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 meaty 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 spades. 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.
With Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, The Chinese Room delivers a walking sim with real heft. As you explore the deserted English village of Yaughton following a mysterious event, the story unfurls in small, disconnected scenes, and you have to put two and two together. It's sombre, atmospheric, really quite dark, and utterly absorbing. Brilliantly acted, well written, and underscored by a gorgeous soundtrack, this is up there with the best in the genre.
24. NieR: Automata
One of many games that deals with the subject of sentient artificial intelligence, NieR Automata’s approach couldn’t be more different to the likes of Detroit: Become Human. Essentially an open world action game, the title uses multiple playthroughs and overlapping characters to bring its story to life. It can, at times, be a slog – but stick with it right the way through to its third and final campaign, and you’ll be richly rewarded.
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A testament to the power of interactivity when it comes to story-telling, The Invisible Hours sees you play as a voyeur as a murder mystery unfolds in Nikola Tesla’s mansion. You’ll be following famous historical faces around the house, rewinding time to piece parts of the story together. The key mechanic is that you can only ever be in one place at any given time, so just because you’re witnessing a confrontation in the basement, doesn’t mean all is well upstairs.
22. Until Dawn
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.
You never expect much in terms of storytelling from a twitchy side-scrolling platformer, but Celeste bucks the trend with a surprisingly strong tale. Madeline's aim is to conquer Mount Celeste, but her inner demons are holding her back. With support from a charming cast of characters, her journey is an uplifting one that manages to tackle some important subjects. It's a simple yet effective story that doesn't outstay its welcome.