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Best PS4 Games: Ranking the Greatest PlayStation 4 Games

A 2021 update to our list of the best PS4 games.

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IGN StaffBy IGN StaffUpdated: 26 Jun 2021 3:24 amPosted: 11 Jun 2021 7:47 pm

With PS5 shortages now expected to continue into 2022, this year remains a great time for PS4 owners to catch up on all the excellent games from the last generation. Between third-party standouts and Sony’s stellar exclusives, there’s a lot of content vying for your time, so we’ve created this list to highlight the best of the best on PS4.

The games below weren’t chosen lightly; this list was compiled by the entire IGN content team and — after plenty of internal debate — represents what we believe to be the best that the PS4 has to offer. Without further ado, these are our picks for the 25 best PS4 games.

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The Best PS4 Games (Summer 2020 Update)

<img src="; alt="This is <a href="">IGN's list of the best games on Playstation 4</a>. With the console's last big exclusives in the rearview and the PS5 fast approaching on the horizon, we thought it was high time to take a fresh look at its library of games. This list was compiled by the entire IGN content team and – after plenty of internal debate – represents what we believe to be the very best that the PS4 has to offer.<br><br> Please note that PSVR-only games weren't eligible for this list. While we have loved plenty of experiences in PlayStation VR, because there’s a second barrier to entry, and the intention of this list is that you could buy a PS4 and play any of these 25 games immediately, we have chosen to omit them from consideration (if you've got PSVR and need recommendations, though, you should definitely check out our list of <a href="">the best PSVR games</a>).
<img src="; alt="<h3>25. Nier: Automata


<img src="; alt="<h3>24. Monster Hunter: World
<img src="; alt="<h3>23. Apex Legends
<img src="; alt="<h3>22. Yakuza 0
<img src="; alt="<h3>21. Tetris Effect

25. Nier: Automata

Nier: Automata delivers a ridiculously entertaining journey full of awesome ideas that is equal parts strange and beautiful. There are few games like Automata, which bounces between game genres and styles with aplomb. Taking place in a futuristic dystopia, this “action-RPG” offers a roller coaster of different gameplay opportunities, wrapped up in a fascinating story that has many multiple endings that encourage poking into every corner of this engrossing world. There are few games that attempt what Nier: Automata does, and it’s absolutely worth checking out this Yoko Taro-directed adventure.

An upgraded version of the series’ first game, Nier Replicant, was recently released on PS4. IGN’s review praised its excellent story and characters, saying “both of which are still among the strongest I’ve seen in the genre.”Release Date: March 7, 2017 | Developer: PlatinumGames | IGN’sNier: Automata Video Review | IGN’sNier: Automata Wiki

24. Monster Hunter World

The long-running Monster Hunter series broke through with the 2018 hit Monster Hunter World, which not only impressed us with its rewarding gameplay but also with how accessible the game proved to be. For a series that can take some learning to get the hang of, Monster Hunter World produced a fully realized, expansive world.

Monster Hunter World is Capcom’s best-selling game ever, recently passing 17 million copies sold.Release Date: January 26, 2018 | Developer: Capcom | IGN’sMonster Hunter World Video Review | IGN’sMonster Hunter World Wiki | Buy It Here: Amazon

23. Apex Legends

Amid the rise of the battle royale genre, Apex Legends manages to stand out, even as a later addition to the fray. Set in the universe of Respawn’s Titanfall series, Apex utilizes similar gameplay mechanics which give it a unique edge over other battle royale games. In addition to its faster pace, Apex incorporates the use of specific “Legends” who all have different skills and abilities that create the need for teams to work together and synergize between the different characters. Similar to how Overwatch operates, the roster of different heroes allows players to constantly change their playstyles in order to secure the win. With constant updates and new limited-time game modes being switched in and out, Apex Legends is a high-octane game that constantly leaves you wanting to go for “just one more match.”

Apex Legends topped our recently published list of the best battle royales.Release Date: February 4, 2019 | Developer: Respawn Entertainment | IGN’sApex Legends Video Review | IGN’s Apex Legends Wiki

22. Yakuza 0

Yakuza 0 is the high bar for SEGA’s long-running open-world series, packed with an extraordinary amount of things to do and centered around a genuinely compelling crime story.

Since it’s a prequel, it’s also unburdened by the series’ increasingly intricate backstory and thus supremely approachable for newcomers. While its melee combat may lag slightly behind modern genre standards, Yakuza 0 still hits far more than it misses and is a big, bold and bruising tour through the Japanese underworld.

The series’ latest entry, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, was released on PS4 in November. Following the success of Like a Dragon, Yakuza will remain a turn-based RPG moving forward.Release Date: January 24, 2017 | Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio | IGN’sYakuza 0 Video Review | IGN’sYakuza 0 WikiTetris Effect Review4:13Autoplay setting: On

21. Tetris Effect

How do you make Tetris, one of the best-selling and arguably perfect games, even better? You add in dazzling light shows, music that reacts to your moves, and one of the most blissfully zen gaming experiences of the generation. Tetris Effect, even without its PSVR component, is a transcendent experience, making a stalwart of the video gaming medium fresh.

Its Journey mode includes a couple dozen stages of memorable music, which melds to the blocks you move and place, with backgrounds that, quite literally, take you on a journey from the ocean depths to jungle and desert terrain to the reaches of space. There’s something almost spiritual to the experience, which doesn’t do anything to majorly twist the Tetris formula, but enhances it in a memorably powerful way.

The Tetris Effect: Connected multiplayer expansion comes to PS4 in July with cross-play.Release Date: November 9, 2018 | Developer: Resonair, Monstars Inc., Stage Games | IGN’sTetris Effect Video Review

20. Dreams

Dreams is unlike anything else: an ambitious project that has been expertly brought to life by Media Molecule, and an audacious experiment in game design that gives you endless ways to enjoy your time with it. An incredible creative suite made up of tools that allow for and encourage ultimate expression, all inside of your PS4. The vast range of experiences on offer via Dream Surfing means that no two sessions playing it are ever the same, offering fresh ways to have fun every time you start it up and see what community creations have popped up while you’ve been away. Whether you just want to create, purely play, or get involved in a bit of everything, Dreams offers it all to you.

Dreams was recently nominated for three Developers Choice Awards.Release Date: February 14, 2020 | Developer: Media Molecule | IGN’sDreams Video Review | IGN’sDreams Wiki

19. Final Fantasy 7 Remake

After a long wait, the 2020 remake of Final Fantasy 7 revitalizes one of the most beloved JRPGs of all time in a (mostly) successful and engaging way. This new version of Midgard probably isn’t just how your brain remembers it looking – it’s much better, with a stunning, detailed, and immersive exploration of the steampunk city.

Since part one of ‘Remake’ (subsequent releases will cover the rest of the original story) takes place entirely within Midgard, Square Enix is able to really spend time with the city’s ensemble cast, giving them more nuance and screentime to round out the adventure. And that’s on top of its stellar combat system, a marriage of real-time and more tactical, turn-based systems to create something that’s wholly unique and a joy to master. Part 2 can’t come soon enough.

For more on the classic JRPG, here are seven things you didn’t know about Final Fantasy 7.Release Date: April 10, 2020 | Developer: Square Enix| IGN’sFinal Fantasy 7 Remake Video Review | IGN’s Final Fantasy 7 Remake Wiki | Buy It Here: Amazon

18. Overwatch

Overwatch is a brilliant multiplayer shooter brimming with Blizzard’s charm and detail, and it’s one that Blizzard has impressively continued to support with new heroes and updates since its launch in 2016. Overwatch earned Game of the Year from IGN in its launch year, sweeping the IGN offices with multiplayer matches after work and at lunches (and sometimes during the workday) that have continued in the months and years since.

Blizzard’s rock-solid gameplay allows players in whatever role they play on a team to matter. And Blizzard’s impressive attention to detail has created a rich world of lore that permeates the experience, allowing those who just want a fun multiplayer experience to enjoy the action but offering those who want something more a wealth of character and location information to delve into.

Be sure to check out our recap of everything announced during the recent Overwatch 2 livestream, including PvP changes and the Monte Carlo map reveal.Release Date: May 24, 2016 | Developer: Blizzard Entertainment | IGN’sOverwatch Video Review | IGN’sOverwatch Wiki

17. Ratchet & Clank

The iconic PlayStation franchise Ratchet and Clank only got better on PS4 with a beautiful, funny update of the duo’s first adventure. More a remix of the original PS2 game than a straight remaster, there is a gorgeous level of detail to the lombax and robot’s adventure, which also makes some noted story improvements.

The titular duo’s initial meeting and budding friendship feels more fully formed and smartly written, while the series’ signature humor is in full force throughout. Veldin, Rilgar, and other worlds are beautiful, Pixar-like environments with plenty to explore, and modernizations made to the gameplay make the adventure as fresh as ever. And of course, Insomniac’s signature knack for wacky weapons is on full display in HD, from Mr. Zurkon to the Groovitron. Insomniac has obviously put its recent focus on VR and Spider-Man, but this latest iteration proves Ratchet and Clank has plenty of life left in it.

The series’ latest entry, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, is now available on PS5. IGN awarded it a 9/10, calling the duo’s latest adventure “a fantastic PS5 exclusive showpiece for the console’s power, and a delightful adventure in its own right.”Release Date: April 12, 2016 | Developer: Insomniac Games | IGN’sRatchet & Clank Video Review | IGN’sRatchet & Clank Wiki

16. What Remains of Edith Finch

One of the most heart-wrenching and visually dynamic adventure games of the generation, What Remains of Edith Finch is a must-play. While a game about recounting the death of each of Edith’s family members by exploring their bedrooms (turned memorial shrines) may sound like a bummer, the creative ways each memory gets explored keeps you entertained while the mystery of how this person died creates eerie suspense that will entice you to keep going. Each remembrance transports you to their stories and subsequent deaths, with moments ranging from playing on swingsets to, quite literally, bouncing between comic book panels. Striking, stylish, and hauntingly beautiful, What Remains of Edith Finch is one of the best experiences to be had on PS4.Release Date: April 25, 2017 | Developer: Giant Sparrow | IGN’sWhat Remains of Edith Finch Video Review | IGN’sWhat Remains of Edith Finch WikiUncharted 4: A Thief’s End Review6:50Autoplay setting: On

15. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Uncharted 4 is Uncharted all grown up; an examination of what happens when Nathan Drake’s Indiana-Jones-style antics come face to face with his adult responsibilities. It manages to reckon with this and then some, juggling delicate relationship dynamics with ridiculously fun action sequences and breathtaking vistas ripe for exploring and pillaging. Though it gets a little bogged down by an overly long final act, Uncharted 4 is still one of the best action-adventure games of all time, and one of the best PlayStation 4 games ever.

The official Uncharted movie is due out on February 18, 2022, with Spider-Man star Tom Holland playing Nathan Drake.Release Date: May 10, 2016 | Developer: Naughty Dog | IGN’sUncharted 4 Video Review | IGN’sUncharted 4 Wiki

14. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is without question the most ambitious entry in the Metal Gear series. So ambitious, in fact, that it’s something of an unfinished masterpiece. While a lot of hardcore fans of the series were disappointed by the game’s scattered story, it’s hard to deny that the moment-to-moment gameplay is absolutely phenomenal. On top of rock-solid movement and a huge, sometimes literal, sandbox to explore, The Phantom Pain gives players a huge arsenal of weapons, vehicles, gadgets, and AI companions to approach missions creatively. As always, stealthy tactical gameplay is rewarded heavily, but if a mission goes sideways (or if you’re feeling squirrelly) the game doesn’t punish you too hard for getting get loud and messy. Even if you’ve never played another Metal Gear game, this is a hell of an experience. If the plot leaves you with a big question mark over your head, don’t feel left out. That’s part of the fun.Release Date: September 1, 2015 | Developer: Kojima Productions, Konami | IGN’sMetal Gear Solid 5 Wiki

13. Resident Evil 2

Resident Evil fans were begging for a remake of the much-beloved Resident Evil 2 for over two decades. After the original RE1 received its stellar GameCube REmake all the way back in 2002, fans waited, and waited… and waited. When it eventually came, it was everything they dreamed of and more. The Resident Evil 7‘s RE Engine was reworked into a third-person tour de force, showcasing intensely realistic gore with blood dripping from mangled zombies. Mr. X returned as a force to be reckoned with, its shooting mechanics were pitch-perfect, and terror was palpable throughout.

The series’ latest entry, Resident Evil Village, was released in May. IGN awarded it an 8/10 and called it “a genuinely engrossing and increasingly combat-heavy continuation of the Ethan Winters story.” RE Village DLC is currently in development.Release Date: January 25, 2019 | Developer: Capcom | IGN’sResident Evil 2 Video Review | IGN’sResident Evil 2 WikiGhost of Tsushima Photo Mode Greatest Shots by IGN Staff

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12. Ghost of Tsushima

Sucker Punch’s latest adventure is dense with moving stories and striking visuals that make exploring its expansive take on 13th century japan a joy. Its cast – across the English and Japanese languages – does an excellent job bringing Ghost’s complex tale of honor and loss to life, both in its 30+ hour main campaign and all the side quests that eloquently mirror thematic aspects of your main journey.

While the stealth may be simple (and enemy AI less than stellar), combat is spectacular – a simple but nuanced exploration of Japanese swordplay that is still fun right up to your very last duel. Add all of this on top of one of the best (and most addictive) photo modes we’ve seen, and Ghost of Tsushima more than makes up for its late addition to the PS4’s library by being one of its best games.

Ghost of Tsushima movie is officially in development and will be directed by Chad Stahelski (John Wick), while Sucker Punch is now working on a “spectacular” new multiplayer game.Release Date: July 17, 2020 | Developer: Sucker Punch Productions | IGN’sGhost of Tsushima Video Review | IGN’sGhost of Tsushima Wiki | Buy It Here: Amazon

11. Red Dead Redemption 2

Both a stunning technical achievement and a gold standard for video game storytelling in an open-world setting, Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the greatest games Rockstar Games has ever made, and one of the greatest games ever, period. Red Dead Redemption 2’s world is a sprawling and stunning recreation of the wild west, packed so full of detail and activity it’s almost daunting; getting from A to B is virtually impossible without going off the beaten path to some other distraction. Said distractions are incredibly accomplished, too – side quests, mini-games, hunting, and gathering are all deeply considered parts of Red Dead 2 in their own right.

But of course, it’s Red Dead 2’s characters that stick in the memory most: Arthur Morgan, John Marsten, Sadie, Dutch, et. al. are vibrant, multi-faceted characters, their complex dynamics always shifting and changing, even if their trajectories are set in stone. Red Dead Redemption 2 is nothing short of a masterpiece.

Red Dead 2 has now sold over 36 million copies, making it one of the ten best-selling games of all time.Release Date: October 26, 2018 | Developer: Rockstar Games | IGN’sRed Dead Redemption 2 Video Review | IGN’sRed Dead Redemption 2 Wiki

10. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

While Nathan Drake established himself as a compelling lead over the course of the four core Uncharted games, 2017’s Uncharted: The Lost Legacy proved that the same was true for Drake’s supporting cast.

Lost Legacy moved the spotlight to the unexpected duo of treasure hunter Chloe Frazer and mercenary Nadine Ross, and discovered there is a verve and chemistry in the cast even without Nate. Not only does Lost Legacy open the door for any number of spinoffs that focus on other characters in the Uncharted universe, it features some of the best gameplay sequences the series has to offer.Release Date: August 22, 2017 | Developer: Naughty Dog | IGN’sUncharted: The Lost Legacy Video Review | IGN’s Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Wiki | Buy It Here: Amazon

9. Control

An exceptional third-person shooter with a trippy supernatural twist, Control is not only our Game of the Year for 2019 but stands out as one of the most unique adventures of the generation. The seasoned team at Remedy Entertainment brought their years of experience to bear on one of the coolest ability/weapon sets in recent memory, which made for some of the most satisfying and frenetic telekinetic combat ever put to pixels. On top of its excellent super-powered gunplay, Control features some truly inspired environmental design, its Oldest House a shape-shifting labyrinth-like something from a fever dream shared by Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch. Throughout its monster-filled halls, you’ll undertake memorable side quests, hunt for upgrades to your abilities and gear, and hunt down a litany of collectibles that all help flesh out the eerie bureaucracy that’s at the center of Control’s impossibly unique experience.

Remedy has since released two expansions for Control, The Foundation and the Alan Wake crossover AWE. The developer recently confirmed it’s started work on another new game, marking the studio’s sixth publicly announced project — two of which are set in the Control/Alan Wake universe.Release Date: August 27, 2019 | Developer: Remedy Entertainment | IGN’sControl Video Review | IGN’sControl Wiki | Buy It Here: Amazon

8. Marvel’s Spider-Man

Marvel’s Spider-Man is a masterclass in comic book joy, an expertly built world that perfectly encapsulates the child-like wonder of looking up at the looming, inspiring skylines of New York City and the superhero-like triumph of effortlessly scaling the tallest buildings in the Big Apple. It’s a game about Spider-Man made by people who deeply, truly, genuinely adore Spider-Man, from his costumes to his friends, foes, and family.

The simple act of soaring and flipping through the city is so satisfying and addictive that you’ll likely want to explore every corner of it and nab every collectible before even finishing the story. Once you do decide to settle down and move the narrative forward, you’ll find a heartwarming story of love and loss, awkward adolescence, and tons and tons of ass kicking. Along the way, you’ll unlock iconic Spider-Man suits, take down nefarious villains in gigantic, explosive setpieces, and bask in the realization that the modern comic book movie renaissance that we’re all so gleefully enjoying has finally, finally made its way back to video games.

Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, which adds visual improvement and reduced loading times, is now available on PS5 as part of the Spider-Man: Miles Morales Deluxe Edition.Release Date: September 7, 2018 | Developer: Insomniac Games | IGN’sSpider-Man PS4 Video Review | IGN’sSpider-Man PS4 WikiEverything We Know About Horizon Forbidden West So Far5:00Autoplay setting: On

7. Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon: Zero Dawn is one of the most beautiful open-world games ever crafted. Grass sways in the wind beneath blooming sunrises while towering cities formed from the ashes of a once prosperous society loom in the distance. And, most importantly, giant, awe-inspiring mechanical dinosaurs outfitted with a terrifying array of pseudo-natural weaponry roam the land, roaring, gnashing, and trampling their prey. When iconic PlayStation developer Guerrilla Games revealed they were pivoting away from the Killzone franchise to make an open world robot dinosaur hunting game starring a warrior redhead outfitted like a space cake dealer at Burning Man, the world was cautiously optimistic.

The end result, thankfully, was a vast, wondrous, and unique open-world action game with just the right amount of RPG elements that come together to create a brilliant first entry into what we hope will become a pillar franchise for PlayStation Studios. Taking down a gigantic boss with an active strategy of well-placed melee strikes and projectiles is one of the most thrilling experiences on PlayStation 4, and looting the shrapnel of a downed robot for much-needed upgrade parts afterwards is equally satisfying. Horizon takes some of the best elements of existing open world games and weaves them together to make something wholly original, wonderfully refreshing and wildly fun.

Sony recently gave us our first look at Horizon Forbidden West gameplay. The sequel does not yet have a release date, though Guerrilla Games says “development is on track.”Release Date: February 28, 2017 | Developer: Guerilla Games | IGN’sHorizon Zero Dawn Video Review | IGN’sHorizon Zero Dawn Wiki

6. Grand Theft Auto 5 / GTA Online

Rockstar’s latest and greatest open-world felony simulator made its debut at the tail end of the last console generation, handily breaking records as the fastest-selling entertainment product in history, so it’s no surprise that it got ported to current-gen. What is surprising, perhaps, is just how much of an upgrade it got in the process. Uprezzed textures, totally overhauled lighting effects and a fully-functional first-person option were just some of the litany of updates and tweaks to the series’ biggest and best game yet.

Whether you’re after a sprawling single-player campaign that provides a ruthless skewering of 21st century American life, or a multiplayer component with years of big free updates and an extremely active community, or just a sandbox where you can do crimes either alone or with friends, Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online really does offer something for everyone. Seriously, is there any other game where you can play the stock market, jump in a Mad Max death card and then trip on peyote so hard you turn into a bird?

GTA V’s legacy will continue on PS5 in the second half of 2021. This latest version of Rockstar’s masterpiece “will feature a range of technical improvements, visual upgrades and performance enhancements to take full advantage of the latest hardware, making the game more beautiful and more responsive than ever.”Release Date: November 18, 2014 | Developer: Rockstar Games | IGN’sGrand Theft Auto 5 Video Review | IGN’s Grand Theft Auto 5 Wiki and Interactive Map

5. Persona 5 Royal

A massive, gorgeous JRPG, Persona 5 set a high bar for the genre, and 2020’s Persona 5 Royal re-release pushes that bar even higher. An engrossing adventure brimming with style and flair, Persona 5 sees you navigating school life by day and descending into the corrupted minds of Tokyo’s more villainous citizens by night in order to coerce them away from their corrupt endeavors.

The students who make up Persona 5’s ensemble cast leave an indelible mark as they are introduced and further become embroiled in the exploits of the Phantom Thieves. Persona 5 does a great job of balancing the two facets of its gameplay, letting players really dive into the social connections in the real world and allowing those to influence the dungeon exploration and turn-based action of its massive and varied mind palaces. Coupled with a continually engaging combat system, a soundtrack full of earworms, its twisty, wild story, and plenty of additional content on top of the base game, Persona 5 Royal delivers one of the deepest JRPGs of the generation, if not of all time.

A P5 spinoff, Persona 5 Strikers, was released in February.Release Date: March 31, 2020 | Developer: Atlus, P-Studio | IGN’sPersona 5 Video Review | IGN’s Persona 5 Wiki | Buy It Here: AmazonThe Best Open Worlds in Video Games

<img src="; alt="<h2>The Best Open Worlds</h2>Video Games offer their players boundless escapism, and while that’s sometimes in the form of a really compelling linear story, there’s a special place in our hearts for a big open world you can easily get lost in. To that end, we’ve put together a list of our favorite open worlds in gaming.<br><br>It’s worth noting that <i>this isn’t a list of IGN’s Best Open-World Games™</i>, but rather our favorite worlds in and of themselves – whether they’re made up of miles of untamed wilderness, countless blocks of urban sprawl or fall somewhere in-between, these are the top 10 video game open worlds.<br><br>For more game-ranking goodness, why not check out our picks for <a href="">the top 10 modern RPGs</a> or <a href="">the best PS2 games of all time
<img src="; alt="<h3>10. Sunset City (Sunset Overdrive)</h3>In a world turned upside-down – or, maybe in some cases it’s more accurate to say inside out – by an energy drink apocalypse, the unique urban landscape of Sunset Overdrive was keen on changing the rules for what it meant to traverse a giant metropolis. Rather than relying on running or driving, it's over-the-top means of traversal sets Sunset Overdrive apart from other open worlds. By enabling rail grinding, wall-running, and comically huge bouncing on nearly every surface, Sunset Overdrive's city became a zany funhouse that was a blast to get around in and also perfectly mirrored the game's off-the-wall sense of humor.<br>Add that to some wonderfully designed setpieces, like a medieval-themed roller coaster and towering skyscrapers wrapped in rail lines, and Sunset City quickly became the perfect place to blow up hordes of mutated goons with unparalleled flair.<br><br><p style="text-align:right;"><i>- <a href="">Brendan Graeber</a></i>


<img src="; alt="<h3>9. The New World (Horizon: Zero Dawn)</h3>Horizon: Zero Dawn’s world is a gorgeous sandbox of dramatic locales peppered through with huge, dinosaur-like machines intent on murdering you; it’s much more fun than it sounds. Snowy mountains beg you to climb them, dense forest-land house unseen horrors and calcified skyscrapers now serve as platforms to get from A to B. There’s still a thrill seeing an enormous Thunderjaw stomping round in the distance – this is as close to a proper dinosaur game as we’ve had in the last 10 years, and the threat it houses at its core is wonderfully tempered by the gorgeous trappings that surround it.<br><br><p style="text-align:right;"><i>- <a href="">Lucy O'Brien</a></i>

<img src="; alt="<h3>8. Kyrat (Far Cry 4)</h3>Even though the most recent entry in the series added some additional vehicular mayhem, Far Cry 4’s Kyrat offers some of the most spectacular sandbox action that gaming has to offer. The lush forests, snowy mountains and farmlands of this fictional Himalayan country is densely packed with open-ended activities, dangerous wildlife, and plenty of nooks and crannies to explore for secrets. Add in the fact that you can roam the wilds with a friend in online co-op and you’ve got a tasty recipe for an insanely good time.<br><br><p style="text-align:right;"><i>- <a href="">Jon Ryan</a></i>

<img src="; alt="<h3>7. San Francisco Bay Area (Watch_Dogs 2)</h3>Watch Dogs 2’s version of the Bay Area is slightly more condensed than its real-life counterpart, but if you can’t physically travel to San Francisco, this is definitely the next best thing. From the Painted Ladies to the Golden Gate Bridge, all of SF’s biggest landmarks are here, and the city’s melting pot of cultures is pretty well represented across the varied neighborhoods. Full of interesting side activities and secrets to uncover, Watch Dogs 2 is virtual tourism at it’s best – even if its traffic is unbelievably light and the game’s story about our descent into a high-tech corporate dystopia somehow manages to be less depressing than the real thing.<br><br><p style="text-align:right;"><i>- <a href="">Mark Medina</a></i>

<img src="; alt="<h3>8. The Caribbean (Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag)</h3>While plenty of Assassin’s Creed games offer hyper-detailed recreations of historical cities across the globe, few offer as satisfying a blend of worthwhile exploration and diverse gameplay as the crystal blue waters of Assassin’s Creed IV’s Caribbean setting. Okay, and the Atlantic coastlines a couple of times.<br>Point is, whether you were skulking about the streets of Nassau, diving for treasure in old wrecks, hunting sea monsters or sinking ship after ship after ship, Black Flag’s nautical playground may not be the biggest world the series has ever seen, but it still remains the best it has to offer, and hands-down the ultimate simulator for those of us wishing to become the scourge of the high seas.<br><br><p style="text-align:right;"><i>- <a href="">Jon Ryan</a></i>

4. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

CD Projekt Red’s sprawling fantasy epic has become one of the most noteworthy games of all time, one that set a new standard for open-world RPGs. With a grim-yet-gorgeous world that stretches across the better part of an entire continent, every corner, cave, swamp or city street of The Witcher 3 has something to discover.

It’s 60+ hour main story is a great adventure, full of mystery and intrigue that draws from the deep lore of author Andrzej Sapkowski’s books, but its Geralt’s expertly-crafted side stories, monster hunts and off-beat adventures that really make The Witcher 3 and its two huge expansions truly exceptional. It’s a game where you can easily get lost for hundreds of hours and still not see everything it has to offer – but every one of those hours will be absolutely worth it.

A “visually and technically enhanced” version of The Witcher 3 is coming to PS5 (as well as PC and Xbox Series X) in the second half of 2021. It’ll be released as a free update for existing owners.Release Date: May 19, 2015 | Developer: CD Projekt Red | IGN’sThe Witcher 3 Video Review | IGN’sThe Witcher 3 Wiki

3. Bloodborne

Bloodborne is a brutally difficult, immensely terrifying action horror game that will immediately kick your ass. You’ll spawn, die, and repeat until you throw your controller, swear at your television, and vow to walk away forever. Once outside the dim confines of Bloodborne’s dense, evil, snarling network of contorted beasts, wretched howls, and stark-raving murderous lunatics, you’ll enjoy a quiet, cheerful walk amidst the sunshine in the real world, free from Bloodborne’s punishing ways.

But a voice in your head will begin to ring and linger, calling you back, urging you to return, push forward, and conquer. And when you do, you’ll find yourself improved and fueled, patient and energized, ready to tackle it’s gristled, hairy bosses, rotting cathedrals, and wet, corrupt catacombs. Then you’ll die again, but this time you’ll be stronger, wiser, and older and prepared for the foulest of beasts to leap from the shadows and tear you apart all over again. Bloodborne is a horrible, vile world where every reward brings risks and fear is palpable. And while its challenges feel insurmountable and out of reach, your skill and determination will eventually prevail and you’ll press forward through the night. Death is frequent. Frustration is certain. But ultimately, victory is possible, and when achieved, becomes one of the greatest feelings in the world.Release Date: March 24, 2015 | Developer: FromSoftware | IGN’sBloodborne Video Review | IGN’sBloodborne Wiki

2. The Last of Us Part 2

The follow-up to 2013’s The Last of Us is the pinnacle of Naughty Dog’s storytelling ambitions during the life of the PS3 and PS4. Part 2’s ambitious, uncompromising story delivers at nearly every unexpected turn, with character arcs that are poignant, risky, and devastating. Naughty Dog asks you, the player, to do your best to reckon with morally ambiguity in ways that have evoked some of the strongest across the board reactions that we’ve seen from any game, ever.

It’s also perhaps Naughty Dog’s most mechanically complex game to date, and its stealth and action systems delivers moment after moment that feel like they should be scripted but are instead entirely dynamic. It may be one of the more divisive games of the generation, but it’s also one of the best; an absolute haymaker of a game we still can’t stop thinking about.

A The Last of Us remake is reportedly in the works at Naughty Dog. HBO, meanwhile, is developing a The Last of Us TV series starring Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie. Marlene, the leader of the Fireflies, will also make an appearance in the series, and she’ll be played by the same actor, Merle Dandridge.Release Date: June 19, 2020 | Developer: Naughty Dog | IGN’sThe Last of Us Part 2 Video Review | IGN’sThe Last of Us Part 2 Wiki | Buy It Here: Amazon

1. God of War

2018’s God of War shows an obvious level of care that went into crafting its world, characters, and gameplay, evolving a longstanding PlayStation franchise into a testament to the power of storytelling in games and making it our choice for the best PlayStation 4 game, period. Every aspect of God of War feels intentional, interconnecting with every other major aspect of the game, making exploring every inch of its world a rewarding opportunity. Everything from the main story to side missions and seemingly innocuous collectibles factor into your understanding of this new Aesir-inspired world and its major players.

It somehow never makes any of that feel like a dry history lesson, though, and God of War is constantly making smart, economical use of storytelling. It’s also just such a fun experience, with the new Leviathan axe being one of the most satisfying game weapons we’ve used since we originally picked up the Blades of Chaos back in 2005. Bundled with smart progression, fascinating environments, and an impactful story that offers an insightful exploration of one of gaming’s most notorious antiheroes, God of War is undoubtedly one of the best experiences of the generation as a whole, and a shining example of what the PlayStation 4 has to offer.

The God of War sequel was recently delayed to 2022. The good news: Sony confirmed it will be released on both PS5 and PS4.Release Date: April 20, 2018 | Developer: Santa Monica Studio | IGN’sGod of War Video Review | IGN’sGod of War Wiki | 

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