Top 10 PlayStation Games of the Century (So Far)

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Top 10 PlayStation Games of the Century (So Far)

VOICE OVER: Riccardo Tucci WRITTEN BY: Zachary Sykes
We're only two decades into the 21st century, and there are already so many amazing video games to play! For this list, we'll be looking at PlayStation exclusive games only that have come out between the year 2000 and the present day! Our list includes “Spider-Man” (2018), “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves” (2009), “Persona 5” (2017), “Horizon Zero Dawn” (2017), “The Last of Us” (2013) and more!
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Top 10 PlayStation Games of the Century (So Far)

We’re only two decades into the 2000s, and there’s already so much quality content to play out there. Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 PlayStation Games of the Century (So Far).

For this list, we’ll be looking at PlayStation exclusive games only that have come out between the year 2000 and the present day! This means games that can only be played on PlayStation products, so no games that eventually got ported to other systems or timed exclusives (sorry, Final Fantasy VII Remake!)

#10: “Until Dawn” (2015)


This interactive, cinematic horror game created an aura of tension and terror while also managing to make players feel that their choices mattered. “Until Dawn” shares a similar style to games such as “Heavy Rain” and “Detroit: Become Human”, and was indeed inspired in part by the former. While those games are great in their own right, “Until Dawn” perfects the formula. You have a cabin-in-the-woods filled with your stereotypical horror movie protagonists, and based on the decisions you make they can either die horribly or survive right up until the end. The game’s also got celebrities doing the motion capture for the characters, like Rami Malek and Hayden Panettiere. It’s an impressive game that lets your choices have consequences.

#9: “Spider-Man” (2018)


Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has great comics, movies, and now, a fantastic video game. This action-packed superhero adventure allows players to control Spidey as he swings through New York, taking down crime and fighting a roster of some of his best villains. The story is gripping and emotional, and takes Peter Parker down some depressing paths. It seems that the writers of this game really get who Peter is; though he gets beat down, over and over again, he always manages to get back up and do the right thing. Not only does the game have one of the best Spider-Man stories of recent years, it also includes some incredible gameplay that showcases Spidey’s combat prowess, gadgets, and web-slinging.

#8: “Ratchet & Clank” (2002)


The original in a series of 3-D platformers, this game launched the careers of two of the PlayStation’s unofficial mascots. Ratchet and his robot companion, Clank, set out to save the planets across their galaxy from being destroyed. What follows is a delightful game with a charming aesthetic and an inventive, adventurous story that both adults and children can enjoy. It offers an impressive array of weapons and gadgets that Ratchet and Clank can use to tackle the galaxy’s enemies, puzzles and minigames. With sequels and remakes aplenty, it is clear that this game holds a special place in many people’s hearts, and for good reason.

#7: “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves” (2009)


This series by Naughty Dog is full of great games with jaw-dropping spectacle, fun puzzles and emotional storylines, and while any of the Uncharted games could have made this list, especially the fourth and final game in the saga, “Uncharted 2” feels like a classic. The game follows the intrepid Nathan Drake as he seeks the secrets of Shambhala. “Uncharted 2” has graphics that still hold up even today, and it’s gameplay feels a lot tighter and more fluid than its predecessor. The game is a technical marvel for its time, and this enhances its cinematic-style gameplay that makes it feel like you’re living out your wildest Indiana Jones fantasies.

#6: “Shadow of the Colossus” (2005)


The original game was so beloved it was remade both for the PS3 and PS4, and it’s easy to see why. This exhilarating game has you going out into the world, defeating sixteen bosses, and saving a mysterious girl. Each colossus is like a puzzle and boss battle rolled into one as you figure out how to climb atop the massive beings and attack their weak points, listening to some of the most heart-pumping music as you go about your task. This mission begins to seem a lot darker as the game goes on, however, and the game manages to tell a compelling story of the lengths people will go to save the ones they love.

#5: “Persona 5” (2017)


This jam-packed JRPG is just oozing with style. Don’t let the number fool you; it’s totally accessible for new players to get into. Following the journey of Joker and his friends as he balances school with a vigilante life of battling in the Metaverse, the game seamlessly combines fun role-playing, turn-based combat, dungeon crawling and social simulation mechanics. The result is an action-packed game with an incredible cast of characters that you feel yourself bonding with as the game continues. Even if you’re new to the JRPG genre, let alone the “Persona” series, this game will serve as a great first step.

#4: “Bloodborne” (2015)


Fear the old blood. This spiritual successor to the famous Dark Souls series is just as difficult as its predecessors, but it isn’t just difficulty that gets fans raving at this masterpiece like a bunch of blood-crazed hunters. It’s the tight yet fast-paced combat system, the interesting weapon variety, the gorgeous art and sound design, the layout of the world, the intense and memorable boss fights, and the horrific and intriguing story of Yharnam. The world of “Bloodborne” is a depressing mess, with lycanthropic beasts and mad hunters roaming the streets, but as you progress and peel back the layers you realize there are far darker and more unfathomable forces at play in Yharnam. This game is the “Souls” formula perfected; a challenging but rewarding experience that will have your jaw on the floor.

#3: “Horizon Zero Dawn” (2017)


Set in a post-apocalyptic future where robot dinosaurs roam the land, “Horizon Zero Dawn” is perhaps the best open world PlayStation exclusive of the past 20 years. Fighting robot dinos with a bow and arrow is an absolute blast, the world is gorgeous and huge, but perhaps most impressive is the story. As the outcast Aloy, you explore the cultures of the world while uncovering the ruins and secrets of humanity’s dead civilization, all culminating in some crazy revelations. Aloy herself is an incredible protagonist with a strong heart who goes through some emotional character development on her journey. “Horizon Zero Dawn” is a masterpiece in blending great game mechanics with a phenomenal story.

#2: “God of War” (2018)


This reimagining of the series reaches godly heights. Take the bloodthirsty Kratos, who was responsible for the violent ends of pretty much the entire Greek Pantheon, drop him into Norse mythology and make him a sympathetic father. On paper, it doesn’t sound as awesome a game as it turned out to be. The combat is satisfying, the music and visuals are stunning, and the story is just perfection. Throughout the game you will see the father-son dynamic of Kratos and Atreus develop as they both risk it all against some of the most creative enemies out there. This is a beautifully touching story about a father and his boy learning to work together to survive.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

“Killzone 2” (2009)
A Fun, Futuristic First-Person Shooter

“Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” (2008)
A Great Game From a Great Franchise

“Infamous 2” (2011)
A Shockingly Good Superhero Adventure

“LittleBigPlanet 2” (2011)
A Cute Puzzle Platformer With a Lot of Creativity

“Journey” (2012)
A Unique and Emotional Approach to Co-operative Gameplay

#1: “The Last of Us” (2013)


While zombie stories are nothing new, “The Last of Us” shines in making the narrative centered on its two protagonists, Joel and Ellie. This game masters the art of getting you to care about these two flawed characters and their relationship to one another. It’s also a very dark tale, and it will have you questioning Joel’s choices throughout the game. The brutal stealth based combat system adds to the game’s sense of desperation and hopelessness; you can’t run into most situations, guns blazing, you have to consider your approach and sneak around to survive. “The Last of Us” is a phenomenal gaming experience with a beautiful story, and it can certainly be counted among the greatest games of all time.
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