Last week, I discussed my favourite games on PS3, but hopefully you’ve noticed that this website is called PS4 Attitude, so I think it’s about time I talked about some PlayStation 4 games! Here are just 10 of the titles I’m most looking forward to playing on Sony’s next-gen console.
Note: this is by no means a definitive list. I tried to pick a diverse selection of retail games that covers the first year or two of the PS4’s life, with a maximum of one game per developer.
There aren’t many games that can generate hype from simply a name, some concept art, a handful of rumours and the developer’s track record, but that’s exactly what happened in Destiny’s case. The creators of Halo, the franchise that almost singlehandedly turned around the fortunes of the original Xbox, Bungie’s next project was always going to cause headlines, and it’s been doing so since way back in 2009. Frustratingly, it wasn’t until June this year, during Sony’s E3 conference, that we finally got our first taste of the gameplay; but, boy, was it worth the wait.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Back in our review of Dragon Age II, we said that if BioWare could take the best aspects of Dragon Age: Origins and DAII, then Dragon Age III could be absolutely amazing. Dragon Age: Inquisition may have dropped the ‘III’ from its title, but it’s clearly still DAIII in all but name. Ever since we heard Leliana speak of her homeland in DA: Origins, we’ve been dying to visit the vibrant land of Orlais, and Inquisition will finally give us that opportunity. There’s still about a year to go before we’ll get our hands on the game, so for now we’ll have to make do with BioWare’s developer diaries.
Driveclub, the ambitious PS4-exclusive social racing game, will be the first non-MotorStorm game released by Evolution Studios in eight years. Although the team is aiming for 1080p visuals at 60fps, even if it doesn’t quite achieve this, you can still bet money that it’ll look amazing. Described as ‘the social network for racing games’, Driveclub features seamless online multiplayer and innovative features such as viral challenges. And don’t forget, Driveclub: PlayStation Plus Edition will be free to all PS+ subscribers from the launch of the PS4, so there should definitely be no shortage of players.
Final Fantasy XV
For various reasons, it’s fair to say that gamers haven’t reacted particularly favourably to the last two numbered Final Fantasy games. FFXIII was too linear and FFXIV was a complete mess (although FFXIII-2 and FFXIV: A Realm Reborn have both gone someway to appease fans), so the one upcoming game in the series that FF purists have poured all their hope into is Final Fantasy Versus XIII. At E3 2013, Versus was renamed as Final Fantasy XV, and thankfully it looks just as good as when it was originally announced way back in 2006. Check out this footage if you don’t believe us.
inFamous: Second Son
It’s regrettable, but when we discuss our favourite PS3 games, inFamous always seems to get lost beneath the LittleBigPlanets, Uncharteds and Gran Turismos of the world. However, with none of those franchises announced for PS4 (yet), they won’t be able to steal inFamous: Second Son’s thunder; of course, the fact that it looks really, really good in its own right has got to work in its favour too. Watching the trailer Sony showed at E3, the graphics look so ridiculously impressive that it’s easy to forget you’re looking at footage from an open-world game.
Killzone: Shadow Fall
Developed by Dutch studio Guerrilla Games, Killzone is known for its generation-leading graphics, but not so much for its story. That’s all going to change with Killzone: Shadow Fall on PS4 though, which not only looks phenomenal, but it also sounds like its plot will be far more involving too. Set 30 years after KZ3, the ISA and Helghast are living side by side in an enormous city, with a giant wall separating the two factions; clearly mirroring Cold War-era Germany. It’s also the first main game in the series to feature non-hostile Helghast, which should shake things up significantly.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Even though it was announced in possibly the most ludicrous publicity campaign ever, it doesn’t change the fact that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain still looks like it will be an incredible game. Set in 1975 (just after MGS: Peace Walker), the Ground Zeroes prologue will feature MGS3’s Naked Snake as he infiltrates an American black site on Cuban soil, while the main game will see him waking from a coma nine years later, telling the story of how he becomes Punished Snake and founds the Diamond Dogs mercenary group. Confused? You will be.
The Order: 1886
In truth, we don’t know much about The Order: 1886, but it definitely has potential. Victorian London is such an interesting time and place, and is surprisingly underused in videogames, so we’re hugely looking forward to seeing what Ready At Dawn can do with it. Despite apparently starting work on the game in 2010, the studio has not yet released any gameplay footage, instead focusing on cinematics and tech demos. With another developer, this might be a cause for concern, but then we remember RAD made God of War: Chains of Olympus, and our doubts fall away into nothing.
Watch Dogs was easily the best game shown at E3 2012, and our excitement for the title hasn’t wavered once since we saw the first gameplay footage during Ubisoft’s conference over a year ago. Like most of the gaming world, we’re playing another city-based open-world game right now, but Watch Dogs looks like it’ll be something truly new. Aiden Pearce’s ability to hack into all the electronic systems of Chicago should present gamers with some seriously cool gameplay opportunities, and that’s without even touching on the innovative online multiplayer mode.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The first two Witcher games never made it onto the PS3, so it’s possible some gamers may not have heard of the series. Simply put, a witcher is someone who has undergone extensive training and mutations to become a powerful monster-hunter, who is feared just as much as the creatures he kills. Geralt of Rivia is one such witcher, and is the protagonist of the series. As the title suggests, The Witcher 3 will focus on a mysterious group of spectres known as the Wild Hunt, and it will also include a frightening amount of content (the phrase ‘20% bigger than Skyrim’ has been mentioned).