What are the best PS4 games you can beat in a day? With time so precious in this busy world, there is often far less opportunity to game than most players would like. But don’t worry, the PlayStation catalogue has even the most time-constrained gamer covered. What follows are ten fantastic PS4 games that you can complete in an afternoon or less.
ABZÛ has been dubbed the underwater version of Journey for its similar art style, lack of dialogue, and steady progress through calm and tranquil environments. It’s perhaps more of an experience than a video game, but submerging yourself in ABZÛ’s underwater worlds leads to a wonderful few hours spent swimming in a series of colourful marine habitats. Not only is the game beautiful, but sandwiched between its artistic graphics and powerful soundtrack is a surprising story. ABZÛ may be one of the shortest games on this list, but it still deserves your undivided attention.
Everybody’s Gone to The Rapture is a is a walking simulator involving strange lights in the sky. A small English village and its residents have mysteriously disappeared, and it’s up to you to explore their empty houses to find out why. The main pull of the story is reliving the memories leading up to the mass disappearance, but exploring every nook and cranny of each beautifully-rendered building is just as compelling.
Perhaps one of the most visually appealing games on this list, Firewatch captured the hearts of the community back in 2016 with its emotional story and impressive graphics. After tragedy strikes, Henry escapes to the lush forests of Wyoming to become a forest lookout, but his new job involves more than just paperwork and bird watching. With a perfectly paced story and heart-stopping revelations, Firewatch is the emotional sucker punch your afternoon needs.
It’s always tricky to create a novel twist on the long-established platformer genre, but The Voxel Agents have managed to do just that with The Gardens Between. This indie is presented as part puzzler, part adventure where you control not the two protagonists but time itself. It’s an alluring structure and one which continues to surprise until the final credits roll. The Gardens Between is more than just a clever puzzle game, it’s also a touching tale of growing older, leaving behind childhood friends, and the inevitable passing of time and the power it has change everything.
If you’re looking for a side-scrolling puzzler with a twisted narrative and great graphics look no further than PlayDead’s Inside. This monochrome adventure follows a young boy as he wanders into a mysterious laboratory, apparently intent on infiltrating some sort of dystopian nightmare. Inside is fuelled by fiendish puzzles, wonderful graphics, and the niggling feeling at the back of your mind that all isn’t what it seems. This is not only one of the best short games on PS4, but one of the best games full stop.