Best PS4 Hidden Gems Guide PlayStation 4

What are the best hidden gems on PS4? What are some overlooked or underrated PS4 games you should try? The PlayStation 4 has a seriously rich and diverse library of games, with thousands upon thousands available. It's obviously impossible to play everything, even if a game comes highly recommended. With so many games releasing each week, a lot of great titles fall by the wayside. In this list, we hope to shed some light on some hidden gem games you might not be aware of.

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Best Hidden Gems on PS4

Below is a list of what we consider some of the best hidden gems on PS4. Presented in no particular order, these are some of our favourite underrated PS4 games, chosen by the editorial team.

Hotshot Racing (PS4)

Hotshot Racing (PS4)Hotshot Racing (PS4)
Publisher: Curve Digital / Developer: Lucky Mountain Games
Release Date: 10th Sep 2020 (USA) / 10th Sep 2020 (UK/EU)

Racing game fans say PS4 is short on great arcade racers, but it's very possible they might not have tried Hotshot Racing. While the visual style might not appeal to everyone, the ultra-smooth gameplay recalls classics of the genre like Burnout and Ridge Racer, and the game is an absolute blast. Flawless 60 frames-per-second performance, colourful, varied stages, and some inventive game modes combine for a wonderful experience.

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Bad North (PS4)

Bad North (PS4)Bad North (PS4)
Publisher: Raw Fury / Developer: Plausible Concept
Release Date: 28th Aug 2018 (USA) / 28th Aug 2018 (UK/EU)

A beautifully designed indie game, Bad North pairs real-time strategy mechanics with low poly stylised graphics. As you slowly piece together your army, defending each randomly generated island will get harder and harder as enemies appear from the mist in greater numbers. Bad North will test your tactical skills, but it will also provide a soothing and relaxing experience.

Erica (PS4)

Erica (PS4)Erica (PS4)
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment / Developer: Flavourworks
Release Date: 19th Aug 2019 (USA) / 19th Aug 2019 (UK/EU)

Erica is a live-action FMV thriller that subverts the normal means of playing a video game. Using your mobile phone or the DualShock 4’s touchpad, you guide Erica through the mysterious Delphi House as she attempts to solve her father’s murder. The story is gripping, and the performances are sublime, especially Holly Earl as the titular Erica.

Darksiders Genesis (PS4)

Darksiders Genesis (PS4)Darksiders Genesis (PS4)
Publisher: THQ Nordic / Developer: Airship Syndicate
Release Date: 14th Feb 2020 (USA) / 14th Feb 2020 (UK/EU)

Top-down hack and slash adventure Darksiders Genesis brings a new perspective to the long-running series. In fact, it’s probably the best of the bunch and, being a prequel, it’s perfect for series newcomers to jump into as well. If you like your combat served up with plenty of comedy quips, then look no further than Strife's Diablo-esque adventure.

Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars (PS4)

Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars (PS4)Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars (PS4)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 28th Oct 2021 (USA) / 28th Oct 2021 (UK/EU)

Despite the name, this is not a card game — it's actually a simple, traditional JRPG presented with cards. Whether you're navigating the world map, outfitting your party with new equipment, or engaging in turn-based battles, the game displays everything as a playing card, and it's all narrated by a droll, laid-back game master. Many will write off Voice of Cards because of how it appears on the surface, but this is a very pleasant, almost relaxing RPG that's worthy of your attention.