In recent days, the PlayStation 4 has been overshadowed by Sony's original console as the gaming world celebrated the 20 anniversary of a machine that smashed the long-held dominance of Sega and Nintendo. The praise has been well-deserved given the PlayStation One did so much to revolutionise gaming, making it a cool pastime that travelled down from the bedroom into the living room and the hearts of a host of new players.
Without it we would not, rather obviously, have gone on to enjoy the PS2 (the most popular console of all time with 155 million sales) nor the PS3 (a machine which fared less well, drawing with the Xbox 360 in the console wars and being resoundingly beaten by the Wii). But it's the PS4 which intrigues us the most today. So far a staggering 13 million PS4s have been sold, 185,000 in the UK alone which makes it the country's fastest-selling console in history. It's just a shame that developers have yet to really hit their stride with it.
A fair few of the games in our top 10 are remakes or ports from other platforms which either shows caution with developers falling back on tried-and-tested games that require less investment than new titles, opportunism as they cash-in on the thirst for next-gen graphics, or pure laziness. Yet the PS4 has allowed these games to shine like never before and the new games are taking advantage of the console's power. We expect big things in 2015.
Best PS4 games of 2014
Best PS4 games of 2014
Although this 28th century post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure was made by the creators of the Xbox favourite Halo and has a story that can, at best, be described as convoluted and lacklustre, Destiny is a deep, fluid, fast first person shooter that draws influence from multiple sources and wraps it in a package of gorgeous graphics and ear-pleasing audio.
2/9 The Last of Us Remastered
The original 2013 incarnation of The Last of Us was a worthy winner of dozens of Game of the Year Awards so many gamers were hoping for signs of sequel. Instead, we got this: a visually enhanced version for the PS4 complete with a director commentary. Yet Naughty Dog's boundary-pushing action-adventure is a real treat, blending perfect level design with mature, brutal and honest story-telling.
Although the independently-made action-adventure Spelunky debuted on the PC in 2009, it only made it to the PS4 in October. Combining the straight-forward gameplay and looks of a game from the 90s (think Rick Dangerous) with the polish of a modern-day blockbuster, it's a randomly generated multiplayer platformer that truly tests gamer ability.
4/9 LittleBigPlanet 3
Stephen Fry's narration leads gamers into the latest incarnation of a PlayStation fave that introduces three new characters – Oddsock, Toggle and Swoop – and pits them across a set of lovingly-crafted levels. The game's create mode has benefited from the introduction of pop-it puzzles which teach gamers how to manipulate the digital world without bogging them down with tools. As a result, it's a game the LBP community will adore.
5/9 Don't Starve
Released just days into the New Year, Don't Starve was able to wash away the back-to-work January blues by offering a compelling survival sim set in a huge open world that could so easily have dripped from the pen of Tim Burton. It's a fascinatingly arty, atmospheric battle against starvation that makes you question pretty much everything you come across.
6/9 Infamous: Second Son
Infamous was a hugely popular PlayStation-exclusive for the PS3 in 2009 and this third game in the series has had a similar impact on the PS4. The game asks players to pick a path of good or evil for the central character Delsin and it enthrals thanks to frantic, challenging battles and a greater array of powers than in previous incarnations. With DualShock 4 integration and an impressive visualisation of Seattle, it's both sexy and slick.
It may lack variation but DriveClub remains the best PS4 racer to date (which some may feel is a rather damning insight into the competition). The game keeps things simple by throwing out many driving staples such as car customisation and replays. But the cars boast tight-handling, the social elements excel and you're able to take to the wheel of gorgeous cars on realistic-looking tracks.
8/9 Metro Redux
Whether or not you like these gaming revamps, there is no denying that the double tarting up of shooters Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light for the PS4 is a triumph. The former benefits from features introduced in the latter (the musical cues as an enemy emerges proving very effective) and both shine in 1080p. It's how remakes should be.
9/9 Towerfall Ascension
Towerfall was one of the – only – reasons to snap up a Ouya, that disappointing Kickstarter crowd-funded Android-based console that has largely died a death. Towerfall Ascension is the PS4 version with an offline four-player, fast-flowing free-for-all that will rock any Christmas party. Time to buy some more controllers.