10 best PS4 exclusive games
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.
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.
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.
7. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
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.
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.
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.
4. Tearaway Unfolded
Tearaway was originally a PlayStation Vita exclusive title that focussed on putting you at the centre of your own papercraft adventure. However, with significantly more players on PS4 than Sony’s portable platform, developer Media Molecule sought to port this charming platformer over with a few new extras to entice players. For instance, new touch controls take advantage of the Dualshock 4’s central touchpad and dark areas can be lit using the gamepad’s lightbar.
The main story involves Atoi, a messenger who is tasked with delivering a message to a giant portal that has somehow opened in the sky. Getting there involves solving numerous puzzles, cutting out shapes and using the PS4 controller to in unique ways to overcome creative obstacles. Tearaway Unfolded is a loveable storybook-style adventure that is sure to get your artistic juices flowing.
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.