Top 10 Best PS4 Exclusives That You Can Play on PS5

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Michael Wendom

Michael Wendom

Last updated:  2022-12-01 18:00:07

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. When making this top ten list, we decided to list only true PS4 exclusives (all backward compatible with PS5 console), meaning they aren't available even on PCThis rule excludes God of War, Ghosts of Tsushima, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, or Horizon Zero Dawn. The same goes for remasters, such as Nathan Drake Collection. 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. Driveclub

Driveclub screenshot
Driveclub is still such a beautiful game and probably forever one of the best for the system

Some PlayStation exclusives are moving to PS5 and other systems, but we're pretty sure this won't happen with the Driveclub. Unfortunately, the game was removed from PlayStation Store in 2019, and the developer Evolution Studios is no more. While you can buy a physical copy, you can't access tons of DLC content even then.

That's a shame, as this is a unique racer with stunning graphics and attention to detail you won't see anywhere else. While the driving model is more arcade than simulation, it's still fun and challenging. However, AI tends to be way too aggressive. Now, if only Sony would patch it, it would look like native PS5 games! Yet, it's highly doubtful it will ever happen.

9. Gravity Rush 2

Gravity Rush 2 PS4 screenshot
Gravity Rush 2 improves a lot over the original

The original Gravity Rush was a surprise hit on PS Vita and was later ported to PS4 console. In this sequel, we control Kat, a young girl trying to help oppressed citizens. This title lets you manipulate gravity, which you must do to advance. Obviously, that's a fun mechanic and makes the experience unique. The more powerful system also enables much better graphics, but there are further improvements.

Thankfully, the story is much more refined than in the original, with well-developed characters. Additionally, the main character received new abilities, making the experience even more fun. Unfortunately, Gravity Rush 2 was the last game by Team Gravity before its closing. Hence, that might be why it may never move away from PS4.  

8. Until Dawn 

Until Dawn PS4 screenshot
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 make changes.

Initially met with skepticism, Until Dawn brought interactive movies back to life. This beautiful teen slasher is 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.

7. Gran Turismo Sport

Gran Turismo Sport PS4 screenshot
What Gran Turismo Sport lacks is a proper damage engine

When it appeared, Gran Turismo Sport was an unfinished disappointment. The game lacked cars, tracks, and a meaningful single-player compared to one of the earlier PlayStation exclusives, Gran Turismo 6. However, the developers added new and free DLC content every month, and a few years later, it became one of the best racing titles. Hence, the game got twice as many cars and almost tripled the number of tracks! Finally, a regularly updated single-player campaign was introduced.

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. Furthermore, the online mode 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!

6. Dreams

Super Mario game made in Dreams PS4
Nintendo wasn't very happy about Super Mario 64 remake in Dreams

Since NES and Excitebike, many games have allowed us to create content inside of them, including Forza Horizon 5. Yet, Dreams takes this concept to another level, as you can make whole games! This means you can build racers, platform adventures, action titles, and more! Furthermore, you can create game assets, music, and even animated movies. Therefore, the default resources are just one option.

Of course, building games still takes a lot of time, and there's so much to learn before you make something meaningful. Yet, you don't even have to, as you can download tons of creations made in Dreams. Many of them are so polished and pretty that you won't believe they are possible! Oh, and make sure to update the game, as it adds PlayStation VR support, while online multiplayer will come later.

5. The Last Guardian

The Last Guardian screenshot PS4
The Last Guardian as the PS4 exclusive builds strong emotional connection

Even though the development started in 2007, it took almost ten years before The Last Guardian was completed. This epic action-adventure is a unique PS4 game focusing on exploration and puzzles. As an unnamed boy, you need to survive a hostile environment, helped only by the giant mythical creature, Trico. Their relationship is the key, and as the story progresses, you'll become very attached to them.

Despite being initially developed for the PS3, the game looks stunning on PS4, even though it suffers from frame rate issues. Nonetheless, on the PS5 console, it runs at a smooth 60 fps, so you can experience it the right way. The Last Guardian is not for everyone as it's slow and requires lots of patience. Still, you'll love this one if you appreciate other classics like Ico or Shadow of the Colossus.

4. Shadow of Colossus

Shadow of Colossus PS4 remake
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, the game was remade from the ground up for the PS4 console, using all its power. This is a unique visual experience, proving that video games are an art form.

The developers decided to keep the original gameplay, so you have to beat truly massive colossuses by climbing on them. Controls work better than in the original (including dealing with your sidekick), and the story is still unique, with a remarkable ending. Again, Shadow of Colossus is not for everyone, but you should try it. Play it on PS4 Pro or PS5 console for 60 frames per second mode.

3. Ratchet & Clank

Ratchet & Clank PS4 screenshot
The PS5 sequel is a better game, but Ratchet & Clank is still a terrific action platformer.

The Ratchet & Clank series produced more than a dozen games for PS2 and PS3, but PS4 got a single sequel. However, this is more of a reboot of the initial chapter in the series, improving it immensely. The first thing you'll notice is the phenomenal graphics, as this is one of the prettiest and best PS4 exclusives. The worlds look gorgeous, and there's plenty to explore.

Furthermore, the game encourages you to do so, as you'll gain the abilities letting you reach the initially unavailable platforms. While you'll constantly face tons of enemies, the powerful arsenal will keep them at bay. Ratchet will make his weapons more destructive by using them, but you can also upgrade their range and capacity. Traditionally, you also have some puzzles to solve, usually involving the nimble Clank. Even though the story is the weakest part of this experience, brilliant humor will drive you through this 15-hour interplanetary adventure!

2. The Last of Us Part 2

The Last of Us Part II screenshot
The Last of Us Part II is brutal

We loved The Last of Us, the best ever PlayStation 3 game. We also loved the remastered version for PS4, which still looks beautiful. While being the second-best PS4 exclusive is a considerable 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 partially open-world gameplay is expanded, the post-apocalyptic 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 Naughty Dog 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.

1. Bloodborne

Bloodborne screenshot PS4
Blooborne oozes Gothic horror atmosphere

While the Dark Souls trilogy charmed gamers, FromSoftware wanted to try something new. Thus, Bloodborne was born, and it immediately became a hit. Calling this 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 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 title, but those who aren't giving up easily will be rewarded! It's crazy that the best PS4 exclusive still isn't remastered.

While we have no doubt that your top ten list would look different (Infamous Second Son, anyone?), the titles mentioned here should be in your PS4 collection. They are perfect showcases of what this console is and why we'll always find reasons to return to it. Even though console exclusivity remains controversial, there's no doubt it is so crucial for Sony.

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

Photo: Unsplash, Sony


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Arkansas Kid Says:

I had doubts about The Last of Us Part 2 after all the controversy, but it's still a great game. Maybe you won't like some parts of it, but no one should miss it.

July 21 at 02:16:34 PM

Mark398 Says:

Driveclub is still such a fantastic game, it just needs a basic unlocked framerate patch and it'd be one of the best looking titles on PS5. Yet, it ain't gonna happen

June 20 at 09:58:12 AM

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