The best upcoming PS4 exclusive games

There's no doubt about it: 2017 was a fantastic year for the PS4. But for gamers, few things are as exciting as an announcement of a brand new title. From the time the announcement hits all the way through to release, we eagerly await every trailer, detail, or scrap of info we can get.

Fortunately, Sony has plenty of games on the horizon to keep us hungry for more. From new entries in great franchises, to remakes of old classics, to completely new IPs, the future is bright for PlayStation 4 users everywhere. Here are some of best upcoming PS4 exclusive games that we can't wait to get our hands on.

God of War (2018)

It was only a matter of time before the God of War franchise returned, and boy is it back in a big way. The new game, simply titled God of War, looks to be making some big changes to the epic action series. Taking place years after the events of God of War III, our hero Kratos, now sporting a full mountain man beard, has moved on from the world of Greek mythology and into Norse legend. But it appears he's not just looking for a new pantheon of gods to murder, since he is now father to a young hunter with a stylish mohawk.

The subtle and personal tone of what we've seen so far is in stark contrast to the intense bombast of the first trilogy. While everyone's favorite giant monster battles and epic action set pieces appear to still be present, there are also quiet moments of tenderness between Kratos and his son, who seems to accompany players through the game.

Gameplay-wise, Kratos has traded in his iconic chained blades for a hand axe, but still wields his godly magic powers, which his son looks to have inherited and uses to aid you in battle. Additionally, the locked camera has been replaced with a more modern third-person player camera, which is a welcome change. It's safe to say that Sony Santa Monica seems to be heading in the right direction with this soft reboot.

Ghost of Tsushima

Good news, everyone! We don't need to wait for that Assassin's Creed game set in feudal Japan anymore, because open-world veterans Sucker Punch have beaten them to the… well… punch. 

Ghost of Tsushima is the open-world samurai game we've all been craving since open-world games became popular. Set during the Mongol invasion of the island of Tsushima, this game promises an exciting world and a fearsome enemy to battle with our katana and sweet samurai skills. Not much has been revealed about this game yet, so there's not much left to say except give it to us now, please.

Days Gone

At first glance, Bend Studio's upcoming title Days Gone might look like a ripoff of The Last of Us, but there are some key differences that have us excited. Days Gone appears to be an open-world game, rather than a linear one. There could also be potential for some cool shenanigans with zombie hordes and gangs of humans interacting in interesting ways.

The most noticeable difference is in the World War Z-style zombie swarms, where they sprint at you like a terrifying wave of slathering limbs and jaws. This flavor of zombie seems to lend itself to a more run-and-gun style combat, where you have to constantly be on the move as you pick away at the horde whenever you find a chance to stop for a few seconds, utilizing your environment to slow the enemy down as much as possible. Pretty different from what we've seen done before in previous zombie games. 

Oh yeah, also giant zombie bears? We're in!

Final Fantasy VII Remake

The original Final Fantasy VII is a timeless classic, considered by many to be the best game in the Final Fantasy franchise, with some even considering it to be one of the greatest games ever made. Fans have been eager to return to Midgar since the PS3 tech demo in 2005 teasing at a remake of Square's legendary title. At E3 2015, Sony and Square Enix finally announced that fans' decade of patience was not in vain, and that yes, this remake was actually happening. Finally, Cloud, Barret, and the gang are back–and looking amazing.

In addition to leveraging the graphical power of the PlayStation 4, the Final Fantasy VII Remake will likely feature a revamped combat system, modern style third-person camera, and what sounds like an incredible orchestral recreation of the classic soundtrack. The original aged surprisingly well, but we're all eager to experience FF7's incredible story newly wrapped in all the trappings of modern gaming.

The Last of Us Part II

Naughty Dog's The Last of Us took us all by surprise, managing to make the well-worn zombie apocalypse story feel fresh and exciting. Not only was the story beautifully written and acted, but the combat mechanics perfectly complemented the narrative. The ending of the game was so well done that it was the last game anyone expected to get a sequel. That's why, when The Last of Us Part II was announced, we were all a bit skeptical at first.

However, people said the same thing about Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, and that game turned out to be fantastic. If anyone can find a way to justify returning to such a self-contained world and find a new story to tell, it's Naughty Dog. From what little we've seen, we'll be revisiting Joel and Ellie years after the events of the first game, but also exploring some new characters as well.

The most recent trailer for the game has received some backlash for its use of harsh and uncontextualized violence, but we have yet to see if this was merely a marketing blunder rather than an indication of problems with the game itself. Either way, we can't wait to find out for ourselves.

Marvel's Spider-Man

Hot on the heels of Sony's smash hit film Spider-Man: Homecoming, it's not surprising the company didn't wait long to announce a new exclusive Spider-Man game as well. There have been a lot of Spider-Man games in the past. Several have been forgettable, with the notable exception of the Spider-Man 2 film adaptation in 2004, which had the best web-swinging mechanics of all time.

However, from what we've seen of the upcoming PS4 title, officially called Marvel's Spider-Man, and what we've heard from Insomniac Games, this might be one of the the first Spider-Man games since 2004 with the potential to get it right. Given how crucial web-swinging is to Spider-Man, this is definitely welcome news. Not only that, but the combat, story, and characters look promising as well. Sony definitely seems to be making the most of having Spider-Man all to themselves this time around.

WiLD

Now that Michel Ancel has gone independent with Wild Sheep Studio, he seems to be pulling out all the stops. Their upcoming prehistoric game WiLD looks like it's offering a fresh take on the open-world formula. You play as a shaman with the power to befriend and control animals. There's bear-riding, eagle scouting, rabbit sneaking, and all sorts of cool-looking mystical shaman shenanigans.

All of these seem to give us a variety of interesting ways to approach danger and adversity in the world of WiLD, which is exactly what a good open-world game needs. Michel Ancel's terrific track record, which includes Beyond Good & Evil and the Rayman franchise, gives us high hopes for this unique-looking title.

Shadow of the Colossus (2018)

Another remake, you say? Sometimes it seems like there are too many remakes and remasters. After all, why not dedicate resources to something new? That said, sometimes a remake comes along that's impossible to refuse, and Shadow of the Colossus is certainly one of those. 

It's not hard to argue the original from 2005 as one of the greatest games of all time, with its superb pacing, sublime soundtrack, mournfully conflicted tone, and exciting gameplay. There's no way to look at the incredible quality of the graphical updates in this remake and not desperately want to get your hands on it.

Given the notoriously long wait between Shadow of the Colossus and it's follow up, The Last Guardian, there's no telling how long it will be before we get another game from developer Fumito Ueda. But in the meantime, we're perfectly satisfied to get back into this classic.

Concrete Genie

Unfortunately, Sony's indie game support has been a bit lacking recently. However, they still have a few aces up their sleeve, and the one we're most excited about is Concrete Genie. Announced at Paris Games Week 2017, this charming title from developer PixelOpus looks like it has a lot to offer. Telling a story about a boy and his magic paintbrush, Concrete Genie seems to be offering a unique blend of gameplay, art, and narrative.

The fascinating painting mechanics are beautiful to behold, and also appear to be the key to solving various environmental puzzles. The hauntingly drab alleyways are just waiting to be covered with beautiful art as you clamber over rooftops avoiding bullies and bringing magical friends to life with your painting. We're eager to learn more about this one, and glad that Sony hasn't completely given up on the smaller, riskier games.

Death Stranding

When Sony announced that they were partnering with the newly independent games visionary Hideo Kojima, we all knew that we were in for something special. When Death Stranding was announced, we were certainly not let down. Kojima had been working almost exclusively on the Metal Gear franchise for decades, and now that he has the chance to create something completely new from scratch, it's clear he's making the most of it.

We don't have much in terms of gameplay details other than that it will be an open-world game action game containing some sort of online element. The game, which will star Hollywood notables Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, and even director Guillermo del Toro, looks to be right in line with Kojima's particular blend of military and the paranormal. 

We all know from the Metal Gear series how wild Kojima can get, and part of what makes his games great is trying to make sense of it all. Death Stranding is certainly promising plenty of weirdness in that regard. The two existing trailers have included tons of indecipherable (so far) imagery, including beaches full of dead sea life, strange scars, tentacled tanks, and skull-faced demon soldiers.

We have no idea what any of this means yet. But one thing is for sure: PlayStation sure scored big this time.