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Upcoming PS4 Games 2017,2018

The PlayStation 4 is enjoying a brilliant start to 2017, with the impactful and unsettling Resident Evil 7 successfully rebooting Capcom’s faltering survival-horror series, and open-world robot-dinosaur adventure Horizon: Zero Dawn a surprise contender for, arguably, the best-exclusive PS4 game to date. Not to mention other great titles such as Yakuza 0, Sniper Elite 4 or For Honor. Now clearly in its stride, PS4 is home to some of the best games of all-time, from AAA hits, to indie gems and novel VR experiences. It’s been a great year so far, and the list of upcoming PS4 games only gets better.

Here’s a list of the biggest, most exciting games coming to PlayStation 4 this year… and beyond. Naturally the big-budget projects – The Last of Us 2, God of War and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – are all represented, but there are many that may have dipped under your radar but are just as noteworthy. Persona 5, Rime and Psychonauts 2 to name a few.

Our upcoming PS4 games are listed in chronological order, starting with releases due over the next few days or weeks, and moving further into 2017 and beyond as we go.

Mass Effect: Andromeda

Release date: March 21, 2017
Genre:
RPG

What is it? A triumphant return to BioWare’s brilliant series, just without a Shepherd to guide you through this new galaxy…

Why it’s so interesting? Mass Effect: Andromeda is available to play from March 16th for people signed up for EA Access, who get to enjoy six hours of the game before release. You play as Scott or Sara Ryder, as the Pathfinder, who needs to find humanity a new home after your ship emerges from 600 years in suspended animation. Bad news – the seven ‘golden worlds’ which the Andromeda Initiative’s advance probes hoped would support life, have been blighted by the emergence of mysterious alien vaults. You’ll need to solve this galactic puzzle, battle new villains The Kett and make sweet, sweet music with your human (or alien) team-mates – plus unlock scores of new weapons, biotics and tech upgrades – to succeed.

Persona 5

Release date: April 4, 2017
Genre:
JRPG

What is it? You’re an average student who takes the train to school, falls asleep in class, and hangs out with his friends at the mall. Oh, and you’re also a master thief.

Why it’s so interesting? As if high school wasn’t complicated enough, some of the students in Persona 5 have much more to deal with than being popular, getting a date, or managing their acne. Your group of high school chums are the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. To accomplish their goals, you’ll have to overcome a variety of challenges that include sneaking past guards, avoiding traps, and defending yourself in battle using your Persona (a guardian spirit). Persona 4 is rightly considered a masterpiece and its long awaited sequel should have more than enough style and depth to match it.

Yooka-Laylee

Release date: April 11, 2017
Genre:
Platformer

What is it? A Rare return, as Kickstarter icons aim to become the modern Banjo-Kazooie.

Why it’s so interesting? Platformers have been thin on the ground over the last decade (unless you’re a certain red plumber who’s name rhymes with ‘Barry-o’), but Yooka-Laylee is looking to change that by introducing the world to a anthropomorphic chameleon and bat combo. If you’ve ever played Banjo-Kazooie you might be doing that eye-squint thing where something looks familiar but you’re not sure why. Well that’s because it is familiar as Playtonic Games, the team who are making it, is home to a lot of ex Rare staff who made Banjo so famous. They’re sticking to the formula, so get ready for big open levels and an ocean of collectibles.

Prey

Release date: May 5, 2017
Genre:
FPS

What is it? Mind-bending FPS that has you potentially experiencing a terrifying Groundhog Day (with zero Bill Murray). Publisher’s Bethesda are on something of a roll, after the success of Doom, Skyrim: Special Edition and Dishonored 2.

Why it’s so interesting? Prey is finally coming back and judging from the reveal trailer, the upcoming first-person alien shooter is going to be trippy. The video shows the presumed protagonist waking up in an apartment over and over again as if he is going about a repetitive (and boring) life – or maybe he’s repeating the same day in a time paradox. Whatever the case, the man also is suffering from some sort of disease that’s seemingly causing him to see himself talking to himself in the mirror. Yeah, it’s weird. At least the gameplay showing the player shotgun blasting shadow-like creatures and smashing them with melee weapons looks pretty straightforward.

Injustice 2

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Release date: May 16, 2017
Genre:
Fighting game

What is it? Sequel to the brutal fighting game that pits heroes and villains from the DC Comic universe against each other.  

Why it’s so interesting? Powered by the same engine behind Mortal Kombat X, you can expect a really solid, very nasty fighter here. It shows the real dark side of the DCU too, and doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to brutality – even when traditionally ‘good’ characters are in play. This time around you’ll be able to collect gear, which alters your character over time, giving them new abilities. Interesting.

The Surge

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Release date: May 16, 2017
Genre: Action RPG

What is it? Dark Souls set in the future. On the factory floor industrial robots have gone haywire, and your exoskeleton-wearing co-workers have lost the plot too. Fun times.

Why it’s so interesting? Brutal combat isn’t all The Surge has to offer: far from being a clone of the grim medieval saga Dark Souls, The Surge adds crafting to make slashing through hordes of enemies worthwhile. If you take a fancy to a bit of your enemy’s armour, you can target that specific body part to chop it off. Do this over and over again to the same enemy and eventually you’ll be able to craft that piece of armour. Die (which you’ll be doing repeatedly) and a timer counts down how long you have to grab your dropped stuff – killing enemies along the way adds precious seconds. Chuck killable NPCs into the mix and a ton of suspicious corporate activity (which may have been the cause of the industrial glitch that’s sent your co-workers insane) and you have The Surge: full of nuts, bolts, and blood.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew

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Release date: May 30, 2017
Genre: simulation

What is it? A VR experience that puts you on the bridge of brand new Starfleetship, the USS Aegis.

Why it’s so interesting? Commanding a ship in Starfleet is certainly a cool starting point, but what makes Bridge Crew particularly interesting is that it’s a multiplayer VR game. You and three friends adopt the key roles of the bridge crew: engineering, tactical, helm, and the best of all, captain. (Look, every Star Trek fan out there has dreams about yelling “SHIELDS UP! PREPARE TO RETURN FIRE!” and if they say they don’t, they’re lying.)  The crew needs to work cooperatively or your maiden voyage is going to be short, and the VR adds just that extra bit of authenticity as you yell back and forth to each other about scans, defensive maneuvers, and whether or not the engines can take any more, Captain.

Farpoint

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Upcoming PS4 Games

Release date: June 30, 2017
Genre:
PlayStation VR FPS

What is it? Sci-fi shooter where you need to blast your way through some rather icky looking bugs.

Why it’s so interesting? Built to make use of the PS VR Aim Controller (a 21st century tongue twister if we ever saw one), this VR FPS abandons you on an arid, alien planet and forces you to shoot your way through the spidery monsters that populate it. If the more traditional FPS elements mix well with the immersion of VR, this could well prove what VR games are capable of.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

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Release date: August 22, 2017
Genre: Action-Adventure

What is it? The drastically scaled-up sequel to 2014’s surprise hit, this time with Dynamically engineered fortress sieges and friendly war-trolls.

Why it’s so interesting? Because the first game’s Nemesis system – which generates long-term rivalries with enemy Orcs based on gameplay outcomes – is now being applied to all facets of Middle-earth. Friendships and alliances will now be fuelled by the way you play, but most importantly, so will your huge great, castle-cracking army. You’ll take down and take over a whole swathe of Helm’s Deep-style forts across Shadow of War’s map, but every battle will be defined by the systemic interactions between your units, just as your units will be defined by your history and relationships with them.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

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Upcoming PS4 Games

Release date: Q3 2017
Genre:
RPG

What is it? Four boys civilly discuss their problems. Just kidding, it’s still South Park, except this time comic books are the target of its mockery.

Why it’s so interesting? Another sharply hilarious takedown of whatever is getting on Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s nerves. Mixing up the combat from the first game – you’ll be able to move across a grid now – and taking on superheroes instead of wizards should give the jokes plenty of extra edge. South Park has only been getting better with age, and we’re hoping The Fractured But Whole keeps the trend going.

The Last of Us 2

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Release date: TBA
Genre: Horror

What is it? The sequel to the phenomenal The Last of Us which sees you battle fungi-infected zombies in a post-apocalyptic world. It’s from Naughty Dog, the creators of Uncharted, so the quality is nigh-on assured.

Why it’s so interesting? The first game was an emotional toll to say the least, as you made your way across the land, scavenging scarce resources and counting every bullet you fired into spore-laden fungi zombies. The trailer for The Last of Us 2 at PSX was brief, but it did give us a good look at an older Ellie, with cracked knuckles and a deadly glint in her eye. She’s making a comeback and it sounds like she’s got a serious chip in her shoulder about something, as she darkly remarks that she’s going to “kill every last one of them”. Who does she want to kill, and why? You’ll just have to wait to find out.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

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Release date: TBA 2017
Genre: Action adventure

What is it? A whole new Uncharted adventure with Chloe as the main character, the Australian treasure hunter who is more than a match for Nathan Drake himself.

Why it’s so interesting? Uncharted: The Lost Legacy has given a star from Uncharted 2: Among Thieves her own DLC. This is stellar not least because it means we get more time with fearless fan-favourite Chloe, but it also promises formidable encounters in a India’s towering Western Ghats mountains, all with mercenary leader Nadine Ross from Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End by your side. A new hero guarantees some fresh new adventures with the Tusk of Ganesh as the ultimate prize, plus Chloe’s distinctly grey morals could mean that we’re in for some dubious missions.

PaRappa the Rapper: 20th Anniversary Edition

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Release date: TBA 2017
Genre: Rhythm action

What is it? A rhythm-based game where you have to rap in time to the beat.

Why it’s so interesting? It’s promised to be nostalgia fuel as the original came out in 1997. Expect a lot of rap-dropping musical escapades as PaRappa the Rapper makes his way around the city and remastered graphics, which will surely make the cut-out style so slick you’ll be in danger of getting a papercut. You’ll have to smash buttons in time to the beat so you pull of those slammin’ verses without a hitch, so just prepare yourself for some catchy tunes worming their way into your ear hole and refusing to budge.

Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite

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Release date: Q4 2017
Genre: Fighting

What is it? The latest incarnation of the fighting game, Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite gives you the chance to pit characters from each franchise against each other and see which one comes out top.

Why it’s so interesting? At last, at long last, we’re getting Mega Man X in a Marvel vs Capcom game. As well as stalwarts like Ryu, the trailer revealed that we’ll also be seeing Captain Marvel and Iron Man showing off their moves, and hopefully there’ll be some new additions too. The Infinity Gems are going to spice up the combat, with the trailer showing that the stones add some nifty abilities. Captain Marvel’s use of the Time stone means she can dodge attacks, and the Power stone makes Ryu’s fists a flurry of destruction, but we’ll just have to wait and see what the remaining gems do.

Days Gone

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Release date: TBC
Genre:
Horror/Action-adventure

What is it? With the world seemingly in ruins, you must survive the hordes of Freakers that pour at you from every angle.

Why it’s so interesting? Zombie games might be a dime a dozen at this point, but Days Gone, Sony Bend Studio’s open-world, post-apocalyptic third-person adventure, treats the not-quite-dead a bit differently. Squeezing into drifter Deacon St. John’s boots, you’re attempting to live out the end of the world on the dangerous open road. You have to learn how to manage a swarm of infected called Freakers – who aren’t actually dead – if you want to survive. These disgusting creatures flood through the environment, forcing you to run for your life, pulling down objects in the environment to slow their charge. While you can shoot a machine gun or toss a grenade into the crowd, your ammo reserves won’t last forever, so you’ll need to come up with more creative ways to overcome the swarm.

God of War

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Release date: TBC
Genre:
Action-adventure

What is it? Thor-get about Kratos? He’s back and this time he seems to have ended up in Norse mythology…

Why it’s so interesting? That surprising new context for the ol’ angry slaphead. After Kratos killed all of the gods in Olympus, he seems to have been looking forward to retirement. He’s grown out his beard, moved to a new country, and started up a new family, with his presumed son ever-present in the God of War E3 trailer. The warrior-in-training is going to play a large part in the story and even fight alongside the legendary Spartan warrior. Kratos’ fighting style has also changed, with his Chaos Blades replaced by a mystical battle axe that Kratos can summon to him. Our angry hero actually feels relatively calm and collected in the new setting, which makes us think that something absolutely rage-inducing is going to set him off on another god-killing rampage.

Red Dead Redemption 2

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Release date: TBA 2017
Genre: Adventure

What is it? A sequel to Rockstar’s open-world adventure set in the Wild West. Well, we say sequel… it might be a prequel. And yes, it’s technically the third game in the series too.

Why it’s so interesting? Given that it’s Rockstar creating a follow-up to one of its most beloved, high-quality games, that makes Red Dead Redemption 2 a big, big deal. We already know it’ll have a big online mode, similar to GTA Online, and that it’s still set in the West (albeit one that looks a little more wild than the original, hinting at a prequel), but the rest is guess-work based on the early trailer. The presence of several characters in the promotional materials suggest you’ll be part of a posse or multi-character narrative. Either would be great.

Crash Bandicoot: N Sane Trilogy

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Release date: TBA 2017
Genre: Adventure

What is it? A fully remastered version of the much-loved Crash Bandicoot, the bright orange marsupial with a penchant for apples.

Why it’s so interesting? Getting Crash on the PS4 has been long overdue, and now we’re going to be swarmed with his green-eyed self as Crash Bandicoot: N Sane Trilogy includes a magnificent three games: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. They’ve all been lovingly restored so now you can see each hair in his bushy eyebrows plus a new lease of life has been given to the dated, but still adored, levels. The gameplay is as retro as it ever was, with no new additions apart from the new look – because why change something when it’s nigh-on perfect already?

GT Sport

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Release date: TBA 2017
Genre:
Racing

What is it? PS4’s first Gran Turismo, with the real driving simulator starting to focus on Esports.

Why it’s so interesting? Sony’s premier racing series is finally coming to PS4, and competition is at its core. The FiA is officially ratifying its online championship, which is a first for both gaming and motorsport, which means Gran Turismo is essentially becoming a recognised motorsport. Yes, that is a very big deal. The game will also support PlayStation VR, which means this is likely to be the most authentic racer experience yet seen. Can. Not. Wait.

Outlast 2

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Upcoming PS4 Games

Release date: TBA 2017
Genre:
Horror  

What is it? Sequel to the survival horror game where you have no weapons and spend the time running and solving puzzles.  

Why it’s so interesting? Simply put: Outlast is terrifying. This sequel has you playing as cameraman Blake Langermann who heads to Arizona to investigate the disappearance of a young, pregnant woman. As is the trend in 2017 (thanks Resi 7), this is rural-farm horror, so expect horrifying hillbillies and all manner of half-human, half-monster baddos.

Psychonauts 2

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Upcoming PS4 Games

Release date: TBA 2018
Genre:
Platformer

What is it? Crowd-funded sequel to one of the most beloved cult games ever, picking up after Razputin makes it to the Psychonauts headquarters.

Why it’s so interesting?
Tim Schafer has a habit of crafting great adventures and Psychonauts is one of the best games you’ve (probably) never played. That’s something you can rectify immediately as it has been re-released on PS4. We can’t wait for the sequel, where you’ll presumably be diving into the minds of all sorts of new characters as well as learning new PSI abilities to help you unravel emotional turmoil and uncover any evil plots. Expecting great things.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

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Release date: TBC
Genre:
JRPG

What is it? Remember that time in 1997 when you cried a lot because of what happened to Aerith? Get ready for that again, but with better graphics.

Why it’s so interesting? After decades of false rumours, developer denials, and harsh trolls, one of the most highly anticipated game remakes has been announced. Sony showed Final Fantasy 7 Remake off at its press conference at back at E3 2015, and only a few details have escaped since. What is known is that it’ll be more action based than the original (much to some purists’ dismay) and that it’ll come out in several instalments, which makes sense when you think about just how huge FF7 is and how many discs it first came out on…

Kingdom Hearts 3

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Upcoming PS4 Games

Release date: TBC
Genre:
JRPG

What is it? A finale to the storyline of Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2, featuring a mix of Disney and Final Fantasy characters.

Why it’s so interesting? The other Square Enix RPG is finally getting a follow up that doesn’t have a ridiculous naming convention. It’s something that a niche but ardent group of fans have been waiting for since 2006. What’s the reason for their insanity? Well, Kingdom Hearts fanatics have had plenty to play since KH2, mostly on portable consoles, but none of it was the real deal… until now. We finally have our third instalment, and perhaps with it will come some closure. You have to wonder how all the side stories will be tied into the new game – and don’t envy the poor writer who has to make it happen. Then again, we are talking about a game with Mickey Mouse in it.

Death Stranding

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Release date: TBC
Genre:
Your guess is as good as ours

What is it? Kojima and Norman Reedus team up for another interesting and mysterious collaboration involving babies and beached whales.

Why it’s so interesting? Kojima’s first game outside of Konami could be anything and we’d still be dying to see it. Still, based on that E3 reveal trailer, Death Stranding could turn out to be a pachinko game for all we know. Kicking off with Norman Reedus appearing to have just woken up on the beach next to a baby and and with a whole lot of dead sea life surrounding him, he looks up into the sky to see several figures seemingly watching him. It’s all very mysterious but hopefully Kojima will reveal more in the near future.

Detroit: Become Human

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Release date: TBA 2017
Genre:
Adventure  

What is it? The latest game from David Cage, who made Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls.  

Why it’s so interesting? As with many of Cage’s games this one is an interactive story with strong gameplay elements, so expect it to be driven by strong characters as they navigate through a futuristic version of Detroit. This one has been in the planning for years, and has involved mo-cap work and script-voicing from three different locations: London, Paris, and LA. Should be a compelling story – as with most of Quantic Dreams’ games – but the real key to success will be in whether it’s interesting to play.

Vampyr

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Release date: TBA 2017
Genre:
RPG  

What is it? The next game from Life Is Strange developer Dontnod.  

Why it’s so interesting? Here you play as a chap called Dr Reid, who has been recently turned into a vampire. The city of London is yours, and it’s up to you whether you suck the life out of the populace or help them overcome natural disasters like Spanish Flu. Given that it’s by the Life Is Strange team, don’t expect moral decisions to be black and white, but do expect a strong story with some great characters.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

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Upcoming PS4 Games

Release date: TBA 2017
Genre:
Action-adventure

What is it? Based on Celtic myth, it follows Senua on a personal journey through a hellish landscape that blends manifestations of her mind into the landscape.

Why it’s so interesting? The team behind Hellblade have us paying close attention to this one. Ninja Theory, whose past hits include Enslaved, Heavenly Sword, and DMC, has said that they want “to make a game looks and feels AAA, but will be smaller, lower priced and delivered independently,” a pretty bold endeavour for any development studio to take on – but glimpses and trailers already make it look utterly sensational. Let’s hope the action will match the visuals.

Knack 2

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Release date: TBA 2018
Genre:
Platformer  

What is it? The sequel to Knack that no-one asked for.  

Why it’s so interesting? The fact that this exists, after such mediocre reviews and lacklustre sales is possibly the most interesting thing about Knack 2. This sequel will have same-screen co-op, which is great if you have a friend desperate to play Knack, and many of the same characters will return.

Spider-Man

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Release date: TBC
Genre:
Action-adventure

What is it? Insomniac’s fresh take on the famous web-slinger.

Why it’s so interesting? It’s been some time since we’ve seen a promising Spider-Man game in the works, but the web-slinger’s next title is a PS4 exclusive being created by none other than the Ratchet and Clank developer Insomniac. You can web-sling through the city, rip criminals from their getaway cars, and even skillfully maneuver through interior spaces with the superhuman agility the webhead is known for. Info on which supervillains we’ll be webbing up is still under wraps, but we’ll know he’ll be taking advantage of PS4 Pro’s capabilities.

Shenmue 3

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Release date: Who knows?
Genre:
Adventure  

What is it? Part crowd-funded, part Sony financed follow up to the expensive Dreamcast games that basically bankrupted the console.  

Why it’s so interesting? That Shenmue 3 isn’t just vapourware is perhaps the most intriguing thing about it. There’s clearly still a lot of love for Ryo and his insatiable hunger for seamen, as the game was crowd-funded hours after being re-revealed at E3 2015. Beyond that – and a few screens of characters and fancy fields – we know nothing about the game.

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