The Grand Theft Auto series has continued its upward trajectory with the release of GTA5, and the Last Of Us franchise has become one of the most popular of all-time with gamers.
With the PlayStation 5 set to be released in late 2021, we’ve taken a look at the best 30 PS4 games of all time, using Metacritic score filters.
Games are rated from between 0 to 100 based on critic reviews by different publications. Those featured include the likes of PlayStation Magazine, IGN and Digital Spy – in other words, the very best that gaming media has to offer.
Without any further ado, let’s get into the list.
30. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Hearts of Stone (2015) [Metacritic Score – 90]
An expansion pack for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (to be featured later on in this article), the Hearts of Stone pack features over 10 hours of new adventures. There are new objectives and story missions, as well as new characters added to the game.
29. Tales From The Borderlands: Episode 5 – The Vault of the Traveler (2015) [Metacritic Score – 90]
Tales From The Borderlands: Episode 5 is the final episode of the season, and provides new drama for the player. With Jack in control of Helios’ systems, it is up to the player to get hold of the Gortys piece and get out of the space station alive.
28. Monster Hunter: World (2018) [Metacritic Score – 90]
Monster Hunter: World is a game based around hunting ferocious beasts. The player takes over the role of hunter and must negotiate through a range of different battles, each vital in ensuring progression in different quests that the game provides.
27. Fez (2014) [Metacritic Score – 90]
Fez was created as a 2D puzzle platform game set in a 3D world. The player takes control of Gomez, who lives on a 2D plane before discovering a break-up that leads to the discovery of a mysterious third dimension. The aim of the game is to progress through this dimension whilst collecting cubes and cube fragments to restore the universe.
26. Rayman Legends (2014) [Metacritic Score – 90]
Rated as one of the best platform games of the PS4 era, Rayman Legends involves numerous boss fights over different worlds. The graphics and colours of the game were also praised, although the game does lack an online co-op mode.
25. Shovel Knight (2015) [Metacritic Score – 90]
A classic action-adventure game, Shovel Knight allows you to play as the eponymous character, who must defeat the Enchantress on his way to saving his beloved. He must defeat The Order of No Quarter knights in order to complete his goal.
24. Overwatch (2016) [Metacritic Score – 90]
One of the most popular multiplayer games of the past few years, Overwatch is still played in great numbers today. It is a team-based shooter which stars a cast of soldiers, scientists, adventurers and more in a global conflict.
23. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition (2014) [Metacritic Score – 90]
Combining the original game and the Reaper of Souls expansion pack, Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition combines both to reach the heights of number 23 on this list. The player can use one of six character classes, including Witch Doctor, Wizard and the all-new Crusader. Both single player and multiplayer modes are highly rated.
22. Flower (2013) [Metacritic Score – 91]
One of the first PS4 games to be released, Flower was the sequel to the popular flOw title. It is divided into six main levels, and involves players controlling the wind which blows a flower petal through the air. It was designed to provoke positive emotions from the player, instead of being difficult to complete.
21. Resident Evil 2 (2019) [Metacritic Score – 91]
The sequel to the highly successful Resident Evil, players can control the fates of police officer Leon Kennedy and college student Claire Radfield, after a zombie outbreak in Raccoon City. Both characters are equally important to the game cycle – they both have their own playable campaigns.
20. NieR: Automata – Game of the YoRHa Edition [Metacritic Score – 91]
NieR: Automata begins with mechanical beings having taken over Earth. It is the job of the player to bring humanity back, with android soldiers declaring war trying to destroy the automated invaders.
19. INSIDE (2016) [Metacritic Score – 91]
INSIDE centres around a boy who finds himself drawn into a near-monochromatic environment. The boy has to solve puzzles to avoid death. The game received strong praise, although was cited by some for its difficulty.
18. Celeste (2018) [Metacritic Score – 91]
Another platformer game in this list, Celeste allows the player to take control of Madeleine, who must reach the top of Celeste Mountain amidst various encounters. A DLC pack titled ‘Farewell’ was added to the game last September.
17. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine (2016) [Metacritic Score – 91]
The second expansion pack for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in this list, the Blood and Wine pack adds 20 hours of new adventures in the land of Toussaint.
16. Shadow of the Colossus (2018) [Metacritic Score – 91]
In a land where the Colossi roam freely, this re-make of the 2006 PlayStation 2 edition of the same name, the player must defeat each colossus in boss-style scenarios in order to complete the game.
15. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers (2019) [Metacritic Score – 91]
An expansion pack for Final Fantasy XIV, Shadowbringers gives the user 70 to 80 new cities, as well as new races and trails. The pack centres around the aftermath of the Dragonsong War, where Disciples of the Hand and Land work together to rebuild Ishgard.
14. Divinity: Original Sin II – Definitive Edition (2018) [Metacritic Score – 92]
The sequel to the first game, Divinity: Original Sin II gives the player the opportunity to be the Sourcerer, a character who can summon creatures from the encroaching Void. The game involves the capture of the player, who is sent to Fort Joy and must negotiate their way out.
13. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015) [Metacritic Score – 92]
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt centres around the Geralt of Rivia, who the player controls. They must defeat the Wild Hunt, a convoy of riders, and prevent the Empire from destroying the Kingdoms of the North.
12. Undertale (2017) [Metacritic Score – 92]
Undertale is a game in which the player controls a human who falls underground into the world of monsters. Put simply, they have to get out, attacking enemies in order to do so.
11. Bloodborne (2015) [Metacritic Score – 92]
Another RPG game on this list, the player must travel through the ancient city of Yharnam, which has been cursed with an endemic illness which is spreading through the streets. You must uncover its darkest secrets to survive, whilst exploring and conquering your quest.
10. Journey (2015) [Metacritic Score – 92]
From the makers of Flower, Journey is rated is one of the most popular PS4 games of all-time. It is centred around an online universe – starting in an unknown, the player discovers the history of an ancient civilisation, and can do so travelling either by themselves or with others.
9. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (2016) [Metacritic Score – 93]
The fourth game in the Uncharted series and its most successful, according to this Metacritic list. Uncharted 4 follows Nathan Drake and his brother Sam, who embark on a journey to locate Libertalia, a pirate utopia deep in the forests of Madagascar, in search of Avery’s fortune.
8. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015) [Metacritic Score – 93]
A franchise that started in the 1990s, Metal Gear Solid has remained popular with games ever since. Metal Gear Solid V follows the protagonist of the series, Big Boss, in 1984, as he ventures into Soviet-occupied Afghanistan and the Angola-Zaire border region, which plays a key role in the previous Ground Zeroes game.
7. Persona 5 (2017) [Metacritic Score – 93]
Persona 5 follows a group of teenagers with mysterious alter-egos – the player controls a character with a ‘phantom thief’ guise, with several personas. The path through the game is to establish the reason behind the guise, and what the motivation is.
6. The Last of Us Part II (2020) [Metacritic Score – 94]
The long-awaited sequel to the Last of Us, Part II is the newest release to this list. Ellie and Joel have settled in Jackson, Wyoming, despite the infected still providing a strong threat. A violent event changes the course of their lives, and it’s the player’s job to guide them through the consequences.
5. God of War (2018) [Metacritic Score – 94]
Kratos must fight and survive in the lands of Norse Gods and monsters, with his son needing to do the same. With a new setting and new creatures involved, God of War provides a new experience to the original games.
4. The Last of Us Remastered (2014) [Metacritic Score – 95]
The original Last of Us game beats its successor in this list. Joel is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of a military quarantine zone, but must negotiate several challenges provided by a post-apocalyptic world as the duo travel across the US.
3. Persona 5 Royal (2020) [Metacritic Score – 95]
The recently-released sequel to Persona 5, this game involves the player using the character of the Joker, who stages grand heists to change the ways of the corrupt. With improved graphics and locations to explore, this is certainly an upgrade on the previous high-rated edition of the series.
2. Grand Theft Auto V (2014) [Metacritic Score – 97]
Not too much needs to be said about the success of GTA. The second-ranked game on this list, GTA centres around the main characters of Franklin, Michael and Trevor, each with playable over-arching storylines. The player can then go online for an entirely different experience, completing missions, heists and races in exchange for in-game currency.
1. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018) [Metacritic Score – 97]
Red Dead Redemption 2, the sequel to the popular Red Dead Redemption game, begins in America 1899, and the Wild West era. Centring around Arthur Morgan and his Van der Linde gang, the player must rob, steal and fight across the USA after being forced to flee from a robbery gone wrong. As the game goes on, Arthur must make some key decisions.