It seems that every month spawns a new debate regarding whether or not it’s worth upgrading to a PS5 if you’re still rocking Sony’s old-school machine.
Of course, if you want the best graphics and performance around, then the PS5 is the console to opt for, but there are, as usual, still lots of great gaming experiences heading to PS4; this generation appears to be taking much longer than those before it to officially “end”.
In that spirit, then, here are the best PS4 games you’ll be able to pick up for your plucky last-gen console in October 2023!
Worldless (October 4th)
Worldless’ evocative art style and minimalist presentation alone should make it worth a look. If you’re a fan of games like Outland, then you’ll likely get a kick out of this one.
Developer Noname describes Worldless as a “stylised 2D adventure platformer with turn-based combat and a mind-bending, interpretative narrative”, so you’re not going to be getting a straightforward good-versus-evil romp here.
What you will get is a beautifully serene platformer with an interconnected Metroidvania-style world, as well as RPG-like combat with plenty of flash and panache.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage (October 5th)
In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, we got to meet Basim, a member of the organisation then known as the Hidden Ones (which would, as you might expect, later morph into the Assassin Order we know and love).
Assassin’s Creed Mirage will expand Basim’s story, taking us to 9th-century Baghdad as we uncover the story of his fight against the nefarious Templar Order.
Mirage promises to return to Assassin’s Creed’s roots, delivering a more focused open-world experience focusing on stealth and exploration rather than number-crunching.
Sword Art Online Last Recollection (October 6th)
If you’re a fan of Sword Art Online, then you’ve probably already got this one on your radar, but even if you’re not, it might well be worth a look.
The game features the biggest roster of playable Sword Art Online characters across any of the franchise’s video game adaptations and bases itself around the “War of Underworld” arc.
Expect lots of exciting action-packed battling, as well as the chance to play alongside your friends in online multiplayer (although not in local play, sadly).
River City: Rival Showdown (October 12th)
Way back in 2017, a remake of RPG beat-’em-up River City Ransom was released for the 3DS. Known as River City: Rival Showdown, it came and went without much fanfare, but that might be about to change.
This 3DS remake is getting a re-release in October for PS4, complete with improved visuals, a reworked user interface, and plenty of gameplay improvements.
If you love River City games and want to experience a lost chapter of the franchise, then you should definitely go ahead and add this one to your wishlist.
Sonic Superstars (October 17th)
We know that it’s getting harder to justify the purchase of a new Sonic game (although we’ll go to bat for the underrated Sonic Frontiers), but Sonic Superstars is a little different.
Unlike more recent Sonic fare, it’s a sidescrolling game that emphasises multiplayer, allowing you to play as either Sonic or one of three of his friends: Tails, Knuckles, and Amy.
Each of them has different abilities, allowing you to explore different areas of each stage as you hunt for Dr. Eggman’s minions and race to stop his latest plot.
Skull Island: Rise of Kong (October 17th)
Alright, alright, we’ll admit it. Skull Island: Rise of Kong doesn’t exactly look like Game of the Year material, at least based on what we’ve already seen of it.
Still, it could be worth a few laughs, and who knows? Sometimes, the least-heralded games are the ones most worth talking about, so there’s still time for Skull Island: Rise of Kong to prove itself.
What we’ve seen paints the game as a rather retrograde action-adventure throwback that looks like it belongs on the PlayStation 3, but hey, maybe there’s space for that in our ultra-fast-paced triple-A-obsessed industry.
Endless Dungeon (October 19th)
You might have played previous games in the Endless series, including the game to which Endless Dungeon is a sequel, namely Dungeon of the Endless. Confusing, right?
All you need to know is that this upcoming follow-up is a tower defence-come-roguelite game with procedurally-generated levels and plenty of upgrades to acquire.
This one has been built around multiplayer, although it will have a solo play mode. It’s likely best experienced alongside friends, though, so grab a few to join you in your excursions if you can.
World of Horror (October 19th)
If you like experimental indie horror games, then World of Horror should be high up on your PS4 wishlist. It’s been kicking around for a while in various forms of Early Access, but it’s almost ready to be released.
In short, the game is a horror adventure roguelike with turn-based combat. Each of its scenarios tells a different horrifying story featuring elements of Japanese folklore, as well as a healthy dose of cosmic horror.
If you love Junji Ito and Lovecraft, then this game was almost tailor-made for you, so be sure to take a look at it.
Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 (October 24th)
At time of writing, only the PS5 version of Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1’s store page appears to be live, but the collection is also making its way to PS4.
The collection will include three seminal stealth classics in the form of the first three Metal Gear Solid games, as well as earlier curios like the original Metal Gear, sequel Solid Snake, and unofficial off-the-books sequel Snake’s Revenge.
If you’re a Metal Gear aficionado, then you owe it to yourself to pick this up and experience the series anew on modern machines.