The PlayStation 4 has really hit its stride in the past couple years with the release of new models like the PS4 Pro and Slim. If you’re thinking of buying a PS4, or if you recently scored one of the awesome PlayStation 4 bundles available right now, we’ve collected some must-have games for the system. The best part? Each of these awesome titles comes in at just $20 or less.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of playing Journey, then you owe it to yourself to experience one of the most atmospheric and beautiful games ever made. Journey takes you into a world that is as lovely as it is mysterious, putting you in the robes of a silent traveler as you make your way across the ruins of a long-dead civilization. You will randomly encounter other players who will quietly share your adventure, adding a cooperative social aspect to the gameplay which feels truly special.
The game is rather short — you will probably finish your first run in about three hours — but rest assured, Journey’s breathtaking world and unique multiplayer experience will keep you coming back again and again. Pick up a digital copy of Journey for $15 from Amazon and get ready to be convinced that video games can indeed be considered art.
Diablo is among the most iconic game series ever made, defining a whole genre of isometric action RPGs. After decades in hiatus, Blizzard surprised everyone when they announced that the classic Diablo II would finally be getting a proper follow-up. Diablo III was a resounding success: Near-universal critical acclaim and more than 12 million happy players have cemented this sequel as a modern classic, delivering all of the old-school monster-hunting, loot-collecting, role-playing gameplay in modern next-gen glory.
Now, you can get in on the action for less than $20. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition includes the core game along with the Reaper of Souls expansion pack, giving you everything in one complete package, and it’s currently on sale for just $15 from GameStop.
Equal parts Myst and Ico, but with a style all its own, Rime is a real treat for gamers who love to explore. You take control of a young boy who is lost in an ancient ruin and must solve puzzles (stop me if this all sounds a bit familiar) in order to unlock the mystery of the deserted island on which you are stranded.
Fans of titles like Ico and The Last Guardian will definitely be in familiar waters here — and that is a good thing — but along with its own distinct art direction and soundtrack, Rime features unique puzzles that must be solved by using things like sound, light, and shadows. If you could use a break from shoot-em-up games and want a more laid-back exploration-focused experience to sink your teeth into, then you can grab Rime from Amazon for $19.50.
Does a farming game sound like fun? No? Well, don’t jump to conclusions until you’ve played Stardew Valley. This cozy slice-of-life sim drops you onto a run-down farm, and you are tasked with restoring it to its former glory. Grow crops, raise animals, customize your homestead, and interact with the local townsfolk. In your spare time, you can craft, fish, forage, mine, and more. It sounds mundane, but Stardew Valley is loaded with charm and is the perfect game to relax with this fall.
Gamers who are fans of the long-running Harvest Moon series of farming sims will find much to love with Stardew Valley, although if you’re not familiar with this addictive sub-genre then this one is the perfect way to get acquainted with it. Pick it up for $20 from Amazon and prepare to spend many comfy hours enjoying the country life.
Xbox may have the long-running Forza series, but the PlayStation got its own new triple-A racing title in 2014 with the release of Evolution Studio’s Driveclub. The game was a hit, selling more than 2 million copies and becoming one of the best-selling PS4 games of all time. Driveclub lets you race across a variety of different environments around the world, from Europe to Japan, all beautifully rendered with stunning visuals.
You can customize your cars, set up your own challenges, and create your own online drive clubs for you and your friends. Driveclub can be yours for $18.50 from Amazon, and the newly released VR version (for use with the PlayStation VR headset) is also available for $19.
Lara Croft is back and better than ever in Tomb Raider, the 2013 reboot to the long-running franchise that first made its mark on the original PlayStation. The new game earned universal critical claim for its darker atmosphere, great graphics, excellent action-adventure gameplay, and solid story that transformed Croft from a campy action hero into a relatable heroine.
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is a graphically enhanced version of the original specifically made for eighth-generation consoles and includes all of the DLC released since the initial launch. You can now grab it from Amazon for just $19.
Ratchet & Clank, the latest entry in Sony’s long-running action-adventure series, is a reimagining of the franchise based on the 2016 movie of the same name. While the film didn’t set the world on fire, the game was met with widespread critical acclaim and quickly became the best-selling Ratchet & Clank title to date.
Ratchet & Clank puts you back in control of the titular hero and his robotic sidekick, It offers all-new gameplay, next-generation graphics, and cinematic cutscenes, but the game still has all the classic run-and-gun platforming action that fans of the series know and love. You can score this PS4 exclusive for just $19 from Amazon.
The Last of Us was one of the PS3’s top exclusive titles, winning hundreds of awards for its excellent story and cinematic gameplay. If you missed the original (or want to experience it again in next-gen glory), now’s the time to pick up the remastered edition for the PlayStation 4. The gritty story focuses on a man named Joel and a young girl named Ellie as the two fight to survive in the American wasteland following a devastating pandemic that has wiped out much of the population.
The Last of Us Remastered features a graphically enhanced version of the original title, all DLC packs, and an all-new prequel story that sheds more light on Ellie’s past. This award-winning adventure game can be yours for just $20 from Walmart.
Need your survival-horror itch scratched? Until Dawn is another PlayStation 4 exclusive that is sure to please gamers with an appetite for the macabre. This game takes place in the frozen mountains of Canada and focuses on a group of teenagers during their ill-advised overnight stay in an old cabin (does this premise sound familiar?).
The teens fall under attack by a psychopath bent on murder, and the player must make hard choices while attempting to escape and survive until sunrise. Along with the branching, player-driven story, Until Dawn offers more than enough suspense and survival-horror action to keep you adrenaline junkies on the edge of your seats. You can score this critically acclaimed PS4 exclusive for $20 from Walmart.
Based on Peter Jackson’s sweeping cinematic interpretation of The Lord of the Rings, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor offers a deeper look at the dirty underbelly of J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy universe. This game not only breaks new ground with its darker exploration of the world of Middle-earth, but features innovative new AI technology that lets enemy Orcs adapt to your actions throughout the game for a unique player-driven experience.
The Game of the Year Edition includes the core game along with extras such as five new missions, unique runes and skins, and new challenge modes. Grab your sword and prepare to do battle with Sauron’s evil forces in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, now just $20 from Amazon.
The Dark Souls franchise needs no introduction. FromSoftware’s horror-fantasy epic was a smash hit that prompted several award-winning sequels. Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin takes you for another hair-raising and teeth-gritting ride, this time into the land of Drangleic, as you battle vicious demons, hordes of the undead, and even other players in the quest for souls.
The epic campaign blends seamlessly with the game’s multiplayer component, allowing you to cooperate with or challenge other gamers online. Known for its steep difficulty, Dark Souls is recommended for only the bravest of adventurers. Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin contains all of the DLC expansions, along with the original game, and can be yours for $20 from Walmart.
If you finished Dark Souls II and fancy another challenge, then you owe it to yourself to play the finale. Dark Souls III is a final sendoff for From Software’s award-winning trilogy, and it delivers the challenges, terror, chilling atmosphere, and awesome gameplay that the series is known for as it plunges you deep into another labyrinthine, ruined world.
The final title in the Dark Souls series doesn’t reinvent the wheel, and with a formula that works as well as this, that’s not a bad thing at all. Gamers who have been waiting for a price drop are in luck, as well: Dark Souls III is now available from Amazon for just $20.
If you can’t get enough of the rage-inducing masochistic gameplay of Dark Souls, then you have to play Bloodborne, another fantastic entry from the creative minds at FromSoftware. Bloodborne takes Lovecraftian horror to a whole new level, and is set in a unique Gothic fantasy world where you battle it out with diseased, mad, and nightmarish creatures. Cooperate with up to two of your friends to explore and fight your way across numerous dungeons where great treasures – and great horrors – await you.
Unlike the multiplatform Dark Souls series, Bloodborne is exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and is one of the standout titles for this system. Grab this must-have action RPG for $20 from Walmart and brace yourself for a descent into madness.
Fallout is one of the longest-running franchises around, but it still somehow manages to exceed our expectations with each new release. Fallout 4 is no exception, and its massive open world gives you total freedom to fight and scavenge your way across a post-apocalyptic wasteland in an alternative universe where civilization has been devastated by a worldwide nuclear war.
You emerge as the lone survivor of Vault 111, and must employ whatever means necessary in order to survive and thrive in the radioactive ruins of the U.S. Customize your character, join factions, level your skills, and even build your own base in Bethesda’s epic follow-up to 2008’s Fallout 3. Fallout 4 offers a true next-gen experience, and can be yours for $20 from Walmart.
Most of the titles in our roundup are aimed at mature audiences, so we’ve made one special pick for kids and adults alike who want to relax with some lighter fare. The LittleBigPlanet series has jumped its way into our hearts with its fun platforming gameplay and charming cast of characters. The latest entry in the franchise, LittleBigPlanet 3, is another PlayStation exclusive that is sure to please.
Sackboy, our favorite little knitted hero, returns along with a cast of plush new friends. Explore the colorful world of Bunkum as you jump, climb, fly, and solve puzzles using all-new abilities. You’ll enjoy countless hours of additional gameplay, with custom levels designed by other players in the LittleBigPlanet community. You can now grab LittleBigPlanet 3 for $20 from Walmart.
Update: Added Journey, Diablo III, Rime, and Stardew Valley. Removed expired offers and updated prices.
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Published at Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:18:14 +0000