There’s something special about playing a game that has been branded with an M rating from the ESRB. Maybe because it’s the forbidden fruit, one that gamers couldn’t play as children. Or it’s the mature storytelling that you rarely find in video games. One reason or another, that M rating can be exciting to see.
With more mature releases on the horizon, we thought it’d make sense to take a look at the PlayStation 4 library and highlight which titles are the best M rated games on the system. Regardless of the age rating, these are some of the best video games period that you can play right now.
Check out our list of 15 of the best M rated games on PlayStation 4 below:
Best M Rated Games on PlayStation 4
Batman: Arkham Knight
While it may not reach the highs of Arkham Asylum,Batman: Arkham Knightis another solid entry in Rocksteady's Batman series. It's also the first game from the British developer to get an M rating. The car combat is the most divisive addition in the game, so your mileage may vary depending on if you dig it or not.
If you're a fan of From Software's Souls series, then Bloodbornemight be the game for you. Focusing on dodging more than blocking, this faster paced action game still retains the high difficulty that has made these titles so divisive. Excellent DLC has also been released for Bloodborne, so there's plenty of content to sink your teeth into.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
The best first-person shooter on the system,Call of Duty: Advanced Warfareis one of the few bright spots in Activision's series as of late. It features a fantastic campaign that tells a compelling story, and has frantic multiplayer. The additional movement is also fully fleshed out, not feeling tacked-on.
Dark Souls III
Dark Souls IIIbrings From Software's trilogy of titles to an end with a bang. There's more customization than Bloodborne, so if you're looking for a game where you can experiment with class types then you're set. Secrets are still being discovered about this recent release, so there's still plenty to learn about it.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
Blizzard's Diablo III: Reaper of Soulswas fantastic on PC, and managed to make the jump to consoles seamlessly. The loot grind is as satisfying as ever here, and cooperative play makes this really shine. You can even play with a friend locally.
Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition
Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Editionis another solid PC port. If you're a fan of computer RPGs then you'll find a lot to like in this modernized throwback. There's dozens of quests to do, and a huge map to explore. Throw in a huge amount of depth to the action, and you'll be set for weeks if not months.
DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition
DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Editionis one of the best character action games ever made. Running at a solid 60 frames-per-second, DmC features some of the most inventive level design in any game period. The action is intense, and amazing boss fights cap off this gem.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
The latest entry in BioWare's fantasy role-playing game,Dragon Age: Inquisition, is the best one yet. There's a fascinating story that players can help shape, and the gameplay is more polished than ever. Inquisition is quite the accomplishment, and it's hard not to be excited for the upcoming Mass Effect title from the studio.
Fallout 4might not be a huge enhancement over Fallout 3, but it's still more Fallout. That's a good thing, and there's still enough here to lose days to once you sink your teeth in. A few new gameplay systems add some additional depth mechanically, and you might just get addicted to building settlements.
Far Cry 4
Much like Fallout 4,Far Cry 4suffers from a sense of déjà vu. That said, once you get past the fact that you're basically playing Far Cry 3 in a slightly less interesting locale, there's still a lot to like. Taking over strongholds is just as fun as ever, and completionists will love finding all the secrets.
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto Vwas one of the best games on PlayStation 3, and it's still one of the best titles on PS4. The latest entry in Rockstar's signature series features plenty of improvements on current hardware including better technical performance, and a first-person mode that changes the game significantly. It's worth picking up if you haven't played it before, or beat it on PS3.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Despite Konami's best efforts to annoy gamers with microtransactions,Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Painis still one of the best games on the system. The Kojima directed stealth game finally reaches the high level of gameplay that the series has always aimed for, and feels like the true culmination of the series. While Metal Gear Solid might be over as we know it, it at least went out with an instant classic.
Mortal Kombat XL
The best fighting game on PS4,Mortal Kombat XLfeatures all of MKX's DLC onto one disc. Additional characters such as the Predator and Triborg add a lot to the character roster. There's also a fantastic campaign, as Neversoft proves they're ahead of the rest of the genre in terms of single-player modes.
The Last of Us Remastered
Naughty Dog'sThe Last of Us Remasteredis a true triumph in video game storytelling. Sure, there's plenty of action, but it's the slower moments that make The Last of Us something special. Rarely do you care for characters like you will for Joel and Ellie.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Huntis one of the largest role-playing games ever made. It's not just empty land mass, though, as there's plenty of stuff to do. In fact, there's almost too much to do! If you're looking for a game to spend 100s of hours on, then The Witcher 3 is the best choice.
We hope you enjoyed our look at 15 of the best M rated games on PlayStation 4. While all of these are titles that are definitely worth playing, there’s plenty of other M rated games that are also a lot of fun. Some of these are already out, and plenty more are on the way with games like Mass Effect Andromeda in development.
Let us know in the comments what you think are the best M rated games for PS4, and which upcoming ones you are looking forward to!
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