Games of the Year: PlayStation 4

Games of the Year: PlayStation 4

The best games of the year

Have you voted in the NZGamer.com Game of the Year 2013 Awards yet?  Make sure you vote before January 20th - it's your chance to decide which games earn the awards, plus you could with $1,000 worth of games thanks to Orcon!

It's only just come out, so there aren't yet many games on Sony's new PlayStation 4, and of those that there are, we only got a few to review.

That said, there's still enough material on the system to keep gamers happy over the holiday break, and the future for the flagship machine looks very bright indeed - assuming you can find one to buy, of course!

Before we list the games we reviewed (all six of them), let's take a look at what other critics had to say via the review score aggregating website Metacritic.

The Top 10 on Metacritic

  1. Flower
  2. FIFA 14
  3. Battlefield 4
  4. NBA 2K14
  5. Trine 2: Complete Story
  6. Sound Shapes
  7. Resogun
  8. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  9. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  10. Injustice: Gods Among Us - Ultimate Edition

The Top 6 on NZGamer.com

In reverse order, for added drama…

6. Killzone: Shadow Fall

Score: 7.5

From the review: "I’m gonna have to give Shadow Fall a mediumish score. While the gameplay was OK, there were just too many things in the campaign mode that bugged me. Multiplayer is much better, however, with a solid mission-based experience and smooth interaction."

5. Need for Speed: Rivals

Score: 7.8

From the review: "Overall, Need for Speed Rivals is a great game, but one held back by some disappointing, avoidable flaws. The multiplayer mode is well intentioned, but poorly implemented, and I should never have my right to pause during singleplayer stripped from me. Then there’s the story, if you can call it that; a juvenile, “f*** the police” mess that is a good reminder that not every game needs a narrative. But if you can get past these issues (and I’m sure you can), you’ll find a thrilling racer that reminds us that unrealistic driving games are fun, too."

4. Knack

Score: 8

From the review: "I quite liked Knack, despite it’s repetitive gameplay. The characters in the story (which I haven’t mentioned because it’s fairly simple kid’s movie type stuff) are pretty well done albeit incredibly stereotypical (the smart kid; the grumpy professor; the bad guy with a beard.) Knack himself is a fairly fun character, though his deep resonant voice was odd given it doesn’t change as his size changes."

3. Call of Duty: Ghosts

Score: 8.7

From the review: "Should you buy it? Absolutely. Call of Duty remains a fun game to play and for those that are looking for a multiplayer title with legs, Ghosts will certainly sit atop the pile for the next 12 months. There's a bunch of great new stuff to explore in the box already, and - of course - more coming thanks to the game's planned DLC content. Highly recommended."

2. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

Score: 8.8

From the review: "Players will explore and smash bricks for hours just to unlock some of the ridiculous cast of characters, and - thanks to clever split-screen drop-in/out multiplayer - is even better with a friend by your side. For Marvel comics readers, there is an amazing fan-fare dedication to enjoy here and for everyone else, it’s an action-packed, casual, and thoroughly fun experience."

1. Battlefield 4

Score: 9.0

From the review: "Battlefield is a multiplayer game at heart. It excels in human-on-human warfare and this latest title perfects the formula. However the game still includes a relatively decent singleplayer campaign, which clocks in at around five hours and offers a number of memorable set-pieces along the way."




 

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Comments Comments (16)

 
Posted by Vicx
On Saturday 28 Dec 2013 4:16 PM
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No Resogun?! that game was by far the biggest surprise for me on PS4, had no idea it'd be so fun, in fact I preferred it over BF4's campaign. I'd definitely replace either Ghosts, Lego Marvel or Knack with Resogun. Despite being a PSN exclusive the fun factor far exceeds any of those games. Don't underestimate the smaller titles, they can hold their own against the AAAs.
 
 
 
Posted by Coddfish
On Saturday 28 Dec 2013 4:50 PM
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28 December 2013, 04:16 PM Reply to Vicx
No Resogun?! that game was by far the biggest surprise for me on PS4, had no idea it'd be so fun, in fact I preferred it over BF4's campaign. I'd definitely replace either Ghosts, Lego Marvel or Knack with Resogun. Despite being a PSN exclusive the fun factor far exceeds any of those games. Don't underestimate the smaller titles, they can hold their own against the AAAs.
The list only includes stuff that NZGamer.com got to review, so no Resogun, sadly :(
 
 
 
oconnomiyaki
Posted by oconnomiyaki
On Saturday 28 Dec 2013 7:59 PM
2
Yet BF4 was a broken mess for ages and even after the latest round of patches still crashes constantly. /Shrug
 
 
 
fatbot
Posted by fatbot
On Saturday 28 Dec 2013 9:10 PM
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Hmm. I'd personally rate Killzone over Need for Speed
 
 
 
Posted by ALK3MiST
On Saturday 28 Dec 2013 9:29 PM
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wow lego msh? haven't played a lego game since batman, but nice surprise
 
 
 
Sam
Posted by Sam
On Sunday 29 Dec 2013 8:40 AM
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Got the Lego Marvel game for Christmas so am looking forward to it. I have been loving knack and NBA 2k14 too, despite NBA's bugs that are hopefully fixed now. Will be working on the PlayStation tan when I am back from holiday
 
 
 
Posted by temungbean
On Sunday 29 Dec 2013 10:26 AM
4
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is a fantastic game. Only problem I have now is fighting my son over it.
 
 
 
Posted by CloudAxel16
On Sunday 29 Dec 2013 12:56 PM
2
28 December 2013, 09:29 PM Reply to ALK3MiST
wow lego msh? haven't played a lego game since batman, but nice surprise
Yeah Lego MSH is actually quite fun and in my opinion the best lego game.
 
 
 
Posted by Gadgetgamers
On Sunday 29 Dec 2013 1:47 PM
2
Battlefield 4 is the worst game I have ever bought, total waist of money, full of bugs, friends can't play as a team.
 
 
 
Posted by stupidlikeafox
On Sunday 29 Dec 2013 6:59 PM
1
best lego game ive ever played. easily.
 
 
 
Posted by Deanology
On Sunday 29 Dec 2013 7:22 PM
1
Games of the month, pretty much.

This year is full of interesting/promising titles.
Looking forward to the next bunch of games.
 
 
 
Posted by Durty Driscoll
On Monday 30 Dec 2013 6:19 PM
1
I'm still yet to pick up MSH - played the demo on PS3 and enjoyed so i should grab it on PS4. I think nzgameshop have it for cheap too
 
 
 
Posted by kiwibadboy
On Thursday 2 Jan 2014 9:49 PM
1
So much goodness.....no PS4 to play them :(
#brokelife
 
 
 
Posted by atipuss
On Friday 3 Jan 2014 7:37 AM
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Do we think Flower will be free for ps+ someday?
 
 
 
Posted by Bappernz
On Tuesday 7 Jan 2014 8:04 AM
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can't wait to buy my PS4 and play some killzone, one of my most looked forward to games ever
 
 
 
Posted by Gadgetgamers
On Tuesday 7 Jan 2014 1:16 PM
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Call of Duty: Ghosts all the way, better than BF4 by far