The Greatest Adventure Games On The PlayStation 4

Highlights

  • “Tales From The Borderlands” is a standout narrative adventure game with memorable characters and humorous dialogue choices.
  • “Rise of the Tomb Raider” offers thrilling exploration and third-person shooting as Lara Croft embarks on a perilous adventure in Siberia.
  • “The Last Of Us Remastered” takes players on a post-apocalyptic adventure filled with stealth, action, and strategic decision-making in a dangerous world.

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There are not many things more exciting than going on an adventure. Bilbo Baggins showed this in a famous scene from the first Hobbit movie that became a more famous meme. The PlayStation 4 offers many adventures for you to embark on.

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This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, considering the adventure game genre casts a wide net. After all, there are action-adventure games, narrative adventure games, and puzzle adventure games. So, many titles fit into this genre, and narrowing down the best isn’t easy. Taking all the different types of adventure games into consideration, these are the ones that stand out the most.

8 Tale From The Borderlands

Tales From The Borderlands: Episode four - Fiona and Rhys walking together

Tales From The Borderlands

Released
November 25, 2014

Developer(s)
Telltale Games

ESRB
M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence

Narrative adventure games are what Telltale is known for, and Tales From The Borderlands is one of the company’s best efforts. It tells the tale of two people from completely different worlds. One is a former corporate stooge who has been recently fired. The other is a con artist living on the dangerous planet of Pandora.

Their adventure takes place on the previously mentioned dangerous planet as the two come together with several of their allies and attempt to find a lucrative vault. Most of the gameplay is about quick-time events and dialogue choices. The latter can have a significant impact on your whole experience, but whatever decisions you make, you’re likely to fall in love with the characters and laugh at their antics.

7 Rise Of The Tomb Raider

Lara Croft in Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Released
November 10, 2015

Developer(s)
Crystal Dynamics

ESRB
M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

When people think of adventure in gaming, the Tomb Raider series is one of the first to come to mind. This is because Lara Croft has been going on perilous adventures since the ’90s. In Rise of the Tomb Raider, she goes to Siberia to find the city of Kitezh. Naturally, the evil organization known as Trinity has also made the trip, making your adventure much more complicated.

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Much of the game is about exploring interesting locations and climbing around them, as that is what Lara is all about. You also need to participate in a fair amount of fun third-person shooting.

6 The Last Of Us Remastered

Ellie and Joel from The Last Of Us on horseback

The Last of Us: Remastered

Released
July 29, 2014

Developer(s)
Naughty Dog

ESRB
M For Mature 17+ due to Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol

A post-apocalyptic world filled with deadly monsters seems like the worst place to go on an adventure. Yet, the legendary gaming duo of Joel and Ellie don’t have much choice in The Last Of Us. After all, if Joel can get the young girl to the morally complicated group known as the Fireflies, then humanity might be saved.

The process of doing this mostly revolves around stealth and the occasional action sequence. Supplies aren’t plentiful, though, so you have to be strategic when up against monsters or humans – some of which are almost monsters.

5 Stray

Ginger stray tabby cat roaming the neon-lit streets of a dystopian city.

Stray

Released
July 19, 2022

Developer(s)
BlueTwelve Studio

ESRB
E10+ for Everyone 10+: Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence

Stray is about the purest adventure game you’re ever likely to play. In it, you control an adorable cat who is trapped in an unusual city with mechanical beings. Your goal is to find your way back to the surface with the help of a little drone buddy.

The cuteness of the protagonist alone is perhaps enough reason to try this game. But the interesting environments and satisfying climbing mechanics are good selling points, too. Plus, there aren’t many other games like it.

4 Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Nate Drake fighting in Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Released
May 10, 2016

Developer(s)
Naughty Dog

ESRB
T for Teen: Blood, Language, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco, Violence

At the start of Uncharted 4, it seems that Nathan Drake has given up on adventuring and is happy to live a normal suburban life with his long-time love interest Elena. However, that wouldn’t make for a very exciting Uncharted game, would it? Therefore, he’s quickly swept up into another adventure due to the influence of his brother, Sam.

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The two Drakes head to different parts of the world together to find Henry Avery’s lost treasure. During this adventure, you must climb lots of things, solve plenty of puzzles, and shoot a bunch of people. All while enjoying the playful banter of the characters.

3 It Takes Two

Cody and May stand before someone in It Takes Two.

It Takes Two

Released
March 26, 2021

Developer(s)
Hazelight Studios

ESRB
T for Teen: Animated Blood, Comic Mischief, Fantasy Violence, Language

You don’t always have to go on adventures on your own. I’m fact, It Takes Two forces you to play the game in local or online co-op. You play as a married couple on the rocks who have been magically turned into small dolls.

As toys, you must make your way through all the distinct levels. Each one places you in a different environment and gives you a unique power. Thus, there is a significant amount of variety in the game and things never get boring. The constant excitement is enhanced by the game’s intriguing story and excellent visuals.

2 Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 Screenshot of Arthur looking at Offal

Red Dead Redemption 2

Released
October 26, 2018

Developer(s)
Rockstar Games

ESRB
M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs and Alcohol

Arthur Morgan, the protagonist of Red Dead Redemption 2, goes on an adventure across the Old West. He doesn’t go alone, though, as he has his morally questionable gang with him. They don’t have a specific destination. All they want to do is find someplace safe from the law.

So, this is an adventure game that is more about the journey than the destination. And what a compelling journey it is due to the game’s engaging story and fascinating characters. The scenery isn’t bad, either.

1 God Of War

God Of War Kratos and Boy Facing Giant

God of War (2018)

Released
April 20, 2018

Developer(s)
Santa Monica Studio

ESRB
M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

Most games in the God of War series are best described as hack-and-slash titles. The 2018 reboot is certainly a pure action-adventure game, though. It still involves the series protagonist, Kratos. Yet, this time, he’s joined by his young son. The two of them travel across Midgard in an effort to fulfill the final request of the boy’s mother.

It’s a treacherous journey as they’re met by a litany of obstacles. Most of these obstacles are enemies that you have to take out in slick third-person fights. Among the pack are several difficult bosses, which you engage in exciting battles.

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