The 30 best PS4 games

Best PS4 games

Sony is having an amazing year, so it's tough to pick the best PS4 games in 2018. But that's what we've done. We play all the biggest, best and most interesting PlayStation games to make sure this list - squeezed down to the 30 best PS4 games - is absolutely up to date and reliable. So far we've had brilliant releases like God of War, Detroit: Become Human, and Monster Hunter World. Later in the year, we've got Spider-Man, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Battlefield 5 all vying for places in the elusive list of the best of PlayStation.

And now E3 is here, and Sony - plus all the other big game companies - is announcing a whole new raft of games that we'll be able to play in 2018 and beyond. There never has been a better time to be a PS4 owner or to grab a new PS4 bundle. As such, we keep this list fresh, updating it every week, and making sure that the games on it are the best you can play RIGHT NOW, regardless of how we felt about them when they released. Games change, evolve, and get better or worse and we keep playing them to make sure our take on the best PS4 games is the freshest. And we always keep an eye on the upcoming PS4 games to see what will be next on this list...

30. PES 2018

Remove presentation from the equation – where FIFA 18 is still king – and there is no better sports sim out there than PES 2018. Every footballing fundamental – passing, tackling, shooting, heading – feels uncannily like the real thing, and its player AI is exceptional. That’s true on both sides of the ball: never again will you bemoan a team-mate making a stupid run, but you will find yourself constantly challenged by the impressive variety of opposition tactics and strategies. It’s the purists’ football game, requiring thought as well as stick skills, and while the series’ licensing woes grate as ever, they are fixable on PS4 via the ability (at last!) to import fan-made option files, rather than unwieldy previous workarounds. Truly, the beautiful game.

PS4 Pro enhanced: No

Also consider: FIFA 18

29. Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim VR

This is, quite simply, the best RPG ever made. The reason Skyrim: Special Edition isn't higher in our list of best PS4 games, however, is because it's now seven years old and more modern RPGs have stolen Skyrim's ideas and bettered them. This Special Edition is only 18 months old now, and is enhanced for PS4 with some impressive visual upgrades and boosts to load times and gameplay performance, so it feels like a modern game. Oh, and you can play the whole thing in VR, which really gets you into the game. The world is still utterly beautiful, and getting lost in it is one of the greatest pleasures in all of gaming. Skyrim also represents amazing value - you get at least 200 hours of play here from a single adventure, so it's excellent value for money. Definitely a great enough game to make the wait for Elder Scrolls 6 a little more bearable. A little.

PS4 Pro enhanced: Yes

Also consider: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

28. Night In The Woods

A disclaimer: maybe don't play Night in the Woods if you're going through a mid-life crisis. This adorable-looking game about a cat named Mae and her animal friends might end up being a little too real to handle. Directionless and seeking respite from her mental health struggles, Mae and her friends get re-acquainted, hang out, explore the town of Possum Springs, and even solve a conspiracy mystery or two. It's simultaneously silly and cartoonish while serving up incredibly mature discussions and ruminations on self-worth. On second thought, maybe it's the perfect game for anyone entering the adult phase of their life.

PS4 Pro enhanced: No

Also consider: What Remains Of Edith Finch

27. Dark Souls 3

Dark Souls, the series that spawned a hundred imitators thanks to its emphasis on difficult-but-fair gameplay, came to a close with Dark Souls 3, but what a way to go out. Featuring a variety of awe-inspiring locales (some grotesque, some majestic), the same finely-tuned combat fans had come to expect, and a new emphasis on speed and versatility inspired by FromSoftware's own Bloodborne, Dark Souls 3 is a wonderful encapsulation of the series as a whole; not as scattered as Dark Souls 2, not as rough around the edges as the original. If you've been curious about the Souls games, this is where you should start.

PS4 Pro enhanced: No

Also consider: Dark Souls Remastered

26. Overwatch

Blizzard's team-based blaster - Overwatch - blitzed the 2016 Golden Joystick awards, scoring gongs for [deep breath] best original game, best multiplayer, best gaming moment, best competitive game *and* best PC game. It’s just as essential on PS4, with its six-on-six battles packed with charismatic heroes, crazy abilities and shouty, sweary, spectacular moments – getting Play Of The Game at least once is a genuine life goal. Each mode has specific objectives, which deliver a tangible aim to every match, and like Street Fighter everyone who’s played it for any length of time gets attached to their particular favourite. GR+’s choice? Jetpack-powered Pharah. Come at her, bros.

PS4 Pro enhanced: No

Also consider: Planetside 2

25. Final Fantasy 15

Four adrenaline-driven teens embark on the journey of a lifetime, but this ain’t no Road Trip. The RPG tale of Prince Noctis and his merry band straddles fantasy and reality with almost balletic grace, throwing in titanic monsters and classic missions alongside conversations about the weather and visuals that just sing "America". Final Fantasy 15's story is bonkers and its final destination a genuine surprise, but it's still a winding, delight-strewn road that Square converts are duty bound to travel – with sufficient appeal in its blockbuster battles and eclectic quest mix to suck in Fantasy novices, too. 

PS4 Pro enhanced: No

Also consider: Dragon Age: Inquisition 

24. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

Doubling down on all the intelligence, uncompromising emotional grit, and giddy, hilariously brutal Nazi killing that made its predecessor such a special game, Wolfenstein 2 has an even lesser tolerance for messing about. Transposing BJ Blazkowicz's intensely personal war to an alternative '60s America twisted into an ugly parody of itself by Nazi rule, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus brings the same aggressive focus on combat and character, alongside a newfound relevance and indignation. Not that it's all seriousness and soul-searching. Wolfenstein's kinetic, high-risk, high-reward combat is even better tuned up, with customisable dual-wielding laying on even more strategic carnage, just as hatchets and exo abilities blow up the stealth. Brainy, brawny, big, brash and beautiful, MachineGames' new wave of Wolfenstein remains some of the smartest and most unique FPS around. 

PS4 Pro enhanced: No

Also consider: Wolfenstein: The New Order, Doom 

23. Doom

This modern reboot is worthy of the name Doom, and is basically the FPS equivalent of a muscular body: it's speedy, empowering, and hits incredibly hard. You awake as the classic Doomguy to begin another spree of demon genocide on a Mars colony, with a surprisingly intriguing plotline that explains how you're able to murder so many Hellspawn. There's a primal satisfaction to whipping out a Super Shotgun, blasting an Imp's innards into oblivion, and then performing a lighting-fast, stunningly violent Glory Kill on the demon who caught shrapnel just behind him. The classic weapons and enemy types benefit from new additions like upgrades and double-jumping, making Doom one of the most frenetically fun shooters of all time. Also, you can grab it super cheap now.

PS4 Pro enhanced: No

Also consider: Wolfenstein: The New Order

22. Dishonored 2

The first Dishonored was so great there isn’t much room for manoeuvre here, in terms of quality: you’re again getting an options-packed adventure brimming with deftly woven narrative tales, set in a thoroughly believable world. What Dishonored 2, set 15 years later, adds is a second playable character – choose between original hero Corvo or super-powerful protege Emily. Supernatural abilities such as the latter’s grapple-like Far Reach again deliver both flair and fun, while a small-but-major improvement to melee combat is being able to turn a parry into a non-lethal knockout, making murder less of a necessity if stealth is your jam. The only notable drawback is assumed knowledge – the storyline makes little sense if you've not played the first game.  

PS4 Pro enhanced: Yes

Also consider: Dishonored 2: Death of the Outsider 

21. Rise Of The Tomb Raider

Exactly two decades on from her PlayStation debut – hence the PS4 version of Rise Of The Tomb Raider being subtitled the '20 Year Celebration' edition – Lara Croft delivers another must-own round of substantive combat and taxing-yet-enjoyable puzzling. The storyline, with Ms Croft venturing through Siberia in an attempt to complete her father's work in the lost city of Kitezh, doesn't scream originality but packs in some genuine shocks, while the platforming and zip-lining mechanics take Lara to heights she's never before reached – and not just figuratively. Choose to pick it up on PS4 and you also get all previous DLC, a new co-op Endurance option, and Blood Ties single player content. And you really should choose to pick it up.

PS4 Pro enhanced: Yes

Also consider: Lara Croft and the Temple Of Osiris

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