The 25 PlayStation 4 games that every collection needs

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Whether you have the enhanced PlayStation 4 Pro, the original PS4 model (or Slim revision), or the brand new PlayStation 5, 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 or PS5, 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.

Looking to get some excellent gaming for very little cash? Check out the 11 best PS4 games for under £20.

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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The Last of Us Part II

Naughty Dog’s original The Last of Us was voted by Stuff staff as the greatest PlayStation game of all time… so yes, it’s fair to say that anticipation ran immensely high for the sequel. Luckily, it’s amazing. The Last of Us Part II is even more spectacular than the original game, delivering incredible graphics and acting performances, a deeply compelling storyline with unexpected twists and turns, and rich combat encounters. Definitely play The Last of Us Remastered first, if you haven’t already, but then be sure to fire up this brilliant follow-up.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Sony’s original Spider-Man game was previously on this list, but we’ve swapped it out for compact semi-sequel Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The games are similar at heart, using the same open-city map and mostly maintained swinging and combat mechanics. But Miles is a much more compelling and emotionally gripping lead, and his quest to come into his own as Spider-Man amidst difficulties with family and friends resonates even more than Peter Parker’s own strong campaign.

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.