Get ready to leave gravity behind as we check out the best PS4 flying games of all time!
For me, flying games will always be fascinating. I can drive in real life, and I could probably swing a sword at a bunch of zombies at a push.
But one thing I can’t do is fly a plane, or fly full stop like our character at Number 7.
Flying and flight simulation games allow me to soar to new heights, to travel to different universes, and to shoot lasers at enemies that get in my way.
Not only that though; they offer a perspective of the world not normally experienced in most computer games. Who doesn’t like zooming through the air instead of plodding around on foot, after all?
If you don’t, then you might be in the wrong place…
So, let’s take a look at the best PS4 flying games on offer in 2022!
Whoever thought that smuggling whiskey could turn into a full scale effort to help alien forces? Welcome to Air Conflicts: Secret Wars Ultimate Edition!
Let’s get one thing out of the way first; this game, and all the others in this list, look amazing. I mean, you wouldn’t expect anything else from the PS4, would you?
Play through missions set in WW2 as the campaign moved from 1941-1945. Not only that, but the main character Dee has some flashback levels about her father from WW1.
It’s the historical gift that keep on giving!
Use some serious firepower along the way to beat back enemy forces.
And the best part is that even if destroying enemy vehicles isn’t part of the actual campaign, you still get points for taking out the opposition on every level regardless.
Use points to buy upgrades and eventually unlock planes from the British, Russian, and German forces as you progress through the game.
Can you remember the first time you played Rogue Squadron, one of the best N64 games? Well, Star Wars: Squadrons brings all those feels back to the PS4 with visuals that put you directly in the galactic action.
Maybe that should be ‘galaction’?
All of the gameplay takes place from the cockpit of your chosen fighter, an FPS game where you are the pilot… in space.
What could possibly be any better than that!
This could be the most realistic Star Wars flying game to date. Or as realistic as you can get on a game based on a fictional film.
Play as the New Republic and a member of the Imperial Army as you take part in epic dogfights and tactical manoeuvres that will blow you away.
Any game that gives you a chance to pilot a TIE fighter deserves to be in our best PS4 flying games for that fact alone!
Fight for freedom or order. Dark or Light, may the force be with you.
Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers – PlayStation 4 Edition is, as you might have guessed, a PS4 version of the 2013 PS3 game.
Continuing the theme of playing for different sides of a story, players can choose to fight as part of the Japanese Imperial Navy or Uncle Sams US Navy.
Once again, this Air Conflicts title takes players back to some key WW2 battles. Experience Pearl Harbour and the Battle of Midway as you take to the skies, soaring over stunning vistas.
Let’s not forget the epic multiplayer mode either. Other team Deathmatches just don’t compare once you’ve given Pacific Carriers a try.
Survival mode, capture the flag, good old fashioned shooting combat; hours will pass by as you take in the detailed planes and insanely large maps on offer.
If you’re afraid of heights or water, maybe give this one a miss. If not, then fill your boots, because it remains an absolute corker of a game!
Next up on our best PS4 flying games is Iron Man VR, givng players a chance to finally step into Tony Stark’s shoes.
You’ll need the PlayStation VR headset for this one. Put it on and become Iron Man flying through the skies, defeating the forces of the evil hacker Ghost.
I’ll say one thing about Iron Man; he has some cool enemies!
Holding Playstation Move controllers, users can fire themselves into the air and pull off epic moves from the palms of Stark’s hands.
Ok, so in reality you’re wearing a headset and holding plastic wands, but as long as no one sees you, you’ll be fine.
Upgrade Iron Man’s suit as you progress, customising and adding extra features. It’s as close to being the real Iron Man that anyone apart from Robert Downey Jr. will ever get!
Starlink: Battle for Atlas is up next, one of the best PS4 flying games for open-world exploration and stunning otherworldly scenery.
I will say this – this game is better for Nintendo Switch as Star Fox is a playable character. Still, without him, it’s still an exciting game with a really cool feature.
Players now have the chance to build their own Starship in real life.
I’m not pretending that the gameplay is real or anything here; I’m talking about a proper figurine on your controller. Change parts in real time and see them change on your ship.
It’s like next-level Lego!
Swap and change between pilots, guns, wings; if it can be replaced, you can swap it and make your ship better.
Plus the entire Atlas system is something else entirely… it never ends and is so richly textured that you’ll find this game super hard to put down. Every move has a knock on effect, so play wisely!
Elite Dangerous flies into 5th place, taking you onto a trip into our very own Milky Way.
That’s the universe, not the little chocolate bars I ate so many of as a kid.
Like Squadrons, players view the action from the cockpit of their ship, following a morality engine as they travel down a good or bad path.
Smuggle, hunt, fight piracy or join the cause, explore, and trade as you aim to get bigger and better ships.
Like Starlink, every move you make has a knock on effect on the rest of the game, so go carefully when making important decisions.
Space is a scary place, and keeping your cool while keeping tabs on everything from shields to scanners and fuel to lasers will keep you on your toes.
Elite Dangerous really lives up to its name; this isn’t a light-hearted ride. Get stuck in, and try not to blink!
The 4th spot in our best PS4 flying games compendium War Thunder, one of the best WW2 MMO games of all time.
For those of you that don’t know what an MMO is, it’s a ‘massively multiplayer online’ game, one where lots of players can join in for mass combat.
Think Fortnite in WW2 planes, and you’ll get the idea.
Control armoured vehicles, take to the skies, and fight battles from both WW2 and the Korean war. Take part in historical battles and play them out on your own terms.
Unlock content by completing challenges and soar endlessly as you pick out other players to take down.
Improve your flying skills with every level until you’re the last player standing… flying…piloting… you get the idea.
Snaffling todays bronze medal is Kerbal Space Program. This simlation game sees players building and launching their own rockets and other wacky aircraft.
Kerbals are those weird looking people on the front cover, and they’re the ones in charge of all the crafting.
Take off from earth and land on other planets, build spaceships, and discover what you need to do to make your craft leave the Earth’s atmosphere.
It’s a game where physics play a huge part, but it’s fun and not a confusing science-fest.
A little like No Man’s Sky, players can just go free-for-all or enter a career mode. Earn money to fund new builds and other exciting missions along the way.
There’s also a Science Mode where you don’t need to worry about funds and can just get stuck into the building element of the game.
Yes, I suppose it’s a little sillier than some of the other games in this list, but the scope for creating exciting crafts is fantastic. You’ll be hooked within minutes, and who knows, it might spark a newfound love of science in you!
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown takes the silver medal in our best PS4 flying games list, and it’s not hard to see why.
Just take a look at that still below, for crying out loud!
One word instantly springs to mind when I think of Skies Unknown – Dogfights.
Don’t worry, no animals were harmed in the making of this game. I’m talking about chasing a plane’s tail and gunning them sown over an ocean while thousands of feet in the air.
So just pilots getting hurt then… I can live with that.
Move 360 degrees and check out the entire map around you as you soar through super-realistic settings.
Honestly, there are times when I have to remind myself that I’m playing an actual game!
You’ll need to take factors such as the weather and your current location/environment into consideration while flying.
Ok, there’s not as much to think about as in Elite Dangerous, but it’s still one of the most realistic aerial combat games going!
Here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for; Everspace: Stellar Edition is the best PS4 flying game of all time.
My jaw genuinely drops when I play this game.
It’s no secret that I’m a massive nerd, and getting the chance to fight in space in a storyline that genuinely grips you from start to finish is a dream come true for me.
Piece together who you are and how you came to be, all while meeting characters that directly affect you in different ways. They all have a story to tell, and you’ll need to listen to them all to solve the mystery.
Shoot, loot, and fly like your life depends on it.
Probably because in many cases, it actually does.
This single-player game is one of the best PS4 flying games for replayability too. I can come back to this game again and again and see something different every single time. That’s real value for money!
Yes Everspace: Stellar Edition with all its extra content and expansion is officially the best PS4 flying game ever made.
And you know what? I reckon it’ll take some beating!
Seb Santabarbara has bought every Nintendo console that has ever been released in his 31 years on Planet Earth. His favourite game franchise is Zelda, and he’s patiently waiting for Banjo-Kazooie to come back to the fold. When he’s not playing games, he’s travelling the world in his self-converted camper van.