As a console that’s well over half a decade old and with the PlayStation 5 out in the wild as the focus of most of Sony’s attention going forward, now’s a good chance to pick up the best cheap PS4 games from the platform’s storied history.
Your mind may instantly wander to the recently announced PlayStation Hits for cheap games on PlayStation 4, but they’re actually a considerable markup when you can pick them up for far cheaper without the fancy label. If you’re shopping on a budget or simply want to skim through the PS4’s extensive library without breaking the bank, here’s what lies in store.
Also, as a great bonus: all of these games will also work on PS5 thanks to backwards compatibility.
The prices below are correct at the time of writing and may fluctuate over time.
Developer: Eidos Montreal Publisher: Square Enix Price range: $5/£5-£10/$15
Nobody’s favourite Deus Ex game, Mankind Divided launched to strong but not spectacular reviews and really seemed to struggle in the sales charts, owing to a weird lack of marketing and a less than kind launch window.
It’s a shame as while the experience is certainly on the short side and the ending seriously lacking, it’s sure to scratch an itch. It may be the last Deus Ex game we get for a long time, so be sure to pick it up. Its DLC is also fairly priced, too.
Developer: id Software Publisher: Bethesda Price range: $5/£5-£10/$15
One of the best FPS games of its generation (if not the best), DOOM 2016 brings the pain to the demons of Hell while also staying very true to what makes it a DOOM game.
There’s no regenerating health or cover shooting, it’s just you, your boomstick and whatever toys you can find on the way. While it may not be quite as fast and frenetic as Eternal, DOOM 2016 still leaves most other FPS games on PS4 in its dust.
And, despite what some might say, its multiplayer isn’t that bad, either.
“At the risk of getting hyperbolic, it’s an incredible experience from the ground up that should be played by anyone who loves a first-person shooter with ambition and heart. It’s on another level to its predecessor and almost all of its rivals.”
Developer: Moppin Publisher: Devolver Digital Price range: $1/£1-$3-£2
Based solely on first appearances, the low price of Downwell may seem justified. However, based on gameplay and how much you can get out of this challenging and addictive shooter, it’s actually a bargain.
While it’s probably best suited for portable gaming, Downwell’s pick up and play ethos makes it the perfect palette cleanser when you want to wean yourself off the heavy stuff, i.e. being disgraced by kids in Fortnite.
“Pound-for-pound (or dollar-for-dollar), Downwell is one of the Switch’s best games in its price bracket and just generally one of the system’s best games, which applies to every system that Downwell has appeared on to date.”
5. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Developer: Kojima Productions Publisher: Konami Price range: $5/£10-$20/15
While the verdict may be out on its story, one thing is agreed upon by almost everyone: The Phantom Pain has some fantastic gameplay. Whether it’s sliding down hills in a cardboard box or riding a horse to glory, you have dozens upon dozens of hours of playtime to get through.
As TPP didn’t sell quite as much as Konami would have liked, it’s down to a snip and you can also get the Definitive Edition which includes Ground Zeroes for a little extra. Let’s not think about them using Metal Gear Online as a selling point even though it was already with The Phantom Pain, though.
Dishonored 2 reportedly sold just a fraction of what its predecessor did, which is a pretty big blow for the franchise going forward. What that means for you is that you can get Dishonored 2, the masterful stealth adventure, for very little at all.
The brilliance of Dishonored 2 is that you can approach most situations in whichever you see fit whether playing as Emily or Corvo. Go in loud and violent or slink around the back and be peaceful — the choice is yours. While single-player stealth sims may not be all the rage these days, check out Dishonored 2 to see why so many people love the franchise.
Poor Arkane. Their games are so incredible but just don’t seem to connect with a massive audience. Prey didn’t resonate with everyone at launch, which led to it only doing okay in sales, much like most of the publisher’s 2017 output.
Everyone else’s loss is your gain, however, as Prey is a solid alternative to classics like System Shock that sees you trying to uncover the mysteries of a space station where everything is wrong. Also, the coffee mugs are trying to kill you.
“Prey mixes BioShock with Dishonored and a dash of System Shock – the result is an engrossing setting with palpable tension, tons of reasons to explore and a compelling narrative that takes a couple surprising turns.”
Developer: FromSoftware Publisher: SIE Price range: $10/£8-$20/£15
One of the earliest console-sellers all on its own, Bloodborne is a PS4 exclusive for those who want a faster-paced Dark Souls. It’s cliché to mention that it’s a difficult game at this point, but nothing worth having in life is supposed to come easy.
You’ll die often, but when you succeed and finally begin to make progress, it’s a feeling unlike any other. Although it’s in the PlayStation Hits range, you can find it far cheaper elsewhere without the fancy packaging.
Developer: CD Projekt Red Publisher: CD Projekt Price range: $10/£10-$20/£15
If you haven’t yet played The Witcher 3, it probably means that you have a social life that you really shouldn’t abandon. Who needs friends when you can have sex on top of a unicorn and meet a lot of ugly children, though?
On its own, Wild Hunt will give you 100+ hours of content, but if you pick up its complete edition which comes with Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine, that’s an extra 50 hours of sexing at the very least right there.
While the console version of Just Cause 3 isn’t always a smooth ride, if it’s just dumb fun you want from your cheap PS4 games, Just Cause 3 has you covered. There’s no feeling quite like wingsuiting around before finding some cows to attach explosives to.
If it’s the complete experience you want, the XL edition will set you back a few extra dollars or pounds and is probably worth it. You can also pick up the XXL version for cheaper than you might expect, though none of the additional content is particularly mindblowing.
Developer: NetherRealm Publisher: WB Games Price range: $10/£5-$15/£10
Fighting games are tricky beasts to price correctly these days as they’re so heavily based around selling DLC after release with these purchases supporting the game in the long-term. Cut out all that waffle and waiting by picking up Mortal Kombat XL instead: the complete package of one of the best fighting games of this generation.
If you want to watch a xenomorph take on Johnny Cage and the blood inevitably spill without having to go to a dodgy site for adults, this is the one for you. You can also pick up Mortal Kombat 11 for cheap these days, but again: so much extra DLC.
Developer: Team ICO/Bluepoint Publisher: SIE Price range: $15/£10-$20/£15
One of the best video game remakes ever made launched in 2018 at a more than fair price already with the months and years since launch seeing it drop even further.
Basically, if you never played Shadow of the Colossus on the PlayStation 2, you have no excuses for not picking it up on the PlayStation 4 instead and discovering the melancholy tale of a man, woman, horse, and a whole bunch of jaw-dropping behemoths. Extra cost for tissues not included in price.
“While it may lack the initial wow factor by way of being a remake, Shadow of the Colossus on PS4 does the original justice, and then some. It cements the legacy of Team Ico’s classic while bringing a few new things to the table, creating the perfect introduction to a masterpiece in design and understated storytelling in the process.”
Developer: Naughty Dog Publisher: SIE Price range: $15/£10-$20/£15
Inarguably one of the most beautiful and bombastic games of this generation, Uncharted 4 seeks to wrap up the story of Nathan Drake by delivering the most ambitious game in the series. It certainly is that, a journey across the world for a pirate haven with more twists and turns than a pack of snakes playing Twister after a bottle of vodka.
Uncharted 4 is an essential PS4 game for a reason, so if you’re somehow unfamiliar with the joys of swinging from a rope and then punching some bloke in the face while enjoying the lusciousness of its visuals on a PS4 Pro, fix that.
“Once the curtains close and the credits roll, you’ll be left with a certain sense of melancholy. Yes, it’s likely that this will be the final instalment in the Uncharted series, but Naughty Dog certainly know how to end on a high, and I cannot wait to see what they start working on next.”
Developer: Monolith Publisher: WB Games Price range: $15/£10-$20/£15
Judging from how quickly it plummeted in price, it looks as if Shadow of War wasn’t exactly a rip-roaring success for WB Games. As well as being less well received than its predecessor, Shadow of War’s inclusion of loot boxes polarised fans.
With those now removed and the game better balanced as a result, Shadow of War is now the game it was supposed to be: a hulking beast that tries to do many things at once. While it’s not perfect, there’s still plenty of enjoyment to be had — just don’t let diehard Tolkien fans play the story.
“There’s a lot to love about Middle-earth: Shadow of War, though it often creaks under the weight of its own lofty ambitions. It’s not helped by ludicrous storytelling and irritating basics, but if you want to potentially lose days of your life to enslaving orcs and riding drakes, you’ll be in for some fun.”
Developer: PagodaWest Games, Headcannon Publisher: SEGA Price range: $15/£10-$20/£15
The first good Sonic game since, well, the early days of the franchise is more than just a gratuitous nod to long-time fans — it’s where the series should go next.
A glorious mish-mash of different Sonic periods while also just generally be a good Sonic game in its own right, Sonic Mania could be the perfect cheap PS4 game for anyone with a love for the gaming of old or the blue blur in general. Plus, Sonic Mania Plus, the version with additional content, is just as affordable.
“Sonic is back, praise be, Sonic is back. Old school fans will relish the challenge and the attention to detail while younger gamers may able finally understand why Sonic was such a gaming icon in the 1990s. But seriously, screw Hydrocity Zone.”
Developer:Guerrilla Games Publisher: SIE Price range: $10/£12-$20/£18
Horizon Zero Dawn is a game that should straight up just not work. An open world where you take on robot animals as a tribal huntress sounds like it’s trying too hard to be original, but that’s exactly what it is.
A one-time PS4 exclusive that’s getting a sequel by the name of Forbidden West for the PS5, you can play as Aloy on the cheap whether it’s the base edition or the Complete Edition with the also excellent Frozen Wilds DLC in tow.
“Horizon Zero Dawn boasts a stunningly realized vision of the post-post-apocalypse, accompanied by a fascinating and chilling mystery surrounding the fall of civilization and surprisingly deep and strategic combat which combine to create one of the best new IP’s in years.”
Developer: RGG Studio Publisher: SEGA Price range: $10/£12-$20/£18
Despite being pretty universally beloved, the Yakuza series almost always receives a heavy discount shortly after a new game is released. It’s a shame that more people don’t buy the wacky games on launch, but that just means you have a much cheaper entry point.
The amount of Yakuza games is a little overwhelming, especially if you’re brand new. We would recommend you check out Yakuza 0 first, which sets up the entire franchise, and the Kiwami 1 and 2. From there, you can pick up the remastered collection before tackling Yakuza 6, which is the last ride of the legendary Kazuma Kiryu. Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon is the most recent game, so it’s not quite at the same price as the others yet.
One of the best live service success stories in all of gaming, Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege definitely didn’t wow many people when it first came out. Following regular updates and some commendable persistence from the developers to make it work, Siege is now one of the most successful paid multiplayer games in the world.
And it’s yours for super cheap, especially if you just want to pick up the Starter Edition. Other, pricier editions of the game will give you Operators to play with off the bat, but you can save yourself some money by instead grinding through and unlocking them naturally. You will definitely get bang for your Buck with Rainbow Six Siege.
Certainly not the most popular Final Fantasy game (for a multitude of reasons), Final Fantasy XV still has plenty to offer for JRPG fanatics, which includes countless hours of content and driving in a car with your bros.
Following Notcis and his friends as they start a long journey to Altissia to get Noctis married off, it’s not long before things go drastically wrong and we get sucked into a charming tale of friendship — with maybe a few too many in-game ads. If you’ve yet to give it a chance, Final Fantasy XV is at least worth experiencing at this price.
Developer: SIE Santa Monica Publisher: SIE Price range: $15/£10-$20/£15
The best PlayStation 4 game of all time? Maybe, but it’s certainly a resurgent entry in the God of War franchise, which had become predictable with its previous entry, Ascension, not really focusing on the right things.
Featuring an older, guilt-riddled Kratos as he escorts his son to a mountain of great importance, God of War shifts the perspective to over-the-shoulder and makes things a little less chaotic and more tactical. All set in one incredible long shot, God of War is a game about fatherhood and, perhaps most surprisingly of all, love.
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