In the modern gaming landscape, most games either focus heavily on a multiplayer component or else playing alone still requires some sort of internet activity. Sony’s dedication to beefy single-player campaigns shows in their large catalog of quality titles where one doesn’t need to connect to a network for enjoyment.
The following list will present the ten best PlayStation 4 games where one can unplug from the world and still get the complete package. Of course, beforehand, an update may be necessary, but after that, it is smooth disconnected sailing. Not all of these are exclusive to the console, but the IP at least has a strong link to the PlayStation brand.
Updated On August 14th, 2021, by Jason Wojnar: Even though the PlayStation 5 has been out for well over half a year, plenty of people are still having trouble finding one. With this in mind, plenty of gamers are still looking for the best games they can find on the PS4 that don’t require an internet connection. We are coming back to this list of offline PS4 games to update the status of the series and make people aware of any new patches that might improve the experience. Even though these are all playable offline, they still benefit from a downloadable patch.
Updated On September 29th, 2022, by Jason Wojnar: Consoles live longer than ever these days. As exciting as it might be to keep up to date with the newest gaming technology, older platforms still hold plenty of value for those unwilling or unable to make the leap to the current generation. The PS4 is still proving its worth even if it is not connected to the internet, as the following games in this list show. One does not need to be plugged in to fully enjoy these excellent titles. The updated list brings even more PS4 games that don’t require internet.
20 Yakuza: Like A Dragon
It is not easy keeping fans excited for a game after six main entries and numerous spin-offs. The Yakuza franchise was doing alright for itself all these years as an open-world brawler utilizing RPG elements. The seventh entry in the series dropped the numbering and completely switched gameplay gears.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a turn-based RPG. Though it still utilizes a modern-day setting, players can expect everything they have come to adore about traditional RPGs in this title. Genre shifts are not always well-received, but Like a Dragon managed to please longtime fans and attract a whole new legion of players.
19 Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Square Enix made dreams come true in 2020 after Final Fantasy 7 Remake surpassed even the highest of expectations. The next chapter in this remake saga is long off and is set to release exclusively on the PS5. This should give PS4 owners plenty of time to play through the remake and save up and find a PS5.
The DLC episode starring Yuffie Kisaragi, INTERmission, is not available on PS4 at the moment, but the main game is massive enough to occupy dozens upon dozens of hours. While it runs better on PS5, players are still getting a comprehensive and technically impressive experience on PS4.
18 Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
Remasters and re-releases have a habit of stripping out the multiplayer portion of a video game. Even though people might have enjoyed the PS3 Uncharted games with their online modes, the main attraction was the impressive single-player campaigns.
They are short and linear, but the writing, setpieces, and shooting make them easily replayable. Going through the three games once takes between 20 and 25 hours. Interestingly enough, the PS5 re-release of Uncharted 4 also removes the multiplayer mode.
17 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2
Though there is online functionality and leaderboards for this majestic remake, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 is fully enjoyable offline. It perfectly recreates the levels from the first two entries of the franchise while including the best gameplay enhancements from the later entries, such as reverts, spine transfers, and wallplants.
Split-screen multiplayer works excellently in this version as well, letting fans recreate those same memories from the late 90s and early aughts when the originals came out. It is rare to find a PS4 game with such extensive offline options, but this remake has it. Even though the game was so critically and commercially successful, it appears that publisher Activision has no plans to continue the legendary series.
16 Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Media Molecule has moved on from Little Big Planet to Dreams. Sumo Digital picked up the series’ torch and created Sackboy: A Big Adventure. The 3D platformer removes the creation aspects of the series in favor of a more fleshed-out, creative campaign.
It came out on the PS5 as well, but the PS4 version runs smoothly. The entire campaign is playable with up to four players cooperatively offline, making the game a great choice for a get-together with some friends who are experienced in the platforming genre.
15 Ratchet And Clank
When the movie adaptation of Insomniac’s long-running Ratchet and Clank franchise hit theaters, a remake of the first game came to PS4. It also serves as a companion piece to the film, using scenes from it during cinematics.
The game saw far better reception than the film, which came and went at the box office. The series dabbled with multiplayer in the past, but it is noted for its jolly single-player experience. Few mascots from the early 2000s persist today, and the two characters deserve praise for that fact alone.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is one of the few PS5 exclusives, and it truly feels like a next-generation title. All the same, the 2016 remake for the PS4 is still worth playing. It received a PS5 patch letting it run at 60 frames per second on the new console. Once the patch is downloaded, it can still be played offline on the PS5.
Insomniac is the only developer with two games on this list, and it is a well-deserved achievement. Along with the recent Batman games, Marvel’s Spider-Man stands as one of the best comic book video games ever released, and it is only on PS4.
Dealing with such a revered character was no small feat, but the developer managed to knock it out of the park in every way. Movement is perfect, combat is engaging, and the story is a surprisingly heartfelt tale.
A remaster for the PS5 came out alongside the semi-sequel, Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The upgrades it makes to the graphics almost make it look like the game was made for the PS5 in the first place. Some took issue with the new face for Peter Parker, however. With no multiplayer to speak of, all the Insomniac Spider-Man games are wonderful offline options for the PS4 or PS5.
13 Yakuza 6
The Yakuza series has only recently started gaining recognition in the west. The recent remakes and sequels have helped newcomers catch up on Kazuma Kiryu’s saga. Yakuza 6 wraps up his story with a bang on a new graphics engine, taking full advantage of the PS4’s capabilities. Beating up thugs on the Kamurocho streets never looked so pretty or felt so brutal.
The game’s impressive length is also its biggest drawback. Not everybody wants to jump into such a long adventure, especially in a relatively niche genre. Those who do take the plunge, however, find their effort rewarded handsomely.
12 Until Dawn
Supermassive Games’ narrative-driven horror experience, Until Dawn, sends chills through players from start to finish. One playthrough alone sits between eight to ten hours, but the myriad of possible outcomes and twists throughout the story beg for multiple replays.
One time the player will try to get everyone out alive, and other times they will do their best to send them all to the grave. The company recently split from Sony and is working on an anthology series, The Dark Pictures. This new series is on multiple consoles, giving more people the opportunity to experience the developer’s unique games.
11 Horizon: Zero Dawn
Guerrilla Games made a name for themselves with the Killzone series. While the franchise never reached the same heights as its FPS competitors like Halo, they are great in their own right. After leaving it behind, they went on to make Horizon: Zero Dawn, a massive open-world single-player game set in a beautifully unique landscape.
The enigma surrounding the mixture of stone-aged aesthetic and robotic dinosaurs was more than enough to get people on board, and the experience delivered in full. Now fans are anxiously awaiting a sequel, which will surely come out on the PS5.
The sequel, Horizon: Forbidden West, came out on both PS4 and PS5 in 2022. Even though many might want to play it on the updated hardware, the PS4 version still feels complete.
10 The Order: 1886
Some decry this title’s short length, but quality over quantity applies in this situation. The Order: 1886 is gorgeous, looking better than most games today, more than four years after release. Its unique steampunk setting and gripping plot are more than enough to get its hooks into players for the dense five-hour campaign.
One can also play with the photo mode settings to create some unique visuals. If a short campaign is good enough, people will have no problem going through it two or three times. While complaints were lobbied about paying 60 dollars for a four-hour game, it is easy to find this title for a lower price these days.
9 Spyro: Reignited Trilogy
Besides the controversy surrounding much of the content not actually being on disc, one can eschew the internet after the initial install. These remakes of the classic 3D platformers bring all the charm from the originals while adding some subtle quality of life changes.
Instead of controlling the camera with the shoulder buttons, the right analog stick now takes that responsibility. The old games were exclusive to the PS1, and while the new versions are available on a myriad of platforms, the purple dragon still feels more at home on a PlayStation console.
8 Shadow Of The Colossus
Looking back at the original PS2 Shadow of the Colossus, it is clearly a mere shell of what the creators wanted the game to look like. Thankfully, Bluepoint games remade the classic from the ground up, taking full advantage of the PS4 hardware.
It is a faithful recreation, instilling the same feeling of wonder and loneliness while traveling the barren earth hunting these gargantuan beasts. Riding Agro throughout the adventure creates a wordless bond between the player and their equine companion, making for one of the most memorable relationships in gaming.
Bluepoint Games outdoes itself with each of their remakes. For the launch of the PS5, it was at the ready with Demon’s Souls. Even though it is a remake, it managed to be one of the most beautiful games of 2020 and a great reason to own a PS5 from day one.
7 Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Like Spyro, this trilogy is on multiple consoles, but the originals were PS1 exclusives, making the character a part of the PlayStation lineage. These remakes take the gameplay almost exactly as it was more than twenty years ago and simply remade the levels with a new coat of paint.
The jumping mechanic sees slight alteration, putting the movement from Crash Bandicoot 3 into the whole trilogy, but their faithfulness to the level design shows just how well the series holds up.
In October 2020, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time came out to rave reviews. It was billed as the first proper sequel to the original Naughty Dog trilogy. Crash 4 feels different in some ways but is a worthy successor to the original classics that is also a joy to play while unplugged from the internet.
6 God Of War
No one was sure how anybody could ever top the original God of War games, but Cory Barlog and the team at Santa Monica Studios managed to bring an already legendary franchise to new heights. The new camera and weapons changed everything fans thought they knew about the games while also retaining the same spirit.
The plot and relationship between Kratos and Atreus shine a new light on the character, who was admittedly unlikable in the old games. After God of War: Ascension’s mediocre reception, people were unsure about the series’ status in modern gaming, but the 2018 title re-established Kratos’ relevance and made the brand stronger than ever.
God of War: Ragnarok is set to come out on November 9th for both PS4 and PS5. All trailers indicate an even bigger adventure than before with huge implications for Kratos’ future and his relationship with Atreus. Considering the 2018 title’s massive success, following it up is going to be a huge challenge.
5 Last Of Us Remastered
Joel’s arduous adventure with Ellie first came out on the PS3 in 2013. The following year Naughty Dog brought the game to the PlayStation 4 with numerous enhancements. The graphics could fool someone into thinking it was built from the ground up on the PS4. While a multiplayer mode is a part of the package, one can enjoy the campaign several times over without so much as thinking about the competitive modes.
In 2022 another remake of this legendary game came out. Last of Us Part 1 is available on PS5 and eventually on PC in the near future. The game remains almost identical except for a significant graphical overhaul. Those who have already played the game several times won’t find a lot of reason to go back, but newcomers should definitely jump on this version.
This PS4 launch title did not get a fair shake. Mark Cerny hyped up this game hard during the console’s initial showing, and it ended up becoming something of a punch line for the generation. Players shouldn’t let the negative reception deter them; Knack is a solid 3D platformer with simple yet enjoyable combat. It also offers local cooperative play for a friend.
3 The Last Guardian
Few games have had even half as tumultuous a development history as The Last Guardian. Originally slated for the PS3, Sony’s third console simply could not run the game in any acceptable form, so they had to wait until something more powerful came along. The finished product had some detractors, but anybody who loves Fumito Ueda’s prior two efforts, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, will be equally as satisfied with The Last Guardian.
2 Ghost Of Tsushima
What may end up being the console’s swan song, Ghost of Tsushima is a gorgeous open-world journey through thirteenth-century Japan as a lone samurai defends his home from a Mongol invasion. Players less interested in large open worlds will still find a solid fifteen hours worth of content with the story missions. Those who like clearing off those checklists will easily spend between thirty-five and fifty hours exploring the beautiful landmass and experimenting with the numerous tools at Jin Sakai’s disposal.
Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut came out on August 20th for both PS4 and PS5. In addition to a new expansion taking place on a different island, it also provides proper lip-synching for the Japanese voice track. While this update is exciting, some are questioning the ethics behind paying for a lip-synching feature when other games include it from the start.
1 The Last Of Us Part 2
Naughty Dog consistently outdoes itself with each subsequent release. Just like the first game looked like it could have come out on the PS4, The Last of Us Part II could fool someone into thinking it was a PS5 launch title. This is only half the game’s appeal, however. The narrative is a brutal journey following two characters on their quest for vengeance, which connects to the first game in a surprising way.
A PS5 patch was released for The Last of Us Part II several months ago. As if the game could not look any better, the patch makes the game run at a locked 60 frames per second on Sony’s most recent machine. It is worth playing through again for this feature alone.
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