Note: This article was updated in July of 2019.
You may never become an astronaut and travel into space, but luckily outside of novels and films, video games can help take you out of this world a few hours at a time. There are all kinds of video games that are based around space in order to explore the great unknown or fight off some alien hostiles.
From exploration to fighting off futuristic battles, there’s a space video game on this list for just about everyone. You’ll find that this list contains our favorite games set in space for the PlayStation 4. If you think we missed a title that we should include in a future update then let us know by leaving a comment down below.
In the meantime, take a look at our picks for the best PlayStation 4 space video games down below though take note that we did not rank these games in any particular order.
- Developer: Digital Extremes
- Publisher: Digital Extremes
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS
- Release: March 25, 2013
Warframe has been around for quite some time and it’s still being enjoyed today. This is a completely free video game that you can download and enjoy right now. If you never heard of Warframe, think of this game like the Destiny franchise with plenty of active players and a variety of quests to take on. Players take on the role of a customized Tenno, an old race of warriors that are bound by blade and gun. Set in the far future, you awaken from a cryostasis as you’re needed once again in a grand war that has put a number of factions against each other. Of course, this game has been out since 2013 so there’s plenty more content to chew through right now if you have yet to actually make an account.
This is an action RPG title that has already five expansions and as of right now there doesn’t appear to be any case of the development team, Digital Extremes, slowing down. If you decide to go through the game with some friends, most missions are able to support up to four different players and if you’re into grinding through missions in order to find a particular item with fast-paced combat, this title is well worth checking out.
- Developer: No Code
- Publisher: Devolver Digital
- Platforms: PC, PS4
- Release: May 21, 2019
Observation is an adventure thriller that puts players into the role of an AI named S.A.M. Set on a space station, players must control the AI to assist the crew though, in this particular narrative, you’re slowly uncovering what happened to the vanished crew, the space station along with the AI system itself. The game offers some of the classic style adventure titles where most of the game is based around solving puzzles in order to progress the narrative.
While it may not have been the most well-known and highlighted video games to have released in 2019, it’s one worth checking out. Furthermore, being a narrative focused game, we’re going to avoid revealing too much as the experience is best when going in with as little information regarding its story as possible.
#13 Kerbal Space Program
- Developer: Squad
- Publisher: Squad
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
- Release: April 27, 2015
Kerbal Space Program puts players in control of a space initiative where your sole purpose and duty is to create functional ships for a crew of Kerbals. With a collection of parts that will play an effect through the build of a spacecraft, players will learn how to successfully develop a spacecraft capable of going into space and landing back down to Earth.
There are a few game modes within the game that are worth trying out. Not only is there a sandbox mode that will give players the ability to be creative and consistently conduct trials and errors of various spacecraft build but also modes that will give players objectives and missions while traveling through space.
With a realistic physics engine, crafting a spacecraft can be a challenge. Each part will need to be carefully placed which may mean playing around with your crafts for quite some time until they are fully ready for action.
#12 Elite: Dangerous
- Developer: Frontier Developments
- Publisher: Frontier Developments
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
- Release: December 16, 2014
If you enjoy open exploration and freedom then Elite: Dangerous may become an interest right from the start. This is a video game developed by Frontier Developments where players will set off on a massive open world experience.
The game starts players off with a bit of cash and a spaceship, the rest is up to you. Players will be able to go on space adventures, trade with other players in this open world galaxy, and of course, go head to head in a space combat simulation.
There are a plethora of ways to earn money both legally and illegally in the game. Speaking of, there’s a number of servers which allows for various roleplay. As a result, the game can be quite challenging or a relatively easy experience.
#11 Destiny 2
- Developer: Bungie
- Publisher: Activision
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
- Release: September 6, 2017
The Destiny franchise is not very old at all, with the first installment only released back in 2014 and though we could add the first title into the mix we’ve opted to go with the sequel as its currently active and being supported.
Destiny 2 is a multiplayer experience, this is the type of video game you would meet with a few friends to grind through for loot or complete the campaigns. If you enjoy futuristic FPS and have yet to at least try Destiny or its sequel, then you might be missing out.
A quick turnoff for some gamers may be the repetitiveness you could find yourself in while going through Destiny 2 as there could be some grinding involved. Likewise, because there’s a bigger influence in going through the campaigns or side missions with a team, the casual gamer who is seeking a narrative journey to enjoy on their own time may wish to pass this franchise up.