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What are the Best PlayStation 4 Games?

Which PS4 games are the best? This comprehensive list of all of USgamer's top-scoring PS4 game reviews separates the classics from the clunkers.

Review by USgamer Team, .

Just bought a PlayStation 4 and want to know which games you should buy? You've come to the right place. This comprehensive list of new and classic PS4 games tells you which ones are unmissable, and which ones you should leave on the shelf. We've highlighted the games we've reviewed, so just click on a name if you want to read more.

On page four of this list, Team USG talk about their own personal favorites and explain why they're recommending them.

Directly below are games we've rated 5 stars

  • If you want to see which games are rated 4.5 stars, click here.
  • If you want to see which games are rated 4 stars, click here.
  • If you want to see which games the USgamer team personally recommend, click here.
Everybody's Gone To The Rapture
Flower

The Very Best - Rated 5 Stars

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture: Is Everybody's Gone to the Rapture a game, an experimental piece of interactive fiction, or is it perhaps even art? Whatever it is, the experience it delivers is a memorable one. It's gorgeous to look at, fantastic to listen to, and spins an intelligent and somewhat esoteric sci-fi mystery that's truly gripping through to its very end.

Flower: The previous generation's definitive chill-out game gets a lovely visual makeover for the next. And it's still as cool as ever.

Overwatch: Overwatch may yet cool off and fall by the wayside at some point in the near future, but it sure seems like it's here for the long haul. Pretty much everything about this game feels fresh and exciting: the class-based combat, the art style, the roster, the modes. It's equal parts strategic and twitchy, encouraging you to think while also rewarding skill, and its roster is a delight. Overwatch may well be the best new multiplayer shooter to come along since Modern Warfare and Team Fortress 2 took 2007 by storm. I can't wait to play more. (PC review: PS4 version is the same)

NBA 2K17: NBA 2K17 addresses most of my biggest issues from last year in cutting out canned animations and going back to basics with MyCareer, and it's still as polished as ever. It's easy to take its excellence for granted, but Visual Concepts' ambition and willingness to take risks keeps it from ever becoming stale. NBA 2K17 is the champion, and it's tough to see it losing that title anytime soon.

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin: From Software once raised the bar for game design; now, they've done the same for HD remakes. Rest assured, this isn't just a lazy repackaging of old content. Even if you know the Kingdom of Drangleic like the back of your hand, you're in for many new surprises. And if you've never played Dark Souls II before, your patience has paid off: This is simply the best version of it you'll ever play. (Xbox One review: PS4 version is the same)

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition: Perhaps the definitive version of Diablo III, Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition is streamlined, buttoned-down and an absolute joy to play - especially so when you start adding friends.

Axiom Verge

Axiom Verge : Although it closely follows the Metroidvania blueprint, the brilliantly designed and executed Axiom Verge adds enough new and original features to make it a truly great game in its own right. An absolute must for retro fans.

LittleBigPlanet 3: A tricky and challenging single-player game, joyously mad multiplayer action, and an incredibly in-depth creator mode combine to deliver what is without doubt, the best LittleBigPlanet game yet. Wonderful stuff.

Day of the Tentacle Remastered: LucasArts' 1993 adventure game has aged incredibly well, making for an incredible experience for newcomers and veterans alike. Add in a host of great extras and upgrades, and it's hard to think of how this Remastered edition could possibly be better. (PC review: PS4 version is the same)

Dark Souls III: From Software's amazing streak continues with Dark Souls III, which amounts to the finest game in the series. Returning players will find everything they've grown to love in a much better form, while newbies will be treated to the most accessible Souls to date. (PC review: PS4 version is the same)

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  • Avatar for cscaskie #1 cscaskie 3 years ago
    I fear that I'm amongst a huge minority of people who is specifically looking forward to Knack. I crave bright colors and cartoony art direction, and I'm a sucker for character driven platformers. Plus, Cerny's work speaks for itself. Until the absent Japanese PS4 development starts firing up, I'm afraid that there's little else that screams "must buy" to me.
    I am, however, excited about the PS4 itself as a platform. Like Brendan, I'm more enamored with future possibilities than what we've actually seen.Edited October 2013 by cscaskie
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  • Avatar for pjedavison #2 pjedavison 3 years ago
    @cscaskie Sony seems to think Knack will be a big deal -- it's been a key part of most of their advertising and promotional materials for PS4 -- but I haven't heard a lot of excitement expressed about it by the public. I wonder how well it will do when it releases?
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  • Avatar for cscaskie #3 cscaskie 3 years ago
    @pjedavison I think that it will be mildly successful, but that's largely by default. It's like afew Sony officials have said (Yoshida among them, I believe) - Knack is an add-on game. Lots of adults who purchase the system will grab Knack along with their Destinies and Assassin's Creeds, etc. because it's the only real family friendly option . . . something to play with the kids. I doubt that much of the title's success will come from people like me who specifically are looking forward to it. Here's hoping I'm wrong.

    I'm weird though . . . the first game I bought for my PS3 was Genji because I loved the first one so much, and I adore Game Republic (RIP). I'm just so fascinated by stories I've read about Knack's development. That whole deal about the oversized controller that was used to simulate a child's difficulty with normal controllers is fascinating. I want to experience a game that was part of a process like that.
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  • Avatar for transmet2033 #4 transmet2033 3 years ago
    I would not mind playing Knack at some point. The Witcher 3 and Transistor are probably the two games that I would like the most. Had I kept my pre-order, I would have gotten Killzone day 1 and Knack after I beat the campaign in Killzone.
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  • Avatar for Spazgadget #5 Spazgadget 3 years ago
    Add another vote for Knack - I don't expect this title to light the world on fire but I'll want something to do at launch other than Drive (DriveClub, NFS) and shoot (Killzone), and I expect Knack to fill the role perfectly well. I'm also intrigued by Mark Cerny's handprints on it, so hoping it turns out great.

    Resogun, Outlast, Transistor, and Contrast have my attention indie-wise, I expect Resogun to pretty much control my life for a while.

    All that said, I will be holding my breath and turning blue until inFamous: Second Son is released, which looks like the first thing that will knock my socks off this generation. Now how long till Nov 15??
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  • Avatar for Bla1ne #6 Bla1ne 3 years ago
    Not sure all of those are Launch games!

    The only launch title I have set in stone right now is Killzone. Also Drive Club because it'll come with PS+! Other than that, I can't wait until the weeks and days leading up to launch, when everything will be confirmed day-1 or not. I'm looking forward to a bunch of indies, but I have no idea what their release dates are. Namely Resogun (indie?), Transistor, Octodad, The Rapture, The Witness, etc.
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  • Avatar for danger.to.others #7 danger.to.others 3 years ago
    Not a single staff member has any love for Killzone? The one big budget first party built for PS4 exclusively game has no anticipation?
    I know the series started slow. I didn't like the first one and number two was perfectly fine, but nothing special.
    But I felt Killzone 3 was incredible, particularly played as co-op with my wife.
    Now they're going deeper story and opening up the levels....while I do want Watch_Dogs and ACIV more, I'm still excited for this strangely ignored title.
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  • Avatar for MHWilliams #8 MHWilliams 3 years ago
    @danger.to.others Played it at E3, seemed kind of cool, but I've never been a Killzone guy.
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  • Avatar for ewen1972 #9 ewen1972 3 years ago
    I'm looking forward to destiny, and the order 1886 looks very interesting as does the division, while the new dragon age looks like it's back on track again
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  • Avatar for andy10 #10 andy10 3 years ago
    Octodad was one of the highlights of the Eurogamer Expo for me. I didn't see anyone walk away from the demo without a huge smile on their face. The awkward controls, the delicate situations you're put in and the slapstick potential all came together really well. Interested to see how this will be stretched through the whole game.

    DriveClub was a huge disappointment. It was novel seeing cars zipping around with other people's photographed visages above them. But I couldn't get into the driving, which wasn't helped by the frequent hitches and terrible pop-in (though it was being demoed in pre-alpha).

    Hadn't heard of Contrast before but it looks really interesting. Given that there are no big-budget games that are swaying me, I feel it may be the smaller, indie titles that tip me towards a PS4.
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  • Avatar for Neifirst #11 Neifirst 3 years ago
    Another vote for Knack. That and Driveclub are the only games that really interest me at the moment. I will get Watch_Dogs if it gets good reviews since I'm from Chicago and want to see how it's rendered in a game.

    I honestly could live without getting the system at launch, but there are games like Diablo III, Infamous, and (hopefully) Yakuza coming out in the spring that I really want and it won't be any cheaper by March anyway.
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  • Avatar for Spazgadget #12 Spazgadget 3 years ago
    @Neifirst After seeing San Francisco "rendered" in Driver: San Francisco, I wouldn't hold your breath for Watch Dogs' version of Chicago, but hopefully we'll be surprised. Driver was a lot of saying "hey, that's not where that goes" and "wait, where did that go?". :)
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  • Avatar for soupbones #13 soupbones 3 years ago
    Why is this article called "Best LAUNCH Games"? Theres a whole lot of non-launch games being listed here.

    Knack is on the top of my list - played it at E3 and I was really surprised. I hope more people give it a shot -

    Resogun and Knack will be all I need for launch. I'll save KZ for Christmas. :)
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  • Avatar for Thusian #14 Thusian 3 years ago
    @danger.to.others well taste is subjective and if none of these staffers mentioned it, it is likely not to their taste.
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  • Avatar for Spazgadget #15 Spazgadget 3 years ago
    @danger.to.others It's definitely on my list, and one of the three retail games I'm gonna pick up at launch (along with AC4 and Knack, if you're curious). I think it's on a lot of people's lists, maybe just not their "most anticipated"?
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  • Avatar for GustinHardy #16 GustinHardy 3 years ago
    While it's an older game and available on the PS3, DCU Online is still really fun and you're not severely gimped when you don't drop additional cash.
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  • Avatar for rocksteady13 #17 rocksteady13 3 years ago
    I own BF4, NBA 2k14, and Killzone. Out of all those games Killzone is the best. BF4 still has a lot of issues and I can't shake the feeling that it is nothing than a glorified BF3 update. The single player campaign is terrible and if you were already getting bored of BF3 you will get bored of BF4 fast. NBA 2k14 would be number one on my list but the last update really screwed things up. Now the game won't load properly when I try to play some games in mygm mode. Killzone is hands down the most stable game and for me it was also the most enjoyable. My only complaint was that you are not given any decision making capabilities in the single player campaign which detracts from the overall story. Other than that it is a great game.
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  • Avatar for eodx9000 #18 eodx9000 3 years ago
    Hmm, this topic was published today, but there are comments from the PS4's launch? What's that about?

    Well whatever, I'd pay more to get a PS4 without Knack bundled to it.

    I'll be getting a PS4 in June for sure, and already I have 2 games for it (Tomb Raider DE & Thief), and hopefully it'll come bundled with Watch Dogs (after all, it was due to WD being delayed that I cancelled my PS4 preorder) - even though I'll have 2 WD copies doing so (I'm getting the LE). Then there are others I'm looking forward to, which are: The Evil Within, Final Fantasy XV, Metal Gear Solid V, Destiny, Tom Clancy's The Division, The Crew, Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Order: 1886, & Mad Max. I may get NFS:Rivals since it seems to have a better direction, but I was rather disgusted with the NFS:MW reboot.
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  • Avatar for nipsen #19 nipsen 3 years ago
    "Flower: The previous generation's definitive chill-out game gets a lovely visual makeover for the next. And it's still as cool as ever. "

    Question: did really no one notice that a bunch of the dynamic effects that made Flower such a fluid and beautiful experience - are completely missing from this version?

    (Since now it's in HD..? And not a puny 1920x1080 like it was before..?)
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  • Avatar for soloskywalker #20 soloskywalker 3 years ago
    I strongly disagree with your statement on Skylanders Swap Force. I'm 27 and really enjoy playing it as I find it relaxing. I also have about 200 figures so i'm sure I have a problem of some sort though.
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  • Avatar for artortega05 #21 artortega05 2 years ago
    Valiant Hearts game details are for Lego The Hobbit
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  • Avatar for bentaylor96 #22 bentaylor96 2 years ago
    To get the cheapest ps4 console and game prices visit www.rickardtaylorelectronics.com
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  • Avatar for kidgorilla #23 kidgorilla 2 years ago
    I get why people are cynical of free-to-play games, but I pick at Warframe every couple of months when I'm bored and it's a pretty solid -and much less mercenary- game than people tend to give it credit for. Digital Extremes has put a ton of work into tweaking the combat and interface over the course of the last year and made the learning curve a little less steep (though some homework definitely helps) with also streamlining some of the clutter in the menus.

    To be fair, you've definitely played better third-person action games before, but there's a lot of customization that gives it some depth, and the fact that it doesn't partition gameplay sessions into "do this and then wait an hour and then you can play again" baloney makes it a pretty fair deal at the low, low cost of absolutely nothing.Edited October 2014 by kidgorilla
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  • Avatar for airbagfin51 #24 airbagfin51 2 years ago
    @kidgorilla Yeah, similarly, I recommend another free game (and game with word 'War' in it): War Thunder. This is by the same guys who did the IL-2 Sturmovik games, and it's really quite awesome if you get into it.

    If you're just planning to mess around a little, it starts you off with an arcade control scheme that would be easily adopted by anyone who plays first or third person shooters. I believe the game has keyboard/mouse support too.

    However, I really enjoy playing in simulator mode. The game recreates that rickety, possibly about to fall apart feeling of those old planes so well, especially in flight. And with the simulator level controls and physics, you really feel the plane struggling to stay up at times.

    Also, it's one of those few games where PS4 gamers are linked up with PC gamers, so that's pretty impressive in my book. Oh, and did I say it's free?
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  • Avatar for jeffcorry #25 jeffcorry 2 years ago
    I think the best part of this article was the cover photo. In the front we have the PS4. In the back, looming ominously, is the PS3...and that machine in the back is the very thing keeping me from jumping to PS4. It is too good at this point and has too many great games and features.
    Nice try PS4. Perhaps someday you can be as good as your older brother.
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  • Avatar for wademckinnon00 #26 wademckinnon00 2 years ago
    Lookin to buy a game not sure what to get any ideas. Ps4
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  • Avatar for quang-sonle88 #27 quang-sonle88 2 years ago
    So,if I get the stars thing correctly, Plant vs Zombies Garden Warfare is a better game than Super Mario 3D World?
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  • Avatar for falz3333 #28 falz3333 2 years ago
    Am I the only one that noticed that %100 of the 5 star ratings for the Best of PS4 and Xbox One articles were written by Jaz Rignall? He really likes his next gen games. This is probably just a coincidence but, in order to keep some consistency between the reviews at Usgamer, maybe you guys need to make sure you are all on the same page with the rating scale.
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  • @quang-sonle88 My best guess is that Plants vs. Zombies is better at its genre than 3D World is at its own.

    Or the latter game got a stricter reviewer. Either/or.
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  • Avatar for Ghopper101 #30 Ghopper101 A year ago
    I still stand my opinion that PC gaming is the way to go right now. Wait until the end of the generation to pick up the old boxes for a lot less money for those cheap exclusives.
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  • Avatar for ajarnsteve #31 ajarnsteve A year ago
    OMG... some of the top picks are absolutely... CRAP. Seriously. I wouldn't get some of those games if they were FREE! Where is DESTINY? THE CREW?? You missed all the good ones BIG time. Are we doing the best games for little kiddies??
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  • Avatar for toddciolek #32 toddciolek A year ago
    I preemptively nominate Gravity Rush Remastered.

    Come back in five months and this comment won't seem quite so stupid.
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  • Avatar for sahilshewaramani35 #33 sahilshewaramani35 A year ago
    Which one should I buy:

    Fifa 16 or PES 16

    The last of us or the last of us Remastered

    Call of duty advance warfare or any other of the COD series
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  • Avatar for MonkeyDSomething #34 MonkeyDSomething A year ago
    Editors, I think you should really consider revamping this list. Ranking by the scores is clearly working against you. I mean...Watch Dogs? Really?
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  • Avatar for erichoya #35 erichoya A year ago
    Love you guys but sticking an 11/22/2015 date on this list is plain wrong. This is outdated, recycled content.
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  • Avatar for falz3333 #36 falz3333 A year ago
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