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10 PlayStation 4 Games You Need to Play in 2018
Have you seen all the amazing PlayStation 4 games coming out in 2018?
Whether you still have an original PS4 or are enjoying the new(ish) Playstation 4 Pro, we’ve listed the titles you need to get up to date with as soon as you can.
Some have already been released. Some are slated for release later in the year, and already have players’ fingers twitching in anticipation.
2017 was a great year for gamers. We were treated to the action-adventure newcomer Horizon: Zero Dawn. An exceptional horror franchise reboot in Resident Evil VII. And DC Comics beat ’em up sequel Injustice 2.
Get finished up with those titles quickly. Because just when you thought it couldn’t get better, here comes more.
Here are the 10 Playstation 4 games you must have in 2018.
1. The Last of Us 2
Naughty Dog’s 2013 survival epic is one of the most critically-acclaimed games ever released for the PS4.
Good news – the Last of Us wasn’t the last we’ll see of the series.
Atmospheric and cinematic, the game put a rare original spin on the zombie horror genre.
A strong narrative arc sets this game apart from its peers, with both the voice acting and motion capture praised highly by the critics.
The sequel has high standards to live up to, given what has come before it. We don’t want to give too much away for those who haven’t played the first yet — but do yourself a favor. Grab a copy before the second game comes out.
The release date is still up in the air, but for now, there’s a tantalizing trailer for fans to enjoy.
2. Far Cry 5
The Far Cry series has always been imaginative in its choice of location. From tropical islands to the Himalayan mountains, it’s never let us down in terms of exciting world exploration.
The fifth installment of the series will be set uncomfortably close to home, in the state of Montana.
The fact it’s based in the USA will make its theme all the more unsettling. It centers around a doomsday cult called Eden’s Gate, led by the dark and mysterious Father Joseph.
We can’t wait to get stuck into the latest triple-A from Ubisoft when it’s released later in March. Be sure to catch Crunch Reviews later in the month for their take.
3. God of War
Men in loincloths? Check.
A world of mythology and mystery? Check.
Add in a magical battle axe (called the Leviathan Axe — we like that), and you’ve already got a strong base on which to build one of this year’s biggest slash ’em ups.
OK, so PlayStation 4 games can boast a number of similar titles in this vein (Ryse, Nioh, the Diablo 3 re-release…) but God of War looks like it’s going to be a stand-out from an arguably over-populated genre.
The God of War series last turned up with God of War III on the PS3 in 2010. Santa Monica Studio has re-imagined and rebooted the franchise once more – this is actually the eighth God of War game in total.
We feel the time is right for the gods to rise again.
4. Monster Hunter World
For those who have hunted all the prey they could handle in previous iterations — great news.
Monster Hunter came back in January 2018 with a new title, huge and vicious new monsters and brutal new weapons.
With the exception of perhaps From’s Souls series and Bloodborne (all worth checking out, as an aside), Monster Hunter has the biggest and baddest creatures around.
Fancy cutting them down to size? Get hacking and slashing like crazy in Monster Hunter World.
The sometimes steep difficulty curve is more than worth enduring for the sense of reward when you finally get the better of these enormous beasts.
5. A Way Out
If you enjoy puzzles, A Way Out is an interesting co-op only game based in a prison. It’s one of the more thoughtful PlayStation 4 games coming out this year.
As the title suggests, you’ll need to find your way out, using the different perspectives of each player, quick-thinking skills and teamwork.
Play with a friend who’s as equally patient as you are. This game will test your co-operation skills and communication to the limit.
You’ll be tested every inch of the way, from the point you’re incarcerated to your great escape.
Sounds like a fascinating game, and a fairly rare split-screen title to boot.
6. Dragon Ball FighterZ
Ready for over the top action?
It’s what the Dragon Ball Z series does best. This new one-on-one fighter will give joy to newcomers and old fans who grew up with the original series.
Wild special moves and excellent mechanics have made other Dragon Ball games so much fun. Dragon Ball FighterZ will bring that madness to a new generation of PlayStation 4 games.
And it’s a definite step forward from Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 which came out in 2016.
The best part about Dragon Ball Z is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and knows how to keep fighting fun.
7. Red Dead Redemption 2
It’s been eight years since the release of Red Dead Redemption, and we can’t wait to return to the wild west.
Rockstar has made a habit of smashing sales records. Grand Theft Auto V became the fastest selling video game of all time, topping $1 billion in sales within 3 days of its release.
Red Dead Redemption 2 will be another strong contender to be one of the fastest selling PlayStation 4 games.
Prepare yourself for more gunslinging, more cussin’, and enough near whisky to make the TV show Deadwood seem dry.
8. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
The Black Ops sub-series has long been a Call of Duty fan favorite, featuring some of the most intriguing characters and tangled storylines of betrayal and revenge.
There’s a release event on May 17th for fans to get a closer look at the game. Until then, we won’t know too much about the title.
However, given its pedigree, it’s pretty much bound to make a striking impact on the world of first-person shooters. It might even make the Titanfall 2 servers slightly less busy when it’s released.
If the sci-fi Infinite Warfare installment of CoD wasn’t for you, be sure to grab a copy of Black Ops 4 this October instead.
Previous Spider-Man games have done reasonably well in terms of sales and critical reception.
The open world style it found itself in during 2002 was something of a mold-breaker at the time, but that’s old hat nowadays.
So what’s going to be different about the PS4 Spider-Man which will be released later this year?
Well, it’s from Ratchet and Clank dev Insomniac, which can only be a good start. And once again, Spidey finds himself in an open world Manhattan ready to fight crime. But this time, the map will be an astonishing ‘four to six‘ times bigger. Not bad.
Physics-based swinging is going to add a new element to getting around, which we’re really excited to test out.
Of course, there’ll also be the usual ensemble of villains to beat down on.
So it’s not clear exactly what the story will entail at this point, but we can’t wait to swing around with Peter Parker one more time.
One of the goriest PlayStation 4 games we think the platform will ever see, Agony follows a protagonist ‘martyr’ all the way down into the bowels of Hell.
A first-person survival horror, Agony allows players to explore the vilest reaches of what a human mind can create for the purposes of a seriously twisted video game.
Seek out the mystical Red Goddess, taking control of people and demons along the way. This may involve hacking through corpses and other disgusting activities, so it might not be for all, and it’s certainly not family-friendly fun.
Perhaps it’s trying to beat DOOM on its gore ratio. But it looks the part.
As you descend further down, the question needs to be asked — will you become a monster yourself?
If you think you can stomach it, watch the trailer. But be warned that this one is definitely NSFW!
Playstation 4 Games are Great, But is Playstation 5 on the Horizon?
While there are loads of PlayStation 4 games worth getting stuck into this year, it might not be that long until we’re discussing the best titles for the PS5.
Rumors are floating around at the moment, including indications that third-party developers already have their mitts on development kits. These give them the tools they need to adapt their game concepts for the next generation console.
There’s no confirmation from Sony yet. However, if the rumors are true, we could be looking out for a significant update on the future of PlayStation at E3 this June.
Fingers crossed for now, and we’ll see what happens. But with PlayStation 4 games still being released at pace, at least we won’t be bored waiting for the announcement!