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Feature: Eight PS4 Titles That Are Changing the Game

Posted by Sammy Barker

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Prior to the PlayStation 4’s announcement, many sceptics questioned what the system could possibly do better than existing machines. Titles such as The Last of Us already look absolutely incredible, so it’s a fair query – even if it has been answered emphatically by the likes of Killzone: Shadow Fall and inFAMOUS: Second Son. Despite the strides in visual fidelity, though, there are even bigger progressions taking place under the hood. It’s these advancements in networking, scale, and more that are poised to underline the impact of the next generation hardware. And these are the games that illustrate the improvements best...

The Crew

There have been dozens of open world racing games on the PlayStation 3 – Burnout Paradise and Test Drive Unlimited 2 both spring to mind. Few, however, have boasted a world as big as The Crew. While the Ivory Tower racer will offer a condensed interpretation of North America, it will still take you a whopping ninety minutes to drive from one side of the game world to the other – and that’s in a high-performance sports car. Even more impressive is that you’ll be able to seamlessly unite with other players inside the sandbox, without the need for lobbies or loading screens. You’ll find us cruising down Sunset Boulevard in a 1969 Dodge Charger.


It may look like Borderlands with more brown, but Destiny laughs in the face of Gearbox’s paltry four-player adventure. Bungie’s first foray away from the famous protagonist who shall not be named fuses elements of first-person co-op with MMOs to create an enormous shared world shooter that will see you seamlessly matched with strangers during enormous public events. It sounds a bit like when you go on a camping holiday with four of your best mates, but end up drinking Tequila with some random hippies who happen to be sleeping in a VW camper van down the road. The only difference is that you’ll be blowing the heads off aliens rather than reciting the lyrics of Wonderwall.


For as much as developer Evolution Studios would probably like us to rev our engines regarding DriveClub’s team racing and social features, it’s the game’s lighting system that’s got our sporty headlights erect. Unlike most current generation games, the Runcorn-based developer is using a completely dynamic system that adapts depending on the time of day, cloud cover, and much, much more. That means that you’ll be able to race at any hour in a variety of unique conditions, and the visuals won't break. Still not impressed? Come back when you’ve drifted around Scotland by starlight.

Need for Speed: Rivals

It may be yet another racing game, but Need for Speed: Rivals is packing some serious horsepower under the hood. Much like The Crew, new developer Ghost Games is hoping to blur the lines between single player and multiplayer, creating completely organic online experiences on the fly. But in addition to that, it’s aiming to make the world feel alive by implementing one of the most dynamic weather systems ever seen in games. While you’re racing along open roads, you’ll be impaired by a variety of rain, snow, and storm effects. And let’s be honest – driving expensive sports cars always feels more exhilarating in a shower.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Arguably the nuttiest excursion to surface on any next generation platform to date, Young Horses’ aquatic adventure Octodad: Dadliest Catch sees you assume the role of an amphibious father who must deceive his human family of his octopi origins. While the pitch alone makes this worthy of its place on the list, the title’s condensed development schedule is what’s truly impressive. After half a decade of dodgy PS3 ports due to the cumbersome CELL architecture, it took game design graduate Phil Tibitowski just four weeks to port the indie title from its native PC to the PS4. And that’s all while working on the console version part-time – and trying to convince his closest relatives that he’s actually not a cephalopod.

PlanetSide 2

A title that pretty much epitomises everything that is fresh about the PS4, PlanetSide 2 has been a no-brainer ever since developer Sony Online Entertainment revealed that DC Universe Online was actually more popular on the PS3 than on the PC. What makes it so special, though? Well, aside from being fuelled by a free-to-play model, the title will see you engage in battles boasting up to 2,000 players at once. If that’s piqued your interest, we’ve got one request: don’t tell MAG. The Zipper Interactive shooter’s servers are set to be shut off shortly, and we’d hate for its feelings to be hurt during its last couple of months of service.

The Playroom

Less a game and more of a technology demo, The Playroom is no less impressive because of its humble origins. The title acts as a proof of concept for the next generation console, giving all of its unique features and functions a taxing cardiovascular workout. But easily the most compelling component – aside from the little robot thing that sets your hair on fire – is the Pong minigame, which allows you to manipulate the game space by physically moving your controller up and down. It sounds simple on paper, but it’s destined to be responsible for more family arguments this Christmas than the TV remote.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Not content with settling on a single genre, Swedish studio Ubisoft Massive’s ambitious Tom Clancy’s The Division crosses several in one thick stroke. Technically a role-playing game, the title couldn’t stray further from the hit-points and outrageous hairstyles that have defined the genre in the past. Instead, the post-pandemic excursion will see you collaborating with friends in an urban environment, putting down computer-controller adversaries in the prettiest fire fights on PS4. The big twist is that you’ll never be alone, though, with other online players lusting for your blood (and loot) around every corner. You better make sure that your gun is bigger than theirs.

Are there any particular improvements that have caught your eye on the PS4? Which of the aforementioned titles are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments section below.

What technological advancements have got you excited for PS4? (69 votes)

I’m just looking forward to the eye candy


I can’t wait to explore even larger worlds


Seamless connectivity is making me dream


The ease of development has pleased me


Honestly, all of the above look pretty nice


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User Comments (36)



sajoey said:

"Seamless connectivity is making me cream." Jeez guys, might wanna cool it on the innuendo a little bit.



PMasterTy9 said:

@sajoey Yeah, that one made me laugh. Would you prefer "moist" instead?

Out this list I can't wait to play, Destiny, NFS, DriveClub, and Planetside 2, The others look cool but these are my top that I want to play first.



get2sammyb said:

@PMasterTy9 @sajoey Haha. As much as I love a smutty joke, let's not go too far down this rabbit hole that I've (inadvertently) created...

@MrHilster Octodad really does look awesome. It doesn't really need to be on PS4, to be honest, but I'm glad games like this exist. I'm not sure which of these has got me most excited - I really like the look of them all. DriveClub's lighting system sounds really awesome, assuming that they can pull it off. I must admit that I love this idea of merging multiplayer and single player. I don't tend to play online a lot, but joining forces with other people in enormous battles sounds like such a cool and "next gen" concept. I just worry about the competitive aspect. I don't want to get killed every five minutes when I'm trying to enjoy The Division's campaign, for example. It'll need to be balanced appropriately for it to work.



Scollurio said:

Technically not really announced yet for PS4 but a sure thing to come is Everquest Next, if they can even keep HALF of their promises and get the combat/grouping right it will be another game shaking it's genre up. All in all I really cannot wait for PS4, just hope with the new architecture it takes less time to bring "up to par" games for the system. (meaning the traditionally technically "weaker" first generation of games on a new system)



mibtar said:

Seriously are they even planning to release any Japanese games aside from knack? This is my biggest problem with PS4, the games! I know FPSs are sellers but not everyone likes them. I have to wait till next year for FFXV and dark souls 2. And guess what? They're not even exclusive. C'mon Sony a bit more diversity at launch please.



rjejr said:

I missed the cream line, but "got our sporty headlights erect." almost made me swear off this site. Sammy must be going thru puberty.

On a saner note - nice list Sammy, I like seeing everything piled up in 1 place. I wish Nintendo would do something like this for the Wii U, they're always so piecemeal and late to their own party.



Sanquine said:

Uugh this list is meh for me. Call me a dodo but i just prefer good singleplayer. So, i have chosen the ease of development



Reverend_Skeeve said:

Concerning Destiny/puns:

"The only difference is that you'll be smoking aliens rather than more questionable items." Sorry, couldn't resist.

BTT: I'm pretty hyped for all of the above. Also glad that games like Octodad are coming to PS4, too. The game sounds hilarious. Will most probably pick this one up. Sounds like it's in the best tradition of the old LucasArts adventures, wacky-wise.



Hokage17 said:

Actually merging single player with multiplayer in a racing game was done on Real Racing 3 on ipad and I must say it's quite awsome. I bet it will be executed much better on PS4 with Drive Club so I'm really excited to try it out. It's also cool that it comes with Playstation + though not the full game but still it's a great deal. The game I want most of all though is Watch Dogs. I'm born and raised in the city of Chicago so the game is a must have for me.



Gamer83 said:

Of this list I'm definitely most excited for Drive Club and Destiny. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed by the lack of a traditional singleplayer campaign in Destiny but I'm going to give Bungie the benefit of the doubt because its Halo games were a hell of a lot of fun whether it was single or multiplayer. I've got some friends who also prefer offline campaigns but like me they want to play Destiny so if the story is well done I could still see us having a good time with it.



Reverend_Skeeve said:

@Gamer83 I agree...I rarely play online MP this gen and prefer singleplayer, but if the merging of those two is well executed (especially in Destiny and The Division), I might give it a try with some friends.

Luckily, shouldn't that be the case, it's been said that both Destiny and The Division can both be played singleplayer, should the gamer desire so.



Gamer83 said:


I know Watch_Dogs, which as @ajaychitown pointed out is another that's trying to merge single and multi, has a traditional singleplayer component. I didn't realize Destiny would, heard nothing about that actually. So if that is in fact the case, that's great news to me.



Reverend_Skeeve said:

@Gamer83 Good news for me as well. I don't know where, but I read in an interview with Bungie that "you can play the entire game alone, if you want...we just think you might not want to" or something.

But I still have a last, sobbing speck of hope left for multiplayer, since it raises and falls with your co-players. Hope to be able to hook up with some decent folks from Pushsquare to give mp another try. Gears and Halo were huge fun when I played them with my friends online (campaign coop).

Watch_Dogs might be a game I'd rather play alone, though.



Gamer83 said:


I'll send a friend request. I don't play multiplayer too much right now but I think that will change on PS4. It won't be every game but Killzone: Shadow Fall, Destiny and Drive Club are definitely games I think would be enjoyable with a group of people. That said, while I play a lot of games I'm very average at best so I'm not looking for serious, trash-talking competition like most online gamers.



Reverend_Skeeve said:

@Gamer83 Exactly! I don't play (online) for competition, but for fun. I'm also just not good enough to be any good/have any fun with competitive online mp, so...

Destiny, Driveclub and Killzone I want to try out, though. So: looking forward to some nice sessions on PS4.



odd69 said:

I am curious about bungie's title, I've always wanted to try a game from this legendary developer but I still haven't. Free to play is good, 14.99 a month is not



get2sammyb said:

@Reverend_Skeeve I almost included Watch Dogs, but I didn't want too many "blurs single player with multiplayer" games in the list (because there are a lot). From what I understand, though, in Watch Dogs, you'll be randomly exploring the world and other players will be matched into your game, creating dynamic mini-missions on the fly. That sounds sort of fun.

Again, all of this depends on how it's implemented. If it doesn't detract from the single player experience and actually adds to it, then I'm all for it. I can see why single player traditionalists are concerned, though.

@mibtar The Japanese publishers have been quiet, haven't they? I think we need to wait for TGS for that. It's a difficult one because Japan seems to be pretty focused on handhelds right now. Having said that, I'm sure we'll see some really cool stuff at TGS. I think Sony learned its lesson with the Vita that it needs to have some Eastern content in order to make the system appealing in its home territory. There are rumours of Demon's Souls 2. I still personally think that The Last Guardian's going to re-emerge at some point.



Reverend_Skeeve said:

@get2sammyb Well, you said it: it depends on how well it's implemented and if it doesn't distract from the (hopefully good) single player experience. I'm a traditional single player fan/gamer, because I made the experience that most people I met online are either jerks and/or too good for my personal skill level.

If they manage to implement fun, on the fly coop-experiences into single player campaigns, it indeed sounds like it could be a lot of fun. I just don't want some jerk to drop in and ruin my single player fun, that's all. But I'll definitely try this out and in the beginning allow the games to set up such instances to see how fun they really are. But since there'll surely be possibilities to a) rate the joining player (thus rating him bad, should he deserve so) and b) block those instances/players if there's still too many jerks around, I'm actually not too much concerned.



Visiblemode said:

@mibtar Yeah, he's right. You have to relax. Launch titles are not known for blowing anyone's mind with their diversity. Go back and look at PS3's launch titles, then compare it with a list of the system's best games, not a ton of overlap. Still though, pre-ordered a bunch, too excited.



PMasterTy9 said:

@Reverend_Skeeve @get2sammyb At SDCC I was able to watch some gameplay of Watch Dogs and they did show a scenario where someone was hacking into your game and then you go and get revenge on them in their game. It does alert you when someone is hacking into your game. It's kinda hard to explain without seeing it but from what I saw it actually made the game more interesting. I don't think you will be disappointed.



bauckster said:

Wow - that's a lot of racing games! I am excited about the next gen, but to be honest I'm most intrigued by Octodad, mostly because I like weird nutty games. Thanks to the improved architecture and Sony's friendly approach, I do hope that indie games really soar with PS4 (hey that rhymed! )



-CraZed- said:

@Scollurio If they release EQ Next on PS4 I might end up having to get two (one for me and one for the wife) unless they integrate them with the PC community.



odd69 said:

being that it is an mmo I like the free to play model the best. I hope we don't get charged to play



charlesnarles said:

I'm pumped, fools! I got my PS3 at the end of 07, so I'm happy to have been able to preorder this gen. Everything sounds great, especially the game selection (missing a few genres, but a lot a lot are in the works). Very exciting business. I wanna get Watch Dogs, Destiny and maybe GTA or even Battlefield if I feel like getting upset at strangers : D oh yeah, I also have a Vita so there's that. What's not to like?



Reverend_Skeeve said:

@PMasterTy9 Very cool! I read about this already, but it's one thing to read it (or see it in a video with a PR-spin), but it's another thing to get the feedback and opinion of a real person/gamer. So, thank you.



Reverend_Skeeve said:

@odd69 I see. From all I've heard and read so far, Destiny will be free to play. Well...aside from the initial purchase of the game, that is. Bungie also stated already that you don't have to play Destiny online if you prefer single player, so I'm not worried.

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