Best PS4 games

Best PS4 games: What are the top releases on Sony’s current-gen console you must play and where can you buy them?

Yes, the PS5 is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a whole heap of PS4 titles that will still blow your socks off. If you’re wondering what the best PS4 games are this holiday season, look no further…

We’re a varied bunch here at Stealth Optional, and we know you are too, so we’ve tried to include a range of different games whilst also picking those with the best rep. We’ve played all of these to some extent, and can vouch for every single one as absolute must-haves for anyone who owns Sony’s current console.

In no particular order, check out these 12 recommended PS4 games and enjoy…

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Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch)

A fantastic swan song

Current Metascore: 83

As one of the last big releases before the PS5 hits town at the end of 2020, Sucker Punch’s Japanese stealth game Ghost of Tsushima has understandably been getting a lot of attention. Critics and fans absolutely love this game.

Set in 13th-century Japan, the game is a visually stunning, narratively engaging, super fun to play game. It’s a great note for the PS4 to go out on, and yet another fantastic exclusive for the blue team.

The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog)

An obvious must-play

Current Metascore: 94

The Last of Us Part II is pretty much the game we’ve all been waiting for on PS4. Ever since we witnessed the tragic ending to the first game, the question of how Naughty Dog would deliver a sequel has been on our minds.

And while players have been split on the game’s story, this is still the must-play game on the console. Make sure you pick up The Last of Us Remastered first, if you’re yet to complete the original game.

Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)

GTA in the 19th century

Current Metascore: 97

If you’ve ever played a PlayStation console, then you know Rockstar as the developer of Grand Theft Auto, basically the best-selling modern game franchise. But their ‘other’ massive series right now is Red Dead, which made its name on the PS3 with Red Dead Redemption.

This, the third game in the series, is the highest-rated PS4 title on Metacritic right now, so of course you have to check it out. It’s a sprawling open-world with a deep storyline and incredible gameplay – exactly what you’d expect from Rockstar, basically.

God of War (SIE Santa Monica)

BOY!

Current Metascore: 94

God of War was one of the most cherished first-party series to be released on PS2. So when Sony’s Santa Monica Studio announced it would be rebooting the title on PS4, everyone understandably got a bit excited.

The hype turned out to be well-founded, as the 2018 God of War reboot blew critics and fans away. The game has an amazing story, brilliant use of Norse mythology, top graphics and sound, and excellent meme potential.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Naughty Dog)

An epic end to the story

Current Metascore: 93

Console ‘mascots’ are a thing of the past, but the best shout for PS3 cover star was Nathan Drake. The Uncharted trilogy was the console’s biggest selling point, a perfect series of cinematic story adventure games.

When a fourth game was announced, reaction varied from complete and utter hype to trepidation about potentially ruining the series’ track record. But this is Naughty Dog, and they don’t tend to make mistakes. A Thief’s End is yet another perfect game from a developer on absolute fire right now.

Pick up The Uncharted Collection if you somehow missed the first three games.

Resident Evil 2 (Capcom)

Survival-horror at its best

Current Metascore: 91

The current console generation has been defined (or plagued, if for some reason you hate nostalgia) by remakes. Everything from Call of Duty to Streets of Rage has seen a remake or reimagining, with PS4 arguably the best console for the niche.

Undoubtedly the best PS4 remake is that of Capcom’s landmark survival-horror title Resident Evil 2. This series stagnated a bit in recent years, before RE7: Biohazard got some of the best reviews of the series and jumpstarted the franchise.

Both RE2 and the remake of RE3 are incredible, so check ’em out!

Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix)

15 years in the making

Current Metascore: 87

Final Fantasy VII was one of the biggest games of all-time on PS1. Then they announced a PS2 remake, which never came. Then in 2005, a PS3 tech demo showed off the iconic intro to the game in the new console’s engine. Then we waited for ten years.

When the remake was finally announced, fans looked on in awe at the 1997 title brought to new life. Since then, gamers and critics alike have praised the game to no end, with a current Metacritic score of 87 and user rating of 8.0.

If you ever played the original, or just want to see a JRPG done right, then you need Final Fantasy VII Remake in your life.

DOOM Eternal (id Software)

Indulgent violence

Current Metascore: 87

Doom, the original first-person shooter, has made a comeback in a massive way in recent years, with the 2016 series reboot kickstarting the Doom Slayer’s story again.

Doom Eternal is a direct sequel to that game, and builds upon the title’s addictive, indulgent fun with more enemies, more features and more settings. There’s not much to say about this – you know Doom, and this is another bloody (literally) brilliant entry in the franchise.

Shadow of the Colossus (Bluepoint)

The ICO darling returns

Current Metascore: 91

The original Shadow of the Colossus on PS2 was one of the most critically acclaimed releases in gaming of the 2000s. Developed by Team Ico, it was a beautifully designed game in which you take down epic beasts in a sprawling, empty landscape. It’s a bloody masterpiece.

The PS4 remake took that formula to new heights. Many said the minimalistic style of the game wouldn’t work with new audiences, but how wrong they were. Shadow of the Colossus will always be remembered as one of the best PlayStation creations ever, and you owe it to yourself to experience it on PS4.

Dreams (Media Molecule)

Unlimited games in one

Current Metascore: 89

Guildford-based Sony-exclusive developer Media Molecule took a break from LittleBigPlanet for a few years to give us Dreams in 2020.

This creative game followed in the footsteps of the likes of Roblox and Super Mario Maker, giving players the freedom to create their own games with a massive array of tools and tech.

You can create pretty much anything you put your mind to, if you have the time, and the community has produced everything from a working remake of Fallout 4 to a horror game inspired by Seinfeld. Amazing.

Marvel's Spider-Man (Insomniac)

It's thwipping good, this

Current Metascore: 87

Talk about a series rejuvenation! Spider-Man games were a bit dire for a long time, but Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4 completely changed that.

Combining all the things we used to love about the webhead’s games on PS2 – web swinging, intuitive combat and freedom – the PS4 series reboot is just pure fun all the time. The story is great fun, too. No wonder Spider-Man: Miles Morales was one of the first games shown at the recent PS5 reveal.

Rocket League (Psyonix)

Pure multiplayer bliss

Current Metascore: 85

Admit it: You’ve always wanted to play football in cars. Ever since Top Gear showed a few games of car-football back in the day, it’s been the dream of everyone with a passing interest in gaming or footy.

Rocket League is the beautiful realisation of that dream. Yes it’s been around for bloody years now (we first played the beta back in 2015), but if you’re looking for the best current-gen game to pick up and play, then you can’t do much better than this.

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André Pusey