The 20 greatest PlayStation 4 games of all time ranked ahead of PS5 release


With Sony’s critically acclaimed PlayStation 4 now sitting in second on the list of best-selling home games consoles, excitement grows for fans who are counting down the days until its successor the PS5 drops this Holiday season.

It’s safe to say that the PS4 blew the competing Xbox One out of the water upon release, and an array of PlayStation exclusives has kept gamers enthralled over its six-year lifespan. Cue the graphics comparison memes.

The Independent have ranked the top 20 PS4 titles, with some surprise inclusions along the way, so we thought this would be the perfect time to reveal what games they ranked in the top 20 and where they placed.

Note, this list was compiled back in February, so the likes of ‘The Last of Us Part II’ and ‘Ghost of Tsushima’ will have to wait for an updated list in the future.

20: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (2017)

Capcom’s 2017 survival horror video game was truly terrifying. Set in Louisiana, the player is tasked with making numerous game changing decisions, helping it to receive a score of 86/100 from Metacritic.

19: Untitled Goose Game (2019)

This game finally gives us the answer to the age-old question, what would it be like to be a chaotic goose for the day? That’s enough to make any top 20 list in our book.

18: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (2016)

Naughty Dog’s send off to Nathan Drake was as emotional as it was action packed. Nate’s hunt for pirate Henry Avery’s treasure took the player all over the world, filled with the action set-pieces and the quirky one-liners we have grown to love from the series. A personal favourite, bravo.


17: Titanfall 2 (2016)

Possibly the best game to have ever sold so badly. Up against the titan franchises of Call of Duty and Battlefield, EA’s sequel to the 2014 game took everything we loved about the first instalment and added a bit more craziness. We even got a solid campaign too!

16: Dark Souls III (2016)

The fastest selling came in publisher Bandai Namco’s history, the action-RPG was given a 9.5 rating by IGN.

15: Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)

Xbox alert! Square Enix’s superb reboot of the former Xbox exclusive saw Lara Croft waltz around the frozen Siberian landscape as we learnt all about her rise to becoming the Tomb Raider.

14: Monster Hunter: World (2018)

This one’s name is pretty self-explanatory; you play as a hunter, tasked with finding monsters. Another 9.5 score from IGN helped the game receive universal acclaim from critics.


13: Shadow of the Colossus (2018)

A remaster of the 2005 title of the same name, Bluepoint had to get it right when they embarked on bringing one of gaming’s greats onto the eighth generation. And it’s safe to say, they did. Stunning graphics, a better performance and that same soundtrack.

12: Marvel’s Spider-Man (2018)

Cool gadgets, a beautiful New York city and the franchise’s most loved characters, what more could fans of the iconic web-swinger ask for?

11: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (2018)

Ubisoft Quebec’s reimagining of ancient Greece saw a war between Athens and Sparta told from both sides. Launched with a Metacritic score of 83/100, the game was nominated for dozens of awards.

10: Persona 5 (2016)

Set on the streets of modern-day Tokyo, Persona 5 received critical acclaim thanks to the game’s design, plot and presentation. The latest release in the series, fans can be sure for another instalment once the next generation of consoles launch!

9: Control (2019)

The game follows the Federal Bureau of Control, as players help in the battle against the paranormal. Everything studio Remedy Entertainment got wrong with Quantum Break, they got right with Control.


8: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015)

The last game produced by the legendary Hideo Kojima, MGS5 took a new approach to the classic stealth series. The Phantom Pain offered players more open-world style missions.

7: Horizon Zero Dawn (2017)

One of the console’s most successful exclusives, players battled gigantic mechanical dinosaurs in a beautifully designed post-apocalyptic setting. And better still, a sequel is coming for the PS5.

6: God of War (2018)

A franchise synonymous with ancient Greece, Kratos swapped Sparta for Scandinavia as he, along with his son Atreus, battled their way through the Norse realms. We say Atreus, but the unmistakable calls of ‘Boy’ run as a greeting run throughout.

5: Bloodborne (2015)

For those who haven’t played Bloodborne, imagine Dark Souls. Then imagine Dark Souls harder, scarier and more unforgiving. Not the easiest game on the list!

4: Grand Theft Auto V (2013)

Nothing more needs to be said about Rockstar’s genre-defining classic than hasn’t been said before. So, we won’t. If you have never played GTA 5 then, well, who am I kidding? Of course you have.


3: The Last of Us Remastered (2014)

Commonly regarded as the greatest game of all time, Naughty Dog’s PS3 icon was revamped a year later for the newer console. The game follows Joel and Ellie as players battle hordes and warring factions on their journey across a post-apocalyptic United States. The sequel is rather good as well.

2: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)

Metacritic gives CD Projekt Red’s action RPG a score of 92/100. The Witcher 3 won a number of titles, including Game of the Year for 2016. Not many games are made into full-length feature series by Netflix, and with a DLC expansion pack bigger than most games, The Witcher 3 takes the silver medal.

1: Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)

Dutch’s plans of grandeur in Tahiti saw the Van der Linde gang eventually fall apart in the final chapters of the game. A gritty, beautiful and heart-breaking plot captured the lives of outlaws perfectly. Arthur Morgan’s sacrifice, if you chose that path, is well deserving of the number one spot!

So there we have it, the 20 greatest PlayStation 4 games according to the Independent. 

Now, of course, we’re all different and we all seek different things from our games, so don’t be too offended if your favourite doesn’t make it, or if it doesn’t rank as highly as you think it should.

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