The Best Narrative Games for Playstation 4

Update : Open Roads added at rank #9.
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Pentiment (2022)

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Pentiment can be seen as a educational game set in the 15th century, combining point-and-click adventure with role-playing elements and a branching narrative. It follows Andreas Mahler as he tries to clear his friend's name while uncovering the secrets of a small Bavarian town.


What we like:
  • Captivating story
  • Immersive atmosphere
  • Beautiful visuals and sound
  • Interesting characters and dialogue
  • Deep RPG elements and replayability
What could be improved:
  • Limited number of puzzles which are not particularly challenging

  • historical
  • narrative
  • mystery
  • medieval
  • rpg
  • choices
  • book
  • crime
  • adventure
  • detective
  • education
  • story
  • fiction
  • stylized
  • local

2

Life is Strange: True Colors (2021)

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

Experience a bold new era in the award-winning Life is Strange series with Life is Strange: True Colors. Uncover the shocking secrets behind your brother's death as you navigate through an emotional roller-coaster of an adventure. Harness the power of Empathy to change fate and forge deep relationships with the townsfolk. Make tough decisions, explore the vibrant town of Haven Springs, and discover your own voice. With a captivating story, unforgettable characters, and an exclusive soundtrack, this game is a must-play.


What we like:
  • Beautiful graphics and realistic scenery
  • Engaging slice-of-life gameplay
  • Unique power to control emotions
  • Realistic portrayal of difficult topics
  • Enjoyable romance options
What could be improved:
  • Predictable plot and lack of impactful choices
  • Episodes feel rushed and underdeveloped
  • Limited character interaction after emotional moments
  • Short gameplay and shallow character relationships

  • narrative
  • episodic
  • supernatural
  • mystery
  • story
  • choices
  • drama
  • adventure
  • romance
  • local
  • puzzle
  • romantic
  • difficult

3

Wayward Strand (2022)

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80
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Xbox One Nintendo Switch PC Windows Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Xbox Series X Xbox Series X/s

Unravel the captivating world of Wayward Strand as Casey Beaumaris, a journalist in summer 1978. Engage with a diverse cast in an airborne hospital, uncover their unique stories and piece together mysteries. With real-time narratives and multiple playthroughs, each experience is a new discovery in this immersive adventure.


What we like:
  • Beautiful art and animation style
  • Unique worldbuilding
  • Excellent voice acting
  • High replayability value
  • Relaxing atmosphere
What could be improved:
  • Slow pacing
  • Repetitive dialogue
  • No manual saving
  • Flawed gameplay mechanics

  • narrative
  • wholesome
  • cozy
  • choices
  • story
  • drama
  • emotional
  • conversation
  • real-time
  • relaxing
  • adventure
  • book
  • stylized
  • historical
  • mystery

4

Season: A Letter to the Future (2023)

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PC Windows Playstation 5 Playstation 4

In SEASON: A letter to the future, you're a young woman on a mission to document memories before a cataclysm wipes everything away. Enjoy a calming, immersive journey through stunning landscapes, meet diverse characters, and make choices that shape the story. With a beautiful soundtrack and a beautifully crafted world to explore, you'll be captivated by this unique and artistic adventure.


What we like:
  • Relaxing, immersive gameplay
  • Beautiful, meaningful story
  • Diverse, lovable characters
  • Stunning, well-crafted world
  • Choices that affect the story's outcome
What could be improved:
  • Frustrating controls
  • Overdone dialogue and narration

  • narrative
  • walking-simulator
  • exploration
  • mystery
  • relaxing
  • adventure
  • controller-support
  • war
  • farming
  • editing
  • photo
  • discovery
  • pause
  • open-world
  • philosophical

5

The Expanse: A Telltale Series (2023)

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PC Windows Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4

Take on the role of Camina Drummer and explore the dangerous, uncharted edges of the Belt. From scavenging wrecked ships in a zero-g environment, to combating fearsome pirates, you make the difficult choices in this latest Telltale adventure. All five episodes playable at launch!


  • narrative
  • pirates
  • sci-fi
  • zero-gravity
  • exploration
  • adventure
  • novel
  • book
  • drama
  • choices
  • rpg
  • episodic
  • politics
  • action-adventure
  • quick-time-event

6

The Forgotten City (2021)

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

Unravel the mysteries of The Forgotten City, a time-looping adventure set in an ancient Roman city. Engage with well-crafted characters, navigate ethical dilemmas, and uncover secrets that will keep you hooked. Despite its humble origins as a Skyrim mod, this game offers a captivating experience with multiple endings, making every decision count.


What we like:
  • Gripping story with clever twists
  • Immersive, detailed visuals
  • Strong voice performances
  • Thought-provoking themes and ethical dilemmas
  • Multiple dialogue options and quest-solving approaches
What could be improved:
  • Backtracking can be tedious
  • Limited impact of player's chosen backstory
  • Occasional slowdowns and glitches
  • Fixed map despite vast experience

  • mystery
  • narrative
  • adventure
  • rpg
  • story
  • historical
  • exploration
  • skyrim
  • combat
  • crime
  • thought-provoking
  • discovery
  • puzzle
  • first-person

7

The Expanse: A Telltale Series - Episode 5 (2023)

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An epic adventure across the land and skies of Hyrule awaits in The Legend of Zelda™: Tears of the Kingdom for Nintendo Switch™. The adventure is yours to create in a world fueled by your imagination.

In this sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you’ll decide your own path through the sprawling landscapes of Hyrule and the mysterious islands floating in the vast skies above. Can you harness the power of Link’s new abilities to fight back against the malevolent forces that threaten the kingdom?

Nintendo Switch Online members can buy a pair of Nintendo Switch Game Vouchers and redeem each one for any game in the voucher catalog—including The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.


  • narrative
  • sci-fi
  • exploration
  • episodic
  • book
  • novel
  • corridor
  • politics
  • quick-time-event
  • clay
  • free-floating
  • pirates

8

Detroit: Become Human (2018)

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Playstation 4 PC Windows

In Detroit: Become Human, you'll step into the shoes of three unique androids in a world teetering on the edge of chaos. Your choices shape an intense, branching narrative filled with moral dilemmas and life-or-death decisions. With stunning visuals and immersive storytelling, every playthrough promises a unique experience. Discover what it means to be human in this gripping game.


What we like:
  • Stunning visuals
  • Deep, immersive narrative
  • Choices significantly impact gameplay
  • Quick-time action sequences add excitement
  • Multiple endings for high replay value
What could be improved:
  • Game starts off slow
  • Main characters can be lost early on
  • Limited gameplay beyond story choices

  • narrative
  • quick-time-event
  • detective
  • interactive
  • crime
  • sci-fi
  • story
  • robots
  • choices
  • futuristic
  • violent

9

Open Roads (2024)

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Tess Devine and her mother, Opal, embark on a road trip adventure to explore a series of long-abandoned family properties, unearthing the past. Featuring star performances by Keri Russell (The Americans, Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker) and Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart, Uncharted 4)


  • mystery
  • narrative
  • walking-simulator
  • interactive
  • story
  • adventure
  • first-person
  • hand-drawn
  • exploration
  • walking
  • discovery
  • investigation
  • fiction
  • cinematic
  • grand

10

Mutazione (2019)

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90
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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Xbox One Linux Mac OS IOS iPhone Playstation 4

Get lost in the magical world of Mutazione, a narrative-driven adventure game where you explore an island filled with quirky mutant characters and their secrets. Grow musical gardens, attend BBQs, and embark on a spiritual journey to save the community from a looming darkness. With beautiful hand-illustrated art and unpredictable twists, Mutazione is a mutant soap opera that you won't want to miss.


What we like:
  • Unique and beautiful art style
  • Relaxing music
  • Story-focused gameplay
  • Quirky and interesting characters
  • Encourages the player to slow down and relax
What could be improved:
  • Repetitive gameplay, mostly a visual novel
  • No voice acting
  • Slow parts may be boring for some players
  • Contains adult themes that may not be suitable for younger children

  • drama
  • narrative
  • supernatural
  • relaxing
  • adventure
  • walking-simulator
  • point-and-click
  • nature
  • exploration
  • fiction
  • music
  • story
  • scroller
  • bird
  • procedural

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