Most of us have heard of the massive AAA titles with cash-money marketing campaigns. Everyone with a Playstation knows about the success of Grand Theft Auto V, Witcher 3, and God of War, but what of the lesser known names? We’ve collected 10 sleeper titles of varying genres that you may enjoy, but might not know about. Then again, maybe you’ve already played them all. The list is in no particular order, let’s get into it.
Shadow Warrior 2
First, let’s start off with Shadow Warrior 2, a fast-paced first-person shooter that hearkens back to the chaotic early days of FPS games. With plenty of weapons to upgrade and tons of demons to kill, this glorious gorefest was overlooked and plays beautifully.
Tales of Berseria
Moving on we have the latest entry to the Tales Franchise. A Japanese ARPG meaty with content, Tales of Berseria always gives you a reason to keep coming back for more. Be it; the protagonists story, the addicting combo system and RPG elements, or it’s longevity and replayability, Berseria is a great pick.
Our first Roguelike on the list, with a bit of a twist. Everspace contains gorgeously crafted procedurally generated systems that players must traverse through to reach a goal. Everspace has fantastic space dog-fights with amazing flight controls and sprinkles of RPGs mechanics both isolated and outside each run.
Earth Defence Force 5
Bear with me on this one. Shooting loads of giant bugs seems weird right? Okay it is, but shooting literal hordes of hundreds (possibly thousands) of enemies is undeniably satisfying. Sure it doesn’t look the absolute best, but no other game on Ps4 manages this many models active simultaneously, with such levels of destruction available.
The Talos Principle
Then we have The Talos Principle, a cryptic 1st person puzzle game. If you enjoy taking your time and figuring out mysteries in a portal-esque fashion (minus the portal gun), this is the game for you. Beware however, that some of these mind-benders are tricky.
Battlestar Galactica Deadlock
A personal favorite, BSG Deadlock contains turn-based yet incrimental realtime gameplay. Sounds confusing, I know. Players navigate fleets and control colonies in turns on the strategic map, fighting the Cylons for dominance of the solar system. During combat, moves and attacks are plotted each turn then play out in realtime. Strapped with a great story, Deadlock is a good package.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Next we have Hellblade: Senua’s sacrifice; a narratively driven indie success story. Delve into a Nordic setting of Celtic and Viking lore, in this absolutely gorgeous tale of struggle and perseverance. Players will traverse a variety of beautiful and terryfing locales, uncovering the story of Senua. This title may not be the longest and combat leaves something to be desired, but the overall quality is unquestionable.
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
This indie Roguelike gem can be played for almost ever. (not even figuratively) With hundreds of items, procedurally generated maps, Co-op, lots of abilities and bosses, the build combinations are nearly endless. Each and every run feels unique because of the insane amount of variables presented, this one can be a real time-sink.
Rebel Galaxy brings broadside ship combat full circle in this RPG(ish) space-simulator with a focus on large capital ship combat, trading, and missions. Though verticle movement is restricted, it’s still an expansive jolly good time.
Valkyria Chronicles 4
Finally we have the 4th mainline installment of the Valkyria Chronicles franchise. This title boasts a return to form, with turn-based strategy gameplay. Control your chosen squad to dominate the battlefield with the utilization of cover, abilities and classes.
Bonus Rounds: Grim Fandango and Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
I lied, Valkyria Chronicles 4 was not our final pick. Here’s two Remasters brought back to life on the Playstation 4 to wrap things up.
First we have Grim Fandango, an oldschool puzzle game brought back from the dead for modern consoles.
And the critically acclaimed Dragon’s Dogma, Remastered from the Ps3 for it’s 5th anniversary. An intense RPG of incredible design.
That about wraps things up, If we missed your favorite pick let us know in the comments. Feel free to berate us for the non-inclusion of Goat Simulator. Thanks for reading.
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