Sony’s flagship console, the PlayStation 4, may still be far from reaching the PlayStation 2’s success in terms of sold units (the PS2 sold more than 155 million units from its launch), but it did hold the title of the highest-selling console for close to one year, with approximately 13.5 million units sold to date. A part of the PlayStation 4’s success is owed to its impressive hardware specs, which top those of its main competitor, the Xbox One, but it’s the impressive selection of available games that really boost up the numbers. Here are the top games that made the Sony PlayStation 4 the success it is today.
1. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
All the games in the Call of Duty series are major successes, and Advanced Warfare is no exception to this unwritten rule. Coming with breath-taking graphics that make everything look more realistic than ever before, Advanced Warfare also brings some futuristic gadgetry into the scene in the shape of an exoskeleton suit that gives that enhances the player’s speed, mobility and agility, taking combat scenes to a whole new level. The weapons and some mechanics of the game were also upgraded, so Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare can really be considered the game that changes everything you knew about Call of Duty.
2. Far Cry 4
Far Cry 4 was one of the most highly anticipated games of 2014, and given the success of the other games in the Far Cry series, it’s easy to understand why. Aside from coming with a bigger world than any other game in the series, Far Cry 4 also does a better job at combining the story of the game with the open-world concept where the player is free to roam around. One distinctive feature of Far Cry 4 is the Hardcore mode, which takes the realism of first person shooters to a whole new level by adding elements such as hypothermia and infections from bug bites into the scene, which are some of the problems you would normally face when fighting your way through jungle, rivers and mountains.
3. GTA V
Far Cry and Call of Duty may dominate the scene of first-person shooters, but it’s GTA that really takes realism to new heights in video games with its open-world game play model. Coming six years after the last game in the series, GTA V was well worth the wait, as it brings a lot of new elements such as the ability to choose between three main characters in the game (each character coming with its different background and story, and leading to a different ending in the game), and most notably, two different gaming modes: third person view and the long-awaited first person view. As you can easily imagine, adding first-person view to a game such as GTA completely transforms the whole game, so if you’re a fan of the GTA series, GTA V is definitely a must try.
Destiny is another title that made waves in 2014. Coming from the creators of Halo, Destiny is a hybrid between a first-person shooter, an open-world adventure game and a massive multiplayer online game that has a little bit to offer for everyone. Whether you’re a casual player, a hobbyist or a hardcore gamer, Destiny will fulfill your crave for shooting. Perhaps what’s even more interesting about Destiny is the fact that, according to the developers, Activision and Bungie, Destiny is just a foundation – there are plans for a ten-year franchise, totaling $500 million in development. The future is bright for Destiny.
5. Assassin’s Creed Unity
Every game in the Assassin’s Creed series was already awesome on its own, but Assassin’s Creed Unity aims to take things a step further by introducing a co-op multiplayer mode that will change the whole gameplay. The action in Assassin’s Creed Unity takes place in Paris, but the game also has ties to the previous game in the series, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed Rogue. Despite the fact that the game really lives up to its hype, the PC version came with some exaggerated system requirements, so the console version remained the most popular.
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