2018 was the year of the PlayStation, with back to
back to back exclusives that helped further cement Sony’s position as the top
dog of the console race. With that said, how is 2019 shaping up for the
console? There are some much-awaited releases lined up for this year with some
eyebrow-raising remakes and experimental titles that will pique your curiosity.
Here’s a list of the seven PS4 exclusives to look forward to in 2019. Load up
on your PSN
credits and let’s get right into it!
The Last of Us Part II
The Last of Us Part IIis definitely set to be the biggest PS4 launch of
2019, winning numerous Most Anticipated or Most Wanted Game of the Year awards
in the months leading up to its release. The long-awaited sequel to 2013’s
ground-breaking The Last of Us has players in control of a more rugged,
mature Ellie some time after the first game.
The original game was a cinematic experience,
focusing on the father-daughter bond formed between Joel and Ellie as he
escorts her through the wastelands of a post-apocalyptic America. Naughty Dog
has a reputation as one of the great story tellers of the past two generations
with the quality of their writing garnering the affection and love from even
those outside of gaming circles. The wide-open ending to The Last of Us,
the proven writing chops of the dev team, and the tantalizing lack of clear-cut
details shown by trailers thus far make this the game
to play of 2019.
Set in a lush, forest setting two years after the
global pandemic that put humanity at the brink of extinction, Deacon St. John, a
former outlaw and bounty hunter, struggles for survival in the wilds while
combatting his internal demons.
Days Goneis shaping up to be quite the release, promising a
compelling narrative with fascinating characters and personalities. The
developers have also described a system they’re calling the Freakosystem, a
robust and complex ecosystem that controls the wildlife and humans that
populate the game world, named after the Days Gone equivalent of
zombies, Freakers. All living creatures in Days Gone eat, drink, rest,
and nest, forcing the player to account for movement patterns, weather, and
time of day in their strategizing.
Days Gone has
come a long way since it was first announced in 2016 at the height of zombie
fever. That craze may have died down in recent years but Days Gone’s
focus on telling a great story and the unique mechanics that underly the
gameplay guaranteeD a release that’s managed to distinguish itself in a crowded
a modern remake of a criminally underappreciated Playstation hack-and-slash
from the mid-90’s. Influenced by the visuals of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare
Before Christmas, MediEvil follows Sir Daniel Fortesque, the champion that
legend says led Gallowmere’s army to victory over the evil sorcerer Zarok’s
legion of undead warriors. In reality, Sir Fortesque was killed by an arrow
before the battle had even properly begun. When Zarok comes out of hiding to
summon his undying army, he accidently brings Dan back, too. With Gallowmere
heroless in the face of Zarok’s invading horde, it’s up to Dan to live up to
The original MediEvil was a hilarious tale of
redemption marred with clumsy controls and a frustratingly erratic camera.
Images from the announcement trailer are promising, with the art style and
level design quite faithful to the original. One thing sorely missing from
official promotional footage is the title’s characteristic humor but
considering Sony’s recent track record with PS1 remakes (Spyro and Crash
Bandicoot Trilogy immediately come to mind) and this game’s status as a
straight remake there isn’t much cause for concern. Not too many played MediEvil
when it first came out so if you’re one of the many that missed out on one
of the best hack-and-slash platformers of that generation, here’s your chance
to experience it.
Sony seems to be dead-set on bringing the ‘90’s
back. Bend Studio returns, MediEvil is resurrected, and now Erica is
reviving the FMV dream.
a thriller driven by live-action footage. FMV video games, full motion video
for those unfamiliar, were a short-lived fad that never gained much traction,
despite being lauded as the future of gaming in the 90’s. Essentially the
entire game is shot much as a film would be and the player’s interaction with
the game is reduced to choosing between options in a manner similar to a
choose-your-own-adventure book (also a staple of the ‘90’s). The game revolves
around the titular character as she deals with the childhood trauma has
affected her entire life. Details are scarce, so we know little more than this,
but the developers are touting the immersive potential of linking the game with
players’ touch-screen device.
The idea of an FMV game in 2019 is an audacious one
– perhaps inspired by the success of Her Story – and this might just
scratch your itch if you’re looking for a modern thriller in the vein of Heavy
Rain or Beyond: Two Souls.
Concrete Genieis a captivating fusion of Scribblenauts and
Okami, with an aesthetic and atmosphere reminiscent of Papa & Yo.
The player takes control of Ash, a young artist
living in the grungy urban jungle of Denska. When a group of bullies tear out
the pages of his artbook, Ash must travel throughout Denska in search of the
The art direction is magnificent. Ash’s sketches
and paintings take life in glorious vividness juxtaposed against the dank, dreary
drabness of the inner city.
Using the Playstation 4’s motion controls, the
player paints objects and creatures, manipulating the attributes of their
creations with colors and shapes. As they journey through Denska, the player
must overcome obstacles and solves puzzles with their brush.
Concrete Genie is
proving again that Sony isn’t afraid to dabble in the experimental and the
title joins the likes of Journey and Flower in Sony’s pantheon of
creative, indie-like titles.
the upcoming creative sandbox game by Media Molecule, Sony’s in-house masters
of emergent gameplay best known for LittleBigPlanet.
In Dreams, the player uses their DualShock
or Move controller to move their imp character around the game world, manipulate
items, and create new items and characters. Essentially a puzzle game, the
player travels from world to world, known as “dreams”, solving puzzles and
collecting items using a combination of the imp’s powers and the abilities of
the dreamer whose dream the player inhabits. As the player completes objectives
and collects items, they open up skills and powers that allow for great
manipulation of the universe. As in LittleBigPlanet, Dreams features
a robust level editor that allows players to create challenging stages and
puzzles using the items they’ve collected jumping in and out of dreams. You’re
not limited to creating spaces for others to explore, however, the editor
allows for surprisingly complex creations, including art pieces, music, and even
showed us how much fun could be had exploring and building worlds together, and
Dreams looks to be the next evolution of the concept, bringing players
together through creating.
Trover Saves the Universe
Trover Saves the
a game by the co-creator of Ricky & Morty. Prepare yourself for
something over-the-top, obscene, a bit twisted, and ridiculous to the point of
Glorkon has kidnapped your dogs. He stole them,
shoved them into his eye holes, and is now draining their life force so he can
put an end to the universe and all of life within it. Trover is also an eye
hole monster and circumstances have you working together to save your dogs and
That short description either made you fall in love
with the premise of the game or you’ve decided to stay as far away as possible.
Justin Roiland’s absurd dialog will be an ever-present component in this game,
and his penchant for the strange and uncanny drives the art style and world
Trover Saves the Universe
basks in its weirdness and isn’t shy about it. Its art style is characteristic
Roiland, as are the dialog and writing – take what you will from that. The
title is also coming to PSVR if you’re looking to immerse yourself in the world
that Justin Roiland’s mind created.
2018 may have been the Year of the PlayStation but 2019’s line up is looking to continue the trend of quality, exclusive titles. This year’s games offer a balanced mix of blockbuster sequels, nostalgia-driven throwbacks to the 90’s, and experimental indie-fare – you’re certain to find a title or two that caters to your specific tastes. How do you think 2019 looks in comparison to last year? What titles are you anticipating the most? Don’t miss out on great deals from Playstation, load up on PSN credits today!
Author Bio: Hi, I’m Ramesh, the Content Outreach Lead with OffGamers. I foster partnerships with gaming sites and developers around the world to collaborate and come up with great content for the gaming community. I also write stuff, and I stalk Steam every day.