Top 22 Upcoming PlayStation 4 Exclusive Games

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For gamers, the most important difference between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is the games. Sure, they have differences in CPU and graphical power, but none of that matters unless it’s used to fuel awesome gaming experiences. To find out which game console is worth your hard-earned money, let’s look at what exclusive titles are in the works for each system. Below are some of the most exciting upcoming PlayStation 4 games you won’t find on any other platform. There’s a lot of great stuff heading our way, although it’s disappointing to see so many games without any indication of when they’re coming out.

1. Gravity Rush 2

Release date: January 20, 2017

In Gravity Rush, you play as a woman who can defy the laws of gravity, meaning she can “fall” in any direction she chooses. A remake of that game has already come out on PS4, making way for this PS4-exclusive sequel. Watch the trailer above to get an idea of how you’ll be able to use the forces of nature to your advantage in Gravity Rush 2.

2. Nioh

Release date: February 9, 2017

Think modern games are too easy? Nioh will show you that’s not always the case. Like the “Soulsborne” games before it, Nioh is no walk to Sunday school. Any given enemy is capable of cutting you down if you’re not careful. Set in a demon-infested version of ancient Japan, you play as a samurai who sets out to do away with the bad guys.

3. Persona 5

Release date: February 14, 2017

With each new entry, the Persona series gets more and more popular. And for good reason, because these games are great. They follow a group of teenagers who always get wrapped up in spellbinding mysteries as they explore dungeons, collect demons, and fuse those demons together to create new, more powerful creatures. It’s kind of like a more mature take on Pokémon, a recipe that never seems to get old.

4. Horizon Zero Dawn

Release Date: February 28, 2017

Guerrilla Games is an immensely talented studio that has spent the last 10 years making nothing but Killzone titles. Those are solid shooters, but they never reached the popularity of competitors like Halo or Gears of War.

Horizon Zero Dawn is something entirely new. It’s an action RPG that takes place 1,000 years in the future, when civilization has collapsed and robotic dinosaurs rule the land. You play as an archer who hunts these gigantic beasts and harvests their parts for tools. Watch the trailer above for an idea of what to expect.

5. Dangaronpa 1-2 Reload

Release date: March 14, 2017

The board game Clue is a classic example of a closed-room murder mystery. In these stories, a group of people is trapped somewhere, and someone winds up dead. The murderer must be one of the group, so the rest have to figure out which one it is. That’s the set-up of the Danganronpa games, but as they progress, more and more people wind up dead. These fantastic narrative-based titles came out on Vita a few years ago, but they’re well worth a look on PS4 for anyone who missed out on them.

6. MLB: The Show 17

Release date: March 28, 2017

If you want a great baseball game, MLB The Show has been the go-to series in recent years. The 2017 will likely be no different. Each new installment introduces new tweaks and features, though what those will be in this one remain to be seen.

7. Nex Machina

Release date: Q2 2017

When it comes to twin-stick shooters, no one does ‘em like Housemarque. While the developer might not be a household name, it’s been pumping out fantastic frenetic shooters for years now, the most famous being Super Stardust and Resogun. This one draws inspiration from classics like Robotron and Smash TV, putting crazy amounts of bullets on the screen and having you dodge your way through them while blasting enemies. It looks intense.

8. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Release date: 2017

It’s not a whole new Uncharted game, but Lost Legacy is a standalone chunk of DLC that ditches Nathan Drake to center on two characters from previous adventures. One is Chloe Frazer, a capable thief last seen in Uncharted 3. The other is Nadine Ross, a complex villain who got short shrift in her debut in Uncharted 4.

9. The Last of Us Part II

Release date: TBA

A sequel to what many consider to be the best video game of the PlayStation 3 generation, The Last of Us Part II has a lot riding on it. But if any team can deliver another masterpiece, it’s Naughty dog. We don’t know much about this one yet, but based on the trailer above, it’s clear that it still centers on Joel and Ellie as they fight for survival in a world that’s gone to the dogs. And since Ellie is no longer a teenager, it must take place several years later. There’s no release date yet, but don’t expect to see this one until fall 2018 at the very earliest.

10. God of War

Release date: TBA

This isn’t the God of War you grew up with. God of War games past have featured a loud, angry, one-note Kratos who lived to slice enemies apart and bed nameless ladies. The Kratos who stars in this game is accompanied by his son, whom Kratos is teaching to become a man (or, you know, demigod). The developers promise it will be a character-driven game, with more methodical and thoughtful combat. It looks great so far.

11. Spider-Man

Release date: TBA

Disney has shut down its in-house game development teams in favor of licensing its properties out to developers who seem like a good fit. There’s probably no development team around that could make a better Spider-Man game than Insomniac. With titles like Sunset Overdrive and the excellent Ratchet & Clank under its belt, it’s safe to say old Spidey is in good hands.

12. Death Stranding

Release date: TBA

When Hideo Kojima left Konami after releasing Metal Gear Solid 5, fans wondered what would be next for the enigmatic game maker. The answer is Death Stranding, but if you think the trailer above will let you know what kind of game we’re in for, you’re quite mistaken. The trailer has Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus in it, but it offers more mysteries than answers. Based on how long MGS 5 was in development, don’t expect this one to see the light of day anytime soon.

13. Final Fantasy VII Remake

Release date: TBA

Seeing this game revealed at E3 2015 was a major shock. After all, it’s not every day you get wind of one of the most famous games of all time getting a complete overhaul, turning its low-polygon graphics into high-def realism.

Final Fantasy VII is important in a lot of ways, but it’s primarily known for bringing Japanese role-playing games into the mainstream. When it launched in 1997 on the original PlayStation, it looked better than almost any other game on the market. It had incredible cinematic cut scenes, an epic story that spanned three discs, and a game world that dwarfed nearly any other that came before it. It tells a story of a small rebellion against an evil empire, and it’s fraught with twists, betrayals, and heartbreak.

Sure, you can play the game with its original graphics right now on PS4. But the graphics, like virtually all games from the early polygon era, look very dated by today’s standards. Many fans want to experience the game again as they remember it, not as it really was. That’s the promise of a remade version of Final Fantasy VII. It may not live up to our expectations, but then again, it just might.

14. Days Gone

Release date: TBA

What do you get when you mix Sons of Anarchy with zombies? Something like Days Gone, a game that follows a biker through a zombie apocalypse that looks much like the one from World War Z. That means your blood-thirsty enemies will come at you in fast-moving hordes, which you can thin down by spraying them with automatic weapon fire. If you’re not burned out on zombie games, this will surely be worth a look.

15. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Release date: TBA

In the PlayStation One era, Crash Bandicoot was to Sony what Mario is to Nintendo: a colorful mascot that starred in top-notch platformers. Developer Naughty Dog has since moved on to much bigger and better things (Uncharted, The Last of Us), but another studio has been enlisted to remaster the first three Bandicoot games and bring them to PS4. And who knows, if it sells well, perhaps we’ll get a brand new Crash Bandicoot game in the future.

16. Detroit: Become Human

Release date: TBA

With games like Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls under his belt, director David Cage is known for making story-driven games that are basically playable movies. Detroit: Become Human is another one like that. Set in a future when highly advanced androids are used in service to humans, the game asks the question of what the androids have to say about this setup. With philosophical themes like the nature of humanity in it, this game should have no problem standing out from the crowd.

17. Knack 2

Release date: TBA

And now for the sequel no one wanted. That may sound rough, but Knack was a major disappointment when it launched in 2013. That said, if Knack 2 can capitalize on the promise of the original’s premise, we could end up with a solid beat-‘em-up that appeals to kids and adults alike.

18. Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

Release date: TBA

A sequel to a fairly niche Japanese RPG, Revenant Kingdom will bring players back to the fantasy anime world of the original. It’s a stunningly beautiful world that’s sure to make JRPG fans happy, even if we don’t quite know what the game will be about just yet.

19. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Release Date: TBA

You probably wouldn’t expect a game called “Hellblade” to offer much in the way of introspection, but that’s what the developers are going for here. Developed by Ninja Theory, the makers of excellent games like Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and DmC: Devil May Cry, Hellblade is a game about mental illness.

The hero is Senua, a Celtic warrior who essentially has PTSD brought on by surviving a violent Viking invasion. That leads to anxiety, depression, and hallucinations, all of which you actually play through from Senua’s perspective. For more information, watch this developer diary video.

20. Ace Combat 7

Release date: TBA

Take to the skies and blast enemies out of the air in the latest installment in a long line of war plane shooters. Developer Bandai Namco is touting the PS4’s power to deliver killer graphics and tactical dogfights. The game will also be fully playable in PlayStation VR for anyone who wants to make the experience as immersive as possible.

21. Wild

Release Date: TBA

Wild is set in an unusual time period for a game: 10,000 years ago, when early humans roamed the land, along with a wide variety of wildlife. Crazily enough, in this game you can play as any creature you want, including humans, horses, sheep, and even fish. Beyond that, the game world is said to be as big as the entire continent of Europe, and features dynamic seasons and weather systems.

If any of that turns out to be an exaggeration, it wouldn’t be the first time a developer has gotten overzealous in their remarks. But if they pull it off, Wild could wind up being like nothing we’ve ever played before. The trailer looks great, so here’s hoping the finished game lives up to the hype.

22. Everything

Release date: TBA

From the sound of it, Everything is like nothing else out there. It’s a game that contains an entire universe, from galaxies and solar systems down to blades of grass. The weird part is that you can play as anything you can see, even inanimate objects.

Described as “a consciousness simulator and open universe exploration game,” it will probably pique the interest of fans of games like Journey and Flower. The game was conceived by the artist who made the video game in the movie Her, so expect it to be creative as all get-out, and completely untraditional.

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