10 best PS4 games

With PS4 nearing the end of its cycle and the PS5 looming, here are my 10 personal favorite PS4 games.

I can truthfully and humbly say it’s been a privilege to be able to experience this console generation. The PS4 delivered a lot of fun times throughout its tenure and I’ll forever have many memories of some of the greatest games I’ve ever played. But, it’s almost the end of the PS4 era with the PS5 a little over a month away. Although it’ll still have a pulse after the fact, there’s no denying its lifespan is coming to an end soon enough.

What better way to remember it than talking about my 10 favorite games from the console. This is a hard list to make, if I’m being honest, since there are so many memorable games I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing on the PS4. I’ll start with some honorable mentions before jumping into the top 10.

Infamous: Second Son was a very entertaining and interesting game. I thought it was a bit short, but I became immediately attached to the story and the characters.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is a game that further compliments an already phenomenal series, putting you into the shoes of different characters and telling yet another adventurous tale.

Detroit: Become Human is widely considered one of the most creative stories ever told. A must-play for fans of interactive story-telling integrated with game-changing choices and decisions.

Once you get passed the tedious controls, The Last Guardian is a memorable story and one people likely won’t forget for a long time.

Death Stranding is arguably Kojima’s strangest title ever, but it’s in its bizarreness where it shines the most, especially when you put the time in.

10. Ratchet & Clank

For me, Ratchet & Clank was a breath of fresh air on the PS4. It seemed so long before this was launched that the fans were able to get their hands on a new entry in this series. Thankfully, Insomniac Games delivered with a fantastic game. It’s more of a reimagining, but it’s still as fun as I remember it being and, without a doubt, one of the best gaming experiences on the PS4.

9. Final Fantasy VII Remake

I believe Final Fantasy VII Remake was definitely worth the wait. To see what Square Enix was able to do with part one, considering how massive the original game is, is impressive. They were able to stretch it out and optimize it in a way where I believe the game actually works better. From my understanding, there are even some new story tidbits that aren’t in the original game, which also means some areas may have been left out. I wish, as a player, we could’ve taken more advantage of the world we play in, but the story is overwhelmingly emotional at times and the combat is extremely detailed and, most importantly, fun.

8. Bloodborne

Unlike most people, Bloodborne was my introduction to the Souls series. I can say I wasn’t the biggest fan of these kinds of games due to its difficulty and the patience needed for its style of gameplay. However, Bloodborne sort of changed that for me. Yes, it’s very challenging, but there are few games where you complete a certain task and it feels this rewarding. Games like Bloodborne force you to improve in order to advance. Once you figure out certain mechanics, it only gets even more enjoyable. Throw in the lore of the game, along with its setting and customization options, and you have one of the greatest experiences on the PS4.

7. The Last of Us Part II

In a way, I totally understand the negative backlash this game received. Frankly, when I unfortunately found out about the leaks and the massive reveal/spoiler, I was very disappointed. But, I was determined to play the game in its entirety before judging it completely. The Last of Us Part II is a GREAT game. Yes, I do wish it went in a different direction and it’s mostly personal bias because of my positive feelings towards the first game. But, this game gets a lot right. It’s still very emotional, the gameplay is fantastic, and you’re still getting attached to characters. I think the journey is worth it. In fact, in many ways other than the narrative, it surpasses the original.

6. Persona 5

Persona 5 is one of the best JRPG’s of the last generation. I remember being skeptical about it since I hadn’t played a game like it. But, my skepticism was quickly replaced with praise. The soundtrack is what drew me in the most, but stayed for the wonderful aesthetic, along with the stylistic characters and the well-rounded gameplay. If you haven’t played this game, I’m not sure what you’re waiting for.

5. Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima was a huge surprise for me. 2020 was an interesting year and although I did enjoy playing The Last of Us Part II, I think this is the game that truly displays the PS4 at its very best, at least during this year. The world is gorgeous to look at, as well as traveling in it and discovering new areas. The gameplay is also extremely fun, drawing influences from many other games while incorporating new ideas to make it its own unique adventure. Most importantly, I think the story is what makes it stand out the most. Personally, I think it’s the best game of 2020 (waiting on Cyberpunk 2077, of course).

4. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

For years, Naughty Dog has created many games that are considered masterpieces for some. I wholeheartedly believe A Thief’s End is one of them. The Uncharted series, along with both of The Last of Us games, are cinematic experiences which feel like movies. Of course, the Uncharted series is much more light-hearted with its tone. A Thief’s End is comedic, very adventurous, explorative, and features one of the most likable protagonist in video game history. His mentor, Sully, ain’t too shabby either. Although it isn’t my favorite in the series, it’s pretty damn close and it’s hard to think of a flaw in this game, which has so many wonderful layers of gameplay. It’s a home run in almost every aspect.

3. Spider-Man

Insomniac Games really went all out with the web-slinger. Spider-Man is the best superhero game I’ve ever played. It obviously takes inspiration from the iconic Arkham series with its combat, and it also improves and reinvents many other elements past Spider-Man games tried to implement but never mastered. This game is extremely smooth and flows almost naturally once you fully grasp the controls and how everything works. Swinging through the streets of New York makes you feel like Spidey himself. What really makes this game, for me, extremely memorable is the story and the characters, though. Seeing Insomniac’s take on all the different characters from the Spider-Man universe was a joy to watch. I haven’t completed most games 100%, but this is one of them, which says quite a bit about what I think of it.

2. Horizon Zero Dawn

I remember this game releasing not too long before The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. So, I was determined to put as much time into it prior to Breath of the Wild’s release because I wasn’t sure if I was coming back to it anytime soon. Fortunately, I was wrong, since I found myself coming back to it a few times after just to see what else there is to do in the gorgeous world. From the gameplay, to the story, and the open world to explore, Horizon Zero Dawn epitomizes what the PS4 is all about. It’s a fantastic game with many memorable qualities and it delivers an experience many games wish they can emulate. I believe it’s one of the best games I’ve ever played and I don’t think I’m wrong with that sentiment. I’m eager to see what the sequel, Forbidden West, will do moving forward, especially with the combat.

1. God of War

Growing up, I never played the God of War series, so I was pretty ignorant and unaware of what it was all about. However, although it could help, I don’t think it’s necessary to play the other games since this one is different in terms of gameplay, the story-telling, and the tone. God of War is one of the greatest cinematic video game experiences ever, full stop. The way the cut scenes and world transition seamlessly was something I rarely experienced in other games prior to its release. It’s safe to say we’ve never seen Kratos like this before either. The gameplay/cut scenes are absolutely brutal and knowing this story will continue moving forward is incredibly exciting. This is the best PS4 game, by far.

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