The Best PlayStation 4 Exclusives

Today is the official release day (in select regions) for the PlayStation 5, the successor to one of the best selling consoles of all time. So as people move on to the next generation, we thought we'd look back at the PlayStation 4's impressive library of exclusive titles and pick out the 7 best. The way we landed on these particular titles is by having each member of the team nominate their 7 favorites. The ones that were on more people's lists automatically made the list. But first, here are the ones that didn't make the cut.

Honorable Mentions | This is an incredibly tough list to make and a lot of great games didn't make the list for one reason or another. Of the games the team members nominated, here are the ones that deserve special mention: Ghost of TsushimainFamous: Second SonFinal Fantasy 7 RemakeRatchet and Clank, and Killzone: Shadow Fall. All these games are amazing showcases of the PlayStation 4's power. inFamous: Second Son from Sucker Punch came out early in the console generation and highlighted the graphical capabilities of the PS4 while Ghost of Tsushima was the last big first-party console exclusive that reminded everyone that 6 years later the system still packed a punch.

Marvel's Spider-Man | Swinging through New York City as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has never felt better than in this iteration from Insomniac Games. Having played their Xbox exclusive Sunset Overdrive, it's no surprise that they can make an open world fun to traverse. But for Spidey fans and newcomers, Marvel's Spider-Man is packed with tons of content that has Peter Parker at the center. The story is as much about Peter without the mask as it is Peter with the mask and the game is all the better for it. Fans have complained about a few gameplay sections in the game *cough* Mary Jane sneaking *cough* but that doesn't hold the game back from being spectacular. Plus, for Trophy hunters, the game has a pretty easy Platinum.

God of War | To this day, the 2016 E3 trailer for God of War, accompanied by a live orchestral score, is one of the most hype game announcements of all time. But even more impressive that its reveal, God of War released in 2018 it stuck the landing. This current-gen reboot of Kratos is just as violent as the previous titles but packed with heart. Kratos is no longer just a screaming slayer of Gods, but also a father who doesn't know how to communicate with his son. 2018's God of War is a beautiful game, often with views that make you want to stop and stare, paired with engaging combat that will make you feel like a badass. We recommend finishing the game first but there is a fantastic PlayStation-produced documentary called God of War: Raising Kratos that we recommend watching. It's available for free on YouTube and gives a peek behind the curtain of the development of the critically acclaimed game from Santa Monica Studio.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End | Though we choose Nathan Drake's final adventure to appear on this list, in reality, it's meant to represent all four Naughty Dog games released on the PlayStation 4 this generation. The truth is, wheater you look at The Last of Us: Part II, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, or Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, they are all a testament to Naughty Dog's grasp of storytelling techniques and excellence in technical development. Be it a by-the-books finale to a beloved treasure hunter or a subversive post-pandemic drama, the level of detail that's present in their games is nothing short of the industry's best. As for Uncharted 4 specifically, the game can be as grandiose as a globe-trotting summer blockbuster while still being a personal story of a man torn between his past and his future. While this game is great as is, for maximum impact, we recommend playing through the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection first.

Until Dawn | This horror game by Supermassive Games is perhaps one of the best realizations of campy 80s horror flicks in video game form. Until Dawn is the story about a group of young and good looking people that go up to the mountains for a getaway. What they don't know is that the mountain has a dark secret. The game is fully committed to its cinematic aesthetic and while players take control of the various characters, camera control is pre-programmed per room to pan and tilt automatically with the character. Fans of movie and TV will recognize a few familiar faces including Hayden Panettiere from Heroes and Rami Malek from Mr. Robot.

Persona 5 | Persona 5 is arguably the most visually stylish game on the list. Every menu, character, and action is bombastic to look at, while the turn-based JRPG gameplay is the best in series history. Pair that with an unforgettable soundtrack and a story about phantom thieves, navigating high school, and battling inner demons, Persona 5 is definitely a game that shouldn't be missed. Just make your calendar is clear for its 100+ hour playtime.

Horizon: Zero Dawn | Killzone: Shadow Fall, Guerrilla's PlayStation 4 launch title, may just be an honorable mention, but that isn't the case with this smash-hit new IP. Following a hunter named Aloy and set in the 31st century that's overrun by machines, Horizon: Zero Dawn introduces a whole new and beautiful world running on the Decima engine that was developed for Shadow Fall and later used for Death Stranding. From interesting characters to an immersive open-world there is a lot to see and do in Zero Dawn and if you haven't played it yet, you have until late 2021 to play it before Horizon: Forbidden West releases on the PlayStation 5.

Bloodborne | Ever since it's release in 2015, this FromSoftware action RPG has developed a cult following by millions of adoring fans. Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft and Bram Stocker, Bloodborne combines melee weapons, firearms, and dodge rolls to create the (dare we say) perfect Souls game. The Gothic city of Yharnam is full of fast striking foes that will gladly kill you over and over again, but except for maybe the first Dark Souls, Bloodborne is the easiest Souls game to play and an easy recommendation for new players. There are ample rumors of a sequel and PC ports, but what we know for sure is that Game Director Hidetaka Miyazaki is working with George R.R. Martin on Elden Ring and that the newest Soulsborne title is Demon's Souls Remastered which releases today alongside the PlayStation 5.

Sony had an incredible line up of exclusives and it seems, as we step into this new console generation with God of War: Ragnarok, Horizon II: Forbidden West, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart already announced, they are carrying that momentum forward. In the past, PlayStation's exclusives have always been well-reviewed, and nothing against Xbox's Halo and Gears games, but if we're treating exclusives as a competition, Sony has always had the edge. However, moving forward, with so many great teams working as first-party studios for both Xbox and PlayStation, this generation is shaping up to be a whole lot more competitive. And that is a great thing for players because it's more games to look forward to.

We also want to mention that whether you're switching from Xbox to PlayStation this generation or have had a PlayStation 4 but never got a chance to check out the games we mentioned here, keep in mind that some of these games are available digitally via the PlayStation Plus Collection. Click here to see the full list of games in the collection. If your favorite PlayStation 4 exclusive wasn't on the list, let us know in the comments and we'll possibly add it to our honorable mentions.

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