Following on from my list of favourites on the Xbox One generation, its now to list down my favourite exclusives on PS4. Remembering my one Caveat when defining exclusive.
Exclusive to one Console only, PC being exempt. For example: Horizon Zero Dawn being available on Xbox and PC but not on PS4 or Nintendo Switch
Lets jump in!
Last of Us Part 2
I still feel like I am in the minority of those who enjoyed the game and thought the story was also good. If you would like my full thoughts on the game, please read my review. In any case, it being on the bottom of the list doesn’t mean it was the weakest game here, just the case of how many good first party games came out on the PS4, that has put Last of Us 2 at the bottom. It was one of my favourite games of 2020, and if you like story driven single player games, with a dose horror and third person gameplay. This is one you have to play.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Honestly, I feel bad for putting two Naughty Dog games at the bottom of my list. I kept trying to think of reasons why Uncharted 4 needs to be higher, this game came out in the first half of the console lifecycle and I feel like it goes under the radar sometimes. I have a feeling if I were to play this game again now, it would be placed higher. When it comes to offering a cinematic experience when playing video games, I feel this is the undisputed king. Some may not like the scripted moments, but for me they are done so seamlessly that it adds to the experience and creates some amazing spectacles. Some of the visuals in this game are breath taking and I will never forget that one sequence when you’re chasing the enemies down on a motorcycle and getting dragged across the mud and crashing into all sorts. If I didn’t have such a backlog, I think I would be replaying this game right now.
Ghost of Tsushima
My favourite game of 2020, and one of the best open world games I’ve ever played. Ghost of Tsushima was a fantastic send off for the PS4. This game is like a piece of art, inspired by Japanese history and even their cinema, Ghost gave me hours and hours of fun. I took so many screenshots when playing this game, and was one of few games that I actually played in Japanese dub. I loved the combat and exploration in this game, so often these days, open world game maps are cluttered with icons for players to go and check out. Ghost of Tsushima made exploration so organic and rewarding, very similar to Legend of Zelda Breath of The Wild. I can’t think of much I didn’t like this about this game, this game will go down as an instant classic.
If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know I am a massive Spider-Man fan. He is my favourite superhero of all time. When I saw the first trailer for this game back in 2016, I almost cried. Okay maybe not, but I was super super excited. Two and a half years later, I got hold of that game and I did not stop playing it from the second I put it in. I completed it in less than a week, I bought the complete 3 part DLC expansion. As soon as New Game + dropped, I played it again and completed it 100% and got my first ever platinum trophy. I proceeded to 100% complete all three DLC expansions too. Yes for the most part, it is a by the numbers open world game. But everything is done to an extremely high level, the story is well written and is a classic Spider-Man comic book one at that. All Spider-Man fans loved this game universally, we finally got a good Spider-Man game since Shattered Dimensions which came out way back in 2010. I thoroughly enjoyed the Miles Morales expansion that came out on PS5, and now I am anticipating the sequel for this. Hopefully not long!
Horizon Zero Dawn
This game came as a surprise to me, I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. But from the minute I booted up the game, I was hooked. This was the second PlayStation exclusive to wow me with its graphics after Uncharted 4. The Dinosaur like robots looked ferocious and deadly, while the more friendly ones came across more inviting and intriguing. The story is where the game really surprised me, It was way more original than I thought it would be. The gameplay was also a lot of fun, it was more methodical than it looked and it was about planning and picking your battles. Exploration was rewarded and there was some great side quests too. The main character Aloy is one of my new favourite video game characters to be created in recent times, especially in the last generation. I haven’t played the DLC for this game, something I must do before the sequel comes out later this year.
God of War
Here it is, my number one favourite PlayStation exclusive and easily in my top 5 overall games of the last generation. God of War is a masterpiece. The world built within Norse mythology, is mystical, vibrant, mysterious, beautiful and alluring. I ran out of adjectives to be honest. The dynamic between Kratos and his son, was so well written and voice acted. You felt a true bond between them both, and really felt the conflict and love for eachother. The combat almost matched the visuals and story. Swinging Kratos’s axe and throwing it like a boomerang was oh so satisfying and there were some insane boss battles too. If you also want a challenge in your video games, God of War had you covered. Also, best camera work in any game I have ever played. It was like playing a movie that was shot in one take! As if you were the cameraman following Kratos and his son on their adventure. Cutscenes were used to load the next sections and I can’t remember their being any jump cuts or switching from one scene to another. It truly felt like you were following along with them, in every step of the way. No other video game has even attempted to do something like this, and I feel it is not mentioned enough. I cant wait for Ragnarok (the sequel) especially since it will be on the PS5.
So that was my list of favourite games on PS5, now I know just like with Xbox there are games missing. Several are on my backlog that I need to play, luckily the PlayStation + collection on the PS5 has me covered. These are the games I plan to play, which I no doubt would appear on my list.
- Persona 5
- Detroit Become Human
- Rachet & Clank
- Yakuza 0
- Nioh 1 & 2
- Final Fantasy 7
That is quite a a few to be fair, and trust me my backlog is huge. But still I think my list of favourites is still comprehensive enough.
So what did you all think of my list? Any of them your favourites? If you were to make a list, what would be in yours? Sound off below!