The development of console-exclusive titles is one of the elements that make the PlayStation brand a massive success. Speaking of exclusive titles, Sony has been dishing out exclusives since 1994 starting with two Japan-only titles Crime Crackers and Motor Toon Grand Prix for the original PlayStation. Today, the PlayStation brand is known to house some of the best adventure games on the market. Speaking of adventure games, today we are going to list the best adventure titles playable on both the PS4 and PS5.
Horizon Forbidden West
Horizon Forbidden West is a third-person action role-playing game. It features Aloy, a hunter in a hazardous, animalistic machine-filled environment and the main character controlled by the player. She travels through an open world, discovering the enigmatic Forbidden West, a post-apocalyptic recreation of the Western side of the United States. Particularly, she traverses the states of Utah, Nevada, and California. Compared to the prior game, the map is larger. The new underwater discoveries and new navigation that uses freeform climbing enhance the Valor Surge system, and gadgets like the Diving Mask, Focus Scanner, Shieldwing, and Pullcaster. The quest mission framework supports a broader range of objectives with strong incentive structures.
West of the Daunt lies a region known to the Carja as the Forbidden West. Few travelers have ever made it back alive from this unexplored area, famed for its mystique and peril. It serves as the main setting for Horizon Forbidden West and is only mentioned in Horizon Zero Dawn. The game is available for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
The Last of Us Remastered
The Last of Us is a third-person action-adventure game that focuses on the exploits of Joel. He is a smuggler sent to accompany a teenage girl named Ellie across a post-apocalyptic America. To move the plot along, the player must travel across post-apocalyptic landscapes like villages, structures, forests, and sewers. Players can employ firearms to defend themselves from hostile people and cannibalistic monsters infected by a mutated form of the Cordyceps fungus. They can makeshift firearms, hand-to-hand combat, and stealth. The player controls Joel and accompanies Ellie around America, throughout the majority of the game. Players can also control Ellie throughout the winter portion of the game, as well as Sarah, Joel’s daughter, in the opening scene. A rebuilt version of the PlayStation 5 with the title The Last of Us Part 1 was launched on September 2, 2022.
Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut
Action-adventure video game Ghost of Tsushima was created by Sucker Punch Productions and released by Sony Interactive Entertainment in 2020. The game follows the exploits of a samurai warrior named Jin Sakai who is on a mission to defend Tsushima Island in the initial invasion of the Mongols of Japan. Jin is forced to decide between fighting according to his moral code as a warrior and using cruel tactics to resist the Mongols with the fewest losses. The game has a massive open area that may be traveled on foot or by horseback. The player has two options when faced with foes. You can use Jin’s katana to fight them directly or take on the identity of “the Ghost,”. It is a legendary warrior who uses stealth to kill foes. Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut is playable on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
Days Gone is an action-adventure video game developed by Bend Studio and released in 2019 by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The game takes place in post-societal Oregon 2 years after an epidemic that transformed a segment of the population into savage zombie-like creatures referred to as “Freakers”. Deacon St. John is a former outlaw-turned-drifter. He learns that his wife Sarah, who had been presumed dead, might still be alive, and he seeks to find her.
A third-person view is used to play Days Gone, allowing the player to saunter through an expansive setting. To defend themselves from violent people and bloodthirsty creatures known as Freakers, players can employ stealth, firearms, and melee weapons. They can also use any homemade weaponry in addition to these methods. Deacon’s motorcycle, which you can use as a secondary (mobile) ammo cache and as your primary source of mobility. It is one of the key game components. This game is playable on the PS5 through the console’s backward compatibility feature.
Bloodborne is a PlayStation 4 action role-playing game published by Sony Computer Entertainment in 2015. The game takes the player’s Hunter character through the decaying Gothic, Victorian-era-inspired metropolis of Yharnam, whose citizens are sick with a blood-borne illness. The player explores the city while fending off monsters and cosmic beings to discover the cause of the disease. The game employs s third-person perspective in the game. Strategic weapon-based combat and exploration are the primary gameplay elements, and players control a fully customizable protagonist. In addition, the game features weapons like rapiers and firearms. Exploration of new areas, engaging with characters outside of the player’s control, and solving the secrets of the city are just some of the activities in the game. This game is playable on the PlayStation 5 through its backward compatibility feature.
Infamous: Second Son
Infamous Second Son is an action-adventure game released in 2014. It was developed by Sucker Punch Productions and launched by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 4. The third Infamous movie is now available. Superpowers are used by the player-controlled protagonist both in battle and while navigating the city. Delsin Rowe, the narrative’s main character, battles the abusive Department of Unified Protection or D.U.P. in a dystopian Seattle. He gains additional abilities as the game progresses, and player decisions affect his morals, making him either good or evil.
The Last Guardian
Action-adventure game The Last Guardian was released in 2016 for the PlayStation 4 by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It was created by Japan Studio and GenDesign. Players take control of a boy who makes friends with Trico, a large hybrid of a bird and a mammal. The player takes control of a nameless boy who must work with a creature that is half bird and half mammal. Its mission is to explore different regions and solve puzzles. The protagonist can climb objects, carry things like barrels, and use levers to control devices.
Trico’s agility and size make him access the locations the child cannot access on his own and ward off enemies who try to harm the boy. On the other hand, some impediments must be eliminated by the youngster, such as glass eyes or gates that terrify Trico and stop him from moving forward. You need to feed Trico from barrels when it becomes hungry. After a fight, you should pet him to make him calm down. Players are also responsible for taking the spears from adversaries.
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
Both Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End from 2016 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy are included in the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection. The gameplay and features of the collection improve, such as better Fidelity, graphics, and Performance modes, haptic feedback via the DualSense controller, and quicker load times.
God of War
The action-adventure game God of War was created by Santa Monica Studio and released by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The PlayStation 4 version came out in April 2018, while the Windows version followed in January 2022. The game is the follow-up to 2010’s God of War III, the eighth game in the God of War series and the eighth chronologically.
Player control Kratos in puzzle game components and combo-based combat. Since the gameplay was entirely recreated, it differs considerably from earlier games. The Blades of Chaos, Kratos’ characteristic double-chained blades, are no longer his go-to weapon, which is a significant alteration. Instead, he wields the Leviathan Axe, a mystical fighting axe with ice elemental energy.
In contrast to the earlier installments, which used a fixed cinematic camera, God of War 2018 uses an over-the-shoulder free camera. From a cinematic perspective, there are no camera cutbacks or loading windows throughout the game.
Adventure Compared to ARPGs & Action Games
Between an ARPG or action game, an adventure game significantly gives players mental stimulation and intelligent gameplay. Adventure games are designed to be full narrative experiences or puzzles that call for players to utilize their heads to comprehend and overcome. So, you might wonder, what precisely is an adventure game? It’s a game that focuses on a player’s problem-solving abilities. They typically contain minimal action and develop a narrative across the course of the entire game. They are not unlike role-playing games with a strong emphasis on battle, teamwork, and point collecting. To that end, an action RPG can be considered an action adventure but falls under the adventure genre.
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