2018 is the Year of the PlayStation

The PlayStation 4 recently had their Paris Games Week showcase. In it, they showed off a number of games that will release in 2018. If 2017 was Nintendo’s year, 2018 appears to be Sony’s. With exclusives coming to the PlayStation 4 such as Spider-ManThe Last of Us Part IIShadow of the ColossusGod of War, and much, much more, including expansion packs for games such as Destiny 2Call of Duty: WWII, and Horizon Zero Dawn. While Nintendo has their lineup of fantastic IPs, Sony is amassing their own list of amazing franchises, and while they may not be as iconic as Nintendo’s, they’re just as bit as good.

The Last of Us Part II

2018 is PlayStation's Year

The Last of Us Part II feels very much like The Godfather Part II. Its brutality and storytelling puts The Walking Dead to shame. The trailer for the title may have been a little off-putting with the amount of sheer violence and the fact that none of our beloved characters appear, but, the game promises to be one of 2018’s bright spots. A more mature and darker Ellie appears and while details for the game are scarce, it promises to be one of the best the year has to offer.

Spider-Man

2018 is PlayStation's Year

Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man looks incredible. Finally, a Spider-Man game worth looking forward to! The action is top-notch and the latest trailer hints at a plot that will give the films a run for their money. This is the first time a Spider-Man game has actually excited fans, and it’s a PlayStation exclusive! With enemies such as the Kingpin, Green Goblin, and Mister Negative, there’s no doubt that Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4 will not disappoint.

God of War

2018 is PlayStation's Year

God of War was a series I thought was dead. The last I remember of it was watching youths (note: not appropriate) playing it during my volunteer days. Nonetheless, God of War is a storied Sony franchise and this installment is looking to be the best yet in the series. Giving Kratos a son will create a very interesting dynamic and I infer that we’ll be seeing a slightly different of iteration of Kratos than days past. God of War is one of the most iconic video game series’ of all time, and no doubt it will not disappoint on Sony’s flagship PlayStation 4 console.

Shadow of the Colossus

2018 is PlayStation's Year

Shadow of the Colossus is a remake of the PlayStation 2 classic by Team Ico. This is one of the most iconic games in all of gaming and to receive full-on remake is every Sony fanboys dream made reality. Following the protagonist Wander, players will traverse an unknown land in hopes of toppling massive colossi in hopes of resurrecting a young girl named Mono. Shadow of the Colossus is one of the best games of all time, and the fact that it is being remade for the PlayStation 4 adds to Sony’s already incredible lineup for 2018.

These are just four of exclusive games coming to the PlayStation 4 in 2018. A full(er) list can be found here, and it’s nothing to scoff at. This doesn’t even take into account the timed exclusives the console is getting, like with Destiny 2, Call of Duty: WII or Star Wars: Battlefront II.

2018 is PlayStation's Year

While 2017 was the year of Nintendo, 2018 will be the year of the Sony PlayStation. Mark my words. The Last of Us Part II alone could make the year. Nintendo will continue to have an excellent release schedule, but Sony is on fire, and has been on fire since the beginning of this year. If Microsoft doesn’t pick things up with the Xbox One with a new Gears of War or Halo, they could find themselves in the PC market rather than selling consoles.

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Spider-Man the Animated Series Defines the Franchise

The Spider-Man animated series from the 1990s which aired on Fox was a masterpiece. In fact, Spider-Man the Animated Series defines the franchise, the comic books aside. While Tobey Maguire’s films were not bad per se (save the third film), Maguire never portrayed Spider-Man’s/Peter Parker’s intelligence. He was a typical geek who masqueraded as being smart. While Willem Dafoe and James Franco did a great job of portraying the Osbornes, the script plagued the films and was simply put, hard to watch. Rami’s films were not bad, but they didn’t portray Spider-Man, and more importantly Peter Parker, adequately.

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Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man films were deeply flawed, but the casting was top-notch, especially with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. He had both the boyish charm and was able to portray the intelligence that Maguire lacked. Unfortunately, the films themselves were just okay. The stories were disjointed and despite a stellar cast, the films lacked any kind of clear direction, which is a shame because there was so much potential. I have not seen all of Captain America: Civil War, but from all accounts Tom Holland did a spectacular job and with Marvel’s involvement, Homecoming is sure to please fans.

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With that being said, Spider-Man the Animated Series defines the franchise in terms of characterization, storytelling, and even acting (albeit voice acting). It’s a shame that so many who didn’t grow up in the 90s weren’t exposed to the show because it was not your typical campy Spider-Man. There was drama, there were tears. It dealt with the real problems Peter Parker experienced as Spider-Man and while it was funny at times, at others it was downright tragic. Death was not allowed, nor actual guns because of rules by the studio, but Spider-Man the Animated Series defines the franchise, save for the comic books, because it took a story for children and told it in a way that both kids and adults could relate to. It incorporated many of Spidey’s classic villains and while Spider-Man didn’t lack his classic whit, there was also a bit of a tragedy to the character. He wasn’t dark like Batman, who aired on the same station, but he constantly lost the ones he loved because of Spider-Man. The narrative was superb and the last four or five episodes or so actually brought me to tears. Spider-Man was portrayed with having real intelligence, something that was severely lacking in the Maguire films, which was my biggest disappointment.

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While Spider-Man the Animated Series defines the franchise, Spider-Man Homecoming has the chance to shine. Tom Holland is an incredible actor and while Peter will be a teenager, as opposed to a college student in the television series, it has the potential to rival this classic cartoon. Spider-Man, X-Men, and Batman, who all aired on Fox in the mid-90s, all define their respective franchises, even though the films (I’m pointing to the Dark Knight Trilogy and some of the X-Men films) were lauded with critical acclaim and were good films. Up to this point though, there hasn’t been any iteration of Spider-Man to top the 90s cartoon series. It simply was that good, as well as the Batman Animated Series. Spider-Man Homecoming may not top the series, but hopefully with Marvel at the helm it will at least do the character justice. It’s a shame Garfield isn’t reprising his role as Peter, as he nailed the character, but they needed a clean slate. The films he was apart of simply put were not very good.

Spider-Man is, in my opinion, the best franchise that Marvel has to offer. If the movie bombs, at least there’s still the cartoon, which nails the essence of the comic book perfectly.