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Top 5 Single Player Games Currently on the PlayStation 4

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A few weeks ago, we published a list of the Top 5 Single Player Games on the Xbox One, followed by the Top 5 Single Player Backwards Compatible Games on Xbox One, now we have a list of the Top 5 Single Player Games Currently on the PlayStation 4. Going into year three for both Sony’s PlayStation 4 and their competitor from Microsoft, and there still aren’t a whole lot of really great new exclusives on either platform. As a matter of fact, a couple of the games that made this list of top, single player PS4 games are actually remasters. Personally, I thought that compared to its chief competitor, the PlayStation 4 had a notably weak launch title list. Despite a weak start, Sony has obviously overcome that obstacle, and there are a handful of notable, single player titles that are certainly worth playing.

This is my list of console exclusive, single player games that every PlayStation 4 owner should experience.

InFamous, PlayStation 4, PS4

INFAMOUS: SECOND SON

Infamous: Second Son is a third-person action adventure game and has the distinction of being the only launch title on this list. While there’s not really any new or revolutionary gameplay introduced, tearing up a city never looked and felt so good. Developed exclusively for the PlayStation 4, the gameplay was significantly streamlined over its predecessor, and it features lighting and particle effect never seen on a console before. Of course it’s not just the technical stuff that makes the game notable. Second Son also introduced a new protagonist and gave the series some narrative density, which was sorely needed.

Speaking of new protagonists, if you really need more action than Infamous: Second Son has to offer, there’s a stand-alone add-on. Infamous: First Light actually serves as a prequel to Second Son and puts players in the role of a female character, Fetch, who’s imbued with a whole new set of powers. There’s no award winning storytelling in Infamous: Second Son or First Light, but the narrative is more than serviceable.

Bloodborne, PlayStation 4, PS4

BLOODBORNE

Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and Dracula novels and developed by From Software, playing through Bloodborne is an experience you’re unlikely to forget. Like their other third-person, action roleplaying games, Demon’s Souls and the Dark Souls series, Bloodborne is no casual jaunt. Even with the introduction of period firearms, the game requires some serious diligence, but rewards aggressiveness. Set in a dark, gothic world filled with monsters, real strategy is needed to survive.

Despite its complexity, Bloodborne is probably the most accessible of From Software’s games. It’s still fairly sparse, but the narrative details are also a bit clearer and easier to find. Of course, what makes the game notable is how all of the individual elements work together. The decrepit setting, haunting sound work, and even the gameplay itself all help to build a dark immersive world. Though it’s likely to frustrate more casual gamers, finishing Bloodborne will definitely leave players with a sense of accomplishment.

Until Dawn, PlayStation 4, PS4

UNTIL DAWN

Until Dawn’s short length might cause some objections to its inclusion on the list, but for what it lacks in playthrough time, it makes up for in presentation and overall narrative density. It does also offer some incentive for multiple playthroughs. Best described as a cinematic action adventure game, Until Dawn is an ode to horror films, new and old. Featuring an all-star cast, the game is gorgeous, and each of the character models are instantly recognizable on screen. This kind of fidelity is what all of us early adopters use to show off to justify spending the money to jump on technology early.

With a heavy reliance on quick time events, the game is often compared to Quantic Dreams’ Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, though Until Dawn is arguably more narratively dense and engaging. The developer claims that the game has hundreds of various endings, or at least variations of the endings, but it isn’t easy to see all of them. The game autosaves often, and unless you’re really quick at turning off your PS4, the only way to undo something is to start over. How’s that for a challenge?

Uncharted, PlayStation 4, PS4

UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION

The Uncharted series is one of the crown jewels of Sony’s PlayStation 3, and The Nathan Drake Collection brings all three of them to the PlayStation 4. These third-person action adventure games are heavily inspired by the Indiana Jones and National Treasure movies, in addition to the Tomb Raider games. Unlike Tomb Raider though, these are also competent shooters. Despite borrowing heavily from a long history of treasure hunter films, the Uncharted games are able to keep it fresh, in large part due to the main character. It’s not just Indiana Jones that the Drake character is inspired by, there are also equal parts James Bond, with Mal Reynolds to balance him out.

Even if you played the Uncharted games on the PlayStation 3, it’s hard not to recommend buying them again for the PS4. If you haven’t played them, you’re missing out on an integral PlayStation series. Though The Nathan Drake Collection does drop the multiplayer from the originals, it’s really the narrative that makes the games. The new collection does include all new trophies and game modes for series veterans.

The Last of Us, PlayStation 4, PS4

THE LAST OF US REMASTERED

If I sound effusive about Uncharted, just wait until I get started talking about The Last of Us. Created by the same developers that brought us Uncharted, The Last of Us is what good survival horror games should be. Like Naughty Dog’s previous games, The Last of Us is essentially a third-person shooter with action/adventure elements. What really sets the game apart, though, is its narrative. That story punches you in the gut, right at the beginning, and then doesn’t ever let up. If that’s not enough for you, the included Left Behind single player expansion does it all over again.

Not enough can be said about The Last of Us’ story, but if the solo campaign isn’t quite enough for you, this remastered edition does include multiplayer. As a matter of fact, all of the game’s available DLC is included. There are of course all new trophies and in-game cinematic commentary from the cast and creative director.

When it comes to exclusives, the best days are probably still ahead for the PlayStation 4. Uncharted 4, The Last Guardian, a new Ratchet and Clank, and a whole slew of RPGs are due out soon for the system. That being said, things aren’t so bad PlayStation 4 owners right now. They do typically get the best versions of non-exclusive titles, due mostly to the console’s superior hardware configuration. There are other good exclusives for the system. Games like Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Journey, The Order: 1886, and Killzone: Shadow Fall barely missed my list.

Again, this is just my list. Do you agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments below, and make sure to follow us on Twitter (@Official_OnlySP) and Facebook where you can also sound off your opinions.

The opinions in this editorial are the author’s and do not represent OnlySP as an organization.

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Lance Roth
Writer, musician, and indie game developer in the Land of Enchantment.

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