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The PS4 may have been overtaken by the newer PS5 console, but it still holds a very special place in people’s hearts and is one of the best gaming consoles on the market. But with so many games to choose from, both new and old, where should you start?

Our team is brimming with gaming knowledge, and since we have plenty of experience with the PS4 we wanted to bring together all our collective expertise to bring you a definitive guide on all the best games available for the console.

And because every gamer will have specific tastes when it comes to genre and style, we’ve ensured to include as much variety in this list as possible. There are family-friendly titles like the management simulator Two Point Campus as well as hard-core challenging titles like Bloodbourne. And we also endeavour to update this list whenever possible, with the new God of War Ragnarök now featured on this list thanks to its incredible story and gameplay.

If you own more than a PS4 and want to dip your toes into even more games, you can also check out our picks for the best PS5 games, the best Xbox Series X/S games, the best Nintendo Switch games and even the best PC games.

Without wasting any more time, read on to find out all of the best games on the PS4, all of which have been thoroughly tested and reviewed by our expert team so you know that you’re getting real-world advice.

Best PS4 games at a glance

  • Best action-adventure story game: God of War Ragnarök 
  • Best RPG: Elden Ring
  • Best racing game: Gran Turismo 7
  • Best action game: Bloodborne
  • Best horror game: Resident Evil Village
  • Best management simulator game: Two Point Campus
  • Best family game: Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  • Best open world game: Horizon Forbidden West
  • Best superhero game: Miles Morales – Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Best narrative game: The Quarry

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We play every game we review through to the end, outside of certain exceptions where getting 100% completion, like Skyrim, is close to impossible to do. When we don’t fully finish a game before reviewing it we will always alert the reader.

God of War Ragnarök

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Pros

  • Epic story with a deeper dive into Norse mythology
  • Combat is just as brutally fun as before
  • Atreus as a playable character is a welcome addition
  • Looks phenomenal on the PS5

Cons

  • Frustrating difficulty spikes
  • Lots of backtracking in game’s latter half

We gave God of War Ragnarök an incredible 5-stars as well as a Trusted Reviews Recommended badge, cementing it as one of the best games available on the PS4. It sticks with the same ultra-satisfying combat from the original God of War, but delves much deeper into Norse mythology, giving players access to all nine realms for the first time.

We loved the main villains of this game, Thor and Odin. Each has a distinctive personality and brings a lot more nuance to the series, especially when compared to the hot-headed Balur of the first game. The storyline is fantastic, fleshing out Kratos and Atreus even more and giving players the ability to play as Kratos’ son, allowing for more sympathy and understanding of their dynamic.

Unfortunately, the PS4 internals does hinder this game a little, with developer Santa Monica having to sneakily hide loading screens within the game. Although the PS4 variation of this title won’t have the same 4K graphics as the PS5 allows, it still comes with the same fantastic gameplay and storyline, meaning that you won’t be missing out on anything more than a few graphical improvements.

If you were a fan of the first God of War and want to see how this story wraps up, we can’t recommend this title enough. With such an incredible story and over 70 hours of gameplay, this is a title that you can keep coming back to, and it’s the perfect ending to Kratos’ time in the Norse world.

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full review: God of War Ragnarök

Elden Ring

A fantastic but incredibly challenging open-world game
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Pros

  • Giant open world to explore, full of things to discover
  • Rewarding and punishing combat
  • More content than most players will ever need
  • Open-class development tree that’s ripe for tweaking

Cons

  • Some fights are very difficult

FromSoftware is known for its brutally punishing Dark Soul series, and its latest release blew us away. Elden Ring ditched the linear levels of Dark Souls in favour of an incredibly expansive open-world map that makes the game feel fuller, akin to Breath of the Wild and Skyrim.

You have the choice of crawling through optional dungeons to find more treasure or looking for monsters to slay that offer a bounty of experience points. The high difficulty may turn some people off of this title, though we found that it’s one of the most satisfying games to master and a must-play for RPG fans.

There are also multiple playstyles to choose from, so you can experiment by sneaking through bushes for a high damage backstab, or use magic to blast your foes from far away. With so much world to cover and so many ways to take down your enemies, this is an incredibly versatile game that’s packed with personality.

Reviewer: Alastair Stevenson
Full review: Elden Ring review

Gran Turismo 7

Beautiful looking and fast-paced racing game
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Pros

  • Accessible and engaging campaign
  • Wide range of features and customisation
  • Excellent handling with PS5 DualSense controller
  • Great visuals and sound

Cons

  • Rolling starts feel outdated
  • A.I drivers not the most competitive
  • Some won’t like ‘pay-to-win’ aspect of in-game credits

There are many racing games out there to choose from, but Gran Turismo 7 stood out to us thanks to its incredible visuals. Our reviewer noted how detailed the interior and exteriors of the car are, and how this game has clearly been made by car enthusiasts, with options to chat to characters in the café about the history of different vehicles.

We also thought that this game is one of the most accessible entries into racing similar titles; the handling feels natural and there is weight to each car you drive, and there is a massive breadth of features that creates a realistic experience for players.

And if you want to race online, Sportsmanship ratings ensure that you are pitted against people that are at a similar skillset, meaning that each race feels fair. If you’re into racing games and want to experience a hyper-realistic title, this is one of the best PS4 games out there.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full Review: Gran Turismo 7 review

Bloodborne

Challenging and gameplay focused role-playing game
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Pros

  • Smart level design
  • Consistent, satisfying mechanics
  • Thick, moody atmosphere

Cons

  • Frequently frustrating
  • Obscure style may annoy

Another incredible entry from FromSoftware, Bloodborne features intense combat and a ruthless difficulty that makes it so satisfying to beat, though we expect that you will die plenty of times along the way.

There isn’t much story here, though the rich world is brimming with creepy and dark artwork. Our reviewer notes how you gradually learn the combat amid plenty of failed attempts, meaning that you get more familiar with the world each time you die, building your skills so you’re better prepared for the next foe you encounter.

Unlike Dark Souls, you also are not granted a shield, with our reviewer claiming that you need to take on an aggressive combat style, which puts more focus on technique and timing. If you think you can handle the brutal world of Bloodborne and all of its eerie enemies, this is one of the most satisfying games to buy on the PS4.

Reviewer: Sam Loveridge
Full Review: Bloodborne review

Resident Evil Village

Eerily creepy and chilling horror game
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Pros

  • Creepy setting that oozes atmosphere
  • Fun new survival mechanics
  • Mercenaries mode is a nice addition for fans

Cons

  • Not as scary as Resi 7
  • Campaign is a little short

Resident Evil is one of the most popular horror series ever made, and Resident Evil Village is easily one of the best entries in the franchise, offering HDR graphics that allow you to see the gooey and disgusting monsters in so much detail.

You play as Ethan Winters and have to traverse Bram Stoker type environments, with skulking werewolves lurking in every corner and evil vampires that hide in gothic towers. There is less focus on stealth in this title, so you’re free to hack and slash through the world and tackle your enemies head-on, with multiple weapons to choose from.

Even if you’re not an avid Resident Evil fan, this is a fantastic horror game that boasts a spooky and compelling story that you can understand whether you’re a veteran or a newbie. If you only have one horror game in your PS4 library, we think it should be this one.

Reviewer: Alastair Stevenson
Full review: Resident Evil Village Review

Two Point Campus (2022)

Quirky and engaging management simulator
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Pros

  • Great variety of courses and personalities
  • Hours of gameplay
  • Great and distinctive art style
  • Simple controls make designing easy

Cons

  • Occasional technical glitches

Anyone who is a fan of The Sims, or management simulations in general, should definitely check out Two Point Campus; you are tasked with running a university and ensuring that your students and staff are happy, with a large portion of the game being dedicated to customising your campus to fit everyone’s needs.

Our reviewer notes how the game perfectly blends its quirky graphics and engaging audio to create a unique experience. You can check on your staff to ensure that all the facilities are up to snuff, and run parties in the Student Lounge to let your students blow off steam.

The students come in all shapes and sizes, from people studying cooking to those who are at Knight school, there is always something to be doing on Two Point Campus. If you want a simple but engaging game that you can spend hours on, this is the perfect game to pick.

Reviewer: Gemma Ryles
Full reviewTwo Point Campus Review

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

The best PS4 game for the whole family
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Pros

  • Enough content to last for weeks on end
  • Massive levels to explore
  • Revamped combat keeps you more engaged
  • Co-op is an absolute blast

Cons

  • Space battles are a bit mundane
  • Camera sometimes gets in the way

If you’ve been looking through this list and wondering if there are any games that the whole family can enjoy, then Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga may be the perfect pick for you, especially since you can pair up with a second player and experience all the main Star Wars movies from a Lego perspective.

Not only is this game fantastic for Star Wars fans, as there are easter eggs hidden in every corner of the game, but the revamped combat system makes smashing up Lego enemies twice as fun as previous entries. Our review notes how the combat is still simple enough for young children to enjoy while giving adults a little more of a challenge, which can’t be said for every Lego game.

We recommend pairing up with a friend or family member and experiencing this game together, as this game is brimming with entertaining gags and stimulating puzzles that can bring the whole family together.

Reviewer: Thomas Deehan
Full review: Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Review

Horizon Forbidden West

A fantastically paced open-world game
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Pros

  • Huge number of machines to fight
  • New upgrade system has rewarding gameplay loop
  • Map is packed with a variety of biomes
  • Story takes a fascinating new direction

Cons

  • Platforming often feels clunky
  • Multiple irksome technical issues

The long-awaited sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn, Horizon Forbidden West boasts a bigger and better upgrade system that brings in a highly satisfying gameplay loop, which reminded our reviewer of the Monster Hunter series, with even more machines to hunt down and loot.

This is the only game on this list that allows you to battle with a massive robot T-Rex, with our review also mentioning how immersive the open world is, with a myriad of different biomes that you can explore, rating from dense rainforests to sweeping deserts.

If you’re interested in progressing the story from the sequel and want to take down even more evil robots with just a quiver of arrows, then Horizon Forbidden West should be the next game you buy for the PS4.

Reviewer: Ryan Jones
Full review: Horizon Forbidden West Review

Miles Morales – Marvel’s Spider-Man

A short but sweet Spider-Man adventure
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Pros

  • Miles Morales is an excellent protagonist with a worthwhile story
  • Meaningful expansion of the original gameplay formula with new powers
  • Manhattan looks positively gorgeous with ray tracing on PS5
  • Teases an exciting future for this vision of Spider-Man

Cons

  • The campaign is a little short for the asking price
  • A fairly pedestrian take on the open-world genre

While everyone has likely played the original Marvel’s Spider-Man, many have missed out on the superb Miles Morales – Marvel’s Spider-Man. Not only will you feel at home if you’ve played the first game, but newbies will also be able to appreciate the compelling and tight gameplay that brings in new features that are exclusive to Miles.

This game takes time to develop Miles’s character, showing his passion for music, street fashion and science, which blends seamlessly into the overall aesthetic, creating a unique experience and a game that feels full of personality.

While this game won’t take a long time to beat, there are plenty of side quests and activities that you can sink your teeth into, and it helps develop the Insomniac Spider-Man universe further than the original game. If you’re looking to swing through the streets of New York and learn even more lore, Miles Morales should be the next game you buy on PS4.

Reviewer: Jade King
Full review: Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Review

The Quarry

A brilliant cast and a fascinating core mystery
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Pros

  • Engrossing story
  • Well realised cast
  • Stunning graphics and facial capture
  • QTE are more forgiving

Cons

  • Not quite as scary as Until Dawn
  • A few cheap deaths
  • Death Rewind needs fixing

The Quarry is the spiritual successor to Until Dawn in almost every way, offering up multiple endings depending on how you play. This also gives this game incredible replay value, as you can explore different avenues and treat the cast differently to see new outcomes.

This game also features some Hollywood actors, with performances from David Arquette, Ted Raimi, Justice Smith and Ariel Winter, just to name a few. We thought that the cast was very well fleshed out, as you get to know everyone very well as the game progresses, although you have to make sure that you’re trusting the right people.

This is the perfect choice for anyone after a narrative-driven game, as there are so many avenues to choose from, with the game offering you a ‘Death Rewind’ feature, allowing players to fix up to three mistakes during their playthrough. We recommend this to anyone looking for something new, and we can almost guarantee that you’ll be going back for more once the credits roll.

Reviewer: Thomas Deehan
Full Review: The Quarry Review

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