Discover the Creators: Tim Schafer’s Favorite PS4 Games

Discover The Creators is a PlayStation Store curation program in which we’ve asked some of the biggest names in the biz to pick their favorite PS4 games in order to help your find your next game to play.



There is more than one way to skin a cat (don’t ask me how I know that) and there’s also more than one way to tell a great story in games. You can do it with great dialog, or no dialog at all. You can focus on the depth of the characters, or on the richness of the environment. You can bring your hero’s choices to life with game play mechanics that are complex, or extremely simple.

And that’s why this list of great PS4 story-telling games is so diverse–they all tackle the problem in their own style. Each one finds a unique way to bring its world, it’s characters, it’s story to life. And no cats are skinned in any of them. I’m sorry I even brought that up.

Night in the Woods

Night in the Woods

Came to this one for the art, but found some of my favorite writing in games recently. Really funny, nuanced, and surprising.

Unravel

Unravel

A beautiful platforming puzzle game with a story told through environments and photographic memories.

Gone Home

Gone Home

I admire this game for putting story front and center and committing to that as their prime focus before other games were doing it.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Valiant Hearts

A story about the war told in a way that war stories are rarely told in games.

Oxenfree

Oxenfree

Naturalistic dialog that can be interrupted, redirected, and played with–still sounding pretty natural. Super hard to pull off, but they did it really well.

What Remains of Edith Finch

What Remains of Edith Finch

I thought I knew where this was going when it started, and then I was constantly surprised by where it took me. Very memorable.

Machinarium

Machinarium

Story told without words at all, just art and little comic strip memories. Beautiful!

Inside

Inside

This minimalistic story seemed to present more mysteries than it solved. It felt like anything could happen next. Bleak and harsh and constantly engaging.

Wheels of Aurelia

Wheels of Aurelia

A very unique way of telling a story while on a road trip. Make decisions in dialog trees, but also in branching roads. Style and subject matter different from any game I could think of.

Bound

Bound

Mostly a platformer, with a very unique way of visually exploring memories.

Until Dawn

Until Dawn

Recommend you play with a group of friends and not alone–not just because it’s scary, but because this game really invites you to cooperatively work through a story together, yelling and screaming and laughing the whole time.

Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition

Guacamelee

A fighting game with many great, colorful characters, rich with personality.

The Last Guardian

The Last Guardian

Incredibly strong depiction of a character and a relationship, using very few words.

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Head over to PlayStation Store now to browse Tim’s list as well as picks curated by Shuhei Yoshida, Yoko Taro, the team at Supergiant Games, and more:

Discover the Creators at PlayStation Store

Yoko Taro // Director, NieR: Automata
Hermen Hulst // Co-founder & Managing Director of Guerrilla Games
Shuhei Yoshida // President, PlayStation Worldwide Studios
Siobhan Reddy // Co-founder & Studio Director of Media Molecule
Sid Shuman // PlayStation Social Media Director
Supergiant Games // Creators of Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre
Tom Happ // Sole Developer of Axiom Verge
Teddy Lee // Designer of Rogue Legacy
Drinkbox Studios // Makers of Severed and Guacamelee!
kokoromi collective // Creators of SuperHyperCube
CAPY // Developers of Super Time Force Ultra & collaborators on #Sworcery
Double Eleven // Makers of Goat Simulator and Prison Architect on console
Mark Essen // Creative Director of Nidhogg
Playdead Developer Team // Creators of Limbo and Inside
Koshi Nakanishi // Director of Resident Evil 7 biohazard
Yoshinori Ono // Executive Producer of the Street Fighter series
Psyonix // Creators of Rocket League
Business Division 2 // Makers of Final Fantasy XV