Most Anticipated Console Exclusives 2015: Playstation 4

Written by Sam Welch on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 12:00 PM
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Console exclusives can be the bane of the choice you had to make or the cherry on top of a terrific purchase, but will always be an inevitable part of a competitive hardware market. Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all laid their exclusive cards carefully again in 2014 with some terrific results. Playstation 4 players got a stunningly remastered edition of The Last of Us, as well as Driveclub and Infamous: Second Son.

A number of exclusives didn’t appear this year that were expected to (Don’t think we didn’t notice, PS4. Pull your socks up. And tuck in that shirt.) But the silver lining of the delays is that 2015 is looking more jam packed full of brilliant-looking exclusives than ever. Picking the most anticipated is not for the faint of heart, but it is the task I woke up today and made this strong cup of tea to do. So let’s get started.

The Order: 1886

Ready At Dawn's first run at a full original console release has had a bit of a rickety ride through the press. But will it keep its promises? The lavish steampunk Victorian London setting and design elements promise a rich world with a layered backstory and a creative range of gameplay, but of the footage seen so far it's clear that there's still a reasonable chance of it turning out to be another predictable cover shooter, neglecting its compelling premise and becoming all style and no substance. Time will tell. If The Order: 1886 delivers, it could be a stalwart experience of what new generation console gaming is capable of, setting the standards high and leading the charge into a better and brighter future for Sony's contender. For now, we're sufficiently excited to know more to forgive it for not arriving in 2014 as originally planned.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Though Naughty Dog has achieved more praise lately for The Last of Us, the survival epic can never fully overshadow the celebrated developers' previous flagship franchise and darling of the Playstation 3, Uncharted. The first three entries climbed aboard the adventure-archaeology train a step or two behind the impressive and well-liked previous Tomb Raider rebooting trilogy from Square Enix, yet exceeded them in just about every way - scale (both in terms of story-depth and literal draw distance), script and visuals (my GOD that French chateau was gorgeous), while also improving substantially from game to game. No easy task.

Playing an Uncharted game feels like being the protagonist of a high budget movie, and what higher praise is there for a videogame? The stories may not always have been the most unpredictable around, but the way the characters experience them inspires genuine affection, which makes you forget they live in a screen across the room from you. What we've seen of Uncharted 4 suggests it's on a course not only to uphold these high standards but blow them onto a whole new level, with at least one location that appears immune to predictable gameplay, and the introduction of protagonist Nathan Drake's brother can only add to the experience. Shake-ups at Naughty Dog show no sign of slowing this one down, and we can't wait to play it. 

No Man’s Sky

There’s little choice but to recognise the enormous anticipation for this title, and it’s all with very good reason. Whether this game delivers or not, the almost-unbelievable level of ambition attached to the concept is akin to the escapist and fantastic purposes of video games as a whole. A small video games studio in Guildford is building a galaxy, so that we might get just a tiny taste of what having the capability for interstellar exploration would be like. And it’ll keep growing. Procedural generation with a 64-bit seeding key reportedly creates the possibility for up to 18 quintillion different planets to explore. Humans have dominated the crap out of this planet, but the sky is no man's - who knows what we'll find there? Let alone after the PS4 exclusive window ends and PC players start to join in too. All being well, in 2015 we’ll be boldly embarking on the biggest adventure mankind has ever undertaken from the comfort of our living rooms. It doesn't get much more exciting than that.

Can Naughty Dog do no wrong, or do you have Uncharted concerns? Will The Order serve up exceeded expectations or just be another monotone shooter? There's plenty of upcoming PS4 exclusives I've walked right on past - which do you think I should care about more? Maybe i should have forgone software at all and got more excited about the slim chance of more from Project Morpheus? Here's to an excellent year of Sony's new generation console coming into its own in 2015.

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13:19 Dec-30-2014

aaah, what about bloodborne??

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20:26 Dec-29-2014

Bloodborne isn't on this list?

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18:02 Dec-29-2014

I really hope that The Order doesn't flop due to crappy gameplay and/or a terrible story. It's one of the games I'm excited about getting. Naughty Dog have convinced me they're one of the best game developers in the world and I'm buying Uncharted 4 on launch, even though I never buy games more than $20. However, lot of games have been omitted like Ratchet+Clank, The Witness, Bloodborne, Until Dawn

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15:35 Dec-29-2014

Can someone please explain what you actually do in No Man's Sky? All you seem to be able to do is explore and fly which at first will be amazing but I can imagine it would get boring very quickly. I mean I still need a reason to get a PS4 and No Man's Sky would be a great entry if there are other fun things to do in it

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14:56 Dec-29-2014

Until Dawn, Wild and Rime are the PS4 exclusives i'm exited about

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16:32 Dec-29-2014

Soo hyped for WiLD :D

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14:19 Dec-29-2014

The lack of Bloodborne disturbs me

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16:13 Dec-29-2014

and Persona 5

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13:27 Dec-30-2014

me too

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13:11 Dec-29-2014

i want uncharted 3 and 4 on pc :(((

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13:42 Dec-29-2014

Also 1 and 2 lol...

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00:19 Dec-30-2014

It could happen if Microsoft have bought Naughty Dog.. lol

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12:38 Dec-29-2014

Do any of you guys FEEL that The Order 1886 might Flop Hard?? Not hating (in fact i'm excited for it), but i dunno, i just have this feeling that it may not be as great as we're told.

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13:26 Dec-29-2014

Yep, after Watch Dogs I feel very worried.

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13:43 Dec-29-2014

but it's not ubisoft :(

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15:20 Dec-29-2014

*ubi$oft

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03:59 Dec-30-2014

Did you see the gameplay footage of it? It just looks like another gneric cover based shooter with a few weird steampunk weapons and enimies. The Escapist sent their reporter over to play it, and she praised like "OMG this is really fun :D". When see you the game footage though it's just.... pathetic.


They said they were "re-working it", but I REALLY doudt that.

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04:30 Dec-30-2014

Yeah, i watched the E3 gameplay and to be honest, it looks like a generic shooter. I hope the story makes up for it.

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05:03 Dec-30-2014

That'd have to be some story.


Personally think XCOMs "the bureau" was really good- like a real time version of its turn based counter part. Seems like it just got 5 tons of hate only because it was a cover shooter.


What I'm getting at is- Even if it is good in other aspects, everyone is going to hate it just for being a cover based shooter.

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12:25 Dec-29-2014

The Last of Us and The Order look pretty good, but I wouldn't get a PS4 just for them. Hilariously, I'd say the 3DS has the best exclusives across the board right now.

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14:10 Dec-29-2014

and the wii u. 2 great consoles i hope to buy in 2015, along my pc. the all mighty trio! :)

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12:16 Dec-29-2014

Can't wait for no man's sky. I can max it with current rig, but I'm not sure, because my gpu is external @ x1 v1.1. I can't switch to gen 2 because my laptop is hm55 and not hm65. I hope I can play it at high 30+ fps.

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12:25 Dec-29-2014

It's going to be released on PC?

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12:30 Dec-29-2014

Same thing as Rise of the Tomb Raider: It'll be a timed-exclusive. After the deal expires, they are free to release on PC.

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12:08 Dec-29-2014

Well,seems like the best exclusives are on PS4.

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13:01 Dec-29-2014

I'd honestly prefer a wii u if I didn't already have a ps4 :( wii u more exclusives and no man's sky is coming to pc so. its like 2 games a year god for the ps4

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14:44 Dec-29-2014

wii U also has really good exclusives,true.I want both! :)

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14:57 Dec-29-2014

So you think that these 3 games listed are the only PS4 exclusives coming in 2015? There are many more.

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