The Best PlayStation 4 Rhythm Games, According To Ranker

The newly revamped subscription service, PlayStation Plus, offers allows gamers to access a wide selection of beloved titles every month, including the action RPG Bloodborne and the competitive fighting game Street Fighter V. But beyond the popular game genres, it also sometimes carries titles from the underrated rhythm genre.

A lot of game developers have innovated the rhythm genre and made sure that players did more than just push buttons and stay on beat. On the website Ranker, users rate some of the top rhythm games available on the PlayStation 4, from the indie gem Deemo to the thrilling DJ Max Respect.

Note: Ranker lists are live and continue to increase votes, so some rankings may have changed after this publishing.


10 The Metronomicon: Slay The Dance Floor

Screenshot From The Game The Metronomicon Slay The Dance Floor

With its RPG mechanics and fleshed-out story mode, The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor has added a touch of innovation to the rhythm game genre. Created by indie game developer Puuba, The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor forces players to stay on beat while facing enemies during battles. By successfully doing rhythm sequences, players can command their heroes to attack monsters and enemies.

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But while critics commended the game for its exceptional soundtrack and no-frills gameplay, The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor has received valid criticism with regards to its level design and lack of variety.

9 DJ Max Respect

DJMAX Respect title and logo.

Tea DJMax series is one of the best video game franchises in the world of rhythm games. The franchise’s 2017 title, DJ Max Respect, has been able to win the hearts of rhythm game fans for its consistent difficulty progression. The game does get incredibly difficult, especially when players reach the eight-note variant mode, but the game properly prepares players by throwing less difficult game modes their way first.

Gamers like how DJ Max Respect features striking cartoon animations and a soundtrack that has a myriad of songs encompassing different genres, such as funk electronica, pop, and Eurobeat.

8 Persona 5: Dancing In Starlight

Official Art From The Game Persona 5 Dancing In Starlight

There are a lot of things personas fans don’t know about the series, including the fact that there are accompanying rhythm games that have been part of the series since Persona 4. In Persona 5: Dancing in Starlightfans of the mainline personas game get to see their favorite characters perform familiar songs from the franchise.

While fans of personas 5 will surely appreciate the rhythm game, as it adds extra content that show’s more of the game’s characters, critics note that it might deter those unfamiliar with the personas franchise since the rhythm game doesn’t have a formal campaign mode.

7 Kingdom Hearts: Melody Of Memory

Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory Ending

Fans of the Kingdom Hearts franchise can relive some of the best moments of the series with Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory. Released in 2020, the rhythm game puts the spotlight on Kairi as she retells the Dark Seeker Saga.

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In Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, players have to rhythmically complete songs in different stages, from songs used in world exploration to tracks that play during boss battles. Some players say that the simple gameplay of Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory pulls down its replay value. Still, it’s a great refresher and spin-off for those following the Kingdom Hearts series, especially since Kingdom Hearts 4 has recently been officially announced.

6 Deemo

Art From The Rhythm Game Deemo

From the developer of the popular rhythm game Cytus comes Deemo, another rhythm game that features familiar gameplay. Unlike Cytus which makes players follow and rhythmically tap circular objects on the screen, Deemo’s gameplay is akin to Guitar Hero and rockbandwhere notes fall from the top of the screen.

What’s great with Deemo is that it allows players to focus solely on notes made by the piano. This means that the game has a smooth learning curve and is accessible to those who aren’t big fans of rhythm games.

5 Persona 4: Dancing All Night

Cover Art For The Game Persona 4 Dancing All Night

Persona 4 fans can see more of their favorite characters in the game’s accompanying rhythm game. In Persona 4: Dancing All Nightplayers can relive Persona 4 events in two game modes: Story, which divides the game’s story into different music stages, or Free Dance, which allows players to play any song they’ve unlocked in the game.

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Persona 4: Dancing All Night also caters to non-fans of the personas series. The story-driven rhythm game has received a lot of praise from critics due to its solid rhythm gameplay, excellent soundtrack, enjoyable remixes, and eye-catching graphics.

4 PaRappa The Rapper 2

A Screenshot From The Game PaRappa the Rapper 2

Released in 2002 for the PlayStation 2 and later ported for the PlayStation 4 in 2015, PaRappa the Rapper 2 is a rhythm game that mainly features rap and hip hop tracks. To earn points in the game, players must press the buttons to make PaRappa rap to the beat and get a Cool rating.

The PlayStation 2 gem still holds up almost 20 years after its release due to its groovy graphics, weird but enthralling story, and funky tracks.

3 Beat Saber

Beat Sabers Video Game

The introduction of VR to the PlayStation brought forth an onslaught of titles that allowed players to fully immerse themselves in a game. Beat Saber from Czech game developer Beat Games is not only one of the best rhythm games available on the console, but it’s also one of the best nonviolent VR games ever released.

Players have to use motion hand controllers to control glowing sabers and hit blocks of notes as they approach. Featuring a myriad of artists like BTS, Linkin Park, and Lady Gaga, as well as a thriving community that constantly releases custom songs and maps, Beat Saber is a top-tier rhythm game that fans of the genre shouldn’t miss.

2 Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X

Hatsune Miku In The Video Game Hatsune Miku Project Diva X

Hatsune Miku is a Vocaloid software voicebank created by Yamaha that also doubles as a virtual idol who holds live virtual concerts. Aside from that, she’s also the star of many video games, including 2016’s Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X.

The game’s unique mechanics asks the players to tap buttons, move the analog stick, and push the directionals button, making full use of the PlayStation 4’s DualShock controller. The game has also been well-received by critics for its potential replay value and a soundtrack that features some of Hatsune Miku’s catchiest tracks.

1 Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum Session!

Cover Art For the Game Taiko No Tatsujin Drum Session

Taiko no Tatsujin is a series of rhythm games created by Namco. The game’s mechanic is simple: players have to simulate playing a taiko drum by hitting the controller’s buttons at the right time. Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session allowed the Japan-exclusive franchise to be recognized by a wider audience, as the game was also made available for the European, Australian, and American markets.

The straightforward game mechanics and the sheer amount of DLC songs have made Taiko no Tatsujin a must-have title for rhythm game fans on the PlayStation 4.

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