The next-gen consoles have arrived, with the PS4 and Xbox One launching at E3 2013 to compete with the Wii U. We now know what hardware we’ll be using for the next 5 to 10 years. Unless you’re a PC gamer, in which case you can enjoy tinkering with your gaming rig until it’s just as you want it. The rest of us will be too busy playing games for any of that nonsense.
Having already proposed five reasons you should be buying a PlayStation 4, it’s time to focus in on the games that will be released for the system within its first year on sale. What follows is a list of five upcoming games that are being exclusively released on the PS4. They give a good indication of what we should expect from the next-gen consoles, though launch titles are rarely anywhere near the best the hardware has to offer.
Knack is the one game on this list primarily aimed at younger gamers. Primarily, but not exclusively. If you enjoyed playing the likes of Crash Bandicoot, Jak and Daxter, and Ratchet and Clank, Knack could be just for you, regardless of your age. Set during a war between humans and goblins, you control Knack, a creature made up of ancient relics.
Gameplay details are still sketchy, but we do know that the titular character of Knack is so-called because he has an innate ability to transform by incorporating different substances into his body. This should lead to varied gameplay thanks to different levels having different themes.
Killzone: Shadow Fall
Killzone: Shadow Fall is a new title in the popular Killzone series. This is the fourth iteration for consoles, and the events of Shadow Fall follow on directly from Killzone 3, though a full 30 years later The plot revolves around a cold war between the Helghast and the Vektan, two species uncomfortably living side by side.
Gameplay will likely remain pretty much unchanged from the previous titles, with all the sci-fi weaponry you can lay your hands on. The Interplanetary Strategic Alliance (ISA) needs all the help it can get, and you’re their go to hero. No pressure.
Infamous: Second Son
Infamous: Second Son is, rather unsurprisingly, a new title in the Infamous series. Delsin Rowe is the new star of the show, a 24-year-old who suddenly discovers the ability to affect and manipulate fire and smoke (and perhaps more). Which means lots of impressive visual effects are going to be showing off the PS4′s capabilities.
This game is set seven years after the events of Infamous 2, but it feels like a reboot. This should mean you’ll be able to play the game without having played the previous titles. The first two Infamous games were very entertaining with large open worlds and incredible powerups, and Second Son looks to be continuing that trend.
DriveClub is a new racing game from Evolution Studios, previously responsible for the WRC series and Motorstorm series. In other words, they know how to make decent racing games. However, DriveClub shifts the focus from off-road to road racing. Expect a mix of Grid 2, Forza, and Need For Speed, with more instant playability (but less depth) than the Gran Turismo titles.
The developer has made some rather big claims about DriveClub, such as insisting it’s been in the making for nine years, and that it needed better hardware to even be feasible. Multiplayer is an important factor in the game, with social aspects coming into play as you race in teams with friends, hence the Club part of the title.
The Order: 1886
The Order: 1886 is a mysterious game that was revealed as a brand new IP during Sony’s E3 press conference. The trailer shows an alternate history in which humanity has been at war with shadowy, as-yet-unspecified creatures for centuries. Until the Industrial Revolution takes place, and new weapons are forged to help defeat the foe.
This game takes place in London, and real characters from the period — Jack The Ripper, perhaps — are expected to make cameos. However, developer Ready at Dawn has suggested that there is scope for more games in the series set in different locations and during different time periods. So unless this first game flops, expect sequels aplenty.
There are many more games coming to PlayStation 4, with a healthy mix of legit PS4 exclusive titles, generational exclusives, and console exclusives (that will also appear on PC). Then there are the glut of cross-platform releases also in the works for both the PS4 and Xbox One. And perhaps even the Wii U as well, if we’re lucky. Which all adds up to gamers having a vast array of games to choose from in the near-future.
What do you think of the list of PS4 exclusives above? Are there any others you would have included? Which one in particular has you excited about the capabilities of the next-gen hardware? I’ve only included big studio titles in this list, but are you looking forward to the indie games instead? After all, visuals aren’t everything. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.