Just like earlier in the year, the next two months are jam-packed with big PS4 retail releases, so I thought it would be useful to write another guide, to give us all a heads-up on exactly how much damage our bank balances will have to endure throughout May and June. As with my last guide, you can click on each game’s title or image for a recent trailer (with the exception of F1 2015 as, despite my best efforts, I was unable to locate a single official trailer). Now, let’s get to it!
Omega Quintet… April 28th (US), May 1st (UK)
If I didn’t include Omega Quintet in this list, Mitch would never forgive me. This is the first PS4 release by Compile Heart, the developer behind Fairy Fencer F and Hyperdimension Neptunia, as well as many other JRPGs I can scarcely pronounce. You play as the manager of the Verse Maidens, a Japanese idol group who use the power of song and dance to fight a strange occurrence known as the Beep. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Compile Heart game without fan service, which appears in the form of Senran Kagura-style costume destruction; you’ve got to love the Japanese.
Project CARS… May 8th (UK), May 12th (US)
Project CARS was originally scheduled for release in November last year, before being pushed back to February, then April, and now May. However, developer Slightly Mad Studios has guaranteed fans that its hugely ambitious racing game will definitely release next week in Europe, and a few days later in North America. As the studio’s first major release since 2011’s Shift 2: Unleashed, it’s safe to say that a lot of work has gone into ensuring that Project CARS offers the most authentic driving experience possible. Let’s just hope the wait has been worth it.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster… May 12th (US), May 15th (UK)
Re-releasing PS3 games on PS4 is all the rage these days; in fact, we’ve now reached the point where we even have HD remasters of HD remasters. It’s a relief, then, that Final Fantasy X and X-2 are such fantastic RPGs, and still play just as well today as they did upon their original releases on PS2, over a decade ago. The stories of Tidus and Yuna are timeless adventures that deserve to be replayed, and you can guarantee they have never looked better than on PS4. Square Enix did a great job with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, so there’s no need to worry about the quality of this port.
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood… May 15th (UK)
One of the biggest surprises of 2014 was Wolfenstein: The New Order, which was not only a brilliant first-person shooter, but it even managed to inject some humanity into the franchise’s long-time protagonist, B.J. Blazkowicz. Bethesda Softworks knows this too, which is why the publisher recently announced a standalone prequel, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. As with its predecessor, it eschews modern FPS conventions (regenerating health, online multiplayer etc.) to create something far more interesting and unique, and is therefore well worth a look for fans of the genre.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt… May 19th
Considering that the first and second Witcher games never made it to PlayStation, it would be easy for Sony loyalists to ignore the upcoming third game in the series; however, this would be a very, very silly thing to do. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt offers a sprawling, living world to explore, with an almost unfeasible amount of things to do. In fact, the game was previously described by its Polish developer, CD Projekt RED, as ‘20% bigger than Skyrim’. However, that was two years ago, so the final game could potentially be even larger; especially with its two planned expansions.
Releasing under the moniker, Tamriel Unlimited, the console version of The Elder Scrolls Online ditches its monthly subscription in favour of a more conventional payment model; that is, you pay for the disc and any optional DLC, but actually playing the game is free. While mixed, the reception to last year’s PC release was mostly positive, and a huge amount of work has been done since then to ensure that the MMO is up to scratch on consoles. It might still be the game that no TES fan wanted, but it’s got to at least be worth a try, and will easily tide you over until The Elder Scrolls VI.
F1 2015… June 12th
The critical reception to last year’s F1 2014 was lukewarm at best, due to the lack of any real innovation over previous F1 games, so Codemasters is no doubt keen to learn from its mistakes. F1 2015 will be the first game in the series to release on PS4, and also the first to utilise the latest version of the EGO engine, so we should at least see significant improvements to the visuals. Indeed, after a recent hands-on, our own DolphGB described F1 2015 as ‘easily the best looking F1 game I’ve ever seen’, and was also extremely impressed with the responsiveness of its controls.
LEGO Jurassic World… June
Despite the fact that the PlayStation 4 has barely been out for a year and a half, there have already been four LEGO games released on the console. It appears gamers really can’t get enough of those colourful blocks, as a fifth title – LEGO Jurassic World – is just on the horizon. An official date is yet to be announced, but it will almost certainly coincide with the release of the highly anticipated Jurassic World movie, which arrives in cinemas on June 12th. The game includes levels based on all four Jurassic Park films, and features over 100 playable characters (including dinosaurs!).
Batman: Arkham Knight… June 23rd
Batman: Arkham City is the highest rated superhero video game of all time. Interestingly, its upcoming sequel, Batman: Arkham Knight, took almost twice the amount of time to create, so don’t be surprised if developer Rocksteady Studios beats its own record yet again. Arkham Knight’s open world is five times larger than that of Arkham City, which explains the introduction of the Batmobile as a driveable vehicle. There are also numerous improvements to the excellent combat system, so no doubt we’ll all become re-addicted to the awesome Challenge Mode.
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward… June 23rd
You can never have too much Final Fantasy, which is good, because Heavensward (the first major expansion to the amazing MMORPG, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn) will be the third release in the series on PS4 this year. Heavensward adds a raft of additional content to an already ridiculously large game, including new areas (the secretive city of The Holy See of Ishgard and the dragon-infested region of Dravania), new quests, three new jobs, a new playable race, a level cap increase, flying mounts, and more; you certainly won’t run out of things to do any time soon!