The Best Detective Games for Playstation 4

Update : Outbreak The Fedora Files: What Lydia Knows added at rank #36.
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Hypnospace Outlaw (2019)

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Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Xbox One PC Windows Mac OS Linux

Hypnospace Outlaw is a unique game that takes you to the world of the early internet circa 1999. As an assigned moderator of the Hypnospace community, you have to investigate unapproved commerce, strike down images and links with copyright infringement and page through personal blogs and projects. You will explore a web browser as well as a customizable desktop with programs and documents, while having to scan for references and redirects.


What we like:
  • Unique game setting in the early internet
  • Investigative detective work
  • Engaging storyline
  • Eye-searing kitsch comedy
  • Built with consistent world elements
What could be improved:
  • Limited color palette
  • Grainy pixelated artwork

  • detective
  • alternate
  • conspiracy
  • simulation
  • parody
  • funny
  • online
  • puzzle
  • 1990s

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Lost Judgment (2021)

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88
Review score
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Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 4 Playstation 5 PC Windows

Lost Judgment is an action-adventure game set in a dark and humorous story full of twists, with great visuals and animations. Explore two amazing cities with tons of side quests, shops and places to eat, while fighting gang members, delinquent students and more. Switch between three different combat styles to upgrade your stats and skills. Enjoy detective inspired mini-games, the return of the drone races, plus a bunch of Master System games to collect and play.


What we like:
  • Amazing story with likable characters
  • Fun side quests
  • Smooth combat system
  • Two immersive cities to explore
  • Variety of mini-games and collectibles
What could be improved:
  • Some immersion breaking moments
  • Limited skateboard tricks
  • Some undertones may not be okay with everyone
  • Mediocre lock picking mini-game
  • Drone flies wonky at times

  • detective
  • skateboard
  • fight
  • combat
  • crime
  • brawler
  • mystery
  • stealth
  • boxing
  • spin-off
  • parkour
  • narrative
  • turn-based

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Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (2021)

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89
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Playstation 5 Xbox Series X Xbox One Nintendo Switch stadia Mac OS PC Windows Playstation 4

Disco Elysium - The Final Cut is a groundbreaking role playing game. You’re a detective with a unique skill system at your disposal and a whole city to carve your path across. Interrogate unforgettable characters, crack murders or take bribes. Become a hero or an absolute disaster of a human being.


  • rpg
  • detective
  • political
  • isometric
  • dice
  • skill
  • crime
  • tabletop

4

Chicken Police (2020)

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PC Windows Xbox One Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch IOS iPhone stadia Playstation 5 Mac OS

Chicken Police - Paint it RED! is an off-kilter adventure game and visual novel that takes you to the city of Clawville as private detective Sonny Featherland and his partner, Marty MacChicken investigate a case. Follow them as they meet the denizens of the seedy underbelly, interrogate suspects and investigate crime scenes in this hard-boiled noir.


What we like:
  • Smoothly running game
  • Well-made
  • Excellent story supported by good voice acting
  • No-longer weird seeing animal heads on human bodies
What could be improved:
  • Initial weirdness of seeing animal heads on human bodies
  • Minimal action with only occasional minigames

  • detective
  • visual-novel
  • noir
  • mystery
  • point-and-click

5

Judgment (2018)

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Playstation 4 Xbox One IOS iPhone Android PC Windows stadia Xbox Series X Playstation 5

Fight for the truth and uncover the twisted crime running deep beneath the surface of Tokyo. In this legal thriller , the balance between justice and mercy teeters on the edge.

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  • detective
  • crime
  • fight
  • drama
  • combat
  • spin-off
  • narrative

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GHOST TRICK: Phantom Detective (2023)

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86
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Nintendo Switch IOS iPhone Xbox One Playstation 4 PC Windows Android

In Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, you're a ghost solving your own murder mystery before sunrise. With time manipulation, object possession, and mind-bending puzzles, you'll uncover a story full of twists and turns. This HD remaster offers an upgraded visual experience, new music arrangements, and a gallery of artwork, making it the ultimate version of this classic adventure.

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What we like:
  • Engaging story with satisfying twists
  • Endearing, unique characters
  • Fantastic art style and graphic upgrades
  • Fun voice acting
  • Intriguing puzzle-solving mechanics
What could be improved:
  • Puzzles can be frustrating and require trial-and-error
  • Unhelpful hint system
  • Lack of bonus content

  • puzzle
  • mystery
  • detective
  • cult
  • adventure
  • narrative
  • supernatural
  • classic
  • assassin

7

Inspector Waffles (2021)

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Xbox One Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch PC Windows

Join Inspector Waffles, a jaded and witty feline detective as he attempts to solve the murder of Fluffy, beloved owner of Fluffy Box Furniture. Interrogate suspects, investigate leads and combine inventory items in the charming pixel art world of Cat Town. Enjoy sharp writing, a likeable cast of characters and enjoyable puzzles as you try to solve the case by any means necessary!


What we like:
  • Sharp writing
  • Likeable cast of characters
  • Charming pixel art presentation
  • Enjoyable puzzles
  • Clever hint system
What could be improved:
  • Short game length
  • Can't just drag objects onto characters during conversations

  • detective
  • pixel
  • point-and-click
  • mystery
  • noir
  • dog
  • cats
  • crime
  • investigation
  • narration
  • classic
  • funny
  • old-school
  • thriller

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BROK the InvestiGator (2022)

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BROK the InvestiGator is an adventure game set in a futuristic cyberpunk city where humans have been replaced by animals and robots. Join Brok, a former boxer turned private detective, as he attempts to uncover a sinister plot while struggling with parenthood and providing for his deceased wife's son. Experience the fusion of point-and-click adventure and beat 'em up gameplay styles as you explore your surroundings, talk to NPCs and solve puzzles.


What we like:
  • Fully voiced cast
  • Seamless fusion of point-and-click and beat 'em up genres
  • Relatable story with heartfelt moments
  • Sherlock Holmes­-esque interrogation sequences
  • Multiple endings for replayability
What could be improved:
  • Some puzzles are too simple to work out
  • Some sequences drag on too long serving little purpose outside of padding out the runtime

  • point-and-click
  • detective
  • beat-em-up
  • cyberpunk
  • dystopian
  • adventure
  • soundtrack
  • choices
  • investigation
  • futuristic
  • fight
  • mystery
  • cartoony
  • puzzle
  • post-apocalyptic

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Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One (2021)

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Xbox Series X Playstation 5 PC Windows Xbox One Playstation 4

In this story-driven detective thriller, a young Sherlock Holmes struggles to prove himself as he navigates an exotic, dangerous island in the Mediterranean to investigate the mystery of his mother’s death.


  • detective
  • open-world
  • crime
  • mystery

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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes And Punishments (2014)

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Playstation 3 Nintendo Switch Xbox One Playstation 4 PC Windows Xbox 360

Become the most celebrated detective of all time: Sherlock Holmes! Use your impressive talents as a detective to solve six thrilling and varied cases: murders, missing persons, spectacular thefts and numerous investigations that sometimes lead you into the realms of the fantastic.

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  • detective
  • crime
  • mystery
  • adventure
  • puzzle

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