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Feature: What Does the PS4's Launch Lineup Look Like?

Posted by Sammy Barker

Decision time

Sony’s had more trouble locking down the PlayStation 4’s day-one lineup than fishing a bit of broken biscuit out of a mug of hot tea. Fortunately, the platform holder finally appears to have settled upon a roster of content ahead of its next generation system’s 15th November launch in North America. With the hours counting down until you pick up your console, then, we figured now was a perfect opportunity to rundown your list of release day options. There’s a mammoth amount of software to work through, so let’s not waste another second.

Angry Birds Star Wars

Let’s be honest, you’re probably not going to be picking up Angry Birds Star Wars to showcase your expensive new piece of hardware. However, despite carrying a premium price point, this is a popular entry in Rovio’s money making machine, fusing the fowl flinging format of its pig crushing counterparts with the global appeal of George Lucas’ seminal sci-fi series. This edition takes advantage of the DualShock 4’s touchpad in order to replicate the tactile inputs of its smartphone siblings.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

You may have already plundered all of the secrets in Edward Kenway’s on water excursion on existing consoles, but you’ll be able to do it all over again amid the unexplored seas of Sony’s latest machine. While Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag boasts the same core content as its current-gen counterpart, the additional horsepower of the Japanese giant’s super system has allowed publisher Ubisoft to incorporate a more realistic foliage system and a much sturdier frame rate. It’s time to up anchor and set sail yet again.

Battlefield 4

War never changes – unless you’re playing on new hardware. Running at an impressive 60 frames-per-second, Battlefield 4’s extravagant 64-player online shootouts offer an immediate advantage over its PS3 other half. Brimming with frenetic first-person action, the latest instalment in DICE’s unpredictable property allows you to pilot all new vehicles, as you compete on dynamic destructible environments that are capable of adapting in real-time. Can’t find a means to flank the enemy? Just blow a hole in the nearest wall.

Blacklight: Retribution

The first of several free-to-play outings available alongside Sony’s next generation system, Blacklight: Retribution is making the jump from the PC, and offers a fully featured first-person shooter experience at the grand sum of free. In-depth customisation options will allow you to personalise your loadouts, while summonable mechs known as Hard Suits will allow you to rule the battlefield. The complimentary download will include a total of ten competitive and co-operative modes, in addition to an impressive nine arenas.

Call of Duty: Ghosts

Not the first-person Ghostbusters game that you’ve been longing for, but instead the latest instalment in Activision’s unstoppable modern military money spinner. Call of Duty: Ghosts promises the same wealth of online and offline content as its current generation counterparts, including a complete single player campaign, multiplayer mode, and co-operative option named Extinction. Even better, the game’s running in 1080p at a blistering 60 frames-per-second, meaning you’ll no longer need to squint to spot sprinting tangos in the distance.

Contrast

One of the first games to be given away free with PlayStation Plus subscriptions, Canadian developer Compulsion Games’ vaudevillian Contrast sees you take control of an impressionable infant’s imaginary friend, jumping between the shadow world and 1920s Paris in order to help the protagonist better understand her uneasy home life. You’ll have to move objects and light sources in order to cast different types of shadows, which will help you to progress through the game and reach new environments.

DC Universe Online

A surprise success on the PS3, the ambitious DC Universe Online was one of the first MMOs to make the jump to Sony’s current generation console. Now updated for the PS4, this free-to-play download will allow you to create your own superhero and embark on epic quests involving some of the most famous characters from Gotham and Metropolis. Running in 1080p at 60 frames-per-second, this promises to be the definitive version of the enormous online excursion. Even better, if you’ve already created a character on existing systems, you’ll be able to pick up right where you left off.

FIFA 14

It may have found PES 2014: Pro Evolution Soccer a much sterner competitor this year, but FIFA 14 is still championship winning material. Even better, EA Sports’ premium soccer simulation will be ready in time for the PS4’s launch, giving it a valuable headstart over its age-old rival. A new engine named Ignite will power the next generation release, augmenting both graphical and gameplay improvements. True Player Motion aims to create more realistic animations, while fresh environmental features will incorporate believable weather changes and crowd dynamics. Expect it to be raining at Old Trafford, then.

Flower

Indie outfit thatgamecompany’s floral favourite Flower is set to bloom once more on the PS4, and with a bevy of improvements to boot. In addition to taking advantage of the DualShock 4’s enhanced accelerometers for more accurate motion controls, the game will also run in 1080p at a smooth 60 frames-per-second. As part of the platform holder’s cross-buy initiative, this will be free to download if you’ve already purchased it on the PS3. Excitingly, a Vita version is also set to accompany it onto digital store shelves.

Injustice: Gods Among Us – Ultimate Edition

A next generation exclusive on Sony’s futuristic format, Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm Studios’ under-rated DC Universe dust-up has been ported to the PS4 by The Conduit developer High Voltage Software in time for launch. In addition to the enormous story mode and addictive online option, this re-release includes all of the DLC incorporated into the brawler after its PS3 release earlier in the year, meaning that you’ll be able to slap the smug grin off the Joker’s face as seasoned video game combatant Scorpion.

Just Dance 2014

The most straight-forward title in the PS4’s launch lineup also happens to be the most secretive. Ubisoft’s been incredibly coy regarding Just Dance 2014, but mumblings at the time of writing suggest that you will not need the PlayStation Move to play this one on the next generation console. Unlike existing entries on the PS3, this will instead employ the enhanced capabilities of the new PlayStation Camera, allowing you to shake your stuff to Katy Perry without ever needing to touch a glow stick.

Killzone: Shadow Fall

The one that’s no doubt right at the top of your next generation wishlist, Killzone: Shadow Fall is arguably the most-important title in the PS4’s enormous launch day catalogue. Running in 1080p, the Guerrilla Games developed exclusive puts you in the shoes of a Shadow Marshal, and sees you attempting to smooth over an uneasy alliance between the Vektans and Helghast on the Planet Vekta. In addition to a more strategic single player campaign than its predecessors, the multiplayer will allow you to create your own modes and share them with the rest of the game’s community.

Knack

The brainchild of system architect Mark Cerny, the family-friendly Knack was the first game that we ever saw showcased on the PS4. Developed by first-party outfit Japan Studio, the game sees you take control of the eponymous hero, who’s capable of growing to different sizes by absorbing mysterious relics strewn across the title’s cartoony environments. Despite boasting a child-like aesthetic, this is no walk in the park, as it’s been inspired by hard-as-nails mascot platformers such as Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

It’s mathematically proven that we’ve played more LEGO games than eaten hot meals over the past five years, but there’s always room for one more. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes fuses over 150 characters from the Marvel universe, each with their own unique abilities. This is undoubtedly more of the same from TT Games’ blocky brand, but the attention to detail, wealth of content, and layers of polish make it worth snapping into your shiny new system all the same.

Madden NFL 25

One of a bevy of sports games available for the PS4 at launch, Madden NFL 25 benefits from the added horsepower of the PS4. Much like in FIFA 14, EA Sports’ new Ignite Engine has been employed to add realism to the game of American Football, imbuing players with more realistic animations and a heightened sense of awareness. In addition to that, the studio has also augmented some serious visual improvements, including the addition of 3D crowds. It’s refreshing to not have cardboard cut-outs cheering you on.

NBA 2K14

The game that will single-handedly make you a fan basketball, 2K Sports’ stunning NBA 2K14 is easily one of the most impressive PS4 titles to date. Employing a new engine named Eco-Motion, the on-court excursion will slam dunk your system with overhauled ball physics, slick player animations, and improved crowd reactions. Furthermore, player personalities will factor into the game, affecting how they perform and react on the court. Don’t mention Kim Kardashian to Boston Celtics forward Kris Humphries, then.

Need for Speed: Rivals

Developed by Swedish upstart EA Gothenburg in conjunction with British outfit Criterion Games, Need for Speed: Rivals is being billed as a spiritual successor of sorts to 2010’s outstanding Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. Assuming the role of either a cop or a robber, you’ll be able to tackle challenges tailored to each type of driver. In addition to dozens of real-world vehicles and a customisation system, the arcade racer will plot the return of Autolog, allowing you to tackle your friends’ best race times on the fly.

Resogun

The spiritual successor to Super Stardust HD, Resogun is Finnish developer Housemarque’s latest high-octane shoot-‘em-up. In addition to sporting eye-watering visual effects, the arcade adventure’s cylindrical environments are built entirely out of voxels, resulting in some flashy intergalactic firework displays each time you beat a stage. Inspired by Defender, the core gameplay loop sees you scooping up civilians while boosting through extraterrestrial enemies. It’ll be available for free if you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber.

Skylanders: Swap Force

Making the jump from current generation consoles, Skylanders: Swap Force is the latest entry in Activision’s child-friendly mega franchise. Much like previous instalments, this fuses physical play with in-game action, allowing you to transfer toys from the carpet to the game. The big twist here is that you can mix and match character parts to create all-new protagonists with unique abilities. While it’s functionally identical to its PS3 counterpart, this PS4 version will run in 1080p at 60 frames-per-second.

Sound Shapes

Jonathan Mak’s clever indie platformer Sound Shapes mixes music with old-school arcade gameplay. The title sees you moving a sphere through increasingly challenging stages, scooping up tokens which add audio to an eclectic soundtrack starring Beck and Deadmau5. The game also allows you to create your own levels and songs, which you can then share with other players through the PlayStation Network. Much like Flower, if you’ve already purchased this on the PS3 or Vita, you’ll be able to download it on the next generation console for free.

Super Motherload

One of the very first indie games announced for the PS4, Canadian developer XGen Studios’ co-operative digging title sees you drilling beneath Mars’ crust in order to collect precious minerals. These can then be spent on ship upgrades and fuel at the planet’s surface, allowing you to delve deeper underground. In addition to running in 1080p at 60 frames-per-second, this arcade title also aims to take advantage of the DualShock 4’s touchpad, allowing you to more effectively cycle through different bomb types with a simple swipe.

Trine 2: Complete Story

A last-minute announcement for the next generation console, Trine 2: Complete Story is the ultimate edition of Frozenbyte’s triple-pronged puzzle platformer. Originally released all the way back in late 2011 on the PS3, this gorgeous adventure sees you assume the role of a wizard, warrior, and thief, each of which has a handful of unique abilities. In addition to boasting upgraded visuals, this delicious re-release is one of the few PS4 launch titles to boast stereoscopic 3D support, so get those glasses ready.

Warframe

Digital Extremes’ jazzy space ninja release Warframe may already be available on the PC, but this console edition plays like a dream with the DualShock 4. Fusing third-person gunplay with high-octane Vanquish-esque acrobatic action, this intergalactic excursion is yet another free-to-play title in the PS4’s bulging complimentary catalogue. If you’re eager to get ahead, you can pre-order the title from the PlayStation Store right now, and earn yourself some bonus in-game currency and an exclusive weapon for your troubles.


Phew, that’s everything currently confirmed for the PS4’s launch lineup in North America. It’s worth noting that, even at this late stage, the content is subject to change. Still, we want to know what your launch day haul is going to look like. Vote for your favourite title in the poll, and then share your purchase plans in the comments section below.

Which PS4 launch game are you most looking forward to? (58 votes)

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

7%

Battlefield 4

9%

Blacklight: Retribution

  2%

Call of Duty: Ghosts

  0%

Contrast

7%

DC Universe Online

  0%

FIFA 14

  0%

Flower

  0%

Injustice: Gods Among Us – Ultimate Edition

  0%

Killzone: Shadow Fall

41%

Knack

14%

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

  0%

Madden NFL 25

  2%

NBA 2K14

  3%

Need for Speed: Rivals

  2%

Resogun

7%

Sound Shapes

  0%

Super Motherload

  0%

Trine 2: Complete Story

  0%

Warframe

7%

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User Comments (36)

CanisWolfred

#1

CanisWolfred said:

I'm not sure about any of them, to be honest. A lot look interesting, but none of these games scream "must-play" right now...

Epic

#3

Epic said:

It looks pretty weak on my eyes but that can easily be changed if they give me some Infamous Second Son soon.
My problem is that I can play most of these titles on my PS3 and I don't care about the graphics, so for that I give this lineup a meh

Scollurio

#5

Scollurio said:

Seriously I don't get how anyone could think this is weak? I mean its the launch DAY okay and just a mere weeks later new games are launching already or are on PSN, in terms of diversity its the best launch lineup I have ever seen, you got a racer, kids games, indies, shooters, sports games, there's basically everything in there. Love it. Going to enjoy Killzone, Lego and War Thunder and as soon as it comes out, PLanetside 2! ;)

PMasterTy9

#7

PMasterTy9 said:

@Scollurio Exactly, I don't know what people are expecting. This is a pretty solid launch lineup. People need to realize that it is a "launch" lineup. Not just another November or another year.

belmont

#8

belmont said:

I would like if there was a more traditional rpg in the list. I have not preordered a PS4 and I already have about 6 games to play for free plus the one that will be offered in the IGC till I get one! I am not sure that the 409 euros are justified now since I don't play FPS games. In fact I am very bad at them (I keep losing in the 3rd stage of Dissclasified)

Squiggle55

#9

Squiggle55 said:

I think Knack is my most anticipated. I'm an old school cartoony platformer fan at heart. I hope the story and cut scenes really stand out. All in all I think the launch is amazing. It has your next gen racing and sports for the people who like that. It has your bigtime shooter and family friendly game. And maybe best of all 2 great look indies being given away for free. Not to mention the free upgrades to flower and sound shapes.

TasukiStaff

#10

Tasuki said:

Looking forward to AC IV which I will be picking up along with my PS4. If I have the money. I am thinking of picking up Injustice as well for my fighting game fix. I will also be checking out the F2P games as well. Plenty of stuff to keep me busy launch day.

D3athBr1ng3r187

#11

D3athBr1ng3r187 said:

@PMasterTy9 lol probably expecting the lineup to be terrible like Wii U's failed lineup. So to contrdict that this lineup isn't "must-play or I got this on my current system syndrome" which in fact a null and void half of these titles were made for the PS4. (BF4 64 players vs 24) So this a great set for varity players like me.

get2sammybAdmin

#12

get2sammyb said:

My personal most anticipated is Resogun, but I'm also really looking forward to Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack. The smaller downloads have got my attention, too - Super Motherload looks interesting, Warframe plays wonderfully, and I'm very eager to play Flower again.

I think it's a good lineup. I agree that there aren't a whole lot of 'must-haves', but I suspect that Killzone and Resogun are going to surprise a lot of people.

divinelite

#13

divinelite said:

I still think Resogun is not a good name after all, it's great when I've seen what it is, but if you only see the name... nah it doesn't ring the bell.

Too bad it's the most only for the vote, I pick Killzone of course. I really want to play Killzone, Warframe, Resogun for top three after all ^^

...but yeah, yesterday I found out my country skip the official launch (only Hongkong, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore got official in Asia) and my retailer asked 900$-1000$ for imported US version or 700$ for imported Hongkong/Singapore version

Reallllllyyyy want to day one, but with this kind of price, I'll have to opt for next year

Cowboysfan-22

#14

Cowboysfan-22 said:

I'm looking forward to Resogun and AC 4.. And since I live in the States, Amercian Football 25! I've owned madden every year since 2000 so yea I'm pumped about seeing my favorite players in 1080p..

ShogunRokAdmin

#15

ShogunRok said:

Waaaarfraaaame and Killzone are my picks. Also can't wait to try Assassin's Creed IV, but I'm gonna have to save something for Christmas... The hype is really starting to build now.

Madd_Hatter401

#16

Madd_Hatter401 said:

I bought ghosts, nba 2k14 and assassins creed today at target. I am extremely excited!!!!! Does anyone know which PS3 games are upgradable?

EDIT: nevermind found out what titles are supported. Was hoping madden 25 would be one of them. :/

Gamer83

#17

Gamer83 said:

@Scollurio

I think it's weaker than Xbox One's but yeah in the grand scheme of things, definitely one of the better launch lineups as far as the ones I'm real familiar with. It's better than Wii U's and going back to 2005-06, PS4 absolutely blows away the PS3 and Wii day ones combined and is probably better than the 360's was as well. Xbox only had Halo, Gamecube had Rogue Squadron. PS2's day one was the best of the 3 consoles of that era but not nearly as good as PS4's launch lineup. N64 lacked big time on the quantity but when two launch games are as awesome as Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64, you can let it slide. What you can't let slide is only 6-8 more games besides those two released between the N64's Sept. 96 launch and the end of the year and only one, Wave Race 64, was a must have. I enjoyed Star Wars Shadows of the Empire but it wasn't a must-play. Dreamcast had a fantastic launch lineup, probably one of the best ever, I think a case could be made for the best. SNES and anything before I can't comment on because I was young and not really paying attention to launch lineups and other stuff like that.

As far as PS4's lineup. Killzone, AC IV and Injustice are games I can't wait to play and I may add CoD and NBA to the list if Target still has them as part of their buy 2 get 1 deal later in the week. I'll definitely be downloading Warframe and may finally try DCU as well.

Bad-MuthaAdebisi

#18

Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

I already pre ordered AC IV, KZ SF & Fifa. I never bothered with AC on the ps3 as it did not appeal whatsoever, the slightly new direction and it looking like an awesome piratey adventure (johnny depp excluded thank goodness) makes it almost irresistible for a first time outing into the AC franchise. KZ SF is an obvious choice, easily the best game at launch, i'll be dabbling on my KZ3 until I can collect my ps4. I had to buy FIFA as I skipped last years edition. DC online tickles me quite a lot, as does backlight retribution. Overall I think its a pretty decent launch day lineup. I hope maybe one or two must haves to be released by the end of the year. Probably greedy. Shenmue 3 and fallout 4? One can only dream

BornOfEvil

#19

BornOfEvil said:

Far better launch lineup than what Microsoft is offering. There's a great balance of indie and AAA, which is why it's such a great lineup. I'm guessing the people who are calling it weak were expecting 50 AAA titles and 0 Indies, which would suck.

As for what I'm looking forward to, Shadow Fall, Warframe, Resogun, DCUO and Blacklight top the list.

Gamer83

#21

Gamer83 said:

@Tasuki

I actually don't really remember Saturn's launch that well, the main game I remember with it was Virtua Fighter which I really liked and according to a website I checked Panzer Dragoon and Daytona USA were launch games too, both really good games for their time. But yeah, that's just 3 games, PS4's is definitely better.

Godsire-

#22

Godsire- said:

@CanisWolfred

I agree. Nothing on the list really jumps out st me as a must have. I will get a PS4 eventually, but overall I feel this is a weak launch lineup.

Godsire-

#23

Godsire- said:

@Sanquine

Actually, I take back a little of what I said in my previous post. Resogun is definitely a game that stands out to me. I am a huge fan of Super Stardust and Housemarque.

TasukiStaff

#24

Tasuki said:

@Gamer83: Yeah not many remember the Saturn launch lineup because there wasnt really one. Due to Sega moving the NA launch date up by six months it caught alot of game companies by surprise. They were planning for a September launch date so alot of the launch games weren't ready or even translated when the system was launched in May instead. That was actually one of the catalysts to Sega leaving the console scene.

Ginkgo

#27

Ginkgo said:

@Scollurio Although there is a lot of games, the potential issue with the lineup is the lack of "retail" AAA exclusives. Most of Sony's best launch exclusives are downloads (and also avail on PC). Killzone is the only one that really stands out, and not everyone wants a shooter. Virtually all 3rd party retail games are also on PS3 (and XBO). Many will wait for Infamous, The Order, DriveClub etc.

Azikira

#28

Azikira said:

Knack and Warframe for me! It's a game that didn't interest me at first, but slowly grew on me until I finally fell for its charms!

Scollurio

#29

Scollurio said:

@Ginkgo I know where you're coming from, I still think this exclusivity thing on launch is stupid. If I prefer the playstation brand be it for their politics (which has been second to none awesome lately) or their exclusives (which WILL come anyhow) then I just prefer the playstation brand. I understand that not everyone is thrilled picking PS4 up at LAUNCH and thats fine, but compared to earlier launches I really don't see anything bad about it.

Maybe I am just a burned child from IGN comment section with all the nonsense going on there, at this point I absolutely don't get why would anyone change their preorder depending on exclusives release dates (what many people say they did on IGN).

Anyhow, I personally will be perfectly happy with whats available in the first 3 months!

Oh yeah and to elaborate further, I personally think WHO CARES that Xboxone has the sports game, BF4 and Cod etc... too? If I want my new shiny console and it got the sports game I like and the shooter I like and the Lego game I like I really couldn't care less if the Xboners play those games too right? Besides that there are like a truckload of reasons BESIDES the games to NOT get an xbox one!

Scollurio

#30

Scollurio said:

@PMasterTy9 True that. I personally can't wait to couch coop that Lego game with my friend, and I don't give a monkey's butt if its available elsewhere (like on every system under the sun) as long as I get it for the console I chose this gen.

And besides, it wholly depends on personal preferences but I see nothing that appeals to me in xbox one's launch lineup. Ryse is terrible, played it at some convention here in austria, looks jaggy too. Forza - there is not enough info out there yet if its any good really, I grew tired of Forza long time ago as they focused more on shiny cars and painting them with naked manga babes than on the actual racing aspect and I've seen nothing so far that suggests they changed that approach. Killer Instinct is a joke of a fighting game, I played it. It looks good though but it lacks all the precision and "oomph" you'd expect from a Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter. Then there is Dead Rising, which is has serious framerate issues I have seen and its a hit or miss with the crowd as I know many people who never liked the first 2 games (including myself) and also don't like zombie games in general.

The rest is pretty much the same as on PS4 MINUS the awesome indies, MINUS Planetside 2, and if you look at release date lists, MINUS ANY significant support 3 months in. So I really don't get the arguments.

Gamer83

#31

Gamer83 said:

@Tasuki
Yeah, I remember Sega f'ing that up. I was 12 and I walked into Sears during a trip to the mall one day, believe it was still summer vacation, and seeing a Saturn and thinking 'didn't even hear about this releasing so soon.' And I was a huge Sega guy, loved the Genesis, so for me to not know at that time, when I was really starting to become aware of console and game launches, Sega dropped the ball. It's unfortunate stuff like Sega CD, 32X and Saturn left such a bad impression because Dreamcast was a terrific, forward-thinking console that hit all the right notes from day one. During its run it probably had the best ratio of good-to-bad games for any console before or since. The library was tremendous. And in 1999 the DC was way ahead of its time with the tech it had and other things Sega tried to do. Sadly the mistakes ofthe past had damaged Sega's relationship with consumers beyond repair.

Reverend_Skeeve

#32

Reverend_Skeeve said:

Have to go with Killzone here, because OH MY GOD didyouseethatlaunchtrailerdude! Although @get2sammyb did an excellent job hyping me up for Resogun, so that's a very close 2nd... :)

And yes, I voted for the US launch-lineup, despite the fact that I'm European... :p

eliotgballade

#33

eliotgballade said:

how can anyone seriously call this line up weak ?
I'd go for Injustice:GAU & Trine 2 .
Contrast and Sound Shapes also look interesting.
great article by sammy b BTW , informative AND humorous (just the way I like 'em).

CanisWolfred

#34

CanisWolfred said:

@Sanquine Resogun doesn't look that intesting to me, honestly. It looks like a stock-standard shooter, minus the cool and varied invironments. What fun is a game where you just go around in a circle?

Sanquine

#35

Sanquine said:

@CanisWolfred Different tastes i guess ;) The fact is if you ever played super stardust you will love this game. That was also a game where you go in circles. But how fun are side scrolling games? Same thing but then you just end at some point.. Mario .. Littlebigplanet. Same thing:D People enjoy those games

CanisWolfred

#36

CanisWolfred said:

@Sanquine I played Super Stardust once. And I was already bored of it.

And your point makes no sense. Those games have changing evironments and a variety in settings and missions. As far as I can tell, Resogun is just varients of a few set stages and patterns. Especially if Super Stardust is anything to go by.

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