Best PS4 games 2018: T3's top picks from Sony's stellar roster of awesome PlayStation 4 titles

Sony keeps dropping awesome PS4 exclusives and the PlayStation 4 boasts a superb, genre-varied gaming library

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Since the inception of the PlayStation 4, Sony has consistency focused on delivering industry-leading gaming software to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Slim and PlayStation 4 Pro. And, if you are looking for the best PS4 games to play today, then you've come to the right place, as we've spent days evaluating the very best titles on offer.

And now's a great time to build out your PS4 games library. That's because an increasing list of killer exclusives like the post-apocalyptic yet futuristic Horizon Zero Dawn and the incredible blockbuster Uncharted: The Lost Legacy are streaming out of Sony's first-party studios and providing awesome gaming experiences.

Knowing exactly what games will desire the most attention from your PlayStation 4 is easier said than done, though. Thankfully T3 has beaten every boss, explored every open world and dumped countless hours into multiplayer matches to let you know which titles are worth your attention.

The best PS4 games take full-advantage of the PlayStation 4 Pro’s dynamic 4K modes. However, they will also run buttery smooth and look phenomenal on a launch PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 4 Slim.

With all that said, here is T3’s definitive list of the best PlayStation 4 games you can get your hands on.

Best PlayStation 4 games

1. Horizon Zero Dawn

Engage in ruthless encounters with animalistic beasts

Reasons to buy
+The most original open-world title the PS4 has to offer+An immersive story with endless amounts of lure

With Horizon Zero Dawn Guerrilla Games not only showed they were capable of creating an inspired, new and unique RPG with an incredible amount of lure, but they could do so with an unparalleled amount of elegance.

The game features a strong leading character in the form of Aloy, but the game’s world steals the show with diverse landscapes and inhabiting animal-esque machines forcing players to stop and take everything in, especially in the PS4 Pro’s 4K mode.

The combat is some of the most original this generation with primitive weaponry used to tackle the animalistic enemies. Each machine has its own weakness that requires the player to adjust their techniques to take them down quickly before more arrive.

Horizon encourages the player to explore every crevice, complete every objective and make Aloy the most powerful version of herself. The game is a testament to the financial commitment and creative freedoms Sony offers its first-party studios.

Best PlayStation 4 games

2. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

The frantic blockbuster lives on without Nathan Drake

Reasons to buy
+Uncharted's first foray into an open world+Incredible characters steal the show

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is proof the series can live on without Nathan Drake and is testament to the charming cast of characters developer Naughty Dog has built over the last decade. The game sees the unlikely duo of Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross team up in search of the Tusk of Ganesh.

Naughty Dog is rivalled only by Rockstar Games in getting the best out of a console, and this trend continues with The Lost Legacy’s depiction of India looking absolutely gorgeous and pixel perfect on the PlayStation 4 Pro.

The game carries on the series tradition of putting characters in scripted moments that play out like the greatest scenes from a Hollywood blockbuster.

The game also takes the franchise forward by introducing an open world level that sets the player free to roam about, discover treasures and witness the developing relationship between Chloe and Nadine.

Best PlayStation 4 games

3. Wipeout Omega Collection

Celebrate everything the series did right one last time

Reasons to buy
+Tracks have hidden layers of nuance that take countless laps to discover+Delivers an unparalleled sense of speed

Developer Psygnosis’ heritage lives on in the Wipeout Omega Collection that contains the beloved trio of WipEout HD, WipEout HD Fury and WipEout 2048 on one Blu-ray disc.

The series charms players instantaneously with its futuristic world and will have you replaying courses over and over again to beat your best time.

The games provide an unparalleled sense of speed but manage to do so while still giving the player a refined control scheme that allow the most talented to navigate a race without a single collision.

A deep meta-game can be found in the statistics of each of the available ships; some will have beefed up armour while others are perfect for nailing corners that will shave off valuable seconds if you’re going for a personal best.

Remastering three of Psygnosis’ greats is the best send off the studio could have ever asked for.

Best PlayStation 4 games

4. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

The beloved PlayStation mascot is back

Reasons to buy
+Gameplay tweaks make the series more accessible than ever+An incredible amount of content on one disc

The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy doesn’t just take the collection of games on the original PlayStation and cover them with a current-gen coat of paint.

Instead it serves to improve the first Crash game by adding a more accessible save mechanic that makes the package a lot less intimidating for those looking to dip their toes into the franchise for the first time.

The game serves as a differentiator between a traditional HD upgrade and a complete remaster from the ground-up. The graphics, sound and content have been tweaked or added to in some fashion to make this the definitive way to experience three of Naughty Dog’s classics.

The platforming and memorable boss battles offer a significant challenge for players and deliver a euphoric moment of satisfaction when they’re completed.

Best PlayStation 4 games

5. Gravity Rush 2

A testament to how unique and creative this series is

Reasons to buy
+Improve gravity-shifting mechanics+Definitively lush art style

The original Gravity Rush was criminally under-played when it was released on the PlayStation Vita in 2012. However Sony’s Japan Studio was lucky enough to get another crack at exploring the fantastical world of Kat, the game’s protagonist.

The adorable blonde has the unique ability of shifting gravity to suit her needs, meaning she can pretty much fly and walk on any surface at will.

The game features the same incredible art style from the original but dials it up significantly after being given the added horsepower of the PlayStation 4 to play with.

Although the story is largely forgettable, cutscenes take place through comic book style sequences that still manage to create some hilarious moments.

The gameplay is what you’ll be sticking around for though, with the combat being given an added layer of depth and the traversal of zipping around by manipulating the world made easier and more precise.

Best PlayStation 4 games

6. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

The series goes back to what made it great in the first place

Reasons to buy
+Horror elements are executed brilliantly+The entire game is playable in PlayStation VR

Resident Evil 7 takes the series back to its roots by shaking off unnecessary over-the-top action sequences and replacing them with incredibly tense and frightening moments, rewarding exploration and a ton of nods to previous entries in the franchise.

The game sees the player thrown into a desperate scramble to overcome the sadistic Baker Family.

The player is also forced to conserve their resources that adds to the game’s expertly delivered feeling of vulnerability — the rush that ensues when you use the last of your bullets to land a headshot on a final enemy is one that can’t be understated.

Additionally, the game is one of the few to fully utilise Sony’s PlayStation VR headset in a meaningful way. The player can experience Resident Evil 7 in its entirety in virtual reality and showcases the unparalleled immersion offered by the technology.

Best PlayStation 4 games

7. South Park: The Fractured But Whole

One of the few games that will have you laughing with regularity

Reasons to buy
+Recreates the style from the series perfectly+A deep set of RPG and fighting mechanics

The beauty of South Park has always been the contemporary nature of each episode; The Fractured But Whole carries on that legacy with its satirical approach to the superhero craze.

Just like the The Stick of Truth before it, the title is easily mistaken for an episode of the show when the HUD is not displayed. The involvement of series creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker is the reason this game will have you in fits of laughter from start to finish.

The turn-based combat starts off relatively simple, but as the game progresses it becomes increasingly challenging and requires the player to put a lot more thought into every aspect of a battle.

Little details such as where your characters are positioned have the power to drastically change the tide in any battle.

Fans of the show will see this as another epic episode that pays homage to everything the series has done right for the last twenty years while the contemporary jokes mean even newcomers will have to stop their sides from splitting.

Best PlayStation 4 games

8. Shadow of the Colossus

One of the best games of all time just got an amazing visual upgrade

Reasons to buy
+Rebuilt from the ground-up to look and feel better than ever+The emotional finale will stay with you long after the credits roll

The PlayStation 4 rendition of Shadow of the Colossus cements Team Ico’s heartfelt adventure as a true classic. The story about a man’s journey to save a mystical woman by taking down 16 fantastical beasts has never looked or played better.

Two generations of extra power makes the quest feel more immersive and real than ever thanks to the removal of the PlayStation 2’s technical limitations that stiffened up character models and severely cut draw distances.

The exhilarating feeling you get when you charge horse first into the territory of a new Colossus with your sword lighting the way feels better than ever.

Controls have also been greatly improved with remapped jump and grab buttons making this game feel like a 2018 classic and not a title that saw its first outing over 12 years ago.

Shadow of the Colossus gives players one of the most memorable crusades this generation and tops it off with an ending that will surely go down as one of the industry’s best.

Best PlayStation 4 games

9. Friday the 13th: The Game

How will you escape the machete-wielding psychopath?

Reasons to buy
+Playing as Jason is incredibly satisfying+Requires teamwork and communication for a successful match

Friday the 13th: The Game is a deep nod to fans of the films - the multiplayer only title sees a team of up to seven players controlling Camp Crystal Lake counsellors attempting to escape the machete-wielding Jason Voorhees.

The game is best experienced with a group of friends and a microphone is a must to coordinate the asymmetrical maps and form a strategy to last the night.

Surviving typically requires finding resources that are scattered across the camp site that are too spread out for a single player to find them all alone, reinforcing the need to play with others you are familiar with.

Playing as Jason meanwhile offers an incredible power-rush as you speed around the map gouging the guts of each counsellor trying to escape. The game offers a variety of costumes that pay homage to Friday fans that know the franchise inside and out.

Although technical hiccups occur more than they should, the unparalleled rush of adrenaline you get as you speed away in a car with Jason following closely behind is worth the brief annoyance.

Best PlayStation 4 games

10. The Evil Within 2

Survival horror done right

Reasons to buy
+Throws the player into an unexpected and twisted world+A lengthy, scary and thrilling ride

The Evil Within 2 cements the survival horror genre as one that is thriving and where new titles can bloom.

Developer Tango Gameworks clearly understands what made games of this ilk so popular in the first place — The Evil Within 2 constantly keeps you on edge and feeling vulnerable.

Although the narrative largely takes a back seat in this second instalment, the gameplay and well-executed horror tropes will keep your sweaty hands clinging a little too tightly to the controller for some 15 hours.

The game forces the player to do everything they can to survive, meaning you’ll be scavenging everything you can from the semi-open world to ensure you have enough resources to live long enough to make it to the next deadly encounter.

The Evil Within 2 understands that surviving by the skin of your teeth is what makes survival horror games great and puts forward a wide-variety of innovations that set a new bar for the genre.

Best PlayStation 4 games

11. Monster Hunter: World

Bludgeon, stab and conquer to get incredibly rewarding loot

Reasons to buy
+Simplifies its introduction to make it perfect for newcomers+Easily the best cooperative fun you can experience on the PlayStation 4

Monster Hunter: World manages to maintain the series’ historically addictive backbone but makes the barrier to entry lower than ever so a slew of new players can experience gorgeous worlds and inspired creatures.

The game is best suited to cooperative play but has been tailored to fit single-player only hunters all the same. Instead of displaying a litany of text when you boot up the game, the developers instead opted to spoon-feed the player information when it’s needed.

Monster Hunter's incredibly diverse worlds look crisp and run without a hiccup on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro.

Getting friends together to chase down beautifully realised animals could be easier, but once everyone has teamed up the game takes on an entirely new level of charm and companionship.

Monster Hunter: World strikes the perfect balance between catering for die-hard fans of the franchise and a huge set of newcomers at the same time.

It succeeds without sacrificing any of its alluring characteristics that result in hundreds of hours lost slaying monsters, crafting improved items and exploring the game’s vast open worlds.

Best PlayStation 4 games

12. Hitman: The Complete First Season

More devious ways to assassinate your targets than ever before

Reasons to buy
+A wide-range of ways to take out each target+Expansive levels that offer a ton of replay value

Many players were turned off when developer IO Interactive announced that the next generation version of Hitman would be released episodically. However, the game turned out to be one of the few examples of this delivery done right.

The series of levels takes Agent 47 across the world and throws him into incredibly expansive mission areas in Paris, Sapienza, Marrakesh and Bangkok to name a few. However it is the incredible amount of variety and diverse ways to complete objectives that gives this title an incredibly long tail.

Hitman retains the series’ classic formula of throwing Agent 47 into an open area, giving him a target and a seemingly endless amount of ways to take them out. 

However, this iteration takes that to a new level, providing incredibly detailed worlds and an astonishing amount of killing methods and disguises to experiment with.

The title proves that Hitman is more relevant and endlessly repayable than ever. Developer IO Interactive should be commended for choosing a somewhat unconventional release method and nailing it to keep players invested episode after episode.

Best PlayStation 4 games

13. Ratchet & Clank

The Lombax and robot duo are back in this remastered adventure

Reasons to buy
+A dump truck worth of weapons available+Charming, unique and memorable characters

Developer Insomniac Games paid a fantastic tribute to the first Ratchet & Clank game that made them a recognised developer across the industry with a remaster built from the ground-up for PlayStation 4.

Although the title diverges slightly from the plot of the original game, the main through points remain. However players will be most enamoured by the glorious graphical treatment that the Lombax and his robotic friend have received.

The charming and incredibly diverse worlds look like something ripped straight from a Pixar cartoon. Of course the game will have your eyes popping on the PlayStation 4 Pro, but things will still look great in 1080p on a standard or slim PlayStation 4.

The quirky characters and litany of firearms have always been a staple of the Ratchet & Clank series and the PlayStation 4 installment takes that to the next level with guns that will have you in fits of laughter from the moment you pull the trigger.

Ratchet & Clank on the PlayStation 4 proves that there is not only a ton of potential for the series to climb to new heights on a new generation of hardware but that it still has the power to delight fans new and old.