The Best Science Fiction Video Games Released For PlayStation 4

Note: This article was updated in August of 2019.

Video games often give players new worlds to dwell in as they run into a setting unlike their own. Within this list we’re going to shed some light on a few great science fiction based video game titles on the PlayStation 4. You’ll find all sorts of different video game titles from big triple AAA releases to small indie games among various genres. Take a look at our picks for the best science fiction themed video game titles on the PlayStation 4 down below along with letting us know your favorite science fiction video game within the comments.

Likewise, you’ll want to keep this list bookmarked as we’ll continue to update it through the consoles remaining life cycle years.

Honorable Mention: Anthem

  • Developer: BioWare
  • Publisher: EA

Anthem is an MMORPG developed from BioWare, a leading developer in deep narrative adventure titles so there was plenty of hype behind Anthem prior to its release. The game overall is set on an unusual world where humanity lives behind protected walls. Players take on the role of a Freelancer, a type of mercenary adventurer as you seek out resources and explore areas outside of the wall while in highly advanced all while in a powerful exosuit. There are a number of missions to go on as the gameplay is similar to the Destiny franchise and as such there’s a grind element to the game so if you’re into finding loot along going on missions with some friends then you may find this science fiction title worthy enough to check out.

With that said, there are a number of issues with the game after it first released. From both lore and story to technical problems. It was a big letdown for some gamers but being an MMORPG, there is going to be continuous updates and content added to make this game something worth logging into daily. As a result, we’re going to toss this game title in our honorable mention right now as we’re not ready to write this one off just yet.

#27 The Technomancer

  • Developer: Spiders
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

The Technomancer is a video game by Spiders, developers of Mars: War Logs and Of Orcs and Men. Set over a hundred years after the planet Mars is colonized by humans, players take control of a technomancer, a human with magical abilities revolving around technology.

Our protagonist Zachariah is on the run from the secret police, but it’s unclear just why he’s on the run. While trying to escape and searching for answers that will lead Zachariah to uncover a hidden past, players will find that there are a number of different routes to make their way towards the end of the game. Additionally, development team Spiders have also included five unique endings giving players a reason to replay the game upon completing their initial run.

#26 Warframe

  • Developer: Digital Extremes
  • Publisher: Digital Extremes

Developed by Digital Extremes, Warframe is a cooperative free-to-play third person shooter that puts players in teams of four highly sophisticated Tenno commandos to take on a host of enemies throughout the solar system. Players can engage foes in melee and ranged combat through a variety of weapons.

The game is as mentioned earlier a free-to-play title which can give players a similar gameplay experience to something such as the Destiny franchise from developers Bungie. With that said, players don’t have to rely on friends to jump on and play through the campaign as you can enjoy the game alone or with other online gamers.

#25 Mass Effect: Andromeda

  • Developer: BioWare
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts

The latest installment of the Mass Effect franchise, Mass Effect: Andromeda, takes place hundreds of years after the events of Mass Effect 3. Set within the Andromeda Galaxy, players take on the role of an N7 Special Forces soldier, more specifically, a Pathfinder. These Pathfinders are an operative task force that is in charge of discovering new planets for the Human species to colonize. While the game might not have been the most successful titles to launch within the Mass Effect franchise, the title is relatively cheap now and may well be worth going into if you have yet to play it.

#24 No Man’s Sky

  • Developer: Hello Games
  • Publisher: Hello Games

No Man’s Sky was a massively hyped video game leading up to its launch though it released with plenty of criticism from players and critics alike. Overall, the game put players into a galaxy where they can fly to countless planets and discover new species along with collecting resources.

Unfortunately, the game launched with several features that were previously promised missing entirely from the game. Since its release however, the developers have launched several updates adding content and those previously promised features such as claiming a home planet or building a base. This is one game that if you purchased initially and haven’t played in a few years then we suggest giving it another go.

#23 Observation

  • Developer: No Code
  • Publisher: Devolver Digital

Set in the near future of 2026, Observation is an adventure puzzle title that is set in a space station. Unlike some other video game titles where players take on a hero or heroine, players are in control of an artificial intelligence system known as S.A.M. It’s S.A.M’s duties to aid the investigation of what has happened within the space station and the vanished crew members. Most of the game will be swapping through different camera rigs around the station while solving puzzles. This is a short video game title and it released relatively under the radar but for the critics along with fans who have played Observation have given the title some positive reception.

#22 Volume

  • Developer: Mike Bithell Games
  • Publisher: Mike Bithell Games

Volume comes from developer Mike Bithell, who previously released Thomas Was Alone. Within Volume, players follow the story of a small time thief that stumbles upon a unique piece of technology called Volume. With this is gadget, players are able to simulate massive complex heists and attempt to escape them unscathed. There’s a large stealth component to Volume if you’re a fan of the genre plus with this game, players will be able to download and create their own levels.

#21 The Surge

  • Developer: Deck13 Interactive
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

The Surge follows a future in which mankind had successfully consumed all of the basic resources needed to survive. This has left a strain of environmental diseases and crisis. Needing the use of exoskeletons to battle the infected, players must track down new technologies as they attempt to rid the infected.

#20 Torment: Tides of Numenera

  • Developer: inXile Entertainment
  • Publisher: Techland Publishing

Through Kickstarter funding, the spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment comes Torment: Tides of Numenera. This RPG is set in the distant future where the fall of civilizations has left humanity into a more simplistic medieval state. Players take control of a protagonist known as the Last Castoff, the final vessel that was crafted by a man capable of using his consciousness in other hosts bodies, thus granting him eternal life.

These vessels awake with no prior memory of their past actions while being controlled though they become attracted by an enmity known as The Sorrow, who looks to destroy the remaining vessels along with this ancient man’s consciousness. The Last Castoff must locate other vessels and search for this consciousness before they are destroyed by The Sorrow.

#19 Mega Man 11

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom

The Mega Man franchise received a brand new installment. There is certainly a strong following with the franchise and we know that this eleventh installment, Mega Man 11 will once again feature Mega Man as he embarks on a quest to defeat Dr. Wily.

Within the game Dr. Wily will have his eight Robot Masters ready to stop players as they progress through the game. However, it looks like Mega Man will have a few new tricks such as the ability to manipulate time along with delivering a more powerful attack.

Outside of the new features being added in for Mega Man, players will also find that there are a few game modes included in the title such as Time Trials and Missions. Likewise you can find yourself battling it out with your friends or other players on the Global Leaderboard.

#18 Observer

  • Developer: Bloober Team
  • Publisher: Aspyr

Released in 2017, developers Bloober Team crafted a psychological horror title based around a detective. Within the game, players take on the role of Daniel Lazarski who is a detective with an unique tool. During interrogations, Daniel is able to hack into peoples minds and investigate surroundings memorized by the person.

This is one of those games that is best to go in with as little knowledge as possible due to the length of the game. Players who take the day off to enjoy a game can easily beat this in one sitting in just over five hours, especially if they are going for just the main narrative story.

#17 Detroit: Become Human

  • Developer: Quantic Dream
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Set in Detroit, Michigan, and developed by Quantic Dream, gamers who enjoy choice-driven narratives will want to pick up Detroit: Become Human. This is a futuristic neo-noir thriller that’s based off an old 2012 tech demo from Quantic Dream that became viral online.

Players will take control of three different characters, all of which are androids. You will have Kara, a female android that has escaped the factory from where she was made. There’s also Connor, who is a male android that is tasked with hunting down deviant androids. Lastly, there is Markus, another male android who has begun an android revolution against the human race.

This video game is all about choices and it certainly seems that there will be a ton of them to choose through within the game. In fact, there are so many choices that each will alter the narrative storyline and can have grave consequences with your characters.

#16 Alien: Isolation

  • Developer: Creative Assembly
  • Publisher: Sega

For fans of the horror film franchise Aliens, owning a copy of Alien: Isolation is automatically a must-have. However, if you’re unfamiliar with the film, you can still find some enjoyment from this video game title. Launched back in 2014, developers Creative Assembly has released this survival horror title for a variety of platforms over the years.

In terms of the film franchise, Alien: Isolation is set fifteen years after the events of Alien, where players will take on the role of Amanda Ripley, the daughter of Ellen Ripley who is on an investigation of tracking down the mysterious disappearance of her mother.

Much like the old school survival horror titles, Alien: Isolation has an emphasis on players avoiding the hostile alien enemy. Instead, gamers must rely on some stealth mechanics to maneuver around the game.

Alien: Isolation is a singleplayer journey and while there is a following, it’s unsure if we’ll see a sequel launch. Publishers to the video game, Sega, has stated that they are still considering putting out another title, but it’s unconfirmed if one is actually in the process.

#15 Prey
  • Developer: Arkane Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

The 2017 release of Prey from developers Arkane Studios is stated to be an FPS with survival horror elements. This is a futuristic title where players are set on a space station that has been tainted by a hostile alien species. During this exploration journey, gamers will be stepping into the shoes of Morgan Yu who must find a means to get rid of the alien species and escape the station.

You may recall the Prey franchise from when it first launched back in 2006 and it’s worth mentioning that this is not a reboot or remaster. Instead, the developers identify Prey as a reimagining of the IP with a new narrative.

Much of the gameplay will involve exploring the station and solving a few puzzles as you progress.

#14 Final Fantasy XV

  • Developer: Square Enix Business Division 2
  • Publisher: Square Enix

Final Fantasy XV is an action role-playing video game and the fifteenth main installment to the Final Fantasy franchise. Overall the story of Final Fantasy XV will center between two empires that have declared war, Lucis and Nifheim, though after Nifheim successfully captures the kingdom’s crystal of Lucis, a group of friend’s sets out to regain it.

Players take control of Noctis, prince of Lucis, who teams up with his fellow friends in a grand journey against a massive empire force. The game is also set in an open world environment with available quests and collectibles to gather.

#13 Transistor

  • Developer: Supergiant Games
  • Publisher: Supergiant Games

Transistor was an indie hit when it initially launched back in 2014. Developed under Supergiant Games who was previously known for Bastion, players are taken to a science fiction future with action RPG and turn-based strategy elements.

Through the game, players take on the role of a famous female singer named Red who becomes a prime target by an android force. Managing to escape, Red stumbles upon a sword known as the Transistor that has captured her voice. The duo must then work together in order to defeat the android force that’s after them.

#12 Metro Redux

  • Developer: 4A Games
  • Publisher: THQ

If you didn’t get a chance to jump into the post-apocalyptic world of Metro then you’ll want to pick up a copy of Metro Redux. This is a collection that features both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light that was originally available for last generation of consoles.

Players will find that Metro Redux will include an overhaul in visuals along with 60fps gameplay for both games as you brave the dangers within the Russian apocalypse. Likewise, if you go through the collection then you’ll be ready for the sequel to Metro: Last Light known as Metro: Exodus which is coming out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC platforms in 2019.

#11 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

  • Developer: Eidos Montreal, Feral Interactive
  • Publisher: Square Enix, Feral Interactive

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided takes place in 2029, exactly two years after the events of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Players will once again step into the shoes of Adam Jensen as he seeks out the Illuminati, a group that was responsible for the Aug Incident of Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

As noted, Deus Ex: Human Revolution presented gamers with the Aug Incident, an event where augmented humans became uncontrollable and lethally violent. This was due to a hacker group is known as Illuminati who implanted technology that would allow the ability to control these affected humans.

Adam Jensen is an augmented former private security officer that is now working with a special Interpol unit known as Task Force 29. This task force seeks to capture terrorist groups that use augmentations against the innocent. However, Jensen is also working in secrecy with a hacking group known as Juggernaut Collective that is currently seeking members of the Illuminati.

#10 BioShock: The Collection

  • Developer: Blind Squirrel Games
  • Publisher: 2K Games

BioShock and BioShock 2 were iconic titles and as such we’re not surprised when the game received a remastered collection just a couple years ago. As I’m sure you’ve already assumed, this collection not only contains the main video game title narratives but also the downloadable content that released prior, making this collection quite filling to go through.

Sold in retail as a two-disc collection, all three games will run in 1080p resolution with 60 frames per second so even if you dabbled into the rapture before, this new coat of paint makes replaying these games worth it.

#9 Soma

  • Developer: Frictional Games
  • Publisher: Frictional Games

Frictional Games are fantastic developers who know how to create terrifying video games as they previously released Penumbra and Amnesia. Their latest release falls right in line with the past two IP launches. Soma is a survival horror title that puts players into an underwater remote research facility.

Within the game, players take on the role of Simon Jarrett who must uncover the truth behind the facility that’s gone rogue with machines taking on more human characteristics.

If you’re familiar Amnesia, Soma takes on the similar gameplay style in that players will be keen to take a stealthy approach when dealing with the enemy. It’s best to avoid danger when possible while searching for clues and solving puzzles.

#8 Doom

  • Developer: id Software
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Doom is an iconic franchise that sparked interest and a bit of controversy when it launched in 1993. Now, decades later, the game franchise received a much-needed facelift with a completely new reboot known simply as Doom.

The reboot launched in 2016 and thankfully the developer’s id Software did an incredible job at making a true reboot of the franchise. This is a flesh and blood torn massacre for the demons as our protagonist, Doom Guy, unleashes a hell that even the demons weren’t prepared for.

Most often when video games feature demons or any type of creature, there’s a bit of survival horror element tossed into the narrative, but that’s not the case for Doom. Instead, gamers are humanity’s last hope for survival and you’ve got no problem ripping apart limbs off demons or blasting them away with a BFG 9000.

With that said, the narrative won’t be the deepest story you’ll uncover for a video game.

#7 Life is Strange

  • Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
  • Publisher: Square Enix

Life is Strange was developed under the studio Dontnod Entertainment. This is a mature adventure game that was broken up originally as an episodic format but now that the full game is out, players can enjoy all the episodes rather seamlessly.

Within the game, players take on the role of a female student named Max Caulfield who returns to her hometown in order to attend a prestigious academic school. Early on, Max discovers the ability to manipulate time.

Now with this new supernatural attribute at hand, Max can aid her best friend Chloe in discovering what happened to a local missing girl along with finding the meaning behind her sudden visions of a coming storm. Likewise, this narrative will focus on choices players make, altering the story narrative as you progress.

#6 Destiny 2

  • Developer: Bungie
  • Publisher: Activision

Destiny 2 is a multiplayer experience as you go through the main narrative along with the side quests and raids. 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.

However, for those who love gathering loot, upgrading their characters and a good raid with a team of players then this is one title not to pass up.

#5 Fallout 4

  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

If you’re a fan of the Fallout franchise then it’s likely you’ve already picked up the latest release. However, if you’re completely new to the series, Fallout 4 still marks as a great first entry. Set during the events of a nuclear war, players manage to escape into a vault, only to awaken hundreds of years into the future. What’s left of your world is nothing more than decay and outsiders trying to make it by in this new world.

Each installment to the Fallout franchise manages to bring out an incredible wasteland to explore and Fallout 4 is no exception to that trend. You’ll come across old ruins, new structures, and a fleshed out cast of characters to meet along your journey.

#4 The Talos Principle

  • Developer: Croteam
  • Publisher: Devolver Digital

Developed under Croteam comes The Talos Principle a video game that revolved around players completing a series of complex puzzles. Within the game, players take the role of an android who awakens on an island with nothing but a series of puzzles in his way.

Slowly, as you complete the puzzle tasks, you’ll gain access to a mountain where the hidden narrative starts to shed light revealing the reason behind the android and the island filled with puzzles. Currently, the game is slated to receive a sequel sometime in 2019.

#3 Nier: Automata

  • Developer: PlatinumGames
  • Publisher: Square Enix

Nier: Automata is a sequel to the 2010 video game release known as Nier, a spin-off title from the Drakengard series. Overall, the story is set within a proxy war between machines developed by alien invaders and the last surviving members of humanity. Through the narrative, players will learn more about the androids who are sent into war for the humans that sent them into battle.

If you’re not persuaded on picking up Nier: Automata or not then take a look at our Before You Buy series. In the video posted above, we go over the video game and ultimately tell you if it’s a worth purchase.

#2 Horizon Zero Dawn

  • Developer: Guerrilla Games
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Horizon Zero Dawn marks as the first IP developed by Guerrilla Games since their release of Killzone in 2004. This is an action role-playing video game title that is set a thousand years into the future.

Mankind has mysteriously fallen with cities only a shell of a once thriving society. Now only small tribal groups remain with giant mechanical beasts roam the world openly. The plot will revolve around a female hunter named Aloy who was banished from her tribe as a baby. Years later, Aloy seeks out her true origins and the reasons behind her banishment.

#1 Titanfall 2

  • Developer: Respawn Entertainment
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts

From development studio, Respawn Entertainment comes their latest video game title Titanfall 2. Players will still have the competitive online multiplayer component that Titanfall is known for, however, this time around the sequel launches with a full singleplayer narrative campaign.

Within the campaign players will be taking on the role of Jack Cooper, a Militia pilot that earned his Titan after a mech’s driver was killed-in-action. Now Jack Cooper must work his way back from behind enemy lines.

If you’re looking for more competitive gameplay, the online gameplay matches are still fully accessible. The carnage of monstrous mechs and nimble foot soldiers makes combat competitive and intense.