This year marks the end of PS4’s console reign… but we saw some amazing titles. Out of more than 1000 releases, here are the 10 Best PlayStation 4 Games of 2020, arranged by playscore. To see the complete list, visit our page on all the Best PS4 Games of 2020.
Opening our list of the Top 10 PlayStation 4 games for the year 2020 is Studio MDHR’s masterfully crafted run-and-gun platformer. Cuphead lets players relive the good ol’ days of 1930’s animation. Help Cuphead and Mugman as they break their deal with the devil. As simple as their story is, the journey isn’t exactly easy. Explore its surrealist landscapes full of odd characters. It features a classic run and gun style gameplay with hardcore boss battles to face. By hardcore we mean super hard.
During release, it was celebrated as one of the best platformers ever made. It also gave rise to a number of memes involving its “”””challenging””” gameplay. The game’s success was obvious. Everyone adored its art style and the responsive controls, not to mention its crazy co-op mode. It was just released on the PS4 earlier this year and we can’t wait for its upcoming DLC. A playscore of 8.74.
9. NiOh 2
The PlayStation 4 has a ton of Samurai games that tend to compete with each other. 2020’s Samurai release was Ninja Theory’s follow up to their award-winning action RPG. It serves as a Prequel to the original NiOh and it will take players once more into the Yokai-corrupted lands of Nihon.
For fans of hybrid hack and slash RPGs with Japanese settings, Nioh 2 delivers with more impressive set pieces and challenging boss battles that could rival the Souls series. The game even has a co-op mode to play with friends, but then again, a multiplayer mode on a single-player game isn’t its strongest feature. IGN scored the game a 9 out of 10. Quoting, “...is an impressive evolution of its predecessor, strengthening everything that was already great, while mostly leaving its already existing issues alone.” In addition to its already engaging main story, NiOh 2 is also getting a DLC coming soon with new stories and characters. It has a playscore of 8.87.
LittleBigPlanet creator Media Molecule’s ambitious IP creates a new path for the future of user-generated gaming communities. In Dreams, players create their own hand-crafted world with an almost limitless amount of support. This includes creating fully-fledged projects with their own set of mechanics, assets, sculptures, music, and art. It encourages the young and old to make their own levels, be it comical, absurd or thematic. It’s more of a technical showcase than a videogame, Dreams is Media Molecule’s crowning achievement in videogame creation. While it does have a short single player campaign, it’s intended to showcase the basics on what to expect when creativity is being tested.
A sequel that took almost 3 decades to finally reach the modern audiences. It wasn’t revolutionary, nor genre-defining, instead it was simply a return to the classics. Bringing in a whole new audience to an old genre that was once shaped gaming. Its success came from its hybrid of modern and old mechanics. Sure, its 2D gameplay feels dated, but the responsiveness of its controls is on par with modern game design and not to mention its rocking soundtrack makes the experience feel… new. Eric Halliday from App Trigger said, “...is an incredible love letter to an already beloved franchise.” He gave it a score of 9. A co-op mode is also present for those looking for a good time with friends.Take back the streets with up to 4 local co-op fun, OR go online with up to 2 players. A playscore of 8.90.
There is nothing more controversial than Naughty Dog’s mastercrafted sequel of their award-winning IP. The winner of this year’s the Game Awards, The Last Of Us II doles out the depressing effects of humanity living under a post-apocalyptic world. It’s dark, gritty and full of emotional twists.
While its criticisms stem from its risky narrative that shifts player expectations, the general reviews of TLOU2 is somewhat positive. Its gameplay is brutal and it’s not afraid to take a huge leap in storytelling that would polarize their fanbase. IGN gave it a perfect score. Stating that, “...It delivers a layered, emotionally shattering story on top of stealth and action gameplay that improves the first game’s mechanics while integrating a bit more of Uncharted’s greater mobility and action.” It’s truly a unique experience, but the story is not for everyone. Gamers rooting for the protagonists in a dystopian setting might find this underwhelming. Much of its praise comes from the game’s main themes which really puts into perspective humanity’s flaws in a broken world. A playscore of 8.90.
5. DOOM Eternal
Hell is just a four letter word to the legendary Doomguy in this latest entry of the acclaimed first person shooter from id Software. Equip an arsenal of high-powered weaponry to annihilate a legion of Demons. Whether it’s by blowing their heads off with a shotgun, or ripping them apart with a chainsaw, Eternal maximizes its moment to moment action, bringing in a brutal first person shooter that’s one for the ages. “...it is a worthy sequel to a storied franchise, a celebration of all things DOOM, and one of the finest single-player first-person shooters ever made.” Said Will Borger from GamingBolt. He gave it a 9 out of 10. While it does suffer from a narrative point of view, the fun of DOOM isn’t in its storytelling. It’s the way we rip and tear these poor Demons and send them to hell and back. A playscore of 8.94.
The latest chapter of Insomniac’s award-winning superhero series takes players into the shoes of Peter Parker’s young protege, Miles Morales. As a standalone open-world adventure, expect a shorter, more character focused story centered around this web-slinging greenhorn as he finds his true calling. Explore the festive streets of New York while swinging to and fro with Miles Morales’ exaggerated superhero swagger. Combat is electrifying and satisfying all thanks to Miles’ signature abilities. It’s originally a PS5 launch title but the PS4 gets to share the experience, with minor performance issues, of course. One reviewer from Cultured Vultures captures the game’s essence, saying “...there is enough content to satiate fans of the 2018 game or bring in new players who enjoyed the Into the Spider-Verse movie.”
The other Samurai game that came out this year. Like The Last Of Us 2, Ghost of Tsushima was the PlayStation 4’s swan song before the imminent release of the PS5. Taking place during the Mongol Siege in Tsushima Island, players assume the role of Jin Sakai, a Samurai torn between two codes. Combat gave this game its own identity. Each flurry of Jin’s katana is done so with grace, creating an addicting combat experience not present in most Samurai titles. Also one of Ghost of Tsushima’s strengths is its living open world. GameZone’s 8.5 rating perfectly sums up the game, stating, “...its brutal yet eloquent gameplay and picture-esque world never fail to capture you.” Feudal Japan has never been this good on a videogame before. Each location feels like it came straight out of a painting and it demands gigabytes worth of PS4 screenshots. From golden leaves, to war torn villages, Tsushima breathes of wonder and ruin. A playscore of 9.10.
A project that took almost a decade to complete. Square Enix’s latest opus transformed their critically-acclaimed Final Fantasy into a game perfect for the next-generation. The graphics are ridiculously good. GamesRadar gave it a 4.5 out of 5, calling this entry as “...a spectacle from start to finish.” As a Remake, everything in this game is rebuilt from the ground up. One would expect where the story would take them if they played the original, but Tetsuya Nomura’s twist and turns might leave veteran players in for a surprise. Gameplay feels stylish, yet tactical. Slow down time and pick from a wide variety of abilities that sends enemies a salvo of materia power. Some say it’s the best combat in an FF game ever. Although it only presents the first few hours of the original, it never fails to capture the heart and soul of Midgar and Cloud’s adventures with his friends within its broken world. A playscore of 9.13.
With all that portbegging, it’s pretty obvious why everyone would want a Persona 5 on their consoles. Live a double life and embrace the inner rebel to change society’s heart and reform it. ATLUS’ JRPG masterpiece wins the list of our Top 10 best PlayStation 4 games of 2020. While it may sound weird, considering it’s a re-release with an expanded story and improved visuals, worry not because Royal it’s not just a simple update. It’s the perfect Persona 5 experience from start to finish. The addition of quality of life changes in its turn-based combat, new music and a surprisingly adorable character makes Royal the best Persona game… yet. Even GameSpot gave it a perfect 10. Saying, “Persona 5 Royal asserts itself as an unforgettable and empowering RPG that should be recognized as one of the best games of our time…” With our playscore system, the game receives a whopping 9.58.