Christmas Gift Guide 2015: 20 fantastic PlayStation 4 games

Stuck for what to buy the gamer in your life? Not any more

 

Buying someone a new game for Christmas is easy if you're a gamer yourself. But if you're not, it's a terrifying ordeal akin to driving down the motorway when blindfolded.

So which one do I buy? Hang on, Halo - I've heard of that. But is it any good? No, wait, is that even available on PlayStation 4? Or is it a PlayStation 3 they have? Why is everyone in this shop so young?

Fear not - all you really need is to find out which console they have, peek at what games they already have, then check out our list of brilliant PlayStation 4 games. (That's assuming they're a PlayStation 4 gamer; if they're on Xbox One, you'll need this list instead). 

And if you are a gamer yourself? Well, why not buy yourself a treat after all that hard work.

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

We spend a lot of time in games dealing out death – just keep reading the list! – but rarely any time at all ruminating about it. Or life, for that matter. So Everybody's Gone to the Rapture is an anomaly in more ways than one, then.

See, everyone but you has suddenly vanished, and you'll wander a sleepy English village reliving their memories as you try to piece together what happens. It's minimally interactive, but massively compelling.

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt

Looking for a fantasy epic to lose yourself in for a hundred or more hours? Look no further than The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, one of the finest role-playing games we've ever played.

It's vast and stunning, but the beauty is more than skin-deep: the characters are richly drawn, there's plenty of interesting stuff to do in the world, and the combat is quite sharp to boot. Even if you didn't play earlier entries – probably a lot of you – this is a fine place to start.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate

Syndicate sees the Assassin's Creed series put a very strong foot forward again after the slight mess that was Unity. Victorian London is about as compelling a location and time period as the franchise has ever seen, and the game brings other fresh strengths: vehicles, for example, along with the first female lead (well, co-lead) in the core series entries.

It's familiar fun for the most part, still, but Ubisoft's open-world game feels refocused and revitalised here.

FIFA 16

FIFA 16 has some serious competition this generation (finally) from Pro Evolution Soccer 2016, but it's not enough to dethrone the footie favourite from the throne.

EA Sports' latest builds upon the impressive framework of last year's game, refining the defensive play, improving the realism of the player animations, and – crucially – adding international women's squads for the very first time. If it's more of the same, as some might gripe, at least it's more of the best.

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Fallout 4

Bethesda has made some of the finest games of all time, and we say that Fallout 4 is the studio's greatest work to date. Best of the best? Believe it.

Fallout 4 isn't dramatically different in many ways from the ace template established with Fallout 3, but it's a larger, more engrossing open-world experience. The plot and characters are great, the combat is improved, and the ability to craft and construct just generates more opportunities for obsession. So dig in already.

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