Best PS4 Gift Ideas 2019: Top PlayStation 4 Games For The Holidays
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With Sony's next-generation PlayStation console, the PS5, officially announced for Holiday 2020, this will be the last major holiday season for the PlayStation 4 before gamers can upgrade to new hardware. Despite that fact, the PS4 saw some incredible game releases this year, from Remedy's mind-bending adventure Control to Capcom's acclaimed remake of Resident Evil 2.
To make your job a little easier this shopping season after you've picked up an extra DualShock controller and a PlayStation Plus subscription card, we've rounded up some of the best PS4 games you can turn into Christmas gifts this year. (Note that a few more major releases may be added to this list between now and December, as those games come out and are reviewed.) Any one of the following games would be perfect for the PS4 gamer in your life this holiday season--it just depends on what they're into. For more information on each title, be sure to check out our full game reviews.
Need more gift ideas beyond PS4 gifts? Check out more of our 2019 holiday gift guides below for the best gift ideas across gaming, entertainment, and tech.
Holiday Gift Guide 2019
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If you're shopping for someone who's into surreal storylines featuring supernatural phenomena, then Control will be right up their alley. The game follows Jesse Faden, who enters a mysterious government agency known as the Bureau of Control to search for her missing brother--and encounters phenomena that bend and distort the laws of reality. (If they've already played and enjoyed Control, check out our list of other weird games, movies, and books they might be into.)
See our Control review.
A Plague Tale: Innocence
A Plague Tale: Innocence flew a bit under the radar when it released in May, but this compelling story is one worth experiencing. The stealth action-adventure game follows a young woman named Amicia and her younger brother Hugo as they make their way through plague-ridden France, dodging ravenous rats and deadly Inquisition soldiers who are pursuing them for mysterious reasons. Similar to The Last of Us, A Plague Tale: Innocence really hones in on the two protagonists' complicated relationship and how they overcome challenges while surviving in a dark, dangerous world.
See our A Plague Tale: Innocence review.
If they were a fan of Borderlands and Borderlands 2, then they'll probably like Borderlands 3, the latest installment in the popular loot-shooter franchise. Borderlands 3 introduces diverse new Vault Hunters, weapons, and settings, and it acts as a satisfying conclusion to the series.
See our Borderlands 3 review.
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 2, a modern remake of the classic survival-horror game, released early in 2019, but with its revamped visuals and fantastic gameplay, it's sure to be a Game of the Year contender. In Resident Evil 2, you play as either police officer Leon Kennedy or college student Claire Redfield, making your way through Raccoon City while solving puzzles, taking out creepy zombies, and probably throwing your controller in fear as Mr. X appears right behind you.
See our Resident Evil 2 review.
Marvel's Spider-Man Game of the Year Edition
Marvel's Spider-Man was one of the best games of 2018; now, fans can swing back into action with its comprehensive Game of the Year Edition, which includes all three episodes of the City That Never Sleeps DLC in addition to the base game. It's nice to see one of comics' most enduring legends shine in the gaming world.
See our Marvel's Spider-Man review.
No Man's Sky Beyond
Space exploration game No Man's Sky had an infamously bumpy launch when it first released in 2016, but consequent post-launch updates have been much better received. Its latest major update, Beyond, released in August and expanded the game's multiplayer features, implemented VR support, and added various other quality-of-life improvements, all of which have elevated No Man's Sky far beyond (no pun intended) what it was in 2016. If you're shopping for someone who loves PlayStation VR or are thinking about getting them a PSVR headset for Christmas, No Man's Sky Beyond would be a great addition to their library.
See our No Man's Sky: Beyond review.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood - Deluxe Edition
A spin-off of the Wolfenstein franchise, Youngblood is a multiplayer first-person shooter that follows two sisters, Jessie and Zofia, who take off on a journey through Nazi-occupied France to find their father, main-series protagonist BJ Blazkowicz. You'll want to pick up the Deluxe edition of Wolfenstein: Youngblood as it comes with the Buddy Pass, which lets you play online with a friend even if they don't own the game, as well as additional in-game cosmetics.
See our Wolfenstein: Youngblood review.
Dragon Quest Builders 2
Dragon Quest Builders 2 mixes the classic design of Dragon Quest's role-playing game formula with the blocky-building sandbox features of Minecraft--and the result is delightful. With plenty of varied environments to explore, a charming cast of characters to interact with, and countless side quests that are rewarding to complete, they'll easily sink hours into Dragon Quest Builders 2.
See our Dragon Quest Builders 2 review.
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
Shadowbringers is the third and latest expansion to Final Fantasy XIV, and in our review, critic Ginny Woo declared it the MMO's "most engaging expansion" yet. Shadowbringers introduces a new level cap, new dungeons and raids, battle system changes, and more, and it earned an impressive 9/10 from GameSpot.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
This Metroidvania-style adventure may be a spiritual successor to the Castlevania series, but Bloodstained improves on the genre with beautiful interconnected levels, new quality-of-life features, and a cheeky tone that balances out its gothic horror setting. It's a perfect gift for classic gaming fans.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
The latest game from the makers of Dark Souls and Bloodborne is Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, which follows a shinobi known as Wolf on a quest for revenge set in a fantasy version of 16th-century Japan. From Software games' calling card is their difficulty, and Sekiro features demanding but exhilarating combat and intricately designed environments, and it also introduces some satisfying stealth mechanics.
See our Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice review.
Devil May Cry 5
Devil May Cry 5 is all about killing demons and doing it in style. The hack-and-slash adventure follows a trio of demon slayers--Dante, Nero, and V--in their quest to take down the Demon King. Each protagonist offers their own unique playstyle, and new mechanics are consistently introduced to keep combat interesting. For fans of the original series, Devil May Cry 5 is a satisfying return to form, bringing back and improving on the franchise's best features.
See our Devil May Cry 5 review.
Madden NFL 20
Madden NFL 20 is, of course, the latest release in EA's long-running series of football video games, but there are plenty of new features for sports fans to enjoy, including a new story mode, new X-Factor and Superstar abilities, new run-pass options, and more.
See our Madden NFL 20 review.
MLB The Show 19
The perfect gift for baseball fans, MLB The Show 19 maintains the high level of quality the series is known for, refining and improving its on-field action and adding entertaining new modes to keep things fresh. In our review, critic Richard Wakeling praised MLB The Show 19, calling it "one of the best baseball games ever."
See our MLB The Show 19 review.
Tom Clancy's The Division 2
The Division 2 is an online third-person shooter set in Washington D.C. after a smallpox pandemic ravaged society, and you play as an agent from the Strategic Homeland Division attempting to restore order and help civilians. You can pair with up to three other players to go on missions, and there are also three Dark Zone areas, where you can explore and battle it out against other players for the most valuable loot.
See our The Division 2 review.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare returns the series to the time period that launched it into the stratosphere: ours. Its action setpieces are as intense as ever, and the online multiplayer has quite a bit of variety, including a new two-on-two mode called Gunfight. If you're looking for a good Black Friday PS4 Pro bundle, you can get Modern Warfare with console and controller for a good price.
See our Call of Duty: Modern Warfare review.