The 25 PlayStation 4 games that every collection needs

UPDATED: Our list of must-play PS4 games adds some 2019 gems

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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Red Dead Redemption 2

As Rockstar's next game after Grand Theft Auto V and the successor to the brilliant original, Red Dead Redemption 2 had a whole lot to live up to. Amazingly (but unsurprisingly), the studio pulled it off.

Rockstar's latest open-world Western odyssey is a true sight to behold, with stunning vistas, impressively lifelike characters, and a compelling story across a vast campaign. The attention to detail here is consistently phenomenal, and while the slow pace may not be for everyone, this is a game that you might want to live in for a long, long while. And it comes with access to Red Dead Online, as well. Red Dead Redemption 2 is our pick for the best game of 2018.

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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Devil May Cry 5

Capcom has had an impressive run lately going back to basics with its key franchises, and while we rather liked Ninja Theory's stylish DmC: Devil May Cry reboot from some years back, we can't deny that Devil May Cry 5 marks a stellar return to the original franchise approach.

Although mostly tried-and-true, Devil May Cry 5 pumps up the hack-and-shoot action to new levels, with stunning presentation and extremely satisfying combat. With three playable characters (including newcomer V), there's a nice bit of variety within the otherwise familiar construct, and it's a thrilling affair overall.

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.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Bloodborne will probably long have a spot on this list (keep reading), but developer FromSoftware changed course from its familiar Dark Souls-esque approach for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – and the results are deeply compelling.

Like "Souls-borne" games, Sekiro is immensely challenge and demands precise play – but getting the job done here is much different as you're a shinobi. You'll have to balance both Posture and Vitality in combat and utilise tactics such as stealth to win out and survive for another battle. And yes indeed, you'll surely die more than twice. But it's worth it.