So, you've excavated a brand new PlayStation 4 from beneath your Christmas tree, and you're wondering what your new box of tricks can do? Well, aside from all of the glorious games that the fat man shoved down your chimney earlier in the week, you've picked the right time to join the new-gen party – delays be damned, 2016 is looking like the best year yet for Sony's parallelepiped. We've compiled no less than 27 exclusives that you should be looking forward to next year. Note: this is not a comprehensive list – yes, the system's lineup is that insane.
Fact: Finnish fave Housemarque makes the best arcade shooters in the industry. Alienation is an extra-terrestrial take on its decent isometric blaster Dead Nation. Can't really go wrong, can you?
The cult PS2 rhythm-'em-up returns on the PS4 – minus Pink and Papa Roach. Amplitude is the consequence of a successful Kickstarter campaign by original developer Harmonix – expect psychedelic, lane swapping synthesia. (Console Exclusive)
Media Molecule may have been smoking the strong stuff when it dreamed up Dreams, but you wouldn't find a game so outrageously abstract on any other system. The game appears to be all about user content creation in a live online environment – at least, that's about the extent of what we've gleaned from the trailers thus far.
Not just an ITV cartoon from the late nineties, scribe Robert Ramsey likes to remind everyone at Push Square Towers that Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is a title to look forward to. He's typically wearing his schoolboy's Agumon shirt when he declares it, too. (PlayStation Exclusive)
A game coming from a team with Telltale pedigree, Firewatch whisks you away to the Wyoming wilderness and finds you forming a bond with the lady on the other end of your walkie-talkie. Intriguing. (Console Exclusive)
A title which must surely have dollar signs in the eyes of Sony's upper-execs, Gran Turismo Sport is practically a license to print money on the uber-popular PS4. We don't know a whole lot about the game yet, but it does sound like it'll be adopting an e-sports angle. Bet you that it looks prettier than a Camaro with Jessica Lawrence on the bonnet, too.
The sequel they said would never happen, Gravity Rush 2 puts legendary developer Keiichiro Toyama back in the saddle, as Japan Studio aims to continue the story of topsy-turvy heroine Kat in an all-new adventure.
Isaac Newton may want to revise his gravitational theory, as PS4 owners will be getting a double-dose of Gravity Rush next year, with Bluepoint sprucing up the brilliant PlayStation Vita original for a brand new generation.
Car combat's coming back – and there ain't no angry clowns with bad BMIs to be found. Hardware: Rivals instead aims to revitalise Sony's lesser-known on-wheels warfare series, and it's due out imminently. Boom!
Alright, we've got more chance of dating Taylor Swift than Horizon: Zero Dawn hitting its 2016 release date, but you can't rush post-post-apocalyptic prehistoric brilliance. Guerrilla Games is still saying that we'll be dismantling robo-dinos next year, so keep those cavemen fingers crossed.
The great sport of baseball steps up to bat yet again next year, giving everyone at Push Square Towers headaches as we search for words to write about the very popular property. If only This Is Football would make a comeback, we'd have loads to pen in this space. (PlayStation Exclusive)
Also known as the 900th project on Platinum Games' docket, NieR Automata revisits the studio's character action blueprint, but promises to add some Square Enix role-playing spice to the bubbling broth.
The game that we've talked about so much that it's left us hoarse, No Man's Sky has been in development almost as long as it would take to travel across its enormous in-game omniverse. At least it's finally coming out, though, right? Right?! (Console Exclusive)
It's a MOBA, but it's not a MOBA, but it is a MOBA. Who cares? Paragon is the latest game from Gears of War maker Epic Games, and it promises that you won't need to graduate with a Master's Degree in DotA to be able to enjoy it. (Console Exclusive)
A series that's surely on the verge of its big breakthrough, the anticipation surrounding Persona 5 will hit apocalyptic levels if it can hit its summer release date. (PlayStation Exclusive)
Alright, this isn't technically a game, but PlayStation VR is definitely worth looking forward to. We've tried Sony's potentially expensive accessory, and while it's too early to deliver a verdict yet, you may want to hang on to that second kidney for now – it could come in handy.
Get the ottsel outta here – PlayStation's premiere platforming partnership are back to take the PS4 by storm. Ratchet & Clank may be a remake, but it's the most utterly gorgeous one we've ever seen. Remember when Sony said that the PS2 would deliver Toy Story-esque visuals? Well, it finally achieved its aim – three generations later.
Those of you with zimmer frames may remember this Psygnosis classic from the old days, but if you don't, worry not: Heavy Spectrum's bringing the beautiful sidescroller back from the dead, and this is shaping up to be a sleeper smash.
Shrug off your amnesia and get set for a role-playing release to remember, as Star Ocean 5: Integrity & Faithlessness continues the series' tradition for elaborate names and even more elaborate hair on PS4. (PlayStation Exclusive)
One of the biggest games in Sony's stable right now, the Japanese giant has had a hand in the development of the fifth entry in Capcom's flagship fighting franchise. Street Fighter V is kicking things off with a smaller cast than usual, but long-term post-release support promises to keep this game on its feet for many years to come. (Console Exclusive)
Whenever Andy Bogard appears with his flowing blonde barnet, we pay attention, and so The King of Fighters XIV was always a lock for this list.
Fumito Ueda's overdue boy-meets-bird adventure is finally on track for a 2016 release, guaranteeing floods of Biblical proportions as the entire PS4 population sobs simultaneously over the animal's inevitable demise.
An oddball experimental outing about a Soviet-inspired dystopia, where collaboration with your online peers is key to success. The Tomorrow Children is weird and wonderful, but Mark Cerny allegedly asked PlayStation veterans Q-Games to come up with something crazy, and the Kyoto-based outfit hasn't disappointed.
A game which was announced back when the dodo walked among us, The Witness has taken Jonathan Blow tens of thousands of years to finish. Fortunately, it's almost here, so come back in a couple of weeks and we'll try to explain what it actually is. (Console Exclusive)
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End loves a good delay, but in April 2016 it should finally be ready to deploy. Will hunky hero Drake snuff it? His outlook doesn't look good, does it?
No, we don't want to tap your katamari, 'cos we'd rather control a toilet that can explode. Wattam's outrageously unusual, but with the bonkers Keita Takahashi at the helm, what else did you honestly expect?
The stupidity doesn't stop there, as What Remains of Edith Finch puts you in control of birds, snakes, and sharks. A walking simulator all about exploring the bitter demise of your family line, this looks like the next big step for The Unfinished Swan creator Giant Sparrow.
Which of these exclusives have tickled your fancy? Which ones are you outraged that we've missed? Could the PS4's lineup possibly look any better in 2016? Answer all of these questions in the comments section below.
Which of the following PS4 exclusives are you most looking forward to? (182 votes)
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth
Gran Turismo Sport
Gravity Rush 2
Gravity Rush Remastered
Horizon: Zero Dawn
MLB 16: The Show
No Man’s Sky
Ratchet & Clank
Shadow of the Beast
Star Ocean 5: Integrity & Faithlessness
Street Fighter V
The King of Fighters XIV
The Last Guardian
The Tomorrow Children
Uncharted: A Thief’s End
What Remains of Edith Finch
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