PS4 has established itself as a home not only for powerhouse AAA games, but also intriguing indie titles and now, with release of PS VR, entirely new virtual reality experiences. It's already been a great year for the PS4, and there's plenty more exciting stuff coming.
Seriously, just check this list of upcoming PS4 games for 2016 and beyond. Naturally the big-bucks projects – The Last Guardian, Horizon: Zero Dawn, God of War – are all represented, but there are many that may have flown under your radar but are just as noteworthy. Yooka-Laylee, Farpoint, Psychonauts 2. That sound you hear is your wallet quietly weeping. Games are listed in chronological order, starting with releases over the next few days or weeks, and moving further into 2016 and beyond as we go.
Gravity Rush 2
Release date: January 18, 2017
What is it? Follow up to up the brilliant Vita anime actioner, where you have the power to control gravity.
Why it's so interesting? Weightlessly jumping to the world of Hekseville, and starring a walking anime cliche called Kat, this game is all about messing with gravity to bust enemies and solve puzzles. You can walk on walls, switch gravity mid-jump, and stroll along ceilings. As is law, it's open-world, and there are light RPG elements too, but its gorgeous anime style will have you purring like Dusty, Kat’s black sorta-cat.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Release date: January 24
What is it? Meet the Baker family, a clan who are intent on chasing you through their rather grubby home in the revitalised series.
Why it's so interesting? RE7 is moving from the action and going full wet-your-pants horror, changing the third person perspective and gung-ho protagonists for a frightening experience. Beginning Hour has already shown it’ll utilise scare tactics from games like P.T., giving players a chance to explore creepy environments, uncover clues that allow them to progress through the story, and try to escape gruesome deaths at the hands of the Baker family. If you’re feeling really brave, it’s fully playable in VR as well.
Release date: January 24, 2017
What is it? An open-world action game set in 1988 Tokyo that serves as a prequel to the long-running Yakuza series.
Why it's so interesting? There's no better time for newcomers to hop into the ever-expanding cult classic Yakuza series than Yakuza 0. It's the first game in the series to make it to PS4 (in the West, anyway), so there's no need to break out your ancient hardware. It's also set in the late 1980s, acting as an introductory prequel to series protagonists Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima and their first few adventures in the Japanese criminal underworld. Yakuza 0 acts as sort of a cross between Shenmue and River City Ransom, combining hyper-realistic recreations of Japanese cities, stores, and general daily life, along with some of the most over-the-top fist-fights and mini-games you'll ever play. Run a nightclub, play a faithful recreation of OutRun at the arcade, and beat the everloving tar out those who deserve it - just another day in the life of a yakuza.
Release date: February 14
What is it? Ultimate Warrior-esque brawler, where Samurai, Vikings and Knights clash in perpetual war.
Why it's so interesting? A radical departure for Ubi, For Honor sees warriors facing off in one-on-one battles and a real emphasis on single combat as opposed to just mowing through hordes of faceless foes. That’s why multiplayer is a big deal here - teams split into two groups of four and hack at each other until the opposition is crushed. There are AI opponents running around too, but it's very much focused on player vs player scrapping, putting it closer to a beat 'em up than a traditional hack 'n' slash.
Release date: February 24, 2017
What is it? The digital version of what LEGO does best: let people build stuff.
Why it's so interesting? Minecraft has often been described as "digital LEGO," but now you can go right to the source for your block-building needs. The appeal is pretty obvious: monkey around in a procedurally-generated landscapes all made out of LEGO. Make a mountain range, make a house. Fly a helicopter, fill your yard with mushrooms. Drop in prefab constructions or let your imagination take shape block by block. Might I recommend a double-decker couch?
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Release date: February 28, 2017
What is it? In the far-flung future, Robots roam the earth like dinosaurs and humans, like Aloy, try to live alongside of them.
Why it's so interesting? There’s plenty of positives from Guerilla’s first new IP since Killzone, but we’re finding its unique open-world to be the most genuinely fascinating. You play as a nomadic hunter named Aloy in a far-future version of earth, filled with lush wilderness, primitive humans and, er, robot animals. Aloy and her tribe are forced to live off resources provided by strange, robotic creatures that she hunts. All the footage we’ve so far - including Aloy battling a giant robot T-Rex with a high tech bow that has a variety of explosive and robot-stunning arrows - looks great.