The PlayStation 4 has been on the market since 2013 and has been able to impress with numerous game highlights during this time. We'll tell you which of these are really worthwhile in our list of the best, including test ratings. In addition, GIGA explains what you should definitely consider before buying the console.
After almost seven years, the current generation of consoles will soon be retired from the long-awaited PlayStation 5. So the ideal time to take another look at one or the other game pearl from the last few years. The waiting time is guaranteed to fly by! We have therefore scoured various leaderboards and proudly present you the crème de la crème in terms of PS4 games.
For this we have turned to websites like Metacritic or the current top sellers at Amazon – our own tests have also been incorporated. At the end we answer the most important questions about the console: Which models are there and what are the differences between PS4 and PS4 Pro? What is PS Plus about and do I need it? This way you will be well informed before making a purchase.
In the following lines we present you the top 10 best rated games for the PlayStation 4. The placements are based on the ratings from Metacritic – There, the ratings of various tests form a final score between 0 and 100. In addition to the actual score, there is also the user score. However, since this is easy to manipulate and therefore not reliable enough, we have not taken it into account here.
All information and assessments of the respective games are based solely on our own tests. Above all, fun and design are decisive here. The atmosphere, presentation and accessibility are also included. In the case of games tests, we also refrain from strictly dividing them into test categories because smaller indie games are difficult to compare with AAA productions. Our numerical evaluation is very meaningful. You can read about what it means in our GIGA-GAMES rating philosophy.
1st place – Red Dead Redemption 2
The best game ever for the PS4 is Read Dead Redemption 2 – Yeehaaw! On Metacritic, the open world adventure set in the Wild West received a whopping 97 out of 100 possible points. The game was also able to convince overall in our test, although it was obviously difficult for us to give a final rating for the title. This is mainly due to the fact that this game is so big, complex and peppered with countless details such as side quests and other activities.
If the setting suits you and you want to slip into the role of an outlaw, you can experience the Wild West up close. In addition to the actual campaign, there is also the online mode, in which you can do pretty much anything a cowboy heart desires. So get in the saddle and off you go!
- Wonderful, huge game world
- Online mode
- Very long playing time
- High complexity can lead to excessive demands
- In places bugs that can prevent the story from progressing
2nd place – Grand Theft Auto 5
Rockstar seems to have cracked the formula for successful games. So it's no wonder that Grand Theft Auto 5 ranks # 2 on the list of best PS4 games. The game also received 97 points on Metacritic and in our test we even awarded 10 out of 10 points. Most people celebrate GTA 5 not just because of the story – the online mode has now become the main attraction of the game.
That's why the game is still so popular after so long. Los Santos is a huge online game world where you can let off steam to your heart's content. The story of the single player campaign is just the cherry on the cake.
- Online mode
- Almost infinite possibilities
- High replayability
- Story rather a minor matter
- Online mode is not very easy for beginners
3rd place – Persona 5 Royal
Persona 5 Royal is arguably the first title on this list to fall a little off the grid. The Japanese role-playing game was able to score points with its fans despite (or perhaps because of?) Its brightly colored staging and therefore received 95 points on Metacritic. Again, this is a new edition of a previous game: Persona 5.
In this revised version, a lot of new content has also been added: nicer graphics, new characters, an expanded story and much more. Seen in this way, the new edition is almost a completely new game – so now it is worth a look at the latest.
- Individual look
- Complex stories
- Very long playing time
- Nothing for in between
4th place – The Last of Us Remastered
Strictly speaking, the next game is a PS3 title, but due to its success it found its way again to the following console: We are talking about The Last of Us: Remastered. Metacritic gave the survival adventure 95 points and the GIGA editorial team awarded 9 out of 10 points in the extensive test. In addition to revamped graphics, the remastered version also contains additional content such as the short prequel The Last of Us: Left Behind, in which you can learn more about the background story of Ellie.
Wait, what is it all about now? You play Joel, a survivor of a terrible pandemic that occurred 20 years ago. This had far-reaching consequences for civilization and your current task is to escort 14-year-old Ellie out of a dangerous quarantine zone. Mutated people who are now up to mischief will not remain your only problem. In addition, the successor The Last of Us 2 has now been released, which is why a look at the predecessor is even more worthwhile.
- Poignant story
- Demanding survival adventure
- Optional multiplayer mode
- Opponents and survival aspects can lead to frustration here and there
5th place – God of War
Kratos has celebrated its start on the PS4 with God of War and made a precision landing. At Metacritic it therefore received a rating of 94 and also a solid 8.5 in our own test. The latest offshoot also tells a completely new story in which Kratos is now visibly older and has to take care of his son Atreus.
Overall, the game offers a good mix of powerful battles, tricky puzzles and the exploration of beautiful landscapes. Then there is the skill and equipment system, which in turn requires your skills on a different level, since every upgrade should be carefully considered. This is the only way you can survive the battles against various creatures who like to let you bless the time.
- Well staged fights
- Attractive graphics
- Complex story
- Long playing time through content apart from the story
- Fighting and dealing with the skill tree require patience
- Actual story relatively short
Rank 6 – The Last of Us 2
Hardly any other game in recent years has seen as much excitement as The Last of Us 2 – from a leaked story to a petition calling for a different ending for the title. The game is the fastest-selling exclusive title to date for the PS4, which is also reflected in the rating on Metacritic with 94 points.
So let's hide these aspects for a moment and concentrate on the actual game: In our test, it really convinced us and, above all, we liked the absolutely chic graphics and emotional story. So if you really want to know how the story with the much older Ellie and Joel continues after five years, you can hardly ignore this game. For the best experience, it is also recommended to take a look at the predecessor beforehand.
- Gripping story with numerous twists and turns and emotional highlights
- More open game world compared to its predecessor
- Enormous scope with 30-35 hours of playing time
- Graphically impressive
- Low replay value despite New Game Plus
- No multiplayer mode like in the first part
7th place – Persona 5
No, you don't see double. The JRPG Persona 5 actually made it onto this list twice. The original offshoot from 2017 scored 93 points on Metacritic. In our test for Persona 5, it was also able to convince across the board and therefore received 9 points.
This version is only recommended if you are unwilling to pay the higher price for Persona 5 Royal. In any case, you will not be disappointed by either of the two games.
- Individual look
- Complex stories
- Long playing time
- Nothing in between
8th place – Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, which comes from none other than Hideo Kojima himself, lands in 7th place. Once again he proves his skills and lives up to the series with this offshoot. This is particularly evident in the 93 points that Metacritic gave the game. We were equally impressed in our test.
Phantom Pain allows fans for the first time to move through a huge open world. In addition, the missions always require creativity, as there are countless ways in which you can complete them. Although the story stretches a bit here and there, you still get a successful overall package that not only knows how to inspire fans of the series.
- Huge open world
- Perfected stealth action
- Great variety of options to complete the missions
- Story a bit thin in places
9th place – Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End also received 93 points on Metacritic. The GIGA editorial team was also able to convince the last offshoot of the series and therefore received 9 out of 10 points in our test. Since pictures say more than words, you can also watch our test in video format:
- The perfect game for hobby treasure hunters
- Graphically impressive game world
- You slide from one adventure to the next
- Story not always entirely logical
- Here and there there are gap fillers in terms of gameplay mechanics
10th place – Journey
One thing should be said in advance: Journey is not an ordinary game, it is much more an experiment. Fortunately, we succeeded in this case, of which the 92 points on Metacritic are more than proof. We were also very impressed by the indie hit in our test.
Not only does the protagonist of the game go on a journey, but you as a player as well. At just under two hours, it is very short, but it is definitely worth it. Journey manages without fights and dialogues and yet it has cast a spell over us. In addition to Journey, the Collector's Edition also contains two other games from the pen of the indie studio thatgamecompany and there was also space for a 30-minute documentary. So an absolute must for fans.
- Unique gaming experience
- Great soundtrack
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The list of the most popular PS4 games on Amazon looks a bit different, although some titles are represented here again. The following are the 10 games that currently top the PS4 bestseller list:
1st place – Marvel's Spider-Man
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2nd place – Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions
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3rd place – FIFA 20
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4th place – The Last of Us 2
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5th place – Assassin's Creed Odyssey + Assassin's Creed Origins
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6th place – Need for Speed Heat
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space 7 – Doom Eternal
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8th place – Grand Theft Auto 5
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9th place – Days Gone
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10th place – Ghost of Tsushima
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You want to be comfortable on your couch or bed gamble on the TV? The next generation of consoles is already in the starting blocks, but that's exactly why you can currently save a lot when buying a PS4. In this way you can also enjoy more Exclusive title like Bloodborne, God of War or Marvel's Spider-Man. Probably the best way to bridge the waiting time for the PS5.
As alternative the Xbox One is available, which will also be replaced by the Xbox Series X shortly. The console from Microsoft once again offers various exclusive titles: including Gears 5, Forza Horizon 4 or the Halo: Masterchief Collection. Then there is the Nintendo Switch – a kind of hybrid, as you can play on the TV as well as on the go in handheld mode. Finally, there is the PC that has the greatest freedom and flexibility of all the devices mentioned. In return, high-performance hardware is usually much more expensive than a console.
There are a total of three models of the popular console: PS4, PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro. The PS4 Slim has that Original model replaced in 2016. As the name suggests, this version of the console is a bit more compact and lighter overall. In addition to other small changes, it also requires less power and is therefore also quieter in operation.
The PS4 Pro was also released in 2016, but in contrast to the PS4 Slim, it has seen a significant performance boost. This allows it to display games in 4K resolution – at least in theory. The console uses so-called upscaling to display the games in the best graphics. The end result can still be seen and is another big leap compared to the conventional PS4.
The cheapest variant of the PS4 Slim with 500 GB of storage is according to idelao.de often for under 200 euros to have, which is why it is definitely worth waiting for deals. The PS4 Pro however, is at a price currently around 370 euros a lot more expensive. Here, too, there have always been opportunities in the past to get hold of the console for well under 300 euros. A look at the used market would also be an option, if you don't necessarily want a new device.
What is included with the PS4?
In addition to the actual console, the scope of delivery of the PlayStation 4 (Pro) includes the following:
- Wireless controller (DualShock 4)
- Mono headset
- Connection cable
- HMDI cable
- USB cable
- operation manual
Usually only a single DualShock 4 is included. So if you want to gamble with family or friends on site, you can buy additional controllers separately.
The PS Plus subscription is primarily necessary on the PS4 if you are on the Online multiplayer want to access. "I have to pay for that now, you ask yourself?" Yes, but you get numerous other benefits in return – Among other things, all of your scores are conveniently saved in the cloud and you can take part in betas or demos at an early stage. A Annual subscription costs regularly 59.99 euroswhich corresponds to about 5 euros per month. The monthly subscription, on the other hand, costs a little more at 8.99 euros, which is why a 12-month membership is more worthwhile in most cases.
The advantages of PS Plus at a glance:
- Access to online multiplayer.
- Access to cloud storage.
- Exclusive designs and avatars.
- Early access to betas and demos.
- Every month you will receive new free games as a subscriber.