In the contemporary gaming landscape, the majority of best PS4 games tend to emphasize multiplayer components or necessitate some form of online interaction. However, Sony’s commitment to robust single-player experiences is evident in its extensive catalog of high-quality titles that can be fully enjoyed without the need for an internet connection.
Even though the PlayStation 4 has been succeeded by newer consoles, it remains a relevant gaming platform, offering a multitude of games that allow players to disconnect from the online world and enjoy a complete gaming experience. While initial updates may be required, once those are completed, players can smoothly set sail into the world of offline gaming.
Here are some of the best PS4 games offline:
Yakuza: Like A Dragon
Maintaining fan enthusiasm after six main entries and numerous spin-offs can be challenging, but the Yakuza franchise managed to do just that. Known for its open-world brawler gameplay with RPG elements, the seventh entry in the series, “Yakuza: Like a Dragon,” made a bold departure from its predecessors by adopting a turn-based RPG approach. Despite this genre shift, the game retained the essence of traditional RPGs, delighting both long-time fans and newcomers.
Platform: Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PS5, PS4, PC
Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
Konami’s fifth installment in the long-running Metal Gear Solid franchise, “Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain,” offered fans more of the beloved stealth-action gameplay they craved. Players assumed the role of Big Boss as he embarked on a quest for vengeance against the Soviet forces in the searing sands of Afghanistan. The game featured stealth missions, formidable bosses, and the ability to recruit allies, providing hours of captivating gameplay without the need for an internet connection.
Platform: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, PC, Xbox One
Developer: Kojima Productions
Genre: Open-World, Action
Final Fantasy 7 Remake
In 2020, Square Enix delivered a dream come true with the release of “Final Fantasy 7 Remake,” surpassing even the loftiest expectations. While the next chapter in this remake saga was set to be exclusive to the PS5, PS4 owners could still indulge in the massive main game. Although the game performed better on the PS5, players on the PS4 still enjoyed a technically impressive and comprehensive experience.
Platform: PS5, PS4, PC
Developer: Square Enix Business Division 1
Genre: Action RPG
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
Remasters and re-releases often omit multiplayer modes, and this held true for the “Uncharted” series. While the PS3 versions of the “Uncharted” games featured online modes, the primary attraction has always been the exceptional single-player campaigns. These may be short and linear, but their superb writing, memorable set pieces, and engaging shooting mechanics make them highly replayable. Players can expect to spend between 20 to 25 hours going through the three games in this collection, making it a fantastic offline gaming option.
Developers: Bluepoint Games, Naughty Dog
Genres: Third-Person Shooter, Action, Adventure
Red Dead Redemption 2
“Red Dead Redemption 2” serves as a prequel to the original game, allowing gamers to delve into the franchise without fear of spoilers. Playing as cowboy Arthur Morgan in the waning days of the Wild West, players and their posse confront the historical mercenary gang known as the Pinkertons. While the game does offer a compelling online multiplayer mode, the heart of the experience lies in the single-player campaign, which delivers a complex and emotionally resonant narrative that seamlessly ties into the first game.
Platform: PS4, PC, Stadia, Xbox One
Developer: Rockstar Games
Genres: Action, Adventure
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2
While “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2” offers online functionality and leaderboards, it can be fully enjoyed offline. This remake faithfully recreates levels from the first two entries in the franchise while incorporating gameplay enhancements from later titles. With split-screen multiplayer support, players can relive the nostalgia of the late ’90s and early 2000s when the original games were released. It’s a rarity to find a PS4 game with such extensive offline options.
Platform: PS4, PC, Xbox One
Developer: Vicarious Visions
Genres: 3D Platformer, Sports, Arcade
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Transitioning from “Little Big Planet,” Media Molecule’s “Sackboy: A Big Adventure” focuses on a 3D platformer experience with an emphasis on creative level design. While it was also released on the PS5, the PS4 version runs smoothly and offers an entire campaign that can be played cooperatively offline with up to four players. This makes it an excellent choice for gatherings with friends who enjoy platforming adventures.
Platform: PS5, PS4
Developer: Sumo Digital
Genres: 3D Platformer, Action, Adventure
Ratchet And Clank
Accompanying the release of the movie adaptation, the remake of the first “Ratchet and Clank” game for the PS4 garnered better reception than the film itself. The series has dabbled in multiplayer in the past, but it is primarily known for its enjoyable single-player experiences. Even though “Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart” is a PS5 exclusive, the 2016 remake for the PS4 is still worth playing, especially after receiving a PS5 patch that allows it to run at 60 frames per second on the new console. Once the patch is downloaded, it can be played offline on the PS5.
Developer: Insomniac Games
A part of From Software’s infamous Soulsborne series, “Bloodborne” plunges players into the gothic and treacherous world of Yharnam, plagued by nightmarish creatures and challenging bosses. While the game does have some internet-required features like summoning other hunters or invading other realms, players can immerse themselves in the brooding and gothic world of Yharnam without needing to connect to Wi-Fi, making it a must-have for PS4 gamers.
Developer: From Software
Genres: Action, RPG