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 year, 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.

*discounted prices we found at the time of writing

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (₹2,499)*

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 GamesTheShop

Overwatch (₹3,999)

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 (₹3,999)

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 (₹4,299)

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 from here 

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The Division (₹2,349)*

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

Battlefield 1 (₹4,106)*

After years of following Call of Duty's lead, Battlefield 1 strikes a new path forward… by looking back, surprisingly enough. The title refers to World War I, of course, and the Great War ends up providing a rich timeframe and landscape for large-scale combat.

As always, Battlefield's biggest fun comes online, with vast 64-player shootouts now populated with biplanes, zeppelins, horses, armoured trains, and plenty other era-specific highlights. But the campaign content here is sharp, too, telling stories from the horrific war with a welcome level of respect and restraint.

Buy Battlefield 1 from here

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (₹3,413)*

On the other hand, if you still love Call of Duty's brand of rah-rah, gung-ho, Michael Bay-esque action, then Infinite Warfare shouldn't disappoint. The setting has changed – it's in the far-flung future, and yes, in space - but the frenzied combat largely has not.

The tweaked campaign structure is a plus and the online skirmishes are reliably entertaining, as always, plus the Legacy Edition (£59) comes with Modern Warfare Remastered for a slick blast from the past. You get a couple of Sony-specific Infinite Warfare perks, too: a free PlayStation VR bonus mission, along with first access to DLC packs ahead.

Buy Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare here

Ratchet & Clank (₹1,998)*

It's true: one of 2002's best PlayStation 2 releases is now one of 2016's best PS4 games. We wouldn't get excited about a mere remastering, however – instead, Insomniac reimagined the platform classic, keeping some bits while dreaming up exciting new areas and abilities.

In short, Ratchet & Clank feels like an all-new game while keeping the spirit of one of the genre's all-time best entries. The cartoonish duo is still a treat here, as are the hilarious weapons and eye-catching levels, plus the game is absolutely gorgeous from start to finish.

Buy Ratchet & Clank here 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (₹2,499)*

Mankind Divided's vision of the future isn't exactly rosy, given that augmented humans are now second-class citizens and there are violent uprisings, but Square Enix's techno-thriller setting is fabulous – and you'll feel like a cyber-superhero as Adam Jensen.

The returning star from Human Revolution can be augmented with loads of tech upgrades that dramatically enhance his abilities, and you'll put them to great use through the vast, impressive cities and thrilling missions. It's one game you can really get lost in… in a good way, of course.

Buy Deus Ex: Mankind Divided here 

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration (₹3,497)*

It's one year late on Sony's console, but Rise of the Tomb Raider was well worth the wait for PS4 owners – and this 20 Year Celebration edition marks Lara Croft's milestone while bundling in a load of extra content at the same base cost.

You'll get the full adventure – a glossy, rip-roaring quest that sees Croft balancing stealth and savage attacks amidst puzzles and exploration – along with a bundle of DLC that adds extra missions and even throwback player skins from the classic games. It's a perfect follow-up for anyone who's finished Uncharted 4, as well.

Buy Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration here from Amazon