When it comes to picking the best PS4 games of all time, we’re the ultimate experts.
This console has been a huge part of our lives since its release back in 2013…
2013! Man, who else is feeling pretty old right about now?
Yes, while sitting here reminiscing about some of the best PS4 games in my vast collection, it’s just dawned on me that the PS4 is 8 years old. How is that even possible?
They say time flies when you’re having fun, but come on. It doesn’t seem two minutes since the PS3 was coming out!
No matter how old the PS4 gets, its back catalogue of games will never cease to be impressive. From perfect ports to PlayStation exclusives, this console boasts some of the most engaging, immersive, and down-right good-looking titles ever published.
It’s been a tough job picking the best PS4 games… nah, who am I kidding; I had these on the tip of my tongue as soon as Brandon asked me to write this article!
Get ready to check out all the games that not only changed my life, but also got me into trouble with friends, bosses, and girlfriends along the way!
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Best Single Player PS4 Games
The PS4 has some amazing single player titles for solo adventuring, titles that some of you might well have played on the PS5 in recent years.
But it was right here on Sony’s 4th console that we first experienced them, and many of them rocked the gaming scene and changed how we perceive action games forever.
From feudal Japan to the bowels of Hell, the PS4 isn’t short of amazing locations to immerse yourself in!
1. Ghost Of Tsushima (2020)
Ghost of Tsushima is the best single player PS4 game of all time!
If you’re looking for immersive open world games jam packed with action, adventure, beauty, and mystery, then Ghost of Tsushima is the best game of them all.
You know how much I love Japanese art and culture; it’s part of the reason that I love Ōkami. Taking the honourable Jin Sakai on a mission from Samurai to Ghost in a pre-Ninja world is utterly breathtaking, and the levels are so detailed you’ll find yourself just wandering for hours and hours!
Battle Mongols and other barbarians as you try to protect your homeland from invasion. Pull off kills with panache and more blood splatters than you can count.
Let’s talk about Jin’s kills; everything from the traditional Samurai blows to flicking blood off your sword is so cleverly done.
There are multiple modes too, including a realistic one-kill mode for the ultimate players.
This open world takes on an even more exciting twist when you play online with a player in the Legends co-op mode. Seriously, it’s the gift that keeps on giving and a worthy winner of our best open world PS4 games compendium!
2. Horizon: Zero Dawn (2017)
Breath of the Wild fans who haven’t seen this game before need to stop what they’re doing and buy a PS4 asap. everything about this game is perfect, from the open world exploration to the stellar graphics that look so real you could almost touch the grass on the other side of the screen.
Still, I wouldn’t advise it with all of those malfunctioning robot animals wreaking havoc around the place.
Yes, mechanical creatures have taken over the wild, leaving humans to resort to hiding in protective colonies, scavenging for materials taken from dangerous kills.
Guerrilla Games pulled off an epic creation with Zero Dawn. Using the skills they honed through the Killzone series, they created a game with so many layers and levels that it feels like an episode of Westworld.
Explore the inner workings of Tribal Life. Find long lost materials and mysterious artefacts while fighting to change the fate of your world. Wield a bow like Turok, but do it with all the tenacity of Aloy, hunter extraordinaire.
I have too many good things to say about Horizon: Zero Dawn and zero negative comments. Playing this game for the first time was a treat, an experience that I’ll never forget.
Games that excite you are very special indeed, and I still get chills when Zero Dawn loads up. The attention to detail in getting every single element of the world’s decay right in this futuristc setting only makes for a more realistic experience.
3. God of War 4 (2018)
Speaking of phenomenal games, God of War 4 is up next on our list of the best PS4 games ever made!
Wait, is that still Kratos?
It sure is, he’s just sporting a beard now and hanging out with his son doing Dad stuff in the harsh Nordic landscape. Sounds cool, I know, but while his troubles with Olympus might be over, there’s still a lot of things that are trying to kill him.
Living up to the God of War must be pretty tough for Kratos Jr, though the two help each other in the quest to come. Kratos tries to become a better man after killing his own father, Zeus, and decides to take on creatures and beings from Norse Mythology instead.
Why stop at one religion when you can take them all down!
God of War 4 takes everything I loved from the previous games and sticks it all into a new landscape with new challenges.
And, in all honesty, I like the Norse gods a heck of a lot more than the Greek lot too.
Wielding a magical axe that comes back to Kratos on his command (sound familiar), players must battle all kinds of ghouls and gremlins in dark corners of the world. Collect money, craft your own armour (one for the RPG fans) and solve puzzles using that big-ol Demi-god brain.
Kratos might be looking for a chilled life, but players can unleash ferocious attacks after pumping up the rage meter. Plus, the Blades of Chaos return as an unlockable item later on, with both the blades and the axe being upgradable using magic runes.
It’s all mystical stuff, and it’s one of my favourite games of all time!
4. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
We had to wait eight long years for Rockstar to produce Red Dead Redemption 2, but man, was it worth it!
I remember writing that ‘no other game had captured the feeling of the wild American frontier quite like Red Dead Redemption. Well, stick a ‘2’ on the end of that sentence, and the fact still applies.
Set in 1899 and after the death of the Wild West way of life, a gang of robbers are on the run. One of those robbers is you, Arthur Morgan, and the people on the run with you are the gang that raised you.
This is a tale of fighting, cheating, stealing, killing, and surviving. Lose yourself in an ever changing world, one where the law is continuously on your heels.
Will you choose to go your own way in peace or continue to terrorise America with the the only family you have?
Don’t worry, RDR fans; John Marston also appears in the game too. It might be a new adventure, but old faces and themes from the first game still play a huge part.
Listen, RDR 2 was always going to be a huge success. It came from the minds that made GTA, for crying out loud, and the gameplay makes me want to watch True Grit and Django Unchained back-to-back every time I play.
Give this one a go; you won’t regret it!
5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Poland’s prodigal son, takes the 6th spot in this list!
What a game! Seriously, I can’t believe we lived on this earth for so long without the Witcher games in our lives.
With a storyline that would make the GOT producers do a double take and stunning scenery that takes your breath away, Wild Hunt gets full marks for addictive gameplay and a fantastic gaming experience.
And we’re still only on Number 6 in this list! Jeez, the PS4 has some bangin’ games!
For those of you new to the Witcher, the games are based on a set of books by Polish novelist Andrzej Sapkowski. The games sparked a TV series on Netflix, and the circle continues.
The storyline is very Tolkien-esque; mysterious riders, kingdoms under attack, and sword-slaying action around every corner.
Players control Geralt of Rivia. Hunting monsters and wielding blades are his game, and it’s his job to shape the future of the land for generations to come. Kill beasts while roaming around the vast open-world locations, bearing in mind that all of your actions directly affect the townsfolk you meet, for better and for worse!
6. Spider-Man (2018)
Spider-Man’s first PS4 adventure was an absolute behemoth of a game. Ok, I love Miles Morales and play his title regularly on the PS5, but when it comes to PS4 gaming, it’s Peter Parker’s seminal adventure every time.
Can you remember the PS1 games where Spidey was just starting out as a crime fighter? He was just a wee lad trying to hone his powers, but this Spidey is a hero who knows his craft and is performing at 101%.
I guess you could say that it’s the best version of Spider-Man that we’d ever see up until this point, and he’s definitely not someone I’d want to mess with!
This game loks utterly phenomenal. I mean, just look at the still above, for crying out loud! Players can over city blocks in a breeze with humongous swings as they chase down bad guys.
The storyline is pretty epic too, and we see Peter and Miles revealing to each other that they have Spider powers. It’s less like a ‘passing of the torch’ and more of a strong union forming, a union that goes on to be the main feature of Spider-Man 2 on the PS5!
If you’re a Spider-Man fan (and stats show that he’s the joint-most-popular Marvel character along with Thor and Iron Man), then you won’t need any persuading to get this game. It’s one of the greatest open world adventures on the PS4 too and a single player title everyone has experience at least once!
7. DOOM Eternal (2020)
DOOM Eternal is up next, one of the best PS4 games for letting out rage while slaying hordes of demons…
… two games in and I’m already realising I might have a gaming anger issue that I need to deal with…
DOOM Eternal is a visual feast for all the senses, and not always for good reasons. Some of the monsters on this game are ugly as sin and probably shouldn’t be viewed around meal times.
It’s a bonafide feast for the eyes with some of the ugliest monsters I’ve ever seen on any game!
Let’s give a hand for Doomguy though; no matter the challenge or how risky the odds, he runs straight into battle. Aliens are trying to take over the Earth, and Doomguy must venture into the deepest chasms of hell to stop them.
See what I mean about the monsters? That thing is super freaky and will probably splatter tonnes of demon goo everywhere!
DOOM Eternal is one of the best looking titles on the PS4 too. When you put it up against Doom for the SNES that came out in 93, it’s hard to believe that one influenced the other!
If you’ve never played a Doom game before, then you’re in for a treat, especially if you play multiplayer battles. Fight as Doomguy or take on the role of a demon in a bid to save or destroy Earth.
And yes, playing as a demon is way cooler.
With the BFG 9000 on standby (doesn’t stand for Big Friendly Giant, in case you were wondering), the weapons make Turok’s arsenal look like water pistols, and they certainly know how to cause carnage.
8. Detroit: Become Human (2018)
Detroit: Become Human is often cited as one of the most engaging and creatively brilliant games on the PS4.
Ever wondered what the world might look like when humanoid androids integrate themselves into society and do all of the jobs that we used to? What would happen if you found out your gardener was a robot, or that Miss Clarkson in your history class was a paranoid Android?
This inventive adventure game will sit well with fans of the TV shows Humans and Black Mirror. Weirdly, unlike normal games when a main character dies, the game continues with a new android.
Players can also hit a rewind button and go back in time to change the path of their adventure. If you don’t like the way things are going, you can take a different branch and reshape the world you’re playing in.
Players control three main androids; Connor, Kara, and Markus.
Connor is an android who works with the police to hunt down other androids. Kara is a house robot that becomes sentient, and Markus is a conscious robot that dedicates his life to freeing other robots.
Like the game Heavy Rain, interacting with everything and chatting to everyone is the key to success in this game. Scan objects to get information, see a flowchart of every decision you’ve made thus far, and experience three characters, each with a different objective, in this fantastic title.
9. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (2017)
If you’re a fan of destroying undead cretins, then Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is full of weird and terrifying creatures for players to pump full of lead.
Yes, it’s time to head towards everyone’s favourite zombie-slaying series in the 9th spot on this list of the best PS4 games.
Biohazard is a work of art, albeit a gory one that some people might run away from.
I’ve never known a series be able to instil so much terror simply from the name alone. Gone are the days where monsters would just appear from behind a door; they jump out from freakin’ everywhere and look super real thanks to the PS4’s next-gen graphics.
I’d advise wearing brown pants for this one…
Survival horrors are always more intense when you’re playing an FPS. Seeing only your hands ala Goldeneye on the N64, players move around hyper-realistic looking levels while quaking in their boots.
Capcom pulled out all the stops for this one, including building a new games engine for Resident Evil that surpassed anything we’d seen on the previous games. The attention to detail is fantastic and horrifying at the same time, which is exactly what these titles should be.
If you’re brave enough, you can even play in VR mode and put yourself right in the heart of the action. We can’t guarantee you won’t have nightmares for the rest of your life, but it certainly provides the most in depth and exciting Resident Evil experience to date!
10. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (2016)
We’ve covered every other Uncharted game in our lists of the best PS3 and best PS2 games, so its only right that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End makes it into our list of the best PS4 games.
This series has been fantastic all the way through. Combining elements of Tomb Raider with Splinter Cell and Indiana Jones, the stories have been gripping and the backdrops ever-more breathtaking.
For those of you not in the know, Nathan Drake, the protagonist of the Uncharted games, is a fortune hunter. He’s a bit of a maverick and often runs into situations firing a gun (or at least he does when I’m controlling him), but those days are over now.
Or they were after Uncharted 3 ended. Now, posed with the adventure of a lifetime and the chance to save his brother, Drake resumes his treasure hunting ways.
Remember Treasure Island (or the Muppets Treasure Island remake for all the cool kids)? Well, the story is a little like that. Naughty Dog have created a quest that takes gamers from the bustling city to the depts of the Madagascan jungle in search of pirate booty!
The graphics are astounding, the gameplay is phenomenal, and the story is one that you’ll replay again and again for many years to come.
Best 2 Player Co-Op PS4 Games
Gaming with a friend is something that we’ve loved and promoted since the beginning of Retro Dodo. Some of our fondest memories have come from sitting in front of an N64 or the PS2 with a friend beside us, berating them for missing a shot or egging them on to make a jump that will take us to victory.
Whether playing with a friend on the same sofa or calling them on FaceTime while playing online, here are 10 of the best 2 player games to play Co-Op on the PS4
1. It Takes Two (2021)
It Takes Two is a strictly co-op experience and is impossible to play solo. It’s so adamant that you play through this story-driven adventure in co-op that every copy shipped with a second game code to share fun with somebody else online.
Fantastical magic transforms warring parents into toys. The pair must learn to work together to return to their human bodies and reconnect with their estranged daughter. And thus, the stage is set for an endearing romp through a smorgasbord of gameplay mechanics as soon-to-be-divorcees Cody and May adventure through the imaginative and thrilling world of It Takes Two.
Along the journey you’ll encounter a cast of memorable characters including frogs that act as taxi drivers and squirrels obsessed with war. There’s even an anthropomorphic ‘book of love’ that gyrates and thrusts like a thirsty Elvis impersonator.
The story of It Takes Two is wonderfully sculpted and full of heart. It is also darkly comic at times and anyone who has experienced It Takes Two will still remember that scene with Cutie the Elephant.
The variety of gameplay on offer in It Takes Two is seriously impressive and will keep any co-op partnership on their toes from start to finish.
2. A Way Out (2018)
A Way out isn’t the world’s longest game by any stretch of the imagination. But man, is it one of the most exciting.
I played this through with my friend from start to finish over the space of about a week. We put some serious shifts in, getting lost in the story of Vincent and Leo and their mission to both escape prison and survive on the outside. The gameplay is incredibly clever and provides a more adult tone compared to It Takes Two with all of the same brain-tickling problems to solve.
Even though you’re split screen, you and another player will have to move into different areas of a level to do different things, be it distracting a guard, finding an item, or preparing something for the other player to find or use in some way. The narrative is fast and tense and you’ll find it incredible hard to put down.
Ok, It Takes Two still wins hands down when it comes to co-op gameplay, but having that freedom to move to a complete other side of the map rather than being tetherd like Unravelled Two is very refreshing, and wait till you get to the end! You’ll be throwing your controller across the room!
3. Bloodborne (2015)
From Software’s gothic masterpiece might not be the first game that comes to mind when you think of PS4 co-op games but Bloodborne is so brutally brilliant that it would be a crime to keep all the fun for yourself.
Bloodborne, like it’s stablemates Dark Souls, Demon Souls and Elden Ring, throws some exceptionally hard challenges at players, with Lovecraftian horrors lying in wait down every dark and dingy cobbled street of Yarnham.
The online co-op in Bloodborne allows for up to three hunters to unravel Yarnham’s mysteries together.
The co-op experience is in-keeping with Bloodborne’s deep and intricate lore too. Players don’t use menus to assemble their teams but players must summon their fellow hunters using the Bell of Dream Summoning and the Small Bell of Resonating.
Naysayers may suggest that Bloodborne should be played alone to experience the true terror of this world overrun with a strange illness that turns man into beast. While there is certainly plenty of fun to be had playing Bloodborne solo, the act of dismantling a previous unpassable boss with a friend at your side is an experience to relish.
The Orphan of Kos won’t stand a chance with three hunters gunning fo
4. Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War (2020)
I think Cold War wins the award for one of the coolest game cases of all time on the PS4 too!
Let’s get a little bit of context as to where this game fits in the greater CoD canon. It’s set in the 80s, but we’re not likely to see any cameos from Jon Bon Jovi or Axl Rose here. It slots neatly inbetween Black Ops 1 and Black Ops 2.
And the Zombies… the Zombies are completely out of this world!
The multiplayer is insane on this game. Whether teaming up to smash seven-bells-of-hell out of terrifying zombies or playing against your mates in a deathmatch to end all deathmatches, there’s so much fun to be had with this game.
And don’t just take my word for it – it was the highest-selling game of 2020 in the USA, so I guess most of the American public would back up its inclusion in this list too!
5. Unravel Two (2018)
Unravel Two is another game that I have some very fond memories of playing. My girlfriend and I stayed up til 3am the first time we played this game and just couldn’t put it down.
I will never forget her shouting ‘avoid the turkey’ in her Austrian accent while drinking the 20th coffee of the day – that’s what 2 player gaming is all about!
Unravel Two sees two tiny characters heading out on an adventure together. That would be cute enough in itself, but add in the fact that they are joined together by a length of yarn and the whole thing gets ramped all the way up to 11 on the cute-o-meter.
You can only move a certain length away from your partner, so every action has to be calculated perfectly if you have any hope of succeeding.
Think before you move, and don’t just shout ‘shenanigans’ and jump off a cliff like my girlfriend does…
Everyday objects like a trashcan or a crow suddenly give you much more panic when you’re about an inch tall, and you’ll need to overcome them both, as well as that blasted turkey, if you have any hope of saving the translucent characters that play out through the ‘dark at times’ storyline over arcing in the background.
6. Dark Souls 3 (2016)
Dark Souls 3 might not immediately be a title that you could class as a 2 player Co-Op game, but that’s one of the modes that I utilised the most while playing this game with my mate Josh.
In a sense, it’s very much like Elden Ring in the fact that you can call in another player to help you with brutal bosses.
Think of it as ‘phone a friend’ for fantasy fights, and Josh and I usually summon each other when we’ve battled the worst that FromSoftware can throw at us… and still lost a dozen times before we’ve managed to kill them!
To be honest, tackling this game as a duo is one of the most fun methods of playing anyway. It somehow feels scarier when you’ve got two players shouting ‘what the (insert swearword here) is that!’.
And hey, if you have a disagreement with how your teammate is handling something or think that they could have done better, then you can always just take them on in PvP mode and show them who the real boss is!
7. Cuphead (2020)
Cuphead is a game of duality. It’s one of those PS4 co-op games that makes you groan in frustration moments before you cheer with elation.
Well, I say ‘moments’ but Cuphead’s army of bosses are some seriously tough cookies (and dragons, and ghost trains and giant potatoes) that can trouble even the most hardcore of gamers.
Of course these fearsome foes are a little less imposing when tackled with a friend in local co-op. Taking on the role of Cuphead’s brother, Mugman, player two can help double the damage on those that stand in your way.
Gameplay in Cuphead is lightning fast and only quick reflexes and a vice-like trigger finger will stand a chance of beating this game that’s full of imaginative boss encounters.
Co-op in Cuphead provides players with a slight advantage by being able to revive your partner by slapping their ghostly form as they make their way to the great crockery cupboard in the sky.
While Cuphead is easily one of the harder games on our list, it is also one of the finest. If you’re a fan of a challenge, excellent music and beautiful 1930s style animation then grab yourself a cuppa and dive on in!
8. Knack 2 (2017)
Who, or what, is Knack, and how come he’s got a place in this list?
Well, Knack is that guy on the cover above, a robot with one thing in mind – goblin bashing.
Frodo and the gang could have done with him when they were in the Mines of Moria, I reckon!
The best bit about Knack 2 is that you can take on armies of weapon-wielding, armour-clad goblin cretins with a friend, going back to back like the still to deal double the damage.
Now I love It Takes Two, that much is clear from how much I wrote about it earlier and the fact that I put it at the top of this segment, but the annoying thing is that I can’t play it solo.
Knack 2 is all about the co-op mode, but you can also just play 1 player and have a second player jump in and out at will. So, if your partner goes on holiday for 2 weeks, you can still jump in and up your skill tree with some RPG-esque good antics and bulk up to tackle the next stage for when they come back.
Graphically, this game is fantastic too. I know you wouldn’t expect anything else from the PS4, but it wouldn’t have been right to not mention it before carrying on!
9. Stardew Valley (2016)
Is that Keanu Reeves holding a Junimo? No, of course not. It’s our content writer Theo showing you how much he loves Stardew Valley, and keeping with our co-operative theme, this photo was taken by his life’s co-op partner (and the one that the pulls most weight on the PS4 co-op games in this list).
While the majority of the games on our list feature explosive and fast-paced action, Stardew Valley offers a more serene co-op experience.
Heavily inspired by Harvest Moon, the game sees players inherit their Grandpa’s decaying farm with the ambition to turn it into a lovely homestead away from oppressive city life.
Arguably, the greatest part of Stardew Valley is the ability to build your new life in the country with a friend or three.
Stardew Valley offers a ludicrous amount of content. From farming to mining, fishing to dungeon crawling, Stardew can offer a complete second life experience for you and your co-op partners to lose hundreds of hours in. Seriously, Theo’s current playtime on Stardew Valley is over 700 hours!
With the amount of detail and care that solo developer ConcernedApe put into Stardew Valley, it’s easy to fall in love with this dreamy game, and as we all know, love is better when it’s shared.
10. Lego Marvel Superheroes (2014)
Long before Marvel decided that we all needed an increasingly complex multiverse and that Antman Quantumania was a good idea, Travellers Tales and WB games teamed up to deliver the best Lego Marvel game.
Launching alongside the PS4 in 2013, Lego Marvel Super Heroes is the quintessential superhero game. There’s a huge amount of characters to inhabit with everyone from the Avengers to the X-Men receiving the Lego treatment.
By this point in the sacred timeline Lego games had already mastered drop in/drop out co-op and Lego Marvel Super Heroes excels with it’s original story of Doctor Doom trying to conquer the world with the help of some cosmic bricks.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes really shines in co-op. The opening level is the perfect demonstration of this.
During my co-op playthrough I chose to take over the rocket-boots of Iron Man and relished in zapping bad guys from a distance while I soared over them. All the while, my co-op partner is smashing enemies to literal pieces as the Hulk and screaming ‘Hulk Smash!’ whenever they can.
It’s chaotic moments like this that epitomise the Lego experience and while there are loads of Lego games on the PS4, Lego Marvel Super Heroes keeps things simple, and lets players go nuts in this super sandbox.
Best PS4 Co-Op Games For 2-4 Players
What happens if you want to up the multiplayer ante? Sometimes 2 players just isn’t enough and you need to get the whole squad involved in the action.
Luckily, we spend just as much time playing multiplayer games here at Retro Dodo Towers as we do writing articles, so you can rest easy knowing that we’re putting all of our expertise into the following titles!
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (2022)
The best PS4 Co-op game of all time is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge.
This bodacious beat ’em takes the top spot in our list for it’s pixel perfect recreation of the classic TMNT arcade experience.
Up to six players can jump into the action together online and bash through the streets of Manhattan as Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo, Splinter, April O’ Neil or Casey Jones.
Even better is the ability to play in offline couch co-op with four players taking the pizza-loving Turtles on their adventure to defeat the evil Shredder.
Every character comes fully equipped with a range of entertaining ninja moves, crazy combos and special abilities, perfect for kicking some shell alongside your buddies.
Developer Tribute Games absolutely nails the retro vibes in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge and manages to capture the excitement and the humour of the original 1987 cartoon show.
I’m not the only Dodo that loves Shredder’s Revenge with our own Seb giving the game a glowing review when it released back in 2022.
2. Rayman Legends (2013)
A setting sun. The laughter of an infant. Finding a fiver in the pocket of your jeans after they’ve been in the wardrobe for two weeks. These are all beautiful things, but none of them compare to how gorgeous Rayman Legends is in motion.
Ubisoft’s 2D platforming masterpiece exhibits exceptional level design and artistry that can be fully appreciated when playing the game in single player, but adding up to three friends in local co-op means there’s no time to stop and gawk at the sights on display.
Co-op in Rayman Legends is frantic. Early levels see your group traversing lush jungles but before long you’ll be desperately dashing through underwater mazes, hurtling over hellish shadow monsters and working together to bop naughty dragons.
All of the escapades in Rayman Legends feature stunning soundtracks that gel with each level and are effectively used to ramp up the pace.
The joy of running through ‘Castle Rock’, smashing goons and timing jumps to the beat of Ram Jam’s stonking classic ‘Black Betty’ is turned way up to eleven when there’s four of you manically racing across the burning rooftops and chinning baddies.
Rayman Legends is the perfect game for anybody looking for a fun yet challenging platformer on the PS4 and it only gets better with friends.
3. Sackboy – A Big Adventure (2020)
Sackboy’s games have always had a hint of ‘Mario meets Rayman’ about them. The early LittleBigPlanet games definitely followed the side-scrolling formula that the other titles have managed to perfectly to hone over the years.
But one thing that Sackboy has up his sleeve that helps to secure his place in this list is a neat multiplayer function that brings you and your friends together in a way that creates some incredible memories along the way.
It really does feel as though Sackboy – A big Adventure has taken it’s style from a cocktail of It Takes Two and Rayman. The levels are insanely family friendly, bright, and colourful, and while large in nature are nowhere near as trippy as Super Mario Wonder.
It’s good-old-fashioned team co-op fun with the added incentive of being able to upgrade and change the design of your Sackboy character along the way.
I think that was the main reason we all loved LittleBigPlanet so much, right?
4. Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime (2015)
Last up in our PS4 co-op games list is Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime, a game that holds a special place in my heart as the first game I finished with my partner entirely in co-op.
Sentimentality aside, Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime sees players piloting a giant neon spaceship through the cosmos. Teams of up to four players must navigate their ship while fending off evil aliens and rescuing stranded space bunnies.
The cutesy look belies how manic the gameplay can be. You and your co-op buddies pilot the giant spaceship by manning each of the control stations dotted around the ship’s interior.
With stations that control steering, maps, shields and multiple guns there’s always a reason for chaotic dashing around to find the right position for each scenario.
There’s plenty of challenges on offer in Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime, and the later levels of the game’s campaign will test your co-ordination skills to the max.
This puzzle/shooter/action game is endlessly charming and a hidden gem among the extensive PS4 library.
5. Castle Crashers (2019) (REWORD)
I got to the Castle Crashers craze a little late on. It was after a day of watching fantasy films with my mates that Josh stuck it on the PS4 and handed us all a controller.
It’s safe to say that I was hooked afterwards, and I was button mashing along with the rest of the crew as we moved through the levels, only to turn on each other immediately as we battled it out to win the princess’ love.
These little guys are much hardier than they look, though that won’t stop you from dying again and again when you get into the heat of a battle.
Castle Crashers has an RPG feel to it in the sense that players can upgrade their weapons and get better moves along the way. Imagine it as Gauntlet Dark Legacy meets Plants Vs Zombies. in style with some Golden Axe thrown in for good measure.
Best PS4 Online Multiplayer Games
Of course, in today’s modern gaming world, most multiplayer titles are played online. I know people who have friends all over the globe from playing online – heck, a couple of them have met up and actually got married!
With the power of the internet, your gaming experience is truly unlimited. But which are the best Online Multiplayer titles to sink your teeth into?
I guess it’s time to find out!
1. Ghost Of Tsushima Legends (2020)
If you’ve been reading this article closely, then you’ll already know that I put Ghost’s of Tsushima in the top spot as the best single player PS4 game of all time.
For most game developers, having the top spot in one section would be enough, but not for Suckerpunch. They wanted us all to have something to keep occupied with while the long awaited sequel to Ghost of Tsushima came out. Not only that, but they also wanted us to be able to stay in Jin Sakai’s world a lot longer and just enjoy the freedom of slaying enemies that are way harder than should be legally allowed.
And they did it all with zero cost to us. That’s right, the game is free!
Legends has missions that players can team up together to tackle, though you’ll want to pick your buddies wisely if you’ve got any hope of surviving through some of these challenges.
You know all of the mentions to figures of Japanese legend or what some people might call the fairy story elements of the game? Well, Legends focuses more on those elements, with undead warriors attacking you and ghost bears and all sorts of madness joining the fray!
2. Call of Duty: Warzone (2020)
Come on; you all knew that Warzone was going to be a sure-fire title in this list, right?
Warzone has one of the best online battle royales in the business. 150 players, all literally gunning for the top spot as the best player.
And yes, I am really proud of that sentence.
How many of you have spent some time in the gulag too? Come on, we won’t judge you if you’ve had to fight your way out back onto the field again in one-on-one combat in order to return to the game. I’ve spent most of my Warzone career to date in there; it’s the place to be!
The game is free to play which is why it has such a massive database of players. The devs make money from costumes and weapon sales in-game, but you don’t need any of that to succeed.
I would wholeheartedly recommend players take Warzone over Fortnite any day of the week. Look at that still above and tell me you don’t feel like a real sniper in the thick of the action… all without any of that annoying fort building going on!
3. Grand Theft Auto Online (2013)
Have you heard of this one? Grand Theft Auto V is the one of the most popular games of all time and has sold over 190 million copies since it originally launched in 2013.
While the story of Franklin, Michael and psychopath Trevor is bombastic in every way, it’s Grand Theft Auto Online that secured GTAV’s prolonged success.
For me, and millions of other players, Grand Theft Auto Online provides a platform for fun with friends. This game was my social lifeline during the Covid lockdowns and served as my connection with friends during those dark times.
Grand Theft Auto Online is perfect for players looking for co-op crime capers with a plethora of missions to tackle together. Then there’s GTAO’s heists that offer teams of four players the opportunity to pull-off complex, multi-stage escapades that involve teams working together to survive and thrive.
4. Rocket League (2015)
Rocket League kickstarts this list of the best PS4 games of all time. On paper, this sequel to the oddly titled Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars shouldn’t be as addictive as it is.
Let’s face it; it’s loud, the premise is simple, and its not as though there are any surprises that change the gameplay from session to session.
But man, is this game impossible to put down. Who would have thought football in cars that can dribble through the air and boost at insane speeds through domed arenas would have been such a huge hit.
It’s safe to say that Rocket League is humongous in 2021. With worldwide tournaments and exciting online battles with friends near and far, it’s fast become one of the most popular multiplayer titles of all time.
Unlock crates filled with downloadable content, soup up vehicles, and do whatever it takes to get the ball in the back of that net. Controlling your car is the easy part, it’s smashing a metallic sphere into a goal that’ll leave you shouting with rage.
Go it alone against the CPU first before heading online; there are some seriously epic players out there that will eat you alive!
5. Overwatch (2016)
Fans of TimeSplitters will be all over this next title in our list of the best PS4 games of all time. Overwatch is a fast-paced and frankly bizarre FPS that would go on to influence titles like Fortnite and PUBG.
It’s a stylised shooter, make no mistake about it. Play as everyone from an old mechanic with a claw who enjoys making explosives to a dude who looks like he’s based his look on Mewtwo with roid-rage.
Players choose from a series of cityscape levels, each based on Earth in the future. The fighters are all unique and bring something different and unique abilities to the table
Whether you prefer a hack ‘n’ slash approach or picking people off from afar with a sniper, there’s a character for everyone.
Once again, this is a multiplayer title that doesn’t take any prisoners. It’s not uncommon to die multiple times in the spaces of 5 minutes… or in my case… 30 seconds. It’s important to play with people who are better than you so they can carry you; that’s my tip of the day!
Like Rocket League, this is one of the PS4’s must-have titles. If you still think of those Goldeneye deathmatches on the N64 with fond memories, then get this game in your life and blast your mates into oblivion.
6. Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled (2019)
Before Retro Dodo even began, Brandon took a trip down to Activision HQ and got to spend some time with the team. I like to think that he was the one that prompted a remake of Crash Team Racing for the PS4, and I think that’s the story that we’re sticking with.
Nitro Fueled brings all of your favourite Crash characters to the table, with settings from the Crash games that you’ve probably spent far too long trying to get through over the years.
Still, now you can do them with weapons and super-fast vehicles on your side!
For fans of Mario Kart, this title and another in our list will provide all of your karting needs on the PS4. Customise karts, pimp up characters, and race to your hearts content in what can only be described as the ultimate alternative Crash Bandicoot experience.
And I just described it as that just now, so I’m hoping Activision might take it on and use it permanently.
Instead of apple boxes, players can get weapons from wooden crates. It’s like a permanent frantic items match on Mario Kart, and with all of your mates there for the ride, it’s a tense and wild experience that all Crash fans will love without fail.
7. Final Fantasy 14 (2013)
Millions of players log on to play Final Fantasy 14 every single day. At this point, we could probably say that it’s more of a religion than a game.
For Final Fantasy fans, this is the Mecca of all that Square Enix has to offer. With co-op gameplay and MMO action for all, anyone and everyone can get stuck into the action with ease. There’s always something happening too, so you won’t be ‘waiting for players’ for an hour while twiddling your thumbs.
There are 16 different job titles that players can take on in the free trial, and players can play up until Level 70 before they have to sign up and pay for the experience.
That essentially means that only the serious players have to play into the system, but anyone can play for free and enjoy the game regardless.
Obviously the main pull is the same RPG action that has enticed us into the FF universe for decades, but there’s so much more for you and your mates (near or far) to delve into to keep you coming back for more. We’re talking optional mini games, fishing… the works.
I know that makes FF 14 sound more like Animal Crossing than anything else, but trust me, you’ll love every second of it/
8. Titanfall 2 (2016)
Titanfall 2 takes the silver medal in this list of the best PS4 games. For fans of Transformers or Pacific Rim, it’s about to feel like Christmas Day all over again.
Titanfall 2 sees players controlling humongous mecha-warriors. Were talking machines bigger than the mechs that the people of Zion used to protect their city in the Matrix.
Players control both the Titans and the humans that work them, but don’t be fooled into thinking these mammoth machines are just hunks of junk. They’re powerful robots that can communicate with their users, a little like C3PO if he’d taken a boat-load of steroids.
Two main differences between Titanfall 2 and its predecessor are the inclusion of a single-player mode and three new Titan classes. Sure, the online multiplayer was fantastic and provides no end of fun…
… but, the single player story is so deep that it’s impossible not to enjoy.
Join man and machine on a quest top stop a weapon from being built. Discover the bond that they share and the lengths that each will go to protect the other and their world.
Use pilot abilities such as stealth cloaking and running up walls. Fire insane weapons using your titan. However you chose to play, explosive action is guaranteed.
9. FIFA 22 (2021)
You and 10 mates can head to the field together in FIFA 22, creating a full dream team of players and each controlling a different position on the pitch.
My thoughts on FIFA games over the years are written plainly for all to see here on Retro Dodo, but even I can’t deny that FIFA 22 has some epic multiplayer merit.
I still lose all the time when I play (sorry, Italy – I continue to let you down), but this experience on the PS4 is so close to the real thing that I can’t help but get involved and hopeful that I one day might win.
The gameplay is seriously advanced too, way more than the FIFA titles you might see on the PS3 in a second hand store for 55p now.
Goalkeepers are much more intelligent and make unpredictable decisions, and the physics of the ball in the game have been revolutionised thanks to real-world data.
Sprint and attack like never before too – it makes for explosive, tense action (for everyone else that’s not me, though I just like taking part). Plus there’s a whole host of legends to choose from too. I like to bring Pele out in homage to the late-great man himself; what a hero!
10. Garfield Kart (2019)
I bet a lot of you are wondering why Garfield Kart has made this list, but listen up – as an alternative to Mario Kart for all of the PS4 users out there, it’s a fantastic little racer with an online mode that eats up hours on an evening.
There are a lot of similarities to Mario Kart 8 deluxe, in fact, from all of the Kart modding options to consider to get that fastest time around the corners to each statistic of the individual racers.
And look at that course above – if we had written an article about ‘how to get Moo Moo Farm on PS4’, then that would be the cover image.
8 people can play Online, and the game has so many familiar scenes from the TV show that fans will instantly love, including all the usual suspect from Odie to Arlene.
You can spend hours and hours racing through this game and still find a shortcut that you never new existed. It’s the gift that keeps on giving for Garfield lovers, which is why it’s the perfect title to finish this segment off!
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Seb Santabarbara has bought every Nintendo console that has ever been released in his 33 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.