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Top 10 Download Only PlayStation 4 Games (Year One)

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A.J. Maciejewski

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The PlayStation 4 was released in North America a year ago today and I put this list together to celebrate. There have been plenty of incredible downloadable titles so far and listing only 10 is difficult. However, there's no denying that the games listed here are all pretty awesome. Make sure to check back for my Xbox One list next week and you may see some titles that are missing from this list!

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Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty!

New 'n' Tasty is an incredible remake of the classic Oddworld game Abe's Oddysee. The dark sense of humour and brutal setting makes solving puzzles to advance very rewarding. When you buy this game, why not snack on some Scrab Cakes and Paramite Pies while you wait for it to download? v1d30chumz 35-172-230-154

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty Review

Pix the Cat

When it comes to arcade games, you would think it's all been done by now. Then, a game like Pix the Cat comes out and breathes some life into the genre. Players will find themselves guiding chicks until the sun comes up in this highly addictive retro experience.

Pix the Cat Review
Pix the Cat screenshot
Pix likes to pick up chicks

SteamWorld Dig

Welcome to Tumbleton; a simple town where robots excavate resources from randomly generated mines. You control a fellow named Rusty and as you mine and buy upgrades, you will realise that putting down this delightful game is not an easy deed. It gets dark and dry down there so make sure you pack plenty of coal and water!

SteamWorld Dig Review

TowerFall Ascension

Local multiplayer games have an increasingly strong presence as of late and TowerFall is one of the best. The intense four player archery battles are full of interesting power-ups and a constantly shifting power struggle. Use your arrows wisely!

TowerFall Ascension Review
TowerFall Ascension screenshot
These eyeball blobs don't stand a chance against my bow and arrow!


Gamers are used to playable demos. They come out, you download it, play it for a bit, delete it, then wait for the game to be released. P.T. revolutionized this concept by not advertising itself as a demo. It was even released by a fictional company (7780s Studio). This aroused many gamers' curiosity. It becomes clear almost instantly how unbelievably scary this experience is going to get. After you manage to complete it, you will see that it's just a playable teaser for the new Silent Hill game. Oh, you clever bastards.

Child of Light

As a JRPG developed in Canada (does that make it a CRPG?), Child of Light blew gamers away with its watercolour artwork, whimsical atmosphere, and an inspiring coming-of-age story. It also annoyed gamers with its persistently rhyming verse, but that's beside the point. Many will consider Child of Light an RPG classic for years to come.

Child of Light screenshot
Jester uses his patented Tumble move to take out some giant spiders


This Defender-inspired shooter impressed gamers right off the bat on PlayStation 4's launch day. Shooting voxel enemies and watching them explode into cubes as you rescue humans and fight bosses in a cylindrical world all while listening to an adrenaline-pumping soundtrack will make gamers proud to own a PlayStation 4.


Sci-fi action RPGs don't get much better than this. Transistor takes place in a beautiful isometric world where the combat is as deep and satisfying as the story. It's hard to put down this captivating experience and you'll probably dive straight into a new game plus as soon as you finish it. Who knew a singer had it in her to snuff out so many robots?

Transistor screenshot
Red uses the Transistor to kick some ass

Velocity 2X

The genre-blending tough-as-nails Velocity 2X is one of the most intense games ever made. There's nothing more rewarding than zooming through the 2D levels both in your teleporting ship and on foot to eventually see that glorious results screen and find out that you managed to master the impossible. Hardcore old-school gamers will rejoice when they lay their sweaty palms on this badass game.

Velocity 2X Review

Rogue Legacy

Combining the 2D exploratory platforming of Symphony of the Night and some RPG elements from Dark Souls inside of a randomly generated game world sounds like one of the best ideas ever. Trust me, it is; and one awesome game is the result. Players will experience the action through the eyes of many randomly assigned descendants from a mighty family of warriors. Let's just hope the next descendant isn't a colour-blind dyslexic with Alzheimer's who's prone to muscle spasms and irritable bowels.

Rogue Legacy Review
Rogue Legacy screenshot
Level 222? I'll stop playing one of these days...
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