The 25 PlayStation 4 games that every collection needs

UPDATED: Spider-Man and other recent greats join the list

Whether you have the enhanced PlayStation 4 Pro or the still-plenty-powerful original PS4 model (or Slim revision), you really can't lose: you have access to the best console game library today.

Not only does the PlayStation 4 have a hearty selection of AAA third-party games, but it also has a more consistently appealing selection of indie experiences – as well as some really spectacular releases from Sony's own studios.

Just grabbed either PS4 model, or simply looking to refresh your own library? You're in luck: here are our picks for the 25 best PS4 games available today, including the latest and greatest releases alongside some of the earliest gems still worth savouring.

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Marvel's Spider-Man

Marvel's famed wall-crawler has starred in a few great games over the years, but he's also been in some clunkers… and it's been a good, long while since the last stellar one. Thankfully, Marvel's Spider-Man sets the new standard for web-swinging fun.

Insomniac Games' PS4 exclusive puts an incredibly entertaining new take on the familiar hero, and it's a blast to just swing around New York City, seek out collectables, battle classic villains, and unlock a whole bunch of special suits along the way. Some of the open-world bits feel formulaic and tossed in to check a box, but so much of Spider-Man's core is brilliant.

God of War

Worried that the rage-fueled, hack-and-slash action of God of War would be left back in a different era? Worry not: with the simply-titled God of War, Sony has found a way to update the old formula without losing what made it so appealing in the past. And it's simply brilliant.

God of War sees Kratos on another epic adventure, but instead of singlehandedly ravaging foes, he'll quest alongside his young son. That adds a new kind of dynamic to the action, as does the Norse-flavoured world, but there's still plenty of jaw-dropping, axe-swing action in the mix. Like Horizon: Zero Dawn, it's the kind of meaty, memorable exclusive worth buying a PS4 for.

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Fortnite didn't become the biggest thing in gaming for nothing: the game's addictive blend of punchy gunplay and strategic building mechanics helped elevate it atop the battle royale pack, and it's one of the must-play PS4 multiplayer games right now. Also, it's free.

Each match drops you and up to 99 opponents onto a large map, and you'll fight to the finish until just one player, duo, or squad remains standing. The colourful, cartoonish hook makes it a bit more compelling than the drab PUBG, while the ever-changing environment and gameplay elements keep things endlessly fresh despite the single map (as of this writing).

Horizon: Zero Dawn

Guerilla may have been known for the Killzone shooters before, but now they'll be forever regarded as the brilliant team behind Horizon: Zero Dawn. This vast, open-world adventure – and PS4 exclusive – feels a bit like a mash-up of influences, ranging from Far Cry to Tomb Raider and The Witcher 3, yet the end result is absolutely marvelous.

You take control of Aloy, a tribal hunter in a future ruled by metal beasts, and you'll use her enviable skills to explore the stunning wasteland and battle those mechanical monsters. It's action-packed, nicely diverse in terms of objectives, and even has a captivating tale along the way.


Dead Cells

One of the most widely acclaimed indie games in recent memory, Dead Cells puts you in the shoes of… uh, a headless corpse brought back to life in a dungeon. Your task, then, is to fight your way out, but that's hardly a simple request.

Dead Cells is a no-holds-barred roguelike side-scroller, which means when you die it's right back to the start for you. Luckily, it's not completely merciless, as weapon and character upgrades persist across attempts, helping you push further and further with each new try. The Dark Souls-inspired combat is brutal and satisfying, and the 2D Metroid/Castlevania-esque approach is done spectacularly here.