Video game fans finally got their first look at the PlayStation 5. Sony revealed the long-anticipated video game console on Thursday through an online livestream. The new console will be available in two forms: a standard model with Blu-ray disc drive and a digital model without the disc drive. Sony said pricing would be announced at a later time. Of course, a console is nothing without a strong library of games, especially at launch. Some titles will land this holiday, while others are in the works for next year and beyond.
Sony's PlayStation 4 is fast approaching its 6th birthday, and that poses a problem. You see, game developers have seen fit to release a game for almost every day the console has been available, leaving you with well over 1,500 titles to choose from. The sheer volume of games on offer, coupled with the subjective nature of the medium, makes it impossible to definitively name "the best," and that's not what this list is about. Instead, we got together to imagine someone had never picked up a PlayStation 4 controller before. I don't know, maybe they went for an Xbox One and are looking to catch up on exclusive games they've missed.
With the arrival of consoles like the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One X, as well as long-awaited games such as Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it's not an exaggeration to say 2017 was a landmark year for video games. But as the year draws to a close, it's time to look forward to the games that have been promised for 2018.
Every gaming year's most anticipated list feels like a mashup of aspiration and prudence, a medley of punchy independent efforts squaring off with titanic franchises designed to reel in loyal fans by the gazillions. Not that sequels have to be stale. I can't wait to try Mass Effect: Andromeda, for example, after the triumphs of Dragon Age: Inquisition. Halo Wars 2 revisits the original Xbox 360 game's laudable, subversive approach to a genre generally inseparable from keyboard and mouse. The Persona games practically make reinvention their watchword.
Fans of the original Red Dead Redemption have been waiting for years for a new entry in the series. Unfortunately, they'll have to wait a little longer. In a statement Monday, developer Rockstar Games confirmed Red Dead Redemption 2 would be delayed until Spring 2018. Rockstar said the game requires additional development time and would miss its initial fall 2017 targeted release date. "This outlaw epic set across the vast and unforgiving American heartland will be the first Rockstar game created from the ground up for the latest generation of console hardware, and some extra time is necessary to ensure that we can deliver the best experience possible for our fans.