Giant Squid's ABZÛ is an unforgettable adventure that has players swimming with all kinds of aquatic life. It's one of the most visually stunning games the PS4 has to offer, and any fan of Journey (which is another short game absolutely worth playing) should check it out.
Originally released on PS3, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is an inventive puzzle game that has players controlling two separate characters with the controller's analog sticks. The control scheme isn't just a gimmick, as it leads to one of the most emotional moments in any video game ever. The PS4 version of the game runs and looks much better, and comes with the added bonus of director's commentary.
Firewatch is a beautiful first-person adventure game that isn't afraid to take chances with its narrative. It offers a gorgeous look at one person's isolated summer job that doesn't go as planned. Recent updates have brought in commentary and a free mode roam giving players even more bang for their buck.
If any game excels at environmental storytelling, it's Gone Home. Fullbright's first-person adventure game manages to create a fully realized world by allowing players to explore a house filled with objects and is able to tell a meaningful story through a series of letters and other objects. It only takes a single afternoon to unravel Gone Home's mystery, but it'll stick with players much longer.
Few games feel as polished as Playdead's INSIDE. Every moment feels meticulously crafted and it's a true accomplishment how the game manages to teach the player all of its mechanics without any dialogue. It also ends up telling one heck of a narrative and by the end you'll be wanting to discuss your interpretation of the game with others.
Job Simulator is one of VR's best experiences and only takes a few hours to complete. The game, which requires two PlayStation Move controllers, has players acting out ridiculous versions of several different jobs (office worker, mechanic, chef). Each job is filled with hilarious jokes and is just fun to do in the game's wacky version of history. Definitely check it out if you picked up PlayStation VR.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch may not be very long, but it'll have players laughing the entire time. Young Horse's hilarious game about a totally average dad is made by its seemingly cumbersome control scheme. Doing mundane tasks such as getting groceries is now an accomplishment, but every moment is an enjoyable one.
Rez Infinite is an absolute experience in virtual reality. Not only does the classic shooter adapt well to being played with a headset, it feels more natural than ever. The original game isn't the biggest draw, however, as the new Area X is one of the most visually stimulating experiences I've ever witnessed. It legitimately had me in tears after playing and shows how truly impressive VR can be.
The gorgeous looking Shu doesn't have any one gimmick or mechanic that stands out, and instead is just a really polished platformer. This ends up paying off, though, as it almost feels like a "best of" compilation of the entire genre going through different mechanics before moving onto new ones in the next stage. Every level is a unique experience and it never feels like the game is wasting your time as a player.
SteamWorld Dig is a Metroidvania-style platformer filled with personality. Players help the robotic cowboy Rusty on his journey to find out what happened to his lost uncle by digging into a mysterious mine filled with resources. It's only a few hours long, but it shows that the genre can shine in short bursts.