This console generation is nothing short of legendary and one machine that has had more epic games land on its shores than many others is the PlayStation 4. Owing largely to Sony’s ability to pull hot exclusive titles, the PlayStation 4 has not slowed down at all and, over the next year, looks like it will only speed up as it heads towards the sunset.
A lot of top 10 lists are totally subjective and based on the writer or editorial team’s opinions. That’s not what’s going on here. In this article, we will share with you the 10 top games for PlayStation 4 according to MetaCritic reviews.
That means number 1 through number 10 represents that highest scores on the website for all games released and reviewed for the PS4. It’s kind of tough to argue with hard numbers like that but we have no doubt some of you will. Be sure to leave your favorite games list in the comments.
Here are the top 10 Metacritic PS4 games on Metacritic according to review scores :
1. Red Dead Redemption 2
Number one should probably come as no surprise to anyone who followed gaming headlines over the past year but single-highest rated game on Metacritic for the PS4 is Rockstar’s masterpiece Red Dead Redemption 2.
Continuing the gritty story of the Dutch van der Linde gang, this title is likened to Grand Theft Auto but in the West yet is really so much more. A complex storyline with memorable characters, RDR 2 is also underpinned by awesome game mechanics and compelling side quests and extras.
The online mode has slowly developed since its launch but isn’t quite on par in terms of quality with the mainline game. It is a must-play title no matter what system it is on and the reason it is number one on this list becomes pretty self explanatory just a few minutes into the game.
2. Grand Theft Auto V
Coming in at number two is another title from Rockstar, albeit one released in 2013. Grand Theft Auto V might be a little long in the tooth at this point but it is still one of the most amazing video games of this decade.
The online mode has a longevity that is starting to rival only WoW’s and the mainline game is everything you’d expect from a GTA title. For many people, the GTA series is either a love it or a hate it kind of proposition and that doesn’t change with GTA V.
The good thing is that most people seem to love GTA V as it is the single highest grossing multimedia property ever released. If that’s not a reason to check it out if you haven’t already, we don’t know what is.
3. The Last of Us Remastered
The Last of Us is another PS3 title that made its way to PS4 and remained just as legendary in the next generation as it was in the previous one.
An upcoming sequel has much of the game world waiting in anticipation, but if you haven’t played the first one, you can do that in grand style on the PS4. With remastered graphics that gives everything an even more immersive feel, The Last of Us remains pretty much the same strong core game as it was on the PS3. You have to navigate a post-apocalyptic world infested with fungus-controlled zombies that are violent and terrifying.
But the real pull of The Last of Us is the very human narrative at the heart of it all. You’ll love the characters and, in the great tradition of Hollywood, you’ll really become mesmerized by the whole presentation as it combines all elements, both gameplay and otherwise, for a wonderful storytelling experience.
4. God of War
The God of War’s return as a nordic-themed game was no less groundbreaking than the original game’s release.
But there were a few differences and most of them centered around this game’s masterful execution of its plot and core gameplay elements in an organic, seamless way. Kratos is as violent as ever but this is tempered by the presence of his son. While you might not think that this would change the dynamic that much, it really does, and the game benefits in the process.
God of War was always known for its visceral presentation and that isn’t different here but what is amazingly changed is that there is sentimentality driving a lot of the game’s narrative ups and downs.
The relationship between Kratos and his son is an amazing addition to the series and one that doesn’t take away from the gameplay but rather adds to it in creative ways. If you enjoy intense action games and you are looking for a game that tells a heartfelt story, God of War is the title for you.
5. Persona 5
Another masterpiece from Atlus, the Persona series continues in this fifth installment that sees you as a bad guy high school kid by day and world-saving hero by night. If you’re not familiar with the Persona series, the fifth game isn’t a bad place to start but we have to warn you that it is pretty different from most JRPGs you’ve heard of like Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest. How?
Well, the gameplay isn’t radically different, but the narrative issues at the heart of most Persona games tend to be a love it or hate it kind of thing.
Persona is driven by psychological themes and the situations the characters often find themselves in are largely driven by this. Plus there are demons, the occult, and a mystery to solve.
Outside of its amazing story, the presentation and soundtrack are beyond comparison and the overall execution of the game is one that just bleeds style and excess.
You’ll never see more over-produced JRPG in your life outside of a Final Fantasy game and it is totally worth it here.
6. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
The Metal Gear Solid series is to the PlayStation console as bread is to butter. One makes the other word and it is such a classic pairing that it would be shocking not to see this game on this list.
What makes The Phantom Pain so amazing? Outside of graphics and gameplay that are still on the bleeding edge, it has everything else that makes MGS great. A large part of this is the combination of gameplay and storyline.
Like Persona 5, The Phantom Pain is an amazingly over-produced game but to great effect. When you benchmark whether or not something is quality, The Phantom Pain is a game you could easily use.
A lot of the Metal Gear Solid series’ appeal relies upon its convoluted story and that’s present and accounted for here. Really, it’s tough to convince someone who has not yet played a MGS game to do it but you can be rest assured that you’re in for a one-of-a-kind experience.
7. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series is another type of game that has a dedicated fan base out there and they don’t need convincing of its quality.
For the rest of us, Uncharted 4 is the synthesis of many of the best aspects of action, platforming, and exploration titles with a cinematic presentation that is similar to many of the other titles on this list. Nathan Drake is kind of like a male Lara Croft, and in many ways he’s his own thing.
Regardless, the core gameplay is some of the best of this generation and there’s a weighty realness to everything that makes it more intense than you’d expect. For all of his amazing traits, Nathan Drake is a human and moves like one which is a rare thing in action video games.
Fly around a vast landscape and investigate a fallen ancient civilization’s ruins in this meditative game from flOw and Flower.
Exploration is at the heart of the game but so is cooperation. It’s not hard to explain the gameplay concepts here, they’re pretty easy to understand, but the presentation is something that has to be seen to be believed.
If you like avant garde game design, you need to add Journey to your library.
From Software’s dark, gothic masterpiece takes the frustrating difficulty (and compelling gameplay) of the Souls series and transports it into some kind of horror tale that feels like it was ripped from the pages of Brahm Stoker’s dracula but with a unique twist that seems evocative of the world presented in Vampire Hunter D.
Grinding, building skills, finding new weapons and armor – that’s all present and accounted for here.
Tackling massive, hideous bosses and unraveling a storyline through vague, brief cinematics that shine a light on nothing?
That’s all here and it is glorious.
A game that truly rewards mastery, Bloodborne just shows that From Software has mastered its formula.
A quirky RPG in the style of the classic Maniac Mansion and PC adventure games from the 1980s, Undertale has a massive cult following and it isn’t hard to see why.
From its passive option in combat to its weird as heck story, the game doesn’t stop from beginning to end and holds its act throughout.
It’s thoroughly enjoyable and, once it ends, you really do want more.
Fans of classic PC adventure and RPG games should not hesitate to get this title.