2019 has been a good year for PlayStation 4 owners so far. At the time of writing we're about halfway through, and although we're still coming to terms with just how quickly this year is speeding by, we think it's time to take a look at the best games of 2019 up until this point. Below, we've listed our ten favourites in alphabetical order.
This latest entry in the long-running fighter jet action series was a long time coming, but the end result is a magnificent return to form. By sticking to what it does best – a melodramatic story, lots of varied missions, and tight, responsive controls – Ace Combat 7 is one of the franchise's best. What's more, the PSVR support is excellent. It may be limited to just a few missions, but flying through the clouds in virtual reality is a thrilling experience. Throw in some entertaining multiplayer, and it all comes together as one explosive package. Whether you're a series fan or not, Skies Unknown is ace.
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A bombastic PSVR exclusive with AAA production values, Blood & Truth is a narrative-driven cockney crime caper with some of the most entertaining first-person shootouts that you’ll find on the PS4 period. By giving you full control of your hands, even simple actions like reloading become acrobatic acts of gun-fu, while the title’s sharp writing and gimmicky mission objectives keep things feeling fresh from beginning to end.
Deacon St. John’s debut is riddled with issues, but there’s a je ne sais quoi to this undead open worlder that makes it one of the more memorable releases of the year. Days Gone may take its sweet time to get going, but its survival mechanics make for a white knuckle adventure that threatens at every opportunity. More importantly, there’s a moreish quality to the Oregon-set sandbox that will keep you hooked as its cast gradually begins to establish itself.
Pretty much the pinnacle of action on PS4, Devil May Cry 5 is a thrill ride masterpiece from start to finish. Featuring deep combo-based combat that puts the competition to shame, this is another knockout from Capcom. Playable protagonists Nero, V, and Dante all bring something unique to the table, and once you get a feel for things, you'll struggle to find a more satisfying experience on Sony's system. Sprinkle on some outstanding visuals and one hell of a soundtrack, and you've got one of the best games of 2019, no question.
We're slightly cheating with this one, considering the full game isn't out yet, but Dreams has totally blown us away. Media Molecule's creative suite is remarkable, allowing your average PS4 user to craft something presentable in no time. The evidence is clear in the thousands of creations available to instantly play that the studio is tapping into something special here. From intricate character models to fully featured games, the variety is staggering. And this is in Early Access; when the game fully launches with a developer-made story, even more tutorials, and goodness-knows how many community curios, we're certain we'll have a PS4 classic on our hands.