The last five years has produced some utterly fantastic best PS4 exclusives, to the point it feels like an honour to own Sony's latest console. And in 2018, we've been lucky enough to add several more huge titles, including Spider-Man PS4, which is one of the finest games you're likely to play this year, and, of course, God of War, which is still an absolute highlight, if you're yet to play it.
This list of the best PS4 exclusives deals with console exclusivity, so some of them can be found on PC. Exclusivity has to be permanent, and not timed (so we had to remove Nier: Automata when it released on Xbox One). Plus, the games have to be full-price releases, and not DLC or add-on content - though if we're lucky they'll show up on the free PS Plus games list at some point. Got all that? Then here are the best games you'll only find on Sony's latest console. And if you need it, here are the best PS4 Pro deals, so you can grab the 4K console cheaper, and the best PlayStation VR bundles so you can enjoy any compatible game in a fully realized VR experience.
20. Ni No Kuni 2
The game that takes you closer to Ghibli
Release Date: 2018 | Developer: Level-5 | Genre: RPG
Who wouldn't want to play a Studio Ghibli animation? That's essentially what you're getting with Ni No Kuni 2, a sprawling, beautiful RPG from Japanese developers Level-5 (who have worked on classics like Rogue Galaxy, Dark Chronicle, and the Dragon Quest franchise). This game progresses from the original by offering a bigger story and... oh, yeah, a town-building and management sim, which gives you incredible ownership of the world. The battle system is robust and visually thrilling, so you get a virtual pyrotechnic display every time you fight. Monsters and characters are well imagined and... oh come on, just look at this game. It's exactly the kind of place you'd want to spend months of your life. So why don't you?
19. GT Sport
The best racing game on PS4
Release Date: 2017 | Developer: Polyphony | Genre: Racing
If you're looking for a driving experience on PS4... there's only one choice. Sure, DriveClub was the previous favorite, but GT Sport offers everything that game had a way more. There's the usual raft of high-end sports cars to choose from, and a bunch of high-performance models from commercial manufacturers, along with many of the world's best tracks, lovingly recreated in game. But what sets this apart is the online options, offering tournaments, special events, and loads more - you can essentially live the life of the most exciting, well-travelled professional racing driver... er, without the risk of crashing (or the millions of dollars they'd probably earn).
18. Until Dawn
B-movie scares at their very best
Release Date: 2015 | Developer: Supermassive Games | Genre: Horror
Until Dawn manages to play off your favorite horror movies tropes and cleverly subvert them in equal measure, following a group of teens with a shared dark secret as they try to survive a cabin trip that quickly descends into a living nightmare. The choices you make throughout the story determine whether these nuanced characters make it out alive, which lends itself to plenty of replayability: maybe you'll do your best to prevent any bloodshed, or perhaps you want to see a particularly annoying character meet an appropriately gruesome death. Whichever path you choose, prepare to be scared out of your wits (or at least grossed out) along the way.
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17. Yakuza 6
The other great crime sim on PS4
Release Date: 2018 | Developer: Sega | Genre: Action RPG
If you've never experienced the PS4 exclusive Yakuza series... what the hell have you been doing with your gaming life? It's time to rectify that mistake with the latest Yakuza. No, really, the sixth core outing for the series is actually one of the best places to start as it does a great job of telling the story so far, while offering the best action and elements from previous games in one, meaty adventure. It's essentially an action-RPG set in Japan, where you play as ex-Yakuza boss Kazuma Kiryu, who is now a good guy fighting for his adopted children and the people of his town. There are mini-game distractions galore, loads of wonderful side-stories to experience, and a gripping overall narrative.
16. Street Fighter 5
The fighting legend finds a home on PS4
Release Date: 2016 | Developer: Capcom | Genre: Fighting
It might've launched in relatively rough shape, but after over a year of additional content, new characters, and countless refinements, Street Fighter 5 has realized its full potential as a phenomenal fighting game. Its ever-growing roster of unique characters has the perfect fit for any playstyle, and the inventive V-Skill and V-Trigger systems add another layer of excitement and strategic depth to each intense match. Whether you go with an old favorite like Ryu or opt for an oddball newcomer like Necalli, Street Fighter 5 delivers more of the infinite replayability and limitless skill ceiling you've come to expect from Capcom's fan-favorite fighting game series.
15. inFamous: Second Son
A superhero adventure that's not to be missed
Release Date: 2014 | Developer: Sucker Punch | Genre: Action adventure
Despite the fact it was one of the original PS4 launch games, inFamous: Second Son is a wonderful example of how technical tweaks for the PS4 Pro release can change the quality of a game dramatically. Sucker Punch's brilliant smoke-fuelled superhero story looks fantastic even four years after release, and its tale of origins, family, and brotherhood is still one of my favourite PS4 games to date. It make Seattle your playground, and nothing feels quite as good as chaining together attacks with your newly found powers to stop the big bad that's threatening your town, and your family. Utterly brilliant.
14. The Last of Us Remastered
The best game story ever told
Release Date: 2014 | Developer: Naughty Dog | Genre: Action adventure
Okay, okay, so technically The Last of Us was one of the best PS3 games, but it's tricky to compile a list of the best PS4 exclusives without at least mentioning this fantastic remaster. Not only do you get the original The Last of Us game in glorious 4K if you're rocking a PS4 Pro, but you also get a load of additional content bundled in as well. Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic tale is still one of the best video game stories ever told. So if you've not experienced Ellie and Joel's tale yet, settle back (although not too far, this is a tense game with mutants in it), and immerse yourself in one of the best games of all time.
13. Tearaway Unfolded
A papercraft adventure where you're the star
Release Date: 2015 | Developer: Media Molecule | Genre: Platformer adventure
Tearaway Unfolded is one of those rare games that is a sheer delight from start to finish. Its beautiful paper craft world is one that you're immersed in from the get go, using the touchpad on the DualShock 4 to draw and craft your own creations that get placed inside the game. And, the more you play, the more the world of Tearaway Unfolded becomes a reflection of your artistic talents. Trust me, you don't need many, thank the PlayStation Gods, but even a shambled together star adds some pizzazz to this already stunning world. Of course, there's a story here too - it's not all scissors and glue work - and it's up to you to help rid the world of the evil Scraps and restore order once and for all. Meet some adorable creatures along the way, make friends, earn yourself some sticks and poke and prod the world using the power of the DualShock 4, and more in this unique PS4 exclusive adventure.
12. Ratchet and Clank
A wonderful remaster of the PS2 classic
Release Date: 2016 | Developer: Insomniac Games | Genre: Action adventure
If you played Ratchet and Clank back in the days of the PS2, you know how amazing the duo's adventures are. This oddity of a space odyssey will have you chuckling at the ridiculousness of the guns, groaning at the brilliantly awful jokes, and dazzling at the stunning world that Insomniac Games has created, with a colour palette to make any galaxy jealous. This is absolutely the magic of the original brought onto the PS4 in a beautiful remaster that proves that games don't need to be totally overhauled to be brought onto current gen consoles. This is fun, imaginative and utterly wonderful.
11. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
The female-led Uncharted that you absolutely have to play
Release Date: 2017 | Developer: Naughty Dog | Genre: Action adventure
While Nathan Drake has been the face of the Uncharted series since it debuted in 2007 on the PS3, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is all about giving someone else a turn. Drake moves aside to let two female characters from the series - both former villains/double crossers, I might add - in the form of Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross. The two women are a compelling double act that still retain the feisty, tongue-in-cheek antics that's synonymous with the Uncharted series, but with a fresh take on the boisterous bromance of Sully and Drake. Brilliant set pieces, top notch puzzles, and a touch of the supernatural all add up to make this an Uncharted spin-off that could just be the start of a new Uncharted tale.
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