Video games. The power invested in your hands to embark on any sort of mission that suits your desire. Whether you're protecting an army base, slicing someone's head off in a castle, or looking for lost treasure, there's a sense of freedom and intrigue when looking upon a screen and venturing around vast landscapes.
While some of these games can be enjoyed by all, there are handfuls of exclusive games whose glory is only understood by those who play on certain platforms. That being said, perhaps the greatest producers of exclusive system games are those who work with PlayStation. Sure, Xbox can brag about Halo and Gears of War all it wants, but below are five games that almost make those two forgettable.
And, oh ya, they're only available on PlayStation by the way.
5. 'God Of War' Series
Alright, this is kind of cheating in two respects. One, the first installment came out 11 years ago, and two, it's a series. Anyway, there's a reason I said "series." All the God Of War games can be held at an exceptional standard. I'd love to give a brief rundown, but it's hard to encapsulate, so for those of you unfamiliar, here's the synopsis:
Kratos is a warrior who serves the Greek gods of Olympus. Flashbacks reveal that he was once a successful captain in the Spartan army and led his men to several victories before being defeated by a barbarian king. Facing death, Kratos called on the God of War, Ares, whom he promised to serve if the god would spare his men and provide the power to destroy their enemies.
Ares agreed and bonded the Blades of Chaos, a pair of chained blades forged in the depths of Tartarus, to his new servant. Kratos, equipped with the blades, then decapitated the barbarian king. Kratos waged war at the behest of Ares, eventually leading an attack on a village occupied by worshipers of Athena. Ares had secretly transported Kratos' wife and child to the village; during his frenzied attack on its temple, Kratos accidentally killed them.
Although Ares believed this act would free Kratos to become the perfect warrior, the Spartan instead renounced his pledge of servitude to the god. The oracle of the destroyed village cursed Kratos by bonding the ashes of his dead family to his skin, turning it ash-white and earning him the nickname, "Ghost of Sparta". Plagued by nightmares of his horrible deed, Kratos vowed to serve the other gods in hope of ridding himself of the visions.
The games following continue telling the story of Kratos. While, yes, the premise is definitely intriguing, what about its execution? That's great as well. The fighting is intense, its setting in Ancient Greece is borderline cinematic, and the characters you're suppose to love, you love. The ones you're suppose to hate, you despise.
God Of War is such a big deal among PlayStation users that Sony decided to remaster it for PS4.
4. 'Heavy Rain'
This one is just purely a masterpiece. A 2010 release, Heavy Rain took the world by storm (pun not intended), bringing a new, brutal sense of narrative to PlayStation game play. Here's the brief synopsis of what it's about:
A city on the US east coast is being terrorized by the 'Origami Killer', whose victims are all discovered drowned, four days after they go missing. Seemingly the only clues: an origami figure and an orchid, discovered on each of their bodies. The public is gripped by fear and paranoia.
The authorities seem no closer to a credible suspect. And now another potential victim has disappeared - Shaun Mars; son of Ethan (character you play as.) As the clock ticks against suspicion and anxiety, four very different people are drawn into the investigation - each following their own leads in a desperate search for Shaun.
Each of them knows what the cost will be if they don't reach him in time - and they will soon be forced to ask themselves just how far they are prepared to go...
Heavy Rain absolutely is an incredible game, but take away the gameplay element and it remains an incredible story. The aspect of a psychological thriller in a game is something thoroughly intriguing if executed well, and this one deserves a title a little better than "well" to say the least. Below, you'll find the initial trailer from release.
This is the only title on the list to be exclusively on the PS4, and there's a reason that it's here. Bloodborne takes place in a Gothic world where you design your own character and face terrifying monsters. Another thing that sets this one apart from the rest of the list is that its story is not the driving force behind its success. That award goes to the gameplay. When I said 'face terrifying monsters,' that's putting it lightly when they look like this:
Oh, and not to mention, they're nearly impossible to kill. While dying 4,000 times may make you snap one of your controllers in half over your knee, need three rolls of Bounty paper towels to wipe the sweat from your hands, and rip all the hair clean off your scalp, that makes achieving the defeat all the more uplifting and makes the successful attempt feel like you just won TIME's "Person of the Year." For your enjoyment, here's some gameplay:
2. 'Uncharted' Series
Sorry, kind of cheating again, but this is another series of games because it's just too darn unfair to pick one of 'em. The Uncharted series has got to be my favorite game series of all time, from the standpoint of how cinematic it feels and how much I love the stories and characters.
Looking for treasure, solving puzzles, shooting at hoards of enemies in ancient temples, and playing as the world's best long jumper all are contributors to why Uncharted reigns supreme. Some of that imagery I was talking about just can't be illustrated with words, so here's some pretty pictures for you:
My brief paragraph and the photos above are just scratching the surface of why Uncharted is such a brilliant series. The thing is though, to fully understand how clever and original these games are, you can't just read about them or observe imagery; you have to experience them. Head to the nearest Game Stop or to Amazon.com if need be.
Here's the story trailer for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End coming May 10th:
'Little Big Planet' Series
1. 'The Last Of Us'
Really? A "zombie" game? No. This is no zombie game. It's more. So. Much. More. What the Last Of Us does is perfectly encapsulate all ranges of emotion into a video game that makes it feel like more than a game, more than a movie. It feels like real life.
You connect with the characters at the level you do with your closest friends. The story is better written than most movies and the gameplay itself adds to the element of realism. You can't wait to play once the cut scenes are over and you can't wait for cut scenes when they come up.
Furthermore, Joel and Ellie's relationship is one of the best dynamic duos in the history of video games. Flashback three years ago, this game held the pinnacle standard of graphics before next gen systems.
Much like Uncharted and the other games on this list, playing it goes further, by leaps and bounds, than reading about it. So, get your thumbs and hearts ready for the emotional roller coaster that is The Last Of Us.
Sony produces a handful of revolutionary games made exclusively for their PlayStation systems and the ones in the last 10 years are, undoubtedly, some of the best video games of all time.