Top 10 Best PS4 Games of All Time

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The PlayStation 4 has become one of Sony’s most successful consoles, with its exclusive game library contributing significantly to its popularity. Even after the release of the PS5, many PS4 players continue to receive new games after the start of the new generation. With a massive library of games, it can be hard to know which PS4 games are the best out of the bunch.

These are the best PS4 exclusives that are must-haves if you own the console, and if you have a PS5 then you can enjoy these games even more with higher fidelity and better performance.

God of War (2018)

<p>Santa Monica Studio</p>

Santa Monica Studio

2018’s God of War reboot showed a different side of Kratos while untangling a new mythology in the franchise. Kratos and Atreus’ adventure took a lot of inspiration from The Last of Us, making it a more personal story without losing any of the spectacle from the original games. God of War (2018) kept the canon of the trilogy but started a new chapter in Kratos’ more reserved life, being a perfect entry point for newcomers.

Horizon: Zero Dawn

<p>Guerrilla Games</p>

Guerrilla Games

After exploring a bleak world in the Killzone games, Guerrilla’s Horizon Zero Dawn invited players to a vibrant post-apocalyptic future. HZD offered a huge world with rich lore and killer robot dinosaurs and turned Aloy into a significant PlayStation mascot. Horizon Zero Dawn’s gameplay does seem a little dated now, but its combat system offers plenty of depth.

Marvel’s Spider-Man

<p>Insomniac Games</p>

Insomniac Games

Marvel’s Spider-Man ended the curse of bad Spider-Man games by offering an original story with stellar performances and a lively New York City to swing around in. The swinging system was a modern take on the system in Spider-Man 2, with wonderful animations. The combat system learned the right lessons from the Batman Arkham games with a focus on gadgets that showcased Peter Parker’s genius.

The Last of Us Part 2

<p>Naughty Dog</p>

Naughty Dog

Perhaps the most controversial game on this list, The Last of Us Part 2 told a story that broke its fan base in half. Regardless of whether you like Naughty Dog’s decisions with the story, the game’s technical achievement cannot be understated. The sequel’s visceral combat system and expanded stealth mechanics make every fight count. Even without the recent PS5 remaster, The Last of Us Part 2 is one of the best-looking games of all time, pushing the boundaries of realistic art direction and animation in video games.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

<p>Naughty Dog</p>

Naughty Dog

Uncharted 4 may be the final chapter of Nathan Drake’s story, but it’s also designed for newcomers. The game’s set pieces easily eclipse those found in the original story, and with cutting-edge visuals, tell a heartfelt story reuniting Nathan with his brother Sam. If you want to experience a blockbuster story while being a part of the action then Uncharted 4 is perfect for you.

Bloodborne

<p>From Software</p>

From Software

Bloodborne is the best version of Dark Souls. With a unique art style that perfectly captures the essence of Gothic and Lovecraftian horror, Bloodborne is the perfect game for those seeking a challenge. The game’s performance is a little unstable, forever locked at 30fps with bad anti-aliasing despite the cries of thousands of souls worldwide. However, once you look past those technical limitations, you’ll be left with a game that you’ll swear has a personal grudge against you. Your usual Dark Sould playstyle won’t work in Bloodborne as the game encourages a faster, more violent playstyle. Bloodborne also has some of the most incredible backstories in Souls history. We are born of the blood, made men by the blood, undone by the blood; Fear the old blood.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

<p>Square Enix</p>

Square Enix

Final Fantasy 7 has one of gaming’s most celebrated stories, and Square Enix’s massive remake project aims to retain the core of that story while upgrading its visuals and gameplay mechanics. FF7 Remake may only cover a small portion of Cloud Strife’s adventures, but its real genius is the ending you’ll never see coming. Forgoing the turn-based battles of the past, FF7 Remake uses a mix of real-time and strategic combat and offers a robust party system with Tifa, Aerith, and Barret, all of whom control equally well.

Ghost of Tsushima

<p>Sucker Punch Productions</p>

Sucker Punch Productions

Ghost of Tsushima is the Assassin’s Creed game everyone had been clamoring for with their prayers falling on Ubisoft’s deaf ears. Thankfully, Sucker Punch listened to those prayers and made an open-world game that innovates on that tiresome formula. Ghost of Tsushima de-emphasizes the map markers, letting you soak in the moment. Its combat system will make you feel like a real samurai, letting you quickly slice down enemies in style.

Persona 5 Royal

Persona 5 is a big game, so much so that you may have to skip out on work, school, or any other regular activity just to dedicate time to this grand adventure. It’s still worth it though, as Persona 5’s story and characters will keep you glued to your screen. The game’s flashy combat system never gets boring, and the game has a lot of style that makes even its main menus more interesting than some games. Taking inspiration from anime and combining JRPG mechanics makes for a cool game that offers the best of both worlds. The Royal version adds tons of new content to the game, making the whole thing an even longer odyssey.

Shadow of the Colossus

<p>Team Ico / Japan Studio</p>

Team Ico / Japan Studio

Shadow of the Colossus came at a time when remakes of old games weren't as prevalent as they are today. The game perfectly captured the powerful tone and aesthetic of the original PS2 game while updating all assets to a modern standard. It's still a wonderful game that remains of the most influential in the medium, further cementing the fact that video games can and should be considered as art.