After Sony had its knockout E3’s during 2015 and 2016, it seemed almost inevitable that showing that many games in such a short space of time was going to taking its toll. They were killer E3 showings, but it was merely an example of Sony showing its hand years before any of these games were actually going to launch. So 2018 is the year of E3 2015 for PlayStation 4 owners. All those games we were promised many moons ago are finally going to see the light of day. And what a year it’s shaping up to be for PS4 fans.
In an effort to trim this down a little, I’ve kept to five games which look likely to actually release within the next 12 months. Sorry, The Last of Us 2 and Death Stranding, but we’ll see you in 2019.
My gut tells me Days Gone is a dud, but my brain is quick to step in and remind us that Sony Bend is an excellent studio that rarely disappoints. I won’t bring up Bubsy 3D. Oops, too late. Still, what we’ve seen of Days Gone looks a bit by the book but we’re hopeful Sony Bend has the wherewithal to go full Sons of Anarchy meets The Last of Us. The building blocks are there for a fantastic game, it’s just a matter of how they fit together. Days Gone is certainly more ambitious than anything the studio has ever attempted before in terms of scale and opportunity.
Kratos has made a name for himself by being the second most unlikable character in gaming history (sorry Ezio), yet with the reboot reveal Sony did the impossible and made us actually care about God of War again. Injecting some humanity into proceedings always helps, Kratos guiding his son through an epic tale based on Norse mythology and featuring the series trademark brutal combat.
The E3 showing set alarm bells ringing but we’ve got immense faith that Insomniac will deliver the goods with Spider-Man. The webbed wonder has a turbulent time in videogameland, swinging wildly from great to terrible, seemingly at random. It’s been a while since we’ve had a proper, big budget Spidey game though and we’re itching to see what the PS4’s hardware can do with all those crazy web-slinging abilities.
Self-styled auteur David Cage has become a bit of a running joke in some quarters of the internet, but Detroit: Become Human shows considerable promise from a storytelling perspective. Quantic Dreams has a heck of a lot of catching up to do if it wants to meet the standard of the Until Dawn's of this world, but Detroit: Become Human looks ready to tackle some hard-hitting topics in a sci-fi tale where androids are considered less than human.
Ordinarily, a remaster wouldn’t make this list, but Shadow of the Colossus is a remake from the ground up. It’s almost unrecognisable from the PS2 original and looks frankly gorgeous. For folks new to the game this is sure to be an absolute treat, but even for returning fans this is the same gigantic colossi but with an incredible new layer of visual detail. Oh, and the shonky control method? It’s been totally reworked.