Have you just acquired a PS4 or a PS5 but you don’t know what to play? Here are some games that will be perfect for all beginners.
Buying your first console is an event that is easily remembered. If many gamers have experienced it a few years ago, even many years for some, others are just getting started, and this is surely your case. Whether you bought a PS5 to get started in style, or you inherited your cousin’s PS4 or you want to get closer to your grandchildren through video games, we offer you some game ideas that should get you started in gently, but qualitatively.
Since newbies don’t have just one unique profile, here’s a selection of 10 games that should suit almost any newbie, regardless of your playing style, age, or even the amount of free time you have. Once you have tasted the magic of video games, you will then become more experienced and can find what you like on your own. You can also consult our file of the best games on PS5 or even that of the best PlayStation sales of 2021 if you are out of inspiration.
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How to recognize a good game for beginners?
These are usually the games whose story takes precedence over the complexity of the gameplay (all the game mechanics) and which are therefore more pleasant to follow than to complete, or even games which do not require great dexterity to be finished and which require rather simple, even minimalist controls. This category includes games whose narrative is linear, unlike the generally more complex open worlds. Of course, there are exceptions to all of these rules.
To find out if a game is complicated or not, we also advise you to refer to its PEGI index, which determines the recommended age to start the game in question. If this is also influenced by the content itself (presence of drugs, vulgar language or even firearms) it is also a fairly good indicator of difficulty in general. Of course, there are plenty of exceptions, including the first game on our list.
We start with an independent game, which has become a big name in the industry as its story is both gripping and disturbing. In Inside, you play as a little boy whose adventure is strictly linear. There is no question of going right or left, the only goal is to move forward. To do this, you will sometimes have to solve some puzzles, or even take advantage of your environment.
As for his story, Inside rather minimalist. And for good reason, the total absence of dialogue will not help you understand the purpose of this whole adventure. But that’s also what makes the originality of the title, which wants to be a memorable experience, within everyone’s reach. For those who ask for more, you can also discover Limbodeveloped by the same studio, and which is none other than the predecessor ofInside.
Detroit Become Human
Detroit Become Human is an experience more than a game per se. In this narrative title, you take turns playing as 3 droids in a future where humans live surrounded by their mechanical counterparts endowed with artificial intelligence. However, the three characters you play are living proof that an artificial intelligence is above all an “intelligence”.
Throughout your adventure, you will therefore have to make choices about your destiny: continue to live as a servant despite your awakening of consciousness, or seize your chance to change things (for better or for worse). Take our word for it, Detroit Become Human is a very accessible game, the only less easy moments being the QTE phases (those where you have to press random buttons quickly). Our test here.
If you like exploration and adventurer life, Uncharted is a must-have franchise. However, if you’re really new, don’t have fun starting with the first game of the license, or you’ll get discouraged very quickly: in the first two games, the action takes up much more space than the story itself. -even, the weapons are difficult to handle and they are not the best examples of playing comfort or even accessibility.
It is only fromUncharted 3 that things soften to give way to a truly enjoyable game, in the same vein as the tomb Raider. We have decided to present to you the 4 because it’s our favorite, and it’s the one that lends itself the most to the standalone format (which can be included in necessarily doing those before). In Uncharted 4, Nathan Drake goes in search of a pirate’s treasure many years after having abandoned the search and lost his brother, who was none other than his most faithful traveling companion. Our test here.
In the calm and soothing genre, it does not do better than GRAY, a narrative masterpiece on all levels. In this melancholy title, you play a woman who explores a strange world, a reflection of her inner emotions, following a traumatic event. Throughout the adventure, you move from a gloomy world to a colourful, soft and poetic universe.
GRAY it is therefore the kind of game that suits all those who think that video games rhyme with action and violence. Here, you will mainly have to use your brain to survey the platforms that the game has to offer. Nothing very complicated either, the goal is simply to guide you in a universe as complex as the emotions of a human.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
It was among the games available when the PS5 launched in 2020. Sackboy: A Big Adventure is a platform game similar to Super Mario Bros. or even Crash Bandicoot, but which follows the adventures of the hero of the Little Big Planet games. In this installment, you must face Vex, who has once again sown finds him within Patchwork World. But before defeating him, you will have to overcome his minions and explore the worlds in search of the lost orbs.
Like any such game, sackboy is a more enjoyable adventure in multiplayer than in solo, so you can go up to 4 players in local mode. What makes it one of our favorites is truly its sublime artistic direction, but also its sound design. Sony takes full advantage of its musical label with levels in the colors of Bruno Mars, to name only this artist. Believe us, you will not be disappointed with the trip.
How to talk about games for beginners, without quoting Stardew Valley ? This is the essential management game that we recommend to all video game novices. A great representative of Pixel Art titles, it does not require any particular knowledge or skill to be appreciated.
In this game in the colors of nature, you must build your farm from A to Z and maintain it so that it is successful. Against the background of soft and relaxing music, you will have to plant your fruits and vegetables, take care of the livestock, go fishing or explore the surroundings to collect resources. A smoothly conducted business that will take your time, but when you love you don’t count.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy
spyro, it’s one of the platform game franchises that is no longer very young, but which still has maximum entertainment potential. Recently revisited in the collection Spyro Reignited Trilogy, the first three parts of the adventures of the purple dragon allow you to explore a colorful universe, populated by endearing characters and with fairly simple gameplay mechanics. If some levels or achievements require more rigor and observation, any beginner can manage to finish the game without real concern.
In its gameplay, we can compare spyro of Crash Bandicoot, which is a franchise also published by Activision Blizzard. However, the latter is a bit more demanding and not all beginners will be able to achieve victory as easily as on the trilogy. spyro. We therefore recommend the opuses Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy (remaster of the first 3 opuses) and Crash Bandicoot: It’s About Time to players with a little more stripe.
Kena Bridge of Spirits
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a fairly recent game that should catch your eye, at least visually. Kena is a young girl whose role is to accompany the souls of the dead to the afterlife thanks to a power that she alone possesses. Helped by her little companions the Rots, she will have to free an entire village and make her way to the great sacred mountain to find the answers to her questions.
Where the game is strong is in its enchanting storytelling. Overall, the mechanisms of Kena are extremely simple and the difficulty of the game is very affordable. Its open world allows you to really focus on exploration rather than combat and you will also have to rack your brains at times. It all culminates in a not very long but absolutely magical adventure. Our test here.
In an even calmer and more relaxing style, Journey can quickly become your favorite afternoon companion. In this title, you play as a desert nomad in search of the truth about a lost civilization. To do this, you will have to survey the dunes and mountains of sand, face the storms and use your magic to reveal the secrets of the desert. As beautiful as it is relaxing, it is a spellbinding experience that reaches out to you.
It Takes Two
It was possibly our game of the year 2021, and we can only warmly recommend it. It Takes Two is a two-player action-adventure game where you and your partner play as May and Cody, a couple on the verge of divorce. But thanks to their daughter, and a little magic, the two protagonists find themselves trapped in the bodies of dolls in their image, and must solve their problems to become themselves again.
More than an adventure It Takes Two is an experience that will immerse you in the heart of universal and timeless problems, gently and with a lot of humor. It is also a tribute to video games in general since the title explores many styles of games and sometimes makes you rediscover hidden treasures from your childhood. Between dreams, memories and imagination, this game will definitely not leave you indifferent, and is suitable for all audiences, even children.
A few other suggestions
On PS4 and PS5, you can of course find many other titles accessible to complete beginners, and in completely different registers. We can for example quote you Abzu or tomb Raider for a greater dose of adventure and action. If you are an experienced gamer and you have other games to share, especially do not hesitate to use the comment section to help those who need it the most.