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These Will Be the Hottest PlayStation 4 Games of 2015

Jan 14, 2015

Here's a look at the year's 10 most anticipated games for Sony's PlayStation 4 console, excluding rumored 2015 projects with as yet indeterminate timeframes (hello Final Fantasy XV, Tearaway Unfolded, Rime and Gran Turismo 7!)

The Order: 1886

Imagine The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by way of T.H. White's The Once and Future King, staged in Victorian London, with dollops of Lovecraftian horror. Wrap all of that around a third-person shooter that's like a gothic Gears of War, and the only question's whether the gunplay--criticized as ho-hum in hands-on demos--can live up to the visually ambitious set design.

Available: February 20

Bloodborne

Revered Demon's Souls and Dark Souls developer From Software's latest vamp on the existential abattoir maintains the concept's combat-focused, risk-reward core, but refines how you do battle, lending you more agile combatants and Victorian-styled weapons capable of transformations that let you vary melee tactics to counter a broader range of combat scenarios.

Available: March 24

No Man's Sky

In your imagination, open universe ambler No Man's Sky really is as infinite as developer Hello Games keeps boasting, giving you an endless, procedurally generated cosmos to plumb (and enough to do that you'll never tire of doing it). In reality, no one has the faintest idea whether all the game's random-seeded vastness is going to be beautifully significant, or astronomically shallow. Fingers triple-crossed, then.

Available: TBD 2015

Persona 5

Developer Atlus' fifth "high school shindig plus dungeon reconnoitering" roleplayer has enormous shoes to fill, after Persona 4 made just about everyone's "best roleplaying game in forever" list. All we know about Persona 5 is that--weirdly but also intriguingly--director Katsura Hashino's been pitching the game as an interactive self-help experience.

Available: TBD 2015

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Since Uncharted series mainstay Amy Hennig abruptly left developer Naughty Dog last year, I've been worried about Nate and Sully's fourth tour of duty. The game looks as terrific as you'd expect it to in preliminary gameplay videos, so the question's whether the series' conventions--another "lost treasure" adventure, clambering over elaborate scenery (mostly on autopilot in the prior games) and relentlessly gunning down hordes of foes--haven't overstayed their welcome.

Available: TBD 2015

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

End of world stories are as cliched as Adam and Eve potboilers (we're nothing if not species-obsessed with alpha/omega narratives). But this one's by Dear Esther creator The Chinese Room (they're actually located in Brighton, U.K.), and so worthy of notice--an existential "adventure" examining the lives of six people living in the English village of Shropshire as the apocalypse unfolds.

Available: TBD 2015

Deep Down

Jump to the 4:25 mark in the video above to see developer Capcom Online Games' original tease for Deep Down back in 2013, an extraordinary-looking dungeon crawler (even then) with optional multiplayer elements. It's had to endure a barrage of presumptive comparisons to Dark Souls, but there are worse things, right?

Available: TBD 2015

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance

Grander than any Disgaea game to date, developer Nippon Ichi Software's recalibrated tactical roleplaying adventure will reportedly feature bigger battles (up to 100 characters on screen at once, courtesy the PS4) and new combat wrinkles, including team-up maneuvers.

Available: TBD 2015

Let It Die

Thought it metamorphosed from one game (Lily Bergamo) to another at E3 last year, developer Grasshopper Manufacture's original hack-and-slash, extreme action, online-focused premise appears intact. The difference appears to lie in the way death works, prompting dispatched players to trade roles as they transition between sessions, and culling non-player characters from players' deceased avatars.

Available: TBD 2015

Ratchet & Clank

Alas, Sony has released neither a trailer nor screens of its upcoming Ratchet & Clank reboot (until then, you'll have to settle for the film trailer above, first shown at E3 last year). What do we know about the game? That it's essentially a remake of the original, released back in 2002 for the PlayStation 2, updated to take advantage of the PS4's oomph and coincide with the film's arrival sometime later this year.

Available: TBD 2015

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