What Remains of Edith Finch is up there with the best in the maligned 'walking simulator' genre of narrative based adventures. Featuring several vignettes focusing on the deaths in the unfortunate Finch family, the variety in storytelling techniques is dialed up to 11. It's all held together by an absurdly well-realised house environment that creaks with character, and is a narrative tool all on its own. The melancholy story packs a real punch, and is more than worthy of a place in our list.
9. God of War
BOY! Who would've thought that Santa Monica Studio could claw back any personality for Kratos, the angriest character in gaming history? With Cory Barlog leading the charge, not only is the latest God of War the best in the series, but it also tells the best story of the bunch, too. Humanising Kratos by way of his more compassionate son Atreus is a stroke of genius. The Ghost of Sparta has become the most likeable he's ever been, and that's thanks to an amazing adventure filled with great characters, set-pieces, and revelatory moments.
Despite an agonisingly prolonged development period, The Last Guardian miraculously emerged as another stellar Fumito Ueda adventure. Like his other games, this tale of Trico and a young boy hits you right in the feels as you build up a wonderful relationship with the giant creature. Divisive as the game is, Trico is an incredibly well-realised AI companion, and your largely wordless trek across crumbling ruins packs real emotional punch. Somehow living up to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, this is an essential PS4 experience.
Mental health issues are no longer the taboo they once were, but they’re still largely misunderstood. In the harrowing Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, developer Ninja Theory uses a combination of gameplay mechanics and incredible performance capture to convey the struggles of its protagonist. It’s one of the most affecting narratives that you’ll find on the PS4, and it sticks with you long after the credits roll.
Journey doesn't need words -- written or spoken -- to tell its story, and that's why it's such a remarkable game. You're free to interpret the meaning behind thatgamecompany's near-perfect outing, but that doesn't stop it from being an powerfully emotive experience. A must-play if you're looking for a completely different style of storytelling on PS4.