11 massive PS4 games to look forward to in the second half of 2019

The rest of the year is packed with blockbusters - here’s our guide to the cream of the crop

 
 

Out: 26th July

1. Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Buddy up to take down the Nazi menace 

What’s it about?

In an alternate 1980s, play as one of two sisters infiltrating Nazi-occupied Paris. Theirs is a two-part mission: aid local resistance fighters while tracking down their missing father (and franchise icon) B.J Blazkowicz.

You shouldn’t miss:

While suitable for solo adventurers thanks to an AI partner, Youngblood is built for cooperative play. Hop online to have another player cover your back with stealth or tag-team the wholesome destruction of an army of Nazis. Not the talkative type? Let the sisters’ ‘colourful’ banter fill the silence between bullet barrages. 

 
 

Can’t wait? Try:

Wolfenstein: The New Colossus

B.J Blazkowicz’s most bombastic adventure takes him on a Nazi-battling road trip across an alternate America in the 1960s.

 
 

Out: 27th August

2. Control

Supernatural chills as you battle a possessed workforce 

What is it?

Step into the shoes of the incoming Director of the FBC (Federal Bureau of Control) in this sci-fi/horror adventure from the studio behind May Payne. A multidimensional threat has invaded the agency’s Tardis-like headquarters and possessed your staff: this could be the worst first day of work ever.

You shouldn’t miss:

There’s a Metroidvania feel to Control: the headquarters’ interiors contravene the rules of space and time, presenting a sprawling and constantly shifting map which you’re free to explore. You’ll gradually unlock new supernatural abilities, giving you a fighting chance against your hostile workforce. 

 
 

Can’t wait? Try:

BioShock: The Collection

Wield supernatural abilities intermingle with more traditional weaponry across two unique settings: the underworld dystopia of Rapture and the floating cityscape of Columbia. 

 
 

Out: 13th September

3. Borderlands 3

Keenly anticipated looter shooter sequel featuring a galaxy of guns

What’s it about?

This western-inspired sci-fi shooter eschews gritty realism for comic book visuals and tongue-in-cheek humour. It doesn’t skimp on thrills though; there are bombastic boss fights aplenty, while obsessive loot hunters will find much to love with its seemingly endless cascade of unique weaponry.

You shouldn’t miss:

Execute your planet-hopping, ass-kicking missions in a multitude of ways thanks to each hero’s unique ability, mixing and matching your skills with a friend via split-screen or online co-op. Amara can punch through foes with a legion of ethereal fists, L4K can summon fearsome animals as backup, Moze can board a huge mech for massive damage, and Zane has high-tech gadgets galore. 

 
 

Can’t wait? Try:

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

Get an early tease of Borderlands 3’s story with the newly-released DLC for Borderlands 2 (sold separately), which bridges the gap between it and the sequel. This two-game pack also includes Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.  

 
 

Out: 27th September

4. EA SPORTS FIFA 20

The annual football series just keeps getting bigger 

What is it?

EA SPORTS' football series needs little introduction: the publisher continues to innovate on its take on the beautiful game with each feature-packed iteration. FIFA 20 promises to continue that tradition.

You shouldn’t miss:

This year’s edition includes VOLTA Football, an all-new mode that takes the sport out of the fan-packed stadiums and onto the streets. Build yourself a unique character and take them into VOLTA's story mode or get your instant fix with 3v3, 4v4 or 5v5 matches. 

 
 

Can’t wait? Try:

EA SPORTS FIFA 19

Experience the UEFA Champions League from the pitch as the iconic championship comes to FIFA, or tackle the story-driven The Journey: Champions mode to follow one footballer’s road to glory.  

 
 

Out: 4th October

5. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Breakpoint

Fight your own in this blockbusting tactical shooter

What is it?

An isolated island in the south Pacific presents a vibrant – albeit dangerous - open world in the latest entry in Ubisoft’s tactical shooter series. Pick a specialist class, grab some friends (or brave it solo) and take on former comrades who’ve gone rogue, lead by Cole D. Walker, played by Jon Bernthal (The Punisher, The Walking Dead).    

You shouldn’t miss:

Brekapoint offers players an authentic and intense military and survival experience. The varied terrains of Auroa will test players’ adaptability and skills. Steep slopes, accumulating injuries, and fatigue will be new challenges for players to tackle, and they can set up camp with their squad in a Bivouac to manage their equipment and prepare their next steps. 

 
 

Can’t wait? Try:

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands

This adventure was the franchise’s first foray into an open world structure. Take in the sights while you get to work taking down a drug cartel in stunning Bolivia. 

 
 

Out: 25th October

6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

A thrilling reimagining of an FPS classic 

What is it?

An all-new military shooter that reimagines the acclaimed Modern Warfare series. 12 years on, original developer Infinity Ward is leveraging a new game engine and a focus on authenticity for a compelling real-world thriller filled packed with blistering gameplay and tough moral choices.

You shouldn’t miss:

Experience the ultimate online playground with classic multiplayer, or squad-up and play cooperatively in a collection of elite operations accessible to all skill levels.

 
 

Out: 25th October

7. The Outer Worlds

Shape the future your way in this stylish RPG

What is it?

The Outer Worlds is a new single-player sci-fi RPG from genre veterans Obsidian Entertainment, boasting branching storylines and a quirky sense of humour. With the freedom to customise every aspect of your character, from appearance to personality, will you be a hero or a villain?

Don’t miss:

No one is perfect, so why should your character be? Equip flaws to challenge yourself and gain additional perks. You’ll also build your character through actions, dialogue and the allies you choose. How your story unfolds depends on the choices you make, so expect plenty of replayability.

 
 

Can’t wait? Try:

Mass Effect: Andromeda

A galaxy-full of threats await a pioneering crew in this standalone story in the spectacular Mass Effect franchise.  

 
 

Out: 25th October

8. MediEvil

A PlayStation classic returns from the grave

What is it?

The original PlayStation action adventure returns with a full remake featuring sword swinging, enchanting environments and tricky puzzles. Play as Sir Dan, an undead knight accidentally resurrected 100 years after his embarrassing demise.

You shouldn’t miss:

Gallowmere has had a complete graphical and mechanical overhaul with an improved camera system, a new narrator and fresh secrets to uncover. Pick up your weapon of choice and go skull-to-skull with Zarok and his demon hordes of boulder-spitting gargoyles, werewolves and zombies. Just try not to get shot in the face again…

 
 

Can’t wait? Try:

Ratchet & Clank

Eager for some family-friendly adventuring right now? Take a trip with Ratchet & Clank in this visually stunning reimagination of the duo’s very first outing on PS2.  

 
 

Out: 8th November

9. Death Stranding

Expansive sci-fi with an all-star cast  

What is it?

Legendary creator Hideo Kojima presents an all-new, genre-defying experience. With humanity on the verge of a mass extinction and spectral creatures plaguing the landscape, you must brave the ravaged continent between to reconnect a shattered world. 

You shouldn’t miss:

Kojima’s brought together a pantheon of acting talent to enrich the story. Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Lea Seydoux and Guillermo Del Toro are just some of the big names portraying key roles in the game, their likenesses realised through the game’s powerful Decima engine.

 
 

Can’t wait? Try:

Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience

This acclaimed open-world espionage thriller was Hideo Kojima’s explosive sign-off from the Metal Gear franchise. Crucially, it can be enjoyed without knowledge of the wider series. 

 
 

Out: 15th November

10. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Battle the Empire in a galaxy far, far away

What is it?

Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment has conjured up an exciting new adventure set in the Star Wars universe. You play as Cal Kestis, a Jedi Padawan on a mission to restore the Jedi Order shortly after the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

You shouldn’t miss:

There are plenty of opportunities to use your Jedi training creatively. Mix and match lightsabre action with your Force abilities to pull Stormtroopers towards you, or slow down the world and place your enemy in front of the blaster bolts they just fired at you. So satisfying...

 
 

Can’t wait? Try:

Star Wars Battlefront II

Come for the single player campaign, which takes you on a quest across the galaxy as an agent of the Empire, but stay for the glorious multiplayer battles that recapture iconic moments from the movies. 

 
 

Out: 22nd November

11. Doom Eternal

Take an action-packed trip to Hell  

What is it?

Slay demons as violently, creatively and as efficiently as possible in this future-set shooter which favours thrilling gunplay and tight level design over furrowed-brow realism and complex plotting. The series’ ultra-satisfying trademark gameplay loop is backed by a banging soundtrack.

You shouldn’t miss:

Bigger is indeed better for this sequel. Developer id Software has improved the near-perfect formula of its predecessor by adding additional verticality to Eternal’s levels and expanding your traversal skills to match the larger stages.

 
 

Can’t wait? Try:

Doom

Id Software’s glorious reinterpretation of the seminal shooter is still a blast to play three years after launch. Dive back in and track down the ‘classic’ mini-maps hidden in every level that mimic the look and sounds of the ‘90s original.