Top PlayStation 4 Narrative Games Released In The Last Five Years

Note: This article was updated in June of 2019

There are narratives really for just about every video game, though some take it a bit deeper than others. If you enjoy adventure titles that keep you pulled in from the story alone then you’ll want to check out our list below. We have jotted down our favorite adventure games that kept us playing to uncover more of the story until the bitter end.

These titles were not only fun to play mechanically, but a treat to enjoy as you dug deeper into the story in search of the ending. Here are the best narrative video games to have launch on the PlayStation 4 in the last five years.


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#23 Vampyr
  • Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

Dontnod Entertainment has crafted up some popular titles so far. Their debut title Remember Me sparked the highly beloved Life is Strange IP. Following up the release of Life is Strange is Vampyr, a vastly different IP then what the developers have worked.

Vampyr takes place during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic in London where players take the role of a doctor Jonathan Reid. Our protagonist is in a predicament as he is a vampire with a bloodthirsty nature, but is battling his condition with his Hippocratic Oath.

Being an action role-playing title, players can traverse parts of the world while also leveling up Jonathan in order to unlock new abilities and skills through the skill tree. But being a Dontnod Entertainment video game you can expect a strong narrative journey with some tough choices you’ll have to make along the way.

#22 Observation
  • Developer: No Code
  • Publisher: Devolver Digital

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.

#21 Life is Strange: Before The Storm
  • Developer: Deck Nine
  • Publisher: Square Enix

If you enjoyed the first installment to the Life is Strange franchise then you know that there was certainly some stuff that went down prior to the start of the story. Mainly the story that we learned that happened prior to Max returning to the city was about Chloe and Rachel. While we learned what happened after Life is Strange came to a close, we did get the opportunity to watch it unfold with Life is Strange: Before The Storm. We’ll of course refrain from spoilers here but if you enjoyed Life is Strange and want a bit more time to dwell in Arcadia Bay along with a chance for a better understanding of what Chloe had to deal with after Max’s departure, then this is definitely a must play.

The gameplay is again similar to Life is Strange with players being able to look around the in-game world, investigate items and speak with people. There are also some choice based options scattered about that will help direct the narrative towards a certain pathway.