Sony proved to everyone this generation that their PS4 console is perhaps the best place to play games on. While Microsoft put in some serious hardware behind the Xbox One X, the PS4 has won everyone’s hearts purely due to its vast library of exclusives. So if you’ve recently decided to jump on Sony’s bandwagon, here are the top PS4 exclusive games, in no particular order (cuz we love them all!):
Ratchet and Clank
Ratchet and Clank was one of the best franchises on the PS2, so it’s really not a surprise to see its remake being just as good. Insomniac Games made a competent platformer with zany character designs to keep us engaged. After all, that’s what landed them the job for handling Spider-Man!
FromSoftware’s biggest hit on the PS4 has been one that we haven’t forgotten about. The 2015 game was, and still remains one of the developers’ best Soulsborborne games yet. Equally gothic, dark and disturbing, this light action-RPG was something straight out of our nightmares. The game, just like other Dark Souls-like games, is brutally hard until you actually stop to learn its mechanics. Being a PS4 exclusive does make it hard for all gamers to access it, but if you have a friend who has the console, then try it out. Especially if you like Dark Souls in general. The game will punish you like nothing else, but just like the Hunter, if you persevere, you’ll survive. But before you go and download the game, let me tell you – It’s not everybody’s cup of tea. Or blood.
Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4
I’m a huge Spider-Man fan, so when it was announced that Insomniac Games will be bringing the wall-crawler to PS4, I was excited. And it delivered. It was one of the best games of 2018, and it still kicks ass. Not only did Insomniac nail the swinging mechanics and combat, but they also delivered a heart-warming tale of Peter Parker and his struggle with being a superhero. Many critics even wanted it to be adapted into the movies, as the story really understood New York’s friendly neighborhood. The game also set up Miles Morales’ backstory, setting him up as a playable character in the inevitable sequel on next-gen PlayStation.
God of War
God of War and PlayStation are like glue. You can’t keep them apart. 2018’s soft-reboot/continuation of Kratos’ story was critically acclaimed to be a great game, not only in terms of gameplay, but also in terms of its well-realized characters. The game isn’t nearly as unnecessarily gory as the previous games, but it does serve its purpose. To see Kratos, the God of War, living a happy life only to see him plunged back into chaos was equally nostalgic and, well, tragic. And the leviathan axe? That was one of the coolest weapons in any video game I’ve ever played! If you have a PS4, then you owe it to yourself to play it. And now, the wait for the sequel begins…
Uncharted 4 – A Thief’s End
Uncharted 4 concludes Nathan Drake’s story in the most emotionally resonant way possible. The game was a justified sequel to Uncharted 3, which wasn’t as well-received as the previous game. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will provide you with high-octane action sequences, gorgeous visuals, and a great adventure story that feels like it came right out of a Spielberg feature film, which is why we think it’s one of the best PS4 exclusive games out there. The game might be 4 years old now, but man does it still look great.
Days Gone was a risky project that in the end, kinda paid off. While it wasn’t as well-received as the other games on this list, it still is miles better than a ton of other games out there. I agree that the post-apocalyptic zombie setting is quite stale, but Bend Studio made quite a compelling case to roam around the open world of the game with its traversal mechanics. The story was also much better than I expected it to be, so there goes that. One of the biggest problems with the game was its lackluster marketing, as I do believe it’s a genuinely good game that every PS4 owner should try.
Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn was developed by Guerrilla Games, the same guys who made PlayStation Halo counterpart – Killzone. To jump from a high-octane FPS game to an open world action-adventure RPG was surely a challenge, but Guerrilla showed everybody that it could be done. One of the prettiest games on the PS4, Horizon pushed the boundaries of the console like no other. While games like Uncharted and God of War look great (and arguably better) in their own right, they’re not as massive as Horizon. The game is a perfect blend of cinematic storytelling, gorgeous visuals, as well as competent open-world gameplay, which propels it to our list of best PS4 exclusive games.
And there we have it – the best PS4 exclusive games to try out if you haven’t. Honestly, we’re waiting to play all of these again on the PS5 when it launches, so even if you don’t have a PS4, you might want to start collecting these games.