Things are starting to get ever more exciting for PlayStation 4 gamers. With that said, here are 20 game releases, a mix of exclusives and multi-platform titles, that I'm already hyped to play. Let's begin.
Everything about this game looks amazing. The story looks like it’ll definitely draw players in, the robotic dinosaur enemies look terrifying and intriguing at the same time, and the exploration, survival and combat elements all look like they fit together perfectly. If it plays as good as it looks, Horizon Zero Dawn is going to blow us away.
Not only do you get to play as a terrified camp counselor running away from the machete-wielding Jason, but you get to play as the man himself; chasing down your victims using your supernatural powers and unrelenting persistence before eventually taking every last one down. What’s not to love about that?
The Mafia games have always been excellent, and 3 looks to improve upon the previous iterations in every way. Instead of playing as an Italian mafioso, though, this time you’re playing as a black Vietnam vet in New Orleans. Gameplay has been overhauled, the story looks better than ever, and the look and feel of New Orleans in 1968 looks like it’s been nailed perfectly.
Biplane dogfights among zeppelins in the sky, trench warfare and cavalry charges on the ground, and massive destructible maps are coming together to bring us on a journey that we’ve never been on before through the not-so-often explored battles of World War I. I love Battlefield and novel experiences, so bring it on!
Titanfall was a simple game, but it was awesome. In all actuality, the only real problem with it was that there just wasn’t a ton of content. Titanfall 2 is looking to rectify all of that while simultaneously giving us a fully fleshed campaign that will delve into the interesting but unexplained creatures, characters and environments from the first game’s multiplayer maps.
Kratos from the God of War franchise is basically one of the most badass fictional characters of all time... and in this soft reboot, he’ll be facing off against gods and creatures from Norse mythology instead of the Greek pantheon that he’s fought in the past. This won’t be the typical GoW hack-and-slash action fest, as the new God of War is taking a lot of hints from the RPG genre.
Watch Dogs was excellent in theory, but the execution wasn’t quite there. 2 has supposedly fixed the bad driving mechanics and added more to do in the game’s version of San Francisco, and I’m hopeful that they’ve gotten it right this time around. The premise of being able to hack traffic lights, security cameras and cellphones is just too cool!
Developer Team Ico has been teasing us with The Last Guardian for years, but it’s about to finally release this October. TLG has the player taking control of boy who must use his relationship with a massive, griffon-like creature in order to escape the supernatural foes who are chasing them. Team Ico does immersion better than any developer I can think of, so I can’t wait!
Injustice 2 improves upon the first near-perfect DC fighting game by introducing a ton of new characters (this will be the biggest DC roster ever offered in a fighting game) and making player customization a top priority.
While we don’t know the exact title of the upcoming PS4 Spider-Man game, we do know that it looks absolutely spectacular. Developed by Insomniac Games (Ratchet & Clank), this new Spidey isn’t connected with any upcoming movie, which gives the devs a little more freedom. If it’s anything even remotely close to the old-school Spider-Man 2 game, we’re in for a real treat.
It’s huge, it’s beautiful, it’s ambitious... and it’s almost here! No Man’s Sky is a sci-fi survival game that’s based around combat, exploration and trade. Every planet you land on is procedurally-generated, so out of the millions of planets out there, you will never see any two that are exactly alike. Expect this one to take awhile.
XCOM 2 was released on the PC to glowing reviews in February, with a PS4 release right around the corner. Enemy Unknown was already amazing, and this direct sequel improves upon it in every way. The turn-based combat is faster paced this time, and there are so many more layers of depth to the base-building aspects, making it what many consider to be the best strategy game of all time.
While it’s gone through quite a lot in development, Dead Island 2 is still on track to be released for the PS4 in the near future, and outside of retaining the action-RPG elements of the first title, DI2 seems to be doing a lot of things differently than its predecessor. I love everything I’ve seen so far, and there were a lot of things in Dead Island that I didn’t like anyway, so this should be good.
The newest Gran Turismo looks to be doing a lot of things right, including PSVR support and a lot of multiplayer support. The graphics are on-point, the gameplay is reported to be top-notch, and who doesn’t love a good racing game?
With combat akin to Kingdom Hearts and a more open-world feel when compared to previous Final Fantasy games, FFXV is shaping up to be a great-looking experience, and Square Enix has rarely dissapointed in the past. I’m in love with the fact that day/night and weather has such a drastic affect on the gameplay and I’m definitely hyped to see it play out.
Resident Evil is moving in a different direction once again, but this time it looks like it’s a good direction. 7 is played in first person and supports PSVR, and the devs have promised that it’s going to be a lot more “survival horror” than some of the more recent action-centered entries, which is a very good thing for a series like this.
An open-world shooter where you’re able to plan out your attack and either go in stealthily or guns-blazing? Sounds like MGSV or Far Cry... but with three friends at your side! Yep, Ghost Recon is finally combining squad-based spec-ops combat with a massive open world, and just based off what little we’ve seen so far, it’s certainly going to be wild.
We know basically nothing about Prey other than that it features a lone character facing off against aliens and that it was originally in development as a sequel to the 2006 game of the same name before becoming what publisher Bethesda says is a “spiritual successor.” Either way, I enjoyed the original Prey and I’m excited to see what’s coming next.
Dishonored was a sleeper hit when it released in 2012, and it’s a surprise that 2 took this long to be released... but it’s also a good sign, because it means the developers wanted to get it right. Dishonored 2 will allow you play the whole game either lethally or non-lethally with two different characters, allowing for plenty of replayability when compared with the original.
In the modern age of remakes, re-releases and reboots, FFVII is undoubtedly one of the most hyped. Cloud Strife and friends definitely provided us with one hell of a good time back on the PS1, and experiencing it all again on the PS4’s hardware will undoubtedly bring all those memories back while simultaneously surpassing them in every way.