Top 10 Greatest PlayStation 4 Exclusives That You Can Play on PlayStation 5


Michael Wendom

Michael Wendom

Last updated:  2020-11-27 18:59:54

There's no denying that the PS4 is one of the most successful gaming consoles in history. This system easily beat its rival from Microsoft thanks to an excellent choice of exclusive games. We decided to list only true exclusives (all backward compatible on PS5) when making this list, meaning they are not available even on PC. However, we did include remakes, as they were built from the ground up, offering enough fresh content to call them new. So, let's start!

10. Until Dawn 

Until Dawn is a single player game best played with friends

When Until Dawn was announced for PS3, we were disappointed. The game was supposed to work only with PlayStation Move controllers, and honestly, we never cared about them. Luckily, the developers figured out that most gamers felt the same way, so Sony gave them a blessing to move (no pun intended!) to PS4.

Initially met with skepticism, Until Dawn brought back the genre of interactive movies. This beautiful teen slasher tells a tale about eight friends stuck in a cabin far away from civilization. How many will survive is up to you! The game also got a solid prequel, The Inpatient, but you'll need PlayStation VR to play it.

9. Gran Turismo Sport

What Gran Turismo Sport lacks is a proper damage engine

When it appeared, Gran Turismo Sport was a disappointment. The game lacked cars, tracks, and a meaningful singleplayer compared to its predecessor, Gran Turismo 6. However, the developers added new and free DLC content every month, and a few years later, things were radically different. The game got twice as many cars and almost tripled the number of tracks! Finally, a singleplayer campaign was introduced and regularly updated.

Gran Turismo Sport is a gorgeous title that puts its main rival, Forza Motorsport 7, to shame. The controls are beautifully optimized for both wheels and controllers, and the game offers loads of customization options. Online mode also sets the new standards with its penalty system. While it's not perfect, it rewards clean driving by punishing overly aggressive drivers. Pair that with the official FIA competitions, and the result is a game with almost unlimited replay value!

8. Shadow of Colossus

Shadow of Colossus on PS4 plays better than original

The original Shadow of Colossus for PS2 was a masterpiece, but tragically, it never sold well. To be honest, we could predict this since this was all but a mainstream title. After a decent remaster for PS3, the game was remade from the ground up for PS4, using all its power. This is a unique visual experience, which is excellent evidence that video games are an art form. Play it on PS4 Pro or PS5 for 60 frames per second mode.

The developers decided to keep the original gameplay, so you have to beat truly massive colossuses by climbing on them before finding their weak spots. Controls do work better than in the original, and the story is still unique, with a remarkable ending. Again, Shadow of Colossus is not for everyone, but you should give it a try.

7. Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake features real-time combat

For decades gamers were begging for a remake of beloved PS1 classic Final Fantasy VII, and in 2020, it finally happened. Unlike Shadow of Colossus, this is not a strict remake, even though it keeps the settings, characters, and story from the original. The updated battle system is now real-time, making it both quicker and more attractive. However, it takes skill and strategy to win. You still need to switch between characters and use their unique abilities.

The biggest surprise about this title is that it covers only a third of the original story, meaning that we'll get Final Fantasy VII Remake 2 sooner or later. While that's OK with us, sometimes it seems like the game uses cheap tricks to provide longevity. For example, side quests are repetitive, so you'll soon lose interest. 

6. The Last of Us Part 2

The Last of Us Part II is brutal

We loved The Last of Us, which is the best PlayStation 3 game. We also loved the remastered version for PS4, which still looks beautiful. While being the sixth-best PS4 exclusive is a huge achievement, it still might sound a bit disappointing for a sequel that was so eagerly awaited. Don't get us wrong, The Last of Us 2 should be experienced by everyone who played the original.

The gameplay is expanded, the presentation is beyond fantastic, and all beloved characters are back. Still, there's a big chance that you won't like the story, and this doesn't have much to do with the title forcing diversity at all costs. This is a dark game, and while it's not hard to get the point, you don't have to agree with it. 

5. Bloodborne

Blooborne oozes Gothic horror atmosphere

The Dark Souls trilogy charmed gamers, but FromSoftware wanted to try something new. Thus, Bloodborne was born, and it immediately became a hit. Calling this one a radical departure would be too much, but it's also not a spinoff. The game takes you to a Victorian-inspired world where you have to fight both monsters and the infected human characters. 

Like Dark Souls, this is an action game with strong RPG elements. Still, it's also a much faster experience that introduces many new gameplay elements. We love the horror atmosphere, although some grotesque creatures were too much for our taste. This is an incredibly challenging game, but those who aren't giving up easily will be rewarded!

4. Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima looks terrific even on basic PS4

So, are you more into samurais or ninjas? In Ghost of Tsushima, you can be both at the same time! Based on the historical Mongol invasion of Japan, the game tells a story about the last samurai on Tsushima island. Knowing that he'll die if he fights honorably, he decides to do anything to save his people and the country. In the age of casual gaming, the Ghost of Tsushima is a pleasant surprise, as every enemy can quickly kill you.

You'll have to be smart and know when it's better to stay in the shadows and take out your enemies one by one. Still, there's an easy mode for those with less time and patience to fully conquer the gameplay. Ghost of Tsushima gives you all the freedom you need while being one of the best showcases of what can be done on PlayStation 4!

3. Spider-Man

The greatest Spider-Man game ever

Do you remember how the first PlayStation 3 model logo used fonts from the Spider-Man movie trilogy? Still, we had to wait for PS4 to get the first PS4 exclusive Spider-Man game! Letting Insomniac Games develop it was the right move based on their experience with open-world titles. While we had a few excellent games featuring everyone's favorite web-slinger, this was a big step forward.

Moving around the beautifully rendered New York City makes you feel like a superhero as much as in Batman: Arkham games. Two even share a similar fighting system based on combos and duels with many enemies at the same time. While Spider-Man loses points for originality there, it's still everything we ever wanted from the favorite Marvel character. Just a piece of advice – grab the Game of the Year edition, which contains every DLC!

2. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

All your favorite heroes are back in the Uncharted 4

Naughty Dog was under huge pressure to make Uncharted 4 the system seller. As we've watched trailers, hardly anyone believed that the final game would look so good. Luckily, the developers managed to squeeze every ounce of power from the system! While we could speak all day about the game's superior technical aspects, there is so much more here.

The story brings back all our favorite characters but does it in a meaningful way that enhances the story. The gameplay gave us more freedom than ever while still sticking to familiar territory regarding gunplay and hand to hand combat. Our advice is to complete your Uncharted collection with a remaster of the first three games (The Nathan Drake Collection) and a spinoff, The Lost Legacy. They're all linear, but you'll still love to get back to them.

1. God of War

Kratos now uses his mighty axe in God of War reboot

The once-beloved God of War series gradually lost its charm after numerous sequels, which did almost nothing to enhance gameplay. Sensing that the franchise will soon be forgotten, the developers decided for a soft reboot while changing nearly everything we knew about the series. Focusing on Norse mythology, Kratos will take on new enemies, slaying them with his ax.

The action is better than ever, as the new shoulder cam view is both attractive and playable. Plus, it also helps appreciate the stunning engine. It's hard to find anything flawed with this one, as even though Kratos now has a companion, his young son is not an annoyance. You won't have to babysit him, but he'll be glad to help in fights. Plus, he might teach his father a thing or two about humanity, making him more likable. God of War is a singleplayer masterpiece that will forever be cherished.

While we have no doubt your list would look different, every single title listed should be in your PS4 collection. All of them are perfect showcases of what this console is and why we'll always find reasons to come back to it.

Have you played some of these games? What are some of your most treasured PlayStation 4 exclusives, and why? Make your list in the comments below!

Photo: Unsplash, Sony

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