Hyper Light Drifter is a highly original work, one that through the graphics, sound and music really separate it from others on the PS4. There are some flaws that prevent it from being a terrific experience, with difficulty spikes, directionless exploration and very minimal storytelling, but overall Hyper Light Drifter is a terrific experience.
Until Dawn is much less a traditional game by design than its contemporaries. Despite this, Until Dawn finds more gameplay mechanic variety to combine with its stellar cinematic influence than most other experiences, especially in the adventure genre it occupies.
Helldivers is one in a long line of recent twin stick shooters, and also one of the best in a genre striving for AAA status. Helldivers Starship Troopers inspired settingbrings an unmatched level of tactics to a genre that had little previously.
Broforce is a straight forward, side-scrolling action game built off of the mindless action movie tropes of the 80s and 90s. It's not exactly clever and the chaotic action sometimes ruins the experience but Broforce is a fun throwback to a simpler time.
Previews of the game looked gorgeous, as was the entire concept; Arthurian knights fighting mythical beasts such as werewolves and vampires set in a steam-punkish version of London, but gameplay previews were ho-hum and rumors of the game's length doomed it prior to release.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (SotN) is one half of the Metroidvania genre, one where it still reigns supreme and because it didn't to enter the 3D realm, it's looks are just as beautiful today as they were at the time of release.
Vagrant Story brought something different in terms of gameplay and story. Several tropes of the era bring down the experience preventing it from true greatness. These traits combined with some of the best presentation of the time, may have been unmatched in the land of RPGs.
Fear Effect looked different from the games on the market at the time of its release. Unfortunately, some aspects stand out as poor, especially by today's standards. These factors prevent Fear Effect from standing the test of time.
Crash Team Racing might be the best kart racer of its era. While it borrows heavily from its inspiration, the Mario Kart series, CTR exceeds Mario Kart in several areas which helped to further the kart racer genre.
Often overlooked or under appreciated due to being sandwiched between the genre defining Final Fantasy VII and the old-school influenced with a new coat of paint favorite, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy VIII is just as good if not better than some of the best RPGs on the PlayStation.
Rogue Legacy brings the charm of 8-bit gameplay combined with procedurally generated dungeons to modern consoles. Rogue Legacy is perfectly designed to pick up and go which makes it a good fit for the Vita.
Freedom Wars was previewed with the promise of an original, PlayStation Vita exclusive, AAA title. A game like this is rare for the Vita so expectations were high and maybe a bit unfair. Freedom Wars does a lot of things well but does struggle in some crucial ways to hindering its ability meet its lofty expectations.