With the release of the Playstation 5 now just around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to celebrate all of the best Playstation 4 games that were released before the Playstation 5 hits the shelves next month. This list will feature both Playstation exclusives as well as multi-platform games. Without further ado, down below you can find what we consider to be the best Playstation 4 games that was released before the Playstation 5.
God of War
We start this list with a God of a game (get it?). God of War takes place after the events of God of War III with Kratos and his son Atreus. In the game you must scatter the ashes of Atreus’ mother at the highest peak of the nine realms as you run into trouble along the way.
This 2018 game of the year has a great combat system that allows you to use a number of different weapons. While also giving you the choice to upgrade them to improve the weapon further, allowing you to actually feel like the God of War.
With a great story with very entertaining side quests full of interesting characters and amazing destinations, you would not want to miss out on playing this game. I would recommend playing or getting some context on the previous games in the series to understand God of War’s story a little better.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
To all those who haven’t played the Witcher 3, the game puts you into the shoes of Geralt of Rivia who must find Ciri, the daughter of Emperor Emhyr var Emreis and last heir to an ancient elder bloodline. You can see why the Witcher 3 won game of the year back in 2015 with its massive and gorgeous map full of mythical enemies for Geralt to face in his search for Ciri.
Players have a massive impact on the story as they get to choose what Geralt gets to say in conversations as well as make choices that can end up in a fight. You can also customize Geralt by picking what he wears. For example, certain items like armours reduce damage taken from enemies, mitigating more or less of it depending on their level.
Players can also choose how Geralt fights, as players get to pick between a wide variety of weapons, each of them featuring its own set of stats. Weapons can deteriorate over time and deal less damage if neglected, so taking good care of your gear is essential.
You can also choose how to upgrade Geralt. In the skill tree players can improve Geralt’s combat ability, his Signs, which allows you to use magic more often, and his Alchemy, the ability to craft more items like potions and bombs. With all of this freedom at your disposal, why would you want to miss out on playing this game?
Spider-Man is back again to save the day and particularly New York, as he must face a bunch of familiar foes that we know from the comics and films. This game has a collection of bad guys, including villains like Electro, Vulture, Rhino, and Scorpion, making Spider-Man’s main story look like something straight out of the comics.
Marvel’s Spider-Man recreates and emulates the swing mechanic which many of us remember fondly from the old Spider-Man 2 game. The developers have matched this mechanic as well as made it better by introducing new ways of swinging around New York while keeping the old mechanic largely intact, making you really feel like the character himself.
Marvel’s Spider-Man has a ton of collectibles for you to acquire, with some being references to previous films, comics, and villains. As well as this, Spider-Man has multiple side quests and challenges for you to face. It also gives you a choice on what costume you want Spider-Man to wear, with costumes coming from multiple comics and films from the past.
With the sequel soon coming out on Playstation 5, now is the best time to visit or re-visit this amazing game.
Red Dead Redemption 2
A prequel to the amazing original Red Dead Redemption launched in 2010, Red Dead Redemption 2 lets us be part of a notorious gang of outlaws mentioned in the first game. We play as the infamous Arthur Morgan. The man along with his gang are on the run and forced to leave their stash of money as they try to find a way of getting it back.
This game feature incredible environments which have an impact on your character’s ability to move. You also need to mind your cleanliness and be aware of survival game mechanics like temperature variations.
Another clever feature is how your character’s hair is always growing, meaning you will have to get a hair cut or shave every so often in order to maintain a certain style.
You also have the ability to hunt in this game with a wide range of animals available for you to track down. You also have the ability to skin and sell the fur of the animals you hunt as well as eat them.
There is also an amazing online mode where you and other players can form up as a posse and do missions with each other or team up to stop another gang from completing one, taking the money for yourself.
Last of Us: Part 2
The highly anticipated sequel to the original Last of Us game takes place a few years after its predecessor. Last of Us: Part 2 has us take control of Ellie who is out for revenge for something that happens early on in the game.
Just like the last game, there is a lot of exploring to do in The Last of Us 2. Perhaps even more so now, as Ellie must loot and scavenge for anything ranging from bullets to cloth fragments needed to craft items. Players can also find safes throughout the game which contain things like bullets, crafting fragments as well as player upgrades like an additional holster for Ellie to use.
This game has you face familiar enemies from the previous title like the ‘Clicker’ zombie. In The Last of Us: Part 2 there is also a new human enemy called the WLF. These WLF members can sometimes have sniffer dogs, meaning Ellie cannot stay in one area for too long so it requires you to think ahead to avoid getting killed.
There is also a new type of zombie to face called the Shambler. The Shambler throws a toxic gas-like substances at you or areas near you, causing you to reroute and take another path. And if you get too close to the Shambler, it can detonate a gas cloud around itself inflicting damage to whoever is near it, meaning you can only really kill it from afar.
This game does a remarkable job of making you feel immersed in a story filled with interesting characters that we can empathize with. It also has beautiful environments throughout the decaying city of Seattle. Which really helps paint a picture of how long the apocalypse has been going on for.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
The final chapter in the Uncharted series has Nathan Drake joined by his brother Sam as they hunt down the treasure of pirate Henry Avery. Just like previous games in its series, Uncharted 4 has a lot of spectacular and action-packed sections, as well as its already iconic platforming mechanics.
With realistic world mechanics and a bunch of treasure for you to collect, this game does a great job of tying up Nathan Drake’s story. I would recommend playing the previous games in the series to have some context on the characters.
These are only just a few of the best games released on the Playstation 4. You should definitely check out all of these games before the PlayStation 5 arrives. Is there any I missed?
All of these games will also be playable on the PS5 thanks to its backwards compatibly feature. But discs won’t work on the PS5’s digital edition as it doesn’t have a disc drive. Some of these games also featured on the PS collection.