The upcoming PS4 games for 2018 and beyond

While it was brilliant last year to have Horizon Zero Dawn reigning supreme as a PS4 exclusive, 2018 is truly looking like the year for feeling seriously smug about owning a PlayStation. God of War... Detroit: Become Human... Days Gone... Spider-Man... everything you've drooled over for the past few E3s is finally on the way over the next 12 months and it is going to be glorious. Even if you aren't looking for exclusives, there's no better place to be than PS4 to experience the joys of Red Dead Redemption 2, Far Cry 5 and A Way Out. Without further ado, here are the best upcoming games for PS4 in 2018.

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Monster Hunter: World 

Release date: January 26, 2018   Genre: Co-op action RPG

What is it? Hunting down dinosaurs and dragons with friends. 

Why it's so interesting: See above. What's not to like? Monster Hunter has gone very big and very glossy for Capcom's latest foray into the series. Kill overly large game. Get even better weapons. Rinse and repeat. That's all we need to be honest. With beautiful environments to track through with friends or alone, Monster Hunter World has us well and truly excited for the thrill of the hunt.

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Shadow of the Colossus Remaster

Release date:  February 7, 2018   Genre: Action

What is it? The remake of the hit game Shadow of the Colossus, which originally came out in 2005, and then with new graphics in 2011. 

Why it's so interesting: So much of the conversation around Shadow of the Colossus expects you to have played it not once but probably twice before, but what if this is your first time experiencing Team Ico's cult hit? This is a game of boss battles but not in a traditional sense. Enormous creatures  known as Colossi roam the land each waiting to be slain as you quest to resurrect a dead girl. Trust me, it makes sense. This isn't just a case of running and dodging though, every Colossi  - there are 16 of these beasts - delivers a different kind of challenge as you clamber up each one and discover its secrets. Oh, and prepare to cry. 

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Kingdom Come Deliverance

Release date: February 13, 2018   Genre: Historical RPG

What is it? A historically accurate Skyrim. 

Why it's so interesting: Based on the real world history of Bohemia, this historically accurate RPG drops you into back in time to 1403 in an age of gory battles and veritable lashings of mead. It follows the true history of the time as a new King arises in Bohemia only to be imprisoned by his half brother and to have his country invaded. Unlucky doesn't really cover it, does it? It won't be long until we get to bask in this medieval world full of weaponry, quests and castle sieges. Realistic combat is promised too so it'll be interesting to see exactly how we'll be battling through the world. 

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Moss

Release date: February 27, 2018   Genre: VR Action Adventure

What is it? An adventure with a mouse. We're sure there's a twist in the tail.

Why it's so interesting: Kicking off Sony's VR offerings for 2018, Moss looks like a beautiful reason to blow the dust off your glowy headset. Both you and Quill - yes, that's the mouse - need to work together to traverse a quest across a storybook world of magic. You'll become intrinsically linked to Quill, meaning that you won't just be telling her where to jump but interacting with the world around her too. It looks like a gorgeous VR adventure and given there's even a bit where she clambers onto your hand and you feel her heartbeat through your controller means there's a serious charm offensive here too. How can you resist a mouse?

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Metal Gear Survive

Release date: February 20, 2018   Genre: Action adventure/survival 

What is it? Absolutely nothing to do with Hideo Kojima, this survival game lets you battle zombies in a twisted alternate dimension. 

Why it's so interesting: Because it's what Konami did with Metal Gear next and looks more than a little surreal. Taking place after the end of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, Survive pits you against zombies because of course a group of soldiers has been swallowed by a wormhole. Slews of crystallised undead await as you build a base and attempt to stay alive in the campaign with up to three other friends.  This isn't just a case of gunning down the undead though, you'll need to get smart, hunting down supplies in the field and protecting your home base with carefully placed traps and weaponry. 

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Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom

Release date: March 23, 2018   Genre: JRPG

What is it? The follow up to the beautiful Ghibli-style RPG from Level-5, complete with new slicker combat system.

Why it's so interesting: Level-5's original beautiful RPG was ultra easy on the eyes but not so much on the thumbs as it required a serious amount of grinding through its turn based combat encounters. Switching things out for a much faster skirmish system, Ni no Kuni 2 makes it a little easier to enjoy the sweeping story, huge open world, and adorable creature creations. Of course the critters you use during battle are called 'Higgledies.' D'awwwwww. 

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A Way Out

Release date: March 23, 2018   Genre: Co-op adventure

What is it? A co-op prison escape from the developers of the brilliant Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

Why it's so interesting: We're very selfish with our screens in 2018. Want to play with a friend? They can find their own 55" 4K OLED panel, thank you very much. Think back to days that weren't all about you hogging a massive 16:9 space, and split screens were everywhere. Harkening back to those oddly narrow FOVs, A Way Out depends on couch co-op as you work with a friend and attempt a prison escape. This is an anti-single player game. The story can only move forward when both players are actively playing, whether on the actual couch or checking in online and that makes it a ridiculously intriguing prospect this year. EA has signed a very interesting one here. 

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Far Cry 5

Release date: March 27, 2018   Genre: Shooter / Adventure

What is it? The latest in Ubisoft's open-world Far Cry series, set in modern-day Montana.

Why it's so interesting: Far Cry has always gone to exotic locations, but Far Cry 5 is set in the heart of the USA. It takes place in modern times too, which isn't all that unusual, but that does mean you'll be fighting against some politically sensitive groups. Home-grown terrorists? Isolationists? Gangs gone rogue? The setting and time period are likely to land this game in the midst of real-world political tensions, which could make it one of the most talked-about games of the year. Throw in, errr, testicle festivals and there's a serious amount of weird in here too... 

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God of War

Release date: Early 2018   Genre: Action-adventure

What is it? Thor-get about Kratos? He’s back and this time he seems to have ended up in Norse mythology…

Why it's so interesting: This surprising new context for the ol’ angry slaphead. After Kratos killed all of the gods in Olympus, he seems to have been looking forward to retirement. He's grown out his beard, got significantly less angry, moved to a new country, and started up a new family, with his son Atreus on hand with a bow and arrow and the ability to translate runes as the pair journey together. Kratos' fighting style has also changed, with his Chaos Blades replaced by a mystical battle axe called Leviathan that can be summoned a bit like Thor's hammer. It's time to get comfy in your gaming chair for this one too as game director Cory Barlog has confirmed that the game will be 25 to 35 hours long. That's only twice the size of the previous games so expect a serious quest for Kratos and Atreus. Oh, and you can't jump... 

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Red Dead Redemption 2

Release date: Spring 2018   Genre: Adventure  

What is it? A sequel - well, prequel - to Rockstar's open-world adventure set in the Wild West. 

Why it's so interesting: Given that this is Rockstar creating a follow-up to one of its most beloved games, that makes Red Dead Redemption 2 a big, big deal. We already know it'll have a big online mode, similar to GTA Online, and that we'll be following the "story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang as they rob, fight, and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America." As open world sandboxes go, Red Dead Redemption 2 looks almost terrifyingly huge. From the glimpses we've seen in the trailer this is a world of forests, canyons, and sprawling deserts that's going to have you reaching for your photo mode buttons as often as the pistol slung around your waist. 

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