The Best PS4 Games — August 2022

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,

The PlayStation 4's best games make for a long list full of different genres, game lengths, difficulties, and trophy lists. Since 2013, the PS4 has been churning out all-time greats — here are 15 of the most exemplary of them.

The best PS4 games list is here for August 2022. The TrueTrophies team and the community has taken a look at the PS4 games list and put together 16 games that offer a best-in-class experience of what the PlayStation 4 has to offer.

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Before we get onto the games, we wanted to qualify our methodology. We had Associate Editor Kes and Staff Writers Lee and Sean list their favourite PS4 games, then used them to create a foundation for what we believed were the most iconic games the system has offered over the years. In certain cases, when we felt two or more extraordinary games offered something similar, we opted for one of the selections. Finally, we decided to open up the floor to some of the best games in a specific genre on occasion, just to ensure we had variety and range. Five more games have been picked by the community in a poll that you can enter now. Without further ado: TrueTrophies' best PS4 games.

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Red Dead Redemption 2

Entry written and selected by Associate Editor Kes.
Red Dead Redemption 2 deserves to be front and centre of the best games on PS4 — you just don't make games this next-level unless you are Rockstar. To call it a 'story' would feel inadequate: this is the yarn of Arthur Morgan's life, the fading world of the old west, and the reaction of those inhabiting that strange space. What really sells it is the level of interaction. You can react to everyone and everything, creating emergent scenarios, unlike anything I've ever played. You can choose to go out hunting, exploring, playing poker, or just journeying for days and days, ignoring the magnetic figure of Butch and his Van der Lind gang that you call family, if you so choose. Why would you want to, though, when that tale is so compelling, drawing you back in with every utterance of a heist plan brewing? It has one of the best twists of all time, it has an unbelievable epilogue, and it has everything in-between. Besides, the actual landscapes of the west are simply extraordinary too, filled with emergent tales that are never one and the same. It's stunning work, it really is.



Production values are through the roof, with music, graphical fidelity, writing, and all the other little bits that make a game work are amped up to 11. Franky, it puts other open-world games to shame at times, making it hard to go back to collect-a-thons, map-unveiling towers, and big onscreen markers denoting things of interest. There are only two minor mistakes in my opinion. The multiplayer mode is fun, but it feels sparse on content and stingy on the currency by Rockstar standards. Then, some of the controls feel like they are out of the PS2 era, but you get used to the quirks in no time so this is really just a nit-pick. The Red Dead Redemption 2 trophies are a hoot, too. This is an extraordinary game — one of the best of all time, not just for the PS4.

The Last of Us Part II

Entry written and selected by Associate Editor Kes.
We almost don't want to talk about The Last of Us Part II because it is so controversial... almost. I think this game is exceptional — but it's also clearly not for everyone. Some of the narrative choices it makes fly in the face of the relationships you create and find solace in during The Last of Us Part I. To the TT team and I, it was a heartbreaking reminder of mortality — a reminder that we are not superheroes in the apocalypse of The Last of Us, but people attempting to live in a world filled with infected, ghoulish creatures and the much, much worse human beings populating the American states. This is a tale of the horrible things humans are capable of. So, if you want to pursue Ellie's journey, invest in that pathway to hell emotionally, and try and open yourself to the people that appear; you are going to get hurt. For our money, that is a brave and unique way to make a game and it's helped by the fact it is pulled off exceptionally well. If that's not your kind of duffel bag of golf clubs — that is also totally fine.



Naughty Dog, no doubt, flaunt cinematic prowess by using the linearity of the game to its advantage. The motion capture and environmental design are pushed up a notch from anything it has done before, and I think it's fair to say the writing finds a new gear Naughty Dog could only find being let off the leash like this. Sometimes, a result of that off-the-hook writing is occasionally preachy dialogue that tries to shortcut show-don't-tell, but it feels like it is surpassed by other moments of narrative that could only be this impactful in a video game. Throw in a great score, nice The Last of Us Part II trophies, and we have another game that stands above a generation as a controversial all-time classic.

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

Entry written and selected by Associate Editor Kes.
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is another game, like Red Dead Redemption 2, that outclassed every other open-world fantasy RPG. The gravel-voiced Witcher himself, Geralt, hunts monsters on The Continent but is ostracised from the very communities that pay him to swing his sword about. He finds solace in the company of other outcasts, witches, witchers, and his semi-daughter Ciri. The young lass begins a mystery that will take you through some wonderful quests, like the legendary tale of the Red Baron, the islands of Skillige, and the streets of Novigrad and Oxenfurt. It will also take you to every damn inn along the way, be it on a windswept hill or in the graven bogs, hunting for Gwent cards.

Combat is fine and rife with compelling systems for armour, weaponry, potions, and more, but the creatures you will face off against elevate it to the level of richness very few games could ever aspire to. The side quests are utterly fantastic, the main narrative compelling, and fantastic environments tell you a tale all of their own. Underpinned by great dialogue and deep, compelling lore — we think nothing touches The Witcher's fantasy world. It happens to have two extraordinary expansions, Blood and Wine and Hearts of Stone, too. Both are, honestly, required reading because they are actually all-time greats. The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt trophies will require work and time, but if you fall in love with this game like us, you will have no problems at all. The Witcher 3 is, no doubt, our pick for the best open-world fantasy game.

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Entry written and selected by Staff Writer Lee.
Why have we plumped for Marvel’s Spider-Man from Insomniac Games over Ghost of Tsushima or Horizon Zero Dawn? Well, while those other PlayStation Studios games are incredible, Spider-Man delivers on the dream kids and grown-ups alike have had since the nascency of video games: to be Spider-Man. While we’ve had great contenders in the past — the iconic Spider-Man 2 from Treyarch comes immediately to mind — Insomniac’s effort makes good on every element of the Spider-Man power fantasy, from the cityscape web-swinging to the spidey-sense tingling combat, and even the questionably enjoyable but still fantasy-fulfilling dream of being able to unravel massive scientific discoveries via Pipe Dream-esque minigames.

What really stands out, aside from the stunning graphical fidelity and technical achievements of the game afforded to it by the power of the PS4, is how well-crafted and genuinely affecting the story of Marvel’s Spider-Man is. The narrative works in tandem with the gameplay — where gameplay lets you feel like the seemingly invincible Spider-Man, the story lets you feel like the considerably more vulnerable Peter Parker. The combined success of both elements makes this game a must-play on the console.

Persona 5 Royal

Entry written and selected by Staff Writer Sean.
Persona 5 Royal is an absolute treat for JRPG fans, a compelling story, engaging characters, over-the-top boss fights, insane enemy designs, an OST that slaps, and a slice-of-life element to keep you on your toes — you’ll never be bored in Persona. There is nothing Atlus hasn’t thought about when crafting this slick and stylish world of Persona 5, there is so much to see and do, you’ll need to complete two whole playthroughs to have a chance to witness everything the game has to offer.

Bloodborne

Entry written and selected by Staff Writer Lee.
You must note, dear reader, that Bloodborne did not appear on any of our individual best lists, but fear not — we know its true place is still on here. The truth, for myself at least, is that despite frequent attempts, I have perpetually failed to find my footing with Bloodborne. After finishing Dark Souls Remastered, I revisited the game hoping it would finally click for me, but for whatever reason, I simply cannot get into the spirit of the game’s more aggressive combat mechanics.

However, I’ve seen plenty of others play the game well. I’ve seen the joy it elicits when the combat does work and how deep and rewarding the twists and turns of the game’s world can be. Despite failing to conquer Bloodborne, I still come crawling back every time because I know I could love it, if my brain and my thumbs would only keep up with my heart. I just can’t let my thumbs be the reason Bloodborne doesn’t make it on the best PS4 games list.

God of War (2018)

Entry written and selected by Associate Editor Kes.
God of War is very good, isn't it? Santa Monica not only brought back the God of War series from the brink of death with the 2018 entry but saved itself as a studio, too. Kratos gets paired with his son, Atreus, in a world of the Norse rather than the traditional Greek mythology. It was a stroke of genius by director Cory Barlog, as this semi-open world adventure nails its setting and themes as hard as Kratos' Leviathan axe satisfyingly slams into strange new enemies populating the world before even more satisfyingly coming straight back to you. The sense of scale is epic, the narrative is compelling, and the level design is utterly perfect, The one-take camera shot really adds to the sense of this game being an event experience — denoting it as one of the purest cases of out-and-out video game fun on this list. The God of War trophies are another manageable list? Well, that cements its place as none of PS4's best games!

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition

Entry written and selected by Staff Writer Sean.
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition from Bioware is one of the greatest RPG games you can play on the market. With rich and engaging lore that helps build this vast and breathtaking world, there is so much to see and do. When you aren’t busy saving the world from giant unstoppable machines of death, you can build up your relationships with the many companions available throughout the trilogy. Who knows, maybe something deeper could form between you and them.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Entry written and selected by Associate Editor Kes.
Uncharted 4 A Thief's End makes it to the list of the best games on PS4 for Naughty Dog's second entry. Why? Pirates and adventure... and emotion and graphics and some other really good stuff. It's almost a little tricky to break down why Uncharted 4 is so special, but we think it's because it nails every incredibly high barometer the other games in the series set — but then nonchalantly adds combat, narrative, and graphical upgrades that deepen the adventuring experience, rather than expand it. To us, though, the final chapter in the tale of Drake — which you can read about in our Uncharted Compendium — is nothing short of perfection. The characters are more human and emotive than ever before, the environments teem with intrigue, and the gameplay runs smoother than ever. Even the Uncharted 4 A Thief's End trophies are a great bag of fun that will make you fall in love with every component of the game on multiple runs. This game is the epitome of action-adventure — it doesn't need a higher recommendation than that to make it on this list.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Entry written and selected by Staff Writer Lee.
Final Fantasy 7 was a game that defined the original PlayStation, representing a massive step forward in what was possible in video game presentation, story-telling, and production scale. FF7 stood boldly as a once-in-a-generation achievement, but with its blend of abstract character models and prerendered detailed backgrounds, it was always going to look its age. In 2020, after over two decades of fan requests, Square Enix finally released the long-awaited Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and while it was never likely to redefine modern gaming as we know it today, it delivered tremendously well on reinterpreting the source material and translating that to a modern experience. Where the original showcased raw PS1 power, Remake manages to accomplish the same feat for the PS4.

Devil May Cry 5

Entry written and selected by Staff Writer Lee.
Devil May Cry 5 is nothing short of a miracle. Despite Devil May Cry 4’s broadly positive critical and commercial performance, the next entry in the series, DmC Devil May Cry, would be a full-scale reboot courtesy of Ninja Theory. While the game was certainly no disaster, it felt like an unnecessary course correction for a series that seemed to keep getting better with each subsequent entry (if you discount DMC2, of course).

For Devil May Cry 5 to come out 11 years removed from the previous numbered entry and not only retain the quality of DMC4, but to actually make substantial refinements and improvements to the series formula is like some kind of divine intervention. DMC5 finally shakes free from the constraints of the old Resident Evil prototype DNA in its bones, bidding farewell to backtracking and puzzle labyrinths at long last. The results put action front-and-centre to create a tremendous new high for the series.

Fall Guys

Entry written and selected by Staff Writer Lee.
When Fall Guys landed on PS4 via PS Plus during the summer of 2020, it was like being woken from a long, drab nightmare. At first, we were disoriented — the colours, the music, the somewhat alarming bean people. Then the haze lifted, and we remembered, oh, that’s right — video games can be anything.

Video games don’t have to have guns, swords, plots, or even coherent worlds to be enjoyed. They can be as simple and as beautiful as a bunch of bean people corralled into inflatable balloon arenas and forced to race one another for coveted gold crowns. Fall Guys is a precious reminder that the creative potential of video games remains still untapped, and we have the PS4 to thank for really making the impact of that message felt in the world.

The Outer Wilds

Entry written and selected by Associate Editor Kes.
Outer Wilds is going to be hard to justify to some, but those who know, know. This is one of the greatest games of all time and a pinnacle of game design. You are an astronaut in a solar system with a dying sun. With every 20 minutes comes another time reset, waking you up over and over to an alien ship exploding above you. From there, it's down to you to solve what is going on, putting together stands of disparate puzzles until they form a greater whole. That's it. Why have AAA graphics or a massive open world when all you need is top-tier environmental design, story-telling, and simple-but-effective puzzle mechanics?



To even describe Outer Wilds' components individually is an insult to it because it works as a harmony, swelling and softening with the realisation that you are solving something with concepts that should be way above you. Every time you see a new planet, it's like hearing the floaty joy of a flute. Every time the actual Outer Wild score swells, it is like closing your eyes to your favourite song. Even the Outer Wilds trophies offer a well-thought-out voyage. This game is sensational and makes for the perfect indie inclusion on our list of the best PS4 games.

Wreckfest

Entry written and selected by Associate Editor Kes.
When we decided to look for a racer to include, we didn't know which route to take: sim or arcade? Then we realised Wreckfest exists and, despite its name, strikes a perfect balance of seriousness and fun. One moment, you can be concentrating on cornering speeds and braking zones, the next you are driving around a loop-the-loop with a combine harvester trying to mangle your rear tires. What Wreckfest has going for it above all else is that it doesn't sacrifice the driving feel for its love of fun. Its damage model is just insane, but it only adds to the severity of a race online as you calculate the risks of any contact. If you crunch too much, you are going to be scraping around the track in a car shaped like a V, but without the capability to enact any kind of vendetta. If you don't take the risk, though, someone else will and find the advantage on you. Wreckfest trophies are great fun, too. This is the racer to beat on PS4!

Tekken 7

Entry written and selected by Staff Writer Sean.
Tekken 7 from Bandai Namco gets your adrenaline pumping as you pummel away at your foes in this high-octane fighting game. Successfully chaining together the most intricate combos you can to keep your opponents juggled in the air for maximum damage is a feeling of pure bliss when you manage to pull it off. Then you have the absolute beast of a soundtrack that works in getting you fired up more and more as the rounds progress — it is a sensation like no other.

Community Picks for the best PS4 games

Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of TsushimaGhost of Tsushima is our first Community Pick

Gathering 13.58% of the vote in our poll for the best PS4 games made this Sucker Punch classic the first community pick for this list. Ghost of Tsushima is mesmerisingly stylish with its presentation of feudal Japan under siege by the invading Mongols. The gameplay combines samurai action and stealth perfectly, with the 'stance system' for open combat proving to be an immensely smart design. As you pick a stance, you open up different moves for different situations, resulting in constant mind shift changes in a single combat scenario as you balance parrying, long range, short range, and mid-range combat.

More impressive than that, though, is the world. The environments are gorgeous and look immense on PS4, let alone on the PS5 as we noted in our Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut review. Sucker Punch totally stripped out a lot of the HUD that has plagued modern open world games, and replaced it with environmental tells like the wind or a curious fox blazing a firey trail through swaying green grass. The story is decent and the side quests well managed, though we still felt the game was a little large for its own good. The Ghost of Tsushima trophies are easy as you like, as well. This is a fantastic 60-hour and certainly one of PS5's best offerings.

So, those are our 15 best PS4 games! However, this is not the end! In the future, we will be opening up community spots to update the list. So, make sure you get suggestions down below and I'm sure we will see you there for a healthy discussion.
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Associate Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation news. He writes about upcoming exclusives like The Last of Us and God of War, PS Plus and PS Studios news, and his favourite games — The Witcher 3, Assassin’s Creed, and The Outer Wilds — before an evening swim.