Best PS4 Exclusives (Updated 2021)

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With the PlayStation 5’s release this month now is the perfect time to discern the best PS4 exclusives. The PS4 was released on November 15th, 2013. Games are currently still being released on the PS4 as gamers slowly transition to next-generation consoles, from racing games to horror games to RPGs. With a catalog of games spanning seven years, choosing ten of the best PS4 exclusives was never going to be easy. The PS4’s legacy will fondly be remembered as one of the best consoles ever made. This is largely due to a library of fantastic games, which are best represented by the best PS4 exclusives.

With over 113.5 million units sold; the PS4 is currently the fourth best selling console of all time. If we take a look at home consoles, it is second only to the PS2. What’s impressive is how well it has sold in comparison to its same generation counterparts. It has sold more than twice that of the Xbox One. Why have so many gamers decided to stick with Sony? An incredible catalog of exclusive games is one of the main reasons behind this loyalty. The best PS4 exclusives are truly some of the best games ever made.

Throughout this list, you’ll notice a theme arise that relates to the ability to deliver a cinematic experience. With game technology developing at such a rapid pace, consumers demand a filmlike experience from their single-player games. Uncharted 4 A Thief’s End certainly delivers on this expectation.

Once again, players take control of Nathan Drake. This time Drake is on the hunt for treasure after being persuaded by his thought to be dead brother Samuel. The game utilizes a third-person perspective. Given the presence of gameplay involving chases, puzzle-solving, and firing weapons the third person camera is a wonderful choice. Players can also expect some stealth elements although these cases aren’t too heavily relied upon. The physical prowess of Nathan Drake is remarkable. For the majority of the game, players will be running, jumping, swimming, climbing, and swinging. Although this sounds like some obscure extreme sport, most of these actions are taken while evading pursuing enemies. This adds an element of tension, which succeeds in getting the heart pumping.

Although the game includes gunplay elements, players can choose to avoid enemies if possible. The non-linear path is a key element of the game’s structure. It rewards players for developing their own style. Whether you choose to sneak by undetected or face the enemy head-on is entirely your choice. Visually, the game looks brilliant. The different environments are well crafted. Better yet, they aren’t just eye candy. Players must properly interact with their surroundings to complete objectives. For example, hiding in tall grass can lead to getting by undetected.

Storytelling is yet another strong aspect. It tests the power of family bonds. Although the concept of friends being the family you choose is quite clichéd, the journey remains engaging for players. Seeing the conclusion to Nate’s story is also supremely satisfying for fans of the franchise.

Key Features
  • Stealth gameplay
  • Nonlinear paths
  • Firearm use
Specifications
  • Genre: Action-adventure, third-person shooter, platformer
  • Mode: Single-player, multiplayer
  • Rating: T
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Pros
  • Stunning graphics
  • Satisfying conclusion to Nathan Drake’s story
  • Character relationships
  • Interacting with the beautiful environments
  • Gameplay variety
Cons
  • Multiplayer mode feels hollow

Ghost of Tsushima may be the most recent title on this list, however the game succeeds in rising above the competition in such a short amount of time. The Game Awards is perhaps the most anticipated award show for video games. For the yet to be broadcast 2020 edition, Ghost of Tsushima has received an astounding seven nominations including Game of the Year.

Players take control of samurai Jin Sakai. Sakai is tasked with defending his region during the first Mongol invasion of Japan. The historical aspect of the game is well represented. Fighting as a samurai, players can expect close-quarters combat. There is a ton of stealth gameplay to get used to. Most of the action occurs at night which gives the player excellent cover to maneuver. Striking enemies silently is an effective strategy.

Players can expect a significant level of difficulty, however this can be adjusted. Developer Sucker Punch Productions has included quite the unique feature in relation to the highest difficulty level titled “lethal”. In this case, most games would present highly skilled enemy AI. Ghost of Tsushima tries something new by keeping the enemy AI at a near same level. Instead, they opted for hyperrealism. This is implemented by damage taken. A player can end a non-boss fight in one slash of the sword. This means he can also be taken down in one or two hits.

Aesthetically speaking, the art direction and audio quality are fantastic. Both of these aspects honor Japanese culture and history extremely well. Although the combat system was praised, not every gameplay feature was executed perfectly. The open-world theme failed to deliver captivating moments. Instead, the nonlinear path of the open-world leads to several repetitive tasks.

Key Features
  • 2020 Game of the Year candidate
  • Japanese culture and history
  • Samurai combat
Specifications
  • Genre: Action-adventure, stealth
  • Mode: Single-player, multiplayer
  • Rating: M
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Pros
  • Beautiful landscapes
  • Free-flowing combat
  • Strategic stealth gameplay
  • Unique difficulty level
Cons
  • Unsuccessful open-world mechanics

This is the eighth installment in the God of War franchise and a direct sequel to 2010’s God of War III. Very few franchises can say they’ve developed as many successful games like the God of War franchise. Simply put, every single God of War game released as of now has been spectacular; God of War for PS4 is no different.

This iteration delivers the most innovation we’ve seen from the franchise to date. Given the ten-year wait, developer Santa Monica Studio definitely made the correct decision. In terms of storytelling, God of War takes a much more cinematic approach than ever before. The game still focuses on Kratos the Greek God of War. However, the setting and theme have shifted from Greek mythology to Norse mythology. The plot also places Kratos in unfamiliar territory as he takes on parenting duty.

The story takes place after the death of Kratos’ wife. Kratos and his son Atreus embark on a journey to spread his wife’s ashes over the highest peak in the realm. Throughout the journey, the player will encounter monsters and gods that must be defeated. The storytelling alone is worthy of praise. When elements such as art direction, graphics, and music are incredibly well done, they add to the story’s allure. This is precisely the case here. In terms of aesthetics, the game is highly polished.

We know the game looks, sounds and feels incredible, but how well does it play? The game utilizes a third-person camera to get the most out of the combat system. Players must execute combos to defeat enemies in close quarters combat. In addition to combat based fighting there are also puzzle and RPG elements within the game. Interacting with the environment is the key to solving puzzles and strategically upgrading attacks will ensure that even the toughest enemies can be brought down.

Key Features
  • Continuous shot cinematography/no loading screens or camera cuts
  • Atreus supports Kratos in combat
  • Norse mythology
Specifications
  • Genre: Action-adventure, hack and slash
  • Mode: Single-player
  • Rating: M
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Pros
  • Blends combat, puzzle-solving, and RPG elements
  • Highly cinematic experience
  • Character development
  • Innovates all while maintaining the franchise’s identity
  • Axe-wielding combat
Cons
  • Boss battles aren’t as grandiose as they were in previous titles

With so many established franchises dominating the PS4, it is truly refreshing to see a new title earn some much-deserved recognition. This adventure game is yet another traditional cinematic video game experience. The emphasis on delivering excellent storytelling, voice acting, and cinematography makes this a fantastic single-player game.

The story takes place in the near future. In 2038, androids are commonplace within society. The narrative involves androids that suddenly gain sentience. This is quite the unoriginal take as far as futuristic themes are concerned. However, this shouldn’t distract from the stellar storytelling on display.

The game tells the story of three androids. Kara, Connor, and Markus are the androids in question and each has a set of personal objectives. Kara wishes to protect a young girl, Connor is tasked with hunting down his own kind while Markus’ mission involves releasing androids from subjugation. As you can tell, there is a lot of room for themes of humanity and the right to life, which are properly explored within the narrative. This gives the story tons of depth.

What makes this game unique is the plot variations. Depending on the choices made by the player, the story takes several twists and turns. This means that you can play the game multiple times and rarely get to the same conclusion. Offering a unique gaming experience to each user is a wonderful quality. In addition, the playable characters are not immune to elimination. If one of the playable characters dies, the narrative shifts to accommodate this major loss.

Key Features
  • Quick-time events
  • Futuristic setting
  • Three playable characters
Specifications
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Mode: Single-player
  • Rating: M
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Pros
  • Excellent use of motion capture technology enhances acting quality
  • Captivating story
  • Character development
  • Decisions reshape story
Cons
  • Motion controls are poorly integrated
  • Fails to introduce new themes

Creating a video game based on existing material is always a difficult task. When the franchise is as significant as Spider-Man there is added pressure to deliver a stellar gaming experience. Luckily this Marvel Comics hero was in good hands. Experienced developer Insomniac Games lived up to the tall task. This web-slinging superhero got the gaming presentation he deserved.

On a fundamental level, Spider-Man material whether comic, movie or video game can be broken down into two elements. One element is the crime-fighting aspect that Spider-Man is tasked with. The other element is Peter Parker’s personal life. The central conflict arises as the 23-year-old attempts to balance these two aspects of his life. The fact that Parker remains relatable despite being a superhero is the reason why so many fans remain engaged throughout the story.

As an open-world action-adventure game set in New York City, Spider-Man is the perfect character to control. Traversing the city while swinging from gorgeous building to building is extremely satisfying. The game utilizes a free-flowing camera that users have full control of. What with all the possible movements and combat options having a camera of this type is a blessing.

Although the combat system may feel overwhelming at times, it can be broken down into three portions. A player can dodge, execute physical attacks, or web-based attacks. In addition to these mechanics, Spider-Man can interact with the environment for combat purposes. For example, players can use webbing to fling a manhole cover at nearby enemies. Effectively using combos will fill up your “focus” meter. Once full, players can use special attacks that deliver more damage than usual.

Key Features
  • Open world New York City setting
  • Original Spider-Man plot
  • Gadgets and suit enhancements
Specifications
  • Genre: Action-adventure
  • Mode: Single-player
  • Rating: T
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Pros
  • Complex yet rewarding combat system
  • Camera control
  • Heartfelt story
  • Swinging through the city is a ton of fun
  • Graphic quality
Cons
  • Not enough boss fights
  • Lack of interesting side quests

After just five minutes with The Last of Us Part II, it is easy to discern why it is getting game of the year recognition as well as consideration for the best PS4 game of all time. It has set new standards for what a perfect video game should be. Due to the complex nature of the storytelling, players should be familiar with its predecessor before diving into this one. This iteration takes place five years after The Last of Us. Once again, we have the zombie-infested United States as our setting. However, this game will teach players that the real threat to humanity is human beings.

Players control two characters throughout the game. Ellie, who returns from the original game, is on a blood-filled path to revenge. Abby is the second character. She is a member of a rival faction. Players alternate between these two points of view for the entire game. The game is played using a third-person camera. Players use guns and weapons to fight humans and post-apocalyptic creatures. Approaching scenarios with caution and utilizing stealthy movements are a significant factor of the gameplay.

Visually, The Last of Us Part II is one of the most gorgeous looking games you will ever play on the PS4. The environments are crafted with such jaw-dropping detail. Scenery such as snowy mountains and abandoned villages are mesmerizing. The game remains a joyful experience throughout thanks to the various strategic elements. Weapon choice depending on enemy type is highly important. A bow and arrow may be excellent at range, while a shotgun will perform well up close.

The strategic elements involving your surroundings are also a joy to solve. These puzzles consist of finding the path of least resistance. For instance, finding a ladder and placing it across a chasm will get you across in one piece. Oftentimes players will find themselves exploring abandoned areas. It is during these instances when audio quality truly shines. Subtle noises and sound effects create a tense environment.

Key Features
  • Two controllable players
  • Post-apocalyptic United States
  • Weapon variety
Specifications
  • Genre: Action-adventure
  • Mode: Single-player
  • Rating: M
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Pros
  • Gorgeous graphics
  • Interacting with objects
  • Devastating yet powerful storytelling
  • Music
  • The perfect balance of stealth and action gameplay
Cons
  • Must have played predecessors to fully grasp narrative

In an era of successful remakes, Final Fantasy VII is the latest iconic video game to get a modern-day revamp. The original game released in 1997 and found a home on the PlayStation. It’s only right that the PS4 welcomes the franchise back for one of its most expansive titles yet.

The Final Fantasy series has had several protagonists over the years. However, none are quite as popular as the original badass Cloud Strife. Players control Cloud as he joins a group of mercenaries whose goal is to save the dystopian setting of Midgar. For this remake, some things have changed while others remain the same. The plot for instance is largely untouched. Square Enix focused on tweaking gameplay as opposed to narrative. This proved to be a smart choice. Presenting the same strong narrative that gamers fell in love with back in the day is a large part of the game’s allure. The minor changes to the plot are a welcome bonus as some characters receive additional development.

This game isn’t your traditional turn-based RPG. Instead, it delivers a much more exciting gameplay experience with real-time battles. Players can use physical moves, special abilities, magic, and items to defeat enemies. For the most part, Cloud is the main attraction however it is nice to be able to control other party members during a battle. As previously mentioned, side characters have been given more screen time which leads players to want to use them in battle more often. Party members have their own individual skills. This allows players to develop strategies based on their active members. Take the fight up close and personal or keep your distance and use long-range attacks.

The audiovisual quality is everything you would expect from a Final Fantasy game released in 2020. It must be noted that this game only covers 30% of the original. Square Enix plans to release multiple titles that cover 100% of the original. Players can expect at least two more titles in the series. Some may feel shortchanged due to the fact that they cannot experience the complete remake in one game. However, this is a testament to just how much content the developers are willing to provide players with.

Key Features
  • First in a series of Final Fantasy VII remakes
  • Cloud Strife
  • Real-time combat system
Specifications
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Mode: Single-player
  • Rating: T
  • Publisher: Square Enix
Pros
  • Properly develops all playable characters
  • Audiovisual quality
  • Captivating themes
  • Nostalgic feel
  • Combat system allows for excellent strategic depth
Cons
  • Only covers 30% of the original
  • Repetitive side quests

Persona 5 may be the least recognizable game on this list. Despite its lack of popularity, PlayStation 4 owners owe it to themselves to give this game a shot. Persona 5 Royal expands on the groundbreaking release of Persona 5 back in 2016. Persona 5 was nominated for several major awards that year, even taking home IGN’s Best RPG.

Every aspect that made Persona 5 a wonderful game is intact in Persona 5 Royal with the addition of a ton of new content. Franchise newcomers can dive into the sixth iteration of the Persona franchise with ease. Seeing as the characters and story change with each new release, there is no need to have had played its predecessors.

Persona 5 Royal’s appeal stems from a truly unique art style. There is so much on-screen personality to take in. The art style’s irresistible quality is an extremely strong element and the excellent graphics enhance it. The colors pop and the way each character is uniquely designed brings wonderful diversity to the cast. The in-game graphics are sharp. Controlling characters in a third-person view is a joy especially when they interact with the outside world. Furthermore, cut scenes are implemented in anime form, which further diversifies the game’s stellar graphics.

The urban landscape is the perfect setting for highly textured environments. The battle system is yet another high-quality element. As a four-person party, players take part in turn-based battles. They must defeat enemies using characters who utilize a unique set of skills. Much of the strategy comes from utilizing your party properly. The battle menu screen is stylish and blends in perfectly with the art style. Controlling the Phantom Thieves as they wrestle with impactful themes is a true pleasure.

Key Features
  • Psychological themes
  • Character development
  • Anime art style
Specifications
  • Genre: Role-playing, social simulation
  • Mode: Single-player
  • Rating: M
  • Publisher: Atlus
Pros
  • Excellent writing
  • Unique and well executed art design
  • Full of color
  • Tackles meaningful societal issues
  • Music
Cons
  • Some gameplay repetition

Ratchet & Clank has long been one of the most well-liked and critically acclaimed Sony exclusive franchises. Although the franchise’s best years are behind them, Sony has given fans a modern update of the first game in the series. Ratchet & Clank on the PS4 is a reimagining of Ratchet & Clank for the PS2.

The format of Ratchet and Clank games is quite easy to grasp. Thus this is an excellent point for newcomers to jump into the franchise. Players control Ratchet as he travels from planet to planet completing various missions. Along the way, you’ll collect new weapons to add to your arsenal. The weapon design is a stellar feature of Ratchet and Clank games. The developers have outdone themselves once again with some ingenious weapon design. Each weapon feels unique in its own way which promotes the use of all of them.

Insomniac games put a ton of love into developing this iteration. They didn’t stick to a carbon copy remake. Instead, they included several features that cropped up in later games throughout the franchise. This makes the game a more streamlined experience. All of these new elements such as weapon upgrading, strafing, and health upgrades make this experience better than the original

The audio-visual portion of the game is a mixed bag. Although the planet and environmental design are fantastic and the graphics are great, the voice acting leaves a lot to be desired. Players should be wary of some awkward dialogue that doesn’t match the high quality of the game’s plot.

Key Features
  • Planet navigation
  • A reimagining of the original game
  • Weapons upgrades
Specifications
  • Genre: Platformer
  • Mode: Single-player
  • Rating: E10+
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Pros
  • Includes best features from past games
  • Weapon design
  • Gorgeous visuals
  • Intuitive controls
Cons
  • Awkward dialogue

Horizon Zero Dawn made waves upon its 2017 release for being the first game of a brilliant new franchise. Players take control of protagonist Aloy. She is a hunter set in a futuristic world that is ruled by robots. The game’s plot aims to unravel the mysteries of Aloy’s hidden past.

Aloy uses a variety of weapons to challenge these robotic beasts. Some weapons include a bow and arrow and a spear. There are elements of stealth gameplay that crop up at times however there isn’t an over-reliance on it. The narrative is an intriguing one and it must be noted that it touches on profound topics at times. It’s difficult to get into it without spoiling the events however you can expect to be pleasantly surprised by the themes it covers.

The game design is this title’s strongest asset. Everything from the world design to the enemy design is unique and engaging. Thanks to the inclusion of 26 different enemy species, combat never truly gets stale. There is always a new way to approach a fight. Deciding which weapons to use against specific beasts is part of the fun. The graphics are sublime. There are times when you’ll legitimately forget you’re playing a video game.

You’ll have your hands full with the main campaign. However, it is somewhat disappointing that there aren’t other game modes to discover. Considering how beautiful the virtual world is, exploring it differently would have been awesome. In addition, side quests are lazily integrated into the overall campaign.

Key Features
  • Robotic animalistic enemies
  • Futuristic setting
  • Stealth gameplay
Specifications
  • Genre: Action Role-Playing
  • Mode: Single-Player
  • Rating: T
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Pros
  • Incredible graphics
  • Profound story
  • Enemy design
Cons
  • Weak side quests
  • No additional game modes

Thanks to the hair-pulling difficulty of games like Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls, developer From Software has risen to prominence in recent years. It’s not just about the difficulty. Making a hard game is actually easy. What’s impressive is From Software’s ability to keep an audience engaged despite the absurd difficulty level.

Bloodborne is not the type of game to hold players by the hand. Progression must be earned. Not only must the player earn progression they must figure out the path for themselves. This cryptic game mechanic tests the player’s discovery skills. Players can expect action role-playing gameplay. This means players control a character that is encouraged to defeat enemies. Once enemies are defeated, the RPG elements come into play.

Bloodborne is not the cinematic experience that many games on this list attempt to be. Instead, a focus is placed on delivering a streamlined gameplay experience. Storytelling is secondary to the stellar gameplay mechanics.

Combat occurs at a quick pace and players must be prepared for any type of enemy. Heavy weapons deal more damage whereas lighter swords favor mobility. One wrong move can mean restarting from the previous checkpoint. Players get to adapt and develop their own style of play based on weapon selection. Dodging is another key gameplay mechanic. Discerning the timing of enemy attacks and evading them efficiently is the key to victory. Boss battles are incredibly difficult and time-consuming. Players must prepare for the immense frustration of numerous attempts.

Fans of video game gore will be pleased with the horror atmosphere that is present throughout the story. The soundtrack is sure to raise some hair on your skin.

Key Features
  • Horror elements
  • Gothic/Victorian setting
  • Customizable character
Specifications
  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Mode: Single-player, multiplayer
  • Rating: M
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Pros
  • Replay value
  • Chilling soundtrack
  • Enemy art design
  • The feeling of beating a boss battle
  • Fast-paced yet strategic
Cons
  • Rage inducing
  • Limited multiplayer experience

Keeping in the theme of remakes, Shadow of the Colossus on the PlayStation 4 is a remake of the 2005 game released on the PlayStation 2. Unlike most remakes, a different development team was at the helm. Thankfully Bluepoint Games honored the game’s legacy by improving on the original.

Like most modern remakes, graphic quality saw a vast improvement. Thanks to the PlayStation 4’s capabilities, the game looks gorgeous. Whether playing in 1080p on the standard PS4 or 1440p on the PS4 Pro, players can expect jaw-dropping visuals. What truly stands out is the lighting. Galloping on horseback between cliffs is such a joyful experience mostly because of the way the sun hits the cliffs and illuminates your surroundings. These small details are things you wouldn’t expect to appreciate in a video game.

Much of the game’s gameplay revolves around exploring the vast world around you. The game strikes a perfect balance between simplistic world-building and incredible graphic detail. This combination makes even mundane actions like riding through an open field feel like a monumental achievement. The player is tasked with searching for and defeating 16 creatures. These creatures are all enormous in size, thus explaining the game’s title. The player must utilize his trusty sword, bow, and horse to slay these beasts.

Keeping it simple is the name of the game for Shadow of the Colossus. The plot does so by presenting a simple objective that is sure to break your heart. The player must defeat these beasts in order to bring his loved one back to life. In addition, the remake remaps controls to make them more intuitive. This was one of the original’s biggest weaknesses and the developer has done well to correct the issue.

Key Features
  • Remake of 2005 title
  • Different developer
  • Discovery gameplay
Specifications
  • Genre: Action-adventure
  • Mode: Single-player
  • Rating: T
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Pros
  • Hunting 16 unique creatures doesn't get stale
  • Lighting
  • Simple yet refined presentation
  • Revamped controls work well
  • Tragic story
Cons
  • Minor issues with camera control

During a seven-year span, the PS4 has delivered gaming moments that will stick with us forever, both playing alone and in multiplayer modes. If you’ve missed out on any of these games, now is the perfect time to catch up. Give these games a try before your PS5 arrives. Or like myself, jump back into these awesome games to alleviate the disappointment of not being able to find a PS5.

Presentation

Presentation is the first factor most gamers will take into consideration. Nailing the first impression is an important part of keeping an audience engaged.

There are several elements that makeup presentation. Graphics and sound are two of the obvious elements. The PS4 is a console with a ton of graphic power. Most developers have taken advantage of this luxury by delivering jaw-dropping visuals. Graphics quality does not necessarily mean how clear images appear. We must also consider art design. Persona 5 Royal is a game with excellent art design. You can clearly tell that so much effort went into designing each unique character. This attention to detail is clear when these characters appear on-screen.

Music and sound effects must also be taken into consideration. Although they aren’t necessarily the main attraction, these two aspects are meant to enhance the foundation already in place. Music can get the heart racing quite quickly. Take Bloodborne, for example. The atmosphere, enhanced by excellent visuals and imagery, alone is quite scary. However, when the chilling music comes into play, the whole package comes together to get you as frightened as possible while playing a video game.

Gameplay

Gameplay is the key to keeping players engaged. If presentation is meant to draw in an audience, gameplay’s focus is to keep them entertained. More and more games are opting to deliver cinematic experiences. While this trend is great, a cinematic gaming experience is nothing without captivating gameplay. Investing hours into a game must never feel like a chore. Interest in a game must feel renewed every time you turn your console on.

God of War is an example of a game that strikes the perfect balance of excellent presentation and gameplay. The combat system in God of War is incredibly satisfying. Thanks to a reliance on combos and the depth of this system, no two fights feel too similar. Defeating Norse gods with your mighty axe feels like a true accomplishment. In addition to an excellent combat system, God of War provides wonderful gameplay variety. Players don’t simply run around looking for opponents to pummel. Instead, discovering new landscapes is just as much of a joy as beating up on enemies. The puzzle-solving aspect will keep players coming back for more even after the game is beaten.

Narrative

As previously mentioned, video games are becoming more and more like playable movies. The time and effort committed to delivering a captivating plot is astonishing. Game developers have gone above and beyond in recent years. PS4 exclusives are widely known for their ability to tell a beautiful story. With the likes of Uncharted 4 A Thief’s End, The Last of Us Part II, and Spider-Man, no console is delivering games with as much of a focus on storytelling.

These games display such high levels of writing and voice acting. The Last of Us Part II is a heart-wrenching tale, filled with twists and turns that is sure to leave even the most stoic viewer teary-eyed. The performances are so captivating that you forget you’re playing a video game. Each of the aforementioned games shows a refusal to keep things lighthearted. This is breaking an age-old trend of video games being viewed as cheerful experiences. Game developers must be applauded for tackling sensitive yet incredibly important topics within their storytelling.

FAQ

Q: What is Sony Interactive Entertainment?

Sony Interactive Entertainment is the company responsible for the development and manufacturing of the PS4. As a video game company, it has overseen the launch of every PlayStation console since the original. In addition to developing consoles and accessories, Sony Interactive Entertainment also has a hand in publishing several of the best PS4 exclusives. Although the development of games isn’t directly handled by Sony Interactive Entertainment, the company is in charge of promoting and ensuring that their titles succeed. When it comes to PS4 exclusives Sony Interactive Entertainment will work with the development team to create a one-of-a-kind gaming experience. For example, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.

Q: Which PS4 exclusives launched with the console?

There are very few PS4 exclusives available at the launch of the console. In terms of true PS4 exclusives, there were only two games that players could experience at launch. These two games are Killzone Shadow Fall and Knack. It is interesting to think that these are merely forgotten games at the moment. This speaks volumes of the improvements Sony made with its exclusives from launch to the late years of the PS4. Although these two were available at launch they can’t compare with the high-quality PS4 exclusives that are now available. Some of the best PS4 exclusives such as Ghost of Tsushima and God of War are impeccable gaming experiences. That’s not to say that Killzone was a horrible game. In fact, it was a well-received game but the improvements made throughout the years cannot be underestimated.

Q: What is the best-selling PS4 exclusive?

With the accuracy of sales numbers difficult to pinpoint, it can prove difficult to discern the best-selling games on a specific console. Luckily, the distance between the best-selling PS4 exclusive and the second best-selling PS4 exclusive is significant enough not to worry about the accuracy of reported sales numbers. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is undoubtedly the best-selling PS4 exclusive of all time. The Naughty Dog title is one of the best PS4 exclusives around thus this isn’t too surprising. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End has reportedly sold over 16 million copies as of May 2021. Marvel’s Spider-Man is the second-highest selling PS4 exclusive of all time. The game clocks in at a reported 13.2 million units sold. This can be considered a highly successful game yet it still has nearly 3 million fewer units sold than Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.

Q: Why is Marvel’s Spider-Man a PS4 exclusive?

To understand why Marvel’s Spider-Man is a PS4 exclusive we must understand the landscape of ownership rights. The rights to the Spider-Man franchise are owned by Sony. Thus they decided to release a Spider-Man gaming experience exclusively on their home console. This situation mirrors the incredibly popular debate regarding Spider-Man’s inclusion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For the longest time, this was a complex issue because Sony owns the movie rights to the Spider-Man franchise.

Q: What does PS4 exclusive mean?

When a game is referred to as a PS4 exclusive, it means that the game is only available to be played on the PlayStation 4 console upon release. In terms of marketing tactics and widespread popularity, platform exclusivity has its pros and cons. It is important to note that a game can still be considered a PS4 exclusive if it becomes available on another platform following its release. Horizon Zero Dawn is a perfect example of this situation. It was released exclusively on the PS4 in 2017. Later on, in 2020 it became available to PC gamers as well. The game still retains its status as a PS4 exclusive. The PS4 console is particularly rich when it comes to high-quality exclusives. If you own a PS4 chances are you’ve played more than a few of the best PS4 exclusives.

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