A slew of irresistible exclusive games and an enormous catalogue of software have made the Playstation 4 one of the most popular home consoles in gaming history. The system has even spawned its own iteration of the iconic DUALSHOCK controller and an entire console generation of games that suit a wide variety of tastes.
Typically by this point in the lifespan of a console, the flood of new releases would be slowing to a trickle as its successor takes the spotlight. But the Playstation 4 games is still going strong. Its reign as the bestselling platform of the last console generation is only just beginning to wind down, with 2023 still having a healthy selection of high-profile multiplatform titles hitting shelves every week.
From the team that brought us flOw, Flower is a fresh and genuine indie title that pushes gameplay conventions and explores emotional chords uncommon in video games. With simple controls, accessible gameplay and beautiful landscapes to explore, players fade out of an external and stressful world and become immersed in a vibrant and natural one.
Bloodborne was the PS4’s first truly great, bespokely created exclusive and still ranks as one of the best games on the system to date. Set in Yharnam, the city of unrelenting dread drips with atmosphere and every corner might conceal a grotesque monster or fascinatingly twisted piece of lore. With a fantastic third-person melee combat, drool-worthy art design and the most empowering virtual slaughter tools in the business, this gothic masterpiece is an essential must-have.
Naughty Dog once again delivered a masterpiece with Uncharted 4, the most heartfelt and epic showpiece you’ll ever shove in your PlayStation. Its epic scale, awe-inspiring story and smaller details that fill in the gaps make this an instant classic. This year’s re-release as the ‘Definitive Edition’ with prologue MGS5: Ground Zeroes and all the DLC items is an absolute must-have.