Exclusive games are definitely what shape up the public image of a console – it’s not just a matter of content, sometimes it’s all about the perception you have of a certain product or a certain console. PS4 had a lot of multi-platform games this year but just a few and surely not unforgettable exclusive games this year, so it has undoubtedly something to show up to its supporters in 2016. Luckily enough, it really seems like Sony is working very well for next year’s first party lineup and will offer its fans a lot of games coming 1) first on PlayStation 4 rather than other consoles; 2) only on PlayStation 4 when it comes to consoles (so those games will be available at launch or later on PC as well); 3) absolutely only on PlayStation 4.
If you are a PlayStation fan, it surely seems like 2016 will be a good year for you to keep supporting PS4 or finally deciding to join Sony current gen platform. Here’s “why”…
Final Fantasy VII Remake (console debut)
Final Fantasy VII Remake will be a “console debut” for PlayStation 4, as the game will finally arrive on multiple platforms in the later stages of the year or even later – it is still up in the air. By the way, it is sure in 2016 the only way you will have to play Final Fantasy VII Remake will be to have a PlayStation 4 and buy some sort of Season Pass which could grant you to access each of the chapters Square Enix is currently working on, making people very doubtful about its work. Will it work? We don’t know but definitely hope so.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Horizon: Zero Dawn is the first role-playing game from the creators of Killzone, Guerrilla Games. The Dutch studio has also been joined by a couple of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developers, so they have really focused on this RPG to make it become the very first big thing they do after or beyond the Killzone series. The setting is fantasy/cyberpunk, a very charming setting to us, and the protagonist is female, so it really looks like Guerrilla wants to do things differently.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
On the other hand, we have Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, which you can’t possibly have any doubt about. It’s going to be the best and the biggest game in the series, with a focus on sandbox locations and a darker tone, while being the last adventure to feature Nathan Drake as a protagonist. Moreover, PSX 2015 trailer revealed there will be a chance for players to decide between a few options when it comes to dialogue, so they can recall Nate’s story from a series of different perspectives.
The Last Guardian
Is it coming in 2016? Actually, we don’t know yet, but it won’t be a very good signal for the game to be delayed once again. After years of waiting, fans had a chance to see the game once again in action at E3 2015, where Sony shocked the world with a series of announcements no one was expecting to see – Final Fantasy VII Remake, Shenmue III. Fumito Ueda is once again part of the team working on the title, so we can’t rest assured that the title is going to be top quality… it’s just a matter of fingers crossed for the release date.
Ratchet and Clank
Launching in April, Ratchet and Clank is the origins story for the Insomniac Games and Sony franchise, based upon the movie which has the same launch window in the United States. Ratchet and Clank looks brilliant, as we have seen thanks to the PlayStation Experience 2015 gameplay video, and we’re sure it is going to be the best way to introduce the series to the PlayStation 4 console. We’ll also see if Insomniac has learnt something after developing Sunset Overdrive with Microsoft.
No Man’s Sky (console exclusive)
A mystery, rather than a simple game, No Man’s Sky is one of the most anticipated games of the last few years. It has been recently delayed to June 2016 due to technical reasons which have not been made official yet – it seems Hello Games is having a hard time in trying to make it work properly on PS4, since it has PC as the main platform. By the way, the game is still so much anticipated: it’s like a procedurally generated version of Elite Dangerous where you can also walk on each planet you visit and shoot at the most dangerous alien species in the galaxy. Is there any reason for us not to be victim of the most obscure hype forces here?
Street Fighter V (console exclusive)
Street Fighter is back, and only on PlayStation 4… well, at least if you don’t own a PC. Capcom is bringing Street Fighter V to the PS4 and PC users only in a few months, and we couldn’t be more excited to see how this choice – dictated by the will not to spread way too much the audience and the players in the official tournaments – will reflect upon the game. The developer has also said it has learnt the lesson about the DLC the hard way, so you will be able to unlock any additional characters by just playing next year… We’ll see if we can trust.
Honestly, we don’t have any idea about what Dreams, the next game coming from the LittleBigPlanet creators at Media Molecule, actually is but from what we have seen so far… well, we are curious to see more. It’s an experience creator, which is something more than the “game creator” label one could provide to the LBP franchise, and it will have a strong connection with PlayStation VR. We are ready for something new, only hoping it doesn’t waste its chances.
We don’t know if GT Sport is releasing or not in 2016, by the way we were told at the Paris Games Week that the first public build, a beta, would have been released in the first three or four months of 2016. So yes, it’s definitely already one of the most anticipated games of the next year, the first Gran Turismo title to be available for PS4. We all know Polyphony Digital has to make a technological and design “jump ahead” in regards of the last two GT games, and we hope this is going to happen right in 2016. Or at least in time for Gran Turismo 7.
Detroit: Become Human
Detroit: Become Human has been revealed at the Paris Games Week in October, and from that moment it has become one of the most anticipated games in 2016 for us. Based on the tech demo Kara, Detroit has a story involving cyborgs and the idea itself of identity and humanity – something very philosophycal which goes somehow beyond the concept expressed in Beyond: Two Souls, where you had in some form to decide what was human and what was not. By the way, we’ll have to see if David Cage can get back to the good old times of Heavy Rain and Fahrenheit to understand the true potential of this title.