Back in the old days, when games consoles could produce nothing more than an assortment of bleeps and bloops and coloured squares, people were content for their machines to play games well, and maybe give them the chance to write code.
Oh, how times change. Nowadays we get irritated if our consoles don’t have the ability to make us coffee in the morning or stream our favourite telly shows directly into our brains.
Indeed, console developers are more than aware of this. As graphical technology slows, Sony’s PlayStation 4 had to focus on the social side of gaming, partnering up with game-streaming site Twitch to turn their latest console into something in line with the Facebook of gaming.
Admittedly it’s a focus that not everyone is celebrating. What if you just want to sit alone in a darkened room, hunched over your television screen with a controller in your hand? What if you don’t want your mate hopping into your game to battle you during your one evening alone?
Well, here are a few games that are perfect for the single player – and all on the PlayStation 4.
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin
The Dark Souls series has been courting the hardcore gaming crowd for years with its unique blend of maudlin imagery, refined fighting system, beautiful architecture and punishing difficulty. And with Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, the difficulty level is even steeper.
This is no walk in the park, and that’s exactly why its legion of fans love it so much. Figuring out its patterns and rhythms is part of the charm of Dark Souls. When a fight goes well, it’s like a stunning ballet.
The Evil Within
Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami is back with The Evil Within, a survival horror packed with gnarled creatures and B-movie grimness.
An American cop is trying to track down a asylum patient, but it’s a madness that seems to be infectious. Filled with the high-camp and outright creepiness of Resident Evil 4, this is a horror game for the purists, and it provides a fine line in stealth.
The Last of US: Remastered
The Last of Us was the PlayStation 3’s crowning achievement, breaking new ground in terms of storytelling and characterisation in games. While some took exception to the idea that the future of games was essentially the same as a DVD boxset, there’s little denying that the substantive gameplay is peerless.
The PlayStaition 4 has given the game a glossy shine and included all downloadable content (DLC). So if you’ve missed it the first time around, this is the perfect chance to catch up!