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Best PS4 exclusives that you need to play

The best PS4 exclusives are those that basically defined Sony's last-generation console. They're the games that have console exclusivity on the PS4, although some have made the leap to PC too now. But, there's no denying that they're the best PS4 exclusives. Most are available to play on the PS5 via PS5 backwards compatibility too, so their legendary status lives on.

Before we get stuck in, here are the rules we've laid down: 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 and there's always the best free PS4 games if you're feeling thrifty. 

Best PS4 exclusive games - GT Sport

20. 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). 

(Image credit: PixelOpus)

19. Concrete Genie

A magical adventure that will capture your imagination

Release Date: 2019 | Developer: Pixelopus | Genre: Adventure

Heartfelt story
Beautifully stylised
Creative and imaginative

Concrete Genie offers an enchanting, creatively unique experience using the DualShock 4's motion sensor controls to paint. Yep, that's right, you create beautiful artwork by tilting your controller in different directions. While it sounds like a bit of an unconventional way to compose art, it actually works really well. Pixelopus offers a deeply heartwarming adventure that explores the impact of an environmental disaster on a now abandoned seaside town. You play a young bullied teenager called Ash who discovers a magical paintbrush that has the power to restore the town and bring his artwork to life. The story also touches on the issue of bullying with sensitivity, and it also shows you a different side to the bullies that you might not expect to see. 

Best PS4 exclusive games - Yakuza 6

18. 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.

Best PS4 exclusive games - Street Fighter 5

17. 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.

Best PS4 exclusive games - inFamous: Second Son

16. inFamous: Second Son

A superhero adventure that's not to be missed

Release Date: 2014 | Developer: Sucker Punch | Genre: Action adventure

Brilliant superhero action
Great use of the DualShock 4
Top notch graphics, despite it's PS4 launch date release

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. 

Best PS4 exclusive games - The Last of Us Remastered

15. The Last of Us Remastered

The best game story ever told

Release Date: 2014 | Developer: Naughty Dog | Genre: Action adventure

One of the best game storylines of all time
Looks fantastic on Pro
Epic stealth sections

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. 

Best PS4 exclusive games - Tearaway Unfolded

14. Tearaway Unfolded

A papercraft adventure where you're the star

Release Date: 2015 | Developer: Media Molecule | Genre: Platformer adventure

Best use of the DualShock 4's unique feature
Adorable papercraft world
Puts you right in the game

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. 

Best PS4 exclusive games - Ratchet and Clank

13. Ratchet and Clank

A wonderful remaster of the PS2 classic

Release Date: 2016 | Developer: Insomniac Games | Genre: Action adventure

An animated space odyssey
Brilliantly silly weapons and story
A PS2 classic brought into the present day

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.

Best PS4 exclusive games - Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

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12. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

The female-led Uncharted that you absolutely have to play

Release Date: 2017 | Developer: Naughty Dog | Genre: Action adventure

Incredibly compelling fresh protagonists
Storyline is one of the best in the series
Absolutely stunning visuals

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. 

Best PS4 exclusive games - Shadow of the Colossus

11. Shadow of the Colossus

Epic monsters on an epic console

Release Date: 2018 | Developer: Team Ico | Genre: Action adventure

Atmospheric and intriguing world building
Cinematic and thrilling boss battles
Monsters look fantastic

Shadow of the Colossus is one of those games that everyone wanted to be remastered for years upon years. And then it happened. Announced at E3 2017, but arrived in February 2018, this is the kind of game that makes huge ripples in the gaming industry, because it still felt as thought-provoking and artistic as it did when it originally released some 13 years earlier on the PS2. This is a genuine slice of gaming history, and you owe it to yourself to experience it. 

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