The 10 Best PlayStation 4 Exclusives

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The 10 Best PlayStation 4 Exclusives

We still don’t have all the facts about the upcoming console launches but one thing we do know is the PlayStation 5 is going to have a bunch of exclusive titles. Maybe even enough to sway a long time Xbox fanboy like myself to pick up a PS5 on launch day, whenever that ends up being. For anyone who doesn’t take a lot of stock in console exclusives you only have to look at the strong list of exclusives that the PS4 has to offer to know that, even if you don’t like it, exclusives are something you have to consider when choosing a console. I did just that and have narrowed the list down to the 10 best PlayStation 4 exclusives. It wasn’t easy and many great games didn’t make the list, so be sure to share your favorite PS4 exclusives in the comments below.

10 – Ratchet & Clank

  • Developer: Insomniac Games
  • Release Date: April 12, 2016

A remake of the original Ratchet & Clank of 2002, developer Insomniac did a masterful job of updating the R&C origin story, paying homage to what has come before while adding just enough new into the mix. The result of their efforts arguably makes Ratchet & Clank one of the best platformers to land on the PS4, exclusive or not.

9 – MLB: The Show 19

  • Developer: SIE San Diego
  • Release Date: March 26, 2019

It’s rare that a gamer would purchase a console just so they could play a sports game but MLB: The Show 19 is just such a game. Whether controlling the career of a single player throughout their career in the Road To The Show mode or taking the reigns of a club and building a sports dynasty in the franchise mode, MLB The Show 19 offers fans hundreds of hours of great baseball action.

8 – Infamous Second Sun

  • Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
  • Release Date: March 21, 2014

If you suddenly found yourself with super powers would you use them for good, or evil? In Infamous Second Son you will answer that very question as you unleash your newfound powers upon the Pacific Northwest.

7 – Marvel’s Spider-Man

  • Developer: Insomniac Games
  • Release Date: September 7, 2018

For comic book fans including our own Spider-Man reviewer, Steven Weber, Marvel’s Spider-Man could easily rank as the number one PS4 exclusive. The good thing is, even if you aren’t a huge comic book geek you will still get caught up in the web-slinging and crime fighting only a Spidey game can offer.

6 – Horizon Zero Dawn

  • Developer: Guerrilla Games
  • Release Date: February 28, 2017

With sequels and reboots being released one after another these days it’s rare these days that we get an adventure game set in a whole new world. Even more rare is when one of these titles grabs a following as quickly as Horizon Zero Dawn did. With the game finally coming to PC and a sequel, Horizon Forbidden West, in the works for the PS5, you can bet this will be a franchise that gamers relish for years to come.

5 – Shadow of the Colossus

  • Developer: Bluepoint Games
  • Release Date: February 6, 2018

Shadow of the Colossus was a beautiful game on the PlayStation 2 all the way back in 2005. When it finally made its way into the PS4 it was the perfect game to show just how much better a game could be on the newer console.

4 – Bloodborne

  • Developer: FromSoftware
  • Release Date: March 24, 2015

Seeing as how From Software created the “Souls-like” genre with their PS3 exclusive, Dark Souls, it should be no surprise to find one of their games on this list. You’ll find a different type of  combat in Bloodborne, one that tosses aside the methodic fighting with sword and shield of the Souls games for one centered around dodges and parries followed by a quick counter attack. Don’t expect Bloodborne to be easy, though, as death still comes swiftly on the heels of your mis-steps.

3 – Ghost Of Tsushima

  • Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
  • Release Date: July 17, 2020

Last year we headed to medieval Japan in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This year, Xbox One owners are missing out on the Samurai goodness that is Ghost of Tsushima. As we near the launch of the PS5 the amazing graphics and top notch gameplay of GoS are the perfect last act for the PS4. The next generation may be more powerful but there is no doubt that many of the new system’s titles will fall to beauty and grace of Tsushima.

2 – The Last Of Us Part 2

  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Release Date: June 19, 2020

Revenge is an evil seductress. It allows your inner demons to run unchecked and your mind to justify your worst actions in the pursuit of justice. Just remember that not everyone lives inside your head and to everyone else your good intentions may be anything but. Welcome to The Last of Us Part 2.

1 – God Of War

  • Developer: SIE Santa Monica
  • Release Date: April 20, 2018

Nintendo has Mario. Sega has Sonic. Sony has never really settled on a single character to be the face of their consoles so gamers took matters into their own hands and chose one for the PS4 – Kratos. God of War for the PS4 didn’t just deliver on the hype that built up before its release, it crushed it. And beat it. And called it Boy.

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Old enough to have played retro games when they were still cutting edge, Mitch has been a gamer since the 70s. As his game-fu fades (did he ever really have any?), it is replaced with ever-stronger, and stranger, opinions. If that isn't the perfect recipe for a game reviewer, what is?

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