2. Until Dawn
I’m convinced that Sony had no idea what they had with Until Dawn, which helps explain why it was released with barely any marketing push to speak of back in 2015. It’s a shame too because Until Dawn is one of the PS4’s strongest exclusives and an excellent new franchise that deserves to continue. Until Dawn isn’t so much a game in the traditional sense as it is an interactive drama (think Telltale’s The Walking Dead) and one that wears its love for the horror genre and its many conventions on its sleeve. Set in and around an isolated cabin on the fictional Blackwood Mountain, the game centers around a group of eight teens who have to try and survive the night against increasingly disturbing and mysterious forces.
What begins as a seemingly run-0f-the-mill slasher flick begins to morph into something much more ambitious that covers practically every corner of the horror genre, contributing to a surprisingly engrossing narrative that you’ll want to see through to the end. With its branching narrative paths, Until Dawn is very much dependent on the player’s actions, which can lead to all sorts of grim and sometimes even hilarious outcomes. Combine that with a great cast of performers that includes Hayden Panettiere, Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek and the always delightful Peter Stormare and Until Dawn is truly something special that every PS4 owner should experience.
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1. Mad Max
In another notable case of poor timing, Avalanche’s Mad Max game had the misfortune of releasing on the very same day as Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, another open-world game that benefited from a much larger fan base and better critical reception. While MGSV is indeed the better game, that doesn’t take away from what Avalanche accomplished with Mad Max, which is a better game than it really has any right to be. Mad Max isn’t an adaptation of the movie Mad Max: Fury Road, which was released a few months prior, but it does contain some of the same settings and overall style.
Considering the game’s map is overflowing with side missions, collectibles, and other points of interesting, you’d be forgiven for thinking Mad Max was an Ubisoft game. But while the game does suffer from some of the same problems as titles like Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry, Mad Max actually makes attempts to be more substantive than its open world laundry list design would suggest. Part of this may have to do with the game’s environmental design, which delivers one of the most visually-arresting post-apocalyptic landscapes in video game history.
Equal parts beautiful and repellent, Mad Max gets a lot of mileage out of making you feel like an inhabitant of a world in which hope is hanging by a thread … but also one where you can harpoon a bandit in the face and send him flying over the hood of your car. Factor in an addictive upgrade structure, explosive car combat, and satisfying melee brawls, and Mad Max is arguably one of the best hidden gems of its generation.
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