With the PlayStation 4 generation over and the PlayStation 5 generation in its second year, it’s a good time to look back at what Sony was able to accomplish with its 8th generation of games. Impressively, Sony had some of the best and most consistent first-party outputs of any of the console developers.
Regardless of how much people like Sony as a company, every year they released one of the best games not just for the Playstation 4, but across all of gaming. Even PC gamers accepted the PlayStation 4 as a viable second console to own just to have a chance to play titles like Spider-Man and Ghost of Tsushima. For Sony, a high Metacritic score became the accepted standard for the best first-party developer of the generation.
10 Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection Is The Perfect Introduction To Uncharted – 86
During the PS3 generation, developer Naughty Dog took another leap with a trilogy of games following dashing treasure hunter Nathan Drake. The Uncharted series blended impeccable gun play, pulse-pounding platforming, and incredible set piece design to feel more like interactive films than games. These games became some of Sony’s strongest titles, the basis for people picking PlayStation 3 over the Xbox 360. The Nathan Drake Collection takes all three of those games and combines them on a single disc, so players who’d never gotten a chance to experience this story could enjoy the entire thing before Uncharted 4 released.
9 Dreams Allows Players To Build Their Own Unique Experiences – 89
Dreams felt like it took an eternity to be released. The game was announced in 2015, and it felt like an impossible title. The environments seemed too diverse to be believed and the creation tools seemed too complex. It felt like there was no way anyone would be able to release a game that made good on all of their promises. Even so, five years later Media Molecule did just that. Players can build their own worlds in Dreams, or download and experience other people’s worlds. Unsurprisingly, everyone loved how Dreams‘ let their creative sides shine.
8 Horizon: Zero Dawn Creates A Gorgeous New Open-World For Players To Explore – 89
For years, Guerilla Games was known for nothing more than the first-person sci-fi franchise Killzone. It was good, but nothing special, and their Killzone launch title had actually been poorly received.
But the company took a hard left turn with their next game–an open world RPG that places players in the role of Aloy, a hunter of the giant robot dinosaurs that have become the dominant “lifeform” on the planet. In addition to a compelling story, the sense of adventure pervading the game made it into a fan-favorite.
7 Astro Bot: Rescue Mission Is A Great Use Of PlayStation VR – 90
Fans have been skeptical of PlayStation VR since it was announced, but Astro Bot: Rescue Mission is a pretty compelling argument for it to stick around. Players work as Captain Astro to try and recover all of his lost teammates, who’ve all found themselves on a bunch of different worlds.
This game still has the luxury of being the highest-rated VR game on Metacritic, though not the highest-rated platforming game, no doubt owing to Team Asobi’s incredible skill as developers. It takes advantage of every piece of tech for the PlayStation 4, from the DualShock 4 to the system’s 3D audio, but offers enough game play to never feel like it’s just a basic demo.
6 Shadow of the Colossus Is A Remake Of A Classic PS2 Game – 91
Team ICO made Shadow of the Colossus for the PlayStation 2 and it was instantly one of the most beloved titles on a system with no shortage of beloved titles. However, it was worth asking whether the game could stand the test of time. Enter Bluepoint Games, who perfectly remade the title for PlayStation 4 and reminded fans that great games are timeless. There aren’t any major changes to the title other than improving it’s controls. It’s just a prettier version of an otherwise perfect title.
5 Bloodborne Is A Punishing, Yet Rewarding, Experience – 92
By the time Bloodborne was announced, the gaming community had already fallen in love with developer From Software. They’d become addicted to harsh-but-fair experiences like Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls. But would they find a way to make their brilliance work a third time?
Considering the game’s reception by fans and critics alike, the answer was a resounding yes. The Hunter doesn’t even have a name but still manages to be one of the most iconic characters of the PlayStation 4 era. Bloodborne maintains the same difficulty the Souls titles were known for, while offering faster-paced gameplay, compelling fans to sink hundreds of hours into replaying it.
4 The Last of Us Part II Tells An Unforgettable Story About The Cycle Of Violence – 93
Naughty Dog managed to get not one, but two hits this generation. The original Last of Us was a magnum opus, the perfect game to cap off Sony’s PlayStation 3 era. The Last of Us Part II was one of the most awaited games of the PS4 era. It brings players back to the harsh, unforgiving world of Ellie and Joel, allowing them to now control Ellie as an adult.
The game isn’t just prettier, it’s also vastly mechanically improved, with so many more gameplay options, making it worthy of the “next-gen” title. Despite some controversial story choices, it’s hard not to recommend this to anyone who played and loved the first game.
3 Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Finishes Nathan Drake’s Story – 93
Uncharted 4 finishes Nathan Drake’s story once and for all. It introduces an older Drake, brought out of retirement for one final mission with Sully and Nathan’s brother, Sam. While this kind of story is common in fiction, Naughty Dog manages to go in an unexpected direction with the title. It takes advantage of the PlayStation 4 to offer wider areas that affect both hunting for treasure in stages as well as combat, creating an experience superior to any of the prior 3. Furthermore, the story allows players to finally say goodbye to the character that guided Sony through the HD era.
2 God of War Brings Back One Of Sony’s Iconic Characters For An Amazing Father-Son Story – 94
Kratos was an exhausting character in the original God of War games. He was a rage monster who caused everything bad that happened to him yet never accepted any responsibility. God of War 2018 is well aware of these problems and invites its players to experience an entirely different story. A story of a man trying to change, not just for himself, but for his son.
Kratos has managed to move past his life in Greece, living with his son Atreus peacefully until a trip through the nine realms brings him into conflict with the Norse gods. God of War 2018 has some of the best combat of any video game of the last generation–its slight lean into RPG elements allows for a variety of armors and perks while the weapons are just satisfying to use, making for a gameplay loop that’s incredibly addicting.
1 The Last of Us Remastered Adds To An Already Perfect Game – 95
The Last of Us is one of the most beloved games in Sony’s history, as people became attached to both Joel and Ellie during their trek across America. It’s one of the better stories in modern AAA gaming, and the gameplay really drives home the feeling of being on the knife’s edge of survival in a world where humans transformed into monsters are constantly trying to kill you.
Given all of the above, it’s hardly a surprise that The Last of Us Remastered is so popular. It’s the same game, but with the DLC included and made even prettier via the PS4’s additional power. The few changes made only improve the core experience, making an already great game even better.
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