Top 25 PS4 Games
Consoles have it tough. Whenever a new system comes out, people are expecting a rush of massively awesome titles that overwhelm them, like a baby sea turtle caught in high tide, or a rat in a grocery store. Not sure where those examples came from, but we’ll run with it. The PS4 is glorious and it has glorious games.
The list that is coming is huge, and the games are even bigger. Ladies and gentlemen, hypothetical rat and sea turtle, hold your hats because I’m about to rank the top 25 PS4 games.
25. Layers of Fear: Masterpiece Edition
Layers of Fear was a pleasant surprise for horror fans when it dropped on the PS4, but the game’s ending left a little to be desired. Thankfully, the Masterpiece Edition comes with the DLC where you play as the painter’s daughter as she returns to her childhood home. This game is more of an exporation horror where there really isn't anything chasing you. If anything, the true enemy in this game is your own mind.
It's a unique and very psychological horror experience. I personally found it to be a great change of pace from the adrenline-fueled horror games like SOMA and Outlast.
The full package here brings everything to a satisfying conclusion and tells an incredibly haunting story of madness and insanity. It may not offer much in the way of traditional enemies, but Layers of Fear has atmosphere that is twice as constricting as any eldritch horror.
Firewatch is a hard game to rate because it has so many amazing elements, but ultimately it leaves you with a hollow feeling because of the way its story leads you in and pulls out the rug in the final act. That being said, in this game you play as a firewatch (what?!) working in the Wyoming wilderness.
Your only point of contact is a woman named Delilah that you communicate with via a two-way radio. The game heavy, but the dialogue and acting are amazing. It's not an action game or a shooter, it's more of a human experience. Overall, it's a game I would recommend to anyone.
23. Fallout 4
Fallout is a series that has an incredibly strong following. Fallout 4 was met with mixed results from hardcore RPG fans, but ultimately it was a success. Some people say it's too mainstream now, but the latest entry brings this post apocalyptic RPG to the PS4 in a big way.
If you want something you'll spend hundreds of hours playing (and buy DLC for), this is the shooter RPG for you.
Inside is the second title from Playdead who are known for their smashout hit Limbo. While this game uses a similar gameplay and art style, it differentiates itself with a truly interesting and sometimes terrifying world to explore. Combine this with pitch-perfect puzzles and great pacing, and you have another hit on their hands.
It’s going to leave you scratching your head in more ways than one, but there’s no denying the incredible effort that went into this game.
21. The Order: 1886
When The Order: 1886 came out, there a major divide between people who loved it and people who hated it. Obviously I loved it, otherwise it wouldn’t be on this list. This is a polished, glitch-free, unique game with the best graphics ever shown on a console. Since video game journalists seem to think those descriptors make it a bad game, I wonder why they complain when other games come out broken and require months of patches. Isn’t that what they want?
If you want a game that doesn’t insult you with a broken product and instead brings you a unique and innovative story within a polished experience, look no further. Yes, it is short, but keep in mind that you pay $20-$40 for movie tickets nowadays when you go on a date and that’s 2-3 hours tops.
20. FIFA 16
The Fifa series has always been the strongest among the sports games for consoles. Every year it provides the best simulation of soccer (football?) that you can find.
I don't know if it's the graphics, the animation, or everything in between but it works. If you're a soccer fan, this is the game for you.
19. Dishonored 2
Dishonored was a pleasant surprise last generation as a new IP from Arkane Studios. The game had a unique victorian world with a supernatural assassin as the star. Now, in Dishonored 2, we have the choice of two characters, and a ton of new ways to get through your targets.
If you don't mind being stealthy, and you're someone who likes to find out how to get through a game without killing anyone (including your targets) then you'll have a lot of fun with this one.
18. Ratchet & Clank
Here we have a game, based on a movie, which is in turn based on a game. Confusing, I know, but this version of Ratchet & Clank deftly dodges the usual “movie-based game curse” and comes out as a shining example of how platformers can still be relevant in today’s day and age.
This reimagining of the first game sports the best graphics we’ve seen to date from the series, combined with gameplay that combines all the great things Insomniac has learned over the years.
17. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
The one thing that always bothered me about Borderlands on the PS3 was the lousy detail and frame rate when compared to the PC version. It was so bad that certain parts of the game looked like a colorful slideshow. With the Handsome Collection, you’ll be treated to Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in polished, smooth, and detailed glory.
These first person shooter/RPG hybrids bring hilarious characters, tons of loot, and more action than you can shake a psycho midget at (yes they’re in the game).
When Blizzard makes a game, people pay attention. This company, best known for World of Warcraft and Diablo, decided to try their hand at a competitive online shooter and Overwatch was the result. With a colorful style, a wide range of characters, and polished gameplay, people have really taken to this new title.
As time goes on Blizzard plans to support the game with new content and more story to explain how all these guys, gals, and gorillas got together. If you like games like Team Fortress 2, Overwatch is right up your alley!
15. Gravity Rush: Remastered
Gravity Rush was one of the most unique games on the Vita when it came out. People have been crying for a console version since it first hit the shelves. Well, now we finally got our wish!
Gravity Rush is a superhero action game where you play as Kat, a girl with the power to manipulate gravity and shift it anywhere she likes. Walk up walls, soar through the air, stand on the ceiling, the choice is yours. Now, imagine how much fun combat can be with that kind of power? Two words: Gravity kick.
14. Diablo III: Ultimate Edition
Diablo has always been a PC thing, but with this release of the console version, a new champion was crowned. Now you can slay demons with up to three friends either on the same console or online.
It’s the ultimate binge game to play cooperatively. The story won’t shock you, but the way that it managed to translate so well to a controller layout will. It’s fun, addicting, beautiful, and a perfect example of how to do a cooperative action game.
13. Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto always shatters records when a new one is released. This one was no different, and when the massive open world game came out, people questioned when it would be on PS4. It was begging for a tuneup on the next generation console, and it eventually came. This incredible game manages to pack everything from heists, to car chases, to flying, golf, tennis, scuba diving, and plenty more into the same world.
On top of this, you can switch between all three characters and must do so during certain missions. It’s one of the most technically advanced and most massive games ever made, but would you really expect any less from Rockstar Games?
12. Wolfenstein: The New Order
Before Call of Duty drove people into endless cycles of multiplayer matches, Wolfenstein began the first-person genre years ago and with this release on PS4, it proves that it’s still got it. This game features a robust campaign with two different timelines that alter events for each playthrough.
The story is deep, engaging, powerful, and full of meaning. It’s also well over twelve hours, so not the short campaigns you’re used to in shooters lately. No, there’s no multiplayer, but the story was fully realized as a result. That’s one scenario I’m perfectly fine with personally.
11. Final Fantasy XV
Ten years, and it's finally here. Final Fantasy XV has arrived on PS4, and good news: it's awesome! This game took the entirety of my attention when it came out and I've been slowly sinking more and more time into it.
The reason this is still in the top 25 is the fact that it manages to be an amazing new entry in the long-running series, and a great game for fans both old and new. It's fun, expansive, and gorgeous. Check it out if you're even somewhat interested.
10. Battlefield 1
Battlefield 1 is the hotly anticipated take on World War I for the series, and it turned out great. With a unique campaign structure that tells several unique stories, and a setting barely touched in gaming, it's a breath of fresh air.
If you love Battlefield, you already own this. If you don't, then give it a try. I think you'll be very happy with your decision.
9. Watch Dogs 2
While we didn't get a new Assassin's Creed this year, Ubisoft still brought the heat. Watch Dogs 2 is an amazing open-world game that puts Grand Theft Auto on blast. With an awesome story, cool hacking abilities, and a world that feels more alive than any other I've seen in a long time, this has a lot going for it.
The seamless multiplayer makes a return and makes any moment a multiplayer moment. There's nothing quite like the feeling you get when someone invades your game, planning on taking you down.
8. Tales From the Borderlands
The Borderlands series has always been a quirky and hilarious world for people to enjoy, but the shooter games rarely capture that world as best they can. Luckily, Telltale Games stepped in to fix that.
Doesn't matter if you know a single thing about Borderlands, you're going to love this game. An epic adventure with hilarious characters and amazing writing awaits!
Ever played Demon Souls or Dark Souls? These are widely known as some of the most difficult games in our modern era. From the same people who brought you those comes a PS4 exclusive called Bloodborne. This victorian style game has a haunting setting and a cast of terrifying enemies and bosses that won’t mind killing you over, and over, and over again.
This game is hard as nails, but there’s nothing quite like taking down one of its insane bosses. Your hands shake, your palms sweat, and your heart races. You’ve never felt more alive.
6. Life is Strange
Life is Strange came out of left field, but it's one heck of a heavy hitter. This time traveling adventure game is split into five incredible episodes that allow you to use your powers to travel back and try different decisions to see the outcome.
It takes what Telltale started with choice driven games and adds in an element of time travel. It’s bursting at the seams with character and the tense nature of the game’s choices makes it all the more interesting. Imagine making a choice and then rewinding time when you decide you want to change the answer. It’s incredible, and really unique in terms of puzzle solving. Give this one a try, you’ll be glad you did.
The months leading up to the release of the new DOOM were rocky to say the least. People didn't really dig the multiplayer beta, and others were worried the single player would come up short, but then it came out and we all had a lot of apologizing to do. While the multiplayer still isn't a COD killer, the singleplayer was an absolute blast from the past.
Excellent graphics, smooth 60fps gameplay, amazing glory kills, and some of the most awesome monster designs in gaming made this a complete success.
4. The Last of Us: Remastered
The Last of Us is one of the most incredible, emotional, and heart pounding games I’ve ever played. While originally released on the PS3, the PS4 version takes a gorgeous game and makes it look incredible. If you haven’t played this, you absolutely must. It has everything from an amazing story, to incredible gameplay, and even multiplayer for those who must have it.
It’s the whole package, and this version also includes all of the DLC. A masterpiece in our time from the makers of the Uncharted series. Check this out while you wait for their next game.
3. Until Dawn
Until Dawn is an amazing choose your own adventure horror game that combines tons of different horror movie tropes into a single adventure. The graphics are positively stunning and the choice-based system allows you to really decide who lives and dies.
This is one of the most unique games on the PS4, and one that I've played through multiple times with friends to see how things go. I absolutely love it.
2. Uncharted 4:A Thief's End
Naughty Dog has once again proven that they are the masters of their craft. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End succeeds in so many ways, it would take a separate list to explain all of them. Suffice to say, this is yet another incredible game from the folks who brought us Crash Bandicoot way back in the day.
If you're a graphics person, a gameplay person, or just someone who absolutely loves mind-blowing games, you owe it to yourself to play this one. It can only be beat by something even larger and more grand than it. Here we go!
1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
There’s so much to say about this game. Simply put, it’s one of the finest video games I’ve ever played, bar none. It has one of the largest and most realized worlds in gaming, one of the coolest main characters, and one of the best storylines there is to tell. You don’t need to have played the other two, it does help, but it’s not required.
What you’ve got here is a game that pulls you in like none other. Into a world filled with magic, greed, racism, politics, war, all of the things that we know in our own world are realized here in deep and mature ways that make it and all of its problems feel real. There’s just nothing quite like it, and nothing that gives you more for your money. It’s the best game on PS4 right now, so drop what you’re doing and go buy it!
So there you have it, but the PS4 is still a toddler. Which games do you think will crack our list? What would you pick as your top game on the PS4 right now? Tell us in the comments!
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert Date: 2/20/16
Updated - 8/29/16
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