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1Time to go sleuthing

LA Noire
This list was first published in August 2019 and has been updated and reposted since.

In one sense, the detective genre is a natural choice for games.

Being a detective is one of those things that many of us would surely love to experience, but don’t want to have to deal with the reality of it; the stress, the long hours, the often boring work and, of course, the horrors you’d have to see first-hand.

Detective work, by its very nature, requires skills that run contrary to the straightforward solutions found in most video games. In the best detective games, solving a problem or progressing the plot is usually more complicated than shooting someone in the face or completing a fetch quest. It’s perhaps this which often prevents many of these games from truly gatecrashing the mainstream.

In considering the best detective games on PS4 then, we end up with an interesting collection of titles. Some are pure detective sims and some mix more cerebral activities with traditional videogame staples of shooting and beating up enemies. Either way, they’re all very much worth your time if you enjoy a bit of detective work.

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After first discovering gaming on a second-hand Sinclair Spectrum, Alec quickly moved onto Gameboys and PlayStations. It was Sony’s little wonder box that really kickstarted his passion though and he’s been a PS man ever since. He loves games with strong stories and loses a ridiculous number of hours every year trying to revive Sheffield United’s glory days on FIFA.