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Feature: Ten PS4 Games to Drag You Through the Next-Gen Drought

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You can’t have a new hardware release without a drought. With publishers eager to prepare their wares in time for the lucrative launch period, there’s always a barren window that follows in close proximity. And while this author may still have a sizeable backlog to keep him occupied, we suspect that a handful of you will be wondering where your next PlayStation 4 purchase is going to come from. Don’t worry too much, though, for salvation is at hand – and it comes in the form of this upcoming software list. We should stress that not all of these games have firm dates attached, but we’ve tried to select content that we’re certain will deploy over the coming couple of months. It’s really not all that bad, as we’re about to prove.

Basement Crawl

Kicking off our countdown with a bang, Bloober Team’s nightmarish Basement Crawl is one of those nebulous titles without a specific release date. Still, the mysterious Bomberman meets Twisted Metal multiplayer mash-up was originally intended to arrive alongside the next generation system, so we’re going to assume that you’ll be dismantling microscopic clowns with crash test dummies any day now.

inFAMOUS: Second Son

As the gigantic PS4 system seller tasked to go up against Xbox One’s semi-exclusive Titanfall, the pressure is on superhero sequel inFAMOUS: Second Son to deliver. Fortunately, developer Sucker Punch is a studio that rarely disappoints – and it looks like it’s really stepped up its game since being purchased by the platform holder back in 2011. Boasting arguably the best visuals of any next-gen release, this is easily the biggest title on this entire list.

MLB 14: The Show

Since getting its backside bitten by unveiling Team ICO opus The Last Guardian way too early, Sony has started to keep a lot of its exclusives under wraps. That means that while we’re mere weeks away from the next-gen debut of MLB 14: The Show, we’ve still only seen a couple of high-resolution scoreboards. Still, with this property being a consistent performer for the Japanese giant in North America – and its competition caught out for the next twelve months – it’s highly unlikely that this will disappoint.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

It’s due out on the PC later this month, but patient amphibians will be able to sink to the depths of Young Horse’s aquatic indie excursion Octodad: Dadliest Catch in March on the PS4. Boasting arguably the most bonkers premise in gaming history – which sees you attempting to deceive your family of your underwater origins – this title not only has a quirky art style and silly gameplay structure to its name, but also quite a poignant message at its cold-blooded core.

Outlast

You won’t even need to pay to play Outlast, as Sony has confirmed that the next-gen fright fest will be available for free as part of PlayStation Plus in a matter of weeks. Having already prompted plenty of increased laundry bills on Steam, this old-school survival horror sees you exploring an asylum from a terrifying first-person perspective. With the protagonist completely incapable of combat, you’ll need to use stealth and your senses to eschew the horrors that linger in the shadows. Just try not to play when you’re home alone.

Rayman Legends

How much prettier can Rayman Legends possibly look? A little bit, according to publisher Ubisoft. This may be a port of the platformer that you played last year, but Michel Ancel’s saccharine sweet escapade was arguably one of the most enjoyable adventures of 2013. And with refined visuals, reduced loading times, and promised support of the DualShock 4’s touchpad, this may just prove the perfect excuse to play a great game again.

Strider

An unexpected addition to the PS4’s early 2014 release window, Double Helix Games’ controversial Strider reboot is shaping up to be a striking reimagining of Capcom’s classic side-scrolling franchise. Industry legend Kouichi ‘Isuke’ Yotsui may not be involved with the project, but the publisher’s Osaka team is helping out. And with Metroid and Castlevania serving as the inspirations for the re-imagining’s structure, this could turn out really rather good.

The LEGO Movie Videogame

We rarely have confidence in a film franchise spin-off, but where Traveller’s Tales is concerned we may need to have a rethink. The studio has spent the past few years transposing various blockbuster properties to its unique brand of co-operative action, but now it has the opportunity to reapply that formula to Warner Bros’ upcoming brick filled flick. You probably already know exactly what to expect from The LEGO Movie Videogame, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not going to be a laugh.

Thief

For a franchise that’s remained dormant for almost a decade, we’re not sure that there’s as much hype surrounding Eidos Montreal’s imminent Thief reboot as publisher Square Enix would like. Set in a macabre steampunk setting, the upcoming re-imagining will see you experimenting with the title’s open levels in order to navigate dark environments and score plenty of swag. It’s been subject to a bit of a backlash by brand veterans since its reveal, but this could still end up proving a sneaky surprise when it steps out of the shadows next month.

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

It may have taken almost a year to reach Square Enix’s unreasonable sales expectations, but Crystal Dynamics’ reboot of buxom British archaeologist Lara Croft was a bit of hit with franchise fans and critics alike. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition may not be the next-gen expansion that budding grave robbers are itching for, but the revamped visuals and fancy hair physics should keep you occupied until the already announced sequel steps into the limelight.


See, we told you that it’s not all bad. Which of these upcoming PS4 escapades are you most looking forward to playing, and are there any that we’ve missed out? Populate our poll with your opinions, and then write some words in the comments section below.

Which of these upcoming PS4 titles are you most looking forward to? (91 votes)

Basement Crawl

  0%

inFAMOUS: Second Son

62%

MLB 14: The Show

5%

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

  4%

Outlast

  2%

Rayman Legends

  2%

Strider

  4%

The LEGO Movie Videogame

  3%

Thief

9%

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

8%

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User Comments (34)

Squiggle55

#1

Squiggle55 said:

I voted for Octodad. Although unfortunately there's nothing coming up I'm dying to get my hands on. Basement Crawl, Octodad, Outlast... but I'm not sure I'll be buying any of them.

TOMBOY25

#2

TOMBOY25 said:

only infamous and thief interest me but the lack of coverage for thief worries me.

daveyboy90

#3

daveyboy90 said:

I am really excited for inFamous and Outlast, but what about Driveclub? Do you think it will be released in the next couple months? @get2sammyb

get2sammybAdmin

#4

get2sammyb said:

@daveyboy90 I didn't add it because we just don't know when it's coming anymore. I personally hope it comes out next month, but it's looking very unlikely at this point, isn't it? :(

Glacier928Staff

#5

Glacier928 said:

@TOMBOY25 I actually played Thief at a Square Enix NYCC Press Event back in October. While the build was for PC, the game is interesting and certainly worth keeping on your radar next month. It felt like a first-person Assassin's Creed mixed with Deus Ex Human Revolution a bit. While the demo didn't necessarily "wow" me, it was entertaining and intriguing enough to interest me in giving the game a shot when it releases in February.

Glacier928Staff

#6

Glacier928 said:

@get2sammyb I've been looking really forward to Driveclub myself since it's unveiling almost a year ago. It's unfortunate that there's still no release date, but I'd prefer they make the best game they can rather than rushing it out. Hopefully the extra time will let them achieve 60FPS? :)

daveyboy90

#7

daveyboy90 said:

@get2sammyb That makes sense, they've been very quiet about it for sure. With the ESRB rating it got a few weeks ago I was hoping for February as well. I totally agree @Glacier928 they should take their time and make it great. March would be ok I guess, I just really hope that the June rumor that is going around is way off :)

banacheck

#9

banacheck said:

What about Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes 20TH March EU?

Over the next few months I'll be getting Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (PS3), Dark Souls 2 (PS3), Theif 4 (PS4), infamous Second Son (PS4), Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes (PS4).

Punkinhead145

#12

Punkinhead145 said:

I'm personally excited for planetside 2, sometime in Q1. I wish FFXV and The Order 1886 were coming out sooner too

RaymanFan2

#13

RaymanFan2 said:

I'll grab Rayman again assuming that the PS4 version is the 'press O to Murfy' version.

mibtar

#14

mibtar said:

Only interested in Infamous and strider. I'll be sticking to my PS3 for now.

GooRoo

#15

GooRoo said:

Lego and MLB for sure, with Infamous third. Curious at least for the rest, esp. Strider and Octodad.

hydeks

#16

hydeks said:

easily Infamous, but I can't wait for thief either, looks pretty cool!

Jaz007

#17

Jaz007 said:

I think we should ban whoever didn't say infamous: Second Son lol. I'm only looking forward Second Son, Octodad, and possibly Strider though. Shame the Spider-Man 2 news didn't make it time for this list.

Subie98

#18

Subie98 said:

Of whats actually listed, second son, thief and strider. The rest can kick rocks.

Gamer83

#19

Gamer83 said:

inFamous: Second Son is easily my most anticipated on that list, though MLB 14 The Show and Thief are also games I'm really looking forward to. Still too many cross-gen games and last-gen ports. I spent a whole year slamming Nintendo for not having much. I'm not seeing much from either Sony or MS for this so have to be fair. To be honest, outside of DK, Smash and Kart, not much on Wii U I'd want either. I thought going into the year the lineups look strong and I still say PS4's year one is better than PS3's dreadful first year was, but at least towards the end of 2007 we were starting to see more true next-gen games and less cross-gen crap. Not really seeing that this year though for the new consoles, PS3 and 360 are still very much in the picture which is good if you don't want to jump into the next-gen but it's bad for people like me who want some real next-gen experiences. It's too bad stuff like The Witcher 3 is so far away.

KALofKRYPTON

#21

KALofKRYPTON said:

@Gamer83 I don't ever get the 'awful first year' of PS3 thing. I had a great first (launch) year with my PS3.
Resistance, NHL2K7, Virtual Tennis 3, Motorstorm, Super Stardust, Super Rub-a-Dub(!), Warhawk, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Calling All Cars...
All fantastic!

rjejr

#22

rjejr said:

Watch_Dogs? (21 comments and nobody else mentioned it, weird?) And shouldn't 'the Lego Hobbit game also be out soon? They can't wait to long and release it to close to the 3rd movie which won't be in the game.

RawShark

#23

RawShark said:

Octodad for me, but I do want to play InFamous: SS - although I don't like its chances against Titanfall...

barney555

#25

barney555 said:

Excuse me!!! Driveclub!!! Why is that not even on list retarts. Rayman. Do me a favour. Driveclub onlh driving game out there. For us die hard racers its looking awsome. How very dare

barney555

#28

barney555 said:

@Subie98 thats still not in article is it!!! Not mentioned. Like say racer. Not crapy run around doing crap all games. Its a joke lack of racing games. Mind you been case whole of playstations life. Gt is wank. And no other racers. Shocking.

JaxonH

#30

JaxonH said:

I'm looking forward to Strider and Tomb Raider. Kinda iffy about Infamous- my brother said the first two weren't anything special,and not nearly as good as people made them out to be, and he's an avid Playstation gamer whose judgement I trust to the fullest extent. Nonetheless, I pre ordered it due to the lack of anything else on the console, so I guess I'll see for myself soon enough.

Rayman Legends is a really solid game. I already bought it on Wii U though, so unless this version will have Vita integration for the dual-screen Murphy levels, I'll pass. I don't think it will- as far as I know the Vita is only doing off-screen play, with the exception of Deus Ex Human Revolution Director's Cut on PS3. But for anyone who doesn't own it, I'd highly recommend Rayman Legends. You'd be hard pressed to find a better game to play on the PS4...

jmburks

#31

jmburks said:

I'm definitely looking forward to Infamous. Im hoping the order 1886 comes out this year too. That game looks awesome. Besides those two and whatever Call of Duty game comes out this year, i dont see a whole lot that peaks my interest.

Tony_342

#32

Tony_342 said:

I saw an article on another website recently that asked "Is inFAMOUS: Second Son the Most Anticipated PS4 Game?" I laughed, and then thought to myself, "Well, what else would be? I can't name a single other PS4 game coming out in the next 6 months!" So, thanks for educating me on some of the upcoming games.

Although, I must say, Octodad and Thief are the only slightly interesting looking games I see here. I'll have to check out the reviews for those when the time comes.

Swinny

#33

Swinny said:

My most anticipated title over all, by a land-slide, is Metal Gear Solid 5, each and every numbered edition to this series is a masterpiece and were the best games of all time at the time of their respective releases. I'm expecting big things from MGS5, MGS3 and 4 are tied for my favourite game of all time. Deep Down is out in Japan next month, hopefully it releases over here aswell as that's my second most anticipated title.
And there is plenty to play on PS4 atm, with games like Killzone, BF4, COD, War Frame, Resogun, Black Light, War Thunder, DC Universe etc... all of these are structured to last you a very long time, If you play games just to get to the end and nothing else, then yeah, there might be a drought for you.

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