The upcoming PS4 games for 2017 and beyond

Far Cry 5

Release date: February 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. Expect a full reveal, real soon.

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God of War

Release date: Q1 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: That 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, moved to a new country, and started up a new family, with his presumed son ever-present in the God of War E3 trailer. The warrior-in-training is going to play a large part in the story and even fight alongside the legendary Spartan warrior. Kratos' fighting style has also changed, with his Chaos Blades replaced by a mystical battle axe that Kratos can summon to him. Our angry hero actually feels relatively calm and collected in the new setting, which makes us think that something absolutely rage-inducing is going to set him off on another god-killing rampage. 

Read more: God of War has you enlisting the help of the World Serpent (aka GIGANTIC SNAKE), coming early 2018

Red Dead Redemption 2

Release date: Q2 2018
Genre: Adventure  

What is it? A sequel to Rockstar's open-world adventure set in the Wild West. Well, we say sequel... it might be a prequel. And yes, it's technically the third game in the series too.  

Why it's so interesting: Given that it's Rockstar creating a follow-up to one of its most beloved, high-quality 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 it's still set in the West (albeit one that looks a little more wild than the original, hinting at a prequel), but the rest is guess-work based on the early trailer. The presence of several characters in the promotional materials suggest you'll be part of a posse or multi-character narrative. Either would be great, thanks Rockstar.

Read more: The new Red Dead Redemption 2 screens might have a few clues - here's what people have found so far

Pathologic 2 

Release date: TBA 2018
Genre: Psychological horror survival

What is it? A total remake of the classic, flawed, but transfixing 2005 Russian narrative horror game. Technically messy in its original incarnation, this new version of the game might finally set Pathologic’s fantastic ideas and atmosphere free.

Why it's so interesting: Placing you in the centre of a persistent horror story in an isolated, plague-ridden town, Pathologic’s core narrative plays out over 12 days regardless of your success or failure. Its main missions are timed, and wipe from the record if not completed by the end of their respective day, as you juggle priorities to build your inventory, solve mysteries, keep characters alive (major NPCs can die, removing later quests and plot threads from the game), and otherwise just get to the bottom of whatever the hell’s going on while surviving. Pathologic 2 might well currently sit at the bottom of your list of ‘Games I’m excited about because I’ve heard of them’, but in terms of the remake’s potential, it really should be right at the inverse end of the interest scale.

Read more: Pathologic isn't scary, it's unsettling. Deeply, deeply unsettling

Vampyr

Release date: TBA 2018
Genre: RPG 

What is it? The next game from Life Is Strange developer Dontnod.  

Why it's so interesting: Here you play as a chap called Dr Reid, who has been recently turned into a vampire. The city of London is yours, and it's up to you whether you suck the life out of the populace or help them overcome natural disasters like Spanish Flu. Given that it's by the Life Is Strange team, don't expect moral decisions to be black and white, but do expect a strong story with some great characters.

Read more: Stop it Vampyr, you’re bloody spoiling us: 4 types of vampire (so far) and 3 ways to rip people apart?!

Detroit: Become Human

Release date: TBA 2018
Genre: Adventure 

What is it? The latest game from David Cage, who made Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls.  

Why it's so interesting: As with many of Cage's games this one is an interactive story with strong gameplay elements, so expect it to be driven by strong characters as they navigate through a futuristic version of Detroit. Detroit: Become Human one has been in the planning for years, and has involved mo-cap work and script-voicing from three different locations: London, Paris, and LA. Should be a compelling story - as with most of Quantic Dreams' games - but the real key to success will be in whether it's interesting to play.

Read more: Detroit: Become Human - likely to be the PS4 Pro star of Sony's E3. Here's everything we know

Metro Exodus

Release date: TBA 2018  
Genre: Action/horror RPG 

What is it? A return to the apocalyptically dangerous wasteland of Russia, complete with mutated rodents, scarce resources, and this time a giant train chugging along the tracks. 

Why it's so interesting: The return to 4A Game's notoriously brutal world is a welcome one, as this time the landscape is looking remarkably colourful. Well, for a wasteland, that is. There's the return of the trademark low-tech clipboard for a quest menu, but the most interesting bit is that it looks like you're going to be travelling around above ground this time instead of sticking to the sewers. Thanks to the train rumbling down the tracks, you'll get to see more of the country and will probably be sent on supply runs for the locomotive. It looks like a welcome change of pace, and we can't wait to see what Metro is like this time around. 

Read more: Metro is back with Metro Exodus, and the wasteland looks more horrifying than ever

Marvel's Spider-Man

Release date: TBA 2018
Genre: Action-adventure 

What is it? Insomniac's fresh take on the famous web-slinger.

Why it's so interesting: It's been some time since we've seen a promising Spider-Man game in the works, but the web-slinger's next title is a PS4 exclusive being created by none other than the Ratchet and Clank developer Insomniac. You can web-sling through the city, rip criminals from their getaway cars, and even skillfully manoeuvre through interior spaces with the superhuman agility the webhead is known for. Info on which supervillains we'll be webbing up is still under wraps, but we'll know he’ll be taking advantage of PS4 Pro’s capabilities.

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The Last of Us 2

Release date: TBA
Genre: Horror

What is it? The sequel to the phenomenal The Last of Us which sees you battle fungi-infected zombies in a post-apocalyptic world. It's from Naughty Dog, the creators of Uncharted, so the quality is nigh-on assured.

Why it's so interesting: The first game was an emotional toll to say the least, as you made your way across the land, scavenging scarce resources and counting every bullet you fired into spore-laden fungi zombies. The trailer for The Last of Us 2 at PSX was brief, but it did give us a good look at an older Ellie, with cracked knuckles and a deadly glint in her eye. She’s making a comeback and it sounds like she’s got a serious chip in her shoulder about something, as she darkly remarks that she’s going to "kill every last one of them". Who does she want to kill, and why? You’ll just have to wait to find out.

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Days Gone

Release date: TBA
Genre: Horror/Action-adventure

What is it? With the world seemingly in ruins, you must survive the hordes of Freakers that pour at you from every angle.

Why it's so interesting: Zombie games might be a dime a dozen at this point, but Days Gone, Sony Bend Studio's open-world, post-apocalyptic third-person adventure, treats the not-quite-dead a bit differently. Squeezing into drifter Deacon St. John’s boots, you’re attempting to live out the end of the world on the dangerous open road. You have to learn how to manage a swarm of infected called Freakers - who aren't actually dead - if you want to survive. These disgusting creatures flood through the environment, forcing you to run for your life, pulling down objects in the environment to slow their charge. While you can shoot a machine gun or toss a grenade into the crowd, your ammo reserves won't last forever, so you'll need to come up with more creative ways to overcome the swarm. 

Read more: Days Gone’s zombies are part of a ravenous, lethal ecosystem - but they’re better behaved than you might think