The PlayStation 4 has been outselling its competition ever since it hit the market in 2013. To help all those gamers figure out what to play, we’ve scoured the review sites to find the best PlayStation 4 games currently available for Sony’s console and nowhere else. There’s some great stuff on here, so if you haven’t picked one up yet, take a look at these games and see if it might be time to buy a PlayStation 4.
13. inFAMOUS: Second Son
Metacritic Score: 80
The inFamous series is kind of like Grand Theft Auto with superheroes. In this installment, the government is imprisoning people with special powers so they can’t cause harm to the rest of society. Obviously, this doesn’t sit well with the superheroes.
Wringing tons of graphical power from the PlayStation 4, inFamous: Second Son brings a gorgeously fictionalized version of Seattle to life. The incredible graphics are due in large part to the fact that it’s a PS4 exclusive, which means the developers didn’t have to make it compatible with last-gen hardware. If using a city as a playground for a variety of super powers sounds like a good time to you, be sure to grab this one.
12. Until Dawn
Metacritic Score: 80
If you like horror movies, then you’ll definitely want to check out Until Dawn, a game that puts you in the shoes of eight potential murder victims. Like many scary flicks, the game follows a group of teenagers who decide to spend the night in a cabin in the woods, a locale that just happens to be in the path of a serial killer.
You get to play as each of the kids in turn, making decisions about where they hide and how they react when the killer comes creeping. Your choices determine who lives and dies, so if you’re always yelling at horror movie characters for making dumb decisions, you’ll be pleased that you get to craft the narrative here. Add in performances by Hollywood stars like Hayden Panettiere, and you’ve got the makings of a terrific horror game.
11. God of War III Remastered
Metacritic Score: 81
Perhaps you’ve heard of a modest little series called God of War? Typically, Sony keeps these bombastic action games on the bleeding edge of technology, with boundary-pushing graphics and set pieces so epic they could make Zeus himself crack a smile. Seriously, these games are about as subtle as an earthquake.
Instead of diving right into the inevitable God of War IV, Sony bought itself some time by re-releasing the third game in the series, which originally launched on PS3 in 2010. The remaster looks and plays great, so if you missed the bone-crushing action the first time around, this is a great excuse to check it out.
10. The Last Guardian
Metacritic Score: 83
One of the most anticipated video games of the decade was Team Ico’s The Last Guardian, which was first announced way back in 2009. The game is like a cross between the developer’s earlier games Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, which is a very good thing for fans of those unique games. In The Last Guardian, you play as a child leading around a giant bird-cat-dog hybrid creature named Trico. The heart of the game is the relationship between the boy and Trico, who must work together to solve environmental puzzles.
9. Dragon Quest Builders
Metacritic score: 83
Dragon Quest is a series of role-playing games that dates back to the dawn of the genre in the 1980s. This spinoff takes the distinctively cute look and feel of those games and combines it with a Minecraft-like building simulator. The result is a surprisingly cohesive game that emphasizes the best of both worlds — you get the mission-based structure of an RPG, combined with the creative leeway of block-based crafting and construction games. And if you’re looking for charm, this game has it in spades.
Metacritic Score: 84
If intense, fast-paced space ship shooters are more your thing (think Life Force or Space Invaders), Resogun has your name on it. This gorgeous PS4 exclusive tests your reflexes by sending horde after horde of enemy aircraft onto the screen and trusting that you have the thumb skills to blast them all away.
Instead of taking place on a flat 2D surface, however, each level takes place on the side of a cylinder. That means that enemies you miss on the left can swoop around and attack you from the right. It also means you have more maneuverability, because you can fly your ship all the way around the level to deal with the enemies. With plenty of weapons at your disposal and a never-ending focus on achieving a high score, Resogun is a game that’s easy to keep playing well past bedtime.
7. MLB The Show 16
Metacritic score: 85
If you want a great baseball game, MLB The Show has been the go-to series in recent years. The 2016 installment uses the same core gameplay the series has honed for years, but with a few tweaks here and there, as well as a few new features to keep things fresh. New to the series is ShowTime, which slows down the game at key moments to give you finer control over making plays. They also added a multiplayer tournament mode called Battle Royale as well as Conquest mode, which turns the sport into a kind of turn-based strategy game.
6. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
Metacritic Score: 86
Nathan Drake is a modern-day Indiana Jones who travels the world seeking adventure and priceless artifacts. He may get in more car chases and shootouts than your average explorer, but when fortunes are on the line, bad guys tend to get a little competitive. In this collection, the whole PlayStation 3 trilogy has been updated and remastered to look great on the PlayStation 4.
There’s tons of incredible gameplay, massive set pieces, and a heck of a story here, so if you missed out on it the first time around, there’s never been a better time to get caught up.
5. Ratchet & Clank
Metacritic Score: 86
Ratchet & Clank, a long-running series of PlayStation action platformers, is a big deal again. For one thing, it’s being turned into an animated feature film, which will spread its popularity beyond just gamers. But gamers don’t need to worry, because they get a killer game based on the movie (which was based on a game).
This title is technically a remake of the 2002 Ratchet & Clank game, but it’s much more than that. It’s being made in conjunction with the movie, so some story points may be tweaked to line up with the Hollywood version of things, and the graphics have gotten a mega-boost. But the basic idea of a furry Lombax and his robot pal adventuring around the universe remain just as good as it’s always been. Read our Ratchet & Clank review for more information.
4. The Witness
Metacritic Score: 87
Developer Jonathan Blow helped kick off the modern indie gaming scene with Braid, a side-scrolling platformer that was stuffed to the brim with mind-bending puzzles. Apparently Blow funneled nearly all of his profits from Braid into The Witness, a puzzle adventure game that was first announced in 2009, and expanded in scope and ambition until its 2016 release. The game contains a vast selection of brain-twisting puzzles, including some that are nearly impossible to solve. You might want to keep a walkthrough guide handy, but don’t miss out on this one.
Metacritic Score: 92
Bloodborne will break you down. But if you remain steadfast and keep giving it your all, it will rebuild you into much better shape than when you started. This bleak title is set in a Victorian steampunk city whose streets are teeming with some of the most frightful creatures ever created. You explore the world and exterminate every enemy you find, including towering bosses that are all but guaranteed to give you nightmares.
Success is hard-won, but it’s all the sweeter for it. If you like a finely crafted game that pulls no punches, Bloodborne will give you dozens of hours of enjoyment.
2. Uncharted 4
Metacritic Score: 93
Not only is Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End a top-tier game, but it also caps off one of the best video game franchises of the past decade. For those unfamiliar with the series, Uncharted stars Nathan Drake, explorer and treasure hunter extraordinaire. Drake lives a life that would make even Indiana Jones jealous, doing things like climbing steep cliffs, getting in epic shootouts, blowing up every vehicle he finds, and kissing the girl (or girls). This game kicks off after he’s settled down with his wife and promised to lead a normal life. But when his brother shows up, all that’s about to change. It’s yet another killer release from Naughty Dog, one of the best developers on the planet.
1. The Last of Us: Remastered
Metacritic Score: 95
Sure, The Last of Us was a PlayStation 3 game, but this remastered version is exclusive to the PlayStation 4. The game takes place after a fungal outbreak has destroyed the world, but the focus is really on the relationship between two protagonists as they make their way across a post-apocalyptic U.S.
Thanks to the extra horsepower of the PlayStation 4, the game now runs in full 1080p resolution, and at 60 frames per second. This edition also comes with all of the DLC released for the original game, plus a commentary track you can listen to as you play through the campaign. The Last of Us: Remastered is the definitive version of one of the best games ever made, which puts it at first place on the list.