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Ones To Watch In 2014: PlayStation 4

This is just the beginning.

Tomorrow marks the start of a new year, where all of the games and many more that we’ve highlighted in the Ones To Watch feature will edge ever closer to their completion and release.

We’ve covered cross platform titles, a plethora of Indie games and Sony’s rivals, both at home and handheld. Today we cap things off with the PlayStation 4. Some might say we’ve saved the best till last, but these are really just another small selection of games from what is looking to be another fantastic year for gamers.

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We’ll start things off with one of the handful of titles that was pushed back from 2013 to 2014. DriveClub was delayed by just a few months, in order to give Evolution Studios a little bit of breathing space and more time to deliver on their vision, but leaving the PS4 with a dearth of racers at launch.

Since that point, Evo have gone on a campaign of 12 second teaser videos. Compared to the 1080p30 Time Trial cum Challenge demos which were playable at various game shows, these have already shown off many more details to the gameplay. Damage from collisions, multiplayer races, dynamic clouds, flocks of birds, a simply gorgeous day-night transition…

We’ll no doubt have more details soon, but the latest rumours point to a release on 28th February. Oh, and lets not forget the PS+ edition of the game, which will put this in practically every PS4 owner’s hands, albeit with limited tracks and cars.

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Similarly, Deep Down will be available to all for the price of nothing, coming as a free-to-play title from Capcom, the first to use their new Panta Rhei engine. It really shows off the stunning capabilities of the new generation of hardware, with a highly detailed world and another impressively accurate lighting engine.

However, for all the dungeon crawling we’ve seen so far, the game is actually set in a late 21st Century version of New York, where magical artifacts will teleport you back in time to the more fantastical setting.

It’s here where comparisons to the gruellingly difficult Dark Souls are made, with combat that seems to hold a similarly methodical and painstaking style. However, Deep Down will feature two major differences, in the form of its online co-operative play and the procedurally generated dungeons, which will make every instance of play different.

As yet, there’s still fairly little known about the game, other than that it’s really pretty, but there’s a fairly tentative release pencilled in for next year.

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We already know quite a lot about Planetside 2, since it has been out on PC since the end of 2012, but bringing it to PS4 will open up a whole new market for the Free to Play MMOFPS.

Quite impressively, the developers have already said that the PS4 will be running the Forgelight engine at setting equivalent to a maxed out PC presentation, but I feel that the main thing to highlight, since its original launch, is an overhaul to the way it accommodates new players.

It’s easy to see how it would be overwhelming to newcomers, and this was my feeling with the initial PC release. There’s class-based combat between three factions, spread across the continents of the planet Auraxis, each of with is split into territories and the sectors, with maps that can host thousands of players at a time.

As it heads towards PS4, the game already has a much improved tutorial system and a better method of handing out tasks via Directives and Missions. Combined with the jaw-dropping scope, it’s certainly one to check out when it reaches the console.

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Armed with nothing but a smartphone to light your way in the darkest of passages, you must explore and escape a hospital, filled with supernatural puzzles and psychological terrors.

The game is also notable for not giving you any weapons to fight with, and should a phantom appear that can actually hurt you, you’ll have to either run away or try to use a flare to protect yourself.

Each play through is intended to last around 30 minutes, as you guide the female protagonist to safety, but it’s only over multiple play throughs that you’ll unravel more of the story and the mystery behind the hospital, with more content set to come after release. With the hospital procedurally generated each time you start a new game, it’s sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Daylight is coming to both PC and PS4 early next year.

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When it was announced, The Order 1886 came out of nowhere. Ready at Dawn were best known for their work on the PSP God of War games, and they’re now embarking on a major new title and franchise for the PS4, with the support of the development powerhouse at Santa Monica.

We still know very little about the game, but do know that it’s set in an alternate version of 1886 London, and sees the eponymous order of knights battling with mysterious beasts, using futuristic – for the time – weaponry and technologies to do so.

Speaking which, RAD Engine 4.0 feels like a truly revolutionary piece of software. It pulls together the ability to imbue an in-game object with a material, rather than wrap it in a texture, whilst also using a soft body physics engine that gives each object a more accurate and realistic set of world interactions.

Hopefully they’ll be ready to show more of this game soon, as it is currently planned for a release towards the end of 2014.

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With Second Son, we really have saved the best until last, with a game that astonishes with every showing.

Moving from the fictional Empire City and New Marais, Second Son skips forward a few years and features a new wave of Conduits in a distopian version of Seattle. Delsin Rowe, played by the seemingly omnipresent Troy Baker, takes up the fight against the oppressive Department of Unified Protection, making use of his initial smoke-based powers, and picking up more along the way.

Simply put, this game looks absolutely incredible in motion, with particle effects on show at every turn, particularly when Delsin’s powers are in use. The world looks to have an impressive level of destructibility too, with DUP barriers and towers the main constructs to show off the physics engine.

inFamous is really a title to look forward to for PS4 owners, and even though it’s set for a fairly early release next year, on 21st March, it can’t get here soon enough.


So there you have it, all of the games to be excited about in 2014 in a nice series of articles. 

OK, so really this was just the tip of the iceberg, with plenty that we’ve not managed to include or haven’t even been announced yet. I guess you’ll just have to keep reading TSA in 2014 to see what else crops up, eh?

21 Comments
  1. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    Out of those Driveclub gets my juices going the most, I’m just worried about it being microtransaction city, although Sony have plenty of experience here and as a flagship title they shouldn’t go in too hard on that front.

    Elsewhere there’s seems to be a lot of shooty things among the big titles, much like the PS4 launch

    Not sure whether they’ll hit 2014, but really looking forward to The Witness, or in the case of No Man’s Sky almost certain not to hit 2014, maybe even ’15, or even hit the PS4 at all. Especially with Microsoft sniffing around Hello Games in the wake of their flood damaged offices. But these titles look a million times more interesting than some of the AAA fayre heading our way.

    Of the mainstream titles Watch Dogs interests me the most, especially the shared instances single player is multiplayer missions.

    If the initial reveal of 1886: The Order stopped 90% of the way through it would have been my most looked forward to game, but the end of the trailer seems to reveal yet another cover-based shooter, which inevitably means an interesting story, some great set-pieces but most likely ruined by shooting gallery arenas every 13.67 yards

    No Velocity 2X? What are smoking Teflon? We’re going to need you to submit a blood sample & undergo psychiatric testing!

    Comment posted on 31/12/2013 at 12:15.
    • Stefan L
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      A lot of games ended up in other posts. Velocity 2X was in one of the Indie ones, and then Tuffcub added it to the Vita one aswell.

      Comment posted on 31/12/2013 at 12:35.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        No weaseling out of the drug test Teffers

        Comment posted on 31/12/2013 at 12:46.
      • Stefan L
        Community Team
        Since: May 2009

        Hey, it’s not my fault you’ve not been keeping up. ;)

        Comment posted on 31/12/2013 at 14:33.
      • Eldur
        Member
        Since: Nov 2012

        What about The Division? It looks excellent and most of the shooty, Tom Clancy games from Ubisoft are usually pretty reliable… The footage released so far make this an extremely exciting prospect for me.

        Comment posted on 31/12/2013 at 17:00.
      • Stefan L
        Community Team
        Since: May 2009

        Well it’s a big cross-platform game, so was put in one of the cross-platform articles, along with all the other Ubisoft titles!

        Comment posted on 31/12/2013 at 17:26.
      • Eldur
        Member
        Since: Nov 2012

        Damn. Don’t I feel like an @sshole…

        Must’ve missed the cross gen roundup…

        Comment posted on 31/12/2013 at 21:19.
  2. tonycawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    Looking forward to all of them, except second son as I really don’t care much for the infamous franchise. Not too sure why but I just don’t get along with it, I find it boring.
    I feel drive club is desperately missed from the ps4 launch line up and I’m looking forward to that possibly the most.

    Comment posted on 31/12/2013 at 12:16.
  3. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    If I’m totally honest, I don’t think either of the new-gen consoles have a particularly strong line up for 2014. There’s only the odd games really, such Titan Fall and Quantum Break, or DriveClub, that are looking promising. The cross-platform line up is way stronger, with games like Watch Dogs, The Division, Destiny etc, all of which are also releasing on PC or last-gen consoles.

    Comment posted on 31/12/2013 at 12:16.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      Yep, Quantum Break & Titanfall looking great. Pretty much everything else is cross-platform & even cross-generation

      Comment posted on 31/12/2013 at 12:20.
  4. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    I’m looking forward to Drive Club, hoping it will be somewhere in between the clinical sterility of GT and the brash arcadey nonsense of NFS.
    Also looking forward to The Order 1886 and Watch Dogs.
    I think there’s a good chance Daylight will be free on PS+ due to it’s short play length.

    Also where the heck are Octodad and Hohokum?

    And there’s also Thief, MGS ground zeroes,The elder scrolls online, The Witcher 3 and The Division to look forward to.

    Comment posted on 31/12/2013 at 12:39.
  5. AddictedAndy
    PS3Addict
    Since: Oct 2008

    Drive club +edition for me. Really hoping for Uncharted in 2014. The order looks good too. I might try Tomb Raider. Don’t think I have ever played one.

    Comment posted on 31/12/2013 at 12:51.
  6. DeadlyChipmunk
    Member
    Since: Jun 2011

    Played and platinumed both of the PS3 infamous games so I’ll be checking this one out. Drive club will be the + version to start with and based on this and what’s missing will see if the full version is purchased.

    Anyone know of other driving games for 2014?

    Cheers!

    Comment posted on 31/12/2013 at 13:40.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      NfS is a cert isn’t it?

      Hope Ubisoft follow up Driver San Fran with something as that was pretty solid.

      Surprise GT6 PS4, GT7 launch?

      Away from consoles, Project C.A.R.S. looks the most interesting thing to happen to the racer genre, by quite some distance.

      Comment posted on 31/12/2013 at 14:08.
    • gazzagb
      Master of speling mitakse
      Since: Feb 2009

      Ubisoft’s The Crew looked pretty good at E3.

      Comment posted on 31/12/2013 at 16:49.
  7. Lyts1985
    Member
    Since: Jan 2009

    I’m looking forward to the majority of these but I’m not too sure about infamous… Infamous 2 felt very samey and I feel I’ve had enough of it, as much as I enjoyed the first. We’ll see.

    Comment posted on 31/12/2013 at 14:57.
  8. Steelhead
    Member
    Since: Oct 2013

    Looking forward to Infamous Second Son and The Order: 1886 from this list. Also excited for Transistor.

    Comment posted on 31/12/2013 at 18:36.
  9. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    Any chance of Uncharted making the end of year period?

    A full gameplay reveal at E3 with a November release? They’ve done it before with the franchise.

    Any, 2014 looks very strong for PS4- Infamous, The Order, Drive Club, Metal Gear Solid, Destiny, Daylight, Outlast, etc are going to be great to play.

    And you just know that there’s an unannounced indie title which will steal the show too.

    Comment posted on 01/01/2014 at 15:01.
  10. aerobes
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    I’m looking forward to Infamous, The Crew and The Witcher mostly. Hoping to get an Infamous + PS4 bundle.

    Comment posted on 01/01/2014 at 15:22.

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