The best PS4 exclusive games

This isn't an exhaustive list of the best PS4 games you can buy right now, but the games you can only play on PlayStation 4. These are the titles that push Sony's five-year-old hardware to new extremes, like Guerrilla's stunning open-world adventure Horizon: Zero Dawn, which maximises the advantage of PS4 Pro. We're also looking for PS4 exclusive games that you might have missed, such as the underrated horror adventure Until Dawn. Or third-party exclusives that carved new paths, such as Nier Automata. We're not going to include remasters from older versions of the console (such as The Last of Us Remastered - sorry, Joel). Keep an eye on this list of the best exclusive PS4 games, as it'll be updated as new titles like God of War and the PS4-only Spider Man get released to see if they qualify to be part of this frankly phenomenal group. 

12. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

Release Date: 2017 Developer: Ninja Theory
Genre: Adventure PS4 Pro Enhanced: Yes 

From the people who made the latest DMC: Devil May Cry, this adventure game based on Celtic mythology is a super-smart take on the genre. Lead character Senua is superbly animated and acted, especially as she constantly hears voices in her head throughout the game, as she attempts to rescue her lover from the goddess Hela. She's the main draw, in a game that tells a clever story with some lengthy cut-scenes and cute narrative devices. The action isn't the best on PS4, nor the puzzles and exploration, but both aspects are polished enough to carry the story forwards. On top of that this game looks incredible, especially on PS4 Pro, so it's a good one to share screenshots from.

11. Driveclub

Release Date: 2014 Developer: Evolution Studios
Genre: Racing PS4 Pro Enhanced: No

Let's be perfectly honest - Driveclub's launch was a mess, and the game has taken a long time to find its feet on PS4. Now, though? It's a damn good racer, almost fit to rival Xbox's Forza series (although not quite up to the same standards). If you've only got a PS4, though, it's not like you're missing out. The emphasis here is on online racing and competing in championships, but the infrastructure is now in place to support a smooth multiplayer experience. There are heaps of cars to collect, and plenty of races to tackle - you could be grinding this game for months, and that's kinda the point. There's even a VR mode which - if you can stomach it - is heaps of fun.

10. Yakuza 0 

Release Date: 2015 Developer: Sega
Genre: Adventure PS4 Pro Enhanced: No  

Cheaper than a trip to Tokyo and lacking the legal consequences of real-world gang activity, Yakuza 0 is the perfect entry point into the long-running series that's essentially Sega's eccentric take on Grand Theft Auto's crime-ridden, open-world action. It's also something of a time capsule of the late-'80s Japan, as players control leading man Kazuma Kiryu and his associate Goro Majima early on in their Yakuza careers circa 1988. The flashy third-person brawling is top-notch, and there's a staggering collection of side activities to pursue when you need a break from beating up bad guys. Possible leisure activities include (but are no means limited to) fishing, bowling, playing classic Sega arcade games, and running your very own hostess club.

9. Until Dawn 

Release Date: 2015 Developer: Supermassive Games
Genre: Horror PS4 Pro Enhanced: No  

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. 

8. Nioh 

Release Date: 2017 Developer: Team Ninja
Genre: Action RPG PS4 Pro Enhanced: Yes  

When the studio that rebooted Ninja Gaiden decides to do its own take on the Dark Souls framework, it's safe to say that you should expect a somewhat hard game. But rather than lazily reskinning Souls gameplay with a samurai-filled setting, Nioh builds on its third-person action RPG inspiration with a complex combo system, where our hero William must switch stances mid-fight (with precise timing, no less) to maximize his damage and survivability. Between the nuanced, fast-paced brawling and the imaginative designs of the monstrous enemies and bosses straight out of Japanese folklore, Nioh carves out its own identity despite the familiar, death-and-difficulty-laden foundation. 

7. Street Fighter 5 

Release Date: 2016 Developer: Capcom
Genre: Fighting PS4 Pro Enhanced: No  

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.

6. The Last Guardian 

Release Date: 2016 Developer: Sony
Genre: Adventure PS4 Pro Enhanced: Yes  

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. 

5. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End 

Release Date: 2016 Developer: Naughty Dog
Genre: Adventure PS4 Pro Enhanced: Yes  

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.

4. Nier: Automata 

Release Date: 2017 Developer: PlatinumGames
Genre: Action PS4 Pro Enhanced: Yes  

Experiencing the cult-classic action RPG Nier isn't a prerequisite to loving Nier: Automata - if anything, you'll be all the more surprised and delighted by this sequel's hauntingly beautiful post-apocalyptic world, unique character designs, moving orchestral music, and intricate, philosophical, emotionally stirring storyline. But where Nier: Automata really stands out from its predecessor is in its super smooth, fast-paced brawling developed by PlatinumGames, the studio renowned for its mastery of flashy, combo-centric third-person combat. As the sword-wielding android 2B, you'll fight hulking robots on humanity's behalf in a war rife with existential paradoxes and gripping, 60fps skirmishes, with shifting perspectives that mix things up, and near-limitless possibilities for how you want to dice up your metal opponents.

3. Persona 5 

Release Date: 2016 Developer: Atlus
Genre: JRPG PS4 Pro Enhanced: No  

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.

2. Bloodborne 

Release Date: 2015 Developer: FromSoftware
Genre: Action RPG PS4 Pro Enhanced: No  

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.    

1. Horizon: Zero Dawn 

Release Date: 2017 Developer: Guerrilla Games
Genre: Adventure PS4 Pro Enhanced: Yes  

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.

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