Unique storylines, colorful characters, and locations to explore is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what we love about single-player story games.
Simply put, this style of gaming brings amazing stories and themes to life. It is comparable to reading an amazing story in a book and then having it brought to life on the big screen. Only this time, you are the main character.
The PS4 has a ton of different options for addicting games, and the single-player story games are no exception. There are hundreds of hours’ worth of entertainment and side quests to explore as whatever adventurer you choose. Each game has its own unique theme to it. Whether questing through the medieval town or blasting through a modern-day city, these games will have your entertainment need covered.
Check out our list below of the best single-player story games on the PS4!
Best PS4 Single Player Story Games
Wolfenstein II: New Colossus
2017’s follow-up to MachineGames modern reboot of the Wolfenstein series came out guns blazing, setting players in the blood-laden shoes of BJ Blazkowicz on a Nazi-slaying ride that felt slick and fresh. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus successfully advanced the formula by having you fight on US home shores, introducing a whole host of creative weaponry for you to deal with death with. This you do while progressing through a meaty campaign that further explores BJ’s mindset and a bleak alternate history.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is not only one of the best single-player PS4 games, but one of the best modern first-person shooters ever. It seamlessly balances tight gunplay and level design with a gripping narrative that pulls you in, further bolstered by an eclectic mix of characters that you develop genuine relationships with. No microtransactions, no live-service model… just a good old-fashioned historical first-person shooter with plenty of bite to it.
Astro Bot Rescue Mission
Yes, while not everyone can play Astro Bot as the adoption rate of the PSVR isn’t that high, it deserves to be here regardless as it’s a shot of sugar and happiness straight to the veins. There’s a reason why so many people compare it to Mario.
A platformer that makes innovative use of the PSVR headset to allow you to see your surroundings and secrets, Astro Bot tasks you with making your way through some gloriously vibrant worlds as you save your equally miniature friends. There’s a ton of content, which is made all the more appealing by just how inviting it is to dig into as you never know what kind of surprising delight is around the corner.
Astro Bot is a wonderfully simple game that will appeal to anyone who grew up on a steady diet of Croc and Crash. May just be worth picking up a PSVR headset on its own for.
Resident Evil 2
The advent of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One meant the time was ripe to revisit certain classic video games through a modern lens, and arguably the best example of this done right was 2019’s remake of Resident Evil 2. Originally released for the PlayStation One in 1998, this new adaptation takes the same story, characters, and setting but retrofits it onto the skeleton of a 21st century third-person shooter. The result is an intensely creepy survival horror experience where you must explore a zombie-riddled police station, uncovering the secret behind the outbreak.
Resident Evil 2 succeeds in scaring you thanks to the dankly grim atmosphere and mood it sets in the environments, brought to life more so by Capcom’s impressive RE Engine which portrays zombies gooier than ever before. Much like the original, there are two campaigns in total to complete, with the same events playing out from both Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield’s perspective. Can you stomach this chilling story twice? Is the question. You should because it’s one of the 10 best single-player PS4 games.
Devil May Cry 5
To say that not everybody saw eye-to-eye on DmC, the previous entry in the series would be an understatement. Learning from some of the game’s harshest critics, Capcom and series mainstays took over development of the franchise once again with the hugely impressive Devil May Cry 5 in 2019.
With three playable characters and an attitude that belongs in the pages of an early noughties comic book (in a good way), Devil May Cry 5 is about as bombastic and outright fun a single-player game you can get on your PS4. If you’ve been having a bad day, the game really excels at making you feel like a badass.
With crazy combos (especially with Dante) to discover, stylish points to constantly go after and beat, and the Bloody Palace introducing after launch, Devil May Cry 5 is easily one of the best hack and slash games money can buy.
If Fallout 4 wasn’t packed with content when it launched in 2015, a handful of DLCs, numerous add-on packages, and an abundance of third-party mods have fleshed out the experience since, making for some serious gameplay and multiple playthroughs.
After the protagonist escapes from a cryogenic sleep following a nuclear blast, they explore the post-apocalyptic Commonwealth in search of their infant son, fighting super mutants, deathclaws, raiders, and all sorts of other edgy dangers along the way.
The game’s DLCs have you explore the dark and stormy island of Far Harbor, a Nuka-Cola-themed amusement park, and give you the means to create your own robot combat companion. You can also hole up with your own band of survivors and work on building a settlement for your people.
Fallout 4 still makes for a phenomenal, in-depth playthrough, one that pairs nicely alongside Bethesda’s newer online offering, Fallout 76.
The Outer Worlds
A Fallout-Borderlands hybrid, Obsidian’s space-age RPG was in the running for plenty of best-of awards in 2019. The Outer Worlds is a light-hearted, choose-your-own-path adventure full of oddball creatures to battle, futuristic quests that force players into moral quandaries, and, like any RPG, a ragtag group of misfit companions to choose from. While combat is a big component of the game, the story is plot-heavy, requiring you to scavenge supplies and chat with NPCs instead of always gunning down challenging adversaries.
Your companions have their own stories that are fun to get into, too, and the environment and creature design will leave you ignoring side quests to gaze at the planetary landscapes. This is a perfect RPG for someone who wants to get into some space adventures but doesn’t want to tackle Deathclaws or gun down waves of enemies, a la Borderlands. It’s a simple game to get started in, with a story-driven DLC set to be released sometime in 2020.
Remedy’s first game since its breakaway from Microsoft as a first-party studio, Control surprised everyone with its wacky premise and merging of gunplay with the supernatural. The entire game takes place within one location, The Oldest House, a brutalist building that plays home to a weird organization responsible for investigating the Earth’s mysteries. You enter this place as Jesse Faden in the attempt to track down your missing brother, navigating the spiraling halls and progressing deeper into madness.
Control stands out from the sea of single-player shooters these days simply because it isn’t worried about being strange, pulling away from the gritty aesthetic of many to keep on surprising you. Jesse acquires new power-ups and abilities as the narrative goes on, changing up the gameplay so much that the Control you first load up at the beginning is nothing like what you’ll be playing towards the end. Lynchian, bold and gripping all the way through, Control is a great solo PS4 game.
Death Stranding is the latest game from Hideo Kojima, the visionary behind the Metal Gear Solid franchise. The game is set in the United States during the aftermath of a cataclysmic event known as, well, “the Death Stranding,” which allowed destructive creatures from a realm between life and death to begin roaming the Earth. You play as Sam Porter Bridges, a courier tasked with delivering supplies to and connecting the scattered human colonies that remain.
While the gameplay may be slow for some — Bridges does a lot of trudging around beautiful but repetitive terrain to make deliveries, making the game an advanced hiking simulator — it remains a narrative masterpiece that has been lauded for its commentary on America’s political divide and the way it handles a post-environmental disaster.
Star Wars Legacy: Fallen Order
While Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order doesn’t offer much in terms of a fresh take on the Star Wars universe, fans of the ongoing laser-fueled battle between the dark side and the light will be happy with this action-adventure journey. Fallen Order takes place between the prequel and original Star Wars film trilogies, aka after the mass execution of Jedi but before Luke Skywalker ever picks up a lightsaber. You play as Cal Kestis, a force-sensitive scrapper in hiding who picks up his Jedi training once the Sith start hunting force-sensitive children.
The game combines elements from many previous Star Wars titles and does so well. Don’t expect anything outside of the norm, but hey, hacking, and slashing through Empirical troops with a lightsaber and throwing baddies around with Force abilities never gets old. There’s even reportedly a sequel in the works.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Sekiro may look like a hack-and-slash samurai thriller on the outside, but its absolutely brutal combat system makes it one the most challenging single-player adventures out there. Set in Sengoku-era Japan, Sekiro puts you in control of the One-armed Wolf, a fallen warrior resurrected by a supernatural force and dead set on vengeance. While powerful bosses like the Guardian Ape and the Demon of Hatred certainly put players through the wringer and will take multiple attempts to take down, no enemy in the game can be taken lightly. A simple miscalculation and taking an extra blow can mean sudden death for the Wolf, even from common creatures.
Not for the easily frustrated gamer, this is a tough game to get through and doesn’t have a difficulty slider to help any0ne out — that’s actually sparked a lot of debate concerning accessibility for the game. But armed with some serious strategy and with enough practice, all the big fights in the game feel so much sweeter to win once you finally finish them.
Uncharted: Lost Legacy
While Nathan Drake’s story was neatly tied up into a bow in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, his legacy lives on in this perfectly paced spin-off adventure with side characters Chloe and Nadine sharing the lead role. Uncharted: Lost Legacy is great because it’s a refined version of all the Uncharted games that came before, seeing you undertake thrilling puzzle set pieces and shootouts all while still finding the time to expand the format with a new open-ended area.
Rather than set you on an adventure that takes place across the globe, Uncharted: Lost Legacy is a more laid-back affair. The majority of the game, for example, takes place within India’s the Western Ghats, as Chloe and Nadine attempt to track down an object important to the former’s family history while hot on the heels of an evil warlord named Asav. This is one of the best single-player PS4 games because it’s a healthy dose of Uncharted action that doesn’t outstay its welcome.
In Doom Eternal, Earth is completely overrun by demons, and only the Doom Slayer can save the planet from complete, hellish destruction. The game offers a smooth, fast-paced demon-blasting experience with a heavy arsenal at hand — you can take out evil with rocket launchers, plasma rifles, advanced shotguns, and chainsaws, among other tools. Doom Eternal is a bigger, better version of the 2016 reboot, also from Id Software.
While Doom Eternal delivers the classic marathon carnage of past installments, it also includes some interesting exposition and background that users can dive into between brutal, end-0f-the world gunfights, giving you a chance to learn more about the Slayer and the creatures dead set on destroying humanity.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Just when you think Ubisoft couldn’t make a world more engrossing than the Ptolemaic Egypt it presented in Assassin’s Creed Origins, the Triple-A developer outdid itself once again with the release of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. This is a living, breathing rendition of Ancient Greece you can explore at your own pace, tracing back either Kassandra or Alexios’ family history while undertaking the role of a stealthy assassin. The location is bigger and better with lots to see and do. You’re easily looking at upwards of 60 hours to finish Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
It’s incredibly easier for both newcomers and veterans to dive into the beauty of Odyssey, with the game taking place before every other Assassin’s Creed before it. This lack of baggage aids in exploration as players can simply treat it as a Greek-set open-world RPG. Kassandra or Alexios are fully upgradeable, making your efforts to take down the Templar order meaningful and worth it. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is one of the best single-player PS4 games and one of the best the series has to offer overall.
The Last of Us Remastered
In many ways, there are only two types of gamer on the planet: Those that have already experienced The Last of Us and those that are you to play The Last of Us. While originally released at the tail-end of the PS3 generation, this poignant narrative-driven game was quick to make the jump to PS4. Players take on the role of Joel, a smuggler past his best attempting to survive in the infected post-apocalypse. Eventually, however, a girl called Ellie enters his life offering hope of a cure.
The gameplay is a mix of stealth, gunplay, and exploration, in what is best described as an ambitious road trip story where Joel and Ellie must rely on each other to avoid the nightmarish “Clickers” and thwart them when required. Surrounding this is The Last of Us’ strong emphasis on a narrative that sees it rival the best of stories told in books and cinema. If you needed proof that video games can be emotionally affecting, look no further than one of the best single-player PS4 games in The Last of Us: Remastered.
The Last of Us: Part 2
The recent release of The Last of Us Part II has captivated a large portion of gamers, delivering an incredible story, memorable characters, and gameplay that feels evolved from its predecessor. When it comes to single-player adventures, not many studios do what Naughty Dog does — the team has come a long way since its Crash Bandicoot days.
The narrative is The Last of Us Part II‘s focus, and it tells the tale of revenge, intertwining its story from the points of view of two characters. While its narrative seemed to cause some controversy among fans and critics, you can’t deny the high level of quality put forth by Naughty Dog and Sony.
It’s tough to get into the nitty-gritty of what makes this game so special without spoiling its story, but just know that it’ll be hard to put down after things get going. It’ll likely be in the running this year for Game of the Year, so we’ll have to see how games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Ghost of Tsushima stack up against it.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Having already created one of the most realistic renditions of modern-day life with Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar quickly returned to the time of The Old West to deliver players a fully developed cowboy simulator. Red Dead Redemption 2 is actually a prequel set before the events of the first Red Dead Redemption released in 2010, offering interesting context to a period when the time of The Frontier was rapidly dying. Rockstar’s sequel is notable for its much slower pace compared to a lot of other open-world games, truly letting players inhabit the role of Arthur Morgan.
As a member of Dutch’s gang of outlaws, missions range from having you undertake train robberies to simply surviving drunken bar fights. All this you do while increasingly becoming invested with this eclectic ensemble cast of characters. Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the best single-player PS4 games simply because it places more emphasis on story than most open-world games, surrounded by an incredibly faithful Wild West set to transport you to a whole new period of history.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Guerilla Games is a first-party developer previously known for creating the Killzone series of games. However, when let off the leash by Sony to work on something new, the studio got a chance to flex with a brand-new open-world RPG set in the far future, where machines and man roam the Earth together. Horizon: Zero Dawn centers on the exploits of Aloy as she attempts to traverse this world, getting to the bottom of her origins and the reason for these dino-like robots’ existence.
Horizon: Zero Dawn is notable for its unique approach to combat, whereby tactics are just as vital as pure brawn due to each machine type having their own weaknesses and moves you must account for. Lay traps, craft more powerful weapons and upgrade Aloy’s armor to give yourself a far easier time at surviving in this post- post-apocalypse. Experience an America unlike our present-day and fend for your life by surviving in the beautiful but dangerous landscapes of Horizon: Zero Dawn.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
CDProjektRed’s modern fantasy epic is a masterclass in RPG design, setting players off within a vibrant location rife with monsters and miscreants – with you being the only person able to combat both. Geralt of Rivia is a Witcher, a genetically altered human that’s purpose is to slay creatures. However, it’s the relationships and sprawling map filled with stuff to do that makes this third chapter into the acclaimed series well worth a look for anyone seeking a great single-player PS4 game.
At your disposal is a suite of magical abilities and weaponry for Geralt to master, letting you approach every combat scenario much differently from the last. Couple these unique gameplay aspects with top-notch voice acting and an incredibly well-told story, then you have one of the best fantasy RPGs ever created. Think of the Witcher 3 as Skyrim but so much more. There’s up to 200 hours’ worth of content and world to get lost in while playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, with many considering it the greatest game of this console generation.
God of War
A long-standing PlayStation franchise that’s origins date all the way back to the PS2, forget everything you think you know about God of War for this PS4 interpretation. Picking Kratos out from the world of Greek Mythology and setting him within a Norse environment, God of War centers on the relationship between the former god of war and his son as they traverse this rich and detailed setting. Primarily a third-person action game with RPG elements, the entire game takes place using a one-shot camera – meaning that there are never any breaks in the narrative.
Whereas previously Kratos wielded his infamous chains of chaos to cause destruction, here it’s replaced with the Leviathan Axe that he can throw and recall at any time. This adds an extra degree of depth to God of War’s brand of melee combat, as you lay waste to legions of enemies and slay everything from golems to dragons as strategically as possible. God of War is the absolute definition of a vision perfectly executed, taking a franchise that was flagging before and pushing it in a bold new direction. It is the definition of a great single-player PS4 game.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Final Fantasy VII is a very important game both for gamers individually and for video game culture in general. It’s a cultural touchstone that defined the story dense era of PlayStation 1 JRPGs, solidified Square’s commitment to being at the forefront of graphics technology, and arguably sold the PlayStation to gamers everywhere, helping Sony establish a foothold in the video game industry.
So it’s hard to play a remake of a game so important and not compare it to the original, and Square knows this. They want you to compare Final Fantasy VII Remake to the original. They specifically developed the remake such that its greatest strengths come about explicitly when you compare the two. Does this alienate newer gamers? Yeah, a little. Does it make FF7R any less of an incredible game? No.
The Final Fantasy VII Remake breathes new life into a classic gem in the infamous Final Fantasy series. The character complexity is heightened in the remake causing you to fall in love with the characters and its story all over again. If you haven’t played the remake yet you need to do so.
Marvel’s Spider-Man gives players the chance to explore New York City through the eyes of the world’s favorite web-slinging superhero. Swing through an incredibly detailed open-world take on NYC while on the lookout for muggers, storefront robbers, and high-speed car thefts, dropping down to save the day with some strategic webbing and acrobatic smackdowns. And don’t worry: There are a handful of bigger-tier villains to fight, meaning you won’t just be dealing with petty crime.
Fighting crime is only part of the game, however. Some challenges pop up throughout the city to help hone Spidey’s specific set of skills, and simply exploring Manhattan and taking photos of the sights is a blast when you need a break from playing a police officer. You can look forward to the follow-up, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which will release for PS5 later this year.
After DOOM 2016 reminded so many that the franchise and id themselves still had a lot left to give, many FPS fans looked to DOOM Eternal with expectant eyes. And, oh boy, did it deliver.
One of the most rewarding and deep FPS titles of the last ten years, DOOM Eternal empowers the player to feel like an absolute god. There’s no cover and no automatic healing, just a whole load of ripping and tearing.
It is DOOM at its purest, a tour de force of violence and metal that makes you feel like peak Dolph Lundgren riding a polar bear into the battle. DOOM Eternal is such a frenetic, fluid step up that it even makes DOOM 2016 hard to go back to, the new mechanics that essential to the fun.
If it’s cathartic demon-slaying you want, there’s no reason why it can’t be a stress reliever you dip in and out of. You can even collect a bunch of toys and cheat codes if that’s what you’re after from your FPS games.
The Wrap Up
As the life of the PS4 is quickly coming to a close, it is amazing to be able to reflect on all of its great games. It is the perfect time to pick up a beloved classic or try a completely new story.
Regardless of what you choose, each game on the list is guaranteed to entertain. Try one or try them all! The choice is yours! Want to be a Witcher and ride Roach into battle? Maybe you would rather be a rogue cowboy robbing the incoming train? Regardless of what story you want to play out, the possibilities are endless.
Scarlett Rose is a professional cosplayer, actress, voice actor, published model, and mother of rabbits. When she is not crafting armor or building costumes, she can be found playing the latest video game or enjoying a retro classic.