With Nintendo and Xbox One out of the way let’s move on the Sony’s offering for 2016. 2015 wasn’t the best line-up for Sony, that we know, but there were still some top games from them such as Bloodborne and Until Dawn. 2016 is promising a lot more and while a few of the games are undoubtedly going to get the delay treatment that we are so used to, it should still be a pretty solid line-up this time out. Again, I have included certain PC games in here and will note as needed. Here’s the list:
The Witness (PC also – 26 January 2016)
Jonathan Blow’s (Braid) next puzzle game was announced ages ago and after missing its 2015 scheduled release had quite a few people worried. It’s more of the same from the brilliant mind of Blow in terms of solving puzzles in what looks to be a very intriguing world. Hopefully it doesn’t miss its date again and we finally get to check this one out.
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (PS4 and PS Vita – February 5 2016)
I simply remember Digimon following the likes of Pokémon and having a similar concept around it. I even remember playing the first Digimon game back on the PS One. It’s been a long time since I heard the name but I know there is a huge following of the show and the world so the new game will definitely excite many. It appears as though it will have that typical JRPG feel to it, let’s hope it’s a good one.
Gravity Rush Remastered (PS4 – 2 February 2016)
Gravity Rush is one of the few games that was fully developed for the PS Vita and it was very well received at the time. The action, open world RPG which doesn’t care for gravity is now being fully remastered and ported to the PS4 for those that don’t own a Vita to try out. I have not played it yet but word has it that it’s a super game to say the least. Plus the sequel also releases later this year so it might be worth giving a go.
Gravity Rush 2 (PS4 – 2016)
As mentioned above, the sequel to Gravity Rush is also set for this year. I have a feeling this one will be one of the first to get delayed into 2017 but if it’s as good as the first one seems to be then it will be worth the wait. At the moment though, it’s set for 2016 and will definitely be worth keeping an eye on.
Firewatch (PC and PS4 – 9 February 2016)
Firewatch is certainly catching the interest of many games, with some saying it’s their most anticipated for the year. It’s a brand new studio with new IP in their first outing which is also a bit exciting. The game definitely has an interesting premise and hopefully lives up to the hype that it seems to be building up.
Street Fighter V (PC and PS4 – 16 February 2016)
A series that really needs no introduction or explanation. Street Fighter is to date still one of, if not the most popular of the fighting games. Street Fighter IV was considered to be excellent, while SF x Tekken was pretty decent too. I played and loved Street Fighter V at E3, it’s fluid, fun and full of awesome combos and should be a solid entry into any gaming collection.
Heavy Rain Remastered (PS4 – 1 March 2016)
Much like Beyond: Two Souls that was remastered last year, Heavy Rain is also getting the update treatment. Heavy Rain, to date, is one of the best games I have ever played so the opportunity to play through it again on the PS4 has me really excited. With all its different paths and endings it will be worthwhile picking up for sure, and for those of you who never owned a PS3 it will be the perfect time to see what all the fuss was about.
MLB 16: The Show (PS3 and PS4 29 March 2016)
If you have any interest whatsoever in Baseball then there is only one game worth playing, and that is MLB: The Show. It’s the dominant title in the American sport and not just because there is little competition, but because it’s a brilliant title year after year with some of the most realistic gameplay you will ever witness. Baseball is not a huge thing in South Africa of course, but if you’ve been tempted to try a baseball game out, this is the one to get.
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness (2016)
I must admit that I have not played the Star Ocean games but I believe they are well worth your time. The upcoming release, which is the fifth in the franchise, comes out later this year and looks to take on the Final Fantasy games head-on. It’s also developed by Square Enix so their love for JRPGS is definitely coming back in 2016 adding lots of variety to the selection on PlayStation consoles this year.
Nights of Azure (PS3, PS Vita and PS4 – 1 April 2016)
Yet another JRPG for 2016 and this time from the guys over at Koei Tecmo. This one also features a Pokémon type battle system with the use of Demons which kind of reminds me of Blue Dragon a bit. There’s not a lot more known about it just yet, but it does look damn pretty to say the least.
Day of the Tentacle Remastered (PC, PS Vita and PS4 – March 2016)
It’s the legendary point and click game that honestly needs no more information. Buy it.
Ratchet and Clank (Ps4 – 12 April 2016)
Ratchet and Clank make their first outing on the PS4 and it looks absolutely stunning. Another I played at E3 and was blown away by with its visuals and smooth gameplay. It’s the very first Ratchet and Clank game reimagined meaning there are new gameplay elements and levels to check out, without losing that classic R&C humour that we know and love. Can’t wait for this one!
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4 – 29 April 2016)
It’s the big one of the year on PS4 for sure with the return of Nathan Drake. The game has seen two delays already but hopefully won’t move from its April release date. It’s action adventure at its best with some of the greatest set pieces a franchise has ever known. Needless to say there is lots of excitement around this one. Bring on April already!
No Man’s Sky (PC and PS4 – June 2016)
Will we finally get to play No Man’s Sky this year? It seems so. Despite a few delays too it appears as though we should finally get our grubby little paws on this unique gaming experience this year. It’s a massive world where just about anything and everything seems possible. I cannot wait to get lost in it.
ABZU (PC and PS4 – 2016)
After Uncharted 4, ABZU is my most anticipated game for 2016. It’s the art director that brought us Flower and Journey, heading up his own studio and bringing something that looks equally spectacular. It was pretty much the highlight of E3 for me and the 15 minutes I got of the demo just wasn’t enough. It’s not everybody’s cup of tea, sure, but if you like this style of game you won’t want to miss out.
Broforce (PS4 – 2016)
Brofoce is a hugely popular PC game that was developed by some of our very own Saffas. It’s an all out action game with a bit of Parody thrown in for good measure and apparently it’s just tons of fun to play. It’s been out on PC for sometime now and is scheduled for PS4 later this year. Bro.
Hellblade (PC and PS4 – 2016)
One of my favourite developers has to be Ninja Theory. I loved their reboot of DmC, loved Heavenly Sword and adored Enslaved to bits. They have a way with characters and worlds that can not be matched and while their combat mechanics were a bit off previously, the co-development of DmC with Capcom Japan has really helped. Hellblade looks amazing from the little bit we have seen of it but I have a feeling deep down that it’s going to end up delayed to 2017.
Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4 – 2016)
That same feeling as Hellblade exists for me regarding Horizon Zero Dawn. Quite arguably the most impressive game shown at E3 was this new IP from Killzone developers Guerilla Games. The world, combat and visuals look out this universe and we can only hope that there is a great storyline to go with it.
Nier: Automata (PS4 – 2016)
We really haven’t seen much of this but it’s being developed by Platinum Games and published by Square Enix, so how can it possibly go wrong? The original was allegedly highly underrated and the sequel is aiming to amend that. It’s post apocalyptic action with that Platinum Games magic thrown in, a winner already if you ask me.
Persona 5 (PS3 and PS4 – 2016)
I have never played a Persona game but I know there are devoted fans who swear by it. Persona 4 Golden is apparently amazing on the Vita but I’ve not taken the plunge yet. Perhaps if Persona 5 is as good I, and many others, will be forced to give it a try. Another JRPG for 2016? Why yes, why not indeed.
Rise of the Tomb Raider (PC and PS4 – 2016)
Okay, so we know there was all that controversy around Rise of the Tomb Raider being exclusive to Xbox One, but that timed exclusivity ends soon with the game releasing on PC later this month, and on PS4 later this year. Sure, it’s not a PS4 exclusive at all, but technically it is releasing on PS4 this year so in terms of being a 2016 game I thought I would include it here. SHOOT ME.
The Last Guardian (PS4 – 2016)
Will we really get The Last Guardian this year? I struggle to believe it and think it will be pushed back to 2017. That said, I was one of the many that thought we would never hear of it again and E3 2015 really changed that. It’s been in the wings a long time and will be amazing if we get to play this in 2016.
The Tomorrow Children (PS4 – 2016)
I had the pleasure of playing the Alpha for The Tomorrow Children and found it instantly charming and addictive, and very strange too. It’s got a great aesthetic and probably the first sandbox simulation type game I have ever been interested in. It’s got a strange setting but the idea behind it is unique and smart. Worth a try when it released.
Yakuza 6 (PS4 – 2016)
Yakuza has a huge following and what’s one more Japo game to add to the list eh? This one is currently only scheduled for release in Japan but the rumours are strong that it will receive a release date in the west too for 2016. Another open-world action game means we will have plenty of action in our lives in 2016. Take note.
There you have it, quite a comprehensive list of PS4 titles coming out this year with some real gems. Hopefully we don’t see too many delays. Oh, and if I missed anything, PlayStation released a video just last night with a montage of their exclusives for the year, so have a look at that too why don’t ya. Enjoy and let us know what’s on your list for 2016 from the Sony camp.