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-Man, The Last of Us Part II, Shadow of the Colossus, God of War, and much, much more, including expansion packs for games such as Destiny 2, Call 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
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.
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
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
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.
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.