Yakuza: Kiwami 2's PS2-era story may not be on the same level as Yakuza 6's masterful tale, but it's still amazingly dramatic, and the game itself is absolutely stuffed with brilliant distractions. Kiwami 2 is the most content-rich Yakuza title on PS4, constantly tempting you to get lost in its neon-lit world for hours at a time. On top of that, the Dragon Engine has been further refined with this instalment, making it the best looking title in the series so far.
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As far as MMOs go on PS4, nothing quite lives up to the elegance and polish of Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn. Boasting a lush world, top notch gameplay, and a stunning soundtrack, it's a huge RPG that you can get lost in for days on end, with or without friends by your side.
The final chapter in the tale of series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life tells a gripping story. Countless twists keep you guessing, and a slew of fresh faces keep things thoroughly interesting. What's more, the newly implemented Dragon Engine makes Kamurocho feel more alive than ever before, and the combat system is more fluid than it's ever been. This is next-gen Yakuza, and it's glorious.
Guerrilla Games' first attempt at the open world RPG has left genre veterans looking out-of-touch. While it may lack imagination in some areas of its design, Horizon: Zero Dawn executes its ideas so flawlessly that it can be forgiven for not reinventing the post-post-apocalyptic wheel. Aloy's adventure is one filled with mystery, spanning that of the current climate's tribal politics all the way back to the fall of mankind as we know it. A tight narrative is tied together by combat befitting of a third-person action game, and it's all wrapped up with presentation so polished it resembles a more linear release.
Quite possibly the best Dragon Quest title ever made, Dragon Quest XI is pretty much the series at its peak. The sense of adventure is amazing, but it's the characters that steal the show. This is the most in-depth a Dragon Quest party has ever been, and their personalities shine through. It's also a gorgeous looking game, with the character models in particular raising the bar for Japanese RPGs. Superbly crafted, witty, and unbelievably charming, it's the best traditional JRPG experience on PS4 by some distance.