What are the best games on PS4? Sony's fourth home console is widely regarded for its immense library of great games, and so putting together a definitive list is never going to be easy. That's why we asked for your help in making this best PS4 games guide. All of the games that you'll find on these pages have been ranked and rated by the Push Square community.
But again, it wasn't easy! The PS4 really does stand as one of Sony's greatest achievements. It was a console generation that propelled the Japanese giant to new heights thanks to irresistible exclusive games and a massive catalogue of software that suits all tastes and needs.
Much of the PS4's success, both commercial and critical, can be attributed to the fact that Sony learned from the mistakes it made during the PS3 era. In contrast to its cell processor-based predecessor, the PS4 was designed to be easy to develop for — and this decision paved the way for nigh unstoppable system that came close to reaching PS2 levels of popularity.
Sony also heavily invested in its online infrastructure during the PS4 generation. The PlayStation Network, or more specifically, the PlayStation Store, became the company's biggest money maker, as all of those great games helped entice players towards a digital future.
It really is all about the games, isn't it? The PS4's identity has been defined by exclusive marquee titles like 2018's God of War, Bloodborne, and Horizon Zero Dawn. Indeed, the exclusives list is impressively long — it's no surprise that Sony decided to gather all of its first party teams under the PlayStation Studios umbrella during the PS4 era.
But it's not just the exclusives. So many incredible third-party releases arrived in the PS4's prime. The Witcher 3, Persona 5, Red Dead Redemption 2, and many, many more. Looking back, it's a truly remarkable lineup.
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So, with all that out of the way, below is a full list of the best PS4 games, as voted by you.
Divisive? Well, it was, wasn’t it? Surprisingly so, in fact, given the sheer overwhelming success of predecessors Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Rocksteady’s long anticipated Batman: Arkham Knight massively increased the scale of its sandbox, and issued you with a tank-like vehicle to help you navigate it. This was cleverly integrated into the series’ tried-and-trusted environmental puzzles, but some argued its car combat encounters were tedious and overused. Regardless of any criticism, when this threequel was on song it still exhibited the very best of the Arkham series, with crunching combat and a drizzly open world to explore.
Arkane's debut game, Dishonored, remains one of its best, and this Definitive Edition lets you play an optimal version. Casting you as a supernatural assassin in a corrupt world, you get to explore a series of vast, open stages that really let you approach them in your own way. A combination of excellent mission design, a flexible suite of powers and weapons, and an intriguing story make for a true modern classic. The Definitive Edition finishes it all off with improved visuals and all the game's DLC, making for a great package.
Sony ported over the beautiful PS Vita classic Gravity Rush and gave it an even more stunning facelift for PS4. This is the original game, complete with all its DLC, allowing you to fly about the land and turn the world upside down without the need for Sony's second handheld. It's a fantastic adventure more than worth experiencing, and then you can play the just as good sequel.
Falcom's long-running The Legend of Heroes series started a whole new story arc with Trails of Cold Steel. The first game in a four-part saga, it follows the trials and tribulations of Rean Schwarzer, who attends a prestigious military academy. In classic high school anime fashion, Rean gets to meet all kinds of people, as the game establishes both the Erebonian Empire as a setting, and his classmates as key characters. An engrossing RPG at its best, topped off with a great turn-based combat system.
95. Days Gone (PS4)
After several years working on handhelds like PS Vita and PSP, Bend Studio marked its return to home consoles with its ambitious open world adventure Days Gone. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the game’s biker motif made it stand out from the crowd, as your two-wheels became your sanctuary in an extremely hostile setting. A huge focus on story and some genuinely impressive tech allowed the developer to flex its muscle, and the release would go on to become a cult favourite among PS4 fans.
Dishonored 2 is a brilliant, criminally under-appreciated game that any fan of stealth action should play. It builds upon the already excellent original, providing you with two fully kitted-out playable characters with unique abilities, and both very deadly. Whether you play as the reliable Corvo Attano or his daughter (and dethroned empress) Emily Kaldwin, you'll have a wide array of supernatural powers to toy with, as well as access to a variety of weapons. With freedom to fully explore each level, impeccable environment design, and engaging emergent gameplay keeping you on your toes, this is easily among Arkane's best games.
A stunning recreation of ancient Egypt is the backdrop for Assassin's Creed Origins — a game that redefined Ubisoft's series. Going full open world and throwing a bunch of RPG systems into the mix, Origins breathed new life into Assassin's Creed after Unity and Syndicate struggled to leave a lasting impression. Origins follows the surprisingly emotional story of Bayek, a determined mystic and warrior, who, with the help of his estranged wife Aya, establishes the Hidden Ones — the precursor organisation that would one day become the Assassin Brotherhood.
Final Fantasy V is arguably one of the series' most underrated mainline titles. This could be because the fantastic Final Fantasy VI and Final Fantasy VII succeeded it, but V still tells a decent (if predictable) story, and a very in-depth job system makes it a lot of fun to play. Its only real problem lies in its cast of characters, who are all fairly unmemorable — but if you're not too bothered about caring for Bartz and the gang, there's a lot of enjoyment to be found in the rock solid gameplay.
91. Resogun (PS4)
Housemarque is a studio known for its arcade games, and Resogun remains one of its best. Like a modern day Defender, you're tasked with blasting away screens full of baddies while rescuing the last of humanity. It's a gorgeous shoot-'em-up with responsive gameplay, endless replayability, and supremely satisfying visuals. If you like a good old fashioned score-chaser, get Resogun played.
Originally intended as an experimental release from UK developer Ninja Theory, designed to prove that it could create a AAA title on an indie budget, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice ended up exceeding all expectations. While its combat and puzzle solving is a little on the lighter side, its storytelling is exceptional, and the way it depicts the protagonist’s struggles with mental health is unmatched, owing to some outstanding performances and ground-breaking sound design.
89. Until Dawn (PS4)
Supermassive Games made a real name for itself with Until Dawn. This narrative adventure game effectively lets you partake in a schlocky teen horror movie, where your choices will have potentially grisly effects on the ensemble cast. With atmosphere to spare, lovably corny performances, and a highly replayable adventure full of outcomes to discover, it's no wonder this game is such a cult hit.
What do you get if you cross Ubisoft, superheroes, and a bunch of foul-mouthed friends made of felt? The answer is South Park: The Fractured But Whole, of course. This sequel to the also brilliant South Park: The Stick of Truth swaps out fantasy for modern vigilante justice, as your custom character joins forces with Cartman's crew to fight evil. Featuring strategic turn-based combat, the titular town to explore, and all the absurd humour you'd expect, this is a highly entertaining game for fans and newcomers.
Remember Crash Bandicoot? The madcap marsupial makes a grand return on PS4 in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, a remake of his first three adventures. The games may be relatively old, but they've been brought up to modern standards with colourful graphics and updated gameplay. There's lots of fun to be had across this trio of platformers, with hours and hours worth of tricky levels to run through.
A wonderful recreation of the PS1 original, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a real blast from the past. Drift boosting through beautifully rebuilt tracks in the generous Adventure mode or taking the racing online is a lot of fun. Much like the PS1 title it's based on, this is an arcade racing game with tight controls, surprising difficulty, and lots to see and do. Despite some areas that could've done with modernising, this is probably just about the best kart racer on PS4.
One of the very best action RPGs of modern times, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is better than ever on PS4, where its last-gen framerate issues are put to the sword. Subtle storytelling combines with a dark fantasy world to create an enthralling experience, and the combat is still miles ahead of almost everything else in the genre. A game deserving of far more praise than many are prepared to give.
84. Nioh (PS4)
Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja's first attempt at creating a Soulslike actually worked out really well. Nioh is a more fast paced action RPG, set in a twisted feudal Japan, now overrun with all manner of monsters and demons. It's tough as nails, but an abundance of loot combined with satisfying combat makes for a moreish adventure. The story's surprisingly interesting as well, as main character William Adams comes face to face with various historical warlords.
Alien: Isolation may have somewhat overstayed its welcome, but its nail-biting survival gameplay perfectly captures the claustrophobic tone of Ridley Scott’s iconic 1979 sci-fi movie. Assuming the role of Amanda Ripley, the daughter of series protagonist Ellen Ripley, you’re stalked from start-to-finish by the series’ deadly Xenomorph. Up against impossible odds, the game constantly keeps you on your toes, as you’re forced to slip past the enormous extraterrestrial unnoticed. It’s a completely unique experience that hasn’t really been replicated since.
82. Hitman 2 (PS4)
Following on from the brilliant episodic reboot, Hitman 2 releases as a complete game, and it's no less inventive, playful, and endlessly replayable. It introduces yet more imaginative sandbox environments in which to kill targets as Agent 47, and gives you all kinds of toys and gadgets to tackle each mission in countless ways.
The granddaddy of anti-gravity racing makes a triumphant return to PlayStation with a gorgeous remaster that brings together content from WipEout HD, Fury, and 2048. The fast and fluid racer plays beautifully, looks gorgeous, and runs like a shiny, metal dream. The recently added VR support is incredibly well implemented too, making this an even better package for PSVR owners. While we’d have preferred an all new entry in the franchise, this serves as a great reminder of why WipEout is so beloved by fans.