Last year, Sony’s new PlayStation 4 system hit the shelves, joining Microsoft’s Xbox One and Nintendo’s Wii U as the eighth generation video game console line-up. The succesor to the highly successful PlayStation 3 system, the PS4 offers more graphical and processing power, voice control, the ability to stream games you’re currently playing, and a fair share of anticipated games for the system.
Metal Gear Solid V
First on this list of highly anticipated games for the PlayStation 4 is Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. As the prequel to the equally anticipated Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the first chapter of the latest installment in the stealth-based action game series will be released this coming March. Set after the events of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, you are in control of Big Boss who is sent on an infiltration mission to Camp Omega, and his objective is the extraction of two people he was involved with during Peace Walker’s story. The game’s features include allowing you to create weapons and items from a virtual motherbase, as in Peace Walker. You can even access the motherbase from your real-life smartphone. The game also has a real-time day and night system, and you can select missions in any order you like.
Next up is Infamous: Second Son. Set seven years after Infamous 2’s good ending, you play Delsin Rowe, a 25-year-old graffiti artist whose Conduit powers awaken following an incident. Gameplay is for the most part similar to that of the previous games, with the same open world exploration element. What changes is how the player controls this new protagonist’s power. Delsin uses a chain wrapped around his arm, which can be used with other powers he can absorb from other Conduits in the course of the game. Instead of using L1 to aim, you now use an on-screen reticle to aim wherever you want.
Then there’s Deep Down, a dungeon-crawler that mixes fantasy and post-apocalyptic elements. The player starts out in New York in 2094, and interacts with mystical artifacts to travel to other worlds where they can discover treasure and battle monsters. Not much else is known about it at the moment, save for the fact that it uses the new Panta Rhei engine, a powerful engine designed for the PS4 that has already impressed critics everywhere.
Fourth on this list is Watch Dogs. Taking place in a fictional version of Chicago, Illinois, the game’s protagonist, Aiden Pearce, is an elite hacker who can hack into electronic devices connected to the city’s main supercomputer. Gameplay includes using augmented reality to get information on civilians, providing information on health and potential behavior; triggering malfunctions in electronics to distract other characters; and following potential murder victims to stop their potential killers.
Last on the list is Destiny. Created by Bungie, the company behind the Xbox’s famous Halo series, Destiny can be considered Halo’s spiritual successor. The player controls a Guardian of the City, tasked with protecting the last remaining human city from hostile aliens. Like the Halo series, Destiny features a matchmaking system that allows players to interact only with players with whom the game has matched them with.
All in all, the PlayStation 4 is showing a lot of a promise. Expect these and more titles to grace the console soon.
Michele Duncan enjoys writing about video game culture, and can be found guest blogging on some of the Internet’s top gaming blogs. Michele suggests all female gamers to check out this awesome post on Female Role Models In Gaming.