The PlayStation 4 is home to some of the best exclusive games ever made. Sony’s console has been making waves in the gaming community since it launched, and it seems poised to continue creating top tier titles until the end of its lifecycle. While we only have a handful of announced first party titles still to come, we decided to take a step back and look at some of the best the PlayStation 4 has to offer. It’s going to be impossible to please everyone, but we think this is a dynamic list that represents some of the best of the best.
After recently publishing a list featuring some of the best RPGs available for the PlayStation 4, we felt inspired to take a closer look at the best exclusive games for Sony’s diverse console. Keep an eye out in the future for a definitive ranking of every PlayStation 4 exclusive ever to come to the console, so lets get started.
10. Detroit: Become Human
I’ve been a fan of the Quantic Dream titles for a long time. My first experience with them was Indigo Prophecy, and it’s been love ever since. Evolving their story and QTE driven experience over the years has been remarkable to see, and the sheer amount of choices involved in Detroit: Become Human allow players to see a handful of endings. This is an emotional journey that runs through a handful of core characters with heavy themes like identity and purpose throughout. As much as I loved Beyond: Two Souls, Detroit blew it out of the water, and Quantic Dream had another hit on their hands.
9. Gravity Rush 2
The original Gravity Rush was one of my favorite PlayStation Vita titles. It got some fresh life with a remaster on PlayStation 4 before Gravity Rush 2 came out. The second outing for Kat was a great follow up entry with new gravity powers and lots of activities and things to collect in the world. I had some trouble with navigation early on with the map system, but the story stays mostly strong throughout, and the comic book style of storytelling is a great fit for the franchise. Beautiful visuals and mostly great controls make Gravity Rush 2 worthy of a spot on most gamers’ shelves.
8. Ratchet & Clank
Insomniac’s reimagining of the original Ratchet & Clank was exactly what players needed from a remake. Taking elements from the original release, while adding new content without compromising what made the first outing so special was the perfect way to do the dynamic duo justice. Insomniac Games only put out a few games for PlayStation 4 this generation, but quality over quantity is always best.
7. Until Dawn
Until Dawn is a lot like any of the Quantic Dream titles in a lot of ways. It differs by offering a horror experience with a ton of endings. Set on a snowy mountain, players will make choices while controlling a handful of characters trying to keep them and each other alive. Eventually the story took a turn I wasn’t expecting, and the butterfly system was an incredible way of keeping track of what choices affected future plot lines. The title took full advantage of the visual fidelity of the PlayStation 4, and looked gorgeous throughout. Until Dawn was developed Supermassive Games, and my biggest complaint is that we don’t have a sequel yet.
6. InFAMOUS Second Son
Sucker Punch Productions had a hit on their hand when the first InFAMOUS title released for the PlayStation 3 all the way back in 2009. InFAMOUS Second Son was the third outing, and featured a new protagonist with Delsin Rowe. Players explored the incredibly realized world of Seattle while attempting to free districts from the control of the D.U.P. There’s a lot to do in the world, incredible lighting and visuals, and the pacing of the narrative is top notch. InFAMOUS Second Son showed off a bit more of the PlayStation 4 tech than other titles, utilizing the motion controller for graffiti, and sounds coming out of the controller.
5. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
I had some problems with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, but overall is one of Naughty Dog’s finest video game outings. I felt like some portions of Nathan Drake’s adventure were a little unfocused, and the final act of the game was a little longer than it needed to be. However, the gunplay and platforming (Uncharted’s bread and butter), were rock solid and the rest of the narrative was incredible. The cast was well acted, the design was impeccable, and some of the less linear sections were a sight to behold. I was a little surprised that this was the only canon Uncharted title for PlayStation 4, but The Lost Legacy filled a little of that gap.
4. Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn was the first outing from developer Guerrilla Games that wasn’t a Killzone title. Released in 2017, Horizon Zero Dawn follows Aloy as she explores a post-apocalyptic world filled with robotic monsters (let’s be real, they’re robot dinosaurs), trying to discover who she is and where she comes from. Set hundreds of years in the future, Aloy finds herself stuck in the middle of a tribal war as she meets new people and uncovers the mystery of her world.
Horizon Zero Dawn was developed on the new Decima engine, and the world looks absolutely stunning. Nature has taken the Earth back, and enemies have their own personalities. HZD is easily worth players’ time, and there’s even a large DLC pack (The Frozen Wilds) available on the PlayStation Store for players to sink their teeth into once they’re done with the main campaign.
3. Marvel’s Spider-Man
Spider-Man is my favorite superhero of all time. I feel like he’s easier to relate to than most, which is why I enjoy his character so much. Insomniac games brought his world to life last year through a partnership with Marvel. Taking combat lessons from the Batman Arkham franchise works well for our web-slinger, and slinging through the city streets is fast and exhilarating. What makes it even more impressive is how well building momentum while swinging through the world makes Spider-Man move efficiently. It’s easy to spend 40+ hours exploring the world and all the things to do. This was Spider-Man’s best outing to date, and it certainly won’t be the last for PlayStation.
Anyone who has subjected themselves to the difficult Soulsborne titles should know why Bloodborne is on this list. Not only is Bloodborne one of the most difficult titles I’ve played, but it’s also one of the most rewarding. That trend continues through every Dark Souls title, as well as the recently released Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Discovering the lore of Yharnam in the dark, dismal environment is incredibly eerie.
The combat is fluid and tight, and without much in the way of a blocking system, far more rewarding (in my opinion) than defeating most of the Dark Souls bosses. It’s hard to put into words why most of the FROMSOFTWARE games are so good, but the sense of progression and accomplishment is an addictive high while slaughtering enemies. This was also the only Soulsborne exclusive for PlayStation 4.
1. God of War
It’s hard for me to put into words just how much I loved God of War. The brutal action God of War was intermittently injected with brief moments of tenderness between father and son, all while slaying beasts with Kratos’s leviathan axe. This was the first time the franchise had gone pseudo-open world, and it worked like a charm. The exploration allowed Kratos to explain the lore of the world without the narrative losing steam, yet still allowed for some brutal action set pieces.
A lack of true story bosses were really the only thing holding the title back, but the story sets up for some future fights that I’m really looking forward to. Anyone wanting an extra challenge were able to take on a series of difficult Valkyrie battles, or explore the dangerous poison gas realm of Niflheim. There really wasn’t a shortage of extra difficulty, it just wasn’t part of the narrative. God of War is the definitive game for PlayStation 4, and should be in every player’s library.