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Underrated PS4 Games That Are Def Worth A Second Look

Updated October 20, 2020 3.8k votes 695 voters 28.6k views25 items

List RulesVote up all the hidden PlayStation 4 gems you think deserve more attention.

The PlayStation 4 has a massive library of both console exclusives and popular titles, but which games do you love that other people don’t even know about? Sure, everyone’s heard of The Last of Us and God of War, but the PS4 also has a handful of amazing underrated games that definitely deserve a second look.

Because the PS4's library is so vast, many smaller or lesser-known titles are often overshadowed by larger franchises. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t just as good—or better. Overlooked PlayStation 4 games like Mad Max and Mafia III are both great titles by any measurement, even if they were somewhat snubbed upon their initial release.

Some of these games you may have heard of, while others you’ve likely played once or twice. Whatever the case, vote up your picks for the best underrated PS4 games so other gamers can see which hidden PlayStation 4 gems are worth giving a go.

  • Photo: United Front Games

    Metacritic score: 77/100

    Sleeping Dogs is a 2012 open world action-adventure video game developed by United Front Games and Square Enix London. It was published by Square Enix and Bandai Namco Games for Microsoft Windows and the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. Set in contemporary Hong Kong, the single-player story follows Wei Shen, an undercover Hong Kong-American police officer on assignment to infiltrate the Sun On Yee Triad organisation. Gameplay centres on Shen's fighting, shooting and parkour abilities, and on gadgets that can be used for combat and exploration. Players must complete missions to unlock content and continue the story, but they may instead wander the game's open world and engage in both...  more
    • Release: 2012
    • Developer: United Front Games, Square Enix Europe
    • Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Action-adventure game

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  • Photo: Avalanche Studios

    Metacritic score: 69/100

    Mad Max is an action-adventure video game based on the Mad Max franchise. Developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, it was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2015. Feral Interactive published the game's macOS and Linux versions. Mad Max is an action-adventure game set in an open-world post-apocalyptic environment, emphasizing vehicular combat, in which the player is the eponymous Mad Max (Bren Foster)....  more
    • Release: 2015
    • Developer: Avalanche Studios
    • Genres (Video game): Action-adventure, vehicular combat
  • Photo: Respawn Entertainment

    Metacritic score: 86/100

    Titanfall 2 is a first-person shooter video game, developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. A sequel to 2014's Titanfall, the game was released worldwide on October 28, 2016 for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In Titanfall 2, players control Titans, mecha-style exoskeletons and their pilots, who are agile and equipped with a variety of skills ranging from wall-running to cloaking. Set in a science fiction universe, the single-player campaign follows the story of Jack Cooper, a rifleman from the Frontier Militia, who bonds with his mentor's Titan BT-7274 after his mentor is killed in action. Together, they embark on a quest to stop the Interstellar...  more
    • Release: 2016
    • Developer: Respawn Entertainment
    • Genres (Video game): First-person shooter
  • Photo: Sucker Punch Productions

    Metacritic score: 73/100

    Infamous Second Son is an open world, action-adventure video game developed by Sucker Punch Productions and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 4. The game was released worldwide on March 21, 2014. Like in previous Infamous games, the player-controlled protagonist possesses superpower abilities that players use in combat. The story follows protagonist Delsin Rowe fighting the Department of Unified Protection in a fictionalized Seattle. Over the course of the game, Delsin acquires new powers and becomes either good or evil as player choices influence his morality. Sucker Punch began planning the game as early as 2010, when they began discussion with Sony to bring the...  more
    • Release: 2014
    • Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
    • Genres (Video game): Action-adventure