2017 is an absurdly exciting time to own a PS4. We've not exactly been starved for games already - check out our best PS4 games for proof of that - but the pre-Christmas selection is an incredible array of the best that gaming has to offer. The list of upcoming PS4 games is only getting better and exclusives like The Last of Us 2, God of War and Spider-Man are all on the way next year. Plus, don't forget the big third-party titles like Star Wars: Battlefront 2 and Call of Duty WW2 coming very soon. Without further ado, here's a list of the biggest, most exciting games coming to PlayStation 4 this year… and beyond.
The Evil Within 2
Release date: October 13, 2017
Genre: Survival horror
What is it? The follow up to Tango Gameworks' terrifying jaunt into madness. We're returning to the brooding company of Sebastian Castellanos on a horror-filled quest to find his daughter whom he previously thought was dead.
Why it's so interesting: While original creative director and creator of Resident Evil, Shinji Mikami has taken a step back and taken a producer role this time around, don't expect the horror to let up. What we've seen so far of The Evil Within 2 strongly suggests there'll be no sleep without nightmares when you finally turn off the PS4. The claustrophobic cinematic bars of the original have returned to restrict just enough of your field of view, and a veritable horrorville of disturbing creatures are ready to make slaughter the best medicine for Sebastian. Sounds like fun, right? Right...
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Release date: October 17, 2017
What is it? Four boys civilly discuss their problems. Just kidding, it’s still South Park, except this time comic books are the target of its mockery.
Why it's so interesting: South Park: The Fractured But Whole is another sharply hilarious takedown of whatever is getting on Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s nerves. Mixing up the combat from the first game - you’ll be able to move across a grid now - and taking on superheroes instead of wizards should give the jokes plenty of extra edge. South Park has only been getting better with age, and we’re hoping The Fractured But Whole keeps the trend going.
Assassin's Creed: Origins
Release date: October 27, 2017
What is it? The latest instalment in the stabby-stabby franchise, this time taking you to Egypt as Bayek - the first assassin.
Why it's so interesting: Assassin's Creed has been through a complete revamp, with combat designed from scratch, a new use for towers, and a complete RPG overhaul. Bayek, a Medjay of Ancient Egypt has an eagle called Senu who he can send to scout out and tag enemies, and by god, it just looks exquisite. You'll be delving into tombs, questing across the world and earning new abilities and skills, as well as carrying out the typical assassination missions, all in the backdrop of the bilsteringly-hot culture crucible of Egypt. Fancy taming a crocodile? Or riding across the deserts armed with a bow that fires three arrows? Assassin's Creed Origins isn't one to miss.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
Release date: October 27, 2017
What is it? The sequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order, The New Colossus sees the return of BJ Blazkowicz in 1961 as he kicks off the second American Revolution against the Nazis
Why it's so interesting: Even if you haven't made your way through the grim delights of The New Order, Bethesda's surprise E3 announcement, The New Colossus is a serious reason to get excited. Ultra-smart, fast-paced and darkly funny as hell, this moves the action to the '60s where BJ is once again battling the Nazis who have taken over America. The small segment we've played saw BJ shooting and puzzling his way through a Nazi-ridden sub from the confines of the wheelchair he's recovering in after the original game. Throwing in microwave field emitters to and add some explosive variation, it was a perfect taster of the madness to come.
Call of Duty WW2
Release date: November 3, 2017
What is it? Call of Duty WW2 is taking things back to, er, World War 2, along with a new multiplayer version and fresh horrifying zombies mode.
Why it's so interesting: This is where COD built its reputation, and fans have been clamouring for a return to WW2 for years. Ironic, considering there was WW2 fatigue only a few years ago. Since Battlefield 1 proved that going backwards (in time) can take shooters forward (in quality), this could be a real landmark in the COD franchise. Sledgehammer, the developer, is promising realism and a proper buddies of war story in single player, similar to the amazing TV show Band of Brothers. The game will hit all the biggest WW2 battles too, taking players all over Europe and through a big chunk of time, across multiple character perspectives. Multiplayer is going WW2 too, and there will be a new zombies mode to blast through that promises to be darker and more terrifying than ever before.