Do you ever lie awake at night pondering the best reviewed PS4 games, thinking about all the games that got 4.5 stars out of 5? To be so close to greatness but forever not quite among the true elite. Some of them probably deserved better, too, what with games journalists being what they are, no doubt throwing their own personal biases into the mix. Well, the time for the 4.5 rated games to stand up and get the recognition they’ve been waiting for has arrived - on page two of this list of the best reviewed PS4 games.
Elsewhere on the site we've got our ever-evolving list of the 15 Best PS4 Games. Those 15 games have been hand-picked by us and represent the very best games the PS4 has to offer at the moment.
Directly below are the PS4 games we rated 4.5 stars.
The Best Reviewed PS4 Games - Rated 4.5 Stars
What Remains of Edith Finch feels often more like a book than any game before it. It’s a walking simulator in spirit, as you venture through the layered, decrepit Finch residence (which often feels more like a collection of tombs). But then you enter the rooms, seeing the remnants of the once-living residents there. Through one way or another, you enter their final moments, and in a way, attain some sort of idea as to how they died. In most cases, it’s an accident, like a dad falling off a cliff on a hunting trip. Or sometimes, death is not an accident at all. Edith Finch, the titular character, is the last living member of the Finch family, and slowly but surely, she grows closer to the deceased family she hardly knew, as we the player live out their wonderfully varied memories. One of the most interesting and best reviewed PS4 games.
If you've played a Bethesda RPG, you should have a pretty good idea of what you're in for. Bethesda plays it surprisingly safe with the formula, but they also do a much better job with the story this time around, serving to elevate the game as a whole. While there's no denying that it can be a bit ridiculous at times, its sheer scope speaks for itself. Bethesda has succeeded in crafting yet another fascinating open-world RPG. You can get lost in Fallout 4 for months, and you'll be happy as it's one of the best reviewed PS4 games.
Sony's baseball sim is strong as ever despite not bringing much in the way of new content to the table. It's a visual gem that showcases the best of what the PS4 has to offer, and its surfeit of modes have the potential to keep you playing for months. As always, MLB The Show is one of the best sports sims around.
I don't know when Square-Enix looked at Minecraft and decided "We should add Dragon Quest to that," but it was a blessed day. Dragon Quest Builders offers town-building, exploration, and combat, all wrapped up in a compelling story. It's a particularly tasty treat for fans of Dragon Quest's extensive lore, but any action RPG enthusiast can appreciate its addictive gameplay, excellent soundtrack, and charming graphics.
Unlike most Dragon Quest games, you don't start the adventure as a born warrior (though you certainly do your share of fighting). You wake up in a world that's withering under the shadow of the Dragon Lord, and the only way you can beat him for good is to re-build the shattered human settlements and re-unite humanity under the banner of light.
Thus begins an adventure that's clearly inspired by Minecraft, but far more structured. Unlike Minecraft, Dragon Quest Builders gives you a clear list of tasks to perform and goals to reach. Some fans of Mojang's sandbox world might find Builders' ruleset restrictive, but RPG fans unused to Minecraft's boundless gameplay will appreciate Builders' story and structure.
Besides, there's an open-world option that lets you build to your heart's content. Take your time. The Dragon Lord will wait. One of the best PS4 games.
Although Hitman’s episodic release and confusing messaging got fans rather bothered, they needn’t have been worried. Hitman: Season One stands as one of the best games on current-gen and the best Hitman has ever been. The episodic nature allowed developer IO to deliver brilliant location after brilliant location, each area offering more opportunities for experimentation than we’d previously seen from the series. Sadly the game didn’t perform like Square Enix would have liked, resulting in publisher putting the studio up for sale and numerous layoffs at the Danish firm. A sad end for a brilliant game.
The sequel to the beloved 2012 PS Vita exclusive, Gravity Rush 2 puts players back in the shoes of the delightful Kat, as she journeys with ally Raven and a whole host of new, vibrant characters in discovering a colorful, exciting new world. One of the most original and best reviewed PS4 games.
Corvo Attano and Emily Kaldwin once again find themselves stabbed in the back, as the usurper Delilah upends Emily from her throne, forcing the pair to undertake a gruelling journey of redemption, complete with mysterious powers and cutthroat combat abilities.
Depending on who you talk to, EA and Dice either delivered the first great campaign since Bad Company 2 or another throwaway set of levels that could be skipped entirely to focus on multiplayer. That multiplayer mode is indeed excellent, with the game offering a vastly different experience to what else is currently popular in the online space. But the team deserves some credit for its campaign. It stumbled at points, but managed to tell worthwhile tales around a number of normal people who had to deal with the cards they were dealt. With loads of post-release support, Battlefield 1 is easily one of the best reviewed PS4 games.
Injustice 2 brings together the most famous and beloved DC Comics characters for the ultimate showdown, pitting Superman against Batman in a powerful story mode for control of Earth. The roster of fighters draws from all ages of the historic DC Comics publication, and the intricate unlockable gear system will have players repeatedly coming back for more.
Need for Speed returns to its urban car culture roots with a gorgeous-looking, very well designed game that offers five different racing styles to tackle - and a bevy of interesting cars to modify and make your own. Its story is a lot of fun, and it's set in an impressively large environment that is very enjoyable to drive around. A great arcade racer that's both challenging and addictive.
It's still not perfect because it carries the same gameplay and story missteps as its predecessor, but the graphics are much better and Vita Remote Play is a great feature for certain people. If you have to stream one excellent pirate game on your PlayStation Vita while in bed, make it Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III offers few surprises, but even so, it's a great package. The campaign sometimes feels like it's trying too hard, but is ultimately solid and enjoyable. Zombies mode is a nice bonus. But really, it's the multiplayer that steals the show. It doesn't stray far from the usual formula, but it's been honed and polished to perfection to deliver seriously brilliant competition.
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is probably one of the best remastered collections I've ever played. If you own the Uncharted games, they look much better in 1080p at a smooth 60 fps. If you've never played them, now is the time to get in on the action. Great games, great collection, one of the best reviewed PS4 games.
The Taken King is a huge improvement over last year's release. It features a far better story, much stronger voice acting, more exciting and varied missions, and an endgame that is more rounded out for long-term play. Not only that, but it also refines the overall gameplay and makes the game a far better experience than before - one that is definitely worth playing.
Resogun may not break any new ground with all the newfangled technology at its command, but it offers a level of entertainment that tends to be in short supply in the early days of a new platform. It comes highly recommended.
Refreshingly, Bloodborne knows what it is, and doesn't stray too far from the Souls formula—but its few alterations make for a fresh experience that will challenge even the most hardened Souls veterans. If you're looking to justify the purchase of a PS4, I can't think of a better reason. This is one of the best reviewed PS4 games.
A ludicrous, crude, outrageous, laugh-out-loud barrage of jokes, bullets, madness and mayhem. The visuals are occasionally weak, but as a package, Saints Row IV: Re-Elected and Gat Out of Hell showcase just how fun open world games can be. (Xbox One review: PS4 version is the same)
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt is probably one of the most well-crafted RPG worlds yet. As you wander the countryside, it feels like a real place filled with the real struggles of the beings that live there. Geralt's story is personal and quite grey; it's not about saving the world, it's about saving his surrogate family. Is it perfect? No, the combat is rote at times and the inventory and crafting needs work, but in the end, The Witcher III is a top-notch RPG experience and one of the best reviewed PS4 games.
Rocket League is simple in concept - it's basically soccer with cars - yet it works brilliantly as a multiplayer game. It's incredibly easy to pick up as a beginner, but learning the intricacies of its controls takes many, many hours. And doing so is a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience. (Xbox One review: PS4 version is the same)
Featuring one of the most remarkable and realistic video game environments ever created, The Division offers a disturbingly dystopian take on a ruined Manhattan. Its action is similarly brutal. Although much of it boils down to firefights and shoot-outs, most are very well executed to deliver truly exciting and thrilling gameplay. Add layers of RPG-like complexity and a really solid storyline, and you have a game that, while occasionally flawed, really does deliver the goods as one of the best reviewed PS4 games.
Salt and Sanctuary is a quality platformer with well-implemented Metroidvania elements. It's brutal at times, but deeply satisfying to play. Is it thematically derivative of the Souls games? Yes, but not disgustingly so. Just get out there and give a few demons what for.
Ratchet and Clank is a terrific game that's a joy to play. It features exceptionally varied and interesting gameplay, from racing through dogfighting to puzzling - and, of course, plenty of platforming. Add to that an arsenal of truly entertaining weapons, excellent cutscenes, and superb graphics and sound, and you have a memorable game that represents a brilliant reboot for the series. Definitely one of the best reviewed PS4 games.
DiRT Rally is a realistic, beautiful-looking off-road racing simulation that's really exciting to drive. Its high level of challenge and unforgiving nature means it won't appeal to everyone, but for those who want to experience the trials and tribulations of rallying, it's an absolutely brilliant game.
With Neverending Nightmares, Infinitap does a stellar job of simulating the more common elements of nightmares, but shows enough self-control to prevent the experience from being absolutely wearying. Though the subject matter might be disturbing to some, this short, effective experience makes for one of the more memorable horror games in recent memory.
Uncharted 4 finishes off the story of Nathan Drake in style. It's one of the best-looking games on PlayStation 4, the environments are huge, and the action set pieces are great. The pacing falters in the middle due to new vehicle sections, but once Uncharted 4 gets going, it's a great ride and one of the best reviewed PS4 games.
id Software has taken its original, no-BS Doom formula and very successfully repackaged it for the modern era. The result is a thrash metal loud, gloriously gory, blisteringly fast, and thoroughly entertaining oldschool shooter. Both the single-player and multiplayer modes are basically throwbacks to simpler times, but are wrapped up with contemporary trimmings to create a package that fans of the original Doom games should really enjoy. Glady, Doom is one of the best reviewed PS4 games.
If you're a fan of turn-based strategy games and you haven't played Valkyria Chronicles, you need to remedy that. Valkyria Chronicles Remastered is a great starting point. Veterans should also consider starting up another fight to drink in Remastered's slick new visuals.
Insomniac Games' Song of the Deep is an excellent metroidvania whose underwater setting gives the genre a nice twist. Its map is impressively large, and it packs many inventive puzzles that are fun to solve. It looks and sounds brilliant too. The boss battles are a little on the weak side however, but they don't take the shine off what is otherwise a thoroughly enjoyable and very sweet exploration game.
Assetto Corsa is a great-looking, excellent-sounding, meticulously crafted simulation that offers a very realistic racing experience. Its authenticity does come at a cost, however - it's very difficult to drive well, and requires a considerable investment of your time to get the most out of it. However, if you're a hardcore racing enthusiast who loves a challenge, Assetto Corsa is one of the best driving sims available.
As fun in this beefed-up incarnation as in its original release, Guacamelee Super Turbo Champion Edition offers one of the best-designed and most original takes on the well-worn metroidvania phenomenon you'll ever find. The new material may not quite bring enough to the table to warrant a second purchase, and the game doesn't exactly push PS4 or Xbox One to the ragged edge of their capabilities, but once again excellent game design has less to do with technical specs and more to do with creativity and thoughtfulness: Features Guacamelee possesses in spades.
Still trying to get someone into the Marvel Universe? If they have an open mind and a PlayStation 4, Traveller's Tales Lego Marvel Superheroes is the perfect introduction. For families or individuals that love Marvel comics, movies, or cartoons, Lego Marvel Superheroes is the perfect pick-up for this holiday. And Vita Remote Play co-op is a great addition to a great game.
Project CARS features an excellent roster of cars and tracks, and delivers some of the most exciting and visceral racing action money can buy. It's not for everyone, since driving the game can be quite tough, even with all the assists turned on, but for those who are up for a challenge, few other racing games are as involving and potentially rewarding as this.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is a graphical showcase for the next-generation consoles—a sprawling, beautiful open-world RPG with a deeply satisfying exploration loop and just enough in the way of mechanical depth to keep hardcore adventurers happy. At more than 50 hours for a single run through the story, it packs in a tremendous amount of content across a wide number of locations. After stumbling a bit of their past few releases, BioWare has recovered to deliver a truly excellent piece of epic fantasy.
Rockstar Games revisits last year's heist-filled romp with a new version on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. With the new power, the developer has added more depth and life to the world of Los Santos. It's the same game, but the new visual effects and first-person mode provides a strong experience. It's not completely worth a double-dip if you tore through the original GTA V, but it's definitely worth a second look.
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is an excellent port for PS4 and Xbox One, with some great graphical improvements. You can tell Crystal Dynamics pulled out all of the stops to make this the best version of Tomb Raider. If you've played it before, it may worth a rent. If you haven't, the Definitive Edition is great purchase that outclasses the PC edition. Unfortunately, the potential price gulf between this version and the PC version can make it a hard sell.
There's not really enough distance between the PS3 version of The Last of Us and this new remaster to make it worth double-dipping, unless you're simply that fixated on counting lines of resolution. If you missed out the first time around, though, you really shouldn't let it slip past again. While it often works better as a movie than a game, it still stands at the state of the art. And the writing is good enough to enjoy even if you hate zombie genre fiction (like I do). The Last of Us is about refinement, not innovation, and this version takes the art of refinement another step forward.
Despite some occasionally frustrating difficulty spikes, Never Alone tells a fascinating, evocative tale that leaves a deep impression. A terrific platform game, despite its flaws.
Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- is a triumphant return for a fighting series that stayed in hiding for an entire generation. Arc System Works has laid a visual salvo with 3D models that animate like 2D art. Combined with the amazing soundtrack and technical gameplay, Xrd is a great fighter. The only thing that holds it back is an obtuse online match system and a relatively lean roster. If you're a guilty Gear fan, it's definitely worth a purchase.
If you love and miss the Portal series, it's time to celebrate: The Talos Principle has all the first-person puzzles you've been craving, wrapped in an extremely thoughtful package. Don't be surprised if you feel legitimately smarter after reaching the end of its 100-plus puzzles.
Avalanche Studios returns with another sandbox of destruction. Just Cause 3 is a lot like Just Cause 2, but a host of additions including the wingsuit and gear mods make the game a joy to play. Add in some amazing graphics, stunning explosions, and a huge world and you have a nearly perfect title. One only brought low by online connection issues. (PC Review: PS4 version is basically the same)
Shadow of Mordor is a great first step into the open-world action-adventure genre for Monolith. It up-ends what's come before with the Nemesis System, which brings the player closer to the game with personalized foes. The game isn't perfect - resurrecting foes can be frustrating - but those issues won't hold you back from enjoying yourself.
Without doubt the definitive version of Super Stardust. Some might be disappointed about the fairly limited new additions, but regardless, it's still one of the greatest arcade shooters around.
By far the best and most impressive Mega Man compilation ever assembled, what Legacy Collection sacrifices in reach it more than makes up for with refinement. It presents six games almost (though not quite) flawlessly, while providing enough display options to satisfy the obsessive and casual fan alike. Add to six beautifully preserved classics a massive database and dozens of addictive custom challenges and you have an excellent package that treats the classics with the respect they deserve — something that's traditionally been absent in the U.S. market. A must-have for any Mega Man fan. (Xbox One review: PS4 version is the same)
The story loses a lot of momentum in the back half, and F.O.Bs aren't much more than a fun novelty, but otherwise it's a stunningly enjoyable game that almost perfectly integrates a sizable open world environment with solid stealth fundamentals and a huge arsenal. Even at its most frustrating, it's an incredibly absorbing play. We'll be talking about this one for a long time to come.
Galak-Z is a smartly-designed, highly enjoyable shoot 'em up that does everything in its power to leverage its '80 mecha anime aesthetic. Frankly, there's not a lot like it on PSN these days. On that basis, it's easy enough to recommend it, but what really pushes it to the next level is the tremendous amount of detail put into the enemy design and the combat. It has a steep learning curve, but mastering it is an extremely rewarding experience. Even if you don't particularly like Macross, it's well worth checking out. It's one of the best shoot 'em ups I've played in ages.
While it has a few rough patches and may prove too slow and drawn-out for some players, Isolation does an amazing job of capturing the essence of a classic film and recasting it as a video game. It can be a little too easy to see the man behind the curtain at times, but this is nevertheless one of the finest film-to-game adaptations ever... and a fantastic stealth adventure in its own right.
DmC Definitive Edition beefs up the excellent original with better graphics, all the DLC, retuned combat, and a host of difficulty modes. If you loved the original, Definitive is better. If you were avoiding it because you're a Devil May Cry purist, Definitive is closer to the original series than ever before.
Up next are the PS4 games we've rated 4 stars.