The 30 best PS4 games to play right now

Best PS4 games

It's been a great year for the PS4. In just 12 months, the list of best PS4 games has gained God of War and Spider-Man PS4, along with third-party epics including Assassin's Creed Odyssey or Red Dead Redemption 2, and all of those are nestled among the other greats of the PS4 generation. And with Christmas coming up there's never been a better time to hunker down and get some gaming hours in. 

When deciding the best PS4 games we consider how these games are to play right this very minute, because, if you have spare cash to spend, you want to know what offers the best value for time and money today, not two years ago. And you need to know if something is genuinely worth playing and if it adds something to your PlayStation experience - or if you'd be better off saving your money for one of the big upcoming PS4 games on the horizon. What follows, then, is our take on the best PS4 games out there - be they the best PS4 exclusives, big AAA cross-format games, or surprise indie hits that you can grab off the PSN store. And don't forget, some of these games might start cropping up in the Black Friday gaming deals, so maybe start making a note of everything you want right now. 

30. 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.

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Also consider: What Remains Of Edith Finch

29. 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.

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Also consider: Dark Souls Remastered

28. 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.

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Also consider: Planetside 2

27. 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. 

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Also consider: Dragon Age: Inquisition 

26. 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. 

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Also consider: Wolfenstein: The New Order, Doom 

25. 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.

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Also consider: Wolfenstein: The New Order

24. 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.  

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Also consider: Dishonored 2: Death of the Outsider 

23. 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.

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Also consider: Lara Croft and the Temple Of Osiris

22. Fallout 4

Hitting PS4 with the atomic force of a Fat Boy, Fallout 4’s excellent gunplay and crafting systems can trigger a nasty case of RPG-itis. Don't worry though, there's a Stimpak for that. There’s so much to do in this post apocalypse it's almost terrifying and quite often you'll set off to complete a mission and get completely side-tracked when you find something wonderful/horrific along the way. Giving the main character a proper voice adds an extra layer of polish to proceedings, and the expanded set of companions and customisation options are very welcome too. It’s not without its faults (or vaults), but the scale of Bethesda’s wasteland will keep you bunkered down for weeks. Slosh in the extensive DLC additions available in the complete Game of the Year version and you’ll never want to return from the Wasteland. 

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Also consider: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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21. Titanfall 2

Titanfall 2 is an absolute colossus of a game. It was one of the biggest surprises of 2016, as it delivered a smart campaign and enhanced the killer mulitplayer of the original (which was Xbox-only). The story is overflowing with unique twists in a genre which long ago anchored itself in a sea of wash-rinse-repeat, offering true freedom while still retaining a sense of the familiar. Its navigation and combat feel truly three-dimensional, and its big-gun battles are an adrenaline rush even Optimus Prime would struggle to contain. A special, special game which, in execution, is anything but robotic. Holds up beautifully in 2018, and you can pick it up for a bargain price.

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Also consider: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare