The release of the PlayStation 5 console in 2020 marked the end of a wonderful era in gaming and the start of a new one.
The PlayStation 4 features a gallery of timeless classics that provide gamers with endless hours of fun and enjoyment. The console has dominated sales since its release in 2013 and will go down in history as one of the greatest of all time.
As Sony officially confirms it will halt production of PlayStation 4 hardware, here are 10 great games released during the console’s reign (from 2013 to the release of the PS5 in 2020).
Note: This article is subjective and reflects the opinions of the author. The list is in no particular order.
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1) God of war
Released by Santa Monica Studio in 2018, God of War is a soft reboot of the legendary PlayStation exclusive series. It is a total overhaul of the original games, reinventing the outline and character representation while shifting the setting from Greek mythology to Norse mythology.
The game follows Kratos’ journey as he travels to the highest peak in the kingdom with his son Atreus to scatter the ashes of his beloved wife. Fans of the original series will be surprised at how much Kratos’ behavior has changed since the events of the previous games. However, the changes have been implemented flawlessly and fit well with the game’s narrative.
God of War is a beautifully crafted story about parenthood, identity, and redemption. With the sequel releasing in November 2022, this game is a must-have for gamers who want an immersive storytelling experience.
2) Red Dead Redemption 2
As a sequel to one of the biggest games of the previous generation, there was a lot of hype surrounding the release of Red Dead Redemption 2. The game managed to blast all expectations, delivering a storytelling experience masterful like no other.
The game follows the adventures of Arthur Morgan, an outlaw, as he hides from the authorities of the Wild West while trying to provide a better life for his companions.
With a vast open world, stunning graphics, and a beautifully crafted narrative, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a true masterpiece that will stand the test of time.
3) The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
Released in 2015 by CD Projekt Red, The Witcher 3 is the concluding game in The Witcher trilogy and is considered one of the best action RPGs of all time.
The game follows the adventures of Geralt, a mutated mercenary who hunts monsters for a living, as he travels the land in search of Ciri, his adopted daughter.
The Witcher 3 is one of the best games to release on PlayStation 4. It sets the standard for interactive open-world gaming with its expansive and engaging side quests and NPC interactions.
The combat mechanics, magical abilities, and full gallery of monsters make The Witcher 3 a must-play.
4) Marvel’s Spider-Man
2018 was a good year for video games. Facing competition from games like God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2, Marvel’s Spider-Man was a dark horse in the battle for Game of the Year.
Apart from Rocksteady’s Arkham series, superhero video games have often been underwhelming and underwhelming. However, Insomniac Games has ended that curse with their visually stunning PlayStation exclusive.
Marvel’s Spider-Man lets players experience what it’s like to be Spidey, with excellent web mechanics, an engaging narrative, and a combat system reminiscent of the Arkham games.
The game is a faithful and authentic representation of the source material and encapsulates all aspects of what makes Spider-Man a fan favorite.
FromSoftware is expert in creating challenging RPGs filled with detailed stories and immersive environments. With Bloodborne, the developers have enacted the plan for the Souls series in a new and fresh universe to create a unique take on their classic formula.
Bloodborne follows in the footsteps of the Souls series while adding a unique gothic horror theme. Players assume the role of a customizable hunter as they traverse the desolate town of Yarnham and fight off mobs of enemies and horrific creatures.
The appeal of this PlayStation-exclusive title is in the challenge, as FromSoftware games are known for their tough bosses. The combat is simplistic but difficult to master, and the progression is rewarding and satisfying.
6) Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Naughty Dog has provided fans with some of the best story-based games over the years. The Last of Us is widely considered the best game of the PlayStation 3 generation, and the studio is delivering more of the same with the Uncharted series.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was released in 2016 and is considered the best game in the series. It’s a cinematic experience, with excellent graphics depicting exhilarating settings.
The PlayStation exclusive received widespread critical acclaim and won various awards and accolades, making it a fitting conclusion to Nathan Drake’s journey and the series in general.
7) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Konami’s Metal Gear Solid series redefined the stealth combat genre. Over the years, the series has provided fans with some of the best games across different console generations.
Since its inception in 1998, the franchise has steadily improved. The Phantom Pain is considered the best game in the series and provides a fitting conclusion to Snake’s journey.
The game implements the classic Metal Gear blueprint by seamlessly combining tactical combat and stealth while delivering a cinematic narrative with intriguing characters and storylines. It’s the definitive Metal Gear experience and epitomizes Kojima’s prowess as a developer.
8) Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn was released in 2017 by Sony Interactive Entertainment and features a creative dystopian take on a post-apocalyptic world.
Set in the 31st century, the game chronicles the adventures of a girl named Aloy as she traverses tribal lands overrun by mechanical beasts in a quest for revenge and to uncover her own origins.
The vast open world and combat mechanics make the game unique among its peers. Players can employ a variety of tactics and use a wide range of equipment to take down huge animal-like machines. They can even control and maneuver these beasts to make it easier to move around the map.
Celeste is the most unique entry on this list. Released in 2018, it is a puzzle-based platform game published by independent developers.
The game received a lot of praise for its polished gameplay and level design. It was nominated for Game of the Year in 2018 and remains one of the best platformers available on PlayStation 4.
Celeste follows the adventures of a young woman named Madeline, who is on a quest to reach the top of Mount Celeste.
10) Ghost of Tsushima
Ghost of Tsushima is an action-adventure game released in 2020 as a PlayStation exclusive. Since its release towards the end of the console cycle, the game has been an absolute visual masterpiece. It uses the console’s computing capabilities to its maximum potential.
The game lets players assume the role of a samurai warrior who fights to protect his people during the Mongol invasion. The nuanced combat mechanics add to the authenticity of the experience. Payers can either opt for stealth to assassinate their enemies or face them head-on with their katanas.
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