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Best PS4 Games

Since its release in 2013 the Playstation 4 has developed an incredible catalogue of games. However, with so many games to choose from it can be tough for a newcomer to know where to start, whilst even experienced players may have missed some classics along the way. History of Gaming’s best PS4 games list is here to guide you, making sure you’re playing the best-of-the-best available for the PS4.

Every game released for the PS4 is eligible for our best PS4 games list, though to avoid repetition we’ll only list the best ranked game from any franchises that release annually. History of Gaming’s ratings are generated by averaging the review scores from the gaming media’s most respected magazines and websites.

We hope this list helps you find and play the most amazing games. These are the very best PS4 games of all time.

18. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt

Buy The Witcher 3 GOTY Edition: $44.99£24.40

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the third game in The Witcher games franchise, a 50 to 100 hour action-RPG developed by CD Projekt RED. The Witcher 3 received an excellent critical reception,  including a 10/10 score from GameSpot.

…this is one of the best role-playing games ever crafted, a titan among giants and the standard-setter for all such games going forward – GameSpot

Rating: 86.6%
First released: 2015

17. Dark Souls 3

Dark Souls 3

Dark Souls III is an action role-playing game set in a third-person perspective. The game puts more focus on role-playing, in which the character builder is expanded and weapons are improved to provide more tactical options to players.

Dark Souls III received universal acclaim upon its release, with common praise given to the game’s combat mechanics, reminding many reviewers of its faster paced similarity to FromSoftware’s previous game, Bloodborne.

Dark Souls 3’s incredible world and awe-inspiring weapon arts make it the fiercest installment yet – IGN

Rating: 87%
First released: 2016

16. Final Fantasy 15

Final Fantasy 15

Buy Final Fantasy 15: $22.49£21.99

Final Fantasy 15 is an open-world action RPG. Square Enix spent 10 years developing the game, the follow-up to 2010’s Final Fantasy 13. Yes, it was in development for 4 years prior to it’s predecessor being released. Final Fantasy XV received generally favourable reviews from critics, with the game’s combat, soundtrack, visuals, open world design, JRPG elements, lead characters and ending widely praised by critics.

…Final Fantasy XV is unlike any RPG or open-world experience I’ve played before. It succeeds and struggles in finding its unique stance, but a few problematic designs don’t hold it back from being a hell of a journey – Game Informer

Rating: 87%
First released: 2016

15. Batman: Arkham Knight

Batman Arkham Knight

Buy Batman: Arkham Knight: $21.99

Batman: Arkham Asylum is the fourth and final game in the Batman Arkham series of games by Rocksteady. The game is presented from the third-person perspective with a primary focus on Batman’s combat and stealth abilities, detective skills, and gadgets that can be used in both combat and exploration. Arkham Knight also introduces the Batmobile as a playable vehicle, which can be used for transportation or combat.

…Batman has been perfected — and the end result is the best game of this console generation – Polygon

Rating: 87.4%
First released: 2015

14. Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Buy Rise of the Tomb Raider from Amazon: $36.48£24.98

Rise of the Tomb Raider is the second game in the series’ reboot, the follow up to 2013’s Tomb Raider. Combat has been redesigned with more options for stealth and sneak attacks, and Lara can confuse enemies using the environment, hide behind bushes or in trees, or avoid combat altogether by climbing trees or traveling across roof tops.

Rise of the Tomb Raider received excellent reviews, and whilst being quite similar to its predecessor, the game improves on any weaknesses and has evolved sufficiently to be a worthy follow-up.

While essentially a retread of its predecessor, Rise of the Tomb Raider is a magnificent adventure game, brilliantly combining action genres and letting you play the way you want to – GamesRadar+

Rating: 87.6%
First released: 2016

13. Titanfall 2

Titanfall 2

Buy Titanfall 2: $14.02£21.40

Titanfall 2 is a first-person shooter video game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts, the sequel to 2014’s Titanfall.

Similar to its predecessor, the game is a first-person shooter in which players can control both the pilot, and the Titans. Titanfall 2 was released to positive reviews. Praise was given to the game’s addition to a deeper single-player campaign, multiplayer and gameplay, with many critics agreeing it to be a large improvement over its predecessor.

…it’s one of the most creative and rewarding FPS in recent memory – GamesRadar+

Rating: 88%
First released: 2016

12. Dishonored 2

Dishonored 2

Buy Dishonored 2: $24.75£10.00

Dishonored 2 is an stealth-action game developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda.

Dishonored 2 was released to a positive reception. The improvements made since the first game received praise, including the more challenging stealth, the adaptability of Emily and Corvo’s abilities to both play styles, the art direction, the realization of the game’s world as well as the replay-value and the artificial intelligence.

It can’t match its predecessor in terms of sheer originality, but Dishonored 2’s setting, stealth, swordplay, and superpowers are all superb – GamesRadar+

Rating: 88%
First released: 2016

11. Resident Evil 7: BioHazard

Resident Evil 7

Buy Resident Evil 7: $39.68£14.99

Resident Evil 7 is a glorious return to the series’ survival horror roots. For an immersive horror experience RE7 uses a first-person viewpoint, the first game in the series to do so. Resident Evil 7 received an excellent critical reception with some writers calling it the best horror game of all-time.

Its constant changes of pace, intense action and genuine terror make Resident Evil the most enjoyable horror game I’ve ever played – TrustedReviews

Rating: 88%
First released: 2017

10. Pro Evolution Soccer 2016

PES 2016

Buy PES 2016: $36.00Out of stock

Having been in FIFA’s shadow for 5 years or more, 2016 saw Pro Evo regain its crown as the best soccer game money can buy. IGN called PES 2016 an ‘all time great’, whilst Asim Tanvir from GamesRadar+ called it ‘the best football game I’ve ever played’.

…once again, Konami has delivered when it comes to the gameplay. Not only is PES 2016 a high point for the series, it’s the best football game I’ve ever played – GamesRadar

Rating: 91%
First released: 2015

9. Fallout 4

Fallout 4 screenshot

Buy Fallout 4: $23.48£9.49

200 years after a nuclear war, Fallout 4 is set in a post-apocalyptic Boston, in which the player character emerges from an underground bunker known as a Vault. As per recent entries in the Fallout franchise, Fallout 4 is a sprawling open-world single-player game with action and RPG elements. Fallout 4 received an excellent critical reception upon release.

“Fallout 4 has all the ambiance and history that made its predecessors such wonderful places to get lost for hours at a time, with a much more coherent set of stories within it.” – Polygon

Rating: 91.1%
First released: 2015

8. Bloodborne

bloodborne

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Bloodborne is an action role-playing game developed by From Software and released exclusively on the PlayStation 4.

Combat in Bloodborne is fast paced and requires an offensive approach in order for players to combat dense hordes of enemies. Bloodborne also features multiplayer where players can summon other players by expending a consumable item to help with boss battles or large groups of enemies.

Bloodborne delivers an exhausting and exhilarating journey into the depths of madness – IGN

Rating: 91.2%
First released: 2015

7. Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4

Buy from Amazon: $27.87£21.99

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is an action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony, exclusively for the PS4.

Uncharted 4 was widely acclaimed by video game publications, with critics praising the game for improved gameplay mechanics over previous entries in the series, narrative, emotional depth, visual design and the multiplayer.  It won year-end accolades, including Game of the Year and Best Action-adventure awards from several gaming publications.

…it’s one of the best games I’ve ever played – TrustedReviews

No PS4 should be without this – Official Playstation Magazine

Rating: 92%
First released: 2016

6. Minecraft

Minecraft

Buy Minecraft: Check on Amazon£19.89

Minecraft is an open world game that has no specific goals for the player to accomplish, allowing players a large amount of freedom in choosing how to play the game. Gameplay by default is first person, but players have the option to play in third person mode.

The core gameplay revolves around breaking and placing blocks. The game world is composed of rough 3D objects—mainly cubes—arranged in a fixed grid pattern and representing different materials, such as dirt, stone, various ores, water, and tree trunks. While players can move freely across the world, objects can only be placed at fixed locations on the grid. Players can gather these material blocks and place them elsewhere, thus allowing for various constructions.

“Minecraft on PS4 is the same amazing game, but with even bigger worlds than we’ve see on consoles before. ” – IGN

Rating: 92.6%
First released: 2014

5. The Last of Us Remastered

The Last of Us Remastered

Buy The Last of Us Remastered: $20.99£24.02

The Last of Us Remastered is an enhanced remake of 2013’s The Last of Us, released for the PS4 in 2014. Among minor gameplay additions, the game features enhanced graphics and rendering upgrades including increased draw distance, an upgraded combat mechanic and higher frame rate.

The game is set twenty years after an outbreak destroyed much of civilization, exploring the possibility of a fungi infecting humans . The single-player story follows Joel, tasked with escorting the young Ellie across a post-apocalyptic United States, in an attempt to create a potential cure against the infection.

The Last of Us was originally considered an exceptional game, and reviewers of Remastered were further impressed with the graphics upgrades, praising all of the enhancements and additions.

The Last of Us remains a must-play, genre-defining action survival game, and the Remastered version brings with it plentiful tweaks and additional content that make it well worth the asking price – GamesRadar

Rating: 92.9%
First released: 2014

4. Rayman Legends

Rayman Legends

Buy Rayman Legends: $18.99£11.99

Rayman Legends was originally announced as a Wii U exclusive planned for release during the console’s launch window, but was delayed and released months later on multiple platforms. This was great news for owners of other consoles as Rayman Legends is the best platform game in years.

A staggering work of platforming genius – IGN

Rating: 93%
First released: 2013

3. Skyrim (Special Edition) 

Skyrim

Buy Skyrim Special Edition: $24.99£34.50

First released in 2011, Skyrim is such a fantastic game that the 2016 remaster is still one of the best games on Xbox One despite being five years old.

Skyrim is a huge open-world RPG; the fifth game in Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls series and the follow-up to Oblivion. Skyrims main story revolves around the player character and their effort to defeat Alduin the World-Eater, a dragon who is prophesied to destroy the world.

If you’ve never experienced Skyrim, the Special Edition is certainly an adventure you can’t afford to miss – IGN

A wonderful recreation of Skyrim, which remains – despite rough edges and badly-aged elements – one of the greatest RPGs ever made – GamesRadar

Rating: 95%
First released: 2016

2. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear Solid 5

Buy Metal Gear Solid 5: Check on Amazon£34.66

Set in 1984, Metal Gear Solid 5 follows the mercenary leader Punished “Venom” Snake as he ventures into Afghanistan and the Angola—Zaire border region to exact revenge on the people who destroyed his forces and came close to killing him during the climax of Ground Zeroes.

The game received perfect review scores from several publications and was described by most reviewers as the greatest game in the Metal Gear series and the best stealth game of all time.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is not just a high watermark for the series. It is the greatest ever stealth game by a distance – Eurogamer

The Phantom Pain may be a contender for one of the best action games ever made, but is undoubtedly the best Metal Gear game there is – GameSpot

Rating: 96.1%
First released: 2015

1. Grand Theft Auto V

GTA 5

Buy Grand Theft Auto 5: Check on Amazon£24.99

Whilst originally released on PS3 and Xbox 360, GTA V is so good that when rereleased 14 months later it was immediately rated the best game available for PS4.

The first GTA game with multiple playable characters, GTA 5 follows the plight of Michael, Franklin and Trevor around the state of Los Santos, based on Los Angeles and Southern California.

Whilst GTA 5 only featured a handful of new features on the new-gen consoles, Rockstar did an outstanding job of updating GTA 5 so that it feels right at home on these platforms. Everything looks strikingly better running at full 1080p resolution, with dramatically enhanced textures, lighting effects, and detail in general.

GTA 5’s amazing world looks and feels at home on new-gen hardware, and it’s one of the best games available today – IGN

Rating: 96.4%
First released: 2014