Whatoplay presents the Top 25 PS4 Action Games of all time. All arranged by playscore. To check out our full list, visit our Best PS4 Action game page.
Opening our list is FromSoftware’s latest project before their elusive Elden Ring. Sekiro’s samurai combat brings out the weeb in us, and hitting those perfect parries feels like playing a rhythm game disguised as a Soulsborne. Its recent update adds an even more challenging mode and some fancy costumes. A playscore of 8.83.
Senua’s journey of self-discovery is both haunting and beautiful. Ninja Theory flexes their impeccable sound design with Hellblade’s dynamic audio. Battling her inner demons feels like playing DmC while listening to an ASMR YouTube video. One of those rare games best played with headphones on, it receives a playscore of 8.87.
23. NieR: Automata
Yoko Taro’s fourth-wall-breaking action-adventure game is sure to ‘attract’ ‘all kinds’ of gamers. Automata’s blistering combat is reminiscent of Devil May Cry. Connecting combos and taking down an army of robotic Aliens alongside its ethereal soundtrack somehow feels… comforting. We can’t wait for Replicant. A playscore of 8.93.
With a sequel definitely in the works, it’s good to know that BioWare still remembers their Dragon Age series. Inquisition was Dragon Age at its most ambitious. The story took a step backward, unfortunately, but its combat and semi-open world elements gave new life to this gorgeous fantasy world. A playscore of 8.95.
21. DOOM Eternal
Eternal is DOOM at 100% and this pandemonium is your little playground. Doomguy returns and he’s bringing his arsenal of Demon-killing weapons to Earth. As a one-man army, demolish the demonic hordes with style. It’s one of the strongest first-person shooters out there. A playscore of 8.95.
BluePoint’s revival of this beloved PS2 classic gave new life to its somber tale of love and mystery. To this day, we still feel bad for stealing the souls of those poor Colossi but we gotta do what we gotta do to save the love of Wander’s life… and his horse. A playscore of 8.96.
There’s no end to Blizzard’s Diablo anytime soon now that its much-awaited fourth title is in development. Ultimate Evil Edition is the best Diablo III version to date. For a game built around mouse-and-keyboard controls, the isometric dungeon-crawler works surprisingly well with a controller. A playscore of 8.98.
18. Fallout 4
The post-nuclear playground from Bethesda had so much potential. It started strong and it gained a massive influx of meme communities poking fun of the game’s highs and lows. It was a game we took for granted after 76’s blunder but now that the series is in Microsoft’s hands, who knows what lies in store in this wasteland. A playscore of 9.00.
The explosive finale of Rocksteady’s award-winning title. Arkham Knight didn’t surpass City’s story, but it did improve in its combat and visuals. It’s the Caped Crusader perfected, especially since he has his sidekicks helping him rid Gotham of its villainy. A playscore of 9.02.
16. Devil May Cry 5
CAPCOM is slowly taking over gaming this year. Resident Evil Village is months away, alongside the new Monster Hunter game for the Switch. Devil May Cry 5 was the highest point of the series. The combat is insanely responsive, the dynamic soundtrack is good for the ears and the four main characters are memorable as ever. It receives a playscore of 9.07.
The biggest Monster Hunter game CAPCOM ever created, if you include its final expansion, Iceborne. World introduced a ton of fresh mechanics to efficiently take down monsters and scavenge their body parts for armor…humanely, of course. Maybe its upcoming sequel, Rise, will “rise” to the occasion (who writes this stuff). A playscore of 9.08.
A collection of everything Shovel Knight has to offer. This platformer invokes nostalgia for the classic gamers and the selection of multiple characters has something different for everyone. This isn’t just about a knight and his shovel anymore. A playscore of 9.09.
13. Dark Souls III
The “final” Dark Souls game of the series ended with a high note. The addition of their two DLCs, Ashes of Ariandel and The Ringed City gave players enough content in its challenging new locations. With a playscore of 9.10, Dark Souls III was the highest-rated of the trilogy.
Sony loves Spiderman so they decided to give this web-slinging newbie his standalone title. Miles Morales doesn’t overstay its welcome. It feels like a triple-A DLC to Insomniac’s Spiderman. Its story is self-contained and it fleshes out Miles’ character should a sequel happen anytime soon. A playscore of 9.10.
Jin Sakai goes full Tenchu in this beautiful open-world action game from Suckerpunch. Tsushima, with its detailed landscapes and picturesque vistas, is essentially a screenshot simulator. The gameplay isn’t revolutionary, but it does give off a sense of badassery after every swing of Tenchu’s blades. A playscore of 9.11.
What was once a part of PlayStation 4’s exclusive titles has made its way to the PC just recently. Despite this restructuring, Horizon’s scale is unchanged. Aloy’s search for answers in a broken dystopia full of metallic dinosaurs is something we’ve always been interested in. Who knows what Forbidden West has in store for us? A playscore of 9.12.
This is the only version PlayStation 4 owners can access now, but a better version is available exclusively for the PlayStation 5 which includes Yuffie as a DLC character. It sucks for old-gen users, but at least we still get to experience Tetsuya Nomura’s meta take on the Final Fantasy VII franchise. A playscore of 9.13.
The closest thing we have to a true Lovecraft game that doesn’t feel half-baked. Bloodborne still relies on Dark Souls’ crushing difficulty, but it does make up for its massive collection of monster-killing weapons. Being aggressive can sometimes pay off, and dodge rolling isn’t as recommended compared to its previous titles. A playscore of 9.17.
Rockstar’s most popular series stood the test of time. It’s still everyone’s favorite chaotic playground where they can blow up cars, commit war crimes and experiment with some insane mods. It’s not like we care about the story at this point. A playscore of 9.24.
There’s a lot to expect around Kojima’s final Metal Gear game, but despite the controversies and some major setbacks, it was still a groundbreaking stealth-action adventure. It pushed Metal Gear’s potential for the next-generation, provided Konami actually cares about their IP. A playscore of 9.25.
CDPR has been in hot water ever since its Cyberpunk debacle. Thankfully, their final Witcher retains its glory. It’s massive in terms of story and content, even without including its two major DLCs. The Wild Hunt is considered by many as one of gaming’s best and it receives a playscore of 9.29.
The story of Arthur Morgan and John Marston made grown men cry. It’s the most detailed open-world action game centered around Cowboys, and Rockstar wasted no time polishing everything from realistic clouds to realistic horse testicles. It receives a playscore of 9.30.
Nathan Drake’s final quest involves more than just dragging himself around Madagascar mud. His personal conflict was something we didn’t expect in a game all about shooting and stealing treasures. Naughty Dog did a great job showcasing their narrative expertise alongside their action-packed set-pieces. A playscore of 9.38.
If it weren’t for the intense review-bombing its sequel received, this original title wouldn’t have been a part of this list. This Remastered version was built for the PlayStation 4. While there aren’t any major differences except visuals, it’s still the best alternative for players who want to experience Joel and Ellie’s journey again, or for the first time. A playscore 9.41.
1. God Of War
Of course. PlayStation’s king retains its crown. The winner of our Community poll for best Action Game, God of War is a revolutionary way to experience the action genre in video game format. Kratos is humanized and he’s traveling around the Nine Realms with his beloved Boy to fulfill a dying wish. There’s so much potential in this soft-reboot and we can’t wait for Ragnarok. It receives a playscore of 9.53.