As soon as the PS4 launched in 2013, we knew we could expect some fantastic video games to go with the impressive console. Sure it took some years to grow into itself before we truly got generation-defining games, but it was worth the wait!
In my opinion, it was mostly PlayStation exclusives that dominated the PS4, with its quality probably the best Sony has ever created – making Xbox fanboys cry in their sleep. Other developers also succeeded in giving us incredible experiences that shook the industry and dared to go where no PS3 game has ever gone.
But what about an exact top 10 PS4 games list of the very best? Well here is mine!
The Witcher 3
Geralt’s latest adventure is regarded as one of the best RPG’s ever created, and some of you are probably already disappointed that this wasn’t higher on my list.
I absolutely loved my monster-hunting experience riding through The Continent on Roach’s back, and reuniting with Ciri was well worth the 8 months it took me to get to that point. Yup, that’s right, it took me almost a year to complete. I just wanted to do everything (and was the time I was working/travelling in Europe) because everything looked so damn good to do.
Therefore, my 2015 game of the year was an epic triumph for the PS4.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Fighting and riding robot dinosaurs in a post-apocalyptic world where humans had to renounce their use of technology and go back to their primitive ways?
Whoever said no thank you to that kind of set-up needs to check themselves. If that alone didn’t sell you, then the gorgeous overgrown and broken modern landscape might because the wizards behind the game found a way to always make the world look like the perfect condition at the perfect time of day with the right amount of dramatic lighting.
Also, you battle Robo-T-Rexes, come on!
Remedy make fantastic uncanny video games. Alan Wake 2 to this day is my most requested sequel. Instead, in 2019 we got Control, an unbelievably good game about a woman searching for her brother in a government building infected with a reality breaking entity where she gets appointed as the new director and gains supernatural powers, like telekinesis and levitation.
The action is superb and the cinematography is excellent. This is a must-play even though it isn’t Alan Wake 2.
I am very aware that I tend to only play ostentatious games, and so when I play a game with retro-like graphics, like Undertale, to the end, you need to take note because obviously there is something outstanding going on here.
Undertale has some of the best writing I have ever let my eyes read. The most hilarious dialogue and scenarios I have ever encountered and heart-wrenching moments that to this day still haunt me. A boy finds himself in a realm where monsters were banished, and you’ve got to make choices, choose wisely.
Ghost of Tsushima
I will be honest, when I first saw this samurai game in action I had thought it was going to be average at best. Little did I know that it would ruin open-world games for me forever. My journey as Jin protecting the Island of Tsushima from the Mongol invasion was so awe-inspiring that I found myself in the photo mode every 10 minutes. The art style was so breathtaking, how could I not?
The sword combat with all the traditional sword stances is groundbreaking and the story was engaging and, in the end, I realised this game proved me wrong in every way.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar has set such a high bar for quality that the hype for this game could never have been met. And yet, it did. A prequel to their legendary 2010 Red Dead Redemption, this game took the level of detail in a video game world to new heights.
You can literally just aimlessly wander around the country and still find yourself in endless amounts of adventures. From as simple as hunting to as crazy as having dinner with cannibals to as touching as fishing with a humble war-veteran, this game had everything.
You are Arthur, and you experience his family of outlaws turn against each other and, in the end, this was a near-perfect example of how to do a follow up to a beloved game.
Assassin’s Creed Origins/Odyssey/Valhalla
I am a huge Assassin’s Creed fan, and putting it this high on the list is very much influenced by bias. I also couldn’t decide which one out of the three but I figured since they are all so similar I could get away with it, especially because I loved each of them in their own ways.
Origins started this new spectacular RPG action-adventure style that made me fall in love with Assassin’s Creed all over again. Exploring Egypt with Bayek was a treat.
Odyssey was massive, but always looked stunning and was addictive to play.
Valhalla perfected and improved what came before. And so these three Assassin’s Creed PS4 games are exactly what I could have wanted.
When gameplay was first revealed for this game, I couldn’t believe how much fun it looked to play. The remarkable animations that Insomniac showed off had to be a lie, but it wasn’t, because in 2018 we got to truly feel what it must feel like to be Spider-Man. The closest thing we will get to anyway.
They nailed the web-swinging so perfectly that traversal in any other game felt immediately beneath it. It also told one of the best Spider-Man stories. Pair that with extraordinary combat and you got one of the best PS4 superhero games ever created.
The Last of Us Part 2
To all the Part 2 haters, I am sorry, but I think Naughty Dog’s sequel is a phenomenal game. The storytelling is just so exemplary because it challenges your inner being to not just think differently, but to love regardless of all rational thought.
By the end, you have gone on such a roller coaster of emotions that it sits with you for a very long time. It also helps that the combat is a blast to play, but like the narrative is a brutal event around every corner. Ellie goes to hell and back, but so does Abby, and every moment of this game is unforgettable.
The Last of Us Part 2 is definitely one of the best games the PS4 has to offer.
God of War
I will never forget the goosebumps I got when I watched the live reveal of Kratos’ return, an entire auditorium erupted in praise. God of War was back, but this time it was going to be entirely different. Kratos has grown old, another wife dead, but this time left with his child. A boy very different from him, and thus begins a journey of a father and his son trying to understand each other.
This game is a masterpiece in every way. The bloodshed you get to cause with that axe is so satisfying, every ravishing realm is a joy to explore, and ultimately every moment in this game is flawless. This is the best game I will ever play on the PS4.
Special mentions include Jedi Fallen Order, Uncharted 4, Overwatch, and Resident Evil 7 because I had to!