PlayStation 4 games you have to play right now

Whether you’re a fan of indie platformers or big-budget AAA spectacles, you’ll find some incredible games on the PlayStation 4 that have released throughout the last couple of years that are still going strong today. These games will let you live the legacy of the characters while you step into new worlds. Discover if this is the end, or if the story will continue, but only if you have a PlayStation 4.

★ Featured favorite

Kingdom Hearts 3

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The wait is over! Kingdom Hearts is back and better than ever in Kingdom Hearts 3, which is being hailed as a fitting conclusion to the beloved story that fans have followed for over a decade and in main games and countless spin-off titles. Sora makes one last effort to restore the light and defeat Master Xehanort. It’s all been building up to this. No pressure!

$32 at Amazon

Norse mythology

God of War

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Staff pick

Journey to the Norse realm of Midgard with Kratos and his son as they encounter menacing gods hell-bent on stopping them. God of War was acclaimed upon release for just about every aspect, from its cinematic story to its superb gameplay.

$25 at Amazon

Wild west outlaws

Red Dead Redemption 2

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Games like Red Dead Redemption 2 only come around once in a generation. Rockstar managed to deftly handle an emotional story full of compelling characters in a society that’s quickly leaving them behind. Any number of things could have gone wrong during development (aside from its labor practices), but Red Dead Redemption 2 ended up being a masterpiece.

$32 at Amazon

Survival horror

Resident Evil 2

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Leon Kennedy’s first day as a rookie police officer in Raccoon City doesn’t exactly go according to plan, as a zombie outbreak plagues its inhabitants. What was a masterful survival horror back when it first released over two decades ago has somehow been improved upon in this near-perfect remake.

$39 at Amazon

Web-slinging action

Spider-Man

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Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is back to save New York City thanks to Insomniac Games. This is by far one of the best superhero video games to date, and certainly the best Spider-Man game. What’s more, not only does it tell a great Spider-Man story, but it has an excellent story for Peter Parker, too.

$28 at Amazon

Dragons and dinosaurs

Monster Hunter: World

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It doesn’t get much more open world than this. You can create a character with meticulous detail, join friends in teams for big fights with ease, and roam a massive new continent in search of all the biggest and baddest creatures you can find. Monster Hunter: World is as visually stunning as it is complex, and the perfect game for those who want to lose themselves in a good game for hours at a time.

$19 at Amazon

Religious fanaticism

Far Cry 5

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While the Far Cry franchise has historically taken you to exotic locations to fight evil warlords of some description, this new game places you in a rural part of America to take on a doomsday cult pretending to be a semi-religious town. This is a great, straightforward shooter where the bad guys resemble something you’ve seen on TV.

$30 at Amazon

Diabolical platforming

Celeste

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Do you like pixel art? Do you like platforming? What about insanely difficult challenges? Then Celeste is for you. This indie platformer features tight controls along with a gorgeous art style. Try not to break your controller in frustration by the end of it. Trust us; it can happen.

$20 at Playstation store

Mayan apocalypse

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

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Lara Croft’s rebooted trilogy has come to an end in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. After battling Trinity forces in Yamatai and Kitezh in the previous games, she now journeys to Peru to stop a Mayan apocalypse; one that she inadvertently started.

$31 at Amazon

Premier fantasy RPG

Divinity: Original Sin II Definitive Edition

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Role-playing games don’t get much better than this. Divinity: Original Sin II has been enhanced for PS4, complete with tweaked controls just for consoles. Hop into the world of Rivellon and fulfill your destiny.

$20 at Amazon

Nuclear winter

Metro Exodus

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Escape the Metro and journey across the devastated landscape of Russia in Metro Exodus. Radiation isn’t your only worry as mutated creatures and bandits call the surface their home. With resources scarce, you’ll need to use every tool and skill at your disposal to come out alive.

$30 at Amazon

Puzzle perfection

Tetris Effect

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Tetris is one of the oldest, most enduring franchises around, but that doesn’t mean you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Tetris Effect takes the classic puzzle experience and adds blasts of color of music to the mix, reacting to your input as you move through all of its stages.

$35 at Amazon

Mechanical mayhem

Horizon Zero Dawn

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Gargantuan, monstrous machines roam the lands, but something causes them to turn feral and wreak havoc upon the civilizations that have popped up after a mysterious calamity wiped out the world hundreds of years previously. Discover the truth behind the past and present in Horizon Zero Dawn.

$21 at Amazon

Battle royale

Apex Legends

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Sick of Fortnite but need that battle royale itch to be scratched? Try out Apex Legends. Season 2 just began which added a new playable character to shake things up in King’s Canyon. Squad up and take out the competition free of charge—unless you opt for microtransactions.

Free at PlayStation

Imagination station

Minecraft

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The sky’s the limit in Minecraft. Let your imagination run wild and build nearly anything you can think of or decide to explore the world and battle monsters. The choice is yours, and you have all the freedom in the world to do it. Just watch out for Creepers.

$26 at Amazon

The story doesn’t end here

Each of the above games provides a unique experience, and each shows outstanding quality in their given genre. Those who’ve been waiting years for Kingdom Hearts to return will be happy to see that their patience has paid off with Kingdom Hearts 3. Take a break from reality, visit faraway lands, discover new creatures in each of these games. Some of these games will let you continue the crazy stories of your favorite characters. Other games will give you many familiar aspects of older games but with newer more amazing things to discover.

Regardless if you’ve played the original games or not, you can begin with any of these. Far Cry 5 is a storyline separate from the previous games, making it a great time to join in. If you would prefer to play a game from its start, Celeste has no predecessor and a great stand-alone story. It’s always the right time to get started.