Every gamer has been in this situation: With Christmas and Hanukkah recently passing, you have gift money to spend on video games. You hop on your Playstation and check the Playstation store, but then you get stuck trying to choose which video games you want to buy. With the new Playstation 5 on the horizon, many game developers have decided to hold their game for the new release while the Playstation 4 era comes to an end. Well lucky for you, here are some of the best story-driven, PlayStation-accessible video games that have come out in the past decade that you can get.
Minecraft (released May 17, 2009): The notorious, now 10-year-old game has become the best selling, single-title videogame of all time, according to Digital Trends. Clearly, all of these sales are for a reason. The sandbox provides a platform with unlimited creativity. In Minecraft, there are two main modes: survival and creative. If you prefer putting in the hours mining away to get different ores and upgrading your weapons and armor, to “beat” the game, survival is for you. If you are looking to create beautiful structures with all different kinds of blocks at your disposal, creative is for you. Overall, Minecraft does a good job of giving the player limitless options for play, and it is because of this that the game has become so successful.
Batman Telltale Series (released August 2, 2016): Made by Telltale, a company specializing in story mode games such as Minecraft: Story Mode and the Wolfenstein series, this game is solely story mode. Batman Telltale Series takes place in the 2010s and the player switches between the lives of Bruce Wayne and Batman. Family, friends and ego are often the things that you have to choose between, and the plot offers a lot of action-packed scenes and crime-stopping. Batman Telltale Series does an amazing job of making the player feel in control. Every time a dialogue comes up, you have the option of four responses. Batman Telltale Series does such a great job of creating tension and suspense and is honestly one of the most immersive games I’ve ever played. With two seasons with five episodes each, and with each episode taking two-to-three hours, it will provide lots of gameplay and character development to make you feel a connection with the characters.
Detroit: Become Human (released May 25, 2018): Like Batman Telltale Series, this PlayStation exclusive game does an amazing job at making you feel like you are actually in the world. Made by Sony, Detroit: Become Human involves three characters and provides very harsh punishments if you don’t make the “right” decisions. The story takes place in 2038, where androids get abused and start to develop free will. In the game, you cycle between three different androids, where you must choose between doing the right thing or doing what gets you furthest. Through these decisions, Detroit: Become Human delivers many themes about morality. For instance, an example of one of these questions is: Just because something isn’t human, does it mean that we have to treat them inhumanely? If you want a long, difficult, and immersive experience, Detroit: Become Human is for you.
Marvel’s Spider-Man (released September 7, 2018): According to Sony Interactive Entertainment, this was the second best-selling game on the PlayStation 4. With only one year on the market, Spider-Man blew people out of the water. With its huge city, amazing graphics, fun combat skills and addicting spider web-swinging, this release was impossible to miss. Spider-Man is perfect for free-roam players, fighting players, and story players. The game is based on Peter Parker’s adventures fighting crime and defeating multiple criminals. While playing, you can unlock multiple skins and gadgets, which make the missions feel rewarding. Marvel’s Spider-Man also won the game of the year award, so it is clearly worth the buy.
Red Dead Redemption 2 (released October 26, 2018): If you like Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto series, then you’ll love Red Dead Redemption 2. While technically released after Red Dead Redemption, this second installment serves as a backstory to the events that happened before the original. The story takes place in the 1900s when country gangs were starting to die out as the law was being enforced. This is an open-world game with activities like shootouts, riding horses and robbing banks. It is a fun, online, story mode game that provides an amazing narrative, great graphics and fun shootouts that occur often in its plot. If you are into story or shooting country games, then Red Dead Redemption 2 is perfect for you. The New York Times described it as “true art.”
At the end of the day, all of these are amazing story games that will be worth your time while waiting for the Playstation 5.