The Best Science Fiction Video Games Released For PlayStation 4

Volume
  • Developer: Mike Bithell Games
  • Publisher: Mike Bithell Games

Volume comes from developer Mike Bithell, who previously released Thomas Was Alone. Within Volume, players follow the story of a small time thief that stumbles upon a unique piece of technology called Volume. With this is gadget, players are able to simulate massive complex heists and attempt to escape them unscathed. There’s a large stealth component to Volume if you’re a fan of the genre plus with this game, players will be able to download and create their own levels.

The Surge
  • Developer: Deck13 Interactive
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

The Surge follows a future in which mankind had successfully consumed all of the basic resources needed to survive. This has left a strain of environmental diseases and crisis. Needing the use of exoskeletons to battle the infected, players must track down new technologies as they attempt to rid the infected.

Soma
  • Developer: Frictional Games
  • Publisher: Frictional Games

Frictional Games are fantastic developers who know how to create terrifying video games as they previously released Penumbra and Amnesia. Their latest release falls right in line with the past two IP launches. Soma is a survival horror title that puts players into an underwater remote research facility.

Within the game, players take on the role of Simon Jarrett who must uncover the truth behind the facility that’s gone rogue with machines taking on more human characteristics.

If you’re familiar Amnesia, Soma takes on the similar gameplay style in that players will be keen to take a stealthy approach when dealing with the enemy. It’s best to avoid danger when possible while searching for clues and solving puzzles.

The Talos Principle
  • Developer: Croteam
  • Publisher: Devolver Digital

Developed under Croteam comes The Talos Principle a video game that revolved around players completing a series of complex puzzles. Within the game, players take the role of an android who awakens on an island with nothing but a series of puzzles in his way.

Slowly, as you complete the puzzle tasks, you’ll gain access to a mountain where the hidden narrative starts to shed light revealing the reason behind the android and the island filled with puzzles. Currently, the game is slated to receive a sequel sometime in 2019.

Torment: Tides of Numenera

  • Developer: inXile Entertainment
  • Publisher: Techland Publishing

Through Kickstarter funding, the spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment comes Torment: Tides of Numenera. This RPG is set in the distant future where the fall of civilizations has left humanity into a more simplistic medieval state. Players take control of a protagonist known as the Last Castoff, the final vessel that was crafted by a man capable of using his consciousness in other hosts bodies, thus granting him eternal life.

These vessels awake with no prior memory of their past actions while being controlled though they become attracted by an enmity known as The Sorrow, who looks to destroy the remaining vessels along with this ancient man’s consciousness. The Last Castoff must locate other vessels and search for this consciousness before they are destroyed by The Sorrow.

Observer
  • Developer: Bloober Team
  • Publisher: Aspyr

Released in 2017, developers Bloober Team crafted a psychological horror title based around a detective. Within the game, players take on the role of Daniel Lazarski who is a detective with an unique tool. During interrogations, Daniel is able to hack into peoples minds and investigate surroundings memorized by the person.

This is one of those games that is best to go in with as little knowledge as possible due to the length of the game. Players who take the day off to enjoy a game can easily beat this in one sitting in just over five hours, especially if they are going for just the main narrative story.