The upcoming PS4 games for 2018 and beyond

Upcoming PS4 games

Want good, new games for PS4? Of course you do. Want to know what the best PlayStation games are going to be in 2018 and beyond? Again, of course you do. Well, you're in luck: here's a list of the best upcoming PS4 games for the coming year. We've already been treated to a bunch of great titles, like Monster Hunter World, and large-scale multiplayer offerings like Fortnite: Battle Royale continue to dominate the console. There are plenty of new, AAA games coming very soon - like Far Cry 5 - and some smaller hits that'll be worth grabbing from PSN - like A Way Out.

Whatever games you're into, this list of the best upcoming PS4 titles will have you covered, so scroll down to find something to get excited about. Unless you're waiting for that gritty Spyro reboot... in which case, you're probably going to be disappointed.

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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. 

Read more: Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom adds tactical skirmish combat to its cocktail of cute

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. 

Read more: “We have Naughty Dog’s coffee budget”: A Way Out’s Josef Fares on Brothers, co-op, and taking risks in an industry that likes to play it safe

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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Yakuza 6: A Song of Life

Release date: April 17, 2018  Genre: Action-adventure

What is it? The latest story-adventure about former Yakuza boss Kazuma Kiryu, which mixes exploration, combat, and mini-games

Why it's so interesting: The Yakuza series has been a staple on PlayStation since PS2, and it retains a high standard of polish and great storytelling. This picks up after Yakuza 5, where Kazuma is arrested for his crimes and spends three years in prison. After being released, he discovers his friend Haruka has been injured in a hit and run accident, and she now has a son, so the game focuses on Kazuma's quest to discover what really happened. As ever, Y6 is stuffed full of mini-games and distractions, to keep you busy as you uncover the core mystery. Combat has been beefed up too, and it looks as stunning as ever. Long time fans will eat this up, but Yakuza 6 also boasts that it's an excellent entry point for anyone new to the series.

God of War

Release date: April 20, 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 the titular God of War 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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Detroit: Become Human

Release date: May 25, 2018  Genre: Action/adventure

What is it? Androids might be mainly composed of bio-gel and wires, but the inner struggles go on inside their heads prove they're very human indeed. Or, that's what Detroit: Become Human hopes to convince you.

Why it's so interesting: Detroit: Become Human puts you in the shoes of the androids who are - whether knowingly or not - right at the heart of the revolution against humans. Long consigned to taking care of their fleshy masters, your character will exhibit some forbidden emotions and it's up to you how far you take them. Choose carefully what to say to each person you're faced with in Detroit: Become Human's interactive story, but be careful - there are dozens of potential endings, and we're betting that very few of them are good. Do what you're told and put humans first, or decide that it's about time you did what you wanted and rebel against the system of servitude you were created to obey. So far we know of Kara, a domestic android who's faced with domestic abuse of a child (it's not for the faint-hearted), and Connor, a crisis negotiator who's trying to save an android from jumping off a roof with their child hostage. Sounds cheery, we know. 

Read more: Detroit: Become Human's focus on discovering human emotions made me feel some strong ones of my own


Release date: June 5, 2018   Genre: RPG 

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

Why it's so interesting: It's 1918 and London is sick. No, not in a good way. The flu is ravaging the streets and the city is dying. The good news is that you're a vampire so can't get sick. The bad news is that you're a vampire and really need to drink blood but also are still a Doctor so still have a duty of care to the city. Quite the bloodsoaked dilemma. Don'tnod's London is a beautiful gothic wonderland, full of vampire hunters and potentially very edible humans. Think fifty shades of morally grey and you get the idea. The further you unravel the narratives of the world, the richer their blood becomes. Do you keep helping or just dive into them like a happy meal with a toothy embrace? Find out in spring. 

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We Happy Few

Release date: Summer 2018   Genre: Adventure/survival 

What is it? A first-person survival game set in an alternative 1960s Britain, where everyone take a drug called Joy to escape the horrors of the real world.

Why it's so interesting: This one is so weird, but the art style and concept are extremely compelling. Set in a fictional city in Britain, in an alternative 1960s, it shows a world where everyone is easily controlled and totally lacking in morals, thanks to mass addiction to a drug called Joy. You play as one of the few people to reject the drug and see the world for what it really is. The game is stuffed full of warped moral choices and unusual situations that you need to survive, so it's going to be quite unlike anything you've already played. Originally Xbox only, now headed to PS4, this is worth keeping an eye on.

Read more: 6 things you missed in the We Happy Few demo 

The Crew 2

Release date: Summer 2018   Genre: Racing 

What is it? Follow-up to the across-America racing game, which will allow you to drive more than just cars this time round

Why it's so interesting: While The Crew isn't the best racing game of all time, the core idea is solid. This sequel is letting players mix up the action by giving us cars, boats, helicopters, bikes and all kinds of vehicles... basically anything you can race. This frees us from the constraints of the roads and tracks, some of the weakest aspects of the original game. There will be a Beta at some point this year (expect it to be revealed at E3), so if you're interested you'll be able to sample the game for free.

Read more: The Crew 2 lets you race everything, everywhere and it's out in 2018