PlayStation 4 has not been so successful when it came to exclusive games in 2014 and 2015, but the few coming months and the next year look like the good moment for it to arrive on the market with some huge first-party titles and console exclusives as well. As we have already had room to discuss after E3 2015, this fall will be mostly property of Xbox One if we talk about exclusive games, but PS4 has also something good incoming and a couple of top quality AAA titles coming in the short term during 2016.
We’re not counting in games like Final Fantasy VII Remake and Shenmue III: we know your hype is huge for both those titles, but at this point their release is not so near… So let’s take a look at all of them, and see why you should already pre-order them or at least buy them at day one.
Until Dawn is releasing in August, finally. The game was planned to release on PlayStation 3 supporting the PlayStation Move controller, but Supermassive Games decided to bring that concept and evolve it into a teenager story based horror powered by PlayStation 4. Apart from the smart and classic look of the game, which is somehow very similar to the old Resident Evil series visually speaking, what’s interesting in Until Dawn is that you have constantly to take decisions for your characters and from those decisions will depend the survival of the entire “cast”. There’s no good or bad choice, as the story evolves according to what you make in your gaming session.
No Man’s Sky
Hello Games stated at E3 2015 it was going to deliver the official release date for No Man’s Sky, but then something happened and that wasn’t possible anymore, so we have to wait at least a few more weeks to know when the game’s out – probably between October and November. For those of you who don’t know what the hell No Man’s Sky is, it’s pretty simple: it’s a huge space based sandbox where you can explore the universe and fight, if necessary, to expand your control over it or just survive. It’s something like Elite Dangerous, but with a much more particular graphics style, that don’t want to be realistic but way more colored or even fantasy.
Ratchet & Clank
Many tend to forget that a new Ratchet & Clank game is in development at Insomniac Games. The title has been delayed to 2016 because of the movie not being ready before next year’s Spring but, for what we know, it’s shaping up really good. The developer has already let players know that, in terms of visual fidelity, the target is to reach or at least try to achieve the quality of computer graphics. From what we have seen at E3 2015, it looks clear that Insomniac has learnt a lot from the experience of Sunset Overdrive (released exclusively on Xbox One), so you’ll better keep your eyes on this game, especially if you want to know more about the origins of the franchise.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
No doubt about it: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has delivered the most impressive live demonstration at E3 2015. Naughty Dog’s latest effort is shaping up amazingly, with a lot of care for details and environments way bigger than Uncharted 3’s. And that’s what is truly making a difference now: Uncharted 4 is an “open level” game, meaning that the playground where you move is huge, something like a true open world title, but still story driven and based on the charismatic character of Nathan Drake. Shall it really be Drake’s last adventure? We can’t say yes or not at this point, but we highly recommend you to play it.
The Last Guardian
It’s been great to see The Last Guardian again at E3 2015, after almost six years from its official announcement and eight from when Fumito Ueda started to work on it with his team at Japan Studio. The game, now in the works for PlayStation 4, is going to be available sometime in 2016 and doesn’t look that different from the early PS3 build. The main, if not only difference is that the game is actually working now, while for the first presentation Sony had to “spec up” the demo because of its “much lower” frame-rate. So, apart from Ueda’s contractual issues with Sony, there were also technical reasons at the base of this huge delay on The Last Guardian’s release.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
It didn’t came as a surprise, as we have been looking at it well ahead of its official presentation thanks to rumors and job listings appearing on the Internet, but Horizon: Zero Dawn surely represented a hit at E3 2015. Killzone’s developer Guerrilla Games is now working on this action RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world where fantasy meets sci-fi… and dinosaurs. The female protagonist is going to be able to use a bow to take down her gigantic enemies and she even looks capable to communicate with them, in some way we hopefully will discover while playing the game, in 2016, only on PlayStation 4.