Are you looking for the best PS4 games right now? Then you're in the right place. The PlayStation 4 console is, probably, Sony's greatest achievement to date. (That's until the long awaited PS5 arrives later this year, of course.)
Whether you have the original PS4 console from Sony or the more advanced PS4 Pro, you still need an exceptional collection of the best PS4 games to make the most of Sony's truly fantastic console. The good news is that many of Sony's first party titles are unrivalled. We're talking about the likes of Horizon Zero Dawn, Marvel's Spider-Man, and God of War. These are exclusively available on the PlayStation 4. While upcoming exclusives, such as Ghost of Tsushima will land on the console this year. You'll also find a whole host of wonderful third party titles on the platform from both AAA and indie developers.
However, with so many top titles to pick from, it isn't always easy to choose which games you should fill your PlayStation 4 library with. That's why we've put together this list of the best PS4 games of all time – all of which are available to buy right now. We've even included whether or not they support the PS4 Pro's enhanced resolution and detail in 4K and HDR. If you're lucky, some might even appear for free on PS Plus.
We've tried our best to include the best PS4 games from every genre, including indie, action, shooter, racing, adventure, and more. But if nothing here takes your fancy, then check back in with us in a few weeks – with every new release we're updating and revising our choices. So read on to find out the best PS4 games available right now.
The best PS4 games are a great way to look back at how brilliant this generation of PlayStation gaming has been. We're sitting on the cusp of a new generation after, with the next generation console - the PS5 - on track to launch later this year. With a couple more games to come to round off the generation, we're looking at the titles that define the PS4 with this list of the best PS4 games - and that's before we even start thinking about the upcoming PS5 games too.
But now is the time to make sure that you've seen the best that this generation has to offer. There's a baffling amount of games on offer, but whether you're looking for the biggest exclusive titles like God of War and Spider-Man PS4, AAA third party additions like Red Dead Redemption 2, or just some excellent indie offerings, we've got you covered.
When deciding the best PS4 games we consider how these games are to play right this very minute, because, if you have spare cash to spend, you want to know what offers the best value for time and money today, not two years ago. And you need to know if something is genuinely worth playing and if it adds something to your PlayStation experience - or if you'd be better off saving your money for one of the big upcoming PS4 games on the horizon. What follows, then, is our take on the best PS4 games out there - be they the best PS4 exclusives, big AAA cross-format games, or surprise indie hits that you can grab off the PSN store.
Below are the top 10 PlayStation games from our pick by customers feedback.
1. Nioh 2
Koei Tecmo’s Nioh 2 is one of the most difficult games in the Souls-like genre, which is already famous for its unrelenting challenge. Nioh 2 does not feel unfair, however, it does give a ridiculous number of options to the player. These include an insane amount of weapon types – swords, double swords, axes, dual hatchets, and switchglaives among them – as well as expanding skill trees filled with abilities to help defeat the demonic yokai of feudal Japan. It follows the same trial-and-error formula of the Souls series, with players returning to a shrine upon death and spending currency to level up, but throws in other players’ spirits to keep things interesting. Depending on the spirit, they can either help with difficult areas of face off in a duel to the death with valuable gear on the line.
Nioh 2 is a sillier game than its predecessor and most hardcore action-RPG titles, which keeps things light in between the brutally challenging moments. One major supporting character uses a monkey spirit as his ally and occasionally mimics his dancing, and a Billy goat spirit speaks English but with a goat-like vocal fry. Given how stressful the game can be, these characters are appreciated and cherished.
PlayStation players couldn’t play Remedy Entertainment’s last major game, Quantum Break, but they have been given something much better in Control. The third-person shooter builds on Quantum Break’s mix of traditional gunfights and superhuman powers, but it trims most of the fat and is set in a much more interesting environment — the titular Federal Bureau of Control.
As new director Jesse Faden, it’s your job to uncover the mystery surrounding your brother’s disappearance and defeat the strange Hiss enemies you come across. This is easier said than done, but with the right abilities and knowledge of the shape-shifting Service Weapon, you’ll be able to save the world from certain doom.
3. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
The Dark Souls formula got a healthy dose of speed and horror when Bloodborne released back in 2015, and From Software has managed to make things even more extreme in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Set in Sengoku-era Japan rather than a wholly original world, the game is nonetheless filled with magic and monsters ready to kill you at a moment’s notice. No enemy is too weak to deserve your attention, and many are formidable in one-on-one fights.
The real meat of Sekiro, however, are the boss fights. They play out like choreographed dances, requiring you to learn a boss’s every move before you’re ready to go in for the kill. With the Posture system becoming more important in most fights than a standard health bar, you need to stay aggressive, but getting greedy will result in a swift death.
4. Devil May Cry 5
Devil May Cry 5 is a sequel to a game released over a decade ago, but you wouldn’t know that from playing it. The flashy combat is brought to life with the power of the impressive RE Engine – also used for Resident Evil 2 – and with three protagonists using very different combat styles, you never do the same thing twice in Devil May Cry 5.
Nero and Dante both make their return alongside the mysterious V, who makes use of demons to do his fighting for him. Regardless of who you’re controlling, Devil May Cry 5 is an over-the-top adrenaline rush, with plenty of humor and ridiculous weapons that should please longtime fans.
Bloodborne is not for the faint of heart. This action-RPG adventure, a spiritual successor to Hidetaka Miyazaki‘s Dark Souls series, takes the challenging combat and methodical boss encounters of the aforementioned games but speeds up the gameplay for a more frenetic and tense experience.
A dark, gothic setting and Lovecraftian story provide a bleak backdrop for the white-knuckle gameplay. As a Hunter, you’ll make your way through the city of Yharnam, where a strange curse has begun turning locals into mindless beasts. While not technically a horror game, Bloodborne’s setting and high-stakes combat are uniquely terrifying. Be sure to stay alert, because the world of Bloodborne is full of unforgiving monsters and traps around every corner, making it one of the best PS4 games to date.
6. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
From the mind of designer Hideo Kojima comes Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the fifth (and ostensibly final) entry in the long-running stealth espionage series. The goofy and over-the-top tone the series is known for has been downplayed, and this installment instead delivers a far grittier and more reined-in narrative that follows Venom Snake (Big Boss) as he works to re-establish his mercenary army in his war against the shadowy Cipher.
It’s one of the best PS4 games available and has garnered near-universal acclaim thanks to its meticulously designed gameplay, which allows players to complete missions in virtually limitless ways while recruiting and building a mercenary army. Kiefer Sutherland lends his voice as Big Boss, in what might be the best stealth-action game of all time.
7. Grand Theft Auto V
Don’t mistake the PS4 version of Grand Theft Auto V — Rockstar’s extraordinary open-world opus — for a mere cash-grabbing re-release. The next-gen version of the already impressive game blows the original out of the water, even if the storyline and locales are identical. Rockstar’s unique additions, such as the first-person mode, allow the title to stand out from the crowd, bolstering it more than the updated visuals and expanded heists ever could.
The release also allows for larger online matches, adds several songs to in-game radio stations, and even allows PlayStation 3 players to upload their previous characters. Couple all this with some of the finest writing and voice acting of any video game to date, and you have a title that’s the cream of the next-gen crop. There’s a reason that it is the most successful entertainment product in history.
8. Nier: Automata
Director Yoko Taro’s games have always been delightfully bizarre, but their moment-to-moment gameplay had never reached the same heights as Taro’s stories. For Nier: Automata, the semi-sequel to 2010’s Nier, Taro partnered with PlatinumGames to create a game with stylish action, tight twin-stick shooting, and clever perspective shifts.
For the first time, Taro has delivered a game that is just as engaging to play as it is to watch, and it also happens to feature one of the best narratives, and endings, in the entire medium. It takes three play through to see the entire story, but the time you invest will be well worth it by the time the final credits roll.
9. Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 is the result of decades of development experience, delivering one of the strongest stories we’ve seen from the studio despite often being limited to characters we already know from the original game. Over its long, slow-burn tale, we are shown the heartache and pain that came with the end of the Wild West era, and protagonist Arthur Morgan’s gruff-but-nurturing personality makes him the perfect star during this transition.
If you don’t care about dialogue, however, Red Dead Redemption 2 is just an absolute joy to play. Exploring the open world almost always results in finding something you haven’t seen before, whether it be a new species of animal to hunt or a bizarre murder scene to investigate. Getting lost in the Wild West is easy, so we don’t ever want to leave.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Respawn Entertainment is known for first-person shooters like Titanfall 2 and Apex Legends, so we weren’t sure what to expect when the studio announced it was making Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, a third-person Jedi-focused Star Wars action game. The end result, as it turns out, is actually pretty solid, combining elements from other contemporary action-adventure games while injecting just enough Star Wars magic.
Set after Order 66 that destroyed most of the Jedi, Fallen Order stars a former Padawan who must race to protect a powerful object containing important information valued by both the Rebels and the Empire. The game never lets up from its opening moments to the final credits, and it’s filled with all the Force powers and acrobatic moves you could want a Jedi to use.
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