Greatest PS4 Games of All Time
As we patiently await the PS5 showcase that will now arrive later this month and the release of The Last of Us: Part II (June 18th), I’ve found myself in a weird gray area and can’t decide what to play next. As I perused my library I couldn’t help but notice so many of the classic games that drew me into PlayStation in the first place. Do I spend my next two weeks sneaking my through Massachusetts with Joel and Ellie? Should I roam the ancient earth with Kratos and Atreus? Maybe I prepare myself for the next zombie apocalypse with Hideo Kojima’s unique post-apocalyptic Death Stranding? No matter what I choose, I think it’s safe to say that the following games will forever go down as some of the greatest PS4 games of all time.
Starting with one of the most visually pleasing games I have ever played, the PlayStation Original God of War is a must-play for anyone who owns a PS4. If you’re familiar with my site or my book you already know how much I love everything that relates to Norse mythology. So when I first got my hands on a PS4 and God of War, I was in Valhalla. Within minutes, I knew this would be one of my favorite games of all time. You’re immediately immersed into one of the most beautiful, open world forests and begin to explore the world around Kratos. As you progress, the graphics only get better. The story is the perfect balance between the real mythology of the Nordic people and the fantasy of what could have been. On top of that, the fighting system is flawless. Kratos and Atreus are the perfect duo and have loads of awesome attacks that are not only effective, but also stunning graphically. I probably logged close to 200 hours into this game before I finally finished every quest, explored every inch of map, and claimed every PS trophy. I’m not saying all of you need to go to the lengths I did, but you should give God of war a try at the very least if you haven’t already!
As one of the most well renowned survival horror games to have ever been created, The Last of Us will take you on a roller coaster ride through your emotions as you traverse the northeastern United States. During this post apocalyptic thriller, you will play as Joel or Ellie as they attempt to make their way somewhere safe during these trying times. This is an older game, so the graphics were not as on par as some newer games (God of War, Spider-Man, Etc.), but they still hold up to this day. However, if you were lucky enough to play the remastered version (as I was) than the prior statement is completely irrelevant. The undead creatures themselves are nothing short of dreadfully terrifying and will easily cause a few jump scares as you play through the campaign. The story itself is also perfection. The highs and lows have you digging deep into your own emotions, often times wondering if the things you are doing within the game are morally acceptable. Naughty Dog did an excellent job with The Last of Us, and I can’t wait to see what is in store for TLOU:II later this month.
Marvel’s Spider-Man is one of the more recent (Sep. 2018) PS4 exclusives to hit the shelves, but its massive open city concept will surely have it go down as an all-time classic. As you swing through New York as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, you find Peter Parker amidst one of the worst pandemics his universe has ever witnessed. The story and missions jump around quite a bit, but all-in-all, they were put together in a solid fashion that allowed for a quick, fun, and thrilling campaign. Spider-Man is also another game that has incredibly fluid fighting. There are hundreds of moves that Spidey can learn as he progresses through the story and each one is unique in some way. Not to mention, you have the ability to change Spider-Man’s suit throughout the game, and there are so many incredible options! The open-world aspect also allows you to do a ridiculous amount of exploring. Whether fighting crime, searching for backpacks that Spider-Man lost across town, or helping Harry Osborn improve the environment, this game will easily provide 30-45 hours of very enjoyable content.
You may be living under a rock if you haven’t heard of CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3 yet. This game is not a PS exclusive as the first three games have been, but as someone who has played on both Xbox and PlayStation, it might as well have been. The Witcher franchise as a whole is probably second only to the Elder Scrolls franchise when it comes to open world console gaming. The third installment of CD Projekt Red’s hit game dropped in mid 2015 and had a massive resurgence early this year after Netflix dropped their original Witcher series. If I put 200 hours into God of War, I can’t even fathom the hours I put into the Witcher. With hundreds (potentially thousands) of quests ranging across the main story and both DLC’s, this game will have you traversing the exquisitely crafted map over and over again. And, I bet you will find new places of interest, Gwent challengers, and unique monsters each time you do. The Witcher 3 is another game that has a perfect combat system, which actually becomes much more rewarding depending on the level of difficulty you decide to play through. CD Projekt Red, of course, created mesmerizing storylines and graphics as well, and you’ll be sure to stop and take a pic of one of the many sunsets that Geralt will see throughout his journeys.
Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding was one of the strangest games I have ever played, yet I loved every second of it. As the most recently released game in my list, the graphics here were obviously on an entirely different level. Every single detail in this game was perfectly crafted by the developers at Kojima Productions and I probably spent more time roaming the map than I did playing the game itself. Vast mountain ranges covered in snow seamlessly transition into rolling hills full of enemies, and the fact that as you progress you get to build roads, zip lines, and other means of transportation had me constantly looking for the most efficient way to travel the map.
The story itself was out of this world (literally) as you take Norman Reedus’s character, Sam, across a post apocalyptic United States. Where one would typically expect to see zombies or undead creatures in an apocalypse based game, Kojima created an entirely unique monster to spice things up. The BT’s, or Beached Things, are terrifying and add a new flare to the thriller/horror genre that I didn’t even know I needed. It was also quite refreshing to take a step away from the typical hack and slash or First-Person Shooter to play as a man who survived best by allowing others to live. You, of course, can kill people in this game still, but there are dire consequences if you do. Death Stranding was a masterfully crafted game that won countless awards at the end of 2019, and it is a 10 out of 10 must play for anyone who enjoys open world gaming.
The funny thing is though, this list doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of all the incredible games PlayStation has put out over the last few years. Horizon Zero Dawn, GTA, and Bloodborne are also incredible games that nearly made my top list, and there are countless others too. I think its safe to say that PlayStation will be providing us gamers will killer games for many years to come, and I’m happy that I get to tag along for the ride.