The PlayStation 4 line up already feels stacked as we begin our journey through 2018, with January already featuring a PS4 exclusive in Dissidia Final Fantasy NT and PSVR exclusive The Inpatient. There are a lot more games to come from the House of Sony, so many that we’ve split our list in two. We’ll be seeing fan favourites return as well as new IPs over the course of the year, so lets get started.
God of War
Platform: PS4 – Release date: Early 2018
God of War may be one of the most, if not the most, anticipated PS4 titles for 2018. Not only will we see the return of Kratos but we’ll be exploring a new world alongside him. Gone is the Greek Pantheon of gods, replaced by Norse mythology, but even more intriguing is that Kratos has a son named Atreus, who will play a big part in this adventure.
God of War is shrouded in mystery regarding its plot. We don’t know how Kratos ended up in this world, who Atreus’ mother is, or how his relationships with the likes of Odin, Loki, Thor, and Hel will unfold. What we do know is that this will be a long game with its length confirmed to be between 25 to 30 hours long, and there’s a whole host of new information that was released just this morning.
While a release date hasn’t been confirmed either the PlayStation Store did put a date of March 22nd on the game’s listing. The date itself is significant, as it marks the anniversary of the first God of War game’s release for PS2. Maybe Sony are using the date to signify a rebirth of the series?
Detroit: Become Human
Platform: PS4 – Release date: Q1/Q2 2018
Quantic Dream games have explored some very different themes through the narratives they tell. From the bizarre mystery of Fahrenheit, to the murder mystery of Heavy Rain, and a psychological thriller in the form of Beyond: Two Souls. Each explores the nature of choice and it appears all the lessons learnt from those games have culminated in Detroit: Become Human.
Detroit: Become Human’s roots are found in 2012, from Quantic Dream’s Kara tech demo. That demo became a focal point for David Cage and the rest of the team, leading to a reveal of Detroit: Become Human at Sony’s Paris Games Week conference in 2015. The game explores the themes of artificial intelligence, and how it adapts to a human world where AI is very much subservient.
In the demos we’ve seen so far there has been a situation where an android takes a child hostage, while another tries to defuse the situation. In another segment an android witnesses child abuse with choices having to be made on whether to get involved. Each choice made in these scenarios, like in previous Quantic Dream games, will determine the path of the story.
Shadow of the Colossus
Platform: PS4 – Release date: 2018
Considered by many to be one of the greatest games of all time, it appears that Sony are using Shadow of the Colossus to show off its own progress as a hardware manufacturer. It first appeared on PS2 before being remastered for PS3, and now this new release on PS4 Shadow of the Colossus continues to inspire.
The game has had a huge visual upgrade over the previous iterations, with the PS4 edition having been built from the ground up. No doubt Shadow of the Colossus will garner the attention of new fans thanks to its journey filled with battles against the large scale creatures that inhabit the world.
Platform: PS4 Release date: 2018
One of the first superheroes you think of from Marvel catalogues of characters is always going to be Spider-Man. Easily one of the most popular characters from comics, movies, and games, we’ve been waiting a long time for an exceptional game featuring the webslinger to appear. So at E3 2016 in stepped Insomniac Games to unveil Spider-Man, with a much deeper trailer coming a year later at E3 2017.
As far as we know this version of Spider-Man is very much established, appearing to skip the whole origin story, and instead throwing players into the shoes of a Spider-Man that has swung around the block a few times. We also know that one of the main groups he’ll be facing off against will be The Demons, with Wilson Fisk also making appearances.
Marvel is licensing out its properties to a number of different developers, but as far as we know the PS4 Spider-Man game exists in a different world to that of the upcoming Square Enix Avengers titles.
Platform: PS4 – Release date: 2018
Media Molecule’s Dreams is a rather mysterious title. Officially announced back at E3 2015, but having appeared in the PlayStation Meeting PS4 unveiling, it definitely caught people’s attention due to the amount of crafting that could be done. Dreams looks like an evolution of LittleBigPlanet, expanding greatly on what that series did for player creation. The latest trailer for Dreams managed to capture the essence of what players will be able to make, and it appears to include almost anything.
While Dreams seems to have its own story mode, which will most likely act like an introduction to the creation tools, the bulk of the title will be about creating and sharing your own dreams. These dreams can take on the form of any genre going on by what we’ve seen so far, from first person to space shooter to open worlds. The only limit is your imagination.
There was supposed to be a beta for Dreams back in 2016, but that’s now on the cards for 2018 ahead of what we hope is a final release for this weird and wonderful looking game.
That’s all for this entry, but as we said at the head, there’s plenty more to come for PlayStation 4 owners. However, we’ll be exploring other platforms and genres when we resume Ones to Watch next week.