Sometimes you’ve just had a rough day at school or work and just want to vegetate in front of the TV while playing a relaxing game. You don’t want to have to think about too many decisions, deal with the stress of an online multiplayer game, or read too much text on screen.
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ll be going over the top ten best relaxing games for the PS4 to help you chill out. The games featured will all transport you to beautiful, immersive worlds, allowing you to let go of the stresses of the day.
For more chill game ideas, be sure to check out our article on the most relaxing Nintendo Switch games as well.
- Experience free flight as you soar through the skies of Paris in virtual reality.
- Dive, pilot, and lead your team to victory in adrenaline-filled multiplayer with up to six...
If you’ve ever wondered what it’d be like to fly like an eagle, this game should be right up your alley. With the PSVR technology, Eagle Flight lets you experience free flight literally from a bird’s eye view.
You’ll soar through the skies of Paris, exploring landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Notre-Dame cathedral, all while honing your piloting skills. You’ll need to dive and glide with precision to finish various challenges.
Eagle Flight is immersive and breathtaking, making you forget the troubles of your day. If you decide you want some more adrenaline, you can always play multiplayer mode, where you hunt other players and try to lose them when being chased yourself.
- Collect important materials to rebuild the town and restore the lighthouse!
- Complete requests from villagers to unlock new areas and items!
The game that inspired Stardew Valley, Harvest Moon is always a solid pick when it comes to chill games. Your goal in the game is to restore and maintain a farm by raising livestock, growing crops, foraging, and building relationships with villagers.
The PS4 version of this game strips away a lot of the complexities of newer versions, taking you back to a time when gaming was more relaxing and fun. You can also customize how you want to play the game. For instance, you can choose to just follow the story and run a farm, or try and collect every item in the game.
If you’re looking for a bit of nostalgia and some relaxing times, Harvest Moon is always there for you.
- Turn an overgrown field into a lively farm! Raise animals, start an orchard, craft useful...
- Improve your skills over time. As you make your way from a struggling greenhorn to a...
The very premise of Stardew Valley involves you leaving your regular hustle-and-bustle city life to take over your deceased grandfather’s rural farm. You can spend your days however you want in a serene and peaceful town.
Whether you want to focus on revitalizing the farm by growing crops and raising livestock, mining for ores and exploring the mysterious cave nearby, or getting to know all the townsfolk and developing relationships with them, the gameplay is truly up to you.
This open-ended nature, peaceful environment, and beautiful soundtrack make Stardew Valley an excellent game to relax to.
- Use your backpack to vat up and shoot out anything you see!
- Explore a big, wild world in style... jetpack style
Slime Rancher is a great game to de-stress to. It features beautiful, cartoonish animations and an intriguing world that is yours to discover.
The game is fairly simple – you have a ranch where you keep slimes and you grow crops and chickens in order to feed the slimes. As you feed them, you earn money that can be used to expand the ranch or unlock new areas with new slimes to catch.
With how cute the slimes are and intuitive the game is, you’re almost guaranteed to have a relaxing time playing Slime Rancher.
When life is throwing you curve balls and your life feels off balance, what you want most is to have some feeling of control. The Sims provides that feeling, plus some.
With The Sims, you have the power to do essentially whatever you want in a game. You can create and control people, build homes, explore new communities, and alter life itself. It’s the perfect game to unwind to. Make your characters do silly stuff and watch how they react for a guaranteed mood booster.
For many people, playing single player Tetris is therapeutic. There are no secrets to unravel or surprise plot twists that’ll turn your world upside down. You simply stack blocks on top of each other, and you’re satisfied when they connect properly.
Tetris Effect takes this to another level, adding gorgeous music, backgrounds, and special effects to create a truly aesthetic atmosphere to the classic game. The visuals and music provide so much eye candy and audio stimulation that you might even forget you’re playing Tetris. Even if you’re just spectating, the game has a soothing effect on you.
No Man’s Sky Beyond is a science fiction adventure game, where you explore planets across the universe, collect unique resources, and engineer new space equipment.
The VR mode is breathtaking. There’s nothing quite like walking into your ship, starting the engine, and taking off into deep space.
While the game does have its challenges, like surviving on new planets and fending off enemy space ships, you can choose to simply explore new planets while listening to the serene background tracks.
If you’re a fan of outer space, science fiction, and open world exploration, definitely give No Man’s Sky a try.
- ABZÛ is a beautiful underwater adventure that evokes the dream of diving. Immerse...
- Perform fluid acrobatics as the Diver, using graceful swimming controls.
While Eagle Flight is all about immersing yourself in the air, Abzu takes you deep underwater to evoke a diving simulation. This game tops the list of the most relaxing games to play on the PS4.
The purpose of the game is to simply explore and interact with the sea however you see fit, uncovering secrets along the way. You’ll get to swim with whales and ride turtles, sharks, and manta rays. There is no fighting or talking, and definitely no dying.
Abzu is just a beautiful, relaxing game at its core. It’s perfect when you want to sit back, decompress, and just enjoy the underwater sights.
- Explore - Discover the mysterious island at your own pace. Interact with wildlife, search...
- Solve Puzzles - Make your way through the ancient ruins and its hidden marvels by solving...
RiME is a single player adventure puzzle game. Similarly to Journey, there is no dialogue in the game, nor any combat. You play as a young boy, stranded on a mysterious island after being shipwrecked. The goal is to explore the island, unravel secrets, and reach the top of a tower on the island.
RiME features gorgeous graphics that will calm you down just by looking at them. The art is colorful and vibrant, and paints the mood of the entire game. While the game does feature puzzles, they are not complex or have you splitting hairs, but rather brief challenges meant to guide you along.
Behind all of the puzzles is a poignant story that beautifully unweaves itself as you make your way through the island. You may just find yourself taking a moment at the ending credits to pause and reflect – a rare feat that few video games can say they do.
- Import Version - Game fully playable in English - Box in French
- PLEASE NOTE : Region Free / Compatible with US PS4 (only DLC may requires to create an...
Journey will take you on a visual and auditory, well, journey. The game does not contain any text or speech, telling its story through visual cutscenes and relaxing gameplay. This game is critically acclaimed and for good reason, winning “Game of the Year” by IGN and GameSpot along with other awards.
In Journey, you control a robed figure traveling in the desert to reach a distant mountain. To do so, you’ll need to hike sand dunes and slide down them, windsurf, and explore ruins to find relics.
You can also meet other Journey players online. The only communication method is through musical chimes, and players can only help each other out. The developers’ goal with this was so players would forge an emotional connection with other players they meet along the way.
The entire game only takes up to three hours to complete, but by the end of it you’ll feel as if you just lived through a much longer experience. For similar games from the same developer, check out Flower and Flow as well.
Gaming should be fun. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense to play a frustrating, challenging game when you’re already having a bad day. We hope this article has been helpful as you decide which relaxing, calming PS4 game to play. The games listed here will all help take your mind off the real world for a while.
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