What are the best PS4 single player story games? Playing games with others is a lot of fun, but sometimes you just want to go it alone and immerse yourself in a single player game with a decent story. Often lengthy, deep, and rich with narrative, single player adventures offer some of the best experiences and best stories in gaming, and PS4 has them in plentiful supply. In this list, we're running through our pick of the best single player games on the platform, and all of them provide excellent tales and memorable moments for the lone-wolf gamer.
Best PS4 Single Player Story Games
Below is a full list of the best PS4 single player story games, presented in no particular order. All of these games excel when played solo, and have rich narratives that will keep you hooked from start to finish.
The Last of Us: Part II improves upon its predecessor in almost every department, delivering a different kind of narrative that defies expectations. Naughty Dog proves that there’s more to its post-apocalyptic world than the paternal bond between protagonists Joel and Ellie, and tells a tightly interwoven tale about the importance of letting go. World-class art direction paired with pulsating combat encounters and some of the most densely populated environments in the industry elevate this story to stratospheric levels.
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Schlock horror is the order of the day in Until Dawn, a surprise hit with a contemptible cast of teenagers who you can enjoy being gruesomely picked off one by one. The game twists and turns over the course of its ten hour runtime, and prior to Detroit: Become Human, it was the most malleable interactive drama you could buy. Campy acting paired with a laugh-out-loud script make this a must-play – even if the performance capture looks a little dated now.
The Witcher 3 may be set in a wide open world, but its scale doesn't stop it from telling some of the best — if not the best — stories on PS4, and that's a stunning achievement. Indeed, it's not just the main plot that Geralt's adventure relies on — the entire release is stuffed with writing so good that it makes most other games blush. As if that wasn't enough, the title's two expansions are arguably even better at spinning an engrossing yarn. If you're looking for gripping and mature narratives, look no further than the PS4's greatest RPG.
For a title that borrows so liberally from gaming’s biggest trendsetters, Days Gone’s biker-themed post-apocalyptic backdrop is surprisingly original. The tattooed bravado may not be to everyone’s tastes, but as a predictable popcorn flick, there’s a lot to like about Sony Bend’s cast of leather-clad survivors. With multiple plot threads all revolving around an engaging nucleus, you won’t want to leave Oregon once you’ve got a taste for the blood and ink.
It’s the way that Gone Home subverts expectations that makes it such an iconic piece of interactive fiction. Pitched as a kind of horror game, it uses environmental story-telling to flesh out the lives of its slim cast of characters. But the game plays with your emotions right the way through to its euphoric conclusion, teasing you with an unfortunate outcome that never quite happens – and hitting you with a joyous sucker punch that will leave you blubbing.
Many weren't expecting a whole lot from this title, but it came as a pleasant surprise when the game turned out to be a cracking sci-fi adventure. Playing as Star Lord himself, the banter among the dysfunctional crew of heroes is wonderful, and the story this single player game tells is very enjoyable, popcorn movie stuff. It may even make you laugh a few times along the way, and there aren't many games that can do that.
A prequel from a different developer: what could possibly go wrong? Well, in the case of Life Is Strange: Before the Storm, not a whole lot. While the game works from DONTNOD’s blueprint, developer Deck Nine constructed a spin-off story that’s arguably more consistent than the Parisian studio’s original. Protagonist Chloe’s whirlwind romance with Rachel Amber is poignant, and while the season is hurried to a conclusion, it’s lovely while it lasts.
While so many interactive dramas cheat, Detroit: Become Human is the most adaptable narrative ever conceived. Lead characters can die in the opening hours of the story, and that’s the last you’ll see of them for the remainder of the campaign. The robotic revolution plotline can be a bit heavy-handed, but as with all Quantic Dream games, there are some real high-points that will stick with you long after the credits roll.
It's really the spectacle that sells the story of Final Fantasy VII Remake. It's full of memorable moments and cool characters. Even if you're unfamiliar with the original Final Fantasy VII, there's still a lot to like about this revival — although some very specific plot elements probably won't make a lick of sense. Still, this is a bombastic journey through the planet-sucking city of Midgar, and one you'll still be thinking about after the credits roll.
Falcom's The Legend of Heroes franchise presents an incredibly daunting prospect, with its overarching narrative stretched over a whole catalogue of lengthy role-playing games. But if you're in the mood for some anime drama, look no further than the Trails of Cold Steel series. All four games are available on PS4, and when played back-to-back, they represent one of the strongest storylines in modern Japanese RPGs. Utterly engrossing stuff, if you can find the time to actually play them all.