There’s something you should know. The PlayStation 4 is on its deathbed. Not because of anything nefarious — far from it. No, it’s simply down to the circle of life.
A console that’s half a decade old is sure to be usurped by a newer model soon, and with PS5 rumours speculating that we may see a reveal sometime in the near future, there’s now a good chance to pick up the best cheap PS4 games from the platform’s history.
Your mind may instantly wander to the recently announced PlayStation Hits for cheap PS4 games, 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.
The prices below are correct at the time of writing and may fluctuate over time. We’ve including Amazon links, though you may be able to find better deals elsewhere.
1. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
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/$10
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. Despite what some might say, its multiplayer ain’t that bad either.
Developer: Respawn Publisher: EA Price range: $5/£5-£15/$20
The relatively low sales of Titanfall 2, not helped by EA sending it out to die, have contributed towards it having a huge markdown as early as 2017. If you’re yet to try out the best robot-parkour-shooter, you have a great chance with it now being regularly on sale, which also regularly includes its deluxe editions.
Its multiplayer is fantastic, but for once when it comes to FPS games, the campaign is the main attraction. If you’ve been playing the hell out of Apex Legends, maybe take a trip back as well.
“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 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.
A lot of bad PR and a tonne of battle royale is the reason behind this fairly recent AAA game already being down to such a low price. However, it looks like Bungie are doing all they can to fix things and bring players back, so this may be a wise investment for later down the line. It’s much better with friends and the grind is very real, though it’s worth picking up for the fairly decent campaign if you’re more of a solo player.
Bethesda’s 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.
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 since 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 PS4 exclusive that’s bound to get a sequel for 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: Epic Games Publisher: Epic Games Price range: Free
What’s better than paying a pittance for PS4 games? Paying no pittances at all. Fortnite’s battle royale mode is free for everyone to try out with cosmetic microtransactions, meaning that no matter how much money you spend on skins, it won’t stop you from being terrible. Be warned: the playerbase is extremely dedicated to Fortnite and know it inside out, so don’t expect to come away covered in glory straight away.
Speaking of Fortnite, if you want more things like it, we have a guide to the best free PS4 games that will give you more games for cheap. Looking for something less specific? Our A-Z of the best PS4 games is the definitive guide on what games you should be seeking out.