Sony is the undisputed master of the console exclusive. While Microsoft has its fair share of contenders like Halo and...um...Halo, Sony is simply on another level. OK - Gears of War is fine too. Ever since the glory days of the OG PlayStation, Sony has been releasing console exclusives on a steady beat, many of which have gone on to enjoy immense amounts of critical and commercial success.
The PS4 is certainly no different, as it is the home of some of the greatest games of this console generation. Never mind exclusives - Sony is out here making fantastic games, period.
These are the ten best PlayStation games ever made, according to Metacritic. It's also important to note that we will be limiting franchises to one entry.
10 Chrono Cross (94)
It's not easy following up the masterpiece that is Chrono Trigger, but Square managed to do it! It was released in November of 1999 in Japan and August of 2000 in North America, and it was an instant success in both countries, becoming an Ultimate Hit and Sony Greatest Hits title, respectively.
Critics praised many aspects of its production, including the complex battle system, the gorgeous graphics and score, and of course the intricate plot. Not many people were taking video games seriously in the late '90s and early 2000s, but Chrono Cross helped to change that.
9 Devil May Cry (94)
You don't see too many hack and slash games anymore. Devil May Cry, the first in an ongoing series, was released in August of 2001, at a time when arcades were beginning to die and arcade-style gameplay was transitioning to home consoles.
Devil May Cry is a perfect example of that transition, as it features very arcadey gameplay, complete with letter grades based on performance, a "stylish" rating, and an emphasis on collectibles. Its fast and fluid action was highly praised, as were its graphics, Gothic world, and fair difficulty, which was seen as a breath of fresh air by more seasoned gamers. It was an instant action classic.
8 God Of War (94)
Who says they don't make good video games anymore? Just when the God of War franchise was beginning to grow a little stale, God of War was let loose upon the world and singlehandedly revived the series.
The game was adored by critics and audiences alike, and many aspects of its creation were lauded. These include the mesmerizing graphics, the otherworldly and Norse-influenced visual design, the intricate combat system, and the surprisingly deep and touching story. It was just what the God of War series needed, and it was rightfully regarded as one of, if not THE, greatest game of 2018.
7 Final Fantasy IX (94)
While Final Fantasy IX has been ported to numerous consoles over the years, its original home was the PlayStation back in July of 2000. The game introduced a few new mechanics to the well-worn and popular series, including "Active Time Event" cutscenes and the skill system, further complicating (in a good way) an already complex series.
The game turned out to be a major hit both critically and commercially, and it currently holds the highest Metacritic score in the Final Fantasy series (and that's saying something!). It was an instant classic, and it is now regarded as one of the greatest video games of all time.
6 The Last Of Us (95)
Naughty Dog once again finds themselves on this list thanks to the masterpiece that is The Last of Us. The Last of Us is arguably their magnum opus, as it is more acclaimed, and seemingly more popular, than the Uncharted series. Virtually every aspect of this game was acclaimed, particularly the emotional story that touched on mature themes like fatherhood, sacrifice, depression, and family.
Its technical components were also praised, from its terrifying and immersive sound design to its mind-blowing graphics that both horrified and amazed. It has become one of the most awarded games in history, winning over 240 Game of the Year awards!
5 LittleBigPlanet (95)
LittleBigPlanet was a huge surprise to everyone. Puzzle platformers are often niche games that are quickly forgotten, and the childish visual design all-but-guaranteed that it would be ignored by most adult gamers. However, it turned out to be a monumental success that threw everyone for a loop.
The game was released on the PlayStation 3 back in October of 2008 and was an instant critical success, garnering near perfect reviews for its stellar presentation, unique gameplay mechanics, and the sheer level of customization. Despite being released the same year as Grand Theft Auto IV, LittleBigPlanet still took home numerous "Game of the Year" awards from various publications, proving just what a powerhouse this little game was.
4 Gran Turismo (96)
Whenever the subject of the greatest video games of all time is breached, few ever pay any consideration to the sports/racing genre. That is doing a major disservice to Gran Turismo, which is arguably the greatest sports-related video game ever.
At the time, Gran Turismo was considered the best racing game on the market, and it helped raise the bar for what was possible in the genre. It featured award-winning graphics, and it has since been named the greatest racing game of all time by various publications. If you still doubt its quality, just take a look at its near-perfect Metacritic score. That fat 96 proves that Gran Turismo deserves a place in the annals of video game history.
3 Tekken 3 (96)
Tekken 3 was released at the height of the fighting game genre, and as such, it became a huge success. While it was originally released in arcades, it was later ported to the PlayStation, which undoubtedly helped its branding and recognition. It eventually sold over eight million copies, making it the fourth-best selling PlayStation 1 game (behind Gran Turismo, Final Fantasy VII, and Gran Turismo 2).
Oh yeah, it was quite the critical success as well, as you can probably tell from its 96 Metacritic score! It is now regarded as one of the finest and most popular fighting games of all time, even if the Tekken series was eventually overshadowed by its competition.
2 Grand Theft Auto III (97)
Grand Theft Auto III helped change video games forever. It's worth saying that Grand Theft Auto IV has a higher Metacritic rating at 98, but that game was released on multiple consoles, whereas Grand Theft Auto III originally started its life as a PlayStation 2 exclusive.
There's simply no conveying just how massive, popular, and monumental this game was at the time. The open-world, while rudimentary by today's standards, was simply breathtaking, and the gameplay options were quite literally limitless. Whatever we wanted to do, we could do, and wherever we wanted to go, we could go. With Grand Theft Auto III, we all saw the future, and it was glorious to behold.
1 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (98)
Yes, believe it or not, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 has one of the highest Metacritic scores of all time. We know the game is fun, but that is surprising! The game took everything that was great about the first Tony Hawk - the arcade-style gameplay, large environments, and natural controls - and simply made everything better.
The gameplay was MORE fun and arcadey, the environments were even larger, and the controls were even tighter. Add in a few new components to the recipe, including cash rewards and manuals, and you have yourself an unexpected masterpiece. We don't think anyone could have predicted that a skateboarding series would become one of the most beloved franchises in gaming history, but there you have it!