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The 20 best PlayStation 4 games you can buy right now

Bloodborne ($35)

Bloodborne is not for the faint for heart. This action RPG adventure, a spiritual successor to Hidetaka Miyazaki’s Dark Souls series, takes the challenging combat and methodical boss encounters of the aformentioned games, but speeds up the gameplay for a more frenetic and tense experience. A dark, gothic setting and Lovcraftian story provide a bleak backdrop for the white-knuckle gameplay. As a Hunter, you’ll make your way through the city of Yharnam, where a strange curse has begun turning to locals into mindless beasts. While not technically a horror game, Bloodborne’s setting and high-stakes combat are uniquely terrifying. Be sure to stay alert, because the world of Bloodborne is full of unforgiving monsters and traps around every corner. Read our full review here.

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The Witness ($40)

As the long-anticipated followup to Jonathan Blow’s 2008 breakout indie platformer, Braid, The Witness is a beautiful, sedate, first-person exploration puzzler in the vein of Myst. Much like that ’90s classic, you are dropped on a mysterious island with little to no context, tasked with solving a series of puzzles which in turn allow to you explore more and uncover the island’s secrets. Unlike Myst‘s wide-ranging environmental puzzles, however, the challenges of The Witness are very clearly defined as panels laced with grids that you must navigate like a maze. Blow has iterated a rich syntax of puzzle mechanics within that consistent framework, which helps keep up the pressure with head-scratching, focused challenge. Read our full review here.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain ($37)

From the mind of designer Hideo Kojima comes the fifth (and ostensibly final) entry in the long-running stealth espionage series, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The goofy and over-the-top tone the series is known for has been downplayed, and instead, delivers a far grittier and more reigned-in narrative that follows Venom Snake (Big Boss) as he works to reestablish his mercenary army in his war against the shadowy Cipher. The game has garnered near-universal acclaim thanks to its meticulously designed gameplay, which allows players to complete missions in virtually limitless ways while recruiting and building a mercenary army. Keifer Sutherland lends his voice as Big Boss, too, in what might be the beast stealth action game of all time.

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Fallout 4 ($40)

They say good things come to those who wait, and for fans of the Fallout series and Bethesda’s singular brand of open-world design, Fallout 4 has been a long time coming. The recently-launched title thrusts you into an alternate post-apocalyptic future of greater Boston, an area now teeming with mutant creatures and the last remnants of humanity amid the ruins of New England. The game makes excellent use of Bethesda’s penchant for massive worlds and unrivaled freedom, allowing players the ability to experiment and roleplay exactly the kind of character they want. Whether you play as a smooth-talking mercenary or live out your wildest Mad Max fantasies, in Fallout 4 you can do it all. Read our full review here.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt ($41)

While there are plenty of RPGs available on Sony’s PlayStation 4, publisher CD Projekt’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the best. In the epic conclusion to the trilogy-spanning adventure, players once again don the role of Geralt of Rivia, waging battle against the advancing Wild Hunt army in the Northern Kingdoms. Although the title remains similar in style to previous games in the series, CD Projekt included new combat mechanics and significantly bolstered the customization, all of which help it improve upon the gameplay and imbue its open-world with a greater sense of depth. Moreover, few games possess the kind of writing present in The Witcher 3, which features an enthralling story penned by regular series writer, Marcin Blacha. Perhaps the game’s biggest draw is the fact the main storyline takes players roughly 30 hours to complete. That number balloons to more than 100 hours if you take into account side quests and minigames as well, rendering its longevity as attractive as its visuals. Read our full review here.

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