second chapter the Wolfenstein series now pivots to a co-operative focused chapter. Though the game is not a mandatory multiplayer experience, combat encounters and puzzles have been redesigned to accommodate the two player mode, giving single players an AI-controlled partner and bullet sponge enemies.

However, all hope is not lost for Wolfenstein: why else would it be the third game on the list? The narrative has been pushed forward in time, as B.J.’s twin daughters are now in their adolescence, now giving players a glimpse at the 1980s of Wolfenstein‘s skewed universe. Additionally, the level design itself is more freeform thanks to development assistance from Arkane, the developers of the Dishonored series.

Will Wolfenstein: Youngblood successfully deliver more of the series’s goofy charm and crazy alternate reality? Almost certainly. On the other hand, will the game be as fun to play alone as in multiplayer? That remains to be seen. Last month’s E3 demo that raised such concerns was naturally only a snapshot of a game in development, so MachineGames and Arkane have had plenty of time to resolve these potential downsides to a co-op focused game.

Those are our three big single player games to look out for this month. Other interesting titles coming soon include Stranger Things 3 on July 4 and Attack on Titan 2 on July 5, both games hitting Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

On July 12 we will see the sequel to an almost-fantastic Minecraft-like RPG spinoff, Dragon Quest Builders 2 on Switch and PlayStation 4, as well as the Switch port of “anime Monster Hunter”, God Eater 3

The week after, July 19 brings us Switch-exclusive Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, and at an undetermined time during the month Klei Entertainment’s anticipated survival-sim Oxygen Not Included will finally leave early access on PC.

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