The 10 best PS4 exclusive games

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The PlayStation 4 arguably touts the most enticing first-party library of games, all of which make it a great choice for every diehard gamer. Whether you want to swing through the streets of New York (doing everything a spider can) or want to hunt down robot dinosaurs against the landscape of a post-apocalyptic Earth, you’ll find an exceptional experience in the following list of 10 best PS4 exclusive games. The PS5 may now be out, but the following exclusives prove that the PS4 is still an exclusve game powerhouse.

Though the sun has recently set on PS4 now that the PlayStation 5 is (sort of) on store shelves, this ongoing transitional period brings the perfect opportunity for new players to catch up on a range of high-profile PS4 exclusive games that have released over the years. That’s why, in addition to ranking below all games in ascending order, we’ll also display them at their lowest current purchase price from a range of UK storefronts. There’s a lot to dive into, so let’s take a look at the 10 best PS4 exclusive games currently available on the platform…

10. Bloodborne

A gothic descent into the darkly unknown, Bloodborne is the 2015 spin-off that developer From Software released as its highly anticipated follow-up to the famed Dark Souls franchise. It didn’t disappoint. Focusing on the totally new world of Yharnam full of fresh sights and characters, you take on the role of a hunter who finds himself fending off creatures during the night of The Hunt.

Much like Dark Souls and even Demon Souls before that, Bloodborne’s combat works as a true test of patience and skill on behalf of the player. Being too aggressive or not watching your steps is a sure-fire way of getting killed and being sent back to the beginning. Therefore, you’ll need to educate yourself about each enemy’s movements, looking for an opening that will let you unleash a visceral attack. Few Action-RPGs are this thoughtful, making Bloodborne one of the 10 best PS4 exclusive games.

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9. Ratchet & Clank

Ratchet & Clank was a charming 3D platformer that first blasted onto the scene as a PS2 exclusive back in 2002. The PS4 iteration is a remake of the lombax and robot duo’s original adventure, quickly claiming the title as one of the most stunning games to release on the platform. Ratchet & Clank (2016) may have been intended to tie-in with the official movie, but it’s nature as a solid space adventure allows it to stand all on its own.

You’ll fly your way from planet to planet, smashing and bashing your way through legions of foes in the attempt to stop the evil chairman Drek. Each of the world’s oozes its own Pixar-like charm and is full of fun collectibles to seek out and find. What will keep you coming back to this delightful reimagining, however, is the core friendship between the two eponymous characters. This is a PS4 exclusive you won’t want to miss.

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8. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

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Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series was one of the main reasons to buy a console back in the PS3 era. With that in mind, it makes a lot of sense that this fourth and final entry would be just as pivotal in many people’s decision to pick up a PS4. The journey of wise-cracking Nathan Drake may indeed conclude in A Thief’s End, but this globe-trotting journey is perhaps the closest you can get to feeling like the ultimate rollercoasting thrill ride in a game.

For Drake’s final outing, Naughty Dog upped the stakes by retaining the solid third-person cover shooting from previous entries, this time mixing it with sporadic open world elements that feel a lot more freeing compared to simply gunning it down corridors. Light puzzle-solving again also returns, adding in spectacular vehicle sections that makes you feel like your living your own Hollywood set piece. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is one of the best games on PS4.

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7. Ghost of Tsushima

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PS4 players looking to fulfil their fantasy of becoming an authentic samurai warrior now can thanks to Ghost of Tsushima. You play as Jin Sakai, the humble protector of Tsushima island who is one day forced to flee and recoup his abilities following a cataclysmic attack from the invading Mongolian fleet. It’s now your job to learn the ways of the samurai while liberating bandit camps and improving your swordsmanship, all in the effort to become a more formidable warrior when the time comes to face your enemies head on.

Ghost of Tsushima is an open-world game in the truest sense, perfectly capturing the look and feel of 13th century Japan through the use of ancient imagery and an authentic film grain effect. You’ll travel from area to area either by foot or on horseback, aiding locals in need that you’ll discover after being guided by the wind. If you’re seeking a different kind of action game you can sink plenty of time in, Ghost of Tsushima is one of the best PS4 exclusives.

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6. Final Fantasy VII Remake

Rumours of a Remake to Final Fantasy VII had been circulating for so long, when the project was officially revealed by Square Enix in 2015 players couldn’t quite believe it. This was especially the case when the final game released in April 2020. Though only the first chapter in this multipart story, Final Fantasy VII Remake is one of the best PS4 exclusive games because it faithful reimagines the Midguard portion of this classic JRPG for a 21st century audience.

Sights might seem familiar and the basic story bones are there, but pretty much every other aspects of Final Fantasy VII Remake has been rebuilt from the ground-up. This is evidenced best in the new combat system, which now plays out in real-time with you switching between characters like Cloud, Barrett and Tifa to maintain pressure on enemies during battle. The classic Active Time Battle system returns, sort of, but now sees you temporarily stop time to deploy better fight tactics. Whether you’re new to Final Fantasy VII or a lifelong fan, you won’t want to miss this new PS4 interpretation.

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5. Horizon: Zero Dawn

Having slaved away on Killzone for well over 10 years, developer Guerrilla Games was keen to have a fresh start on PS4 by way of a creating a totally new game series. Horizon: Zero Dawn was the start of that, being a post- post-apocalyptic open-world game where you as a budding adventurer get to hunt and take down robot dinosaurs. It went on to be an award-winning success, with many critics praising how confident it was for a first release and just how deep this new universe had already felt.

Simply getting around the world of Horizon: Zero Dawn never ceases to feel freeing, as you come across settlements of unique communities, uncover new robot species and investigate more about what happened in the years before society’s collapse. All this is bolstered by some of the most satisfying combat found in an open world game, making it one of the best exclusive PS4 games around.

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4. Shadow of the Colossus

While it might seem weird to consider one of the PS2’s best games to also be one of the best PS4 exclusive games, that just goes to show how everlasting and epic the experience of playing Shadow of the Colossus is to this day. Originally developed by Team Ico and then remastered in 2018 by Bluepoint Games, the Shadow of the Colossus remake retains the original’s simplicity while giving the graphics an extensive overhaul to make it feel like a modern game.

For those unaware, this timeless classic sees a lone wanderer on a mission to revive his fallen beloved. His only option to do so is by taking down the twelve different colossi that roam these open lands, armed with his trusty steed Agro and a sword that can continually become stronger. Shadow of the Colossus is a game made up solely of boss fights, with each one being more haunting than the previous. All this artistic vision and simplicity is what sees it make our list of the 10 best PS4 exclusive games.

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3. The Last of Us Part II

The sequel to what many PS4 players to be one of the greatest games of all time, The Last of Us Part II finally released in 2020 to subvert – and in some cases – surpass people’s expectation of a story set during the zombie apocalypse. It picks up soon after the events of the original game, where there’s still a lot of friction between Joel and Ellie but both are thrown into a gritty revenge tale. Ellie is your primary protagonist this time around, now equipped with the ability to swing, jump and stealth her way against human and undead enemies alike.

The Last of Us Part II is one of the best PS4 exclusive games because it challenges how we tend to think of stories told in the interactive format. Sure, the basic gameplay tenants lean towards combat, but Naughty Dog’s highly anticipated sequel isn’t afraid to shake up its format all while the narrative unfolds in some of the most gorgeous graphics seen on PS4. If you want to be immersed in a video game narrative on par with cinema’s best, The Last of Us Part II most certainly delivers.

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2. Marvel’s Spider-Man

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Marvel is in a great place right now. Just when you think its big screen efforts can’t get more epic or break any more financial records, Avengers: Endgame comes along to blow all expectations out of the water. Marvel’s Spider-Man is an open world superhero video game that capitalises on this trend, choosing to tell an entirely standalone story about the trials and tribulations about how with great power comes great responsibility.

As Spider-Man you’ll swing through an incredibly realistic-looking version of New York, undertaking side missions and saving citizens whenever you want to take a short break from the game’s main plot. There are numerous powers to master and plenty of alternative costumes to unlock, giving you cause to hunt down every Easter Egg and comic book reference. Marvel’s Spider-Man is one of the best superhero games released in recent years, and therefore one of the best PS4 exclusives.

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1. God of War

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What was once a PlayStation franchise known for being a testosterone-fuelled rampage trip through Greek mythology went a little deeper for its first soiree onto PS4. No longer was God of Warjust about mindless action, but in-depth and thoughtful over-the-shoulder combat that sets the eponymous Kratos on a journey of self-discovery. Aside from this, the game looks and plays great, utilising the full power of PS4 to generate amazing visuals.

The whole game plays out using a fixed camera that never once cuts. This is done purposefully to make us empathise with Kartos’ view on the world, making the new Nordic worlds of Midgard and Nephilim even more impressive without the need for loading screens. You’ll travel the nine realms with your son Atreus, embarking on a whistle-stop tour throughout iconic locations from Norse Mythology. God of War (2018) is one of the best PS4 exclusive games.

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Honourable mentions

If you’re STILL at a loss of great PS4 exclusives to play, here are a few honourable mentions that might not be the best but are still worth a mention. All are cracking in their own right, only further serving to highlight the exceptional library available on Sony's platform.

Tearaway Unfolded

3D platformers might be few ands far between these days, but Media Molecule changed that with the release of Tearaway Unfolded on PlayStation 4. It’s a charming journey through a whimsical papercraft world, following one lowly messenger’s journey to deliver a message to you, the player.  The original version of Tearaway released for PS Vita and took advantage of its unique touch functionality, but this improved version remixes certain elements to make it perfect for PS4.

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Knack 2

If you’re a player craving for a return to the golden days of 3D mascot platformers, you won’t want to miss out on Knack 2. A sequel to the 2013 PS4 launch exclusive, this time around you can be joined by a budding in glorious couch co-op, playing as the titular Knack while shrinking and growing in size. This you do to solve a whole gamut of riveting puzzles and platforming challenges. Want to scratch that Pixar-like itch? Knack 2 is the PS4 exclusive game to do it. 

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The Last Guardian

How do you follow up one of the greatest games of all time? That’s the quandary Team Ico faced in 2016, when The Last Guardian finally launched on PlayStation 4, several years after the critically acclaimed Shadow of the Colossus. This PS4 exclusive game serves as an exploratory third-person adventure where you guide a boy and his giant beast companion through a ravaged fantasy land. The relationship between these two characters is what solidifies The Last Guardian as one of the best stories in gaming – exclusive to Sony’s platform.

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Persona 5 Royal

How do you follow up one of the most celebrated JRPGs of all time? With one that’s even more stylish, personal and well characterized, that’s how. Persona 5 is a PS4 exclusive game that ticks all these boxes and more, smartly iterating on what made Persona 4 so addicting to play and advancing the turn-based battles mixed with social sim format to make everything more meaningful. It just missed the top 10 list by an inch, but it’s still a worthwhile must play for anyone yearning for an incredibly deep and highly polished JRPG.

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Death Stranding

When Hideo Kojima announced he was leaving Konami in 2015 to work on something new, everything was left wondering what new crazy concoction of a game he would cook up. 2019 eventually gave us that answer via the ethereal Death Stranding, an open-world game where you’re tasking with reconnecting humanity amid the aftermath of the titular event. A lot of your time is spent meandering, walking and delivering packages, culminating in one of the most creative PS4 exclusives that, admittedly, might to be to everyone’s taste.

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InFamous: Second Son

Following up immediately on Cole McGrath’s story in InFamous 2, Second Son set players off within the real-life city of Seattle as new protagonist Delsin Rowe. At his disposal are a whole host of superpowered abilities, namely those of rock, video game, neon and smoke. Mastering these is the only way to do battle with the evil Augustine and her army of henchmen, getting around the city as smoothly and quickly as possible.

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

While Uncharted 4 may have indicated the end of Nathan Drake’s story, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy saw the series continue in a minor fashion via this spin-off that focussed on supporting characters Chloe and Nadine. It centres on the personal exploits of the former, who must venture to India in search of an ancient artefact important to her family’s history. You’ll learn things about Chloe you didn’t know before, swinging, shooting and exploring throughout.

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Days Gone

Just when you think that you’ve seen it all with zombies in games, Days Gone comes along as one of the best PS4 exclusive games and uses them more creatively than most. These aren’t your grand pappy’s flesh-eaters, slow and prodding as is usually depicted, but rather fast, swarming and likely to overwhelm you if not managed correctly. This you do as lone survivor Deacon St. John, exploring an open-world version of Bend, Oregon.

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Until Dawn

Perfectly primed to scare PS4 players everywhere, Until Dawn is a spookily themed choose-your-own-adventure game from Supermassive Games lets you live out our own teen slasher flick. You’ll take on the reigns of various characters, solving puzzles and making decisions that will either see the cast of characters live or die. The entire story takes place over one night and features the talents of such famous actors as Rami Malek and Hayden Panettiere. As such, it’s the closest thing to a playable movie on PlayStation 4.

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Concrete Genie

Imagination and art come together in PS4 exclusive game Concrete Genie, which tells the heart-warming story of Zack who must fight back against the bullies using his sketchbook while bringing life and colour back to the fictional port town of Denska. This was a once bustling town that’s been suddenly plunged into darkness. Luckily, though, harnessing the magical properties of your graffiti and cleaning up polluted environments is enough to bring life back to it. Paint your world beautiful in this creative PS4 title.  

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