The PlayStation 4 is winning right now. After a great launch, and several years of excellent games, 2017 is going well for Sony's console. It already has stand out games like horror reboot Resident Evil 7, open-world robot-dinosaur adventure Horizon: Zero Dawn, and now the smart space adventure Prey. Not to mention other great titles such as Yakuza 0, Sniper Elite 4, For Honor, and Mass Effect: Andromeda. Now clearly in its stride, PS4 is home to some of the best games of all-time, from AAA hits, to indie gems and novel VR experiences. It's been a great year so far, and the list of upcoming PS4 games only gets better. Exclusives like – The Last of Us 2, God of War and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – are all represented, along with big third-party titles like Star Wars: Battlefront 2 and Call of Duty WW2. Here's a list of the biggest, most exciting games coming to PlayStation 4 this year… and beyond.
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Release date: June 30, 2017
Genre: PlayStation VR FPS
What is it? Sci-fi shooter where you need to blast your way through some rather icky looking bugs.
Why it's so interesting: Built to make use of the PS VR Aim Controller (a 21st century tongue twister if we ever saw one), this VR FPS abandons you on an arid, alien planet and forces you to shoot your way through the spidery monsters that populate it. If the more traditional FPS elements mix well with the immersion of VR, this could well prove what VR games are capable of.
Crash Bandicoot: N Sane Trilogy
Release date: June 30, 2017
What is it? A fully remastered version of the much-loved Crash Bandicoot, the bright orange marsupial with a penchant for apples.
Why it's so interesting: Getting Crash on the PS4 has been long overdue, and now we’re going to be swarmed with his green-eyed self as Crash Bandicoot: N Sane Trilogy includes a magnificent three games: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. They’ve all been lovingly restored so now you can see each hair in his bushy eyebrows plus a new lease of life has been given to the dated, but still adored, levels. The gameplay is as retro as it ever was, with no new additions apart from the new look - because why change something when it’s nigh-on perfect already?
Agents of Mayhem
Release date: August 15, 2017
What is it? An open-world superhero game (with guns) from the makers of Saints Row.
Why it's so interesting: Because Agents of Mayhem is made by Volition, and they do a great line in over-the-top, hugely fun, open-world games. Here you can control 12 different characters as you play through, and have three active at any given time (which you can easily switch between), so you can rip through the city with a brilliant variety of powers and weapons. It's essentially a Saints Row spin-off too, so fans will have loads of references and Easter eggs to find. Amongst the chaos.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Release date: August 22, 2017
What is it? The drastically scaled-up sequel to 2014’s surprise hit, this time with Dynamically engineered fortress sieges and friendly war-trolls.
Why it's so interesting: Because the first game’s Nemesis system – which generates long-term rivalries with enemy Orcs based on gameplay outcomes – is now being applied to all facets of Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Friendships and alliances will now be fuelled by the way you play, but most importantly, so will your huge great, castle-cracking army. You’ll take down and take over a whole swathe of Helm’s Deep-style forts across Shadow of War’s map, but every battle will be defined by the systemic interactions between your units, just as your units will be defined by your history and relationships with them.
Release date: September 8, 2017
What is it? The sequel to the biggest shooter on PS4, and a continuation of Bungie's epic sci-fi space opera.
Why it's so interesting: Because it's goddam DESTINY 2! Ahem. Bungie is acutely aware of the fact that it didn't put enough overt story beats in the original Destiny, so that is being remedied for D2. Set a year after Rise of Iron, the Red Cabal have invaded and destroyed The Tower, and the Guardians are ready to fight back. Expect a more grand, sweeping plot, along with loads more MMO multiplayer at the core. We're playing it at E3 so will have loads more info very soon, to go with this excellent breakdown of Destiny 2's story.
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
Release date: September 15, 2017
What is it? A standalone expansion for Dishonored 2 that has you stepping into the stealthy shoes of Billie Lurk, a mechanically-enhanced assassin.
Why it's so interesting: Billie has teamed up with her old mentor Daud and the two have decided to do something you'd probably think was unusual - they're going to kill the Outsider. As in, the borderline-divine being that gave Emily Kaldwin and Corvo their powers for the sole purpose of entertaining himself. Good luck with that, guys. Judging by the blood-soaked, swift trailer, Billie's mechanical sword-arm looks tantalisingly deadly, however, so they might stand a chance. Maybe.
Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite
Release date: September 19, 2017
What is it? The latest incarnation of the fighting game, Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite gives you the chance to pit characters from each franchise against each other and see which one comes out top.
Why it's so interesting: At last, at long last, we’re getting Mega Man X in a Marvel vs Capcom game. As well as stalwarts like Ryu, the trailer revealed that we’ll also be seeing Captain Marvel and Iron Man showing off their moves, and hopefully there’ll be some new additions too. The Infinity Gems are going to spice up the combat, with the trailer showing that the stones add some nifty abilities. Captain Marvel’s use of the Time stone means she can dodge attacks, and the Power stone makes Ryu's fists a flurry of destruction, but we’ll just have to wait and see what the remaining gems do.
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 has been through a complete revamp, with combat designed from scratch, a new use for towers, and an openworld slant. Bayek now 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 as well as carrying out the typical assassination missions, all in the backdrop of the bilsteringly-hot culture crucible of Egypt. There's a promise of mummification and even the possibility of horseback combat, so it's looking like it's going to be a completely new kind of game. We're excited.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Release date: Q3 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.
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 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 too. There's a Beta coming too, although there's no set date for that.