15. Final Fantasy VII Remake

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Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 10th Apr 2020 (USA) / 10th Apr 2020 (UK/EU)

Square Enix actually did it. It actually remade Final Fantasy VII, and the result isn't a complete disaster. In fact, Final Fantasy VII Remake is a fantastic action RPG. It may not cover the whole story of the original, but it greatly expands on characters, themes, and plot points included in the Midgar arc. Its crowing achievement is its outstanding combat, which blends real time movement and action with time-pausing command menus. It feels like the evolution of Final Fantasy's classic Active Time Battle system, and it's amazing. What a time to be alive.

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14. Judgment (PS4)

Judgment (PS4)Judgment (PS4)
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: Yakuza Studio
Release Date: 25th Jun 2019 (USA) / 25th Jun 2019 (UK/EU)

A Yakuza spin-off of sorts, Judgment embraces the same general gameplay structure as SEGA's crime-filled series, but it adds a delicious detective spin to proceedings. Playing as rough and ready private detective Takayuki Yagami, you chase leads (sometimes literally), examine evidence, and question suspects. With a gripping story and a cast of excellent characters, Judgment is yet another win for Yakuza Studio, and its completely standalone narrative acts as a perfect starting point for those interested in the franchise.

13. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

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Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom
Release Date: 3rd Oct 2017 (USA) / 3rd Oct 2017 (UK/EU)

One of the very best action RPGs of modern times, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is better than ever on PS4, where its last-gen framerate issues are put to the sword. Subtle storytelling combines with a dark fantasy world to create an enthralling experience, and the combat is still miles ahead of almost everything else in the genre. A game deserving of far more praise than many are prepared to give.

12. Yakuza: Kiwami 2 (PS4)

Yakuza: Kiwami 2 (PS4)Yakuza: Kiwami 2 (PS4)
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: Yakuza Studio
Release Date: 28th Aug 2018 (USA) / 28th Aug 2018 (UK/EU)

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.

11. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life

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Publisher: SEGA / Developer: Yakuza Studio
Release Date: 17th Apr 2018 (USA) / 17th Apr 2018 (UK/EU)

The final chapter in the tale of series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life tells a truly 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.