10 best PlayStation exclusive games ranked

PlayStation has some of the best exclusive video games out of any console. So it's time to find out which of them are the best.

The Last of Us Part II Remastered for PS5. Image courtesy Sony PlayStation
The Last of Us Part II Remastered for PS5. Image courtesy Sony PlayStation /
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4. Shadow of the Colossus remake

Shadow of the Colossus is unlike any other game that has ever been created. While other titles are too busy filling their maps with countless side activities and multiple gameplay mechanics to avoid feeling repetitive, this project (originally helmed by Japan Studio and Team Ico) attempts to do something different. It serves as the perfect example that more doesn't always mean better.

Shadow of the Colossus gives players a straightforward quest set in an empty world that can be completed in under eight hours. It may sound really bare-bones, but it's quite the opposite. In fact, this complex adventure makes you feel conflicted every step of the way. It flawlessly conveys a mix of eeriness, discovery, loneliness, accomplishment, and even guilt. Once credits roll chances are it'll leave you a bitter-sweet taste in your mouth, making you question if any of your actions were worth it or not.

The game's cryptic narrative pushes players to sacrifice the lives of majestic creatures to resurrect a woman they never even knew. Its protagonist, Wander, stops at nothing to bring her back to life. Maybe out of love, or perhaps out of desperation. But no matter how good his intentions are, you'll end up feeling wrong when taking down the huge colossi that were living a peaceful life and didn't attack you other than to defend themselves most of the time.

It can be exhilarating to fight these giant creatures, and the game succeeds at making you feel smart when you finally discover their weaknesses. However, once the dust settles and their corpses fall to the ground, there will be nothing left but a big void in player's hearts. Wander eventually succeeds in his mission to resurrect Mono, the mysterious girl whose corpse he brought to the forbidden land. But even if that was always the goal, the price to accomplish it was too big to pay.

Shadow of the Colossus was initially released in 2005 and was one of the first titles ever to prove video games are more than a collection of assets and thousands of lines of code. They can be works of art capable of transmitting a great number of different emotions (just like movies and books), and they don't need to be overly complicated to do so. Its soundtrack is one of the best out of the last 20 years, and the 2018 remake looks absolutely beautiful thanks to Bluepoint Games' attention to detail. Simply put; this is one of the best games you could ever experience on a PlayStation console without a doubt.