It's time once again for the indomitable staff here at Push Square to share their own personal Game of the Year picks. Every year, we herd our writers together and force them to spill their opinions on their five favourite games of the last 12 months. Usually, this involves poking them with a stick until they come clean. Below, you'll find the personal PlayStation picks of associate editor Robert Ramsey.
Fifth Choice: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
Oh it's all very Ramsey already isn't it? Listen, I know a lot of you will see the word 'Naruto' and scoff, but honestly, Ninja Storm 4 is brilliant. For my money it's the best anime-based title on the PlayStation 4. It might not be a truly amazing fighting game, but the sheer spectacle that it serves up on a constant basis is enough reason for it to be here on this list. A real work of quality from a very underappreciated studio in CyberConnect2.
Fourth Choice: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition
Across PlayStation 3 and PC, I've put more hours into Skyrim than I have any other game I've ever played. When it came out on PlayStation 4, my plan was to just blitz through it for review purposes, but you know what? I actually ended up really enjoying it all over again. There's something about Bethesda games that just keeps me enthralled - and I think Skyrim is the best of the bunch when it comes to creating an incredibly cohesive open world.
Third Choice: Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir
Another remaster? Are you having a laugh? Well, for one, it's more of a remake than a remaster, and two, even if this is a re-release, I think it's still better than most of the other games that I played this year. A downright stunning art style, a fantastically fluid combat system, and stints of delightful storytelling make Leifthrasir one of the best role-playing titles on Sony's current-gen console. An absolute joy to behold and play from start to finish.
Second Choice: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
It's weird to think how Naughty Dog has evolved as a studio over the years. I grew up with games like Crash Bandicoot on the original PlayStation, and now the developer is pumping out some of the greatest action and adventure games that I've ever played. For me, Uncharted 4 is the pinnacle of the series. It takes absolutely everything that Naughty Dog has learned and crams it into one amazingly refined and gorgeous package.
First Choice: Final Fantasy XV
While I think that Uncharted 4 is the better game overall, on a purely personal level, Final Fantasy XV resonated with me in a way that Drake's latest didn't. Like many, I've been waiting years to finally play this, and the finished product is way better than I had anticipated. I grew attached to Noctis and his friends, to the point where I was sad to see the adventure end, and even now, weeks after finishing it, I still stop to think about the year's most memorable road trip.
What do you think of Robert's personal picks? Can anyone stop this weeb's worrying crusade? Feel free to complain in the comments section below.