The 25 PlayStation 4 games that every collection needs

UPDATED: Resident Evil 2 and Kingdom Hearts III hit 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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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.

Resident Evil 2

Resident Evil 2 has long been considered the best of the early series entries, and this modern remake absolutely does it justice. Rebuilt from the ground up on PS4, it marries the great story, setting, and characters of the PS1 original with the action-packed gameplay introduced in the brilliant RE4.

The end result is honestly stunning, with presentation that raises the bar for the horror genre and a perfect blend of familiar moments, fresh twists, and an assortment of significant upgrades over the original quest. This is the new gold standard for super-tense, ultra-terrifying gaming.

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.

Kingdom Hearts III

After 13 years of waiting, Kingdom Hearts III could've been a heartbreaking game if it didn't live up to that long-building hype. Luckily, it totally delivers: the trilogy-capping Disney-meets-Final Fantasy epic is truly magical, and every bit the game that fans were craving.

The same core formula remains intact, with familiar Disney movie worlds and characters – this time, with the likes of Toy Story, Frozen, and Monsters, Inc. – mashed up on a grand adventure with original characters and gaming greats. Granted, the story is still extremely dense and convoluted, but it's a testament to the game's immense charm that you can still get a kick out of it even if you don't fully understand what the hell is happening.

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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