What are the best PS4 games? The PlayStation 4 is in the latter half of its lifecycle now, and with age comes a substantial library of games. With such a huge selection of top quality titles, it can be tough deciding what to buy or play, and that's why we've put together this list of what we think are the best PS4 games thus far.
In this article, you’ll find a list of the best PS4 games to date, irrespective of genre or type. However, if you’re looking for something specific, like the best PS4 local multiplayer games, the best PS4 co-op games, the best PS4 single player games, or the best PS4 open world games, then we also have you covered. We also have guides for the best PS4 RPGs, the best PS4 online multiplayer games, and the best PS4 racing games. For a full list of the best PS4 games categorised by genre, check out the links below.
Best PS4 Games by Genre and Type
Below is a list of the best PS4 games by genre and type, determined by our editorial team. We're constantly updating and adjusting our lists, so you can always be sure they're accurate and up-to-date.
- Best PS4 FPS Games
- Best PS4 Local Multiplayer Games
- Best PS4 Graphics
- Best PS4 Walking Simulators
- Best PS4 Indie Games
- Best PS4 Puzzle Games
Best PS4 Games
Below is a full list of the best PS4 games. These are the cream of the console's crop, and the 50 titles that we believe are essential irrespective of taste or preferences.
50. Resogun (PS4)
Resogun, from the masterminds at Housemarque, is a remarkable arcade shoot 'em up with impressive graphics, endlessly replayable levels, and ultra-tight controls. Through a series of post-launch updates adding a ship creator, co-op play, and much more, the developer continued to make improvements for a long time, resulting in one of its best games to date. The real crowning glory is simply its Defender-style gameplay which, combined with bombastic visuals, makes for a sumptuously moreish arcade experience.
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49. Days Gone (PS4)
For what Days Gone lacks in originality, it more than makes up for in heart. There’s a je ne sais quoi to Sony Bend’s inaugural PS4 effort which channels the unrefined spirit of PS2 open world games. Once it finds its stride, there’s a compelling apocalyptic story here, but Deacon St John’s debut appeals most as a kind of gaming comfort food. It’s a title that’s greater than the sum of its parts, and while it rarely does anything truly extraordinary, its unquestionably entertaining in all the right areas.
48. Overwatch (PS4)
Once again proving that it's a master of refining a simple concept into something spectacular, Blizzard knocks it out of the park with Overwatch – a colourful, incredibly addictive shooter that sports an eclectic cast of playable heroes. While the memorable characters rightly take much of the credit for the game's success, you can't overlook Overwatch's delightful approach to gameplay. It's accessible yet offers plenty of depth once you've adjusted to its rhythm, and its focus on team play means that every participant can feel loved.
47. Tekken 7 (PS4)
Tekken 7 is the best fighting game that you'll find on the PS4. Its gameplay is so in-depth, so hype, and so brutally satisfying that it's difficult to recommend anything else. Its competitive scene has been thriving for years now, and its huge roster of characters ensures that there's still always something new to learn. But even if you don't want to lose your free time to the swirling black hole that is high level Tekken 7, there's still so much fun to be had in playing casually against friends. The King of the Iron Fist Tournament is back and it's better than ever.
After the insultingly awful Resident Evil 6, Capcom needed to do something new with Resident Evil 7. Its solution? Make it first-person and pant-wettingly petrifying. Largely set inside the most gruesome guesthouse this side of Bognor Regis, the first two-thirds of the campaign see you infiltrating the biggest family feud of all time. The quality of the action does eventually nosedive, but you’ve got to give kudos to the Japanese publisher for consistently finding ways to reinvent this franchise over time.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare arrived at a time when the FPS series was in need of a refresh, and it managed to capitalise on that with a tense, engaging campaign alongside multiplayer that had us coming back for more time and time again. But that's only half the story to Infinity Ward's latest. Call of Duty: Warzone arrived a few months later and promptly overtook its Battle Royale competition with a gigantic map, slick mechanics, and lots of new modes to master. It's one of the biggest things in the gaming world right now, and while you can access it free of charge, placing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on top makes for one tantalising package.
Tetris is a timeless title that’s appeared on virtually every console to date. For such a ubiquitous game to appear on the list of best PS4 games is perhaps indication of just how special Tetris Effect is. Evocative environments are paired with an ever-changing soundtrack, which stirs emotions ranging from sadness to suspense to sheer euphoria. Played with PSVR this is a revelatory experience, and its underlying gameplay is as addictive as it’s ever been.
Ninja Theory’s perhaps best known for selecting the wrong shade of hair dye for one of gaming’s all-time greats, but when it’s not irritating anime fans it’s generally been making great games. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a culmination of all its prior efforts, delivering a third-person character action that’s serviceable in the gameplay department – and outstanding in the story stakes. This Celtic tale takes its period setting and shapes it into an adventure all about mental health. Some outstanding performances make for a harrowing experience, but it’s a game which has ambitions beyond existing simply to entertain.
Any game that has the brass-neck to ask you to beat it three successive times will earn our respect, but NieR: Automata’s inherent repetition is genuinely pocked with moments of all-out genius. While its anime-inspired ‘Philosophy for Weeaboos’ storyline may rub many the wrong way, there’s a real payoff here if you can stomach seeing several scenarios two to three times. The game doesn’t really appreciate your time, but that’s part of what makes it so memorable – you’re just going to have to trust us on this one.
Not everyone appreciated the direction of Gran Turismo Sport, but developer Polyphony Digital’s done a grand ol’ job getting the simulation racer into top gear. With a campaign mode added to complement the core online component, Sony’s smash hit series looks, sounds, and drives better than it ever has before on the PS4. There are also some great community features, such as a social media-inspired wall, which allows you to share your painstakingly perfect photographs. What do you mean you don’t want to see snaps of our Ford Focus abandoned in a French field?