It’s 2021 and while the PlayStation 5 is the latest and greatest in gaming, it’s very hard to actually find one in stock. You might want to play Returnal on Sony’s new box, but that’s not happening without the console! While you wait and hunt though, the last generation is still paying off. The PlayStation 4 is still a great console with a number of great games.
Sony’s PlayStation 5 is here, but the PlayStation 4 still has has many terrific titles that make the platform worth owning. These are the PS4 games that should be in your library.
In 2013, the PlayStation 4 blitzed the then-new console generation to become the hottest video game machine on the market. It’s approaching eight years old by this point, but there are still games coming out for the console, and a whole library of instant classics. And if you happen to own a PlayStation 4 Pro, you can still experience 4K graphics, HDR, and improved frame rates (depending on the game).
Look at the cornucopia of riches available. There’s the gothic horror of Bloodborne, Hideo Kojima’s last Konami hurrah in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and two excellent Spider-Man titles from Insomniac Games. And future titles are still coming to the platform, with Sony revealing that Horizon Forbidden West will release on PS4 as well.
The PS4’s lack of backward compatibility was an issue when the console launched, so Sony created PlayStation Now. The streaming service lets you play hundreds of PS2, PS3, and PS4 titles. It’s also available on PC. Naturally, once you stop paying for access to these games, you can no longer play them. The $9.99-per-month PlayStation Plus adds online multiplayer and two free games per month. Long story short, there’s a lot to like about the PlayStation 4. Check out the list below for the full rundown of our favorite PS4 games and let us know your favorite picks in the comments below.
Bloodborne (for Playstation 4)
Bloodborne, the successor to FromSoftware’s Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls games, steps away from the sword and sorcery that defined those action-RPGs. Instead, Bloodborne delves into the macabre, alien, and grotesque, with aesthetic and story parallels to H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard’s fiction.
Bloodborne’s controls are similar to the Souls games, except that they feature enhanced evasion, a health-regeneration system, and abundant healing items; the game’s a very different beast than its predecessors. Plus, Bloodborne’s Gothic and horror inspirations create fantastic world lore.
Doom (for PlayStation 4) Do you hate demons? Are you inclined to rip and tear unholy abominations into piles of bloody goop? Well, you and the Doomslayer have a lot in common. Join him on his journey to purge Mars of its infernal denizens once and for all in this frantic first-person shooter.
Forget what you’ve learned about cover-based shooting, linear maps, and regenerating health: Doom offers labyrinthine maps and white-knuckle action that hearkens back to the glory days of shooters. It’s one of the best games on the platform. Final Fantasy VII Remake (for PlayStation 4)
Developer Square Enix rose to the challenge and reimagined an icon. Final Fantasy VII Remake takes players back to the depressing and eccentric city of Midgar, where a group of eco-terrorists wage war against a ruthless power company hellbent on destroying the planet for profit. You follow ex-SOLDIER Cloud and his misfit allies through the pseudo-futuristic cityscape, fighting security grunts, robots, and mutant monstrosities using an all new hybrid turn-based/action-combat system. Of course, the RPG’s versatile Materia skill system is back, delivering dozens of ability options to choose from for tremendous character build variety.
Final Fantasy VII Remake also boasts outstanding presentation, with visuals and music that are second to none. It may only be episode one of a much larger story, but it delivers a hell of a package in spite of it. Ghost of Tsushima for PS4
Sucker Punch Productions steps into the past and brings medieval Japan to life. Ghost of Tsushima is the story of Jin Sakai, an honorable samurai who is forced to become something else when his people are attacked by the Mongols. A samurai always faces their enemies head-on, but guerilla warfare will be needed to win this war. Ghost of Tsushima is one of the last PS4 games released and it’s a stunner. The island is bathed in bright colors, with fields of red flowers swaying in the breeze, stark white blankets of snow, and shining golden sunsets. You’ll journey across this island, reliving the samurai fantasy. There’s even a Kurosawa mode, if you want to enjoy the entire game in black-and-white.
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