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.
Release date: November 18, 2014
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 Order: 1886
Release date: February 20, 2015
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."
Release date: TBA 2015
Right out of the gate, Japanese RPG developer FromSoftware was on Sony's side. The original button-breaking-out-of-sheer-frustration game Demon's Souls was a PS3 exclusive. The company's latest title, Bloodborne is going to return that soul-crushingly difficult gameplay back where it belongs, exclusively on Sony's PS4.
From GamesRadar's Bloodborne preview:
"From Software's upcoming PS4 exclusive delivers the same kind of giddy thrills as the [Dark] Souls series, with a few new twists and a spooky Victorian-era setting. But the delight of playing still comes from the same places. The suspense before each fight; the intensity of the combat; the desperate clinging to hope when things look dire; the euphoric relief that comes with finally downing your enemy. It's all here, and it's incredible."
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Release date: TBA 2015
One of the biggest surprise appearances at E3 2014 was Uncharted 4. It's too bad we know as little about Nathan Drake's final adventure into the wild green yonder as we do about the lost city of Atlantis. What we can expect, however, is another edge-of-your-seat adventure steeped in some loose world history and a quite possibly heart-breaking ending. Hey, no one said the life of an adventurer would be easy.
From GamesRadar's Uncharted 4 preview:
"Whether it's the end of Uncharted too is hard to say, especially since you wouldn't expect the final game in a franchise to be the big, shiny iteration for new gen consoles. There's still the potential for prequels, or Drake sidestepping his end, or maybe Naughty Dog's getting sneaky on us and 'thief' refers to someone else entirely. It's hard to say just yet, and we might not know until we play through it ourselves."