The moment is almost here. In three days time many of you will have either queued up in the wet and cold or sat eagerly next to your front door in anticipation of the PS4’s arrival. It’s odd and strangely sad to think that, as of Friday, we’re unlikely to hear the term “next-gen” again for a few years, retiring the well-worn buzzword as we set sail into the unknown. Looking at this week’s release schedule, it’s a very exciting time indeed, even if you’re sitting out on all the next-gen goodness.
Super Mario 3D World | Wii U | Friday
Everybody’s favourite Italian plumber is at it again. In pursuit of stars, shrooms, and princesses, Mario and the gang are back in a new adventure, exclusively for the Wii U.
Following the same trend as Super Mario 3D Land, World has players exploring a clutch of vibrant, populated locales, stomping on Goombas and navigating through a series of puzzles and platforming sections. Bar the highly publicised Cat Suit and a number of Gamepad features, 3D World doesn’t deliver a ground-breaking experience and certainly fails to top the astounding Super Mario Galaxy 2.
With that said it’s still a Mario game and even now, after years of recycled concepts, that name alone equates to hours of fun.
Young Justice: Legacy | PS3, 360,3Ds, PC | Friday
Based on the popular TV animation series, Young Justice: Legacy lets players explore an alternate DC universe through the eyes of its under-aged crime-fighters.
Legacy is an action RPG in which you form a squad, choosing from twelve different, uniquely-powered super heroes. While in-game you gradually develop your stable of heroes with co-op brawling being the centre focus, not to mention a slew of DC cameos from the likes of Superman, Green Lantern, and Aquaman.
Killzone Shadow Fall | PS4 | Friday
Shadow Marshals of Vekta, prepare to lock n’ load as we go head-to-head with the covert Helghan insurgents.
Killzone Shadow Fall looks to be exactly what you’d expect from Guerrilla Games and its flagship FPS series. A meaty multiplayer mode, lengthy campaign, and stunning visuals have always been the three core pillars of this exclusive franchise with Shadow Fall taking the bar up a notch.
Story-wise, things are a little different. Instead of leaping into pitched battles, you will assume the role of a Shadow Marshal, an operative who fights in the dark. Reviews haven’t been entirely positive but Shadow Fall will still undoubtedly appeal to a spread of PlayStation fans.
We’ll have our own review of the title soon.
Knack | PS4 | Friday
Even in an era of gritty, muted shooters and blockbuster action titles, the PlayStation brand will forever be known for its network of sublime, quirky platformers.
Spyro, Crash Bandicoot, Sly Cooper, Jak & Daxter, Ratchet & Clank; all names plucked from PlayStation history which, even after a decade or more, still hold-up nicely.
Developed by Sony Japan Studio, Knack doesn’t exactly follow the trend. It may feature a nonsensical story, platforming gameplay, and rich cartoon visuals yet doesn’t carry the same weight. Playing as Knack, you will join the humans as they go to war with futuristic Goblins, hammering your way through battles and navigating through puzzles. It looks fun albeit fairly simple and lacking in depth. Our review is on the way.
Blacklight: Retribution | PS4 | Friday
Here we go, the first up on a list of free-to-play launch titles. Sequel to the somewhat lukewarm Tango Down, Blacklight: Retribution is a futuristic online shooter that will certainly appeal to Call of Duty fans.
Currently available via Steam, Retribution features a slew of gameplay modes and refreshing features such as purchasable upgrades, mechs, and even a temporary x-ray/radar-like ability.
Customisation is also a huge part of the experience. Players can spend real money and in-game credit to kit out their soldier with a variety of loadouts, affording hundreds of cosmetic/playstyle combinations.
Contrast | PS4 | Friday
Developed by Compulsion Games, Contrast is one of the first digital downloads on the PlayStation Store.
You’ll play as a young detective, Dawn, who can transport between dimensional planes in order to solve a number of challenges. It may not make the most of the new PlayStation tech yet still comes across as quite the stunner, largely thanks to its robust art style.
DC Universe Online | PS4 | Friday
If you’ve yet to try SOE’s super-powered MMO, there’s no better time.
DC Universe Online for PlayStation 4 arrives at precisely the right moment, following a recent, comprehensive update.
Visually, the game has undergone an overhaul and, for a reduced price, players can access a string of premium expansions straight off the bat, unlocking numerous powers and bonus content.
The PlayRoom | PS4 | Friday
Plug in your brand-new PlayStation Eye, sit back, and enjoy a suite of camera-enabled games and features in The PlayRoom.
It’s nothing ground-breaking yet establishes the updated tech and hopefully hints a bright future for Eye-enabled software and PlayStation Move. Keep an eye on TSA later today for a closer look at the PS Camera.
Resogun | PS4 | Friday
We have a lot of time for Finnish developer, Housemarque.
First they brought us the stunning Super Stardust HD, followed by Dead Nation, Outland, and now it’s latest title, Resogun. Fiendishly hard and visually compelling, its one of the PS4’s top-rated and most talked about games. No wonder.
Super Motherload | PS4 | Friday
Does exactly what it says on the tin, this one.
Take the existing, popular Motherload formula, whack in multiplayer, procedurally-generated content, and an arsenal of upgrades and there you have it: Super Motherload.
Warframe | PS4 | Friday
Rounding out our list is another free-to-play shooter. Though both set in futuristic, war-torn universes, Warframe and Blacklight are two completely different beasts.
In Warframe you play as one of the Tenno, an ancient race at war with the oppressive Grineer. With a gun in one hand a sword in the other, you and up to three players will shoot and slash your way through a network of challenges.
Over time you will also be able to developer your own Warframe, personalising your exoskeleton with special powers and abilities. Best of all, it’s completely free!
Finally, let’s not forget the collection of existing games making their way to the PlayStation 4 this Friday.
- Call of Duty: Ghosts
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
- Battlefield 4
- Skylanders: SWAP Force
- Just Dance 2014
- NBA Live 2014
- Need For Speed Rivals
- Angry Birds: Star Wars
- Injustice: Gods Among Us
- LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes
- NBA 2K14
- Trine 2
- Sound Shapes
- FIFA 14
- Madden NFL 25
What are you planning on buying this week? Splashing out on a hoard of launch-day goodies or holding back? Decided to go for the Xbox One instead?