BY JASON MONROE: If you’re a PlayStation 4 player, you owe it to yourself to invest in the PlayStation Network. The online gaming and media content distribution service has been expanded in the years since it was introduced for the PS3 and competes (and often betters) with the Xbox Live network. At this point, having a PS4 without PSN is like having a TV without Netflix.
These are the 5 top games that I’d recommend to gamers who are new to the service:
There is a lot to love about Shovel Knight. Is its colorful with gorgeously rendered pixel-art graphics, a head-nodding chiptune soundtrack, and fun gameplay that is complimented by a fluid and responsive control scheme. It is a blast to play.
Despite being a survival game at heart, Terraria avoids the needs to create needless suspense and instead uses its bright palette and arcade action to provide a fun, fresh experience. It is a survival game for those who hate survival games.
If you haven’t played Rocket League, play Rocket League! You don’t need to be a soccer fan to have fun with these turbo-powered rocket cars. Scoring goals always feels well-earned, as players are given complete control over their vehicle with an intuitive and responsive set of controls that is relatively easy to pick up.
Hotline Miami’s top-down, gory visuals reminded me of the early GTA games, but it was the 80’s electro flare infused into the soundtrack that will stick with you long after the conclusion of the violent story.
Child of Light
Child of Light’s hand-drawn art style sets it apart from many of the other games you’re likely to find on the PlayStation Network. It’s simply stunning. The RPG is inspired by fairy tales with a story carefully crafted in verse and rhyme.
Which games would you recommend picking up from the PlayStation Network?