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We have entered the era of PlayStation 5, meaning the time of PS4 has passed. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to stop using your PS4! But it does mean that now’s a good time to look back at some of the highlights of the PS4 generation.
There have been plenty of fantastic multi-platform games, but that’s not what we’re focusing on here. Here are the best console-exclusive PS4 games of the last decade!
1. God of War
Popular as it was, the God of War franchise had started to feel stale by the end of the PS3 era. Some may even argue it had started to get stale before then. No matter what, the franchise was revitalized on the PlayStation 4, with the newly added Norse mythology giving the series a much-needed shot of variety.
After the solid but underwhelming Killzone Shadow Fall, Guerrilla Games left the series it had been working on since 2004 behind, at least for a bit. The result was Horizon Zero Dawn, which isn’t without its faults, but combined satisfying open world exploration and combat with a well-told story.
2011’s Uncharted: Drake’s Deception wasn’t a bad game by any means, but any sequel would have had a tough time following the excellent Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. While Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End doesn’t quite hit that high water mark, it is still one of the best games in the series, as is the standalone expansion, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.
When it first launched, fans of Sony’s flagship racing series were disappointed that it didn’t quite feel like a “real” Gran Turismo game. While the PlayStation 5 seems to be getting the next “true” entry in the series, a constant series of updates and new content turned Gran Turismo Sport into a game worth playing for any racing game fan.
Ever since Spider-Man 2 on the PlayStation 2, fans have been waiting for a Spider-Man game that captured or surpassed the same freedom of movement found in that game. Marvel’s Spider-Man took that ball and ran with it, not just creating the best Spider-Man game to date, but one of the best superhero games ever made (no offense, Batman: Arkham Asylum).
Demon’s Souls and the Dark Souls series sold extremely well thanks to the environmental storytelling and legendary difficulty, but the slow, deliberate feel isn’t for everyone. Bloodborne takes everything great about those games an speeds up the feel of the combat, resulting in one of the finest games on the PlayStation 4.
The Ratchet & Clank series did extremely well on the PlayStation 2, but the PS3 sequels didn’t hold up as well. Based loosely on the movie of the same name, which was based on the older games, Ratchet & Clank revisits the first game through a new lens, resulting in a game that feels fresh and familiar at the same time.
WipEout and the PlayStation brand have a long history together, dating back to the original PlayStation. There is nothing especially different about WipEout Omega Collection, but it gathers together some of the best content from across the series in one handy, affordable package.
After Persona 4, fans had their expectations set pretty high for the next entry in the series, especially considering how long they had to wait for it. Persona 5 delivered, although in true Persona fashion, it wasn’t until the 2020 release of the expanded Persona 5 Royal that the game truly delivered everything it had to offer.
Kill Even More Time on the PS4
If you’ve already played most of the games we’ve mentioned above, that doesn’t mean you’re out of games worth playing. To maximize your PS4 time, check out the longest PS4 games worth playing!