October 21, 2020

The best PS4 games you can buy: From Bloodborne to Uncharted 4

AA big hitters, indie darlings, remasters, remakes, and much more. These are the best PS4 games!

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It’s a testament to the quality of the PlayStation 4’s expansive library that narrowing down a list of the best PS4 games is incredibly hard. As one of the best selling consoles of all-time, it’s no surprise that Sony’s eighth-generation platform has a stacked back catalog of AAA big hitters, indie darlings, remasters, remakes, and much more.

To keep this list of the best PS4 games as succinct as possible, we’re limiting our top 10 PS4 games picks to console exclusives (PC not included). We’ve also discounted PlayStation VR games like Astro Bot Rescue Mission, Rez Infinite, and Tetris Effect. If you have a PSVR, do yourself a favor and check them out.

As a bonus, we’ve put together a quick list of other incredible games that aren’t PS4 exclusives at the bottom of this article. Speaking of, be sure to check out our list of the best Nintendo Switch games too.

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Best PS4 games

Editor’s note: This list of the best games on PS4 will be updated as new games launch.


1. Bloodborne

bloodborne best ps4 gamesSony Computer Entertainment

The first and (in this writer’s opinion) still the best PS4 exclusive you can buy, Bloodborne is a claret-soaked masterpiece from the team behind the notoriously challenging Dark Souls series.

Discarding the grim fantasy for a Gothic horror setting but sticking with the Souls’ series core action RPG gameplay and steep difficulty curve, Bloodborne’s vicious combat, opaque lore, and savage boss fights make for a nightmarish delight like no other.

Fear the old blood.


2. Final Fantasy VII Remake

final fantasy vii remake best ps4 gamesSquare Enix

After over a decade of teases and multiple delays, the long-awaited remake of Square Enix’s PS1 classic is finally here. Well, the first part anyway.

Final Fantasy VII Remake takes the first third of the seminal Japanese RPG and updates it for a modern audience. Cutting edge visuals, a revamped, real-time version of Final Fantasy VII’s turn-based combat, and a bunch of other changes all breathe fresh life into the steampunk world of Midgar. Now, if only we could hear something, anything, about Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2…


3. God of War

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God of War (2018) is a part-sequel and part-reboot of the hack-and-slash franchise that introduces Kratos a.k.a. The Ghost of Sparta a.k.a. The angriest man in gaming to the world, beasts, and gods of Norse mythology.

Despite switching to third-person, God of War retains the frenzied combat of its predecessors while effortlessly adopting a more story-driven approach. After murdering his way through the Greek pantheon, Kratos’ newfound status as a single parent of his son (BOY!) Atreyus forces him to confront the consequences of his rage-fueled past.

A true modern epic and a refreshing, surprisingly mature new chapter for a series that will no doubt continue on the PS5.


4. Horizon Zero Dawn

horizon zero dawn best ps4 gamesSony Interactive Entertainment

After over a decade of mediocre shooters with pseudo-space nazis, the Killzone team finally escaped its gunmetal-gray purgatory and delivered an open-world sci-fi game that quickly cemented itself as a PlayStation franchise for the future.

Horizon Zero Dawn features bleeding-edge visuals, a star turn from the always-excellent Ashly Burch as red-haired hero Aloy, and a compelling story and setting that combines old world tools and elements of tribal culture with futuristic technology. Also robotic dinosaurs. Do I need to continue?


5. The Last Guardian

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Originally intended for launch on the PS3, The Last Guardian survived years of development hell before eventually landing on PS4 and it was well worth the wait.

A spiritual successor to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus (more on that later), The Last Guardian is a beautiful and poignant puzzle platformer. The game follows the growing relationship between a young kidnapped boy and a giant cat-dog-griffin-thing — brought to life with astonishingly realistic AI — as they team up to escape a dangerous mystical prison.

Despite some obtuse puzzles, the awkward controls, and irritating technical issues, there’s nothing else quite like The Last Guardian on any platform.


6. The Last of Us Remastered

last of us remastered best ps4 gamesSony Interactive Entertainment

Yes, it’s technically a PS3 game, but the remastered PS4 version — complete with the excellent Left Behind DLC — is the ultimate version of one of the best games ever made.

Uncharted developer Naughty Dog’s magnum opus depicts a post-apocalyptic United States gripped by a fungal outbreak that turns those infected into mindless creatures. The story follows the game’s curmudgeonly protagonist Joel as he escorts Ellie, a teenager with an immunity to the infection, across the country in the hopes of finding a cure.

Brutal combat, blisteringly good writing, and stellar voice acting all make The Last of Us a true modern masterpiece. With The Last of Us Part 2 expected to launch as one of the final PS4 releases and potentially as an early PS5 game, you owe to yourself to see where it all started first.


7. Marvel’s Spider-Man

marvel spider man best ps4 gamesSony Interactive Entertainment

Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man does for the webslinger what the Batman Arkham series did for the Caped Crusader.

While Spider-Man on PS4 does suffer from some open-world-itis with boring fetch quests and collectibles, it’s hard to complain when swinging through New York feels so good.

No doubt the first in a series, Spider-Man PS4 also does a fantastic job at fleshing out Peter Parker as a character and introduces unique yet faithful takes on iconic members of Spider-Man’s rogues’ gallery.


8. Persona 5 Royal

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Easily one of the most stylish games of all-time, Persona 5 Royal is a Japanese RPG/social sim/dungeon crawler with a rebellious twist.

Persona 5 Royal puts you in the school uniforms and sneakers of the Phantom Thieves — a ragtag retinue of teens that have the ability to jump into the cognitive world and change the hearts of greedy and corrupt boomers.

The “Royal� version improves on the original Persona 5 with new content, characters, and gameplay tweaks that make the 80-100 hour psychedelic ride even more thrilling.


9. Shadow of the Colossus

shadow of the colossus best ps4 gamesSony Interactive Entertainment

A sublime remake of arguably Team Ico’s crowning achievement, Shadow of the Colossus is the rare remake that’s faithful to the original while improving on it in every way.

This melancholic epic sees you traversing a desolate, picturesque land in search of colossi to slay. To say the encounters with these behemoth beasts are memorable doesn’t do the majestic battles of puzzle-solving, strategy, and endurance any kind of justice.


10. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

uncharted 4 best ps4 gamesSony Interactive Entertainment

The last and best main entry in Sony’s biggest blockbuster franchise signs off with a bang. Despite settling into retirement, seasoned adventurer Nathan Drake takes on one last job to settle a score and save his brother.

Fresh off of The Last of Us, Uncharted 4 is a far more mature take on the action adventure series that manages to squeeze in a lot of subtle character work between bombastic shootouts.

Be sure to check out Uncharted: The Lost Legacy too. The shorter spin-off builds on the semi-open-world structure of Uncharted 4’s best chapter and brings back series favorite Chloe as the playable character.


Best PS4 games: Non-exclusives

With a library as huge as the PS4’s we couldn’t ignore some of the other amazing non-exclusive games. Here are the best you should check out:

  • Danganronpa 1.2 Reload — The PS4 has a surprisingly deep selection of visual novel games. The first two Danganronpa games, as well as Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy are super niche, but utterly brilliant. 
  • Dark Souls Trilogy — The OG classic remastered, a divisive sophomore outing, and a fan-pleasing finale. Bloodborne fans shouldn’t miss FromSoftware’s challenging trilogy or the shinobi-themed spin-off, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
  • Doom — The perfect reboot of the demon-slaying shooter series. It’s sequel Doom Eternal is also worth a look, though the 2016 game is a little tighter.
  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age â€” A staunchly traditional Japanese RPG with classic turn-based combat, a seemingly endless supply of quests, and a memorable cast of lovably quirky characters.
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain â€” Hideo Kojima’s last Metal Gear outing was a mixed bag overall, but the open-world stealth gameplay remains the pinnacle of the series. Check out Death Stranding for more Kojima weirdness too.
  • Nier: Automata — Platinum Games’ existentialist action RPG won’t be for everyone, but if you like esoteric games and hack-and-slash combat then you’d have 2B silly to skip this one.
  • Overwatch — Blizzard Entertainment’s hero shooter revitalized the online FPS genre a few years back and is still going strong today. If you’re more into battle royale games then you’ve got Fortnite, Apex Legends, and PUBG.
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 — Rockstar’s sequel is a Western odyssey for the ages. Of course if you want more open-world action, there’s also the ever-popular Grand Theft Auto 5 or The Witcher 3 — CD Projekt Red’s acclaimed fantasy opus that’s as vast as it is dense.
  • Resident Evil 2 — A brilliant remake of the PS1 classic. Check out Resident Evil 7 to see the series’ latest entry that goes back to its pure horror roots.
  • What Remains of Edith Finch — A compelling story-driven title with a gut-punch ending. For something similar, give Firewatch and Return of the Obra Dinn a try.

That’s it for our list of the best PS4 games you can buy. We’ll update this list as more great PS4 games become available.