The PlayStation 4 is about to have a great year — here’s what to expect in 2018

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Quantic Dream

The PlayStation 4 is, by far, the most popular game console in the world.

Over 70 million consoles have been sold, and that’s just in the past few years. 2018 shows no signs of slowing, with major entries in the “God of War” and “Spider-Man” game franchises on the schedule.

Here’s everything we know so far!


1. “Shadow of the Colossus”

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Sony

In 2018, the best game from 2005 arrives on the PlayStation 4. It’s called “Shadow of the Colossus,” and it’s getting a gorgeous remake on the PlayStation 4.

When the game originally launched in 2005, it was a revelation for PlayStation 2 owners. Though it may look like a standard video game, “Shadow of the Colossus” is anything but – the diminutive character you see above is who you play as, and he’s got an objective: Take down gigantic monsters. But why? And what are these “monsters”? Are they monsters, or is he, for murdering them?

Release Date: February 6


2. “God of War”

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Sony

The newest entry in the “God of War” franchise stars the same bald-headed marauder from previous games, but Kratos looks a bit different than the last time we saw him. Aside from that epic new beard, he’s apparently moved on from the Grecian setting of previous games to a more domestic existence in a Norse setting. At the very least, he looks like he’ll be playing the role of a mentor – Kratos is a dad now (and there’ll apparently be some interaction as the player using both Kratos and his son). This is not the same vengeance-driven hyperviolent demigod we’re used to seeing – and, frankly, good – but a (slightly) more reserved family man.

Release Date: Q1 2018


3. “Spider-Man”

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Insomniac Games/Sony

This is the classic Peter Parker/Spider-Man you already know and love.

“Our Spider-Man features a 23-year-old Peter Parker who has become a masterful Spider-Man,” the game’s creative director, Bryan Intihar, said of the game. “While he may be more experienced, Peter and Spider-Man’s worlds continue to collide as he tries to juggle them.”

The new Spider-Man game features a massive New York City that you can swing around, with plenty of enemies to pummel along the way.

Release Date: Q1/Q2 2018


4. “Detroit: Become Human”

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Sony

“Detroit: Become Human” is a game about artificial intelligence and humanity’s future.

The game is set in a near-future version of real-world city Detroit, Michigan, which has become a manufacturing hub for artificially intelligent robots that look exactly like human beings. It stars a robot named Kara, the first robot to “wake up” from servitude and demand freedom.

In this sense, what the game’s really about is consciousness, and what it means to be alive. How that story is told is up to you.

Release Date: Spring 2018


5. “Days Gone”

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Sony

It’s rare these days that entirely new blockbuster games are made, but “Days Gone” is seemingly attempting a new take on the post-zombie apocalypse genre.

It’s an open-world game set two years after a global pandemic – the kind where people turn into flesh-eating zombies. Worse: They’re the “28 Days Later,” super-fast zombies that stampede toward food. It’s up to you to navigate the dangerous open world, the dangerous people all over that world, and even to take out some zombified wild animals every now and again.

Release Date: 2018


6. “Dreams”

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Media Molecule / Sony Computer Entertainment

The British studio behind “Dreams,” Media Molecule, is most well-known for its previous franchise: “LittleBigPlanet.” Like that series, “Dreams” focuses on letting players create their own game worlds. Also like the “LBP” series, “Dreams” offers a straightforward campaign that’s intended to introduce the kinds of worlds that players can create.

What that actually means in practice is far more complex. “Dreams” is almost more of a tool than a game, but you’re also able to buy it and play creations from other players without ever actually creating anything yourself.

Release Date: 2018


7. “Death Stranding”

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Kojima Productions

What is “Death Stranding”? That’s a great question. Even though I’ve seen several trailers for the game, I have no idea what it is. Here’s what I can say for sure:

– The game is being created by “Metal Gear” series creative lead Hideo Kojima, a legendary character in the video game business. – It stars Norman Reedus of “The Walking Dead” fame. He’s the main character. Mads Mikkelsen, a Danish actor best known as the bad guy from “Casino Royale,” appears to be the antagonist. – The game is a collaboration between Hideo Kojima and famed film director Guillermo del Toro. – It’s being funded by Sony, which means the game is only coming to the PlayStation 4.

Is it a first-person or third-person game? A survival game? Open world, or linear? All of this stuff is still up in the air. Here’s an eight-minute trailer – if you can piece it together, more power to you!

Release Date: 2018


8. Major third-party games are coming, like “Red Dead Redemption 2.”

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Rockstar Games

The “Red Dead” series is beloved by gaming fans, for its vivid storytelling as much as its massive open-world. Like “Grand Theft Auto,” you’re in control of a protagonist from the third-person perspective, and you navigate a massive open-world with missions, side missions, and all sorts of ridiculous characters. “Red Dead Redemption 2” is the long-awaited sequel to 2010’s massively popular “Red Dead Redemption,” which was on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

It’s scheduled to launch in the second quarter of 2018 – think “spring,” maybe. Rockstar Games tend to get delayed, but they also tend to launch in spring and this one’s already been delayed once.

Beyond “Red Dead Redemption 2,” there are major games like “Far Cry 5” and “A Way Out” heading to the PlayStation 4 this year – and soon. Both of those games are scheduled for launch before the end of March. The rest of the year after that is less certain.


9. What else? An updated PlayStation VR, for starters.

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Sony

It’s not clear when Sony’s new version of the PlayStation VR headset will launch in North America, but it’s coming. The headset isn’t a huge upgrade over the previous model, but it does make some smart tweaks.

For starters, the new headset enables the headphone wire to be attached – a nice difference from the previous unit. Additionally, Sony has fixed the issue where HDR lighting wouldn’t work when the PS VR unit was connected. It’s said to cost the same $350 – $400 that the current headset costs, but the final pricing isn’t confirmed just yet.