Now the pomp of E3 is over and the new games for 2014/2015 are out in the open we reflect on 10 PS4 games to keep an eye on.
Exclusive is a word thrown about with abandon as a hook by console vendors looking to set their gaming powerhouses away from the others. In reality an exclusive doesn’t always mean the console in question will be the only platform to have the game as more often than not a PC version will coexist with the exclusive. This is the case with some of the games below, others will also be PS3 releases and may well be made for other platforms over time. The list of new ‘PS4 Only’ games, be they timed, console or PS4 exclusives proper is looking very impressive however and 2015 is shaping up to be a big year for the console. If you’re keen to find out what’s worth looking forward to on the PS4 for the rest of this year and into the next we’ve picked out the top ten titles we’re getting excited about.
Coming as a console exclusive (Eve Valkyrie is also coming to PC) this game is a dogfighting space shooter that's set in the Eve Online universe. Originally called Eve-VR the game is offering perhaps the most awesomest of virtual reality simulations, that of flying in space. As such the Unreal Engine 4 Eve Valkyrie is being built on is amongst the first to support Sony’s Oculus Rift look-a-like Project Morpheus. How timing of releases affect things is yet to be seen but if Morpheus kicks off for Sony this could be one of the titles to thank for it.
We may stand corrected on early comparison’s we've made with Dark Souls and Deep Down (although there does seem to be a fair compliment of OTT monsters) This game has us asking questions about the Assassin’s Creed-style, time travelling avatar and the mysterious group of Ravens they’re attached to. What are their motives to go back to a time of fantasy dungeon crawls? Will there be other time periods you travel to? Deep Down is visually stunning and although we’re still not entirely certain if this game is coming to the west (a beta begins in Japan in the Summer) it’s definitely one to watch.
After long delays and tales of development woes DriveClub has been given a release date of October 7th. A game many on PS4 will be eager to get their hands o,n DriveClub has all the hallmarks of something you can legitimately call next gen. Beyond amazing graphics, lighting and effects, DriveClub brings a heavy focus on online play, allowing players to start up their own racing guilds complete with custom logos.
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
With games in the works the likes of Caffeine and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter there’s a move within game-land to push the experience of player-driven game narratives and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture promises to be a stunning example of how free non-linear exploration through a gaming environment can reveal a story. Made by The Chinese Room who previously brought us the experimental but incredibly powerful interactive movie Dear Esther, we're really interested to see this one just as an example of something more innovative coming to PS4. For a small studio The Chinese Room are working on some near AAA graphics, check it out above.
For us Journey stands out as one of the best games to grace the PS3 which is why we’re also touting Abzu. Created by ex-Journey art director Matt Nava, Abzu is an immersive underwater experience with music courtesy of Austin Wintory, himself a Grammy nominee for his score for Journey. While we don’t know much about the game as yet the pedigree of the names working on Abzu should be enough to get people interested. Plus there’s the trailer above!
No Man’s Sky
Seemingly infinite worlds in a huge expansive universe for you to explore at your will. That’s what No Man’s Sky is promising There’ll be beautifully cel shaded artwork and an engine that procedurally generates pretty much everything as well. Arguably the best indie title to show at E3, we’re watching No Man’s Sky with quiet confidence that it's going to be awesome.
The Order 1886
Like DriveClub, The Order 1886 has had delays but a recent trailer at E3 has now given a release on February 20th next year for the game. A third person action adventure painted with a murkier next gen graphics brush The Order's blend of gothic, steampunk and arthurian legend could well be a winning formula. With console-mates the likes of InFamous and Uncharted to live up to it’ll be interesting to see how this brand new IP fares.
Sackboy is back along with some friends this time each endowed with their own set of skills, including one that can swim. This is a game all about the creations though and the LittleBigPlanet community are getting 16 new creator tools to play with, the ability to make custom powerups and creations will be moveable from previous LittleBigPlanet titles to get a PS4 graphical upgrade. OK so this will also be coming out for PS3 but its well worth shouting about LBPs first outing on PS4.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Nathan Drake is making a comeback and could quite possibly bring an exodus of gamers over to PS4 as a result. Naughty Dog’s strapping Indiana Jones-style action blockbusters haven’t changed the formula too much, (although the last game swapped out action for cinematics at points) yet has managed to retain a huge fanbase with games that have plenty of soul and great stories.
From Software are bringing the gloriously visceral yet mercilessly unforgiving combat from Dark Souls into the gothic cursed city of Yharnam with a few tweaks to the formula to make things more offensive. No blocking with shields, instead the gameplay we’ve seen has you wielding an interesting combination of extendable razor sword and blunderbuss, although dodging, timing and watching move-sets are just as important as before. For the horror fans Bloodborne is looking suitably dark and gory too.
That's our 10 most anticipated PS4 games done with. How do you find our selection? Are there any games above you don't think are worth it? Is there other PS4 games you're getting excited about in the wake of E3? We're always keen to hear from the gamers so let us know your thoughts below.