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20 Best Story-Driven Games On PS4

The PlayStation 4 is no slouch when it comes to offering great gaming experiences. While it's now officially a last-gen console due to the release of the PlayStation 5, it still has a lot to offer, especially in the story-driven department. In fact, PS4 owners are spoiled for games that are heavy on narrative and immersion, which is great for those who love to lose themselves in a fun story.

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Some of these games are PlayStation exclusives, and may never pop up on another system, while others have simply seen a lot of success on the platform, thanks largely to the user base. Whatever the case, the PS4 clearly has a lot going for it in the story department, and it's one reason to consider picking one up while the world waits for a new batch of PS5s to be shipped.

Updated on August 2nd, by Derek Draven: With no end in sight for the PS5 shortages issue, it'll be a while before many gamers are able to enter next-gen territory. That means they're missing out on a lot of great games coming out for the system, but all is not lost. The PS4 is still a hot console for gamers looking to dive into some immersive, story-driven game experiences. In fact, the console might have an edge over its competition when it comes to games with great narratives. As mentioned above, some of these titles are exclusive to the PlayStation, while others are there out of convenience as third-party titles. Gamers who pick up a PS4 right now can experience some of the best story-driven experiences in gaming, whilst they wait for those shiny new PS5s to hit store shelves.

20 Journey ()

Though it offers essentially nothing in terms of narration, it's the visuals that give Journey its enigmatic story. A classic on the PS3, this excellent sleeper hit has been remastered for the PS4, and it's an emotional, magical experience that PS4 gamers don't want to miss.

While its design might be more of an acquired taste, there's a sense of zen-like serenity that comes from playing the game. Taking up the mantle of the Traveler means getting roped into one of the most engrossing and immersive experiences to come out of a developer studio in quite some time.

19 Firewatch ()

Firewatchproves how far a good story can go in keeping the player invested. A walk through a nature preserve might not seem particularly invigorating, but with the correct writing, performances, and presentation, it all adds up to an incredibly unique play experience.

The game offers a huge story focusing on just two characters. In the vast wilderness of Two Forks, players are armed with a radio and their survival skills, while uncovering the mystery behind ominous events in an otherwise tranquil setting. The art style alone is worth the price of admission.

18 The Dark Pictures Anthology ()

In the style of a choose-your-own-adventure novel, the horrific tales of the Dark Pictures Anthology allow players to guide the narrative of different tales of terror. With two entries currently available, and another soon to be released, players will definitely have their hands full of horror.

Man of Medanand Little Hope offer two different forays into the realm of madness. Face off against a ship full of undead horrors, or investigate a village plagued by a terrible curse. It might be hard to pinpoint whether it's the rumble feature, or nerves making those controllers shake.

17 Assassin’s Creed Origins ()

The Assassin's Creedseries has one of the most enduring storylines of any action franchise, but Origins takes it even further. Every story needs to start somewhere, and this exploration through ancient Egypt is the one that gets the ball rolling.

Origins essentially laid the groundwork for the new direction that the franchise would follow - one focusing on refined combat and greater exploration. Stealth is still a prime directive, but the story involving secret societies, deities, and cloak-and-dagger drama is right at the forefront.

16 Ghost of Tsushima ()

Just as the iconic Akira Kurosawa's works influenced the blockbusters of our modern age, so too have they influenced games like Ghost of Tsushima. Ninja and samurai elements aside, the story is definitely one of the most epic to have graced the PS4, and it continues to be a linchpin title in the console's lineup.

Take up the blade against a ruthless Mongol invasion as a fallen samurai who must forsake his honorable code to bring villains to justice. It's definitely a ninja epic for the ages, along with being one of the most gripping narratives to come out of video gaming in years.

15 Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning (/)

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoningwas an action RPG that received the reputation of "the greatest game nobody played." With a lore-rich world created by the legendary R.A. Salvatore, and character and monster design by Todd McFarlane of Spawn fame, it's baffling how this title didn't get a Skyrim-sized following.

There's tons of story to discover, and rich characters to drive every quest. On paper, it has all the elements that should make for a great story-driven fantasy title, but it deserves a lot more recognition from the gaming community before it gets its proper due.

14 Celeste ()

Celeste will test the player's platforming skills, timing, and patience before it hits them right in the feels. This game might appear to be another indie-darling platformer, but behind the quirky art style is a very emotional story that serves as the primary attraction.

Hidden beneath the bits is a tale of a foreboding mountain, personal struggles, and internal mental and emotional turmoil not often seen in games of this vein. In some ways, it leverages its non-threatening art style to touch on its subject matter very effectively.

13 Night in the Woods ()

A game stuffed full of cute and cuddly animal characters done in a paper cut-out art style might look deceptively shallow, but it's important to look beyond the surface. With such an adorable appearance, the topics of mental health, depression, and mysterious cults don't exactly fit the bill, yet here they are.

As Mae, players can explore the quirky yet eerie small town of Possum Springs as they unravel the dark secret hidden behind the suburban facade. Night in the Woods is another title that uses disarming graphics and a quirky art style to effectively deliver its subject matter to audiences.

12 Until Dawn ()

Until Dawnand its spinoff series, The DarkPictures,rely on the player's choices and timing to determine which way the story goes, and that's a throwback to the classic "Choose Your Own Adventure" books of old. Branching pathway stories are some of the most interesting since they offer a lot of replay value.

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Every move the player makes decides who lives, dies, and how the latter meet their fate. Is it possible to save all the victims, or will they fall prey to the Wendigos? That question can only be answered by the player, and the individual decisions they make along the way.

11 Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice ()

It takes a certain set of skills to blend combat-heavy, hack-and-slash gameplay with a narrative that serves as an allegory for mental illness and grief, but the clever minds at Ninja Theory made it happen with this Norse-inspired action title. Fans of the TV show Vikings' more heartwarming scenes will identify strongly with this game.

As the titular Senua, players slash their way through demons, monsters, and hellish landscapes to save the soul of her dead lover, all while dealing with a very frightening psychosis. The game attempts to put the player in her shoes and see things from her traumatized perspective while telling one amazing story at the same time.

10 Marvel's Spider-Man ()

was one of the biggest years for Spider-Man fans. Venomand Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse were released, Spider-Man got to fight alongside his favorite heroes in Avengers: Infinity War, and he was even given his own PS4 game with Marvel's Spider-Man.

Peter Parker struggles with balancing his personal life with his superhero one, but things get worse when he's forced to make several difficult choices to protect the world. Marvel's Spider-Man tells a very emotional and humane story about Peter Parker, without losing any of the fun of the comic books.

9 Horizon Zero Dawn ()

Horizon Zero Dawnoffers one of the most creative open-world experiences in all of gaming, and there's a lot to accomplish before gamers truly get their money's worth. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which machines and humans live together, albeit on unfriendly terms.

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Players control the hunter Aloy as she defends the tribes and searches for answers while learning more about the catastrophe that befell the world and plunged it back into the stone age. The story is a number one priority in Horizon, and fans are waiting eagerly for the upcoming sequel Horizon Forbidden West to continue it.

8 Bloodborne ()

Created by the same developers behind the Dark Souls series, Bloodborneallows players to customize characters to explore the city of Yharnam. Within the city is a mysterious strain of blood that can apparently heal any affliction.

To obtain blood and cure the city's illness, the player has to battle monsters lurking about Yharnam. Not only does Bloodborne tell a gripping story about sacrifice, but it also provides engaging, yet brutal and challenging battles throughout the entire run.

7 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt ()

From the book series to the Netflix show, fans of The Witcher have been getting years of quality content that never seems to dry up. It is best known for being a longstanding video game franchise created by CD Projekt Red, and the most recent entry is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Many players still haven't discovered everything the game has to offer, which is a testament to the franchise's depth.

In that game, players control Geralt as he defends his loved ones from the infamous and predatory Wild Hunt. For fans of the franchise, Wild Hunt is sure to offer a fulfilling conclusion to Geralt's story, though there's already talk of a fourth game in the series from CD Projekt Red.

6 Persona 5 ()

Persona 5 is a game that takes full advantage of its anime aesthetic. It boasts energetic action, compelling characters, and an exciting story about the Phantom Thieves of Hearts that has made it something of a cult classic series.

It's widely regarded as one of the most enjoyable games on the PS4, and it still remains a relevant topic of discussion today. The character of Joker is even a playable option in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, proving just how far the influence of this series goes.

5 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End ()

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End continues the exploits of treasure hunter Nathan Drake, who, after having retired, goes into the treasure hunting business one last time when he reunites with someone from his past. It's another solid entry in the Uncharted series with a story that weaves its way through the gameplay mechanics and exotic, sprawling locations.

The series has always been about adventure in the style of Indiana Jones, which is why many fans of that franchise also play Uncharted, and other titles in the adventure genre. Even though the series has gotten a bit darker over the years, it's still a lot of fun to play. The scripts are dynamite, and the way the characters interact as part of the larger story is positively cinematic.

4 The Last Of Us Remastered ()

Naughty Dog's instant classic The Last of Usis one of the most iconic and influential story-based video games ever to have been released. It somehow manages to take the traditional zombie movie genre stereotype, and refresh it for a new audience. It's the characters who truly drive the narrative, which is some of the most powerful material to come out of a game studio.

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The Last of Us tells a moving story about people who have lost and sacrificed everything, and how they cope moving forward. It ends on a shocking and somber note, paving the way for its recently released sequel, which unfortunately earned the ire of longtime fans who were outraged by certain creative decisions regarding the beloved characters.

3 Grand Theft Auto V ()

Excluding MinecraftGrand Theft Auto Vhas sold the most copies out of any video game, ever. That's a testament not just to its open-world gameplay and consequence-free environment, but also a story that is ridiculously off the rails and wildly entertaining. The game has a number of unpopular opinions attached to it, including the nature of the story, but fans seem to disagree.

Though the world of Grand Theft Auto V is big, the stories of the main three protagonists are what bring it back down to Earth. The script is nothing but social satire from beginning to end, and these elements are weaved perfectly into the storyline, no doubt due to Rockstar's built-up experience with narratives in previous GTA games.

2 God Of War ()

God of Waris one of the most successful PlayStation exclusives to date, and it's a major departure from the original series in both gameplay, and story. Kratos, now with his son Atreus, battles Gods and creatures from Norse mythology this time 'round, which is a refreshing change of pace from the Greek-inspired mythos of past titles.

While previous God of War games were little more than blood-fests and carnage excursions with a brutal and merciless storyline to back them up, this one is far more human in tone. Kratos is no longer a raging madman, and now has responsibilities towards his son. He's a changed man, and that allows for a much better story to be told.

1 Red Dead Redemption II ()

Arguably the most ambitious project from Rockstar Games is Red Dead Redemption II. Being a prequel to the first game, it tells the story of how John Marston fell out with his gang, and for fans of the series, that's one incredibly interesting story to dive into.

Red Dead Redemption II isn't just perfect for fans of the Western genre, but also for fans of stories about family, and the bonds of togetherness. Also, it's an excuse to go rampage around the wild frontier and engage in all sorts of nefarious and noble deeds, depending on each player's style.

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30 Best PS4 games to play right now

These best PS4 games have been hand-picked by the team at GamesRadar+ as a celebration of the top titles to grace Sony's last generation machine. From Spider-Man and The Last of Us to Bloodborne and God of War, there's plenty to enjoy from the PS4 era.

Plus, if you do make the leap to PS5, these best PS4 games serve as the core backbone of the best PS5 games to be playing too thanks to backwards compatibility. A lot of them are even free as part of the PlayStation Plus Collection games available to PS Plus subscribers on PS5 or offered as free PS5 upgrade games.

Dark Souls 3

Dark Souls, the series that spawned a hundred imitators thanks to its emphasis on difficult-but-fair gameplay, came to a close with Dark Souls 3, but what a way to go out. Featuring a variety of awe-inspiring locales (some grotesque, some majestic), the same finely-tuned combat fans had come to expect, and a new emphasis on speed and versatility inspired by FromSoftware's own Bloodborne, Dark Souls 3 is a wonderful encapsulation of the series as a whole; not as scattered as Dark Souls 2, not as rough around the edges as the original. If you've been curious about the Souls games, this is where you should start.

Death Stranding

Death Stranding released to huge fanfare this year, and whether you enjoy Hideo Kojima's strange stories or can find satisfaction in its 'walking simulator on energy drinks' gameplay, it's a game that will define the tail-end of the PS4 generation. You play as Sam Porter Bridges, a post-apocalyptic delivery man in a world populated by survivors, Timefall rain showers - which age and ultimately destroy anything they touch -  and Beached Things, or BTs – spirits of the dead unable to pass on. There's also Mules, bandits driven mad by a lust for packages, nightmarish villains Cliff and Higgs, and BB, your Bridge Baby who helps you avoid the BTs. Kojima has filled the game with celebrities too, with Norman Reedus as Sam, Margaret Qualley as Mama, and an embarrassment of cameos from his contacts book. You may not always love it, but you'll never have played anything like it either. 

Final Fantasy 15

Four adrenaline-driven teens embark on the journey of a lifetime, but this ain’t no Road Trip. The RPG tale of Prince Noctis and his merry band straddles fantasy and reality with almost balletic grace, throwing in titanic monsters and classic missions alongside conversations about the weather and visuals that just sing "America". Final Fantasy 15's story is bonkers and its final destination a genuine surprise, but it's still a winding, delight-strewn road that Square converts are duty-bound to travel – with sufficient appeal in its blockbuster battles and eclectic quest mix to suck in Fantasy novices, too. 

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

Doubling down on all the intelligence, uncompromising emotional grit, and giddy, hilariously brutal Nazi killing that made its predecessor such a special game, Wolfenstein 2 has an even lesser tolerance for messing about. Transposing BJ Blazkowicz's intensely personal war to an alternative '60s America twisted into an ugly parody of itself by Nazi rule, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus brings the same aggressive focus on combat and character, alongside a newfound relevance and indignation. Not that it's all seriousness and soul-searching. Wolfenstein's kinetic, high-risk, high-reward combat is even better tuned up, with customizable dual-wielding laying on even more strategic carnage, just as hatchets and exo abilities blow up the stealth. Brainy, brawny, big, brash, and beautiful, MachineGames' new wave of Wolfenstein remains some of the smartest and most unique FPS around. 

Doom

This modern reboot is worthy of the name Doom, and is basically the FPS equivalent of a muscular body: it's speedy, empowering, and hits incredibly hard. You awake as the classic Doomguy to begin another spree of demon genocide on a Mars colony, with a surprisingly intriguing plotline that explains how you're able to murder so many Hellspawn. There's a primal satisfaction to whipping out a Super Shotgun, blasting an Imp's innards into oblivion, and then performing a lighting-fast, stunningly violent Glory Kill on the demon who caught shrapnel just behind him. The classic weapons and enemy types benefit from new additions like upgrades and double-jumping, making Doom one of the most frenetically fun shooters of all time. Also, you can grab it super cheap now.

Dishonored 2

The first Dishonored was so great there isn’t much room for manoeuvre here, in terms of quality: you’re again getting an options-packed adventure brimming with deftly woven narrative tales, set in a thoroughly believable world. What Dishonored 2, set 15 years later, adds is a second playable character – choose between original hero Corvo or super-powerful protege Emily. Supernatural abilities such as the latter’s grapple-like Far Reach again deliver both flair and fun, while a small-but-major improvement to melee combat is being able to turn a parry into a non-lethal knockout, making murder less of a necessity if stealth is your jam. The only notable drawback is assumed knowledge – the storyline makes little sense if you've not played the first game.  

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Exactly two decades on from her PlayStation debut – hence the PS4 version of Rise of the Tomb Raider being subtitled the '20 Year Celebration' edition – Lara Croft delivers another must-own round of substantive combat and taxing-yet-enjoyable puzzling. The storyline, with Ms. Croft venturing through Siberia in an attempt to complete her father's work in the lost city of Kitezh, doesn't scream originality but packs in some genuine shocks, while the platforming and zip-lining mechanics take Lara to heights she's never before reached – and not just figuratively. Choose to pick it up on PS4 and you also get all previous DLC, a new co-op Endurance option, and Blood Ties single-player content. And you really should choose to pick it up.

Fallout 4

Hitting PS4 with the atomic force of a Fat Boy, Fallout 4’s excellent gunplay and crafting systems can trigger a nasty case of RPG-itis. Don't worry though, there's a Stimpak for that. There’s so much to do in this post-apocalypse it's almost terrifying and quite often you'll set off to complete a mission and get completely side-tracked when you find something wonderful/horrific along the way. Giving the main character a proper voice adds an extra layer of polish to proceedings, and the expanded set of companions and customization options are very welcome too. It’s not without its faults (or vaults), but the scale of Bethesda’s wasteland will keep you bunkered down for weeks. Slosh in the extensive DLC additions available in the complete Game of the Year version and you’ll never want to return from the Wasteland. 

Titanfall 2

Titanfall 2 is an absolute colossus of a game. It was one of the biggest surprises of , as it delivered a smart campaign and enhanced the killer mulitplayer of the original (which was Xbox-only). The story is overflowing with unique twists in a genre that long ago anchored itself in a sea of wash-rinse-repeat, offering true freedom while still retaining a sense of the familiar. Its navigation and combat feel truly three-dimensional, and its big-gun battles are an adrenaline rush even Optimus Prime would struggle to contain. A special, special game which, in execution, is anything but robotic. 

Monster Hunter World

We knew Monster Hunter World was going to deliver something special but no one expected quite the level of depth and beauty awaiting within Capcom's updated action RPG, or how quickly we'd add it to our list of best PS4 games. Despite being the most accessible Monster Hunter yet, you're still going to have to wade through some intimidating tutorials to get to the good stuff but smash through that wall and be dangerously prepared to lose all of your time here. Endless weapon types, huge creatures, constantly gorgeous environments, and a terrifyingly addictive loot for spoils system means Monster Hunter will have its claws in you from the get-go. Oh, and don't forget to aim for those weakspots. You'll thank us later. If you're looking for more help, check out our Monster Hunter World tips. 

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The best PS4 games in

The best PS4 games run the gamut from pensive, surreal experiences to action-packed epics. Whether you’re looking for immersive single-player adventures, chaotic multiplayer matchups or engaging cooperative experiences, the PS4 has a game with your tastes in mind. Of course, it’s not hard to understand why. The PlayStation 4 has been out for seven years, and during that time, it’s built up a library containing thousands of games. Not only that, but Sony has led the way in exclusive titles, so the PS4 is the only way to experience new classics like God of War (), Spider-Man and Bloodborne.

Of course, the PS4 can’t last forever, and the PS5 is already here to replace it. Don’t worry, though; thanks to widespread backwards compatibility, the vast majority of PS4 titles are playable on Sony’s new console. Whether you want to play these games now or save them until later, you’ll have the tech to do so.

Read on to learn about the best PS4 games, and see which ones you think you’d enjoy. And if you want to share some of these games with your friends, then here's how to gameshare on PS4. 

What are the best PS4 games?

As with any other platform, it’s very hard to quantify the best PS4 games. One man’s masterpiece is another man’s clunker. Even so, it’s possible to make some broad recommendations, based on the types of games that players generally enjoy.

For action-adventure games, it’s hard to beat God of War (), which casts players as Greek demigod Kratos on an exciting quest through the mystical Norselands. Not only is the gameplay tight and replete with customization options, but the story is legitimately heartfelt and touching. This one is an easy recommendation, particularly if you’ve played the rest of the God of War series up until this point.

Superhero fans need to check out Spider-Man, which is one of the absolute best adaptations of the classic Marvel comic. Unlike some of the recent movies, Spider-Man on PS4 emphasizes Peter Parker’s New York roots and his interesting supporting cast. From Otto Octavius to Mary Jane Watson to Aunt May, Spider-Man’s story is full of three-dimensional renditions of the characters we’ve come to love from the printed page.

The Ratchet & Clank series has always offered some of the best platformers around, and Ratchet & Clank () is no exception. This game is a reboot that ties into the thoroughly disappointing animated film, but don’t worry; the video game adaptation got the better part of this deal. Ratchet & Clank features tough platforming, satisfying combat and a story that will have both kids and adults in peals of laughter.

The best PS4 games also include multiplatform titles to enjoy, from RPGs like The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, to fighting games like Mortal Kombat

Alternatively, if you're looking for multiplayer titles, check out the best split screen PS4 games. Or, if you don't want to spend any cash, you can grab one of the best free PS4 games. And if you need more storage space for all these new games, you can invest in one of the best external hard drives for PS4 and Xbox One.

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1. Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the latest entry in Ubisoft's long-running action/stealth series, and it's another solid one. This time, you'll take control of Eivor: a Viking warrior in medieval England, who must establish a new home for his clan. You'll explore a variety of warring kingdoms, assassinate key targets, do battle against dangerous Saxons and even participate in Viking rap battles known as "flyting."

While Assassin's Creed Valhalla looks and plays wonderfully on the PS4, your copy will also entitle you to a PS5 version, which has better lighting, richer HDR colors and a smoother frame rate. Your save data will carry over, too, but be warned that transferring achievements can be a little wonky.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla won a "highly recommended" honor for "best PS5/Xbox Series X game" at the Tom's Guide Awards for gaming.

2. Death Stranding

Death Stranding is undoubtedly one of the weirder games to come out in But it's also one of the best PS4 games, particularly if you enjoy Hideo Kojima's unique brand of unhinged futurism. In the game, you take control of Sam Bridges, who delivers supplies to survivors in a post-apocalyptic Earth. The titular "Death Stranding" unleashed a race of extradimensional creatures, which raise some extremely existential questions about life, death and the nature of power in the post-apocalypse.

One of the interesting things about Death Stranding is that the gameplay is extremely understated. A lot of is simply traveling from one place to another, and creating infrastructure to make your trips easier. How well your deliveries go will influence how you can build up Sam’s abilities, which can help you carry more items and build your reputation with non-player characters.

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3. Devil May Cry 5

Eleven years after Devil May Cry 4 hit shelves, Capcom has finally released a sequel worth waiting for. Devil May Cry 5 is a confident, stylish action game that's satisfying for long-term fans and welcoming to newcomers. Playing as supernatural warriors Dante, Nero and V, you'll fight enormous, grotesque foes with a gorgeous combination of gunplay, swordplay and platforming. It can be a difficult game, but once you find your rhythm, combat is its own reward.

The gameplay is particularly satisfying, since as you rack up higher combos, the soundtrack will change and become more elaborate to reflect your success. Devil May Cry 5 is a gorgeous, rewarding experience, and well worth a look if you've ever had any affinity for the series. And if you’re a newcomer, you can catch up with earlier titles in the Devil May Cry: HD Collection, also on PS4.

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4. Dreams

LittleBigPlanet is great, but what if you could make your own entire games instead of just platformer levels? That's the idea behind Media Molecule's Dreams: a robust creation suite that lets you craft characters, structures, pieces of music, short films and even full-length games. While Dreams is arguably more of a development tool than a full-blown game, there’s still plenty of fun to be had crafting the surreal gaming experiences you’ve always wanted for yourself.

The game's rich editing tools are complemented by handy tutorials, whether you're looking to make a simple platformer or a deep multiplayer role-playing game. And if you'd rather just play, Dreams serves up a nonstop buffet of fresh community experiences, many of which are curated by Media Molecule itself. As with any user-generated content, there’s more chaff than wheat, but the Media Molecule team does a good job highlighting the interesting stuff.

5. Ghost of Tsushima

The pitch for Ghost of Tsushima makes it sound like an Assassin's Creed game. It's an open-world action/stealth game with a story based on real-world history. You take control of Jin Sakai: a samurai who fights against the Mongols during their 13th-century invasion of Japan. Where Ghost of Tsushima distinguishes itself from similar open-world adventures, though, is in its incredible swordfighting. The combat in the game is simply superlative, with lots of techniques to employ, gadgets to use and strategies to learn.

Admittedly, the game can drag a bit toward the middle, as it leans hard into familiar sandbox tropes: collecting doodads, solving mild platforming puzzles, riding from place to place on a horse and so forth. But even though the game is broad, it's still admirably deep, with plenty of ways to customize your character. It's also got a thoroughly decent story about honor, duty and sacrifice — all fitting themes for a samurai narrative.

Ghost of Tsushima won "best story" and "best boss level" at the Tom's Guide Awards for gaming.

6. God of War

After a five-year hiatus, the God of War series is back, and it's very different. Kratos, formerly a living ball of rage, is now a family man, trying to balance his deicidal past with his devotion to his adolescent son, Atreus. Leaving Greece behind, Kratos now occupies Scandinavia — and that means, among other things, that there's a whole new host of mythical beasts to slay. From trolls and ogres, to undead horrors and even Norse gods, Kratos’s new enemies put his skills to the test constantly.

While the story questions whether Kratos' violent past was fully justified, the gameplay is as satisfying and visceral as ever, pitting the demigod against all manner of trolls, sea monsters and dragons. It's a bold new direction for a beloved series, and easily one of the best PS4 games you can buy.

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7. Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn has it all: an interesting open world, a creative story, a relatable protagonist, a variety of challenges and, of course, a whole host of gigantic robot dinosaurs. You’ll be able to topple these massive beasts, as well as a variety of human enemies, with a bow and arrow and plenty of other melee and ranged weapons.

Set in a postapocalyptic world that has had time to become lush once again, Horizon Zero Dawn tells the story of Aloy: a pariah from her tribe, who nevertheless becomes a master of the bow and spear. As she explores the dangerous world around her, she learns that she may play a pivotal role in changing it for the better. It's one of the best PS4 games that's exclusive to the system, although it's now available to play on PC as well.

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8. The Last of Us, Part II

The Last of Us, Part II is an ambitious sequel to a beloved game. As such, it was always going to be divisive — and that's probably just what the developers intended. In this post-apocalyptic action/adventure game, you take control of Ellie, who embarks on an epic quest for revenge across the remnants of the western United States. Grown up and elevated from "sidekick" to "protagonist" status, Ellie has to rely on her own skills and decide when (or if) revenge slips past "necessity" and into "obsession."

The story in The Last of Us 2 has quite a few interesting twists and turns, but the gameplay supports it beautifully. With lots of ways to customize and upgrade Ellie, and a bevy of options for stealth, combat and exploration, The Last of Us 2 makes use of big, creative levels and intelligent enemies of both the human and Infected varieties. With gorgeous graphics and moving voice acting, it's not hard to see why The Last of Us 2 is one of the best PS4 games you can buy.

The Last of Us 2 won a "highly recommended" honor for "best story" at the Tom's Guide Awards for gaming.

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9. Mortal Kombat 11

Mortal Kombat has had its ups and downs over the years, but Mortal Kombat 11 demonstrates that the series still has plenty of surprises to offer. In addition to a solid story mode and tons of unlockable single-player content, Mortal Kombat 11 offers refined, strategic one-on-one fights. Instead of testing who's memorized the most super-moves or how quickly players can mash an attack button, this game prioritizes distance, variety and judicious application of limited super-moves.

Of course, Mortal Kombat's hallmark gore is back in full-force, with some extremely over-the-top fatalities, sure to test even the most hardened stomachs. This may be a selling point or a deal breaker, depending on your tolerance, but it’s good to know that the series hasn’t toned itself down over the years. Overall, MK11 is simply an excellent fighting game, with a little something for everyone.

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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition

You may have played the games in Mass Effect: Legendary Edition before, but never with this level of polish. This remastered collection includes Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, as well as almost all of their associated DLC packs. (Pinnacle Station for the first game seems lost to the caprices of time, but everything else is present and accounted for.) If you've never played the Mass Effect games before, now is the perfect time to start — and if you have, this is a good excuse to revisit them.

For those who aren't familiar with Mass Effect, it's a trilogy of sci-fi RPGs from BioWare. You customize a military hero called Commander Shepard, then recruit a team of human and alien experts from all around the galaxy. Together, you take on a race of synthetic organisms called the Reapers, intent on wiping out all sentient life in the Milky Way galaxy. How the story goes is largely up to you, depending on whether you want to play as a rule-abiding Paragon, or a vigilante Renegade.

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition won a "highly recommended" honor for "best story" at the Tom's Guide Awards for gaming.

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25 Best PS4 Single-player Games of All Time [2021 Final Update]

Best PS4 games PlayStation 4 games you need to play

The best PS4 games span multiple genres – from cinematic single-player adventure to spine-tingle horror games and frantic multiplayer shooters – there's something for everyone to enjoy on Sony's PlayStation 4 console.

If you're looking for the top PS4 games, you’ve come to the right place. But with so much choice out there, not to mention quality, it can be difficult to determine the difference between what's simply a good PS4 game, and which are must-haves. 

That’s why we've put together this comprehensive guide filled with the best PS4 games of all time. We’ve included a wide range of genres, too, with our list spanning everything from the best PS4 racing games to the very best co-op games on PS4.

The PS5 might be Sony’s latest and greatest console but anyone with a PS4 shouldn't feel too jealous, as many of the best PS5 games right now are actually PlayStation 4 titles with next-gen enhancements. What’s more, plenty of PS4 titles work across both consoles. That means if you’ve got a PS4 now but plan on upgrading soon, you can take your games with you thanks tobackwards compatibility, which means you’ll still be able to play the best-selling PS4 games very easily - and they may even benefit from an upgrade on PS5, including visual and performance enhancements.

Thanks to all this cross-gen support, our guide to essential PS4 games is likely to appeal to you regardless of whether you’re on an original PS4, the slightly more powerful PS4 Pro or the new PS5. 

Looking for your next great adventure on PlayStation? Read on for our picks of the best PS4 games to play right now.

Best PS4 games

Apex Legends

A legend in the making

Reasons to buy

+Fun, fluid gameplay+Ingenious Ping System+Stellar lineup of personalities 

Reasons to avoid

-A few weapons need refining -Battle Pass is mundane

Apex Legends is another contender vying for the battle royale crown. Developed by Respawn Entertainment and set in the Titanfall universe, Apex Legends is a squad-based battle royale shooter where teams of three go up against 57 other players to try to gather loot and be the last person (or squad) standing.

However, unlike Fortnite and PUBG, Apex Legends sees players take on a class, each represented by a unique character (imagine Fortnite mixed with Overwatch and you’ll be on the right track.)  

Apex Legends is the perfect battle royale game for those who enjoy the genre's premise but can't get onboard with Fortnite's building or PUBG's hyper competitiveness – and it's free-to-play. Plus, different classes, abilities and limited-time events make for a more dynamic experience overall. 

PS4 Pro Support? No. 

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

This is Sparta

Reasons to buy

+Graphically stunning+Huge world to explore+Great protagonists +Enthralling story

Reasons to avoid

-Takes a small chunk of your life to complete

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is one of the more recent additions to the epic Assassin's Creed RPG franchise. Odyssey is set during the Peloponnesian War and sees you stepping into the sandals of either Alexios or Kassandra as they try to uncover the truth about their history while navigating the turbulent world of Ancient Greece as a mercenary. 

While Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the most recent addition to the series, we still think Odyssey is the best Assassin's Creed offering on PS4 and is without a doubt one of the best PS4 games.

Odyssey is a graphically stunning PS4 game that will take you to the heart of Ancient Greece, easily securing it a place in our collection of the best PlayStation 4 games. Just make sure you have the time to play it because there are over hours of content to enjoy here.

PS4 Pro Support? PS4 Pro enhanced.

Battlefield 1

For those who want a break from CoD

Reasons to buy

+Historical setting rejuvenates series+Fantastic single-player experience+Relentlessly exciting combat

Reasons to avoid

-Stealth elements are lacking

Not a Call of Duty fan? Then Battlefield 1 might be a good alternative. The first-person shooter takes players back in time to World War One and by doing so completely rejuvenates the once stagnating franchise. 

Battlefield 1's historical setting helps it to stand apart from the rest of the modern military shooters on the market, with all new weapons, vehicles, and level designs that feel fresh and capture the chaos and brutality of war.

The game offers a poignant and entertaining single-player campaign that sets a new standard for the first-person shooter. Broken into six sections, each following a different character and front-line location, the campaign never feels dull or repetitive.

The single-player campaign even feeds neatly into Battlefield 1's multiplayer mode which, while familiar, also benefits from the much-needed breath of life that the change in setting gives.

Graphically impressive, entertaining, and sometimes touching, Battlefield 1 is a return to form for the series. We're hoping the upcoming Battlefield is just as good - if not better.

PS4 Pro support? Increased resolution and detail. 

Bloodborne

Let the hunt begin

Reasons to buy

+Souls action-orientated RPG combat+Eerie Victorian aesthetic+Challenging but rewarding

Reasons to avoid

-Infuriatingly difficult at times

From Software's enigmatic and notoriously challenging Souls titles all hold critical and fan acclaim, but none are as stylistically interesting as the quasi-Industrial era Bloodborne.

It plays like an RPG set indelibly on a hidden difficulty mode with all the helpful text pop-ups removed – which is to say it requires more than a modicum of patience from the player.

But that's the point: in Bloodborne you get out what you put into it. Victory's all the more rewarding when you've watched your enemy, memorized its attack patterns, struck at the opportune moment and prevailed via the game's impeccable melee combat. It's easily one of the best PS4 games you can play right now.

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Campaign ps4 top games

There will always be a place for single-player games, mainly because there’s something special about being gripped by an interactive story designed to thrill and delight you. The PlayStation 4 swiftly became one of the best platforms for these types of game, offering up a variety of high-quality experiences for those that who like investing in cool characters or exploring a new world. And with the PS4 now having passed the story-centric baton to the PS5, we thought it worth running through our picks for the 10 best single-player PS4 games currently available.

From alternate history first-person shooters to post-apocalyptic open world games where you must wrestle with robot dinosaurs, the following is a meticulously chosen list of the 10 best single-player PS4 games. We’ve really pulled out the boat here, not just featuring exclusive PS4 games, but multi-platform titles that are geared towards the tastes of solo players. Let’s take a look 

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein 2 official artwork

’s follow-up to MachineGames modern reboot of the Wolfenstein series came out guns blazing, setting players in the blood-laden shoes of BJ Blazkowicz on a Nazi-slaying ride that felt slick and fresh. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus successfully advanced the formula by having you fight on US home shores, introducing a whole host of creative weaponry for you to deal death with. This you do while progressing through a meaty campaign that further explores BJ’s mindset and a bleak alternate history.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is not only one of the best single-player PS4 games, but one of the best modern first-person shooters ever. It seamlessly balances tight gunplay and level design with a gripping narrative that pulls you in, further bolstered by an eclectic mix of characters that you develop genuine relationships with. No microtransactions, no live-service model… just a good old-fashioned historical first-person shooter with plenty of bite to it.

9. Resident Evil 2

Resident Evil 2 Xbox One PS4

The advent of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One meant the time was ripe to revisit certain classic video games through a modern lens, and arguably the best example of this done right was ’s remake of Resident Evil 2. Originally released for the PlayStation One in , this new adaptation takes the same story, characters and setting but retrofits it onto the skeleton of a 21st century third-person shooter. The result is an intensely creepy survival horror experience where you must explore a zombie-riddled police station, uncovering the secret behind the outbreak.

Resident Evil 2 succeeds in scaring you thanks to the dankly grim atmosphere and mood it sets in the environments, brought to live more so by Capcom’s impressive RE Engine which portrays zombies gooier than ever before. Much like the original there are two campaigns in total to complete, with the same events playing out from both Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield’s perspective. Can you stomach this chilling story twice? Is the question. You should because it’s one of the 10 best single-player PS4 games.

8. Control

Remedy’s first game since its break away from Microsoft as a first-party studio, Control surprised everyone with its wacky premise and merging of gunplay with the supernatural. The entire game takes place within one location, The Oldest House, a brutalist building that plays home to a weird organisation responsible for investigating the Earth’s mysteries. You enter this place as Jesse Faden in the attempt to track down your missing brother, navigating the spiralling halls and progressing deeper into madness.

Control stands out from the sea of single-player shooters these days simply because it isn’t worried about being strange, pulling away from the gritty aesthetic of many to keep on surprising you. Jesse acquires new power-ups and abilities as the narrative goes on, changing up the gameplay so much that the Control you first load up at the beginning is nothing like what you’ll be playing towards the end. Lynchian, bold and gripping all the way through, Control is a great solo PS4 game.

7. Uncharted: Lost Legacy

While Nathan Drake’s story was neatly tied up into a bow in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, his legacy lives on in this perfectly paced spin-off adventure with side characters Chloe and Nadine sharing the lead role. Uncharted: Lost Legacy is great because it’s a refined version of all the Uncharted games that came before, seeing you undertake thrilling puzzle set pieces and shootouts all while still finding the time to expand the format with a new open-ended area.

Rather than set you on an adventure that takes placed across the globe, Uncharted: Lost Legacy is a more laid-back affair. The majority of the game, for example, takes place within India’s Western Ghats, as Chloe and Nadine attempt to track down an object important to the former’s family history while hot on the heels of an evil warlord named Asav. This is one of the best single-player PS4 games because it’s a healthy dose of Uncharted action that doesn’t outstay its welcome.

6. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Assassin's Creed Odyssey Spartan Kick

Just when you think Ubisoft couldn’t make a world more engrossing than the Ptolemaic Egypt it presented in Assassin’s Creed Origins, the Triple-A developer outdid itself once again with the release of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. This is a living, breathing rendition of Ancient Greece you can explore at your own pace, tracing back either Kassandra or Alexios’ family history while undertaking the role of a stealthy assassin. The location is bigger and better with lots to see and do. You’re easily looking at upwards of 60 hours to finish Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

It’s incredibly easier for both newcomers and veterans to dive into the beauty of Odyssey, with the game taking place before every other Assassin’s Creed before it. This lack of baggage aids in exploration as players can simply treat it as a Greek-set open-world RPG. Kassandra or Alexios are fully upgradeable, making your efforts to take down the Templar order meaningful and worth it. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is one of the best single-player PS4 games and one of the best the series has to offer overall.

5. The Last of Us: Remastered

In many ways there are only two types of gamer on the planet: Those that have already experienced The Last of Us and those that are you to play The Last of Us. While originally released at the tail-end of the PS3 generation, this poignant narrative-driven game was quick to make the jump to PS4. Players take on the role of Joel, a smuggler past his best attempting to survive in the infected post-apocalypse. Eventually, however, a girl called Ellie enters his life offering hope of a cure.

Gameplay is a mix of stealth, gunplay and exploration, in what is best described as an ambitious road trip story where Joel and Ellie must rely on each other to avoid the nightmarish “Clickers” and thwart them when required. Surrounding this is The Last of Us’ strong emphasis on narrative which sees it rival the best of stories told in books and cinema. If you needed proof that video games can be emotionally affecting, look no further than one of the best single-player PS4 games in The Last of Us: Remastered.

4. Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 cinematic screenshot

Having already created one of the most realistic renditions of modern-day life with Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar quickly returned to the time of The Old West to deliver players a fully developed cowboy simulator. Red Dead Redemption 2 is actually a prequel set before the events of the first Red Dead Redemption released in , offering interesting context to a period when the time of The Frontier was rapidly dying. Rockstar’s sequel is notable for its much slower pace compared to a lot of other open-world games, truly letting players inhabit the role of Arthur Morgan.

As a member of Dutch’s gang of outlaws, missions range from having you undertake train robberies to simply surviving drunken bar fights. All this you do while increasingly becoming invested with this eclectic ensemble cast of characters. Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the best single-player PS4 games simply because it places more emphasis on story than most open-world games, surrounded by an incredibly faithful Wild West set to transport you to a whole new period of history.

3. Horizon: Zero Dawn

Guerilla Games is a first-party developer previously known for creating the Killzone series of games. However, when let off the leash by Sony to work on something new, the studio got a chance to flex with a brand-new open-world RPG set in the far future, where machines and man roam the Earth together. Horizon: Zero Dawn centres on the exploits of Aloy as she attempts to traverse this world, getting to the bottom of her origins and the reason for these dino-like robots’ existence.

Horizon: Zero Dawn is notable for its unique approach to combat, whereby tactics are just as vital as pure brawn due to each machine type having their own weaknesses and moves you must account for. Lay traps, craft more powerful weapons and upgrade Aloy’s armour to give yourself a far easier time at surviving in this post- post-apocalypse. Experience an America unlike our present day and fend for your life by surviving in the beautiful but dangerous landscapes of Horizon: Zero Dawn.

2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

CDProjektRed’s modern fantasy epic is a masterclass in RPG design, setting players off within a vibrant location rife with monsters and miscreants – with you being the only person able to combat both. Geralt of Rivia is a Witcher, a genetically altered human that’s purpose is to slay creatures. However, it’s the relationships and sprawling map filled with stuff to do that makes this third chapter into the acclaimed series well worth a look for anyone seeking a great single-player PS4 game.

At your disposal is a suite of magical abilities and weaponry for Geralt to master, letting you approach every combat scenario much differently from the last. Couple these unique gameplay aspects with top-notch voice acting and an incredibly well told story, then you have one of the best fantasy RPGs ever created. Think of the Witcher 3 as Skyrim but so much more. There’s up to hours’ worth of content and world to get lost in while playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, with many considering it the greatest game of this console generation.

1. God of War

God of War Kratos screenshot

A long-standing PlayStation franchise that’s origins date all the way back to the PS2, forget everything you think you know about God of War for this PS4 interpretation. Picking Kratos out from the world of Greek Mythology and setting him within a Norse environment, God of War centres on the relationship between the former god of war and his son as they traverse this rich and detailed setting. Primarily a third-person action game with RPG elements, the entire game takes place using a one-shot camera – meaning that there are never any breaks in the narrative.

Whereas previously Kratos wielded his infamous chains of chaos to cause destruction, here it’s replaced with the Leviathan Axe that he can throw and recall at any time. This adds an extra degree of depth to God of War’s brand of melee combat, as you lay waste to legions of enemies and slay everything from golems to dragons as strategically as possible. God of War is the absolute definition of a vision perfectly executed, taking a franchise that was flagging before and pushing it in a bold new direction. It is the definition of a great single-player PS4 game.

Honourable mentions

If you’re a stories single-player PS4 player that needs even MORE recommendations on what to play, you’ll find a handful of further games below that act as our honourable mentions. These solo-centric gems just barely missed our official top 10, but are still worth diving into should you have room in your game to make for them.

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Marvel’s infamous wall-crawler had been lacking a strong video game adaptation for so long, Insomniac’s reinvention felt like a breath of fresh air by the time it swung its way exclusively to PS4. Packing in a wide range of familiar villains, a fully detailed version of New York to explore and one of the best Spider-Man stories ever conceived, Marvel’s Spider-Man serves as the ultimate open-world superhero simulator on PlayStation 4.

Detroit: Become Human

If intriguing stories in video games are your thing, this latest character-driven drama from Quantic Dream is well worth a look. Set in a future version of Detroit where androids are considered second-class citizens by the human populace, you’ll take on the role of three unique characters that experience this thinking differently, making difficult choices that will have major story ramifications. Detroit: Become Human is paced like a TV show, and as such is a great single-player experience.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Valhalla is about as ambitious a video game as they come, but its large world can sometimes end up working against it due to how daunting it can be. It’s still one of the best open-world games release for PlayStation 4, despite this, though it just barely misses our listed of the 10 best single-player PS4 games because overall Odyssey delivers a more refined experience. Even still, if you fancy roaming about the middle-ages as a beer-fuelled Viking, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a must play.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

After what felt like a lifetime of waiting, Final Fantasy VII Remake finally hit PS4 this year to deliver players with a modernised, reimagined version of the game’s opening Midgar portion. The result was a take on the classic story that’s a lot more fast-paced, as you switch between Cloud, Barrett and Tifa in real time and use unique abilities to keep the pressure on enemies. This remake is an ideal single-player PS4 game for new and old players alike.

Ghost of Tsushima

Developed by the same folks behind Sly Cooper and InFamous, Ghost of Tsushima is comfortably one of the best Samurai action games ever made. You play as the island of Tsushima’s sole defender, taking down the evil invading Mongol forces while helping the Japanese locals rise and take back their home. Doing this involves learning new stances, improving your swordsman skills, and exploring this ravaged but beautiful setting. If you’re a solo PS4 player craving a cinematic adventure, Ghost of Tsushima will do just the trick.

Bloodborne

To some the very pinnacle of the Souls-Borne genre, Bloodborne is a much smoother action-RPG experience that may give you greater control over your character but is still hard as nails. An emphasis on dodging attacks and a wide suite of weapons encourages players to play more aggressively than in any Dark Souls game, making it one of the most thrilling single-player PS4 games out there. Bloodborne isn’t for everyone, yet those who don’t mind a challenge should love it.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order arrived in late to everyone’s surprise, serving as a solid single-player action game that really doubled down on being a Star Wars-fuelled adventure. You play as Order 66 survivor Cal, exploring a handful of planets to find a new way to resist the Empire’s dark reign. Mastering the ways of the jedi and learning how to use a lightsaber is crucial in doing this, as you eventually learn to dodge, parry and attack with skill. Single-player PS4 gamers shouldn’t miss out on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Resident Evil 3

Though much leaner and less innovative than the Resident Evil 2 remake released only a year before, the reinterpretation of Resident Evil 3 is still a scare-fest worth experiencing. This time the horror comes to the streets of Raccoon City, with STARS member Jill valentine pursued by the hulking Nemesis creature as she does her best to escape. Craving a jam-packed action-horror adventure? The Resident Evil 3 remake on PS4 is well worth a look.

Resident Evil: Village

Though much leaner and less innovative than the Resident Evil 2 remake released only a year before, the reinterpretation of Resident Evil 3 is still a scare-fest worth experiencing. This time the horror comes to the streets of Raccoon City, with STARS member Jill valentine pursued by the hulking Nemesis creature as she does her best to escape. Craving a jam-packed action-horror adventure? The Resident Evil 3 remake on PS4 is well worth a look.

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