Christmas Gift Guide 2016: 10 great PlayStation 4 games

Stuff a stocking with one of the year's top PS4 picks

Sony's current console hardware lineup has grown immensely this autumn, with the PlayStation 4 Pro, PS4 Slim, and PlayStation VR, but all of it is pretty much for naught without great games.

Fortunately, 2016 was no slouch for awesome PlayStation 4 games, with Sony's own Uncharted 4 leading a diverse pack of exhilarating experiences. So if you're buying for a PS4 fan this Christmas, you've got options… lots and lots of options.

Need some help narrowing down the pack? We're happy to help: here are 10 of the best new PlayStation 4 games from 2016, all ready to be snatched up and shoved into a stocking for can't-miss Christmas bliss.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (£41)

Where else would we start? Nathan Drake and his explosive exploits have been synonymous with PlayStation gaming over the last few years, and the long-awaited Uncharted 4: A Thief's End sends the adventurer out on a staggeringly high note.

As ever, the latest Uncharted dazzles with incredibly tense set pieces and stunning locations, but Drake's proper PS4 debut takes everything up a notch and adds in palpable emotion as the hero's quest finally draws to a close. If you only play one PS4 game this year, make it Uncharted 4 – and make sure your friends and family do the same.

Buy Uncharted 4: A Thief's End here from ShopTo

Overwatch (£33)

The year's breakout multiplayer sensation is undoubtedly Overwatch – no surprise that it's another gem from the Warcraft wizards at Blizzard, but it is surprising that the team was able to deliver the quintessential first-person online shooter experience with its first shot.

Overwatch is colourful and original, with a diverse cast of heroes that ensures that every player can find a specialty. However, success in combat requires not only working together with allies, but also choosing complementary heroes to build a rock-solid squad. We'll be playing this for years; it's truly a gift that will keep on giving.

Buy Overwatch here from Amazon

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FIFA 17 (£43)

Thought FIFA looked great before? You ain't seen nothing yet. EA Sports subbed in the vaunted Frostbite engine this year, and FIFA 17 is a stunner as a result, with players, stadiums, kits, and everything else packing a whole new level of gloss.

Of course, FIFA 17 remains a darn fine game as well, even if not all of the new tweaks are consistent winners. The new The Journey story mode is a treat, however: it's your chance to build a promising rookie into a star, or fall short of a truly legendary career. No pressure.

Buy FIFA 17 here 

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Titanfall 2 (£42)

The original Titanfall didn't end up on PS4, but don't worry – you can pick right up with the new Titanfall 2 and not feel like you've out of the loop. That's especially helpful, too, since Titanfall 2 offers up such a sizable improvement over the first entry.

As ever, this is a first-person military shooter in which you'll sometimes hop into a towering juggernaut of a mech suit... and yes, that livens things up dramatically. Titanfall 2 delivers a really sharp and refined single-player campaign now, but it's the raucous multiplayer action that'll keep you coming back.

Buy Titanfall 2 here from Argos

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The Division (£15)

Ubisoft's latest Tom Clancy-branded affair was arguably the first mind-blowingly amazing game of the year, but The Division is still well worth looping back on after all these months… even if it's not exactly upbeat fare. Widespread infection? Millions dead? Happy Christmas, indeed.

Despite the grim tone, the tense action livens things up as you play amidst other operatives in the ravaged New York City, with the Destiny-flavored blend of combat, role-playing, and loot proving utterly irresistible.

Buy The Division here