Sure, it's great playing Dragon Ball FighterZ and Monster Hunter: World on your PlayStation 4, but you didn't buy the PS4 to play the same thing as Xbox owners. No, you got your system for the exclusives, the titles that can make or break a console's success. From hunting down and slaying colossal beasts to swinging through the city as Spider-Man, here are the best PS4 exclusives for 2018.
Get ready to enjoy the magical battles of your dreams with Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, an updated remake of the 2015 Japanese arcade game. This game smoothly incorporates action RPG elements and strong fighting-game mechanics to make for an awe-inspiring experience. The battle system has gone through a bit of a redesign, with a stronger focus on three-on-three combat. As expected, the upgrade in graphics is wonderful and most welcome. Plus, the controls are fairly easy to pick up, allowing you to unleash devastating combos on your enemies. You don't have to be a fan of the Final Fantasy franchise to get hundreds of hours of enjoyment out of this game.
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This highly anticipated remake of the 2005 PS2 classic combines gorgeous graphics with a nostalgic and minimalist gameplay. Shadow of the Colossus' story revolves around a knight named Wander who has to battle and kill colossi in order to bring his love, Mono, back to life. A majority of the game is spent exploring the barren world on horseback in order to reach each colossus. The game does a wonderful job setting a quiet and lonely atmosphere, and the singular focus on boss battles is a welcome change of pace from modern action games.
Asylums have never felt scarier than in this immersive psychological-horror VR game that functions as a prequel to the hit game Until Dawn. The game functions as an interactive story in which your choices affect the overall narrative. You are cast as the titular inpatient, suffering from amnesia and trying to figure out how you ended up at this mental hospital. Innovatively, the game allows you to use your voice to say lines out loud in order to select options. Although the gameplay is relatively short, The Inpatient encourages multiple playthroughs so you can learn more about the asylum.
Making dynamic use of the Playstation VR's capabilities, Golem is a gorgeous game that focuses on an injured child's epic journey to explore the secrets of her world with her older sister and father. Combat involves using your arms to swing and block melee attacks, which further enhances the immersive experience. In addition, you can move your character around by leaning your body in a direction; this action allows for a smoother feeling of travel versus the use of a controller. And if all of these aspects don't hook you, the beautiful soundtrack helps to transport you and give you a grand sense of scale.
Release date: March 14, 2018
Baseball fans can rejoice with the arrival of MLB The Show 18. As is typical of the series, this game boasts an updated roster and tweaked controls to benefit the gameplay. The graphics have also received an improvement, and many of the commentators from the previous edition have come back. So, whether you are a casual baseball fan or are heavily invested in baseball stats, you should add this game to your library and play ball.
Release date: March 27, 2018
The latest entry in this long-running open world beat-'em-up series, Yakuza 6 combines stylish combat and compelling characterization in a wonderful and entertaining package. You'll play as classic protagonist Kazuma Kiryu on a final mission to find out what happened during the character's three-year jail stint. Besides roughing up bad guys, Yakuza 6 allows you to recruit gang members for a gang wars minigame, play Puyo Puyo at an arcade and even set up a cat café. The gameplay does not offer any radical departures from the series, but the graphics are stunning. With so many different ways to play, you will find yourself spending hours upon hours with Kiryu.
Release date: April 17, 2018
Everyone's favorite god-killer is back in the latest installment of God of War, but this time he is cast in a more fatherly role. Since the Greek pantheon's demise, Kratos journeyed north and is mentoring his son, Atreus, in the ways of survival. In addition to the classic hack-and-slash elements, God of War now incorporates RPG elements, as well as an assistance mechanic via Atreus. Needless to say, the graphics are gorgeous and the gameplay looks very smooth. Get ready to take on the Norse gods in this epic adventure.
Release date: April 20 2018