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For gamers, the most important difference between the Xbox One, Wii U, and PlayStation 4 is the games. Sure, they have differences in CPU and graphical power, but none of that matters unless it’s used to fuel awesome gaming experiences. To find out which game console is worth your hard-earned money, we’re going to look at what exclusive titles are in the works for each system. Here are a number of the most exciting upcoming PlayStation 4 games you won’t find on any other platform.
If you like horror movies, then you’ll definitely want to follow Until Dawn, a game that puts you in the shoes of eight potential murder victims. Like many scary flicks, the game follows a group of teenagers who decide to spend the night in a cabin in the woods, a locale that just happens to be in the path of a serial killer.
You get to play as each of the kids in turn, making decisions about where they hide and how they react when the killer comes a-slicing. Your choices determine who lives and who dies, so if you’re always yelling at horror movie characters for making dumb decisions while they’re being hunted, you’ll be pleased that you get to craft the narrative here. Add in a performance by Hayden Panettiere, and you’ve got the makings of a potentially terrific horror game.
No Man’s Sky
Release Date: 2015
When it was unveiled at E3 2014, No Man’s Sky received an enormous amount of fanfare. That’s because the trailer shows something we’ve never seen before in a game. The trailer takes place from a first-person view and starts in a cave, with a computer overlay identifying resources that can be mined. You head out of the cave to discover a gorgeous colorful world populated by strange, alien dinosaurs.
As if that’s not intriguing enough, you then enter a small space ship and blast off. The game continues seamlessly as you travel through an asteroid belt and find yourself faced with a battalion of enemy ships that come out of hyperdrive to attack you. You retreat down to another planet — one that looks totally different from the previous one — where you dogfight another ship, after which you and some new companions blast off back into space. It looks amazing, but to see if the game can deliver on the trailer’s promise, we’ll have to wait until launch.
Developer Harmonix is best known for its work on the Guitar Hero and Rock Band games. But before those series kicked off the plastic instrument craze circa 2008, Harmonix released the PS2 game Amplitude.
Amplitude had a lot of the features found in the genre-defining music games that came later. Notes streamed down the screen toward you, and you pressed buttons in time with the music. Jump forward to 2015, and the game is being rebooted for PlayStation 4 (and PS3). If it’s as good as the original, it will definitely be worth a look.
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
Developer The Chinese Room is known for its experimental story-based titles like Dear Esther, a game in which you wander around a deserted island, finding letters that add up to a fairly compelling story. It’s unconventional in that there’s no combat, puzzles, or much input from the player at all, other than wandering around the game world. The game acts more as a delivery device for the narrative.