As we barrel ever past the 2016 midway point, thoughts inevitably turn to the end of year release schedule
The late Summer, Autumn and early Winter line-up gets pretty busy as the gaming industry gears itself up for a usually lucrative Christmas period, with titles out there to suit each and every taste.
All the platforms have got some intriguing titles, both eagerly-anticipated and slightly under-the-radar to look forward to.
You can head here for our Xbox One guide, but here’s nine exciting PlayStation 4 exclusives (either console or timed) coming before the end of the year.
No Man’s Sky
Released: August 9
The hype for No Man’s Sky has been so huge we’re sure we don’t need to say much more about it, but for those who’ve been living under a rock, the game is notable for its procedurally generated galaxy, which allegedly supports billions of planets.
You travel around, explore planet surfaces, and discover new resources – and lifeforms. Potentially, one of the coolest games of the year.
Released: August 16
This distinctive, artistic title describes itself a ‘balletic-platformer’, as you’ll be using dance moves to traverse the game’s stylised world.
According to the developers, it’s “designed for people with the desire to concentrate on the narrative side of games and experience a mature story”, but also hints at a challenge for hardcore gamers in the shape of a fiendish puzzle that can be only solved by players working together. Intriguing, for sure.
The King of Fighters XIV
Released: August 26
The latest game in the King of Fighters franchise from Japan’s SNK is notable for the fact it’s the first fully 3D title in the series.
That might be a surprising fact for some (previous installments used various 2D trickery to achieve similar effects), but what won’t be surprising is the especially taut fighting gameplay, which will likely have fans of classic games like Street Fighter hooked for hours on end.
God Eater Resurrection/God Eater 2: Rage Burst
Released: August 30
These two titles have been out for nearly a year in Japan by this point, but they receive a long awaited European release later this month.
Anyone who hasn’t already been savvy with game imports and the like should pick up these action-RPGs; remakes of cult PS Vita titles that saw original releases several years ago, and allow the player to take on all manner of crazy foes through more than 100 missions.
Released: October 13
A new rhythm action game might not be at the top of many people’s “must have” lists, but this one has us intrigued since the developers keep referring to it as a “rhythm violence game”.
What exactly that entails remains to be seen, but the fact Thumper debuted at the Experimental Game Workshop during last year’s GDC, and that it involves a beetle speeding down a track in fantastical worlds, makes this one to watch. Also… VR support!
The Last Guardian
Released: October 28
One of the most anticipated PlayStation games for years, at one point it looked unlikely we’d ever see The Last Guardian actually come into existence. But it’s almost here.
The game shares stylistic, thematic, and gameplay elements with director Fumito Ueda’s previous games Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, and an 11-year wait for his next masterpiece means players are itching to befriend Trico, the giant half-bird-half-mammal creature we’ve seen in gameplay footage.
Gran Turismo Sport
Released: November 15
Very much to the Gran Turismo series what the Horizon games are to Forza, Gran Turismo Sport marks the first time the premier car racing sim has undergone a more arcadey overhaul for those who like their motorsport shenanigans more casual.
Of course, it’ll still come packed with all the amazing graphics you’ve come to expect from the series. Swish.
Gravity Rush 2
Released: November 30
This action-adventure stands out from an admittedly swollen crowd with its killer core mechanic: the player can manipulate gravity, allowing unique movements and navigation.
But the game builds upon the mechanic introduced in the 2012 original by bringing in two new gravity styles, Lunar and Jupiter. Lunar will be light and increase players’ speed and their ability to jump higher, while Jupiter gives your attacks more impact. Sounds neat to us.
Released: TBC 2016
This isometric sci-fi adventure is heavily influenced by Blade Runner and other classics, and brings dungeon crawling to a more contermporary setting.
You’ll be discovering the story slowly; opening locked doors, breaking into long-abandoned computer systems, and rummaging through dimly lit complexes. Nice.