The Sony PlayStation 4 is an incredible console and possibly even Sony’s greatest performance to date (at least until the arrival of the PlayStation 5). But to make the most of it, you need a library of the best PS4 games, and that’s where we come in.
With more apps and features than any other console, the ability to offer you both incredible gameplay and entertainment thanks to 4K UHD and HDR, and some of the best games that have ever enriched a Sony console, PlayStation 4 is an impressive package.
Whether it’s single-player experiences like Spider-Man PS4 and God of War, cooperative multiplayer tariffs like Monster Hunter World, or quaint fighting games like SoulCalibur 6, Sony’s Blackbox has something for everyone. For this list, we’ve focused on exclusive PS4 games not found on other platforms, as well as titles that play best on PS4.
Here are the best PS4 games of 2018.
GOD OF WAR
God of War is a methodical reinterpretation of the action franchise. Instead of ignoring its past with a top-down restart, God of War is a sequel that dialogues with both the actions of its characters and those of its predecessors. However, there has been a lot of talk about where the entrance will fit next to its predecessors. Less mention is made of how well God of War stands alone and works well without the luggage of his prequels. You get the feeling that it was created a few dozen hours after the adventure by massive fans of all kinds of other games: The campaign is inspired by the restarts of Tomb Raider and Doom, Dark Souls, Shadow of the Colossus, and even Call of Duty – the highly acclaimed Axe Dropping combat, for example, places a first-person shooter reticle in a third-person action game, creating something unique and fresh.
Over the last three decades, people have set out with the help of Tetris. The classic, almost perfect puzzle game requires unwavering attention, especially at higher speeds. To shine on Tetris means to tune the rest of the world.
Tetris Effect wants you to turn on; don’t just play Tetris, experience it. The PlayStation 4 game baths the proven classic Tetris with light and music showers. Every turn and every drop of a piece of the puzzle indicates a wind-blown glockenspiel, a tingling sensation of jazzy piano keys or the humming of a blue whale. Music builds up and flows as you clearly define lines and stages. Tetris Effect replaces the Soviet block architecture and the catchy folk song “Korobeiniki” of the classic Game Boy game with an electronic music festival in a Frank Gehry building.
When you look at a sunset in the desert, walk through untouched snow and cool with dolphins, it’s so sensually rich in everything that you easily overlook the simple fact that Tetris Effect is also a damn good puzzle game. Its additions don’t ultimately distract from the game; they complement it and remind us of what an addictive, pleasurable and transporting experience a Tetris game can be.
Horizontal: Zero dawn
As beautiful as it is deep, Horizon: Zero Dawncreats an amazingly rich world to explore and get lost. On top of all that postapocalyptic beauty (especially in the PS4 Pro version) is the core of the gameplay loop of hunting and knocking down various mechanical creatures here the real attraction. The use of slower weapons, such as arches, provides a much more tactical approach to the action – you have to think about your strategies and consider your options rather than just getting started. Not only will you learn how to save yourself in a world you hate, but there’s so much to see and do as you follow the side missions, meet new factions and unravel the compelling mystery behind corrupt machines and a lost past. Once you’ve finished the main game, there’s a big, challenging expansion with The Frozen Wilds. Easily one of the best games of this generation.
The Spider Man game of Insomnia games is a feverish delight, and finally the dream to swing through Manhattan as the iconic superhero of Marvel is realized. The game is well written and has some spectacular images, but the power lies in the small details – from the way Spidey’s web attaches itself to buildings, to the excellent photo mode of the game.
Divinity: Original sin 2
On the surface, Divinity: Original Sin 2 resembles a return to the era of isometric role-plays, characterized by, for example, Baldur’s Gate. It is certainly this, but it is also much more, with some of the best writing and quest design this side of The Witcher 3. Throw in a winning co-op mode and you have an exceptional fantasy RPG.
Monster Hunter: World
As a character in a Victorian science fiction fantasy, Monster Hunter: World sees you venture to categorize and capture a lost world of strange beasts. Unlike a character in a Victorian science fiction fantasy fantasy, you will fight against these colossal creatures with impractically large swords, made from their slaughtered relatives. Much attention has been paid to designing the game’s ecosystem, and the result is an impression of a living, breathing world where humans are low in the food chain.
Hellblade: Senua’s sacrifice
If you’re looking for a hack-n-slash RPG, you’ll be disappointed by Ninja Theory’s thoughtful exploration of mental illness. If you’re looking for a game that does interesting things with the interactive medium; that explores psychosis with sensitivity, and manages to weave a visually spectacular fable, then you’re in good company.
The latest entry in the long-term gangster franchise has all the elements that fans expect. From a memorable cast to mini-games in abundance and a fierce, deliberate fight, Yakuza 6 is a fitting farewell to series hero Kiryu.
But don’t be fooled by the ‘6’ in the title, the creator Sega has put enough in the way of the background story to make Yakuza 6 even accessible to those who have never played a game in the series. With the fact that it is the first game in the series exclusive to the PS4 (previous titles were also on the PS3), the difference in quality is clearly visible, without loading screens in the battles and with great visuals.
This weapons-based fighting game is not only an entertaining reboot, but also one of the more extensive character sets we’ve seen for a while, so you can add Kratos, Spider-Man, Kiryu and even your avatar from Monster Hunter World to the game. The fact that it has an entertaining single-player mode and gameplay that is easy to learn, but difficult to master, makes it a fighting game that we will play well beyond 2018.
It’s also on Xbox One and PC, but the PS4 version makes the cut because of the overall reaction speed with the DualShock 4 and the lack of delay in the menus that is present in SoulCalibur 6 on the Xbox One.