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Best PS4 games for 2020

"Karri Headlam" (2020-08-16)


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The just-unveiled PlayStation 5 will be arriving before the end of 2020. But you could argue that -- right now -- the PlayStation 4 has one of the best catalogues in console history.

Just look at the rich library of AAA games exclusive to the PS4: Spider-Man, Bloodborne, The Last of Us Part 2, God of War. The list goes on and on and we've not even gotten started on the cross-platform titles or the massive list of indies also available.






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So sure, you could wait until later this year, when the PS5 is released, but you'd be missing out on some of the best video games ever made. 

Before you buy, however, consider the following:

  • We've included links to the digital version of each game at the PlayStation online store, if you don't want the disc version, which are sold at linked retailers via the red buttons.
  •  is free to play (for PlayStation Plus subscribers), just use that digital link to download it.
  • In addition to freebies like Apex Legends, Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone, subscribers to PlayStation Plus get two free games per month. It's fine, but comparatively stingy when put up against the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate collection, which offers subscribers open access to dozens of games. 
  • Nearly all PS4 games should be playable on the PS5, so any investment you make in these games should transition easily if and when you upgrade to the new console.

With those caveats in place... on to the games.

Here are some of our favorite PS4 games currently available.









The Last of Us Part 2























Naughty Dog


See digital version at PlayStation Store

You can head , but we'll give you the Cliff Notes here: This is a brutal, profound video game experience that not only works in terms of its second-to-second combat, but also has plenty to say about the dark nature of revenge and the cyclical nature of impulsive violence. Early contender for 2020 game of the year.


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Square Enix


The Final Fantasy VII Remake is one of those games that turned out better than anyone could have realistically expected. It's beautiful -- utterly gorgeous -- and its reinvented combat system is a great balance between old and new.


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Activision


Endless online discourse about its difficulty aside, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is another masterpiece from Dark Souls creator FromSoftware. Sekiro shares a little of the DNA that made Dark Souls so compelling, but it's absolutely a brand-new beast, even more distinct from the Souls series than Bloodborne. It requires learning a whole new skillset (mainly parrying) but it's worth the initial pain.


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Santa Monica Studio


It's a complete reinvention for one of the PlayStation's most consistent series. God of War is extremely good. The new combat system takes a while to get used to, but once it clicks, it really clicks. God of War is an absolute showcase for the PlayStation 4 (and especially the PlayStation 4 Pro). Get that thing going on 60 frames per second. You'll have yourself a good time.


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Marvel


Spider-Man is probably the best superhero video game since Batman: Arkham Asylum. It's a little derivative, but there's no denying it's a well-made, supremely polished video game. You should probably check it out.


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Rockstar Games


I mean obviously. It's been a while since Rockstar has released a new video game, but Red Dead Redemption 2 has been worth the wait. This is a video game dripping in detail. Get through the slow start and engross yourself in one of the best video game worlds ever built.


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Ubisoft


Assassin's Creed Odyssey is a very big game. It takes around five hours for the opening credits to roll and, depending on how fast you go, it might take around 20 hours for the game to properly hit its stride.But once it gets good, it gets very good. Just prepare yourself for a bit of time investment on this one.


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Respawn Entertainment


Well this game came out of nowhere.Apex Legends is the game no-one saw coming. In 2018 Fortnite literally ruled our cultural universe, but now its position atop the battle royale genre is being challenged by Apex Legends and with good reason. Designed by the core team responsible for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and, more recently, the excellent Titanfall series, Apex Legends just feels so good minute to minute. Look for this game to stick around.


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Guerilla Games


Horizon: Zero Dawn is like Video Games: The Greatest Hits.It has the sprawling mission structure of The Witcher 3, Metroid Prime-style scanning, Tomb Raider-esque bow and arrows and survival. And it has fricken' robot dinosaurs with fricken' laser beams. It also -- somehow -- weaves its ludicrous high concept into a story that not only works, but is actually incredibly compelling, affecting and features great writing and layered characters. It's arguably the best game on the PlayStation 4.


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FromSoftware


FromSoftware doesn't make bad video games. It makes classics, stone-cold classics, one after another.But Bloodborne might be the best FromSoftware game yet. A brand new universe, a faster paced combat style, ludicrously well-designed environments and beautiful enemy design. Bloodborne is difficult, but it's intensely rewarding. Crucially, it's a great entry point into the "Souls" genre.


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CD Projekt Red


The Witcher 3 is glorious. A mind-bendingly massive open world that somehow doesn't sacrifice depth. Visually glorious. It also features surprisingly good writing and a mission structure that makes traditional side-quests feel meaningful. Prepare to sacrifice much of your life to this behemoth. 


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Atlus


Do you like inter-dimensional, high-school drama anime featuring tremendously good-looking teenagers fighting demonic manifestations from another universe?Boy, do I have the video game for you.Spoilers: The game is Persona 5.


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Kojima Productions/Konami


From a storytelling perspective Metal Gear Solid V is a brutal, 거실 화초 인테리어
unfinished mess.

But that doesn't even matter.

Because the absolute core of Metal Gear Solid 5 -- the sneaking, the moment-to-moment cat-and-mouse game of evading guards -- is just so mechanically dense and polished.

Metal Gear Solid is simultaneously the most accessible Metal Gear game ever made and the most complex. I'm still scratching my head as to how they achieved that.

Play this video game.


See GameSpot's Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain review.






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Control























Remedy Entertainment/Sony


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A wild, spectacular (and completely bizarre) video game, Control is one of the most ambitious and interesting big budget games of the year. Fans of the X-Files (and maybe even Twin Peaks) will enjoy this.


See GameSpot's Control review.






$34 at Amazon






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