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Best PS4-exclusive games in 2022: Role-playing, VR, and more

Published Apr 27th, 2022 1:00AM EDT
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Ahh, the age-old debate: Xbox or PlayStation? For casual fans, it’s meaningless jargon, but for hardcore gamers with undying console loyalties, it means everything in the world— the virtual world, that is. Getting a PS5 has been a really difficult task in the past year or so. People are still tracking the restocks as they are happening. For those on “Team Playstation,” playing your PlayStation 4 is still an absolute blast. There are plenty of PS4-exclusive games that have the ability to make Xbox fans green with envy. Whether you’re a brand new gamer or a Microsoft veteran planning to make the monumental switch, you’re going to want to do the necessary homework first. The good news is, we did it for you— here are some of the best PS4-exclusive games for rookie Sony system owners.

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Best PS4-Exclusive Game: God of War

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Pros: Over-the-shoulder camera action, exciting storylines

Cons: No multiplayer option

Perhaps the most critically-acclaimed Playstation 4 game ever, God of War has no shortage of fans amongst the gaming community. While it is technically the eighth installment of the Playstation series, God of War serves as a sequel to 2010’s God of War III. The game itself differs from most of its counterparts. Unlike the previous installments, this game is loosely based on Norse mythology instead of Greek mythos.

The game features two protagonists — Kratos, the only playable character, and his son Atreus. This manages to combine a detailed, captivating storyline with smooth gameplay. The multi-faceted fighting technology makes it a must-have for any type of gamer.

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Best PS4-Exclusive Game for Superhero Fans: Marvel’s Spider-Man

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Pros: Fantastic storylines, impressive graphics

Cons: No multiplayer

Considering today’s superhero craze — particularly, when it comes to Marvel’s juggernaut film franchises — there is no shortage of fans seeking out ways to use superpowers of their own. Spider-Man is arguably the most popular of all the superheroes, so it totally makes sense that Sony, who at the time of the creation of the game held the rights to Spider-Man, hit the nail on the head with perhaps one of the greatest superhero video games to grace a console, Marvel’s Spider-Man.

The game allows you to experience all of the acrobatics, web-slinging abilities, and fighting merits of one of Marvel’s most beloved superheroes. The graphics give the game a next-gen feel. Coupled with an enticing storyline and smooth gameplay, Spider-Man is an absolute must-have for any PS4 owner, period.

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Best Value PS4 Game: Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition Hits

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Pros: Action-adventure world with high technology, created by Guerrilla Games

Cons: Not as interactive as other games

For a terrific value that will give you plenty of enjoyment, Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition Hits is a solid choice. This is an action role-playing game that was developed by Guerrilla Games, the makers of the Killzone franchise. You play as skilled hunter Aloy who explores a vibrant and lush world inhabited by mechanized creatures.

Unravel mysteries of tribal societies, ancient artifacts, and more. Set in an apocalyptic world, find out what happened to civilization. Highly rated by various publications, this won’t cost you much and can provide a lot of gameplay. It’s not as interactive as other games, but it’s a great introduction to PS4 if you’re learning how to play the system.

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Best storyline: The Last of Us Part II

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Pros: Good sequel, meticulously detailed world

Cons: Some argue it is not as good as the first

How hard it is to follow up a masterpiece of a game? Fans of The Last of Us were wondering that exact thing. Luckily for them, The Last of Us Part II did not disappoint. Continuing Ellie and Joel’s journey, this finds them in Jackson, Wyoming, and goes from there. The story is complex and emotional, showing you more of what you loved about the first one.

You’ll feel the action and survival gameplay like it’s really happening to you. The world is meticulously detailed around you. You’ll have a blast making your way through the post-pandemic United States. It should be fun while feeling realistic.

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Best VR game: Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series

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Pros: Unreal graphics and gameplay, makes it feel like you’re in the game

Cons: Need two PlayStation Move motion controllers

If you’ve taken advantage of the PlayStation Move motion controllers, then you know how much fun virtual reality can be. With Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series, you can explore those motion controllers even further. There are three different Episodes that you’ll dive into and allow you to act like a Jedi. There are open-ended training modes that allow you to explore your newfound abilities.

You can unlock different Lightsaber hilts and each episode has a Lightsaber Dojo. It is a grand adventure that opens up storylines from the past and the future. Explore Mustafar, the planet that Darth Vader calls home. You’ll also come face to face with Vader himself.

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