The Best PS4 Games

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The PlayStation 4 was only released in November 2013, but the list of must-play games for Sony's new system keeps growing by the month. We've collated some of the most outstanding titles released so far, so check out our choices for what games you need to have for your PS4 by looking at our list below. But as the PS4 is so new, expect to see quite a few additions and changes as the months roll on. Keep checking back on this page to see what our picks for best games on the PS4 are, and in the meantime, let us know what you think of our current choices in the comments below.

Click below to see more screens from our top PS4 games.

1001 Spikes

"Whether it's entirely true or not, classic games from the NES era are remembered as being far more difficult than the average game today. 1001 Spikes goes all out when attempting to re-create that sense of intense challenge, making a game that not only looks and sounds like one from the 8-bit era, but plays like it as well." -- Read our review

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

"There's an incredible scope to what you can do in Black Flag, with a level of harmony between its component parts that encourages you to try it all, and a story that keeps you invested throughout the whole thing." -- Read our review

Battlefield 4

"Battlefield 4 multiplayer is a blast and definitely the best reason to return to this hallowed franchise or dive in for the first time. Though the campaign makes strides in the right direction, it remains a sideshow to the main event. Expansive and exciting, challenging and empowering, Battlefield 4 multiplayer is a thrilling endeavor in this generation or the next." -- Read our review

Call of Duty: Ghosts

"From an exuberant campaign full of spectacle and variety to the way Extinction's unpredictable aliens force you to use those targeting skills in entirely new ways, Ghosts strikes an excellent balance between the familiar and the novel. This is a game that's keenly aware of the series' strengths, but doesn't find itself beholden to them." -- Read our review

FIFA 14

"This is the quintessential version of FIFA 14. It brings a level of authenticity never before seen in the genre and sets new standards for player control and stadium atmosphere. Too often have we seen football games flounder in the transition to new consoles, but FIFA 14 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is a step above it's peers." -- Read our review

Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn

"There's no traditional PVP, and at times the grind can grow tedious, but if you press on, you find a vast and charming supporting cast, complex classes with plenty of interesting augmentations along the way, and a reworked MMORPG that combines new and old elements to weave together a satisfying and modern Final Fantasy that does its part to cater to longtime franchise fans and MMO enthusiasts alike." -- Read our review

flower

"Like a snowy mountain ridge or a tranquil river valley, Flower invites introspection and inner calm, and that kind of interactive experience is almost as rare now as it was when I first surfed these winds." -- Read our review

inFamous: Second Son

"Second Son focuses on pure enjoyment. It communicates that through the excellent combat that forces you to concoct crazy tactics to overthrow the invading forces. It draws you in further through its incredible visuals that not only hint at the PlayStation 4's impressive power, but employ a sensible artistic touch that makes Seattle a place you want to explore." -- Read our review

Big Boss goes for the takedown in MGS V: Ground Zeroes.

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

"Though it's unusual for everything to take place in a single location, there's so much to do and see, and whether you take a stealthy or head-on approach, infiltrating Camp Omega in Ground Zeroes is a thrilling experience that shouldn't be missed." -- Read our review

NBA 2K14

"he on-court action in NBA 2K14 isn't markedly different from the way the current generation versions play, which means its excellent, and by far the best we've ever seen in virtual basketball. What's so remarkable is how the upgraded visuals enhance the overall experience." -- Read our review

Need for Speed: Rivals

"Need for Speed: Rivals is very much in the tradition of Hot Pursuit, but that great, familiar gameplay has been infused with enough new elements to make it as thrilling here as it's ever been. It sure is good to hit the open road again." -- Read our review

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty

"With clever puzzles near identical to the original game, and beautiful environments brought to life with new visuals and a dynamic camera, New 'n' Tasty satiated me, even though I'm an Oddworld veteran and know each solution and secret area like the back of my (scarred) hand." -- Read our review

Rayman Legends

"Momentum is the name of the game in this 2D platformer. Rayman runs, leaps, swings, glides, and swims with a kinetic grace that compels you ever onward. Being able to squeeze past spikes and thunder across toppling towers should be expected in any adventure that presents such formidable challenges, but what makes Legends special is how joyful such movements are." -- Read our review

Resogun features classic arcade action.

Resogun

"It's classic arcade action imbued with hard-hitting artistic and gameplay elements. Falling in love with Resogun is easy, and mastering it is challenging, and the combination of these two qualities makes Resogun almost impossible to put down." -- Read our review

Rogue Legacy

"It's almost unfair to compare Rogue Legacy to other games that emphasize permanent death. It doesn't have the secrets of Spelunky and it's more predictable than The Binding of Isaac, yet at the end of every game comes a desire to hop right back in, spend your gold on some upgrades and rack up more monster kills, something the game encourages with a challenging new-game-plus option that appears after the credits roll." -- Read our review

Sound Shapes

"Sound Shapes is a transcendent experience in so many ways. Maybe its most important contribution is giving a voice to the world through music and action." -- Read our review

Sportsfriends

"Like darts or foosball, they may not be something to base an entire party around, but they're welcome diversions that anyone can enjoy, making Sportsfriends an easy recommendation provided you've got friends and controllers." -- Read our review

Strider

"From the moment you embark on your journey right up until the final deathblow, Strider is a blast to play. Controlling this agile ninja feels empowering right out of the gate, and each new upgrade brings with it an enjoyable new way to engage your foes." -- Read our review

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The Last of Us Remastered

"The Last of Us is a great action game that you should play if you haven't already. And if you have played it before, the improvements here aren't so dramatic as to make the game feel like a new experience, but it is definitely one worth revisiting. In the world of The Last of Us, as in our own world, love might destroy you, but it's also one of the only things worth fighting for." -- Read our review

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

"What's most remarkable about Tomb Raider is how its many elements so perfectly complement each other, so that no matter which activity you're currently engaged in, you're fully invested. Even the straightforward platforming, in which Lara's sticky hands ensure there's little chance of failure, is thrilling thanks to brief quick-time events that keep your mind focused on even your smallest actions." -- Read our review

Towerfall: Ascension

"With a few friends, Towerfall Ascension is a fantastic multiplayer game that offers a ton of variations on its enjoyable archery combat. Just make sure those friends can join you on the couch." -- Read our review

Transistor

"Transistor is always a good-looking game, but in these instances, it demonstrates a rare knack for combining its visuals and music to powerfully convey both narrative information and tone, driving the story forward with Red's own unwavering resolve. So in the end, yes, Transistor is a fun action role-playing game with a neat combat system, but beautiful moments like these make it more than that. They make it a game with a soul." -- Read our review

Trials Fusion

"This is another expertly designed entry in the enthralling series. Though the core action remains largely unchanged, it's as exciting as it has ever been, thanks in part to the gorgeous visual design that brings each location to life." -- Read our review

Watch Dogs features hacking.

War Thunder

"War Thunder is a sprawling WWII simulation that you can lose yourself in due to its wide scope, intense combat, tremendous number of vehicles, casual and challenging difficulty settings, and extensive upgrade paths. While the initial learning curve is daunting, this is one of those games that opens up dramatically the more that you play it, so the time commitment is worthwhile whether you're a laidback dogfighter or a hardcore simmer." -- Read our review

Watch Dogs

"Watch Dogs is a lushly produced and riotous game with an uncanny ability to push you from one task to the next, each of which is just as fun as the last. This version of Chicago is crawling with a hyperbolic number of degenerates, and I didn't mind squashing pyromaniacs and slavers" -- Read our review

Wolfenstein: The New Order

"The New Order's combat intensity and variety have granted the Wolfenstein series a breath of fresh air, whilst still managing to hit the nostalgic highs that I expect from the series." -- Read our review

* GameSpot's Best Of Lists will be updated periodically as new games worthy of inclusion are released on their respective platforms.

Last updated June 2, 2014.

Discussion

374 comments
meedokicky
meedokicky

I know this is old, but:

"in which Lara's sticky hands ensure there's little chance of failure, is thrilling thanks to brief quick-time events"

Ah come on! that was the worst part of the game! I have died so many times THANKS to those confusing QTE.

Coco_pierrot
Coco_pierrot

Until there is some JRPG I'm not sure I'll buy that consol, there is really nothing interesting to me. And seriously the only thing NExt Gen is the graphics ... the Wii U seems more next gen with its touche screen

pikachudude860
pikachudude860

A lot of these games are on the other systems. It's "must play" because that's all there is to play.

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

besides resogon and towefall ascension 

all was pretty crap to be honest 


it just needs the witcher 3 and then you can call it next gen. 

blackothh
blackothh

sony has a new system in the works? thats good news to all gamers everywhere, perhaps it will live up to the term "next gen" this time

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

This list makes me sad for the new generation.

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

None of these are "must-play" imo. And for the bots that chimed in, your list isn't any better.

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

The only thing that list just put on my radar is Sound Shapes, which I can get on PS3.  It actually underscores just how little there is that utilizes PS4's hardware.

robbiejones
robbiejones

Ok here's my top 5 for the ps4. 5- Tomb raider, 4- Second son, 3- MLB the show, 2- Assassins creed 4, 1- BF4.

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

As someone that never played the first 2 Infamous games, I thoroughly enjoyed Second Son. I didn't feel like I was missing anything from the previous stories, and the gameplay felt relatively fresh. That and AC4 have been my favorite PS4 games thus far. I still need to get Transistor. FIFA is pretty much the same game with prettier stadiums, better player models (you only notice on close ups), and more realistic feeling/looking physics. NBA 2k14 is gorgeous, and like FIFA it benefits from better physics, but it still has issues connecting with 2k servers. Sometimes it'll stop recognizing face buttons during free throws. It's pretty annoying when the game breaks. Wolfenstein is a cool nostalgia trip for those of you old enough to remember FPS games that came out between 1997 and 2004. This list could use an update.

YuJoo
YuJoo

Way too early for a list like this. Could have made the same article about the xbox one with more than half of the games. Both consoles need more time.

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

They listed nearly every game out for the PS4 so is it really a best of?  Also, where is Killzone?  Granted, I'm a fan of the series so I'm a little biased in my opinion, but at the very least it has better MP than COD.

johnsmythsonian
johnsmythsonian

these aren't even good games. what are they talking about? are they out of their minds? are they so desperate to have fallen so far?

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

Infamous, Infamous, aaaaaaand Infamous are the best PS4 game(s).  That damn no good TV box can't compare with the atrocious exclusives Forza 5, Dead Rising 3, Titan Fall and Killer instinct. People don't want TV functions, they want GAMES.

CalamityKait
CalamityKait

I'll likely be buying a PS4 sometime in the future, once there's been a price drop and the list of good games has increased.  In the meantime I have a backlog of games I haven't gotten around to playing for the 360 and just got a PS3 and have started acquiring games for it, so I'm likely good for a year at least.  The HD collections of various PS2/3 franchises (Ratchet and Clank, Sly Cooper, Jak and Daxter, Metal Gear Saga, God of War, Resistance) are more than enough reason to justify a PS3 purchase at the end of its era.  That, and the fifteen games I got for a dollar each Easter weekend.  Crash Bandicoot is still a blast, and the Spyro games, which I never played before, are really well done for early 3D platformers.


Dragon Age:  Inquisition in the fall and Batman:  Arkham Knight might tempt me come holiday season 2014, which should be the right time for a price drop or some nice Black Friday bundles.

ncruozzi
ncruozzi

I swear gamers would complain about free blowjobs from movie stars because they weren't in the right movie.

Staryoshi87
Staryoshi87

There are PS4 games that aren't named "MLB The Show"? Madness.

steaminpotatoes
steaminpotatoes

Traded Ghosts in because it was not the same as Respawn Entertainments Call of Duty's, will only buy Treyarch's from now on.


Also disliked how LaraCroft looked in the definitive version, botox springs to mind, so never bought it.

housukoira
housukoira

So.. This is list of games relesed on PS4?

killa-waltz
killa-waltz

infamous SS, AC4, Killzone shadow fall, bf4


Blue_Owl
Blue_Owl

For me, it's either Infamous: Second Son or Assassin's Creed 4 :Black Flag. ^_^

Julio_Brutal
Julio_Brutal

So, this crappy list has pretty much every game in the ps4 so far? Does GS know what BEST means?

God, i regret buying the ps4 so early, paid very much and there is not a single good game to play. Not to mention the high prices, at least in my country ($100 for games). I paid $50 in that shit MGV: Ground Zeroes and played like 30 minutes.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

I totally disagree with the list. Some of the games are pretty boring or bad (like Strider) while other games are way better on other systems (like Rayman on WiiU). I also enjoyed Lego Marvel a lot.

seanwil545
seanwil545

Weird list!

I bought Rayman for the Wii U since it was originally designed for the Wii U with gamepad specific functionality. I bought Strider for PC because PC is my preferred platform.

I'd like to see this list in a year or two, when there are more exclusives. 

hoyholyhoy
hoyholyhoy

I mean we all know PS4 is better than xbone but it's really stupid putting out a list of the best PS4 games when there hasn't been any time for games to actually come out for it. Fifa 14? Call of douchebag? That's just insulting.

M3s0p0t4m1c4
M3s0p0t4m1c4

Who gives a fudge about exclusive PS4 games!! I got the PS4 because I know that its a more powerful machine than the XO!! I mean .. come on 1080 vs 720hp .. you kiddin me? ... Few exclusive games but common games look far better on PS4 than on XO... and most importantly.. its to early to speak about Sony's exclusive games... there is no rush... oh and I almost forgot about Morpheus VR ... can't wait to play Outlast on morpheus + Move ...oh yea!!

Coco_pierrot
Coco_pierrot

@console_war_vet  you already forgotten their ad ??? it says : Greatness awaits !!! well ... you are at the awaits part

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

@YuJoo Pretty sure they'll update these as more games come out, just like how Kotaku do.

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@blueboxdoctor KZ is much better than CoD. Wolfenstein easily has the best FPS campaign with KZ second. BF then KZ for MP. I sold KZ along with BF4 recently, and got Wolfenstein. No regrets. BF4 is still a mess, and I'm not engaged enough to get the DLC. KZ's new co-op mode looks cool, but I'll keep my save files on my system and just wait for the game to be free through PSN.

terrain600
terrain600

@johnsmythsonian lool You're a joke -____- So what games were good then? 


People like you would make crap games if you were an actual game developer.

d_kell411
d_kell411

@Julio_Brutal  Then go return it? What did you expect...their mega blockbusters to be lined up for launch? No...that happens over this summer. Sony has no control over what games are released day 1, that's a developer decision. What Sony HAS done, however...is create a spectacular console that's crushing all competition right now. They upheld their end of the bargain...so maybe redirect your fury at some developers instead?


This is like blaming Microsoft for your problems in Starcraft. Geeze...

Blue_Owl
Blue_Owl

@Julio_Brutal  Then you should have just bought a XBOX ONE. Just Playing RYSE, Dead Rising 3, Forza 5, Titanfall, or Plants Vs Zombies:Garden Warfare could eat up your time without you knowing it. Especially, Dead Rising 3, if you're a fan of massive open-world zombie killing. ^_^


P.S. not a xbox fanboy, just statin'... 

lordquasar
lordquasar

@Julio_Brutal that is what i was thinking. I got one for my birthday a few months back. And not to many games yet. But I do not have time to play with school and all. taking to many credits this time.

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

@gokartmozart89 Good call with keeping the save files.  I have to give Wolfenstein a go, but I'm torn between getting that or Watch Dogs first.  Will probably wait to see if either goes on sale for $40 in a few weeks.  BF4 I have not played in a while, last time I did I had a ton of connection issues and lag, so IDK how it is now.

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

@Halloll @blueboxdoctor Shadowfall wasn't that bad.  It was a little slow but it also had some cool moments throughout the game.  But yeah, KZ 2 and 3 are better for single player.

dani_i89
dani_i89

@d_kell411 @Julio_Brutal  Sony had control on when to actually release the console. They chose to release it with those amazing exclusives we fondly know as Killzone 4 and Knack *giggle*. That's like America flying over Hiroshima with the bomb still being produced in the factory. Don't blame the devs for taking the time for making games, blame Sony for a premature release.

franken_stein
franken_stein

@d_kell411 @Julio_Brutal He didn't direct his fury at Sony, he just said he regretted buying it so early. Try reading and actually understanding the comment before you decide to get your lil fuuzy wuzzy feelings hurt over a attack on your precious brand.  Keep drinking the kool-aid "crushing all competition right now". 7.1 mill to 4 mill aint too much when the XB1 is more expensive and released in far fewer territories. The PS4 is cheaper and is a solid gaming platform, that's why it sells so well. Spare me the because its better excuse, If price wasn't the main reason then all gamers would merely spend thousands on the best graphical fidelity and go PC. Because set up correctly a PC rig is just as convenient  to use and has far more benefits and less restrictions than any console. And bringing games to the PS4 does fall under Sony's umbrella of responsibility, you don't just make a new console and expect studios and publishers to magically start up new I.P's and games for your console specifically. I don't understand your desire to make excuses or stand up for Sony they don't need it. They made a great console but haven't really supported it 110% yet, Why? Sony is broke that's the bottom line. They have things in progress and are trying to stem loses at the moment and that bleeds over to SCE. Give them time as you say but this summer is a bit optimistic. E3 may have some decent reveals or announcements, I think MS will have the better E3 showing for people that aren't xbots or Sony ponies.  If your a Sony fan anything MS shows at E3 will be a failure and vice versa.

Julio_Brutal
Julio_Brutal

And a few days after my comment here, my ps4 hdmi just stopped working (it boots, but I get no signal, or sometimes, in certain TVs, I even get 480p)... had to send back to the store i bought it. The guy there said they would fix or replace the console for me, but it probably will take a few months... because nothing is fast here in Brazil.

I always liked Sony, had all the platforms except Vita, but I gotta say... not impressed with the ps4 at all.

Hadn't mentioned the controller battery that last no more than around 30% compared to the ps3.

Btw there aint no option to return the console. And even if there were, I would not, because I wanna play games, but i'm not very excited with this generation as of right now.