If you simply can’t trust review scores, maybe you’ll prefer a list of the best reviewed PS4 games picked by USGamer staff. They are the same people that handed out the untrustworthy scores to the games on the previous pages, but that’s beside the point. But without further ado, read on for the PS4 games picked by USGamer staff present (and past).
Some games appear in numerous lists, while other choices seem to come completely out of left field. Read everyone's reasoning for their chosen best PS4 games, then let us know what you think in the comments.
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, favorited by USG staff.
PS4 Games - USG Staff Picks
Nearly a decade in the making, Persona 5 is one of the coolest and most stylish RPGs around. It casts you as a Japanese high school student tasked with all the usual: making friends, going to school, bringing down major power brokers, fighting demons. Its eye-catching visual flair makes it a showpiece on the PlayStation 4, and its massive amount of things to do will keep you busy for well more than a hundred hours. There's been plenty of discussion about the relative merits of its localization, but there's still no denying that Persona 5 is one of the best console JRPGs in a long time. One of the best PS4 games.
Bloodborne might just be my favorite Souslborne game. Though superficially similar to the Dark Souls series, Bloodborne shifts from dark fantasy to more of a dark Victorian era setting, bringing with it faster, more intense combat. Compared to the much more deliberate Dark Souls, Bloodborne leans heavily on parries, forcing you to be constantly on your toes as you spar with its myriad of beasts. Bloodborne was a breath of fresh air when it came out in early 2015, and many people consider it to be one of the best games in the genre. I agree with them.
MLB The Show 17
I'm not as much of a baseball fan as I used to be, but MLB The Show is so good that I'm willing to make an exception. New additions like Critical Situations have me really delving into The Show's excellent franchise mode for the first time, and Road to the Show and Diamond Dynasty remain strong as ever. All of this is built on a bedrock of excellent gameplay—indeed, MLB The Show has some of the best animation of any game on the market today. It doesn't offer much in the way of a flashy presentation, but it's so deep that you won't want to quit once it gets its hooks in you. One of the best PS4 games
During my time reviewing The Witness I gradually became more and more obsessed with it. This is a game I thought about when I wasn’t playing, dreamt about, and took so many pictures of I filled the memory card in my phone. My desk at work was swamped with drawings of 2D Tetris blocks, all cut out and scattered around. I was either losing my mind or on the edge of becoming a genius, and I loved every minute. That’s actually a big lie. There were times when playing The Witness that I wanted to smash something. The hours I lost staring at a picture of a puzzle I’d snapped with my phone may well haunt me forever. I expect the split between doing and thinking with The Witness will be pretty even for most people, and that will turn many away. If extended periods of mentally rotating blocks and listening to strange noises doesn’t sound like a version of Hell, you too may find The Witness to be a real work of brilliance. An incredible game and one of the best PS4 games.
The Last Guardian
I kind of hate The Last Guardian. Thinking back to my time with Trico is like how you remember the events of the day before the morning after (or at least I assume it is - I’m a good boy and don’t get drunk!). There’s a whole haze of things in my memory that I wish hadn’t happened, such as that time I spent an hour trying to make Trico jump to a platform, and that other time I spent an hour trying to make Trico jump to a platform, and that other time I spent… you get the idea. But, then I remember all the good times. The time when Trico was awesome, the time when Trico was hella awesome, and when he did that thing - you know what I’m talking about. That annoying, jump averse, creature is the best companion video games have ever seen.One of the best PS4 games
There are other games I rank higher than Until Dawn, but as a game you can only buy for PS4 I think it deserves a place on my list. For a very long time it looked as though the one-time PlayStation Move PS3 horror game would end up being a complete mess. Its move to PS4 didn’t improve my optimism, but then I played it and had a great time. The horror movie tropes are handled excellently, the characters actually have arcs, and the whole game looks splendid. Never before have I been so annoyed at myself for accidentally moving a DualShock. A lot of people died because of that itch!
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
I find it surprising at how much Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag stands up on PlayStation 4, despite coming early in the system's lifespan. The PS4 version brings better lighting, higher-resolution textures, great water effects, real-time foliage, and more to a game that came out on PlayStation 3. Ubisoft took one of the last great current generation games and gave it a solid tune-up. And yet, the core of Black Flag remains amazing, this pirate simulator trapped inside the body of Assassin's Creed remain imminently playable, even today. That's not to say that further Assassin's Creed games aren't great, but this one definitely stands the test of time.
I play the game on PC, but the PlayStation 4 version is as much a winner as its big brother. Overwatch is the shooter I return to time and time again. It's a team-based shooter like Team Fortress 2, so it prizes working together rather than players striking out alone. On top of that base, Blizzard Entertainment has added a whole cast of memorable characters. Every character is a winner and once you've found some favorites, you get to customize them with a host of skins and emotes you'll find in Loot Boxes. Overwatch is addicting fun. One of the best PS4 games
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Hearts of Stone, Blood and Wine
Over the course of one release and two expansions, CD Projekt RED helped define what RPG storytelling was supposed to be in the modern era. The Witcher 3 is the supposed final tale of Geralt of Rivia and it's a stunning achievement. This a beautiful game that sketches out a world on its canvas; a world of flawed heroes, sympathetic villains, broken families, and errant knights. You have to commit to The Witcher 3, as the base game is a hefty 60-100 hour journey, but if you're willing to do so you'll find one of the best RPGs of this generation.
Bloodborne kind of crept up on me. When I first played From Software’s Gothic horror game, I didn’t know it would go on to become my favorite game in the unofficial Souls canon. Bloodborne was fine, I supposed at first, but I didn’t immediately feel the same kind of electricity I felt when I first booted up Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Little-by-little, kind of like an itch, Bloodborne began to consume my thoughts until I woke up convinced that Bloodborne might be From Software’s best game. The world and its lore became obsessions for me. I also don’t think any other Souls game plays as well as Bloodborne either, which made playing Dark Souls III a year later really difficult. One of the best PS4 games
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
One of the things that will haunt me for the rest of my gaming career is never knowing what Amy Hennig’s Uncharted 4 might look like. In a way, I think that reason alone makes me look at Uncharted 4 as a kind of consolation prize. Still, it’s thrilling to see Uncharted realize the globe-trotting beauty the game series is known for with the PS4’s graphical horsepower. While Troy Baker’s Sam Drake feels more like a plot device than a character, the acting is fantastic across the board, particularly with heartfelt turns by Nolan North’s Nathan Drake and Emily Rose’s Elena Fisher. If I sound critical, it’s only because my love of the Uncharted franchise runs deep, and by the end of Thief’s End I genuinely felt breathless from the adventure. Also I’d be lying if I said the ending didn’t tear me up a bit.
We will never get Silent Hills, but at least we have P.T. While Silent Hills could have been good or bad, P.T. already exists in a near perfect state. As an exercise in sheer terror, P.T. is unrelenting and visceral—a word I swore I wouldn’t use when writing about video games. But how else can you describe the way P.T. just manifests itself in the pit of your stomach? I’ll never forget how I felt after finishing P.T., covered in sweat like I had just run a marathon and my heart exploding out of my chest. It was fantastic. One of the best PS4 games (even thought it's not a full game).
I looked forward to Dragon Quest Builders as soon as I learned it was coming west, but I never expected it to become one of my favorite games of 2016. Square-Enix's mating of Dragon Quest and Minecraft was mad science, but the good kind of mad science that gives us mutant ninja turtles and epic cheetah men.
Dragon Quest Builders' story and setting are two reasons why the game resonates with me: As a long-time Dragon Quest fan, I love the very idea of building up and re-populating towns ruined by the Dragon Lord's monstrous minions. I also like the idea of the world going to hell in the first place because the celebrated descendent of Loto accepted the Dragon Lord's twisted offer to rule the world alongside him (every veteran Dragon Quest fan has said "yes" to the Dragon Lord at least once while playing the first game).
You definitely don't have to be a hardcore Dragon Quest fan to love Dragon Quest Builders, though. Its cycle of exploration, building, and fighting stands strong on its own merits, especially if you're any kind of Minecraft enthusiast. In fact, Dragon Quest Builders' clear goals and end game are hugely helpful for anyone who feels a bit lost and aimless when they play Minecraft – though you can just build to your heart's content in the game's included sandbox mode, if that's what you wish.
Full disclosure: At the time of this writing, I haven't finished Persona 5. But I've put in about 70 hours, and I'm enamored enough that I probably won't change my opinion of the game even if it comes to life and bites me on my calves.
Much as I enjoyed Persona 4, Persona 5 grabbed me in a way that I never anticipated. Being city-born, I think the Persona 5's Shibuya setting resonates with me. Of course, Persona 5 offers so much more than a few tall buildings and a demonic subway system with roots in Jewish mysticism. It also has an incredible soundtrack, an engaging battle system (crafting your eponymous Personas is as much fun as it's ever been), and a visual style that teeters between "brilliant" and "some crazy guy drank a lot of red paint and puked it up everywhere." I won't forget playing it any time soon.
Night in the Woods
Unlike the other titles I've tagged as my favorites, you can finish Night in the Woods in a couple of evenings. This adventure game isn't very long, but it still makes a heck of an impression thanks to its charming visuals, warm soundtrack, and relatable themes.
Night in the Woods isn't about taking up arms against demons and dragons. It's about forging lasting friendships and igniting a tiny light to push back, however feebly, against the universe's cold indifference. It's also about putting cups on your ears and belting florescent light bulbs with baseball bats. One of the best PS4 games
The Witcher 3
Full disclosure: I have never technically “finished” The Witcher 3. Sometimes I wonder if I ever will, and if I’ll ever see its supposedly brilliant DLC offerings. But time and time again, even years away from its initial release, I keep going back to it, and I’ll lose 10 or so hours of my time with every go. The Witcher 3 introduces an open world that lives without the stoic Geralt of Rivia roaming about it, but is all the better with his presence. He meets commoners, rude royal people, and everyone in-between. He falls in love, or not, depending on what you deem necessary. The Witcher 3 is one of the greatest open worlds ever created because the stories that reside in it will continuously bring you back, in addition to its carefully calculated monster-hunting combat (or hey, even the card-flinging of Gwent). Sometimes the stories will make you laugh, or break your heart. There’s so much to love about The Witcher 3, that with only the whisper of its name, I’m automatically reminiscing about it and longing to return to it. If only I had the time. It’s like 100 hours long.
NieR: Automata still feels very new, but that shouldn’t lessen its spot on this list. Nier: Automata reckons with two lonely androids seeking to find their place in a world of battling machines and wrestling with the humanity they’ve never met. The game alternates between action combat, top down arcade shooting, and everything in between. But the perspective shifts—at least in the sheer combat way—aren’t what makes Nier: Automata stand out. It’s the way its story unravels around you, with a gut-punch of an ending only deliverable by the inherent interactivity of a video game. Nier: Automata is like nothing else, and is essential playing.
The Last Guardian
The Last Guardian was well worth the almost-decade wait. The game couples you with Trico, a giant bird-dog-cat-monster, a creature who was obviously a victim of violent abuse. At first, you don’t trust each other. The monster is big, menacing, snapping at you from time to time. It takes some time to grow trust. But eventually, a mutual love and understanding is formed, as a bond grows and Trico becomes less stubborn, actually doing what you tell them to. That’s the magic in The Last Guardian: Trico feels very much like an animal that’s alive, not a programmed AI; the type of animal that has a mind of their own. The game feels ultimately like a lesson in both compassion and in how we play games, as we expect every little thing to bend to our every whim. When in reality, life doesn’t work like that. One of the best PS4 games
Taking the main combat loop of Dark Souls and giving it a speedball, Bloodborne pits the player against a horde of monsters in the gothic city of Yharnam. Bloodborne boasts fantastic layers of level design, linking up locations through intricate passageways and winding city streets, filled with both gothic monsters and architecture alike. Every boss character is memorable for different reasons, with each one challenging the player in a different way. To cap it all off, Bloodborne features a story that will have you searching for clues to the truth long after completion.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Arguably the final entry to a series that I had no prior experience with, Metal Gear Solid V took me completely by surprise, and not for the reasons I expected. The camera work and cutscene direction from Hideo Kojima is sublime, creating tension and dread in the atmosphere where necessary, as well as bringing to life a variety of interesting and intriguing characters. The sandbox open world of the game allows for creativity on a whole new level, while Mother Base facilitates a dynamic management system.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Truly pushing up the bar for open worlds in video games, The Witcher 3 has everything anyone could ever want from a fantasy adventure, from monstrous creatures to slay, to mysterious characters to befriend. The smallest quest in The Witcher 3 has the possibility to snowball into something altogether more interesting, and different characters play a variety of complex roles wherever you turn in the game. A fast paced combat system and a meaningful plot only help cement The Witcher 3 as one of the greatest fantasy games ever made. One of the best PS4 games
Jaz Rignall - Former Editor-at-Large
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition
Without wanting to repeat myself too much, (you can read my five-star review here), I consider the PS4 version of D3 to be the definitive version of the game. While that statement is likely to send PC purists reeling away from the screen in horror, I do think that D3 is at its best when played with a joypad, and the console version's more streamlined menus and gameplay deliver ultra-chaotic dungeon crawling that plays out like a super-sophisticated arcade game.
Where the game really shines is in its multiplayer mode. Whether your friends are hooking up from a remote location, or are sitting next to you on a couch, D3 is just brilliant fun, and offers incredible depth thanks to its Adventure Mode.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III
The latest Call of Duty has swiftly become an obsession of mine. Not so much the campaign and zombies modes - fun though they are. No, for me, it's all about the multiplayer. Treyarch have really outdone themselves this time around, delivering a fast and extremely polished game that features an incredibly slick and intuitive movement system that has you parkour-ing over obstacles with ease, an excellent selection of customizable weapons, and a set of maps that really help dial up the competition.
Sure, Black Ops III doesn't advance the Call of Duty formula that much in the grand scheme of things - it's mostly about its incremental upgrades - but nevertheless, I believe it represents the best Call of Duty game seen in years.
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture is an adventure/walking simulator set in the heart of the English county of Shropshire in 1984. What's immediately apparent when you start the game is that nobody is around. Where has everybody gone, and what's going on? That's basically what you need to figure out.
The objective is to wander around the game's beautiful environment listening to snatches of conversations that seem to be told by ghostly after-images of the residents of the village. By listening to what they have to say, you slowly, but surely piece together the storyline and uncover the game's mysteries.
I really enjoyed playing the game, but judging by its mixed reception, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture clearly isn't for everyone. Some find it a little too slow, and the storyline a little too esoteric, and not fulfilling enough. However, those willing to take the plunge and who might enjoy the idea of a cross between a game and an experimental piece of interactive fiction, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture combines scenes of utter beauty, touching, desperate, and sometimes even angry emotional moments between people, and a score to die for into a narrative that's gripping, involving, and thoroughly rewarding.
Jeremy Parish - Former Editor-in-Chief
Gravity Rush Remastered
Hopefully we can update this with the excellent-looking sequel before too long; until then, though, the original more than suffices. Yeah, Gravity Rush began life as a Vita game, and it did an exemplary job of demonstrating the power of that little handheld workhorse; but Sony Japan's gravity-bending action game truly came into its own when it slipped the shackles of portability and slid into the world of high-definition visuals. Seen on a big screen in full HD, you can finally appreciate the detail (and the great lines-of-sight) Sony invested in Gravity Rush's open, Moebius-inspired, fantasy world. More than that, the sheer size of a 40-plus-inch television allows you to fall into the dizzying gameplay far more completely than was possible on the diminutive Vita. Nearly five years after its debut, Gravity Rush remains a brave and wonderfully unique creation — a real highlight for any PlayStation console.
Nights of Azure
I didn't give this adventure full marks because, well, it doesn't really deserve them. It feels rough-hewn, with uneven play balancing and some absolutely ham-fisted writing. I could never escape the sensation that Nights of Azure hopes its buxom lady lovers and their clingy, diaphanous nightgowns will distract players from its underlying flaws. And yet, months later, I have to admit the game got under my skin. With its odd graphic style (packed with beautiful details, but clunky overall), dated butt-rock guitars, and simplistic action, the whole thing came off as a throwback to PlayStation 2-era action games — the kind of games no one makes anymore. Except Nights of Azure developer Gust, apparently. It's a strange case of a game's flaws and awkwardness actually enhancing its appeal, and I'll definitely be in line when the recently announced sequel arrives... though hopefully it'll employ a little more subtlety this time.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
The latest Wolfenstein came out of nowhere for most people, but having already demoed it several times at various events, I'd already gotten past my surprise at its excellence. Machinegames took a decidedly old-school approach to this shooter, giving it an intriguing (if occasionally overwrought) storyline and not really worrying about reconciling mechanics with narrative. You can pick up metal plates from defeated enemy machines to somehow wear as armor, eat dog food to restore health, and dual-wield guns the size of a motorcycle — no, it doesn't make sense, but it's a glorious nod to the forgotten days when first-person shooters were called "DOOM clones." Add to that some brilliant variety of mission objectives and level types and you have a shooter that manages to be worth owning despite (or perhaps because of) its strictly single-player focus.
Bob Mackey - Former Senior Writer
The Last of Us Remastered
The excessive hype and praise The Last of Us garnered in its short life might alienate those who haven't given it a try, but rest assured: It's fully deserved. With The Last of Us, Naughty Dog took the gunplay and amazing production values of Uncharted, and applied them to a story that isn't quite so happy-go-lucky. Expect to have your heart broken constantly, as The Last of Us isn't interested in video game escapism: Instead, its narrative tries its best to paint a picture of a bleak, hopeless world populated by plant-based zombies. And you think humans are going to work together to stamp out the problem, odds are you've never watched a George Romero movie. It may seem unnecessary to have a Remastered edition just a year after the game's original PS3 version, but the extras and improved frame rate make this one of the PS4's finest releases.
Wolfenstein: The New Order
As multiplayer games like Titanfall and Destiny slowly take over the single-player FPS experience, it's nice to know there's still a market out there for something like Wolfenstein. MachineGames sprawling take on id's classic franchise jumps to a Nazi-occupied future, and gets a lot of mileage out of exploring just how terrible that could be. The New Order excels in more areas than setting, though: Along with the expected firefights featuring inventive takes on classic killing machines, Wolfenstein offers a variety of challenges in its sprawling environments that put more than just your reflexes to the test. After the forgettable 2009 reboot, it's refreshing to see an interpretation of the series that's so damned inventive.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
It's taken long enough, but we've finally arrived: an MMORPG as robust as the ones found on the PC, and fully playable with a controller. Square's thoughtful retake on their misguided 2010 MMO boasts one of the most user-friendly interfaces ever seen in this type of game, as well as a job system—pulled straight from Final Fantasy tradition—that allows you to jump in and out of different roles on a whim. If you start the game as, say, a Lancer and find it's not your bag, just equip another weapon, and you'll automatically assign yourself to that class. It's a smart idea that lets one character explore every bit of the game's content, and since this is an MMO, there's a lot of it. If you've been scared away by this genre in the past, FFXIV makes for a welcoming experience engineered to steal away countless hours of your precious time.