The PlayStation 4 is currently in its fifth year on the market and despite persistent rumors about when we might see the PS5 hit store shelves, Sony’s fourth home console continues to be a juggernaut. The PS4 is on pace to outsell its predecessor, the PlayStation 3, before the end of 2018 and could very well hit 100 million total units sold by the end of its lifespan – a feat only a small handful of consoles have ever managed to pull off.
Much of the PS4’s success can be attributed to Sony’s games-first mentality, in that they’ve ensured that the console has the most attractive and diverse software library on the market. While the console struggled a bit in its first year to get must-have games into the market, the PS4 has been a powerhouse ever since, with a staggering lineup of great games to choose from.
Of course, no one has time to play ALL the games, so whether you’ve had a PS4 since the beginning or just picked one up and are wondering what the console’s best experiences are, we’ve highlighted 25 games that we feel are essential for every PS4 owner.
25. Fortnite: Battle Royale
It’s easy for Fortnite: Battle Royale’s haters to write it off as a goofy, kid-friendly online shooter but even though Epic Games’ ridiculously successful take on the emergent Battle Royale formula isn’t for everyone, its popularity can be attributed to one simple reason: it’s a really fun, polished video game. Of course, there are other factors at play, including the fact that Fortnite is free and available on multiple platforms, but no game becomes a global sensation without having an addictive feedback loop at its core.
Battle Royale’s 100 player, winner-take-all formula doesn’t break any new ground, but Epic’s commitment to making their creation the best free-to-play game on the market is something to be commended. Special timed events like the Thanos Avengers: Infinity War tie-in and the introduction of “seasons” are evidence of Epic’s drive to constantly evolve their multiplayer juggernaut. Even though there’s nothing special about the PS4 edition of the game, the fact that Bluehole has yet to port PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds to Sony’s console has helped make Fortnite: Battle Royale an uncontested success on the platform.