10. Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time (PS3)

Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time (PS3)
Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time (PS3)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment / Developer: Insomniac Games
Release Date: 27th Oct 2009 (USA) / 4th Nov 2009 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Premium

Ratchet & Clank put in a solid shift on PS3 with multiple games garnering high praise, but Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time is considered by many to be the generational highpoint. Introducing a host of new gameplay mechanics — including the ability to fly Ratchet's ship between planets — and putting a strong emphasis on a wisecracking story, for many this is still the series' benchmark.

9. Bloodborne (PS4)

Bloodborne (PS4)
Bloodborne (PS4)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment / Developer: FromSoftware
Release Date: 24th Mar 2015 (USA) / 27th Mar 2015 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Collection / PS+ Extra

The spiritual successor to FromSoftware's supremely popular Dark Souls property, Bloodborne fuses the lip-smackingly satisfying combat of its predecessors with a frighteningly fast pace, resulting in the most intense action on the PS4. Harrowing Lovecraftian-like fiends and larger-than-life bosses vie for the attention of your Saw Blade, as the dingy districts of Yharnam intertwine. A steep difficulty curve can make this occasionally putrid escapade appear off-putting, but soldier through the skin and sinew and you'll find a bloodbath worth submerging in.

8. Marvel's Spider-Man (PS4)

Marvel's Spider-Man (PS4)
Marvel's Spider-Man (PS4)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment / Developer: Insomniac Games
Release Date: 7th Sep 2018 (USA) / 7th Sep 2018 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Extra

Insomniac had quite a job on its hands with this one, but the end result is an immense success. This PS4 adventure nails almost every aspect of the red and blue superhero — the web swinging feels amazing, the combat is kinetic and fluid, and the cast of characters is strong across the board. The studio's original tale isn't afraid to mix things up, and it's all the better for it, taking what we know about Spidey and twisting it into something familiar yet fresh. Impossible to put down and fun from start to finish, Marvel's Spider-Man is a real triumph.

7. Final Fantasy VII (PS4)

Final Fantasy VII (PS4)
Final Fantasy VII (PS4)
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: 5th Dec 2015 (USA) / 5th Dec 2015 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Extra

The game that made Final Fantasy the juggernaut property that it is today, Final Fantasy VII is still the most popular and most revered instalment in Square's series. Now, let's be real for a just a minute: there are parts of Final Fantasy VII that have not aged well. The visuals are all over the place and the controls are wonky, but it's a classic RPG that's still fit to burst with charm and quality. Its battle and materia systems are timeless, and its cast of characters is outstanding. There's a reason why Square Enix is still milking Final Fantasy VII nearly 25 years after its original release.

6. Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut (PS4)

Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut (PS4)
Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut (PS4)
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment / Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
Release Date: 20th Aug 2021 (USA) / 20th Aug 2021 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Extra

Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut repackages one of the greatest open world games of the PS4 era. A breakout hit for first-party developer Sucker Punch, this expanded re-release includes a new idyllic samurai sandbox named Iki Island, and forces protagonist Jin Sakai to face some painful memories. This is the definitive version of one of PlayStation Studios’ crowning PS4 achievements.

5. Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut (PS5)

Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut (PS5)
Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut (PS5)
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment / Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
Release Date: 20th Aug 2021 (USA) / 20th Aug 2021 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Extra

Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut repackages one of the greatest open world games of the PS4 era on the PS5. A breakout hit for first-party developer Sucker Punch, this expanded re-release includes a new idyllic samurai sandbox named Iki Island, and forces protagonist Jin Sakai to face some painful memories. With improved presentation and stunning DualSense support, allowing you to physically feel the clash of steel-on-steel in your fingertips, this is the definitive version of one of PlayStation Studios’ crowning achievements.

It represents an interesting change of direction for the team, which during the PS2 era was best known for its cutesy mascot platformers, Sly Cooper. Moving into the PS3 era, the Seattle studio cut its teeth in the open world arena with inFAMOUS, a superhero series spanning a variety of unique powers, including the unusual Video and Neon abilities of inFAMOUS: Second Son.

There are similarities between all three series, despite the obvious deviations in setting and tone. Ghost of Tsushima, as zen as it can be, has a very aggressive combat system, which sees you cutting through Mongols rapidly and using all manner of samurai gadgetry to make your approach. While it’s not necessarily the game’s strongest asset, you can approach many skirmishes in stealth – or simply challenge your adversaries head-on to a duel.

As a sandbox, there are few surprises in Tsushima and its expanded Iki Island, although the way points of interest are presented is particularly original. Rather than rely on compasses and maps, the developer uses the wind to guide Sakai to key regions of interest, while wildlife like birds and foxes will lead the way to Hot Springs and collectibles.

It all makes for a serene experience during exploration, accentuated by the otherworldly visual style. Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut presents a romantic glimpse into historical Japan, but its virtual tourism is arguably unmatched, making it one of the greatest open world adventure games you can currently play on PlayStation – or any console for that matter. A surprisingly robust online suite, named Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, rounds out the package impressively.

4. Red Dead Redemption (PS3)

Red Dead Redemption (PS3)
Red Dead Redemption (PS3)
Publisher: Take Two / Developer: Rockstar San Diego
Release Date: 18th May 2010 (USA) / 21st May 2010 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Premium (Until 17th Oct 2022)

Rockstar's developed plenty of classics in its time, but Red Dead Redemption is one of the company's crown jewels. A gritty Western epic, ex-outlaw John Marston is tasked with hunting down his old comrades for the state. A dusty open world oozes atmosphere, while incredibly punchy gunplay underlines a masterful campaign. And all of this is topped off by story moments that will be remembered for generations to come.

3. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4)

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4)
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment / Developer: Naughty Dog
Release Date: 10th May 2016 (USA) / 10th May 2016 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Collection / PS+ Extra

A fitting end to one of PlayStation's finest franchises, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End spins a more mature yarn without losing any of the bombast that has defined the brand over the past decade. Naughty Dog proves yet again that its lightyears ahead of all other developers in the story-telling stakes, and while some slow pacing may put off adrenaline junkies, the Californian company deserves kudos for allowing its latest to breathe, building towards a crescendo that feels both final and fulfilling.

2. The Last of Us Remastered (PS4)

The Last of Us Remastered (PS4)
The Last of Us Remastered (PS4)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment / Developer: Naughty Dog
Release Date: 29th Jul 2014 (USA) / 1st Aug 2014 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Collection / PS+ Premium

Some of the finest of feathers in Naughty Dog's well-groomed plume, The Last of Us Remastered is not just an improved version of one of PlayStation's greatest ever games – it's arguably one of the most impressive releases of all time. An all-rounder that marries tense gameplay with compelling characterisation and sublime presentation, Joel and Ellie's cross-country escapade is as sombre as it is heart-warming.

1. God of War (PS4)

God of War (PS4)
God of War (PS4)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment / Developer: SCE Santa Monica Studio
Release Date: 20th Apr 2018 (USA) / 20th Apr 2018 (UK/EU)
Available On: PS+ Collection / PS+ Extra

They only went and did it, didn’t they? God of War was as washed up as a Greek god after the fall of Olympus, but Sony Santa Monica found a way to reinvent protagonist Kratos and inject him into an all-new mythology at the same time. This alternate take on PlayStation’s bald-headed barbarian leans heavily on story, but it never forgets what made the series sing to begin with: fantastic action, larger-than-life set-pieces, and a fantasy world that’s begging to be explored. For our money it's the best PS4 exclusive on the market.


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