PS4 vs Xbox One: What’s Next In 2014?

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When taken into PS4 consideration, we will be looking at titles and entities/ideas that are at least 8th generation exclusive to the console. That means that Titanfall will be seen as an Xbox One experience that the PS4 is not privy to.

With that behind us, a lot of what the PS4 has in mind for 2014 is bringing both indies and AAA games together to create as many “Wow” moments as possible. The focus for what Sony wants to bring seems to be a bit of everything, but also quite a few number of RPG’s and Indie titles ported over. Infamous: Second Son and The Order: 1886 are Sony’s biggest offerings coming later, but it may just be what 3rd parties are cooking up that will be compelling this year.

  • Bound By Flame (Spiders Studios)
    An Action-RPG in which you play a demonic-possessed mercenary. Gameplay is affected by how much you are willing to utilize your demon powers, as it has a direct effect on your humanity. Former allies can become enemies, and your words can also affect who you can ultimately trust. Complete with companions, crafting and a plethora of enemy types, Bound By Flame might be a surprise hit this year. Trailer (Also coming to PS3, Xbox 360 and PC)
  • Daylight (Zombie Studios)
    The developers call it, “A procedurally generated psychological thriller.” Yes, it is another weapons-free first-person horror game, but the fact that no two environments will be the same adds another layer to the genre. You play as a woman who awakens in an abandoned hospital and must use her cellphone and its various tools as a means of escaping. The game looks to keep you at a sense of unease and mess with your mind rather than freak you out with fire and blood. Trailer (Also coming to Steam)
  • Deep Down (Capcom)
    The goal of the game is for your to look beyond the fact that this online Fantasy RPG is a free-to-play title from Capcom (bad combo). Set in 2094’s New York, touching magical artifacts will throw you backwards in time as you fight enemies and gather treasure. Looks like it combines the UI of Dead Space with a Dark Souls action RPG vibe. Notably, Capcom are using their “Panta Rhei” engine, which looks to provide optimum quality while lowering development costs. Gameplay Footage
  • Diablo III + Reaper Of Souls Expansion (Blizzard Entertainment)
    The same quality you come to expect from Diablo III on PC’s, now with couch+online co-op of up to 4 players at a time. Choose one of 5 playable classes and set off in the dark world of Sanctuary. Combat and control mechanics have been updated to fit the console experience. Diablo III On PS4 (Also on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360)
  • #DriveClub (Evolution Studios)
    This was supposed to be a launch title, yet this next-gen racer exclusive saw a delay rather than a rushed game. Just like with many games coming out in the near future, the focus of Driveclub is to team up with other racers and compete online. Challenges and races give players that competitive thirst. Gameplay Footage
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Square Enix)
    The rebooted MMORPG is heading its way onto the PlayStation 4. Already on the PS3, A Realm Reborn is the re-imagining of Final Fantasy XIV if it hadn’t launched to dreadful results. Players can customize their character and set off in Eorzea. Contains the usual trappings of an MMO with the familiar tropes of the Final Fantasy series. Trailer (Also on PC and PS3)
  • Galak-Z: The Dimensional (17-BIT)
    A throwback to the classic space shoot-em-ups of old, Galak-Z is a physics-based game with anime-inspired spacecraft. Using the laws of gravity, navigate space with your fuel-limited boosters to take on waves of enemies and boss craft that are trying to take you down. Announcement Trailer
  • Hohokum (Honeyslug)
    A game so calming it could temper the high-energy spirit of Conan O’Brien, Hohokum is an adventure game centered around the minimalist, soothing nature of the world’s environment. Soft, vibrant colors complemented by a white background set the stage for a snake-like entity to travel around like a kite, set to calming music. There are objectives and puzzles, however, so those who are turned off from games as open as Flower and Journey might still be intrigued by Hohokum. Gameplay Demo (Also on PS3 and PS Vita)
  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (Dennaton Games)
    The sequel to the ever-popular Hotline Miami, Wrong Number has more of the same experience but expanded to feature a wider cast, variety of weapons and finishing moves. A level editor will be available to give fans an avenue for replayability and to spawn their creativity. This is the last game in the Hotline Miami saga. Gameplay Footage (Also coming to PC and PS Vita)
  • Infamous: Second Son (Sucker Punch)
    The third installment in the series, Second Son takes place in the rainy, locked-down city of Seattle. No longer do we follow the story of Cole MacGrath, but of Delsin Rowe as he fights to take down the oppressive powers of the Department of Unified Protection. The karma/choice system will return, with different abilities available that reflect the landscape. The particle effects that the PS4 affords will be the thing to look for. Gameplay/Story Trailer
  • MLB 14: The Show (SCE San Diego Studio)
    The MLB: The Show series has been the one to beat when it comes to baseball simulations for the past few years, and with no direct real-to-life sim announced yet, PS4 looks to benefit. The increased production out of the new hardware allows the development team to add a great deal of more unique crowd models, exact details to stadiums and a much higher production value to player assets. Can`t wait to see the attention to detail when it comes to Brian Wilson’s beard. Teaser Trailer (Also coming to PS3 and PS Vita)
  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Young Horses)
    The definition of silly-fun gameplay, Octodad has you play a sentient octopus that has, for his entire existence, fooled all humans into thinking he is one of them. That includes his family, who have mounting mistrust for the titular character. Navigating through the world is hard when you have 8 legs that flail about. Keeping up the charade is the only way to survive. Has a surprisingly touching side to the story, as well. Launch Announcement Trailer (Also coming to PC)
  • Outlast (Red Barrel Games)
    Equipped with only your wits, a journal and a camcorder, journalist Miles Upshur travels to Mount Massive Asylum on a tip that there are some great atrocities that have occurred on its grounds. A non-fighting horror game, the grotesque nature of Outlast provides plenty of jump scares and loud noises, meaning that to protect your evacuating bladder you should probably play with the lights on. At high noon. Where they can’t get you anymore. Launch Trailer (Also on PC)
  • Planetside 2 (Sony Online Entertainment)
    Coming to the PS4 is the re-imagining of the original Planetside game, now as a free-to-play MMOFPS. That means that you don’t have to pay into PlayStation Plus to access and play the game! Regardless of that cool feature, Planetside 2 focuses on territorial control in worlds that can host up to thousands of players at a time facing off against each other in teams. As with most shooters, seeing it for yourself is the better course of action. (Also on PC)
  • Shadow of the Beast (Heavy Spectrum Entertainment Labs)
    A reboot of a 25 year old game designed exclusively for the PS4, Shadow of the Beast looks to have you face alien hordes, draw power from your defeated enemies and summon players for cooperative help as you uncover new locations. Not much else is known at this time. Announcement Trailer
  • Starbound (Chucklefish)
    The popular Early Access Indie game will eventually make its way to the PS4, as well. A procedurally-generated action-adventure game with the art style of Terraria and the quest and storyline of a game with a much wider reach. Sony banked on this project a long time before it sold over a million Early Access copies. Gameplay Trailer (Also coming to PS3, PS Vita and available on PC)
  • The Order 1886 (Ready At Dawn)
    PlayStation US describes this game as an Action-Adventure title set in, “Victorian-Era London where Man uses advanced technology to battle a powerful and ancient foe.  As a member of an elite order of knights, join a centuries-old war that will determine the course of history forever.” You can check it out for all of its steampunk glory in the E3 trailer.
  • The Witness (Number None, Inc.)
    The newest puzzle game designed by Jonathan Blow, The Witness takes place on an uninhabited island. The gorgeous view complements the 10 sections of the island, centered around a mountain. Finishing 7 of the game’s 10 sections and all their puzzles will open up the mountain, allowing the unnamed player to reach their final goal. Puzzle Video (Also coming to PC and iOS)
  • Transistor (Supergiant Games)
    A sci-fi action RPG from the team that brought you Bastion. A cyberpunk-esque world in which you fight with a Transistor blade in a hack-and-slash meets turn-based combat system. Isometric 3D games look to make a small comeback in 2014. (Also coming to Steam)