The Best PS4 Exclusive Games
By Sadira Sittampalam
The PlayStation 4 has one of the largest catalogues of exclusive games that aren’t just good, but phenomenal - it was tough narrowing this list down to only 8 games. With the upcoming release of the PlayStation 5, it seemed as good a time as any to explore some of the best games available on the device, especially since after the PS5 gets released, the prices of these PS4 games will start dropping.
From the creators of the Dark Souls series, Bloodborne is an action RPG that follows the player’s character, Hunter. He travels and explores the city of Yharnam whose inhabitants have been afflicted with a blood-borne disease. He is tasked with finding the source of the plague, unravelling the city’s mysteries while fighting various beasts and cosmic beings. This game has one of the most immersive gothic atmospheres ever, as beautiful as it is dark and dangerous. There is conflict at basically every turn and the game makers don’t make it easy for you to survive in this terrifying world. The combat all works as a true test of your patience but also on your skill - being too aggressive or not watching your surroundings is a sure-fire way to get killed. The only way to succeed at this game is to ensure that you learn from every fight, and educate yourself on the best openings to attack. Overall few action-RPGs are this thoughtful and interesting to play.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
After years of speculation, Final Fantasy VII Remake was finally announced in 2015 and released in 2020. This game is set in the dystopian cyberpunk metropolis of Midgar, putting players in the role of a mercenary named Cloud Strife. He joins an eco-terrorist group to stop the powerful mega-corporation from using the planet’s life essence as an energy source. This game combines real-time action with strategic and role-playing elements while reimagining the Midgard portion of this original for a 21st-Century audience. Thus, while everything might seem familiar with the basic story bones also quite visible, there is still a lot of elements that have been rebuilt from the ground up. With a new combat system where you can switch between characters during a battle, you can temporarily stop time to deploy better fight tactics. This game is just a tremendous PS4 interpretation of the original.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
This action-adventure game is the fourth instalment in the Uncharted series and is set several years after the events of Uncharted 3. Players get to control Nathan Drake, a former treasure hunter coaxed out of retirement by his presumed-dead brother Samuel. He is meant to search for clues for the location of a long-lost treasure. This came is told from a third-person perspective and mixes it up with some open-world elements that help the game seem a lot more far-reaching than simply gunning it down in corridors. They also added back in some light puzzle solving along with some pretty spectacular vehicle sections that make you feel like a real-life race car driver. Overall this game is the closest thing you can get to feeling like you are on an insane roller coaster ride.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
There are so many games that feature post-apocalyptic wastelands in games to the point where they have become as lifeless as the world they are trying to portray; however, Horizon Zero Dawn is not one of those games. This open-world adventure game pushes much further with its vision, giving us a glimpse at a new chapter for humanity, where primitive tribes have slowly begun to rebuild among unique robotic wildlife that roams the ruins of old cities. The plot follows Aloy, a hunter in a world overrun by machines, which set out to uncover her past. Armed with ranged weapons, a spear, and stealth to combat mechanical creatures and other such enemy forces, you can explore the expansive and enchanting new world while even establishing diplomatic relations with other human tribes and discovering more about the mysterious past. Whatever you decide to do in this game, it is guaranteed to be exciting, thrilling, and entirely beautiful.
The Last of Us 2
Set five years after The Last of Us (released in 2013), the player controls two characters in the post-apocalyptic United States whose lives become intertwined. The game is played from a third-person perspective and players can use firearms, improvised weapons, and stealth to fight both human enemies and cannibalistic creatures. This game only improved on its predecessor, with improved gameplay, graphical fidelity, characterisation, cast performances, and audio design. The narrative and themes also continued in the same fashion, delivering a layered, emotionally shattering story. This is all on top of its stealth and action gameplay that ensures that you are always observant and constantly on edge. The Last of Us 2 simply takes video game storytelling to a new level.
Easily one of the best superhero games of recent times, this open-world game is based on the Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man. It follows the superhuman crime lord Mister Negative, who orchestrates a plot to seize control of New York City’s criminal underworld, while Spider-Man must confront him in order to protect the city. As Spider-Man, you get to swing through an incredibly realistic-looking version of New York with numerous powers to master and plenty of side quests if you ever need a break from the main storyline. Combat is also one of the most versatile, focusing on chaining attacks together and using the environment and webs to incapacitate numerous foes.
God of War
The eighth instalment in the God of War series, this instalment is rooted in Norse mythology, with the majority of the story set in ancient Norway in the realm of Midgard. While this series was initially known for being a mindless, testosterone-fuelled riot, God of War soon became more than just mind-numbing action with thoughtful over the shoulder combat, along with a story of self-discovery. The game looks entirely gorgeous, with every scene in this fixed-camera story using the full power of the PS4 to generate these visuals. The game plays out using this fixed camera that never cuts in order to help us empathise with the main character Kartos’ and his view on the world, with a story and character arc that is well written and well-paced. There is just so much to discover in this world, picking fights and solving puzzles everywhere you go in this utterly beautiful Norse world. With the combat being as good as always, with well-constructed enemies and a compelling story; this game is undoubtedly one of the best that the PS4 has to offer.
Shadow of the Colossus
Shadow of the Colossus is a 2018 action-adventure video game and a remake of the original game released in 2005 for the PS2. The original game was considered a very influential title in the video game industry, and this game continues that legacy, preserving the feel and simplicity of the original while vastly improving graphics and performance to make it feel like a modern game. This timeless classic follows a lone wanderer on a mission to revive his fallen beloved, facing twelve different colossi that roam these open lands. Thus, this game is made up of solely boss fights with each becoming more terrifying than the last - however, you also are armed with a sword that can continually become stronger. The grand artistic vision of this game is one that is not often found in games, which is why it is one of the best that the PS4 has to offer.