10 Best PlayStation 4 Games Right Now
Last updated July 19, 2018
The PlayStation 4, originally released in 2013, has been one of the most consistently impressive game consoles to date. Sony went to extra lengths to ensure that the PS4 would have a consistent stream of high quality titles throughout its lifecycle, and they didn’t disappoint. If you already own a PlayStation 4 or are are picking up one for the first time, here’s our running list of the 10 best PlayStation 4 games.
Just like our previous article on the 10 Best Switch Games, this will continue to be updated on a monthly basis to reflect new releases.
1. God of War
When I heard that they were remaking God of War I’ll admit that I wasn’t all too excited. I had only played the third iteration in the series and while I thought the massive boss fights were cool, I never felt a connection to Kratos. I think Cory Barlog and his team at Sony Santa Monica understood this same criticism and completely changed God of War for the better. This game has it all; stunning graphics, a phenomenal soundtrack, a gripping story, and addictive gameplay. If you have a PlayStation 4, you should own this game. If you're still not convinced, check out our episode of BitCast where Eric and I break it all down for ya!
From Software had announced that they were developing a new game, and we all assumed it was going to be Dark Souls 3. Luckily, we were wrong and were gifted with Bloodborne. Set in a lovecraftian, nightmarish hellscape called Yharnam, players are tasked with exploring diverse and terrifying environments to figure out the source of a “Blood-borne” illness that’s spreading throughout the area. Like other Souls games, Bloodborne is highly difficult, but you progress by dying and upgrading, over, and over, and over again. Along with terrifying enemies you must face throughout the game, Bloodborne truly shines in it’s environmental and sound design.
3. Persona 5
I had always been apprehensive about games in the Persona series, because they seemed to contain convoluted, text-heavy stories and grindy campaigns. I waited to buy Persona 5, well after I had read so many positive reviews of the game. I’m here to tell you that Persona 5 is so much better than I could have ever imagined. Interesting protagonists, complex villains, and a battle system that oozes with style. A catchy J-Pop soundtrack follows you as you explore the many different areas of modern day Tokyo. The story is definitely odd, but the relationships you build with your party members along the way is what makes this game special.
4. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, is a masterclass example of an Open World RPG. The developers at CD Projekt Red built the world of the Witcher in painstakingly beautiful detail. Each area or town you explore is imbued with a sense of dread and sadness, amplified by the games gorgeous score. If you stick to the main campaign, the Witcher III: Wild Hunt takes roughly 60 hours to beat, however, if you decide to go after everything the game has to offer, you’re looking at about 170 hours of content. It’s uncommon to find a game where the side content is as well written and polished and the main story, the Witcher III delivers on this front as well.
5. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Naughty Dog has come a long way since first debuting Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune in 2009. The game was revolutionary for it’s time, combining stunning visuals and scenes that felt straight out of an Indiana Jones movie. Fast forward just 7 years and the developers at Naughty Dog continue to deliver groundbreaking results. It’s arguably one of the best looking games on PlayStation 4 with unique gameplay mechanics to boot. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is a sort-of capstone to the series, and gracefully bounces between where Drake has been and where he’s headed. There’s plenty of clever nods to previous entries, but not so much that a newcomer could feel like they’re missing out. If you’re a fan of third-person action games with rich stories, then this game should be a no-brainer.
6. The Last of Us: Remastered
For some folks that missed this game on the PS3, it was brought back with gloriously updated visuals on the PS4. This game and another on this list that are “technically” ports, are still, what I consider, essential experiences. In the Last of Us players control Joel, a hardened smuggler responsible for escorting a teenage girl named Ellie across a zombie-infested and post-apocalyptic United States. I needn’t say much about how incredible this game is, but if you’re looking for an intense and story driven action game, look no further.
7. Horizon Zero Dawn
When Guerrilla Games decided they wanted to try their hand at a new IP, a majority of people were excited to see what they could deliver. I can safely say that Horizon: Zero Dawn delivered, and then some. In Horizon Zero Dawn, you play as Aloy, an outcast her whole life, set to understand the world that she’s been protected from at birth. Where Horizon really deserves credit is the engaging gameplay loop that has you hunting, gathering and crafting to grow stronger. The fact that I burned through the main story of this game in what felt like just a few hours is a testament to its quality. Horizon Zero Dawn is easily one of the best new IP’s to grace this console generation.
8. Shadow of the Colossus Remastered
The game that changed the entire video game landscape in 2005, finally got the remaster that it was due. Nothing about the original story of Shadow of the Colossus has been changed, but now, each Colossus and its accompanying environment are brought to stunning visual reality with this remaster. The story is just as potent and harrowing as you may or may not remember when it first debuted on the PlayStation 2. A visual and emotional delight, Shadow of the Colossus is definitely worth adding to your PlayStation 4 library.
9. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
I hadn’t played a Metal Gear game until Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, so I had no prior expectations of what this game could our should be. The story doesn’t really make all that much sense, but it’s completely overshadowed by the remarkably addictive and deep combat mechanics that Kojima put in place for this game. Approaching each new mission in any manner you’d like, using the tools at your disposal never gets old. You can replay each mission multiple times and each experience would feel different from the last. Being that this is the last true Kojima Metal Gear game, you’d be silly not to pick this game up.
10. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
After Resident Evil 4, I think most gamers expected nothing but greatness from the beloved horror series. Unfortunately, we were met with the likes of Resident Evil 5 & 6. Both games, straying away from the campy terror we had come to expect. The magic was lost...until now. Resident Evil 7 is a true return to form for the series and I’m happy to report that it’s right up there with the best. Exploring creepy, run down mansions, swamps, and the like has never felt better or more terrifying? If you need a little scare in your life, Resident Evil 7 is certainly the game for you.
** This list will be updated regularly to reflect the top 10 best PlayStation 4 games.