2017 was a great year for PlayStation 4. Not only did the PS4 see the launch of the award-winning exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn, but it also enjoyed a number of critically-acclaimed console-exclusive games as well, like Nier: Automata, Nioh, and Persona 5. Considering these huge releases, 2017 is going to be a tough year to beat for the PS4, but 2018 could very well get the job done.
It's true that the PS4's library saw some rather spectacular additions in 2017, but many of them were also available on PC or older PlayStation platforms. 2018, meanwhile, will see five huge exclusives that can only be played on PS4, meaning this year could be the biggest year for PS4 yet.
Here are five huge PlayStation 4 exclusives that are slated to release in 2018.
Sony Bend Studio is best known for creating the Syphon Filter series for the original PlayStation, but in recent years, the studio has been relegated to working on handheld spinoffs for franchises like Resistance and Uncharted. Now Bend is getting back into the home console business with Days Gone, an ambitious survival-horror game set in an open world filled with bloodthirsty, extremely fast zombies.
Protagonist Deacon St. John will have to survive against these undead hordes as well as use them to his advantage to take out hostile human threats. The sheer number of zombies Days Gone has managed to fit on the screen is impressive, and PS4 gamers will be able to see just how far it pushes the hardware when it launches later this year.
Days Gone is slated for a TBA 2018 release, exclusively for PlayStation 4.
Detroit: Become Human
Quantic Dream has had its ups and downs. Whereas Heavy Rain was highly praised at the time of its release, Beyond: Two Souls launched to a more mixed reception, leaving some fans skeptical of Detroit: Become Human. However, the E3 and PlayStation Experience presentations for Detroit: Become Human have all been impressive, proving that player choice will play a significant role in shaping the game's story and world. Whether or not Detroit: Become Human lives up to the hype remains to be seen, but with one massive script and plenty of branching plot paths, it is sure to please fans of Quantic Dream's previous work.
Detroit: Become Human will be available in Q1 or Q2 of 2018, exclusively for PlayStation 4.
It's been five years since Media Molecule launched its latest original project, Tearaway, for the PlayStation Vita. During that time, the studio has been working on an ambitious new game called Dreams that is being touted as the next evolution of the company's "play, create, share" philosophy it started with LittleBigPlanet. Giving players the tools to create almost anything they can think of, Dreams has potential to give PS4 owners a game with near endless replayability.
Dreams will be available in 2018, exclusively for PlayStation 4.
God of War
Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated PS4 exclusives ever, the new God of War is taking the series in bold new directions. 2018's God of War is leaving Greek mythology behind to focus on Norse mythology instead, with Kratos trying to raise his son Atreus in a harsh world inhabited by monsters. The new God of War will also have a bigger focus on narrative and will utilize a more up-close and personal combat style than we've seen before. Whether or not fans embrace these changes remains to be seen, but God of War has looked impressive so far, and it will be exciting to see if it lives up to the hype.
God of War will be available in Q1 of 2018, exclusively for PlayStation 4.
Insomniac Games may be best known for working on its original IP like Spyro the Dragon and Ratchet & Clank, but the studio's take on Spider-Man has turned plenty of heads. Sony chose Spider-Man to headline its E3 2017 press conference, proving that the company has a lot of confidence in the web-crawler's new game. Spider-Man from Insomniac Games is looking to do for Spider-Man what Arkham Asylum did for Batman, and hopefully it lives up to fan expectations.
Spider-Man will be available in Q1 or Q2 of 2018, exclusively for PlayStation 4.
If all five games listed here manage to meet their planned release dates and launch in 2018, it would be huge for PS4 and the PlayStation brand. However, there are other games that could potentially launch in 2018 as well that would solidify this year as arguably the best year in the PS4's history.
For example, there's a chance that Hideo Kojima's first post-Konami project, Death Stranding, will release in 2018. Not only that but The Last of Us: Part 2 could very well launch before the year is out as well, serving as the PS4's big holiday release. Even without these games though, it's clear that 2018 is going to be one of the PS4's most exciting years yet.