Shadow of the Colossus is easily one of PlayStation's best. The sombre adventure sees Wander felling huge beasts in exchange for the life of a mysterious woman. The eerie quiet of the open world, the overbearing sense of unease, the incredible tussles with giant monsters, the beautiful music -- it's an extraordinary game, and its story, like all Fumito Ueda's works, is likely to leave you an emotional wreck.
We can't talk about single player games on PS4 without mentioning Uncharted, and Drake's last adventure is also his best. Having built up multiple beloved characters throughout the series, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End plays with them all, introduces new faces, and delivers a highly entertaining narrative in typical Naughty Dog style. It's a real class act from top to bottom, with excellent acting, animation, and vastly improved gunplay. If you're after a single player blockbuster that doesn't take dozens of hours to beat, this is the whole package.
Yakuza 6 has one of the best stories in the entire series -- and that's saying a heck of a lot. Although the game focuses solely on recurring protagonist Kazuma Kiryu, Push Square's biggest man crush solidifies himself as one of the greatest characters in modern gaming with an unbelievable performance in what's supposed to be his final outing. The emotion, the drama, the mind-blowing twists -- it's all here and it's absolutely gripping stuff from start to finish.
The game which cemented Naughty Dog’s status as one of the industry’s greatest story-tellers, The Last of Us’ tale of parenthood is perhaps one of the most memorable narratives that the industry has ever seen. What truly makes the title standout, though – in addition to the outstanding performances by Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson – is how it manages to marry gameplay to its fiction, enhancing the impact of its overall message.
The Witcher 3 may be set in a wide open world, but its scale doesn't stop it from telling some of the best -- if not the best -- stories on PS4, and that's a stunning achievement. Indeed, it's not just the main plot that Geralt's adventure relies on -- the entire release is stuffed with writing so good that it makes most other games blush. As if that wasn't enough, the title's two expansions are arguably even better at spinning an engrossing yarn. If you're looking for gripping and mature narratives, look no further than the PS4's greatest RPG.
And that does it for our list of the top single player story games on PS4. What are your favourites? Which do you think tells the best tale? Do you prefer playing solo, or are you more of a multiplayer gamer? Spin us a yarn in the comments below and let us know.