The Best Science Fiction Video Games Released For PlayStation 4

#5 Resident Evil 3

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom

Capcom has been going back and delivering fans some remakes to their classic survival horror franchise, Resident Evil 3. The video game franchise has been an iconic one for decades and for fans that either never got a chance to enjoy some of the earlier classics or perhaps those that are wanting to enjoy them once again with a fresh coat of paint can now do so. We’ve selected Resident Evil 3 for this list as it’s the latest available otherwise we would likely have several other installments added in. Resident Evil 3 is also a great jumping point into the game as it’s set after the events of the first installment of Resident Evil and doesn’t necessarily connect to the storyline for Resident Evil 2. As a result, you don’t have to play through Resident Evil 2 to enjoy this game.

Overall, the game follows Jill Valentine as she’s being hunted down by a bio-organic weapon throughout Raccoon City. Known as Nemesis, its sole purpose is to track down the S.T.A.R.S members that were present during the first Resident Evil installment. With Jill looking to find a way to pinpoint this mess to Umbrella, the fight turns into survival as the city quickly becomes overtaken with zombies.

Players will be going through this game much like the previous remakes of Resident Evil. There’s a big emphasis on resource gathering, carefully deciding when to use ammo, and of course an assortment of puzzles to solve along the way. This is also a more linear Resident Evil title which means there won’t be a ton of backtracking before you’re able to further progress the narrative storyline.

#4 The Outer Worlds

  • Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
  • Publisher: Private Division

The Outer Worlds released from Obsidian Entertainment in 2019 where players got a game very similar to the style of Fallout. It’s not too shocking to see the similarities between the two franchise as Obsidian Entertainment did release Fallout: New Vegas several years prior and even today that game still stands as one of the best Fallout titles for several gamers. Now with their IP, the development studio got to work at bringing out a new science fiction space drama. It’s a game full of choices and consequences, with players having the ability to steer the narrative.

Overall, the game puts players into a male or female that survives a lost space shuttle. Waking up from frozen hibernation decades later, players set on a journey that mainly follows a division between a government force and a resistance group. You’ll visit several planets and meet interesting characters all of which will have their reasoning behind standing with the corporation established by the government control and those that wish to break the system in hopes of establishing something that offers a bit more democracy freedom.

While the main campaign will have you deciding between the two pathways, there are a ton of side quests, places to explore, monsters to slay and loot to be found. There’s even a skill tree that can grant players the ability to craft and tune in the created protagonist towards the desired playstyle. For instance, places can stick to their guns and blow away the competitor or smooth talk their way out of trouble. Likewise, because there are several different quests and pathways to take the narrative through, you may find yourself playing the game more than once to get the full campaign story.

#3 Doom Eternal

  • Developer: id Software
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

It’s hard not to love the Doom franchise. It’s a gritty first-person shooter as it follows Doom Slayer through hell and back. Fighting off all sorts of demons, both big and small has never been more satisfying with Doom Eternal. The game takes place after the events of the 2016 Doom reboot, in which we find Hell has invaded Earth and the only line of defense that stands for the protection of humanity is our protagonist. The gameplay is very similar to the 2016 reboot, but you will find some tweaks and enhancements added in from the development studio.

For instance, we can visually see enemies deteriorate when they are attacked. Likewise, there are new weapons added in such as a grapple to attack at enemies. Speaking of enemies, you can find a variety of new demons pop up along with some opposing players taking control of the enemy. However, it’s worth noting that this feature can be turned off if you rather keep up playing the game as a solo experience.

#2 Nier: Automata
  • Developer: PlatinumGames
  • Publisher: Square Enix

Nier: Automata is a sequel to the 2010 video game release known as Nier, a spin-off title from the Drakengard series. Overall, the story is set within a proxy war between machines developed by alien invaders and the last surviving members of humanity. Through the narrative, players will learn more about the androids who are sent into war for the humans that sent them into battle.

If you’re not persuaded on picking up Nier: Automata or not then take a look at our Before You Buy series. In the video posted above, we go over the video game and ultimately tell you if it’s a worth purchase.

#1 Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Developer: Guerrilla Games
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Horizon Zero Dawn marks as the first IP developed by Guerrilla Games since their release of Killzone in 2004. This is an action role-playing video game title that is set a thousand years into the future.

Mankind has mysteriously fallen with cities only a shell of a once thriving society. Now only small tribal groups remain with giant mechanical beasts roam the world openly. The plot will revolve around a female hunter named Aloy who was banished from her tribe as a baby. Years later, Aloy seeks out her true origins and the reasons behind her banishment.

Bonus Games

  • Developer: BioWare
  • Publisher: EA

Anthem is an MMORPG developed from BioWare, a leading developer in deep narrative adventure titles so there was plenty of hype behind Anthem prior to its release. The game overall is set on an unusual world where humanity lives behind protected walls. Players take on the role of a Freelancer, a type of mercenary adventurer as you seek out resources and explore areas outside of the wall while in highly advanced all while in a powerful exosuit. There are a number of missions to go on as the gameplay is similar to the Destiny franchise and as such there’s a grind element to the game so if you’re into finding loot along going on missions with some friends then you may find this science fiction title worthy enough to check out.

With that said, there are a number of issues with the game after it first released. From both lore and story to technical problems. It was a big letdown for some gamers but being an MMORPG, there is going to be continuous updates and content added to make this game something worth logging into daily. As a result, we’re going to toss this game title in our honorable mention right now as we’re not ready to write this one off just yet.

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