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If you’ve got a PlayStation 4 this late in the generation, you’ve probably played most of the big name games like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Horizon: Zero Dawn, God of War, or Marvel’s Spiderman. Even if you only recently picked up a new PS4, you’re probably aware of most of those games.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t hidden gems waiting for you to play them, which is why we put this list together. Some of these are console exclusives, but most aren’t. That doesn’t mean they’re any less worthy of your valuable play time.
This sequel to the original PlayStation Vita-only Gravity Rush keeps the same gravity defying gameplay while adding a much-needed bump in graphical quality. If you’re looking for a game with the charm of a JRPG but new (and slightly strange) gameplay, look no further.
If you miss the days of NFL Blitz-style arcade football games, Mutant Football League is as close as you’re going to get on the PlayStation 4. It does a good job of scratching that itch too, even if it can feel a little unfair at times.
3. Mad Max
Mad Max is a perfectly fine open-world action game in a world filled to the brim with perfectly fine open-world action games. Still, once it gets its hooks in you, it becomes increasingly difficult to put it down and stop playing.
Known mainly for sim racers, developer Codemasters didn’t have an easy time debuting its “looks like a racing game but you’re not actually racing” car game Onrush, which is an absolute shame, because it’s a total blast to play.
5. The Surge
Love the gameplay of the Dark Souls series but prefer your settings with a bit of sci-fi flair? Both The Surge and The Surge 2 take Souls-style combat but combine it with a mechanical upgrade system that rewards cutting weapons and armor off of enemies.
The Deadly Tower of Monsters has you fighting through a B-movie populated by monsters that look designed and animated by Ray Harryhausen. To make it even weirder, the director of this “film” offers commentary over the top as you play through it.
Everybody knows and loves Bastion and its gravel-voiced narrator. Significantly less people know Transistor and its gravel-voiced weapon, carried by the main character and voiced by Bastion‘s Logan Cunningham. That said, everyone who does know it seems to love it.
Love Monster Hunter but wish that instead of hunting, well, monsters, you were hunting hulking oni in a fantasy world based on medieval Japan? The entire Toukiden series is based on this concept, but this game is a great place to start and as a bonus, it’s often on sale for just a few bucks.
There is more to fighting games than Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and Tekken. If you’re looking to get into anime-style fighters, the tutorials in Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator and Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 will be a great help. These games also happen to be gorgeous thanks 3D-powered, 2D-style engine.
When Odin Sphere Leithrasir hit the PlayStation Store, it seemed that everyone would finally see how good this game, originally release for the PlayStation 2, is. Unfortunately, it’s still a hidden gem of sorts, but it’s not too late to change that.
Need More PS4 Recommendations?
While all of the games listed above are worthy playing, some are longer than others. For example, while I’d recommend Transistor to nearly everyone, you can also play through it in around six hours. If you’re looking to kill some serious time, that’s not going to cut it.
That’s not to say that the PlayStation 4 doesn’t have its share of massive games. If you’re looking for something to sink your teeth into, take a look at our list of the longest PlayStation 4 games.