Playing games with others is a lot of fun, but sometimes you just want to go it alone and immerse yourself in a single player game. Often lengthy, deep, and rich with narrative, single player adventures offer some of the best experiences and best stories in gaming, and PS4 has them in spades. In this list, we're running through our pick of the best single player games on the platform, and all of them provide excellent tales and memorable moments for the lone wolf gamer.
With Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, The Chinese Room delivered a walking sim with real heft. As you explore the deserted English village of Yaughton following a mysterious event, the story unfurls in small, disconnected scenes, and you have to put two and two together. It's sombre, atmospheric, really quite dark, and utterly absorbing. Brilliantly acted, well written, and underscored by a gorgeous soundtrack, this is up there with the best in the genre.
19. NieR: Automata
One of many games that deals with the subject of sentient artificial intelligence, NieR Automata’s approach couldn’t be more different to the likes of Detroit: Become Human. Essentially an open world action game, the title uses multiple playthroughs and overlapping characters to bring its story to life. It can, at times, be a slog – but stick with it right the way through to its third and final campaign, and you’ll be richly rewarded.
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A testament to the power of interactivity when it comes to story-telling, The Invisible Hours sees you play as a voyeur as a murder mystery unfolds in Nikola Tesla’s mansion. You’ll be following famous historical faces around the house, rewinding time to piece parts of the story together. The key mechanic is that you can only ever be in one place at any given time, so just because you’re witnessing a confrontation in the basement, doesn’t mean all is well upstairs.
17. Until Dawn
Schlock horror is the order of the day in Until Dawn, a surprise hit with a contemptible cast of teenagers who you can enjoy being gruesomely picked off one by one. The game twists and turns over the course of its ten hour runtime, and prior to Detroit: Become Human it was the most malleable interactive drama you could buy. Campy acting paired with a laugh-out-loud script make this a must-play – even if the performance capture looks a little dated now.
One of the best aspects of Aloy's grand adventure across a post-post-apocalyptic America is the tale at the heart of it. We won't spoil too much just in case you've yet to play Guerrilla's open world epic, but the combination of ultra-futuristic science fiction and tribal side stories presents a very unique story among modern games. The overarching mystery of why the world is how it is drives players forward, drip feeding exposition throughout, and it's incredibly compelling stuff.