The Top 15 Best PS4 Game Exclusives to Date (Updated September 5, 2018)

*Note: The games on this list are put in chronicle order.

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1. InFAMOUS Second Son (2014)

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Ready to wreck this world with your powers? (Source: Interent)

  • Developer: Sucker Punch
  • Genre: Action-Adventure
  • Release Date: March 21, 2014

InFAMOUS Second Son was released on March 21, 2014 and it was also the sequel to the 2009 InFAMOUS and 2011 InFAMOUS 2.  The sequel introduced us with a new protagonist named Delsin Rowe living in Seattle who was also a superhuman. The game focuses on Rowe’s journey as he realized his newfound power. Would he use his power for good? Or would he use it for his own evil purpose? The shining point of InFAMOUS Second Son is how fun the gameplay is. Rowe the protagonist can learn lots of interesting abilities as the game proceeds. It is really fun to fool around the city with various abilities (and they are cool looking too!). Story-wise, it is rather… acceptable, not bad, but also not spectacular. Probably the most significant weakness of the game is its morality system, which is rather restrictive. But with all such weak points aside, Sucker Punch really knows what this game is good at and it truly excels at the fun gameplay.

2. The Last of Us Remastered (2014)

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All we need now is The Last of Us Part 2. (Source: Internet)

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  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Genre: Action-Adventure Survival Horror
  • Release Date: July 29, 2014

Every single owner of PS3 must have known this name by now. The Last of Us is a legendary title from Naughty Dog which tells a brutal, emotional story of Joey and Ellie in post-apocalypse world. And for those who did not have opportunity to experience this game during PS3 era, The Last of Us Remastered for PS4 was released on July 29, 2014. In short, this title is a gem: get it, play it, and you will definitely enjoy it. And remember: If you are interested in The Last of Us series, you better prepare for the upcoming The Last of Us Part 2.

3. Bloodborne (2015)

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Have you discovered the dark secret of Yharnam? (Source: Internet)

  • Developer: FromSoftware
  • Genre: Action RPG
  • Release Date: March 24, 2015

Released on March 24, 2015, even now Bloodborne has always been among the top 10 best PS4 exclusive games. So what is this game about? Basically, it is a FromSoftware’s title and also “spiritual successor” of Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls. The game excellently evolves the “Souls-game” formula while bringing players to a whole new world. The entire game feels eerie, mysterious, and dangerous. Not only the gameplay is fun and brutal as ever, its story is also the shining point as players gradually discover the truth behind everything. If you haven’t experienced Souls franchise or Souls-like game before, Bloodborne should be an excellent entry.

4. Until Dawn (2015)

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Times ticking, the death approaches. (Source: Internet)

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  • Developer: Supermassive Games
  • Genre: Interactive Narrative Storytelling
  • Release Date: August 2015

Until Dawn is a rather interesting case. To certain extent, it is more like an interactive horror movie rather than a… game.  The film takes on a “cliché” trope of a group of friends trapped within a creepy house with a creepy entity. Honestly speaking, the horror element in Until Dawn is not all that great. However, its greatest aspect is its replayability, specifically the “butterfly effect”. There are many choices throughout the game and also many endings. This replayability element really encourages players to replay the game, take different approaches, and explore hidden secrets. Until Dawn may not be your typical horror game; however, it will definitely provide lots of fascinating experiences.

5. Ratchet and Clank (2016)

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Ratchet & Clank returned! (Source: Internet)

  • Developer: Insomniac Games
  • Genre: Platformer Shooter
  • Release Date: April 12, 2016

Ratchet & Clank was once a brilliant star back in PS2 era. The game was first released in 2002 and it was arguably one of the best PS2 games in that console generation. But for some reason, the franchise had quite a rough road til 2016 as Insomniac Games released a reimagined Ratchet & Clank 2016. The game still had its charm just like its original 2002 title, with lots better graphic, reworked control, and more… This is love-letter for old-time fans of Ratchet & Clank series and of course, a great entry for newer generation.

6. Uncharted 4 A Thief’s End (2016)

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Let’s hope that we can see an Uncharted sequel. (Source: Internet)

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  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Genre: Action-Adventure
  • Release Date: May 10, 2016

It has been 2 years since Nathan Drake’s last adventure back in Uncharted 4 A Thief’s End. However, its sweet memories still linger within our mind: the beautiful landscapes, the thrilling action, the interesting story with touching moments. It is hard to say a final goodbye to Nathan, but at the very least, his last adventure – Uncharted 4 was an excellent ending for this legendary franchise from Uncharted 4. Will we get to see this charming thief again? Or will we see his daughter getting into the game? Who knows? Maybe someday we will see a new Uncharted sequel but for now, if you haven’t experienced Uncharted 4 yet, get it! This title is not something should be ignored.

7. The Last Guardian (2016)

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Best! Pet! Ever!!! (Source: Internet)

  • Developer: Team Ico
  • Genre: Action-Adventure
  • Release Date: December 6, 2016

The Last Guardian was the latest title from Team Ico, yes, the same folks who made Shadow of the Colossus. The game was first introduced back in PS3 era but interesting enough, it suddenly disappeared with no information, making people afraid that the game was scrapped. Fortunately, it was finally revealed in E3 2015 and released one year later. The Last Guardian is indeed a magical story of a boy and his… dog-bird pet trying to escape from an ancient land. The heartwarming story, the fascinating journey, those are what we expected and the final game was indeed satisfying. After all, who can resist a big cuddly doggo?

8. Nioh (2017)

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Sorry this is not Geralt of Rivia. (Source: Internet)

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  • Developer: Team Ninja
  • Genre: Action-RPG
  • Release Date: February 7, 2017

The Souls-Borne franchise by FromSoftware has been a massive success, so massive that it even begins a new trend called “Souls-like” games. Many games have tried to borrow Souls-Borne’s elements so far, but frankly speaking, not all of them work out as intended. Nioh by Team Ninja is one such case of borrowing Souls-Borne’s elements, but the big difference is: it works! Nioh shares lots of similarities like Souls games, typically the “stamina bar” and extreme difficulty. Yet at the same time, it managed to spin its own style and as the result, the title is a delightful experience especially in terms of gameplay. Story-wise, Nioh’s plot is more straight-forward than Dark Souls: players will take the role of Geralt of Rivia… no sorry, we mean William – an Englishman who set sail to Japan in order to rescue his Guardian Spirit and put a stop to the mad alchemist’s plan. Honestly though, the story presentation of Nioh left many things to be desired. However, its combat and RPG elements are the true attraction here. If you seek a new Souls-like experience, give Nioh a try. It will be a great experience.

9. Horizon Zero Dawn (2017)

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Welcome to the “metal wild”! (Source: Internet)

  • Developer: Guerrilla Games
  • Genre: Action-Adventure
  • Release Date: February 28, 2017

Starting 2017 we have a fantastic open-world game which won tons of awards like Best PS4 Game, Best Performance for Ashly Burch, Best Art Direction, Best Soundtrack, Best Story, Best Post-Release Content, Best PlayStation Console Exclusive, and Best Use of PS4 Pro at PlayStation Blog’s Game of the Year Awards in 2018: Horizon Zero Dawn by Guerrilla Games. As you can already guess, Horizon Zero Dawn is a masterpiece, an incredible journey which takes place in the far future where the modern civilization was destroyed. In this new world filled with tons of animal-like robots, a new generation of mankind was born, living in form of tribes just like in the ancient past. Players will assume the role of Aloy, a female protagonist, and follow her adventure to discover the truth behind this new world. If you’re interested in the game, there is Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition which includes The Frozen Wild expansion and many other bonuses.

10. Persona 5 (2017)

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You will never see it coming! (Source: Internet)

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  • Developer: Atlus
  • Genre: J-RPG
  • Release Date: April 4, 2017

Persona is a highly-acclaimed J-RPG franchise which combines both RPG and somewhat Sims-like elements. And to continue its massive success, we have Persona 5 which was first released in Japan in 2016, then in worldwide in 2017. It has everything we can expect from a J-RPG/Persona game: unique and gorgeous visual, beautiful soundtrack, fascinating Persona/Shin Megami gameplay style, and compelling story. This time, players play as a high-school student protagonist living in Tokyo. Together with other friends, players form a secret group called Phantom Thieves who “steal the heart desire” of greedy, dangerous adults. For those who are in love with J-RPG genre, are you ready to become a Phantom Thief yourself?

11. Gran Turismo Sport (2017)

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Hit the road! We have a race to win! (Source: Internet)

  • Developer: Polyphony Digital
  • Genre: Racing
  • Release Date: October 17, 2017

Racing fans who owned PS4 definitely know these 2 names: the popular Driveclub and the more focused Gran Turismo Sport (or GT Sport for short). While Driveclub provides a more “arcade-ish” experience, Gran Turismo Sport focuses more on more competitive racing. What GT Sport delivers is a fascinating, thrilling experience of endless races. For those who seek enjoyable and pleasant virtual ride, Driveclub will provide just the thing. But for hardcore racing fans, GT Sport is the true goal of every enthusiastic racer.

12. Shadow of the Colussus Remake (2018)

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Grab your blade! It’s time to hunt the colossus! (Source: Internet)

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  • Developer: Bluepoint Games
  • Genre: Action-Adventure
  • Release Date: February 6, 2018

Kicking off this year, we have a remade PS2 masterpiece – Shadow of the Colossus by Team Ico. On the surface, the game may just look like a “bosh-rush” game. However, this “boss-rush” game is so beautifully crafted with gorgeous world, outstanding music, and clever boss design. Every fight feels epic and every victory feels extremely satisfying. Not only that, the game actually has a beautiful story behind it (and somewhat bitter), all of these aspects make Shadow of the Colossus a game worth a second entry. And thanks to Bluepoint Games, Shadow of the Colossus Remake finally arrived with up-to-date graphic. Everything else was kept the same to ensure the essence of this incredible journey. Considering all the values this game offers, Shadow of the Colossus Remake should be an awesome adventure for both old timers who have played the original PS2 game and newcomers who are interested in this title.

13. Yakuza 6 The Song of Life (2018)

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How it feels like when you have a Yakuza dad (Source: Internet)

  • Developer: Sega
  • Genre: Action-Adventure
  • Release Date: April 17, 2018

Originally, Yakuza 6 The Song of Life was released in 2016 for Japan market. Then it took almost 2 years for the developer to prepare the game as good as possible for global audiences. Yakuza 6 is like a final chapter of Kazuma Kiryu – the main protagonist throughout Yakuza series. It still keeps everything which made Yakuza franchise great and built upon it. Tons, tons of Japanese social and cultural elements resonate strongly throughout the game (and of course some “peculiar Japanese stuffs” too). Aside from that, Yakuza 6 delivers a dramatic, emotional storyline with endearing protagonist who has experienced so many things in his life. Whether you are a fan of Japanese-setting games or open-world GTA-style game, the experience from Yakuza 6 will never leave you disappointed.

14. God of War (2018)

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“Boy!!!” (Source: Internet)

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  • Developer: Santa Monica Studio
  • Genre: Action-Adventure
  • Release Date: April 20, 2018

Just when we thought that Kratos’s journey was finally over at the end of God of War 3, Santa Monica Studio surprisingly introduced a brand new God of War reboot with our favorite God-slayer Kratos of Sparta. This time, Kratos travelled to the land of Norse Mythology (for some unknown reason) and he had a new family. The game starts right after his wife’s death, Kratos and his new son Atreus go on a journey to the “highest peak of the realms” to fulfill his wife’s wishes. At first, the game caused lots of controversial opinions due to the drastic changes since God of War 3. Turned out, all of those changes work wonderfully. Not only the game feels incredible and satisfying with new combat system, it also features an outstanding storyline involving the bond between Kratos and his “boy” Atreus. The God of War franchise was among PS2 and PS3’s most important franchises, and now, the champion has finally returned to quell fans’ heart!

15. Detroit Become Human (2018)

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Becoming an Android detective? I’m in! (Source: Internet)

  • Developer: Quantic Dream
  • Genre: Interactive Narrative Storytelling
  • Release Date: May 25, 2018

Finally on this list we have Detroit Become Human, an interactive narrative storytelling game by Quantic Dream. The game brings players to a near-future scenario when people employ human-like Androids, which are built specifically to serve human society. Players can play as one of the 3 Androids with 3 different, yet intertwined stories: Kara – a servant at a family, Connor – an Android detective, and Markus – a caretaker for an old man. Suffice to say: Detroit Become Human represents the pinnacle of this game’s genre. All 3 Androids are well-written, filled with drama and emotional feelings especially near the endings. The game has lots of options and choices, and each choice can lead to dramatically different outcome, including the most gruesome ones. It’s hard to say how the interactive narrative storytelling genre will evolve from here, but Detroit Become Human has proved that there is a possibility.

And that’s it folks! Which PS4 exclusive game(s) is your current most favorite? Feel free to share with us and for now, thank you and stay tune for more PS4 exclusive games update in the future!

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