Ranking The Must Have PlayStation 4 Exclusives Released So Far

Note: This article was updated in May of 2019.

The PlayStation 4 has been out for a little over five years now and it has a massive catalog of great video game titles. This list is constantly growing with new IPs and installments to beloved video game franchises. However, Sony needed a bit more to offer their gamers in order to move units so they unleashed a steady stream of exclusives. Unlike most of Microsoft’s Xbox One exclusives, gamers wouldn’t be able to enjoy Sony exclusives on the PC platform.

So if you owned the console since the day it launched or if you recently made the purchase, we would like to highlight some of our favorite PlayStation 4 exclusives. Below you’ll find our personal picks, game description and a Before You Buy video if we have previously covered the game.

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#16 Gran Turismo Sport

  • Developer: Polyphony Digital
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: October 17, 2017

Gran Turismo Sport will mark as the thirteenth video game installment to the Gran Turismo series. The video game is described by series creator Kazunori Yamauchi as the first title within the new era of Gran Turismo games. Gamers will find that there are three main game modes that include a campaign, sports mode, and an arcade mode. While gamers can race both online and offline with Gran Turismo Sport just like the previous installments of the franchise though it will lack dynamic weather and a day-night cycle. One of the key aspects that gathered attention around Gran Turismo Sport was the ability to use the PlayStation VR headset. While at first the game was announced to be fully compatible with the VR headset, the development team has later alerted to fans that VR support will be limited to a special VR Tour mode.

#15 Detroit: Become Human

  • Developer: Quantic Dream
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: May 25, 2018

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. 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 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.

#14 Until Dawn

  • Developer: Supermassive Games
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: August 25, 2015

Until Dawn is a PlayStation 4 exclusive and a horror adventure title. Developed by Supermassive Games, Until Dawn follows a group of eight characters who decide to hold a holiday retreat at a cabin within a fictional mountain resort in western Canada. However, their holiday retreat quickly turns sour as they learn a psycho killer is on the loose forcing our group of eight to survive until sunrise. If you enjoy choice-based video games then this title will be a must play.

Gamers will be able to control the characters at various points in the narrative while making critical choices along the way. Depending on the choices made will alter the narrative and even result in potential characters not making it through the night.

#13 Infamous Second Son

  • Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: March 21, 2014

inFamous: Second Son is a game that deserves to be on this list for its faithful recreation of the city of Seattle and action packed combat. This is a thriving city with developers clearly taking note of the fine details to replicate the real world location. Likewise, if you haven’t played the previous installments in the inFamous franchise then you’ll still be alright. This title takes place several years after the end of inFamous 2 with a brand new protagonist.

This could also be a great jumping point to try the series out before diving deeper into the past inFamous video games. While the first installments are not available on the PlayStation 4 through remastered editions or compilation discs, they can be played through the PlayStation Now service. Furthermore, being that this game released in 2014, you can get the game fairly cheap today.

#12 Gravity Rush 2

  • Developer: Monolith Soft
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: January 20, 2017
  • Release: January 20, 2017

Gravity Rush 2 will be picking up right after the events of Gravity Rush. What we know so far is that most of the main characters from Gravity Rush will be making a return. The story will follow princess Kat after a gravity storm hits and sucks Kat, Raven, and Syd into a gravitational whirlpool and lands them into a mining settlement called Banga village. Much like the previous pick on our list, inFamous: Second Son, Gravity Rush 2 has a past installment available. The first installment, simply titled Gravity Rush, gamers can enjoy the game on the PlayStation 4 along with the latest PlayStation handheld device, the PlayStation Vita. If the first installment does have you interested, we suggest picking up the PlayStation 4 copy as its the superior edition, being a remastered release from the original PlayStation Vita title.

#11 The Last Guardian

  • Developer:  SIE Japan Studio
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: December 6, 2018

The Last Guardian was a game that I think many of us didn’t think we would actually see release into the market. Originally, this was a game being developed for the PlayStation 3 though it was hit with several delays and setbacks causing the title to not see a release until 2016 for the PlayStation 4. This is the same development team who had previously brought out Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. As such, you can expect plenty of puzzle-based elements to come up during gameplay. Speaking of gameplay, players will take the role of a young boy who is trapped in an ancient castle where he befriends a large beast named Trico. Through the help of one another, Trico and the young boy work on their escape from the castle.

#10 Yakuza 6: The Song of the Life

  • Developer: Sega
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: April 17, 2018

For those familiar with the Yakuza series, the latest main installment of the series, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, will pick back up the narrative storyline players have been following over the years. Just like previous installments to the franchise, gamers can expect a brawler fighting title with a slightly open world environment to explore. As players go through the game, they can level up and unlock useful skills to use against other Yakuza thugs. When it comes to the narrative, players will step into the shoes of Kazuma Kiryu once again who is on a mission to learn what has happened to Haruka after being locked away for three years.

#9 Uncharted The Lost Legacy

  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: August 22, 2017

The Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is not necessarily a standalone video game, but a single-player DLC for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. This upcoming story DLC will take place after the events of the fourth main Uncharted installment. Players will be taking on the role of Chloe Frazer as she travels to India’s Western Ghats mountain range amid a civil war in search for a mystical treasure. The game does take palce after the events of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and while you don’t need to play Uncharted 4 or arguably any of the previous installments, its well worth going back and doing so. Most of the main characters from this installment are side-characters from the previous Uncharted titles and it helps bring in some background details for the cast. Just keep in-mind that this game doesn’t feature the leading protagonist of the series, Nathan Drake.

#8 Ratchet & Clank

  • Developer: Insomniac Games
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: April 12, 2016

Ratchet & Clank is a classic platformer that many of us remember playing when we were younger. The franchise has fallen a bit on hard times though it’s likely this new re-imagining of the very first title within the series will spark interest back up for the franchise once again. Outside of the video game, there is a connected feature animated film that can be picked up today. Gameplay is similar to the past video game titles from the series. Players will be progressing through the title with platforming mechanics along with beat ’em up style combat. There are also a variety of puzzles to solve along with racing levels and boss fights. While the animated film didn’t receive the most praise and welcomed reception, the video game is definitely a platformer you’ll want to include in your collection.

#7 Days Gone

  • Developer: SIE Bend Studio
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: April 26, 2019

Days Gone seems to have a mixed reception between critics and fans alike.  You’re either going to love this game or can’t oversee some of the mechanics or bugs. This is a zombie post-apocalyptic game in which the world’s population has been dwindled down due to the virus that quickly took out major cities. Players take  on the role of a man named Deacon St. John who is looking to survive the world with the help of his mate Boozer. In order to keep up, Deacon and Boozer are forced into aiding other factions around the area with problems that have came up in their settlements. As you progress through the game, you learn more of Deacon’s backstory as he hopes to finally get questions answered since the world came crashing down.

Set in an open world, players will be working on completing a series of campaigns and quests that pop up. Again, there are multiple factions and its really up to players to decide what campaign is worth completing. Furthermore, this is a survival video game where players will have to venture out into the hostile world in order to gather supplies and resources. If you enjoy The Last of Us franchise and waiting on the upcoming sequel, then this will be a great title to hold you over until the upcoming sequel launches.

#6 Spider-Man

  • Developer: Insomniac Games
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: September 7, 2018

Spider-Man is an upcoming video game title under developers Insomniac Games who are previously known for their Ratchet & Clank and Resistance video game franchises. Their latest upcoming title will breathe some new life into the Spider-Man story as this video game title will not be linked to any past comic books or cinematic movies. Furthermore, we’re not going through some origin story of Spider-Man, instead, the video game will be focused around Peter Parker, eight years after he has established the role of being the famed hero. From what we know so far, this is an open-world title where the narrative will follow Peter Parker graduating college while keeping up as protector of New York City.

The video game will also give players the ability to go through the narrative as not only Spider-Man but as the civilian Peter Parker character as well. From what we know from so far through trailers released, Spider-Man’s main antagonist will be Mister Negative, who turns out to be Martin Li, one of New York’s prominent philanthropist and owner of the F.E.A.S.T. shelters that Peter’s Aunt May is employed.

#5 Horizon Zero Dawn

  • Developer: Guerrilla Games
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: February 28, 2017

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 sets out on a journey to explore the open world, meet with other tribes, and potentially learn of why she was banished from the tribe as a baby. This is one title that we can see being spanned into more installments though at the current moment, developers Guerrilla Games has yet to announce their next big title. However, in the summer of 2018, the studio was expanding with a new building that will create even more jobs allowing them to likely flesh out new IPs along with brand new installments to Horizon Zero Dawn and the Killzone franchise.

If you’re looking for more after completing Horizon Zero Dawn then we suggest checking out the expansion that launched in 2017 called Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds which takes Aloy on a brand new mystery.

#4 Shadow of the Colossus

  • Developer: SCE JAPAN
  • Publisher: SCEE
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: February 6, 2018

Shadow of the Colossus is an iconic title, one of which that originally released back in 2005 for the PlayStation 2. Overall, players take on the role of a young man named Wander who has entered into a forbidden land. Your goal in the video game is rather straightforward, players must track down and fight these massive creatures known as Colossi in order to restore the life of a girl named Mono. This is more of a story that is slowly played out for your interpretation. The video game as mentioned was introduced and released for the PlayStation 2, however, it was later re-released with enhanced graphics in 2011 for the PlayStation 3. During Sony’s E3 2017 press conference, we were once again taken back to the classic title as Sony unveiled their intentions to remake the video game for the PlayStation 4 console which you can pick up today.

#3 Bloodborne

  • Developer: FromSoftware
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: March 24, 2015

Bloodborne is an action RPG from the creators of the Souls series. Since this is from the developers who have brought out such hits as Dark Souls, you can expect brutal gameplay. Players are set out to clear the city of Yharnam who’s inhabitants have been hit with a blood-borne disease causing them to turn into beasts. Again, this is a new IP that gamers can enjoy if they are big fans of the Souls franchise. Additionally, the game came out in 2015, Bloodborne is relatively inexpensive to pick up today. Sony has officially labeled it a PlayStation Hit where you can purchase a copy for just $20 through the official PlayStation Store.

#2 Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: May 10, 2016

The Uncharted franchise has been immensely popular with Sony gamers with the fourth main installment, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was set to be the conclusion to the Uncharted series starring Nathan Drake.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End takes place several years after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, where Nathan Drake has been retired from fortune hunting. That is until he is reunited with his older brother Sam and partner Sully where the trio must search for clues to the location of Captain Henry Avery’s long-lost treasure in order to save Sam’s life. Again this journey is said to be the last for Nathan Drake and it felt like Naughty Dog put their all into the installment before it officially launched. While a standalone expansion has been released called Uncharted: The Lost Legacy since the release of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, we’re unsure if we’ll see a new installment launch anytime soon from the developers.

#1 God of War

  • Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: April 20, 2018

What can we say about God of War that you probably are not already fully aware of? The video game franchise got its start back in the days of the PlayStation 2 and is still going strong today. However, this title, in particular, is more of a soft reboot to the franchise. If you’re familiar with the past installments, this time around Kratos has ended his time with Greek mythology and has since moved onto Norse mythology. Likewise, Kratos will not be alone anymore as he will be looking over his son named Atreus, preparing him for the real world after the recent passing of his mother.