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Pause for thought: Playstation 4 – Still waiting for greatness

PlayStation 4 and Sony won the E3 this year for a lot of gamers. Now that all the dust has been settled, it’s time for us to see what this year will bring for the PlayStation 4 owners. It certainly looks like they’ll need to wait a little longer for the greatness. 2015 is shaping up to be another mediocre PlayStation year.

First party games worth mentioning in 2015

When it comes to exclusive first party games for PlayStation 4 that are releasing this year, there isn’t that much to mention. Let’s take a look at some of the important Holiday games for Sony:

Tearaway Unfolded:

This ‘sequel’ to the original Tearaway that released on PlayStation Vita is suddenly one of the bigger PlayStation 4 games that will release this year. With the lack of other important first party franchises, that’s a lot of weight for Tearaway to carry. Don’t get us wrong, the original Tearaway on Vita was great and by far one of the most original games for the system but is the franchise really that big? Not a lot of gamers own a Vita so Sony is hoping to create a successful Tearaway on PS4 so more gamers learn to appreciate the franchise.


One thing is for sure; Unfolded will be without a doubt the most original PS4 game release this year. It is said to use everything the new Dual Shock has to offer and even supports the camera and a companion app in order to create your own protagonist. It’s good for sure but it’s not blockbuster good.

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection:

This brings us to the second and last first party game set to release this year, the Nathan Drake Collection. Clearly, this is a way to keep Uncharted fans happy now that episode 4 has been pushed to 2016. What does it offer? Well, the three single player adventures of the three console Uncharted games, no multiplayer included aside of the Uncharted 4 multiplayer beta. It’s great to have for die-hard Uncharted fans and for gamers that didn’t play the original games but is it groundbreaking, not at all. It’s a shame one of the biggest releases of this year will be another compilation of old games.


So what will come in the future?

It seems that Sony isn’t offering that much this year when it comes to first party support. It can still count on a lot of great third party games such as Metal Gear Solid, Assassin’s Creed, Fallout 4 and more but when it comes to exclusives, it’s better to look at what the future will bring.

During E3, Sony surprised everybody by revealing three of the most wanted games ever but what are they and are they really that important or exclusive?

The Last Guardian:

Let’s start with the Last Guardian, one of the most anticipated and true PlayStation 4 exclusive games. This game is considered the spiritual successor of cult-games Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. The Last Guardian was revealed for PlayStation 3 years ago but went missing fast. It has been years but Sony finally revealed that the Last Guardian is still alive and will come to PlayStation 4 next year.


It tells the story of a young boy and his mythical beast who both are brought together by faith and need to escape several, beautiful places. When it comes to greatness, Last Guardian is the perfect example. We’re sure this will be one of the best games for the console next year, but we do hope that the gamers will actually pick it up this time. The install base of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus isn’t that big.

Final Fantasy VII remake:

The remake everybody was asking for is finally coming but it’s not a PlayStation 4 exclusive. This doesn’t mean that Sony isn’t handling the game as one of the most important releases in the coming years. Square Enix needs to work hard in order to make this good. We know they can handle graphics but how will the gameplay transform? Will they stick to the original and use outdated and slow turned based combat? Or will they go for the more modern, Final Fantasy XIV combat? A lot of questions that need answers but we’ll have to wait for this one for a long time. Square Enix isn’t really the fastest developer, I’m looking at you Kingdom Hearts III, but once it happens, it will be good. Is it an exclusive? No but it’s a game that will definitely feel best at home on the PlayStation 4. We’ll wait a little longer for this one!

Shenmue III:

If we’re talking about waiting, we can’t ignore Shenmue III. Sony revealed the project during their E3 show and the Kickstarter was launched straight after the reveal. The result? The biggest Kickstarter for gaming and big shoes to fill. The original Shenmue games featured open-world exploration together with great storytelling. Shenmue III needs to be open-world to impress but how will it be compared to other big open-world games as Skyrim? Times are changed and the style of Shenmue feels a little outdated, we do hope the Kickstarter money is used in a good way to deliver the game all fans hope for. Just like all PS4 games, we’ll need to wait for it but again, we can’t wait to play it when it releases.


What about the near future?

This brings us to the last part of the article, what about the near future? Will you play great games if you own a PlayStation 4 console? When it comes to third party support we can say that you’re safe with a PlayStation 4. The big blockbuster games such as Call of Duty, Fifa, Assassin’s Creed, Metal Gear and Fallout will all continue to release for the console but it made Sony a little too lazy.

That being said, you’ll be able to enjoy Uncharted 4 next year and if everything goes right you’ll enjoy No Man’s Sky and Horizon Zero Dawn (from the creators of Killzone) in that same year. When it comes to exclusives, it looks like 2016 will finally and hopefully be the year we’ve bene waiting for since the launch of the console. We waited long enough; we’re ready for some greatness!


Got interested in games since I could read. Started with Nintendo but evolved into an all-round gamer. I love all kind of games; triple A games to Indie. If the vibe is right, I'll enjoy playing it.