The best PS4 exclusive games in 2018

If you're looking for a reason to celebrate the fact you own a Sony console, look no further than this list of the best PS4 exclusive games. 2018 has already produced a brilliant slate of PS4-only games, and there are more on the horizon. The latest entry to the list is Spider-Man, which is one of the finest games you're likely to play this year. And of course, God of War is still an absolute highlight, if you're yet to play it.

This list of the best PS4 exclusive games 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 XO). We don't include remasters of games that appeared on previous consoles either, so The Last of Us sadly misses out. Finally, 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.

Best PS4 exclusive games

13. Ni No Kuni 2

The game that takes you closer to Ghibli

Release Date: 2018 | Developer: Level-5 | Genre: RPG

Enhanced for PS4 Pro
Also available on PC
Gorgeous art style

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?

12. GT Sport

The best racing game on PS4

Release Date: 2017 | Developer: Polyphony | Genre: Racing

Enhanced for PS4 Pro
Compatible with racing wheels
Online tournaments and events

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). 

11. Until Dawn

B-movie scares at their very best

Release Date: 2015 | Developer: Supermassive Games | Genre: Horror

Budget price
Multiple endings
Loads of genuine scares

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. 

10. Yakuza 6

The other great crime sim on PS4

Release Date: 2018 | Developer: Sega | Genre: Action RPG

Enhanced for PS4 Pro
Fully localised for the US and UK
Massive game, so great value

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.

09. Street Fighter 5

The fighting legend finds a home on PS4

Release Date: 2016 | Developer: Capcom | Genre: Fighting

Massive list of characters
Also available on PC
Compatible with fightsticks

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.

08. Detroit: Become Human

One of the smartest narrative games ever made

Release Date: 2018 | Developer: Quantic Dream | Genre: Adventure

Enhanced for PS4 Pro
So many endings to see
Looks incredible

The latest game to join this exclusive club, Detroit: Become Human is a tour de force of storytelling. It follows the story of three Androids, who all break their programming to become 'free' in the year 2038. As well as looking insanely pretty, this game does some interesting things with player choice - not only do you genuinely feel in control of the destiny of each character, but you're also made aware of the different story paths you could have taken at the end of each level. It's light on action, but heavy on talking, but that's the point here. Once you invest in the various characters, and their struggles, you'll be hooked... and you'll genuinely fret over some of the game's tougher moral choices.

07. Persona 5

One of the finest JRPGs around

Release Date: 2016 | Developer: Atlus | Genre: JRPG

A classic JRPG
Masses of depth
Looks amazing

Playing Persona 5 borders on overstimulation due to its sheer sense of style, where everything from the colorful visuals and snazzy soundtrack to the vibrant menus and peppy voice acting is vying for your rapt attention. This accessible-yet-deep JRPG is like a playable anime, following a group of Japanese high schoolers who become empowered as the Phantom Thieves, bettering society by stealing the coveted items corrupting the hearts of delusional adults. Whether you're infiltrating the psychological palaces of your chosen target or simply hanging out and building friendships via a wide variety of after-school activities, Persona 5 offers over 100 hours of joy to anyone with even the slightest affinity for JRPG adventures. And yes, you can technically play it on PS3 - but then you'd be missing out on that sweet, sweet 1080p resolution.

06. The Last Guardian

A sweeping epic that began life on PS3

Release Date: 2016 | Developer: Sony | Genre: Adventure

Enhanced for PS4 Pro
Prequel to Shadow of the Colossus
Unique story

Fumito Ueda's games are renowned for the way they stir the player's emotions and sense of wonderment, and after years of waiting and wondering if it would ever see the light of day, The Last Guardian lives up to the same high standard as Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. You play as a young boy marooned among ancient ruins, befriending a humongous bird/dog hybrid named Trico as the two of you make your way towards freedom. Trico's unique, at times disobedient, AI makes him feel like a truly living creature you need to coax and cooperate with in order to solve a variety of third-person puzzles, creating a bond between player and animal that's not unlike the companionship of a real-world pet. 

05. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Nathan Drake's latest and greatest

Release Date: 2016 | Developer: Naughty Dog | Genre: Adventure

Enhanced for PS4 Pro
Incredible looking game
Cracking multiplayer options

Like all the greatest action movies, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End knows when to balance explosive set-pieces and riveting car chases with quieter moments of human drama and warmth. Nathan Drake's still a lovable modern-day Indiana Jones, hunting for treasure and evading armed goons with panache, but watching him interact with his loved ones - Elena, Sully, and even his newly introduced brother Sam, all brought to life via fantastic mocapped performances - is more rewarding than the discovery of any ancient secret. Uncharted 4 is a fitting end for Nathan's story, and playing it feels like completing the satisfying final chapter in a beloved adventure book that's made an indelible mark on your heart.

04. Bloodborne

From the creators of the Dark Souls series

Release Date: 2015 | Developer: FromSoftware | Genre: Action RPG

Super hardcore game
Amazing gothic atmosphere
Going cheap in 2018

The night is dark and full of terrors, the majority of which will mercilessly kill you in seconds if you're not careful. But that's a risk you'll just have to take to explore and experience Bloodborne's gorgeous gothic city of Yharnam, the setting for From Software's brilliant spin-off that experiments with the studio's own Dark Souls designs. This elegant third-person action RPG opts for a quicker pace of play compared to classic Souls without devaluing the need for constant caution and alertness, lest you fall prey to a diverse range of horrific monsters lurking through the Victorian-era environments. The dual forms of each melee weapon, mixed with the careful timing of pistol-enabled parries, gives you even more room to express your preferred fighting style as you claw your way from one memorable boss encounter or picturesque vista to the next, guided (or hostilely invaded) by the ghosts of other players.    

03. Spider-Man

The greatest superhero game of the generation

Movement is incredible
Looks amazing
Loads to do
Empty List

Easily the best superhero game of recent years, Spider-Man is an absolute storming exclusive for PS4. It looks incredible, is stuffed full of things to see and do, and it feels glorious to play. From the moment you take your first swing around NYC, to the later stages when you're mixing together movement, combat, and powers this is an absolute delight to just sit and play. The story is gripping, funny, and genuinely surprising in places, and the presentation is slick as hell. It very much captures the spirit of both the comics and the new Marvel versions of Spidey. If you're looking for something brand new, which will wow your friends and keep you playing for weeks and weeks... this is the one for you.

02. Horizon Zero Dawn

An incredible open-world adventure

Release Date: 2017 | Developer: Guerrilla Games | Genre: Adventure

Enhanced for PS4 Pro
Beautiful photo mode
A massive adventure

We've seen far too many desolate, lifeless, post-apocalyptic wastelands in games, to the point where they've become as dreary as the crumbling world they portray. But Horizon Zero Dawn dares to push far, far beyond the fall of modern society to give us a glimpse at a new chapter for humanity, where primitive tribes have slowly begun to rebuild among unique species of sentient, robotic wildlife that roam and own the now-verdant ruins of metropolitan areas. You explore Horizon's expansive, enchanting open world as Aloy, an instantly likeable lead who's a capable and courageous hunter in this far-future frontier. Establishing diplomatic relations with other human tribes, exploring the breathtaking environment (and capturing Kodak moments with the delightful photo mode), hunting down every last secret tucked away in the sprawling landscape, trying to bag yourself a massive dino-like Thunderjaw - whatever you set out to do in Horizon Zero Dawn, it's going to be incredible.

1. God of War

Kratos and Atreus in God of War

01. God of War

The best exclusive on PS4

Release Date: 2018 | Developer: Sony Santa Monica | Genre: Adventure

Enhanced for PS4 Pro
Looks incredible
A brilliant, action-filled story

Yes, it's that good. The latest God of War, which essentially reboots the franchise and takes it to a whole new setting, is the best game you can play on PS4. And that's something we may well be saying until PS5 inevitably rolls out. Ditching the linear action structure of the originals, this outing lets you explore a fully realised, utterly beautiful Norse world, picking fights and solving puzzles as you go. The story is both well written and well paced, with Kratos far more than a one-dimensional murder-machine now. Enemies are well constructed too, and the combat is just as fluid and thrilling as it always was. There are heaps of things to discover, and each new area is more jaw-dropping and feature-packed than the next. Only Horizon comes close to showing the power and versatility of the PlayStation in the same way, making God of War an essential purchase for anyone with a Dualshock in their hands and a hankering for a fresh experience. 

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