The PlayStation 4 is still very much alive in the hearts of all Sony fans. But, as we prepare to take steps into the land of next-gen console wars, we tend to find ourselves gridlocked and reminiscent of the past six years in exclusive gaming.
We’re pretty sure Sony pinged out more glorious smash hits than Microsoft did since 2013. But then, both consoles have shared a rather impressive catalogue since day one, and choosing a side would be both morally wrong and almost impossible to do. And, while you may think otherwise, we at DGR prefer not to navigate towards a specific area. We’re open to gaming in general, of course. However, that being said, in this article, we wish to dig into the PS4 exclusives that crushed the opposition altogether.
Let’s take a peek over the kingpins of PS exclusive gaming, shall we? We’ve sure got plenty to cover.
Set two years after the Freaker outbreak, Deacon St. John and his loveable sidekick, Boozer, make it out to uncover the history behind the apocalypse and the truth behind Deacon’s lost love, Sarah.
On a thirty to forty-hour campaign, you’ll have plenty of chuckles, tears, tension, and enough combat to keep you clawing back for more. Days Gone does a remarkable job at keeping you hooked from day one. From the smoothness of the motorbike controls down to the chain of quests looping you in from left, right and centre. There’s always something to do, and even more to uncover as you shovel your way through stacks of exciting stories and side-quests.
With one of the largest open-worlds we’ve seen in years, there’s no way you’ll be powering through it in a few hours or so. Days Gone provides enough scenery and nooks and crannies that’ll keep you searching for more. And you’re never left short of a new mystery to uncover, either. That’s where you’ll quickly discover your spare time disintegrating into the picturesque landscapes of Oregon. And, as expected – you’ll likely be fine with that.
It takes a lot to keep a player hooked for a lengthy campaign, but Days Gone packs everything you could ever want and more into one disc. Plus, it keeps you coming back for a second and third round without really having to lift a finger. That, in itself, is worth the price tag alone.
One of Sony’s most memorable faces, no doubt. Nathan Drake, and his curious mind for locating lost worlds and artefacts. With more adventures, you could shake a stick at, the Uncharted series has provided us gamers with so much enjoyable content over the years that we just wish it would never end.
Uncharted has a little piece of everything; enough to satisfy our thirst for ambitious blood-pumping adventure, at least. From romance to horror, action to mysteries, puzzle-solving to nail-biting bullet-storm car chases – there’s always something new to explore with Nathan Drake and his iconic crew.
From sacred temples to sunken ships riddled with infected monsters; the Uncharted series takes us all over the globe on a quest for fortune in a catalogue of games that make Sony fans stand proudly with smug sparkles in their pupils. Naughty Dog really did hit the nail on the head with this iconic platformer, that’s for sure. This is one of the franchises that’ll never be beaten so long as developers continue to breathe life into the mountains they’ve crafted.
GOD OF WAR
This one made a lot of people jealous, didn’t it? In fact, we know a fair few people who made the transition over to PS4 after seeing the official gameplay trailer to the latest God of War title. That’s pretty strong marketing in our opinion.
Set after Kratos’ comedown from a rage-fuelled revenge quest to slaughter every living man, creature or God; the latest God of War chapter takes place in a calmer scenario, where Kratos plays less of a blood-thirsty monster and more of a father in training.
Over the course of thirty or more hours, you play through the giant lands as Kratos, alongside his incompetent son, BOY.
In a world so tainted with corruption and anger, trouble always manages to find its way to Kratos and effortlessly pulls him back to his old ways; unravelling a brand new segment in the series with a whole new batch of complications and gory mayhem.
With countless hours under our belts of watching Kratos slaughter his way to victory, we questioned ourselves as to whether or not he could ever love anything other than his legendary blades and thirst for blood. But there’s a blissful bond between both Kratos and his son that make our hearts slightly melt as time goes on and the story progresses.
God of War can be many things, but one thing we didn’t expect from a series so focused on violence, was to be honestly surprised when it switched courses and decided to prove us all wrong.
HORIZON: ZERO DAWN
Emerging out of absolutely nowhere came this magnificent world filled with post-apocalyptic landscapes and giant robotic machines out to dominate the earth.
Set in the 31st century, in a world where the human species are thinning, and the robotic armies are thriving, you take control of Aloy; a girl set out to uncover the history behind the origins of the creatures and how the land came to be.
With no recollection of the past, the human species are left in the dark and taken back to the dark ages of tribal encampments and petty weaponry. But while the human’s struggle to keep heads above water, the machines continue to grow in force and take over the wastelands. That’s where Aloy comes in, and through the course of thirty hours or so, you’ll come to learn that there’s more to the world than meets the eye.
Horizon: Zero Dawn provides us with a whole wheel of gameplay and reasons to keep coming back. From the enticing lore of the world to the breathtaking views of the picturesque backdrops. Plus, this little gem made it as the third biggest-selling exclusive on the PS4. Surely that’s a good enough reason to go and pick it up again, right?
BEYOND: TWO SOULS
If you ever played Heavy Rain on PS3, then you’ll understand why Beyond: Two Souls is such a masterpiece under Sony’s domain.
Set in the modern world where everything is realistically mundane, you take over the life of the one girl whose journey is far from both boring and predictable. Jodie; the mysterious pale-faced heroine, who has not only herself to worry about, but also her ghostly entity, Aiden; the lingering presence who never leaves her side and acts as her conscience over the course of her life.
Through a narrative-driven story, you’ll find yourself watching Jodie as she grows up with the whole world weighing down on her tiny little shoulders. From child to young adult, you’ll encounter birthday parties, secret federal missions, tiptoe thrills in abandoned laboratories, and even homelessness beneath the swampy back-alleys of the city slums.
Beyond: Two Souls is a one in a million title that offers the player a story, unlike any other. With enough choices, pathways and endings to keep you occupied, you’ll more than likely be craving for a second round before the credits even make the first appearance.
Combine a cliché American horror flick about a group of teenage kids in a woodland cabin with a dose of fast-paced button-mashing madness, and you’ve got yourself Until Dawn.
Set in the Blackwood Mountains; the isolated snowy peak that holds no more than a swanky cabin, a couple of mines, a watchtower, and a few derelict buildings dotted around in the most death-defying spots on the ashy mountaintop. You watch through the eyes of several playable characters; all joined together for one long and risky night of horror and awkward tension. With creatures on your tail and a twisted game unfolding behind the scenes of Blackwood, you are tasked with keeping everyone alive over an eight-hour fast-paced thrill-ride.
With what feels like an endless spool of outcomes, dialogue options and deaths, you’ll find yourself engrossed with Until Dawn countless times over until you’ve witnessed every pathway available to you. It’s the slasher that keeps on giving. It’s the cliché that might just surprise you. It’s Until Dawn, ladies and gentlemen.
Without a shadow of a doubt, this latest edition from the Marvel universe is hands down the most satisfying tale to date. From fluent controls that make every web spewed feel perfect to gut-busting combos that make every enemy encounter feel unique. Marvel Spider-Man provides that WHAM, ZAP, POP that we’d expect from a superhero video game.
With a new twist on some of the older plotlines and a handful of fresh enemies, territories and side-missions, Marvel sure pushed the boat out when it came to top-tier entertainment.
With an enticing storyline and the iconic New York City playground at your disposal, Marvel Spider-Man packs a punch and delivers one of the most enjoyable experiences to date.
You’ll often find yourself aimlessly pondering through the rooftops of The Big Apple, or simply flicking through filters in Photo Mode as you try to capture the perfect portrait of Punk Rock Spider-Man perching over Lady Liberty. Either way, you’ll no doubt be entertained for many, many hours with this legendary addition.
THE LAST OF US
There was a time where I, personally, could mention the word ‘zombies’ to my Nan and she’d reply ‘oh, you mean The Last of Us?’ That’s because everyone who has so much as picked up a controller in their lifetime knows of this beautiful world. It has that charming quality that once intrigued most people in the room; whether at a gaming convention or a friend’s house. It has that certain spark that you look for when browsing for new journeys to embark on.
With a story package bringing not only stealthy action to the table but also a touching narrative between two people and a hard-hitting soundtrack, The Last of Us delivered one of the most memorable tales we’ve ever seen.
With unique interactions between both Joel and Ellie and a powerful grip on the player’s heartstrings, you find yourself urging to preserve not only the dying world around you but also the special relationship between two relatable people.
The Last of Us cemented its place as one of the greatest hits of the PlayStation era. And, so long as gamers are willing to invest their time into the classics, The Last of Us will always be one of the first choices to pull from the deck.
INFAMOUS: SECOND SON
Shot out like a cannonball firing from a bazooka, inFamous hit our shelves in a blaze of glory in a matter of days upon release.
Playing as Delsin; the anarchist turned superhero riddled with powers of fury; you are in charge of clearing your name as a branded ‘bio-terrorist’ and saving the world from the clutches of the corrupt agency, the D.U.P.
In a nicely decorated open-world ranging from wooded retreats to big city metropolises and a quirky superhero protagonist eager for redemption, inFamous: Second Son gave us the whole deck of cards when it came to picking a genre.
There’s plenty of stories to chew through, dozens of acres of land to explore, and hundreds of decisions to make over the space of twenty or more hours of solid fast-paced gameplay. inFamous: Second Son gives you the ability to carve your own legacy as you plough through the gritty campaign. As an aspiring hero to the city or as the villain who supports its downfall – the story is in your hands. And I can assure you you’ll be wanting more of Delsin and his fiery antics once the city has either been saved or destroyed. Whether in ruin or in glory – inFamous will make sure you’ll be back for round two.
DETROIT: BECOME HUMAN
Stemming from the former glory of Beyond: Two Souls came the newest entry from the Quantic Dream team; Detroit: Become Human.
Similar in gameplay mechanics, Detroit: Become Human offers the player the ability to live out the timeline as they see fit. With endless variations of plots and dialogue options, you are in charge of directing not only one protagonist – but three.
In the futuristic world where robots, or locally known as ‘Androids’, are thriving under the domain of the human species, you are in control of three rebellious Androids who wish to break free from their slavery. And prove to the world that they deserve just as much freedom and freewill as anybody else on the planet.
There are laughs, tears, action, and enough alternative pathways to keep you engrossed for a very long time. So, with that in mind, players can enjoy Detroit: Become Human ten times over and never tire of it. That’s a quality I think all of us tend to wish for when booting up any new game, to be honest. And, truthfully, we believe Quantic Dream really struck gold with this one.
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