It's not enough to have four or five stand-out games available on your console; what you really need are great games waiting in the wings, ready to launch this holiday season.
The PS4 may not have had the better of the two launch line-ups (sorry Knack!), but it's making up for lost time with some huge, triple-A games exclusively available on the PlayStation 4. A mix of late 2014 and early 2015 release dates, there's a lot to look forward to on Sony's system - not the least of which is the recently unveiled Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.
Calling Destiny ambitious is a disservice to the game. It's an ambient world (er, galaxy) that operates in real time. It combines single- and multiplayer into a single campaign, seamlessly transitioning between the two. It's from the team that made Halo, so while Destiny may not have the iconic face of Master Chief plastered on the box, it will have the same creative minds doing what they do best: sci-fi.
From GamesRadar's Destiny preview:
"Bungie had a lot to do with what the first person shooter has become today. Now that the developer's time with the landmark Halo series is over, the developer is setting out with a brand new IP. With the company's next project--an open, shared-world shooter called Destiny--it looks like the creators of Master Chief are aiming to change the face of the shooter once again."
The Order: 1886
Flat out, The Order 1886 is cool. Imagine the Industrial Revolution set in a world where man and lycanthrope are at constant war and for once, man finally has the upper hand. With superior technology it's finally time for man to conquer beast, but the werewolves aren't going down without a fight.
From GamesRadar's The Order: 1886 preview:
"Alright, yes, this is probably going to become a standard for games developed specifically for next-gen consoles, but mother of GOD is The Order 1886 a beautiful looking game. The level of detail on the characters, environments, and everything in between is astonishing. Not surprising considering the developers stated they wanted to make an experience that looked as cinematic as possible."
There was a time when the terms "children's game" and "destined for the discount bin" were synonymous. The original LittleBigPlanet changed that. An easy-to-understand platformer similar in spirit to the original Super Mario Bros., LittleBigPlanet is a cute, fun, ephemeral adventure that will make you smile time and time again. The third game in the main series will have Sackboy - the game's crochet protagonist - teaming up with three friends to save Craftverse.
From GamesRadar's LittleBigPlanet 3 preview:
"LittleBigPlanet was one of the key new franchises for the PlayStation 3, and both it and its sequels engaged millions of players to create countless stages for the many different Sackboys to explore."
The Last of Us Remastered
Hands down, The Last of Us was the best game on the PS3. It shocked us with a heartfelt plot wrapped around a brutal world full of creeps, weirdos, and one genuinely nice guy. With fully remastered graphics and updated soundtrack, The Last of Us Remastered will officially give next-gen adopters a chance to play the game we've been raving about for the past eight months.