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Our picks of the 10 best Xbox and PS4 titles

As we steam ever closer to the next generation of consoles, gaming expert Michael (Store Manager, Gawler SA) looks back at the journey that was the PS4 and XboxOne.

We have already revealed the best Switch games, so now it’s time to start a few arguments and be a little divisive as we discuss, in my humble opinion, what the best PS4 and Xbox One exclusives were.

Like the last list there are rules – no ports from previous consoles and nothing that started as a PC exclusive.

10. The Outer Worlds

I have never really been a fan of the Fallout series and I feel like I should be. I’m a big fan of RPGs and the Elder Scrolls series but Fallout never really hit home for me. The Outer Worlds is the Fallout experience that I always wanted. There was no dreary, mostly-empty wasteland to trek through.

The world is rich and full of character, the gun play is satisfying and the dialogue is terrific. The character customisation is simple and really effective. You can take flaws that give you a negative effect but you get a stat point from it. For example, I kept jumping off high places and breaking my legs so after a while my character was scared of heights. It's also long enough to be satisfying but short enough that I want to play it again and make different choices to see how they play out.

9. Spider-Man

I am sceptical of anything that comes out branded as Spider-Man. There have been so many average games and movies over the years, and it feels like we get a reboot every few years. That being said, Spider-Man for PS4 is a great game. It feels so smooth to swing around the city – it does everything it can to make you feel like Spider-Man.

Everything about the game tries to be as faithful to the subject matter as possible. Manhattan is really well re-created, the controls are as smooth as they should be, and graphically it looks amazing.

There are so many small touches as well, like catching the subway and taking selfies with adoring fans plus the novelty of unlocking your favourite Spider-Man suit.

8. Resident Evil 7

OK, I’m a big baby and didn’t play this game myself but I have watched it being played. This was the game that put Resident Evil back on the map and after the lacklustre Resident Evil 6, the franchise needed it.

Resident Evil 7 is, in my opinion, is the best VR game to be released so far. It isn’t just an app like Beat Saber but a fully-fledged game that VR can actually enhance.

If you're a fan of survival horror this has to be on your list to play and if you want a laugh just have a look at some reaction videos of unsuspecting people playing it in VR.

7. Overwatch

Blizzard have basically made a name for themselves on three games over the years with Diablo, Warcraft and Starcraft. So when they announced a new IP in a new world it generated a lot of buzz.

Overwatch is really great fun to play. It's a top-quality shooter that demands team-work and tactical intelligence to succeed. It’s equal parts FPS and MOBA, with different roles for every character, and if your team isn’t balanced – you know everyone wants to play DPS – you're going to have a bad time.

Blizzard didn’t just throw some characters together. They've created a world and a story that goes behind it that they continued to expand and develop. For me, the true measure of a game's quality is when there are imitations (cough, Valorant, cough).

6. Bloodborne

FromSoftware have made a name for themselves beating you into the ground with the absurd difficulty of their games while creating a deep, rich world that you want to explore despite the obvious and ever-present danger.

Bloodborne is no different. Technically separate from the ‘Souls’ universe and set in a Lovecraftian, Gothic Horror setting it's dripping with character. It’s faster paced than past Souls games and puts a higher emphasis on attacking and being aggressive but still maintains a feeling of fairness once you decipher the attack patterns of the enemies.

Now I really struggled to actually play the game – as I said it’s really hard – but I want to play more and actually get good because the lore and setting just draw me in and, in true FromSoftware fashion, it’s up to you to decipher the actual story.

That being said, the doll is evil.

5. God of War

Boy – what do you say about this game. Dad of War was such a change of pace from the previous games in the God of War series. Gone are the days of the blood-lusting, revenge-fuelled Kratos.

This is an older Kratos, mourning the loss of his wife and unsure how to have a relationship with his son and it's those mature themes that radiate through the whole game and make it really stand out.

This was a game that really accepted that gamers are starting to get old and want a mature story they can relate to. That being said, it still has crisp combat, some massive fight sequences, and the puzzles and collectables that have always been in the series.

However the whole game can be played in one single camera shot, showing you Kratos’ point of view in entirety. Everything about this game was a risk and it all paid off.

4. Horizon Zero Dawn

This game was the biggest surprise of this console generation for me – I absolutely loved it. It was probably the best new story that I played in a long time.

That's what's so good about this game – the characters really draw you in and the story is just terrific, emotional and intriguing.

If you haven’t played it then you need to. This is the game I recommend to anyone that's asking for a new game to play.

Horizon Zero Dawn looks great and I can’t wait to see what Forbidden West will look like on PS5. You shoot giant robot dinosaurs with a bow and arrow – what more do you need?

3. Witcher 3

This game is massive. It felt like every time I completed a quest, two more took its place. There have been a lot of games in the past that force you to make tough decisions, but the consequences never seem to add up. Witcher 3 nails this.

Often the choices aren’t obvious either. Who do you help to the throne in Skellige? Do you kill the suspiciously not evil monster or spare it? And, of course, Triss or Yennifer?

The DLC aren’t just small quests either. They're about 30 hours of extra gameplay combined, which is as long as most games. The only downside of Witcher 3 is that there is so much to do that you can easily out-level the main quest. However, the exploration and vast array of things to discover is just too good to pass up.

2. Red Dead Redemption 2

Rockstar don’t rush their games. It was eight years between the first game and the sequel and it was worth the wait.

Everything about Red Dead 2 is polished and the subtle nuances that don’t add anything to gameplay - but add to the feel and authenticity of the game - are countless.

I normally mainline a game and only sparingly do side quests but I found myself just moseying around, hunting rare animals for a fancier hat and going in every random house I came across – just in case there were aliens, a manbearpig or just some gold bars tucked away in a chimney.

The story is really satisfying as well. In true Rockstar fashion it isn’t black and white and you never really know who to trust and if you're actually doing the right thing. And that’s all before you add the multiplayer on top of it.

1. Fortnite

At number one we have Fortnite. Now a lot of people may not agree with me on this, but there is no game on this list (or perhaps ever) that has had such an effect on world culture.

They've partnered with Marvel, DC, Star Wars, and even had concerts from Travis Scott and Marshmello. It wasn’t the first Battle Royale but it was the most accessible, profitable, and the most imitated.

The gunplay is simple but effective, the building adds a different level of strategy, and once they added the creative mode there was a sandbox to just play in.

It has evolved with the times and while at the moment it isn’t as popular as it once was, if they release a new map then chances are you'll jump on again to have a look. I know I did with the recent Marvel update.

Honourable Mentions: Dark Souls 3, Doom Eternal, Fallout 4, Cuphead, Forza Horizon 4, The Last of Us 2.

Stay tuned for more news as it comes and if you’re looking for new games or upgrades be sure to check out our ever-changing Gaming Section on the Cash Converters Online Shop.

Author: Michael - Cash Converters Gawler SA

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