Max Freeman-Mills, Contributing Editor
- Updated 24 January 2022
– All the top PS4 games we recommend
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(Pocket-lint) – The PlayStation 4 is a good gaming console, make no mistake about it. And the 4K-capable PS4 Pro is an even more powerful version.
However, it’s the incredible games that have made the PS4 the winner of its console generation. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best PS4 games of all time – going way back to the launch of Sony’s console in 2013. They are all worth adding to your library.
Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a specific genre, you’ll find some more specific guides linked below.
|Our buying guide for PS4 games
|– Best Role-Playing Games (RPGs)|
|– Best platform games|
|– Best shooters|
|– Best Indie Games|
What are the best games for PS4?
- The Last of Us Part 2
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- God of War
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Marvel’s Spider-Man
- Uncharted 4: The End of a Thief
- Final Fantasy VII remake
- Spirit of Tsushima
The Last of Us Part II
Naughty Dog returns to its harrowing vision of a post-pandemic world, picking up the story of Joel and Ellie. This time around, players will mostly be in Ellie’s shoes as she treads a path few can endure in search of justice. It’s an absolutely heartbreaking journey and arguably a new high point for cinematic storytelling in games. A must for every PlayStation owner.
- The Last of Us Part 2 Review: A fitting swan song for a generation
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3 is not only one of the best games on the PlayStation 4, but can also claim to be one of the best of all time. It’s an extraordinary achievement in game design, where it seems that every action taken in the massive third-person role-playing game has an impact on the game world. For example, save a merchant from some bandits in a random encounter, you may meet him again many hours later in a town where he will give you a massive discount on items he has for sale. The world itself also seems alive and vibrant, while the game is also able to test your skills so you don’t just flash through it. Excellent.
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Review: The best role-playing game since Skyrim
God of War
God of War is simply stunning. Its over-the-shoulder third-person style lends itself to both emotional storytelling and intuitive combat system. We particularly like the axe throwing mechanic and especially the weight of the axe itself as it travels back to your hand Thor’s hammer style. No PS4 should be without the best God of War game and one of PlayStation’s best games.
Red Dead Redemption 2
A truly stunning game that will provide weeks of entertainment and pleasure. It starts off slow, but the amount of depth and variety of mission types will really get you hooked before long. Rockstar isn’t the most prolific developer, but it’s certainly one of the best. There are few open-world games with this much thought and attention.
- Red Dead Redemption 2 Review: The Game of Your Life?
It’s hard to describe how much fun it is to swing through the streets in Spider-Man, you’ll find yourself doing it for hours without even having to complete a mission. But luckily, there’s also a great story and gameplay in the open-world superhero title. Comic book fans will also appreciate the slew of unlockable collectibles and costumes. And there are some great character cameos along the way.
- Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4 Review: Catches Thieves Like Flies
Uncharted 4: The End of a Thief
Uncharted 4 is not only the result of Naughty Dog’s findings from the previous trilogy, it also benefits greatly from the developer’s work on The Last of Us. While radically different in tone, A Thief’s End undoubtedly borrows some elements from its enduring horror-based stablemate, resulting in the studio’s most well-rounded and balanced game yet.
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Review: Going Out with a Bang
Final Fantasy VII remake
It may be a recent addition to the list, but Final Fantasy VII Remake would easily fit in with any of the best PS4 games, even if it was just one of the top 5. The PS4 exclusive is much more than a remaster of the classic PSOne JRPG, it’s almost a new game rebuilt from the ground up with amazing new graphics and a new battle system that puts it right up there with most other games of this generation.
- Final Fantasy VII Remake Review: An absolute epic
Bloodborne is exclusive to PS4 and comes from the same stable as Dark Souls, and you can tell almost immediately. It matches its stablemate series graphically, albeit with current-gen flair, but the main similarity is that both action-adventure/RPGs are as difficult as each other. Get ready to throw your DualShock 4 around. Lots.
- Bloodborne Review: Hard as nails
Control, one of 2019’s best and most unexpected hits, is a paranormal adventure/shooter from the team behind Alan Wake and has also become a cult classic. Its art style – full of pastel tones and an intentionally gritty overlay – fits the theme well, with an almost dreamlike ambiance. And the gameplay mechanics, which introduce new weapons and powers as you progress, are so finely tuned that you never feel overwhelmed by the increasing difficulty. Excellent.
- Control Review: Delightfully loopy paranormal action
Ghost of Tsushima
Ghost of Tsushima is an open-world game that’s about as beautiful to look at as anything currently on the market, and could end up being one of the very last big blockbusters for the PS4. It’s lucky that it’s so much fun and gives you a huge, varied island full of places to clear from the invading Mongols.
- Ghost of Tsushima Review: The PlayStation 4’s Last Hurrah
More about this story
Every game on this list has been tested and played through by our team to ensure it deserves inclusion.
We’ve played through their campaigns, invested hours into their multiplayer offerings, and carefully compared them to direct competitors to ensure they’re the most satisfying and rewarding options on their platform.
We’re not interested in pointless number stuff or superfluous details – we just want to provide an easy-to-understand review that will give you an idea of how it will be to play. And don’t think for a second that the games have not been fully tested, because the ratings are concise.
We have been dealing with technology and games since 2003 and in many cases we have not only reviewed the game in question, but also the previous generations – all the way to the first release on the market. There are also many titles we considered that didn’t make it into any of our buying guides.