Top Upcoming PlayStation 4 Exclusives of 2018

Note: Article updated in August of 2018.

2018 is nearly upon us and as a result, it’s time to start gearing up for the next year of big video game title releases. If you’re a PlayStation 4 owner then you have a number of incredible exclusive video game titles to look forward in playing. Here are our picks for the top upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusives of 2018. Let us know if we missed one by leaving a comment down below!


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Shadow of the Colossus

  • Developer: SCE Japan Studio, Bluepoint Games, Inc.
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: 2018

Shadow of the Colossus is an iconic title, one of which that originally released back in 2005 for the PlayStation 2. Overall, players take on the role of a young man named Wander who has entered into a forbidden land. Your overall goal in the video game is rather straightforward, players must track down and fight these massive creatures known as Colossi in order to restore the life of a girl named Mono.

The video game as mentioned was introduced and released for the PlayStation 2, however, it was later re-released with enhanced graphics in 2011 for the PlayStation 3. During Sony’s E3 2017 press conference, we were once again taken back to the classic title as Sony unveiled their intentions to remake the video game for the PlayStation 4 console.

 


God of War

  • Developer: SIE Santa Monica Studio
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: 2018

What can we say about God of War that you probably are not already fully aware of? The video game franchise got its start back in the days of the PlayStation 2 and is still going strong today. However, this upcoming title, in particular, is more of a soft reboot to the franchise.

If you’re familiar with the past installments, this time around Kratos has ended his time with Greek mythology and has moved onto Norse mythology. Likewise, Kratos will not be alone anymore as he will be looking over his son named Atreus, preparing him for the real world after the recent passing of his mother.

Adding a son to the mix and an older Kratos will certainly change some aspects that we’re familiar with in the God of War franchise. Kratos will have to control his rage while he teaches his son vital life lessons.

 


Spider-Man

  • Developer: Insomniac Games
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: 2018

Spider-Man is an upcoming video game title under developers Insomniac Games who are previously known for their Ratchet & Clank and Resistance video game franchises. Their latest upcoming title will breathe some new life into the Spider-Man story as this video game title will not be linked to any past comic books or cinematic movies.

Furthermore, we’re not going through some origin story of Spider-Man, instead, the video game will be focused around Peter Parker, eight years after he has established the role of being the famed hero. From what we know so far, this is an open-world title where the narrative will follow Peter Parker graduating college while keeping up as protector of New York City.

The video game will also give players the ability to go through the narrative as not only Spider-Man but as the civilian Peter Parker character as well. From what we know from so far through trailers released, Spider-Man’s main antagonist will be Mister Negative, who turns out to be Martin Li, one of New York’s prominent philanthropist and owner of the F.E.A.S.T. shelters that Aunt May works at.

 


Detroit: Become Human

  • Developer: Quantic Dream
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: 2018

Set in Detroit, Michigan, and developed by Quantic Dream, gamers who enjoy choice-driven narratives will want to keep tabs on Detroit: Become Human. This is a futuristic neo-noir thriller that’s based off an old 2012 tech demo from Quantic Dream that became viral online.

Players will take control of three different characters, all of which are androids. You will have Kara, a female android that has escaped the factory from where she was made. There’s also Connor, who is a male android that is tasked with hunting down deviant androids. Lastly, there is Markus, another male android who has begun an android revolution against the human race.

This video game is all about choices and it certainly seems that there will be a ton of them to choose through within the game. In fact, there are so many choices that each will alter the narrative storyline and can have grave consequences with your characters.

 


Left Alive

  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: PC, PS4
  • Release: 2018

Left Alive from development studio Square Enix is an upcoming survival action shooter and there are already gamers online suggesting that this could be the next Metal Gear Solid franchise. Not too many details are available with the upcoming title other than that players will be taking the role of three different protagonists.

It seems that these protagonists are set to tell the story of human survival during the war-torn Novo Slava in 2127. Players will be able to engage in gun battles or go into a more stealth approach by using your wit.

As you progress through the narrative, it seems that there will be a series of choices available that will give big consequences to the storyline. Currently, the game is slated to launch at some point this year.

 


Concrete Genie

  • Developer: Pixelopus
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: 2018

Concrete Genie is an upcoming PlayStation 4 video game title by developers Pixelopus. The video game follows a bullied teenager named Ash who lives in a town close to being completely abandoned due to pollution.

Within the story, Ash finds that his paintings can come to life. Players will be using the DualShock 4 motion sensor to create landscapes and friends for Ash all the while taking care of the bullies and possibly preventing the pollution from taking over the town.

 


Knights and Bikes

  • Developer: Foam Sword
  • Publisher: Double Fine Presents
  • Platforms: PC, PS4
  • Release: 2018

Knights and Bikes is a hand-painted action-adventure title developed by Foam Sword. The video game is a coming of age story from inspirations of films such as The Goonies and video games like Earthbound. Within the narrative, players will follow two best friends, Nessa and Demelza, who are biking their way around the area, exploring what secrets lay hidden.

Within the game, players will find that they will have to fight enemies using a variety of weapons such as frisbees, water-balloons, and their pet goose. When the dust settles from the battles, a slew of puzzles and adventure awaits.

Being that there is a duo in Knights and Bikes, the game offers cooperative gameplay where two players can go through the narrative both online or locally, though the official release date on the game has yet to be unleashed into the masses.

 


The Gardens Between

  • Developer: The Voxel Agents
  • Publisher: The Voxel Agents
  • Platforms: PC, PS4
  • Release: 2018

If you enjoy puzzle titles then The Gardens Between by developers The Voxel Agents is something to keep tabs on. This is a video game based on friendship and growing up, though the base of the game is set around puzzles.

Players will follow the story of Arina and Frendt who are best friends. The duo somehow finds themselves in a world filled with beautiful gardens where they’ll need to solve a series puzzles. It’s through these puzzles that the best friends learn about friendship, childhood and growing up.

Currently, the game is set to launch later this year for the PC and PlayStation 4 platforms, though there’s no specific release date attached quite yet.

 


Yakuza Kiwami 2

  • Developer: Sega
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: August 28, 2018

If you enjoy the Yakuza series then you may have picked up Yakuza Kiwami. The game was a remake of the original Yakuza title and this year we’re going to be receiving yet another remake. Yakuza Kiwami 2 is the remake of 2006 release, Yakuza 2.

Much like other Yakuza installments within the franchise, Yakuza Kiwami 2 is an open world action-adventure title where players take the role of Kazuma Kiryu. Without spoiling the original narrative, Kiryu is a former Yakuza member but he soon finds himself back into an investigation when Yukio Terada, the clan’s Fifth Chairman is murdered.

Outside of the visual upgrades, the upcoming remake also includes a new storyline that unveils the history of Majima leaving the Tojo Clan. Currently, Yakuza Kiwami 2 is slated to launch within August of this year exclusively for the PlayStation 4.

 


Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise

  • Developer: Sega
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: October 2, 2018

Fist of the North Star has been around for ages in forms of manga and anime. Likewise, we’ve even seen a few video game titles released under the franchise name before. However, this latest installment is gearing up for a release this year.

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is an upcoming action-adventure title that follows Kenshiro who is searching for his fiancée, Yuria. Within the premise of the game, we know that Yuria was kidnapped by Shin and taken to the city of Eden.

Gameplay is actually relatively similar to the Yakuza series in that this is more of a beat ‘em up style title. There are even mini-games that players can enjoy such as baseball and racing, but more importantly, if you’re a fan of the series then you’re likely aware of just how bloody the battles tend to get. From what we have seen so far, Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise will not be pulling any punches.

 


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