The Best Action-adventure Games for Playstation 4

Update : Steel Soul added at rank #42.
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Shadow Man Remastered (2021)

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80
Review score
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PC Windows Xbox One Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

Shadow Man Remastered is an action-adventure game set in a grimey, industrial hellscape. Play as Michael LeRoi, a supernatural superhero brought back to life by voodoo priestess Mama Nettie who implanted the Mask of Shadows into his chest. Explore labyrinthine worlds and battle enemies using your Shadow Gun and Voodoo magic.


What we like:
  • Unique control system allows player to use a distinct item in each hand
  • Restored content not found in any original releases
  • Great voice acting
  • Terrifying soundtrack
  • Labyrinthine world
What could be improved:
  • No map system to help with navigation
  • Platforming can be hit or miss due to camera angle

  • platform
  • tps
  • action-adventure
  • metroidvania
  • 3d
  • horror
  • exploration
  • third-person
  • old-school
  • retro
  • shooter
  • adventure
  • atmospheric
  • demons
  • dark

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Strayed Lights (2023)

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73
Review score
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Xbox One Xbox Series X/s PC Windows Xbox Series X Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Nintendo Switch

Dive into Strayed Lights, an immersive action adventure where you battle emotion-deformed creatures in a dreamlike world. With a vibrant color palette, stunning visuals, and a strong soundtrack, you'll be captivated. Master the innovative combat mechanics, face memorable bosses, and explore beautifully crafted levels. Will you restore light and face your inner demons?


What we like:
  • Vibrant, wild color palette
  • Captivating soundtrack
  • Innovative and challenging combat mechanics
  • Memorable boss encounters
  • Beautifully crafted world
What could be improved:
  • Minimal and confusing story
  • Some upgrades feel less helpful
  • Lack of enemy variation

  • action-adventure
  • combat
  • boss
  • soundtrack
  • atmospheric
  • souls
  • boss-fight
  • story
  • fantasy
  • cinematic
  • philosophical
  • dark
  • emotional
  • fight
  • stylized

3

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (2021)

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86
Review score
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Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4 PC Windows Xbox Series X

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy casts you as Star-Lord, and tasks you with traipsing around the galaxy with Rocket, Groot, Drax, and Gamora. Developer Crystal Dynamics captures the spirit and fun of the true Guardians team while also exploring untapped quadrants of Marvel lore. The game features a strong story that keeps you playing as Peter Quill for the entire game and promises electric moments with thoughtful junctures.


What we like:
  • Strong story
  • Explore untapped quadrants of Marvel lore
  • Electric moments and thoughtful junctures
  • Control Peter in every battle & feel like leader of Guardians
What could be improved:
  • No multiplayer or cooperative action options

  • superhero
  • combat
  • action-adventure
  • battle
  • narrative
  • fight
  • exploration
  • story
  • shooter
  • single-player
  • adventure
  • puzzle
  • action
  • tps
  • third-person

4

The Wild at Heart (2021)

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Review score
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Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch PC Windows Mac OS

The Wild at Heart is a beautiful and joyous tale of discovery, full of quirky characters, exploration and puzzles. You play as Wake, a young scallywag searching for excitement who stumbles upon an adventure to save the world and reunite the Greenshields. With its hand-drawn art style, mysterious creatures and day-night cycle adding tension to the gameplay, you'll be sure to have some exciting escapades!


What we like:
  • Quirky characters with unique traits
  • Beautiful artstyle
  • Light combat & puzzles that increase in difficulty
  • Day-night cycle adding tension to the gameplay
What could be improved:
  • The standard loop:go here - do that
  • Parts of the narrative are well-honed

  • puzzle
  • hand-drawn
  • crafting
  • story
  • action-adventure
  • fantasy
  • emotional
  • time-management
  • 2d
  • atmospheric
  • colourful
  • resource-management
  • survival
  • exploration
  • adventure

5

Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore (2024)

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Xbox One Xbox Series X/s j Nintendo Switch PC Windows Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Xbox Series X

After ten years of peace...the evil Daimur has returned. Princess Arzette is the Kingdom of Faramore’s only hope to restore harmony to the land. Travel through multiple breathtaking locations filled with scum, villainy and secrets.


  • platform
  • action-adventure
  • fmv
  • 2d
  • metroidvania
  • interactive
  • exploration
  • funny
  • sprite
  • hand-drawn
  • pixel
  • retro
  • controller-support
  • straight-to-video

6

Nocturnal (2023)

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Xbox One PC Windows Nintendo Switch Playstation 5 Xbox Series X Android Playstation 4

After years of traveling, Ardeshir finds his native island covered in a mysterious fog. Carve your way with fire and steel to find out what happened to your people in this action-platformer game. You’re the only one who can discover the secrets that lie beyond the Mist.


  • platform
  • scroller
  • soundtrack
  • 2d
  • linear
  • narration
  • action-adventure
  • mystery
  • hand-drawn
  • dark
  • puzzle
  • demons
  • exploration
  • combat
  • eroge

7

Super Chicken Jumper (2021)

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90
Review score
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Nintendo Switch Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Android PC Windows

Super Chicken Jumper is a hardcore retro platformer that offers an addictive and rage-inducing gaming experience. Play as a superhero chicken and help Mrs President take down huge bosses across 6 unique worlds, while avoiding an array of obstacles. Equip yourself with an array of tools and equipment to give you a fighting chance against the mutated bosses!


What we like:
  • Simple approach
  • Colourful aesthetics
  • Cute graphics
  • Cooperative gameplay
  • Flappy Bird-like gameplay
  • Endless option
  • Brutal and unfair challenges
  • Basic concept with power-ups to change the course of the game
What could be improved:
  • Brutal difficulty curve and unforgiving mechanics that will make you wince with failure repeatedly
  • Cinematic not for everyone
  • Basic button layout can be fiddly to master at times

  • anime
  • cute
  • action-adventure
  • colourful
  • cooperative
  • local
  • souls
  • 2d
  • pixel
  • funny
  • runner
  • multiplayer
  • arcade
  • difficult
  • procedural

8

fig. (2022)

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75
Review score
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Xbox One Android Playstation 4 Mac OS PC Windows

You do not know anything, yet you have to move forward. Wander through the corridors of a mysterious factory and recover your abilities. Fight patroling drones and break through to demanding boss battles. Seek a way out and find the meaning of the game's title.


  • 2d
  • platform
  • arcade
  • action-adventure
  • cyberpunk
  • hand-drawn
  • aliens
  • casual
  • robots
  • fight
  • dark
  • post-apocalyptic
  • pixel
  • sci-fi
  • shooter

9

Nuclear Blaze (2021)

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87
Review score
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PC Windows Xbox One Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

Nuclear Blaze is a unique 2D firefighting game from the creator of Dead Cells, with all the devastating backdrafts, exploding walls and sprinklers you could expect. Fight your way through a mysterious facility and try to keep the blaze under control.


  • platform
  • 2d
  • action-adventure
  • mystery
  • scroller
  • exploration
  • atmospheric
  • pixel
  • colourful
  • rogue-like
  • action
  • investigation
  • full-blown

10

Bluey: The Videogame (2023)

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Xbox One l Nintendo Switch Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Xbox Series X PC Windows

Play a brand-new story set across 4 interactive adventures, explore iconic locations, play your favourite games from the TV show and also play with your friends and family in local multiplayer.


  • cartoony
  • dog
  • local
  • cooperative
  • action-adventure
  • friends-and-family
  • colourful
  • multiplayer
  • interactive
  • family-friendly
  • adventure
  • cute
  • park
  • exploration
  • recreation

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