Sony’s E3 2017 conference might not have been the resounding success that their last couple of efforts have been, but it was still a tight ninety minutes of footage for upcoming games – largely exclusive to the PS4 – that will make for a jam-packed 2018. From marauding zombies to colourful superheroes, from Greek gods to android uprisings, PlayStation 4 has a diverse and exciting line-up of exclusive games coming this year and next. This is our list of the top 5 games we’re most excited about that are coming to PlayStation 4.
5. Days Gone
Days Gone probably didn’t blow anybody away at E3 last year, but this year Sony showed that the open-world, post-apocalyptic, zombie-fest has a little more to it than just spraying bullets into a relentless horde of the undead. By giving the player different ways to approach situations, it might be a lot more interesting than the initial gameplay demonstration in 2016 indicated that it would be. The highlight of the demo on stage this year was watching our hero use strategically placed explosives to destroy the outer walls of an enemy encampment, which led to dozens of frenzied zombies storming the base and tearing all of the baddies limb from limb. Getting the job done without breaking a sweat. Nice.
4. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
The Lost Legacy ostensibly began life as a smaller piece of more traditional DLC for Uncharted 4, but then it grew and grew into an almost full title of its own. Starring Uncharted 2 and 3’s Chloe Frazer, former conquest of Uncharted hero Nathan Drake, this standalone adventure might have a budget price but that doesn’t appear to have affected the production values one jot. It’s graphically gorgeous, the action set-pieces are every bit as outrageous as you’d expect from an Uncharted game, and if the explosive trailers are anything to go by, then those worrying about the Uncharted series continuing without Nathan Drake will have no reason to be concerned. Chloe’s got this covered.
3. Detroit: Become Human
As someone who has spent more time ridiculing Quantic Dreams’ games than I’ve spent watching episodes of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares – and let me tell you, I love Kitchen Nightmares – it might seem odd for me to be so excited about Detroit: Become Human. I’ve always thought that Quantic Dreams has made games that were nearly great but wound up held back by the questionable writing of David Cage, and while that’s still a concern for me here, there’s something undeniably cool about much of what we’ve seen from Detroit so far. Set in the near future, and dealing with artificially intelligent androids rising up against their human overlords, Detroit could very well be the game that finally delivers on Quantic Dreams’ ambition of creating true interactive drama.
2. God of War
The God of War series has always played well, and the sheer spectacle of Kratos’ God-killing adventures has always been much-appreciated, but Kratos has never really been much of a character, has he? Like Mario, he’s not so much a fully fleshed out person as he is an iconic embodiment of simple traits and ideas, but unlike Mario, he’s about as charming as a dead dog. The new God of War appears to be finally giving Kratos some semblence of a personality beyond constant, unbridled rage, while still retaining the over the top, gratuitous violence that made the original games so fun to play. If the story this time – set in Norse mythology rather than Greek – is as fun as the gameplay, then God of War could be a massive hit for Sony early in 2018.
Spider-Man is the game that I never knew I wanted until I saw it in action, and then realised that I needed it more than I need any other game coming to PlayStation 4 for the foreseeable future. Sony scored quite a coup in securing an exclusive Marvel game, especially given the success of Marvel movies right now, and if the early gameplay demonstrations are anything to go by then Spider-Man will be worth whatever Shuhei Yoshida had to sacrifice to Lucifer to lock-down the rights to this one. With a combat system reminscent of the Arkham series but taken to ridiculous extremes, and with action set pieces that make the Uncharted series look like an episode of The Last of the Summer Wine, Spider-Man just needs to nail the story and the villains and we could be looking at one of the best superhero games ever made.
There’s a bunch of other upcoming PS4 exclusives to be excited about, from the beautiful Ni No Kuni II, to Gran Turismo Sport, The Inpatient, Death Stranding, and obviously, The Last of Us Part II. Then there’s also a plethora of amazing multi-platform games to look forward to on PS4, as well. It’s gonna be an expensive year in 2018. Let us know in the comments if you agree with our list, and what your most anticipated games would be.
Also, be sure to check out our other articles on the most anticipated Sony, Nintendo, XBox and Indie games as well.