10 best PS4 exclusive games

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More so than other console platforms, the PS4 has arguably the largest catalogue of exclusive games that aren’t just good, but genuinely great. Whether you’re into story-driven single-player adventures that aren’t afraid to posit the big questions or want to get lost in a wholly unique open-world unlike anything you’ve experienced be for, you’ll find it in the list of the 10 best PS4 exclusive games. Here’s PlayStation continues to prove itself as one of the best places to play.

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. InFamous: First Light

    While InFamous: Second Son was a great testcase for where Sucker Punch Studios could take its open world superhero series on PS4, releasing so soon after the console’s launch held it back a little – it was more of a technical showcase than a story worth experiencing. Not long after Second Son, however, First Light released as a standalone expansion that could be played separately from the base game, centring on side character Fetch whose Neon powers made whizzing all around Seattle extremely gratifying and fun.

    It plays and looks identically as InFamous: Second Son, bit First Light’s contained tale about a human coming to terms with their superpowers for the first time feels a lot more focused, by comparison. It was here where Arena Challenges were also introduced, letting you as Fetch practice your various Neon abilities before fully capitalising on them in the open world. The InFamous might now be defunct, but First Light was a great way to go out.

    8. 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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    7. 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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    6. Persona 5

    Half turn-based dungeon crawler and half school-life simulator, Persona 5 perfectly merges both these two genres while adding in lashings of flamboyant style. You take on the role of a newcomer student that’s just starting out life in Tokyo, tasked with going about your normal life in the day while at night stopping a sinister plot being cooked up by the villainous teachers. Your primary method of doing so is by collecting and summoning personas, which affect how battles play out.

    Persona 5 is the first full series entry to release since Persona 4 way back when on the PlayStation 2. Because of this, as you might expect, Persona 5 astounds with what it can do with the graphical capabilities of PS4, looking great and playing even better in a style that is unabashedly Japanese but will still appeal to Western players. If you like Pokemon but don’t have a Switch, Persona 5 is the next best thing – and then some.

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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. The Last Guardian

    The long-awaited follow-up to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, Japan Studio’s The Last Guardian is a charming platforming adventure that centres on a story of companionship between a boy and his giant fairytale creature. The game was 10 years in the making, having originally been developed with the PS3 in mind before making the eventual jump to PlayStation 4. A good thing too, as its world alone is beautiful yet haunting enough to warrant The Last Guardian a place on our list of PS4 exclusive games.

    While relatively simple to play and control, the entirety of The Last Guardian boasts a melancholic feel that only reinforces the story’s ambiguous nature. You won’t know who you are or why evil forces are chasing you and your friend in two, Trico, who at times proves reluctant to continue onward. The Last Guardian is one of the few PS4 games that simply must be played in order to be fully understood.

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    3. The Last of Us Remastered

    Considered by many to be one of the best video games ever made, The Last of Us originally released at the tail-end of the PS3, soon after treating PS4 owners via this remastered version. It centres on the story of Joel and Ellie, two survivors that are forced together and undergo an important road trip during the midst of the zombie apocalypse. Featuring emotional performances and great area variety, The Last of Us represents the pinnacle of video game storytelling.

    The PS4 version comes bundled with the Left Behind DLC, which is a side story that sees you directly control Ellie and contextualises her life before meeting Joel. Environments and textures have been slightly overhauled to look a little nicer, but the core Last of Us campaign remains largely untouched. If you want to be immersed in a video game narrative on par with cinema’s best, The Last of US Remastered is most certainly it.

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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 War just 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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    A fervent word whisperer and lifetime TimeSplitters fanatic, Aaron’s video game obsession started after playing GTA far too young. Since then, he’s tried to put it to good use writing for places like GamesRadar, Kotaku, and now Console Deals.