The Best Adventure exploration Games for Playstation 4

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A Short Hike (2019)

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Join Claire on her vacation and take a hike to the top of Hawk Peak in A Short Hike. Meet quirky characters, gather collectibles and uncover secrets across the charming island park. Enjoy the original soundtrack that perfectly captures the game's atmosphere. Don't let the game's title fool you, there's plenty of adventure waiting for you on this short hike.


What we like:
  • Immersive gameplay with a captivating story and charming characters
  • Beautiful pixel art and evocative soundtrack that complement the game's atmosphere perfectly
  • Rich and detailed world with lots of secrets to uncover
  • Short and concise game that provides an enjoyable and fulfilling experience
  • Great value for money
What could be improved:
  • Cumbersome inventory system
  • No map

  • park
  • relaxing
  • exploration
  • cute
  • adventure
  • flight
  • open-world
  • walking-simulator
  • inventory
  • parkour
  • funny
  • nature
  • platform
  • vertical
  • short

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Outer Wilds (2019)

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

Unravel the mysteries of the universe in Outer Wilds, an award-winning open world game. Explore an ever-evolving solar system, uncover alien secrets, and enjoy a thought-provoking narrative. With no enemies to fight, you're free to discover at your own pace. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in space!


What we like:
  • Unique and immersive gameplay experience
  • Beautiful and intricate world-building
  • Thought-provoking narrative
  • Encourages fearless discovery
  • Captures the mysteries of the universe
What could be improved:
  • May cause motion sickness
  • Game's physics can lead to unexpected deaths

  • exploration
  • mystery
  • puzzle
  • discovery
  • open-world
  • space
  • sci-fi
  • story
  • endless
  • adventure
  • first-person
  • day

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Tomb Raider (2014)

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Tomb Raider explores the intense origin story of Lara Croft and her ascent from a young woman to a hardened survivor.


  • puzzle
  • stealth
  • adventure
  • exploration
  • action-adventure
  • cover
  • platform
  • combat
  • action
  • shooter
  • narrative
  • survival
  • underwater
  • third-person
  • multiplayer

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STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order (2019)

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Playstation 4 PC Windows Xbox Series X Playstation 5 stadia Xbox One

Jedi: Fallen Order is a third-person adventure game set in the Star Wars universe. You are a former Padawan who must hide from the Empire while learning to hone your connection to the Force and become a Jedi. The game features stunning graphics and sound design, an engaging story with unexpected twists, challenging Lightsaber combat that requires practice, and plenty of collectibles to discover across multiple worlds.

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What we like:
  • Rich design and scale
  • Wonderful wildlife
  • Diverse cast of characters
  • Rewarding Lightsaber combat that improves with practice
  • Deep customisation options for your Lightsaber
  • Replayable due to hidden loot and hidden pathways opening up over time
  • Fantastic score and sound design
What could be improved:
  • Combat based on animation rather than reflexes can be difficult to master
  • Some areas may become repetitive or boring
  • Predictable moments in story

  • exploration
  • souls
  • combat
  • action-adventure
  • puzzle
  • fight
  • third-person
  • platform
  • story
  • adventure
  • metroidvania
  • boss-fight
  • battle
  • boss
  • swordplay

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Eastshade (2019)

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PC Windows Playstation 4 Xbox One

Embark on a peaceful and wholesome adventure as a traveling painter exploring the beautiful island of Eastshade. Engage with unique and captivating characters, complete quests, and create works of art that impact the world around you. With stunning visuals and a mesmerizing score, Eastshade offers a unique and uplifting experience that will leave a lasting impression on you.


What we like:
  • Captivating characters and engaging quests
  • Stunning visuals and attention to detail
  • Art creation adds an extra layer of gameplay depth
  • Soothing and relaxing experience
  • Strong plot and exploration opportunities.
What could be improved:
  • Technical flaws including glitches and crashes
  • Mixed bag of voice acting.

  • open-world
  • relaxing
  • exploration
  • walking-simulator
  • crafting
  • beautiful
  • combat-free
  • rpg
  • first-person
  • atmospheric
  • photography
  • adventure
  • story
  • fantasy
  • violent

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Axiom Verge 2 (2021)

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Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch wii u vita PC Windows Mac OS Linux

Dive into Axiom Verge 2, an epic adventure that takes you into a mysterious parallel universe. As Indra, unravel the secrets of this world, battling monsters, hacking machines, and exploring ancient ruins. With intriguing gameplay, unique combat mechanics, and a refreshing protagonist, this game offers an immersive, fast-paced, and thrilling experience.


What we like:
  • Excellent game design with a lot to discover
  • Unique combat mechanics that encourage stealth and hacking
  • Refreshing protagonist that breaks stereotypes
  • Improved aesthetic with varied pixel art and haunting music
  • Gameplay is fast-paced and responsive with a diverse array of weapons
What could be improved:
  • Level tree imbalance and unclear progression at times
  • Combat feels optional and some weapons are underutilized
  • Occasional confusion in navigating the open world
  • Less emphasis on bosses and limited weapon options

  • boss
  • exploration
  • platform
  • metroid
  • retro
  • boss-fight
  • classic
  • sci-fi
  • alternate
  • pixel
  • combat
  • metroidvania
  • narrative
  • adventure
  • fight

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Song of Nunu: A League of Legends Story (2022)

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Two best friends, one wild adventure. Join best friends Nunu and Willump on an adventure across the frozen wilds of the Freljord. Song of Nunu: A League of Legends Story is a single-player story adventure developed by Tequila Works.


  • puzzle
  • story
  • adventure
  • platform
  • narrative
  • fight
  • exploration
  • combat
  • rpg
  • single-player
  • action
  • battle
  • boss-fight
  • moba
  • -combat

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)

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PC Windows Xbox Series X stadia Linux Mac OS Xbox One Playstation 4

Experience the thrilling conclusion of Lara's origin story in Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition. Master an unforgiving jungle, explore underwater tunnels, and unleash chaos on your enemies. Conquer terrifying tombs with advanced traversal skills and uncover a hidden city. With the base game and all DLC included, this is the ultimate way to become the Tomb Raider you're destined to be. Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime?

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What we like:
  • Excellent graphics
  • Well-acted story
  • Fun combat
  • Precise controls
  • Cool optional challenge tombs
What could be improved:
  • Collecting materials for upgrades felt pointless
  • Frequent loss of weapons
  • Tedious climbing
  • Occasional bugs with jumping

  • stealth
  • puzzle
  • adventure
  • exploration
  • underwater
  • action-adventure
  • combat
  • narrative
  • action
  • platform
  • crafting
  • survival
  • cover
  • skill
  • shooter

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Tomb Raider: Definitive Survivor Trilogy (2020)

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Xbox One PC Windows Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Xbox Series X

Discover the origins of Shulk as he and his companions clash against a seemingly-unstoppable mechanical menace. Wield a future-seeing blade, chain together attacks, and carefully position your party members in strategic, real-time combat as you journey across a massive world.


  • puzzle
  • adventure
  • stealth
  • exploration
  • action-adventure
  • platform
  • combat
  • action
  • underwater
  • narrative
  • survival
  • shooter
  • cover
  • crafting
  • supernatural

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Bramble: The Mountain King (2023)

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

Bramble The Mountain King is a grim adventure set in a world inspired by dark, Nordic fables. Explore the beautiful yet dangerous and twisted land of Bramble in your endeavour to rescue your sister. Traverse a wondrous landscape and survive deadly encounters with Bramble's many hideous creatures.


  • horror
  • platform
  • dark
  • exploration
  • narrative
  • puzzle
  • boss-fight
  • cinematic
  • adventure
  • mythology
  • action-adventure
  • fantasy
  • story
  • emotional
  • lore

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