The 4-star rated video game is a curious beast when you're considering the best reviewed PS4 games. Get the bunch together like some kind of reunion of C-list celebrities and you’ll notice something rather strange: Most of the attendees are A-listers! What’s more, a lot of the games here likely appear high up in best reviewed PS4 games articles elsewhere on the internet. The 4-star reunion is also home to the “wow I didn’t expect that game to be so good” games. You know the ones; they come from nowhere and the surprise factor might even make them feel even better than they really are. Anyway, here are the PS4 games we rated 4 Stars.
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 stars.
PS4 Games - Rated 4-Stars
Taking place in an alternate reality in which John F. Kennedy was never assassinated, Prey pits Morgan Yu against a horde of alien creatures, attempting to stop them making their way from the Talos One space station back to Earth. Prey features a variety of combat mechanics and weapons to play around with, as well as special Typhon alien powers with which to wreak havoc around the space station. The ability to tackle scenarios as you see fit makes Prey a game worth playing. One of the best reviewed PS4 games.
Games rarely live up to their initial reveals, and Ghost Recon Wildlands is no different, but Ubisoft hit enough marks to make this one of the most entertaining co-op games you can play. The massive open world allows for some lovely emergent gameplay, and the environment sure is pretty.
What a surprisingly good game For Honor turned out to be. A multiplayer-focused dueling game from Ubisoft, For Honor just feels great to play. There was a concern that the combat wouldn’t have the depth to sustain the community beyond a few weeks, but those worries have largely been put to bed. Few online brawlers generate the tension encountered during a tight battle in For Honor, and Ubisoft has continued to deliver excellent post-release support for what has turned out to be one of the sleeper hits of 2017. One of the best reviewed PS4 games.
Taking the base mechanics of the Dark Souls series and placing the player in the Sengoku period of Japan, Nioh will put you through gruelling combat, against both samurai and demonic enemies. Nioh is a tough grind to say the least, but both the locations and the enemies you encounter along the way are grandiose and stylish.
Moving away from the ‘modern’ Resident Evil gameplay template created by Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 7 adopted a first-person POV and less of a reliance on mowing down infected with a near-bottomless armory of weapons. The result was a game dripping with creepiness, a cast of excellent characters, and some classic Resident Evil puzzles. Only a misjudged, lengthy, sequence on a derelict boat held Resi 7 back from standing shoulder to shoulder with the franchise’s greats. One of the best reviewed PS4 games.
Part platformer, part puzzler, part dog-walking sim, The Last Guardian is the very definition of a flawed masterpiece. While lovable dog-bird friend Trico is one of best things ever to grace a video game, his inability to do exactly what you want him to causes numerous headaches and yells of frustration. The Last Guardian is worth the hassle, though, delivering one of the most memorable experiences on PS4 and across gaming as a whole.
After a historically difficult development period of around a decade, Square Enix finally managed to release Final Fantasy XV, a game that sought to live up to the lofty heights of its predecessors. Taking an unlikely crew of friends and letting them loose in a detailed open world, Final Fantasy XV features interesting characters and a rapid, stylish combat system.
Following on from the 2014 original, Watch Dogs 2 whisks players away to the Bay Area, tasking them with wreaking havoc with just a small group of friends and a few computers. The combat and quests of Watch Dogs 2 are varied and fun, providing hours of entertainment through a host of different weapons, tactics, and hacking abilities. One of the best reviewed PS4 games.
An entertaining campaign and a time-sucking multiplayer mode, together in one Call of Duty game? Infinite Warfare seemed to struggle to create an identity for itself, coming off the back of two similarly themed futuristic CoD titles (Advanced Warfare and Black Ops 3) and the inclusion of Modern Warfare Remastered diverted attention away unfairly. Infinite Warfare is secretly one of the best Call of Duty games ever.
A remaster, and a rather slight one at that, isn’t the most exciting of games, but when that game is the hugely successful Skyrim, people take notice. Visually not much was added to this release, meaning it stands out as being rather ugly by today’s standards, but mod support was an excellent addition. Sadly this functionality is rather bare bones on PS4, but even with numerous restrictions in place there are enough mods on offer that make big changes to the experience.
Taking us back to the 2011 smash-hit success sequel to Oblivion, Skyrim presents the player with a vast, open world just waiting to be explored, along with a horde of characters to meet along the way. The characters are as memorable as the quests they give the player to embark on, and Skyrim tells a detailed tale of the next chapter in the history of Tamriel, as the player is thrust into a war between the Imperial Empire and the Stormcloak Rebellion.
When Respawn revealed that Titanfall 2 was to include a campaign there was a feeling of hope in the air. The original game, as superb as it was, focused entirely on multiplayer, and players desperately wanted to see what the former Infinity Ward people could create inside their own world. The answer was one of the best FPS campaigns in recent memory, a single-player mode that got people talking. Combined with another top-class multiplayer mode and superb (free) post-release content, Titanfall 2 deserved to sell far better than it did. One of the best reviewed PS4 games.
It’s very likely that now PES is back (following a period of stagnation during the PS3/Xbox 360 era) it’ll continue to improve and impress year after year. For now, PES 2017 stands as the best game in the series and the best game of football/soccer on the market. While FIFA wins hands down in terms of game modes and features, if you’re after the purest, most authentic sim, PES 2017 is the game for you. The fact that it was only awarded four stars out of five is frankly a disgrace!
While Syndicate isn't AC II, to Unity's AC, it's still an improvement over Ubisoft's 2014 offering. The pair of protagonists work well, some stealth options return, and there's more ways to get around. London is a worthy playground for the Frye twins... and for players.
A clever, abstract take on a bullet hell shooter that breaks the action up into very short bursts. It's challenging, fun to play and very addictive. A great indie game to play between AAA titles.
Disgaea 5 is a Disgaea game for better or for worse. This means solid tactical combat, over-the-top attacks, and more game systems than you can shake a stick at. The cast isn't as good as Disgaea 4, but the game itself is undeniably bigger and more robust. Veterans will be happy and new players have a lot to digest. Prepare yourself.
There are so many ways that Dragon Quest Heroes could have gone wrong. Thankfully, Omega Force does right by the classic franchise, and they take the opportunity to streamline their own formula as well. The story could have been better, and the repetitive gameplay comes close to wearing out its welcome, but otherwise Dragon Quest Heroes counts as another win for Omega Force.
While it lacks some of the features of prior versions - most notably online mode - Rock Band 4 is a solid release that establishes the franchise as a platform that will be continually supported and updated in the future. It's a great model that brings the classic Rock Band gameplay to current-generation consoles, while being compatible with legacy instruments and songs.
Guitar Hero Live's new guitar helps bring something fresh to the genre, and offers a new challenge for both beginners and veterans alike. GH Live is fun, though a little cheesy, but it's in GHTV where the game's most interesting aspect is found. If this continues to be built out as Activision has promised, it should deliver long-term appeal - and a great way to discover new music.
It's a bit lighter in content than some other Musou titles with more history, but Arslan: The Warriors of Legend improves the formula with a stronger, focused story based on the anime. Arslan anime fans and Dynasty Warriors fans should find a good time here. If you've ever wanted to take up a sword and slaughter hundreds of enemies, Arslan is your game.
Unravel is a solid (if flawed) puzzle platformer wrapped up in beautiful visuals and emotional moments. It's like a Christmas sweater. It's not perfect, but you're compelled to love it just the same.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 brings back pretty much everything from the original game, and builds on it with decent single-player content, six new characters, and a handful of new multiplayer additions. At its core, the game is still hugely fun to play, and it remains open and accessible to gamers of all skill levels. It's just that the new content feels somewhat lean. (Xbox One review: PS4 version is the same)
Despite being built on the skeleton of previous Far Cry games — its map is literally an overlay of Far Cry 4's! — Primal manages to stand apart from other open-world sandbox action games through the sheer novelty of its primitive setting. Although the emphasis on bow hunting and woolly mammoths can give a bit of a Skyrim vibe, that quickly fades as you gain full mastery over the protagonist's ability to summon a variety of deadly beasts into combat. The writing fails to make its primitive heroes anything more than one-note lunks, but the primordial nature of the game world complements the action and ultimately makes up for the underwhelming story.
Trackmania Turbo's arcade action is slick, fast and thoroughly enjoyable. It offers a ton of content to keep you busy, and challenging the leaderboards is a highly addictive experience. The action can become somewhat repetitive during extended play sessions, but in short bursts, this game is a huge amount of fun.
For better or worse, MLB The Show 16 focuses heavily on Diamond Dynasty this year. The on-field action is strong as ever, and the bullet time-like Showtime is interesting, but the bulk of the improvements are in Diamond Dynasty-centric additions like Captains and Battle Royale. If you're a curious newcomer who likes baseball, you will find an extremely strong baseball sim; but if you're a returning player, your mileage will probably vary depending on how willing you are to indulge in The Show's card-collecting mode.
Dead Star is a dynamic and entertaining mash-up of top-down shooter and open MOBA variant. It initially seems simple and straightforward, but the more you play it, the more its tactical and strategic depths become apparent. Ultimately, it's a really enjoyable game that offers intense, competitive PvP action, from exciting one-on-one dogfights to pitched battles involving many players.
Alienation's plot and gameplay might lack originality, but that's soon forgotten as you get your teeth into its slick, addictive, over-the-top action. Along with gorgeous environments and absolutely spectacular pyrotechnics, the game features surprising depth thanks to its upgradable characters and loot system. It all adds up to a really enjoyable multiplayer shooter that's highly recommended.
Shadow of the Beast takes the original Commodore Amiga's platform-combat gameplay and brings it bang up to date with plenty of exploration, and a more sophisticated fighting system. The result is a thoroughly enjoyable platform game that features an interesting story, entertaining combat, and excellent audio-visuals. The main campaign doesn't take too long to beat, but the game packs enough secrets and unlockables to keep you coming back for more.
Lumo packs many different challenges and puzzles into its oldschool isometric 3D platform adventure format. It can be tough at times, but it's nevertheless thoroughly enjoyable - riffing on many classic British games of the 80's that you mightn't know, but will enjoy discovering.
Score Rush Extended might look and sound a little generic, but it's a solid, back-to-basics shooter that truly tests your arcade skills. Its bullet hell gameplay is nicely tuned to be highly challenging and addictive, and it's just plain fun to play. If you're a fan of hardcore shooters, definitely check it out.
Pac-Man 256 takes the original coin-op's gameplay and gives it a clever new twist to create an endless muncher that's hugely fun to play. On the surface it looks simple, but its gameplay has surprising depth that makes it fiendishly addictive - and highly challenging to master.
This port of the popular PC prison-building game has been nicely executed to deliver a deep and compelling experience on consoles. Its complex menus and mechanics present a fairly steep learning curve, even with the game's effective tutorials, but once you get over it, Prison Architect is a challenging, entertaining, and surprisingly addictive game that offers plenty of potential for long-term play.
Overcooked nails local co-op multiplayer gaming perfectly. It's incredibly easy to pick up and play, yet coordinating its myriad of seemingly-mundane tasks requires its players to constantly communicate. What transpires is riotous and often hilarious gameplay that's simply great fun to play. Unfortunately, it's not quite as entertaining as a single-player experience, but if you have friends and family to play with, Overcooked is highly recommended.
After feeling light on content last year, the official F1 game returns with a fully-comprehensive career mode that spans 10 seasons. It also features a broad array of racing options, rivals mode, multiplayer for up to 22 participants, safety car and formation laps and, most importantly of all, really close and exciting competition. It all adds up to a thoroughly entertaining racing game that should please F1 and driving enthusiasts alike.
Adam Jensen returns in an all-new adventure, proving that Human Revolution wasn't a fluke. Eidos Montreal has outdone itself with the same great stealth experience, improved combat, and some gorgeous art direction. There's a whole host of augments and weapons, allowing you to customize your experience and certain moral choices you make will stick with you. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided does not disappoint. Not perfect, but one of the best reviewed PS4 games.
With 50 fighters (17 of whom are all-new), 19 stages, and a host of gameplay modes, SNK is coming out swinging with King of Fighters XIV. The roster is diverse and interesting and the game is easy to get into. The game could definitely use a boost in the visual department, as the art style can come across as safe and bland, but the game itself is solid. As the beginning for a whole new era of SNK, King of Fighters XIV is a win.
EA Tiburon has done a great job of rehabilitating the fading Madden brand, with Madden 17 being the culmination of their efforts. Everything they've tried to accomplish over the past couple years is on display, from the revamped blocking to the smarter franchise mode. There are certainly plenty of issues left to address; but for now, Madden NFL 17 is a very solid football game.
FIFA 17 bounces back nicely after a down year without sacrificing any of its primary strengths. The Journey is a well-produced campaign mode that complements the existing feature set nicely, and the move to Frostbite appears to have gone off without a hitch. It's not really accurate to say FIFA is back since it never really left, but it is fair to say that it has momentum again, and that speaks well of its future as we head into the back half of this generation.
A fast, twitchy and highly challenging racer that's essentially a sophisticated arcade game. It's a lot of fun, and, most importantly of all, it works as it should - delivering excellent multiplayer and social challenges. A good expansion to DriveClub that offers a whole new way to play the game.
It's been a long time coming, and by and large Final Fantasy Type 0 is worth the wait. Despite some dated visuals and mechanics better suited for a last-generation portable system, and despite being greatly overshadowed by the Final Fantasy XV demo it ships with, Type 0 deserves the attention and respect of Final Fantasy fans. While last year's Bravely Default garnered praise for being a reprise of old-school Final Fantasy, Type 0 proves you can be progressive rather than regressive and still capture the series' spirit (whatever that means for you) quite neatly.
Mortal Kombat X offers everything a fan could ask from except possibly their favorite character. The graphics and animations received a huge boost thanks to the power of the new consoles, and while not perfect, the net code is vastly improved over previous NetherRealm fighting games. The story mode has been streamlined to make it shorter, but it still retains the cinematic flare fans have come to expect. Faction Wars add an additional layer of polish, even if they aren't as impactful as NetherRealm intended, and Test Your Luck will provide hours of fun for more casual players. One of the best reviewed PS4 games.
Almost, nearly, but not quite painfully indie cool, Sound Shapes delivers a simple, stylish and highly enjoyable platforming experience that packs some seriously good tunes.
A well designed, challenging and entertaining shooter that's best appreciated as a multiplayer game. More variety in mission types would help it feel less of a grind, however.
Taking its inspiration from 80's and 90's shooters, Aqua Kitty DX is simple, frenetic and fun. What it sets out to do, it does very well, and the end result is charming, challenging, and purrfectly addictive.
A genuinely disturbing and terrifying game that'll have you jumping out of your seat in fright. It's a little short at around six or so hours, but the experience Outlast delivers is well worth the price of admission. (Xbox One review: PS4 version is the same)
Adapting a prestige cable drama like Game of Thrones is no easy feat and could have easily ended in embarrassment for Telltale Games. Thankfully, they've done a very good job of capturing the show's often depressing essence, setting the stage for an intriguing story to come. With the show's fifth season still four months out, Iron from Ice proves itself a very good appetizer for one of the most popular series on television despite the occasional technical hiccup. (Xbox One review: PS4 version is the same)
Episode 2 is effective in picking up where Episode 1 leaves off, but is content to mostly move the pieces around the board in an effort to setup the rest of the story. Though not nearly as shocking as the first episode, it nevertheless manages to raise the stakes at both Ironrath and King's Landing, setting the stage for a very interesting Episode 3. If the teaser is anything to go by, the next installment will prominently feature a wedding, and we all know how those go in Game of Thrones... (Xbox One review: PS4 version is the same)
Although the single-player side of the game is weak, Rainbow Six: Siege's multiplayer modes are a huge amount of fun. Tense, thoughtful, and tactical, they play very differently to most run-and-gun shooters. While the game's content does feel a little slim at launch, there's no denying it's highly enjoyable to play - especially when you have a team of players working together. (PC review: PS4 version is basically the same)
Video gaming meets 90's family drama in a finely-crafted piece of interactive fiction whose atmospheric story is intelligently articulated in a very compelling way. While Gone Home's experience is rather short, its characters will stay with you for days after you've finished the game - despite you never meeting them.
I love the fact that Gravity Rush exists. How rare is it these days to see a major publisher produce something so wholly original, so defiantly non-commercial? The game has its shortcomings, it's true, but they're the sort of things that sequels are made to iron out. While I'd prefer this remaster have taken a crack at shoring up the game's weaknesses, the technical improvements it brings more than justify its existence. If you've never played Gravity Rush, you need to play this remake... and if you have played it, this version offers an improved enough experience to justify a second visit to Hekseville.
Crypt of the Necrodancer is a brilliant, fresh spin on the roguelike genre. It's uncompromisingly tough, but its pattern-learning, beat-matching gameplay is also highly addictive and very rewarding to play.
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is what the original game always wanted to be: a truly cinematic platformer. It looks fantastic, sounds brilliant and is great fun to play, despite its occasionally clumsy controls.
Although it's slightly rough around the edges, and packs the occasional bug, Sleeping Dogs is nevertheless a gripping and thoroughly entertaining Hong Kong action movie in game form. (Xbox One review: PS4 version is the same)
Lightweight but inventive, Costume Quest 2 feels like a Pixar adventure masquerading as an RPG. It goes out of its way to keep things simple... perhaps too simple at times. But its simplicity is redeemed by its terrific art and wry sense of humor, and most importantly, the sheer fun of its premise. (PC review: PS4 version is the same)
Smaller in scale than last year's epic adventure, The Old Blood treads familiar, blood-soaked ground and doesn't offer much in the way of new ideas. However, it's very well produced, has some great moments of dialog, and offers a load of Nazi-slaughtering action that's somewhat relentless, but still plenty entertaining.
A short, sweet, melancholic exploration game that offers precious few hours of gameplay, but it's beautiful to look at, and highly enjoyable to play.
If you haven't played Ultra Street Fighter IV yet, this Game of the Year-style edition for PlayStation 4 is what you've been waiting for. SF4 gets kicked up to 1080p at 60 fps and includes all of the available DLC for a mere $24.99. If you already own all the content on PC, skip it, but it's a solid upgrade for console players.
Rocksteady brings the story of its version of Batman to a satisfying conclusion. There's some moments of tedium to be found, but if you want to be the Batman, this is one of the best experiences available.
So that's the official USgamer score sheet. If a game seems to be missing, it's probably because it scored less than 4 stars. If you want to find out why, use search to read the review. But what about personal recommendations? Here are Team USGamer’s Favorite PS4 Games of all Time.
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