Jumping into a role-playing franchise on the fifth entry might seem like a mistake, but then again, how many of us got into the genre with Final Fantasy VII? Likewise, Persona 5 doesn't require that you've played earlier entries – and better yet, it's one of the most acclaimed PS4 games of all time, not to mention an absolute stunner.
This epic quest drops you into a dazzling vision of Tokyo in which your student hero discovers the ability to use supernatural powers in another realm. It's thrilling and engrossing stuff, balancing the mystical with the surprisingly not-mundane life of a student, and incredibly stylish to boot. Even if you're not usually into JRPGs, Persona 5 stands above the rest.
THE LAST GUARDIAN
Following nearly a decade of development, The Last Guardian is finally here. Was it worth the wait? Well, mostly. This stunning adventure can be rather clumsy, whether it's with the controls or camera, or dealing with your lovable and quite feathery cat-bird-dog-thing companion.
And yet despite all of that, The Last Guardian is one of the most genuinely affecting and powerful games we've ever played, as the bond between your young hero and his creature friend grows while dramatic moments strike. It's very much like spiritual predecessors Ico and Shadow of the Colossus in all of those regards – and likewise unforgettable.
It's been a few years since the last BioShock, so if you're in the mood for something moody, atmospheric, and surprising, then Prey might do the trick. It shares a name with a largely forgotten 2006 shooter, but this totally fresh FPS from the makers of Dishonored has its own distinctive feel and flow.
Trapped on a vast, ageing space station, you'll interact with other survivors and use special abilities that come from the pointy end of a syringe – but the alien Mimics can do much the same, and you'll frequently be startled by a common object that suddenly transforms into a grotesque beast. It's freaky – but in a really good way.