With E3 2014 past us, next gen appears to finally, truly be kicking of. With a variety of AAA reveals, and release date announcements across 2014, it seems the current generation of video gaming consoles have a very promising future ahead. This article places focus on the more immediate future, with the following 5 games providing excellent reasons to be happy to own a Playstation 4 in 2014.
Back in 2013 Driveclub didn’t look quite so hot, with little to no gameplay available and features such as dynamic lighting seemingly absent Driveclub didn’t look particularly promising if it hoped to meet its 2013 Playstation 4 launch window. Fortunately for consumers Driveclub was delayed, and for over a year, which has enabled Evolution studies to provide a plethora of improvements. This year Evolution studios were able to treat us to to an absolutely stunning looking game that looks to be the definitive racing game of 2014. Driveclubs attention to detail is impeccable, with unbelievably authentic vehicle darting through environments that are genuinely hard to differentiate from the real world. Combined with a fine tuned but accessible racing model and deep social integration and multiplayer functionality, Driveclub looks set to become the racing game to beat on current generation platforms.
Before E3 this year it was announced that media molecule would not be attending the show, which made it all the more of a surprise when LittleBigPlanet 3 was presented by SumoDigital and XDev Europe. Whilst it’s a naturally concerning when your favourite franchise is in the hands of a new develop it looks like LittleBigPlanet 3 is in good hands. Whilst perhaps shy of Media molecules characteristic level of innovation, LittleBigPlanet 3 does looks to add a number of new mechanics to the LittleBigPlanet experience, particularly in the form of 3 new characters, each with new abilities. On top of that the game has of course received a large boost to its aesthetics, and the initial trailer promises many fan requested features such as accessibility of more than 3 playable layers. Overall LittleBigPlanet 3 looks to be the definitive LittleBigPlanet experience, and is a perfect outing for the intellectual property onto next generation platforms.
The Last of Us Remastered
Without a doubt The last of Us Remastered was the definitive AAA experience of 2013. So naturally its great that consumers that either didn’t own a Playstation 3, or those that enjoyed The Last of Us and would like to play it again have opportunity to do so at a 1080p and 60 frames per second, not to mention an overall improved visual aesthetic. Naughtydog claim that The Last of Us on PS4 will look similar to the cutscenes on PS3, if so consumers are in for a treat. Not only does The Last of Us have a phenomenal narrative that won’t disappoint any fans of post-apocalyptic survival fiction, but the remaster looks to be visually phenomenal. Furthermore the remaster includes every bit of DLC for both multi and single-player, maing The Last of Us Remaster the definitive place to experience everything The Last of Us has to offer.
While Planetside 2 has already been available on PC for almost 2 years now, Planetside 2 on Playstation 4 promises to be something special for console owners. Featuring extraordinary large scale FPS battles (over 1000 players per server) Planetside 2 offers an FPS experience that simply isn’t available anywhere else. Playstation consumers in particular will be familiar with a similar level of multiplayer intensity as the PS3s own MAG previously offered 254 player multiplayer environments, but Planetside 2 takes this to another level. Not only that but Planetside 2 is a truly open world experience, each of the games ‘maps’ takes place across an entire planet with players free to traverse this area freely, capturing bases and killing players of enemy factions with a variety of sci-fi orientated vehicles and weapons. The developers aren’t slacking on the PS4 version either, revealing in an interview with IGN that the game is running at 1080p, whilst targeting 60 frames per second.
It’s no secret that Destiny isn’t a Playstation 4 exclusive, despite what Sony would probably like you to believe. However the Playstation 4 could be construed as the best place to experience the game, particularly considering the recently announced launch-exclusive content that will only be available on the Playstation 4. Additional content aside however, Destiny looks set to be a fantastic experience across all platforms, providing a brilliant blend of all the best qualities of games like Borderlands, Halo and Call of Duty all rolled into one unique amalgamation of sci-fi goodness. For more information on Destiny you can check out our in-depth Alpha preview here.
And of course that isn’t all, this list focused predominantly on the platforms exclusive games, however Sony recently published a list of over 40 games releasing for the Playstation 4 in 2014, which you can check out here.