Sony would probably agree that the PlayStation 4's first year wasn't exactly vintage – but then, when does a console ever come flying out of the gates? From a first-party perspective, the platform holder pumped out some quality titles, but compared to its frankly frighteningly lineup in 2013, the past twelve months have fallen short of the firm's admittedly high bar. That doesn't mean that the next-gen system's first full year on the market was poor, though – far from it. While there weren't many standouts, we had a tough time internally coming up with a shortlist that accurately represented the PS4 in 2014 – there was just so much good stuff. Fortunately for us, there were four titles in particular that rose above the rest; read on to find out what we thought was the cream of a rather colossal crop.
Bronze Trophy: Dragon Age: Inquisition
After what was a divisive second game, the Dragon Age franchise is right back on track with the superb Dragon Age: Inquisition. Not many titles can tie a thoroughly enjoyable narrative to a vast open world, but here developer BioWare makes it look easy. Brilliantly written characters, gorgeous locations, refined combat, and a heck of a lot of player choice all combine to create a memorable journey that can last well over 100 hours.
Silver Trophy: P.T.
P.T. has been the source of more discussion than any other at Push Square. When we haven't been recounting our experiences with the promotional release, we've been pondering whether the survival horror deserves a spot on this list. Ultimately, we decided that, despite being marketing for Silent Hills, this playable experiment was one of the more memorable forays in 2014. In fact, we'd argue that it's the eeriest affair to hit a console in over a decade.
Gold Trophy: inFAMOUS: Second Son
Sucker Punch never gets much love. Despite crafting the most consistent PS2 platforming property in Sly Cooper, the studio has always stood in the shadow of its more fashionable first-party peers. inFAMOUS: Second Son, the highlight of the PS4's launch window, gave the Seattle-based studio its time to shine – and it responded with graffiti cans and more rain than a mini-monsoon. This may have been one of 2014's drearier games, but what it lacked in good weather, it made up for in visual sparkle and sublime controls.
Platinum Trophy: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Video games that take great inspiration from other titles often struggle to usurp their "mentors", frequently falling short as blatant rip-offs. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is a unique case, then, as it succeeds where so many of its peers fail. By flawlessly combining the parkour-like gameplay of Assassin's Creed with the free-flowing combat of the Batman: Arkham series, this Lord of the Rings spin-off hits a serious sweet spot.
Navigating the bleak yet beautiful landscapes of Mordor while fighting the filth of Sauron's dominion is seriously entertaining stuff – and it leaves little to be improved on from a gameplay perspective. Combine this with the innovative Nemesis System, which extensively personalises your encounters with a host of unique, diversified Orcs, and you have the recipe for something special. Sure, the final story acts are weak and rushed – but don't let that deter you from this year's best PS4 game.
What was your favourite PS4 game of 2014? Do you agree with our winners, or would you have selected something else? Cast your vote in our poll, and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below.
What was your favourite PS4 game of 2014? (68 votes)
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Child of Light
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Far Cry 4
inFAMOUS: Second Son
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Samurai Warriors 4
Valiant Hearts: The Great War
Wolfenstein: The New Order
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