The 9 Best Video Game Trilogies On PS4

After the recent string of video game presentations from the likes of Xbox, Bethesda, PlayStation, and more, the last generation of consoles is starting to formally end their life cycles. That being said, there are still several excellent collections of gaming trilogies on the PS4 worth revisiting or checking out for the first time at low costs.

And even with the PS5 gearing up for its full swing in the industry, these games are not lost in time thanks to backward compatibility. From cinematic action-adventure series like Uncharted to enthralling RPGs like Mass Effect and Dark Soulsthese trilogies offer a great deal of genre variety between them.


Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

Nathan Drake in a promo for The Nathan Drake Collection on an aged map-style artwork

Since protagonist Nathan Drake’s debut in 2007’s Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune for the PS3, he and the series went on to become one of PlayStation’s gaming staples. While now spanning four mainline games and two spinoffs, Naughty Dog’s original trilogy holds up well thanks to its PS4 remasters in Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection.

The games have been consistently acclaimed while being affectionately compared as the gaming equivalent to Lucasfilm’s IndianaJones franchise movie. Uncharted Mainly follows Nathan through swashbuckling action-adventures characterized by their colorful and investing cast of characters, fast-paced combat, gripping set pieces, and equal parts exciting and emotional narratives.

BioShock: The Collection

poster of BioShock The Collection featuring the Lighthouse and the underwater city of Rapture

Developers 2K and Irrational Games’ BioShock series has arguably been one of the most inventive in gaming. The first two games used first-person shooter elements and blended them with sci-fi and survival horror, while BioShock Infinite expanded its gameplay into a grand, futuristic steampunk setting.

BioShock has been praised for its eerily atmospheric art design and storytelling, namely for its nuanced philosophical themes concerning dystopias, utopias, and violent nationalism. It’s a shame such a creative franchise has been left in limbo for as long as it has, but for now, BioShock: The Collection preserves the three games in a remastered package.

Batman: Arkham Collection

Batman in split promo art for the Arkham Collection

In a similar fashion to what director Christopher Nolan did with The Dark Knight Trilogy, developer Rocksteady revived the Batman IP in the gaming medium. Tea Batman: Arkham games also revolutionized the genre in video games, easily becoming some of the best modern superhero games.

Also thanks to DC legend Paul Dini, these games spawned a Batman universe that tastefully echoes the strengths of Batman: The Animated Series with modernized flare. But on top of being stories that hold the essence of the animated and comic book source material, the trilogy has been acclaimed for its immersive environments and gameplay, especially with the fluidity of the freeflow combat system and equally cathartic stealth action.

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition Key Art

Back in the golden years of publisher EA and their most notable in-house developer studio, the original Mass Effect trilogy cemented itself as one of BioWare’s greatest games and best RPGs in general. Taking a page from iconic sci-fi franchises that preceded it, Mass Effect became lauded for its rich, sprawling sci-fi universe and vibrant cast of characters bolstered by compelling storytelling.

It’s also one of the best video game series to reward player choice in shaping gameplay style and narrative outcomes. And in what’s hopefully for fans a half-step in the right direction, it was given a brilliant new coat of paint thanks to the Legendary Edition that remasters the trilogy.

Resident Evil Remakes (1-3)

Leon and Claire facing a zombie horde in Resident Evil 2 promo art.

Though they’re not packaged together, there is now an excellent way to play through the first three mainline resident Evil games on more modern hardware. Originally released for the GameCube, the resident Evil remake was released to critical acclaim and regarded as one of the best remakes ever. 2019’s remake of Resident Evil 2 raised the bar even higher, with Capcom effectively catching lightning in a bottle for a second time.

Tea Resident Evil 3 remake wasn’t met with as strong of a reaction due to the amount of content cut from the original, but it did moderately well overall regardless. resident Evil is praised as the father of the survival-horror genre, and spawning some of the best horror video games as a result.

Tomb Raider: Definitive Survivor Trilogy

Promo art of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider settings.

Lara Croft and the tomb Raider franchise have seen several different interpretations, and Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montreal’s recent reboot trilogy was a thrilling one for a modern audience. Now available in one collection titled the Tomb Raider: Definitive Survivor Trilogythe series was overall well-received for being a gritty and more grounded reinvention of the character without losing that intriguing element of the mystical and supernatural.

While the use of gore admittedly became tasteless, the intimate journey Lara embarks on throughout the games is an interesting one complemented by engaging combat mechanics and survival elements.

Dark Souls Trilogy

Split image of the protagonists of the Dark Souls trilogy.

FromSoftware paved the way for its own subgenre with 2009’s Demons Souls in the same way that Metroid and Castlevania did for the “Metroidvania.” From there, director Hidetaka Miyazaki and the team fleshed out the Dark Souls trilogy that presented an enthralling dark fantasy world filled with lore and worldbuilding for fantasy buffs itching to uncover the mysteries behind this universe’s bleakly cyclical history.

In addition to the developer’s unique style of subtle storytelling, the Dark Souls games are known for their thrilling and challenging boss fights and intricate level design. Each game has something special to offer, from the first’s Metroid-style level design to the second’s depth in character builds to the third’s blend of vintage Dark Souls combat with a touch of Bloodborne‘s heightened pacing.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

One of PlayStation’s oldest mascots, the Crash Bandicoot series had a long spell on the sidelines before this remastered collection. Developer Vicarious Visions’ Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy gives a facelift to the original three main-series games, and it even expands them across multiple gaming platforms.

During the games’ original releases, they were widely praised for being colorfully fun and challenging platformers, and that experience was preserved with these remasters. The updated graphics, streamlined gameplay, and faithfulness to Naughty Dog’s original game design gave the N.Sane Trilogy its well-earned positive reception.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Spyro in promo art for the Reignited Trilogy with the various colorful levels in the background.

Spyro was another old-school PlayStation classic that received the remastered treatment for a modern age. This time it was courtesy of developer studio Toys for Bob, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy remasters the first three games that were released for the original PlayStation.

And like with the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, the titular dragon hero’s revitalized adventures earned a positive reception. Tea Reignited Trilogy was well-received thanks to its refined yet faithful platforming gameplay to Insomniac Games’ originals, as well as the stunningly upgraded visuals and detailed level design.

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