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PS4: A guide to the digital and retail launch titles

We've already covered the launch titles coming to Xbox One and now it's the turn of the PS4. While some may say this won't take long, in a way they are wrong, because despite many saying PS4's launch line-up is weak, it's far from it.

Let's just explain that comment. In terms of retail titles it's true that Sony only has two exclusive titles ready for the system. However it's also got its third party titles to lean back on, such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, FIFA 14 and more. Now you may say that these are on Xbox One too, but just remember that PS4 is £80 cheaper, so if you are buying a system to play these type of games, your mind may be made up already. Anyway, that's just one reason, the other is that it's a marathon not a sprint and in this respect PS4 has a bright future ahead of it, with titles such as InFamous: Second Son, The Order 1886 and DriveClub, as well as unannounced titles such as those from Studio Santa Monica, Studio Japan, Naughty Dog, a new unannounced title from Guerrilla Games and more.

So with that in mind and a loyal fan base, it seems there isn't too much to worry about and then there are the titles still coming at launch, which when you add in the two retail exclusives and some of the excellent looking digital titles doesn't look so bad.

Here's a quick run down of our favourite highlights from the launch line up, followed by a full list of the games coming to PS4 at retail launch and titles being released digitally before the end of the year.

Retail (first party)

Killzone Shadow Fall 

No doubt PS4's big launch hope, Killzone Shadow Fall is Sony's flagship title for the system. Not only does it look fantastic but it plays pretty great too. Guerrilla have always been masters of making the most of PlayStation systems and it seems to have worked it's magic once again here. 

Not only will the game make use of the new features of the Dualshock 4, but it'll also allow players to share gameplay moments and connect with each others games with ease. What's even better is that it'll include an epic single player experience for gamers right from day one. Something that's often been missing from launch line up's of the past.


Mark Cerny's Knack is certainly a title that stands out from the crowd. Whereas having a adventure title aimed at children was probably a no brainer in the past, it seems like many have moved on, so releasing Knack could be a smart move. It's always wise to have a game aimed at the entire family and that just what Knack is. Having played Knack I can already tell that this will be a game I'll enjoy playing with everyone in the household. It's fun, looks great and is simple to pick up and get stuck into.

I can already sense the battles over the controller in my house this Xmas.

Digital Titles

Resogun (Exclusive launch title)

People may focus on retail titles when it comes to a console launch, however failing to take notice of Resogun will be a big mistake. The spiritual successor to Super Stardust HD, Resogun is without doubt one of the best looking games to hit the PS4. Some of the effects just look stunning.

The game has a fairly simple premise, as you navigate along the left or right of the screen, taking out enemies from all angles. Not only is Resogun looking action packed, but it's challenging too, making it a title to really get your teeth into.

Make sure you watch the trailer below in 1080p if you can.

Counterspy (Launching 2013)

Slipping quietly under the radar is Counterspy, a single player title which sees you going after the enemy, trying to infiltrate their impregnable bases and undermine their mad military machines. To do this you'll have access to all manner of prototype weapons, which will also help you get through the hoards of enemies that the game throws at you.

What's great about Counterspy is that it's also coming to PS3 and PS Vita, giving you plenty of options for continuing your game, no matter what system you are playing on.

Hohokum (Launching TBC)

This is a title that certainly sticks out from the crowd. Hohokum, which is also coming to PS3 and PS Vita, is a colourful exploration based adventure game. Gameplay sees you control a space worm, flying around rescuing people from their city under distress. It seems the sort of game that you'll just sit back and relax with, letting time fly past as you enjoy it's easy on the eye graphics.

It's colourful, unique and a no doubt different experience altogether from the other titles. 

Although we're still not 100% sure if it'll be arriving this year or not, we thought it was worth a mention as having played it at Eurogamer Expo we are totally smitten.

Here's a video which explains it best.

Other Highlights 

If you like Free-To-Play then PS4 is going to get off to a great start. Not only is the extremely popular DC Online Universe coming to PS4, but you'll also get access to Blacklight: Retribution, Warframe and War Thunder. 

In addition to the FTP titles, the ever popular Minecraft finally makes its way to PlayStation, while PlayStation 3 classic Flower also makes it's upgraded debut on PS4.

Add in the addition of The PlayRoom, which comes free with all PS4 systems and the third party launch titles such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, LEGO Marvel Superheroes and Need for Speed: Rivals, and it's fair to say that the PS4 line up for 2013 isn't so bad.

Retail launch titles (bolded titles are next generation exclusive to PS4)

Assassins Creed IV Black Flag
Battlefield 4
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Just Dance 2014
Injustice: Gods Among Us: Ultimate Edition
Killzone: Shadow Fall
Lego Marvel Super Heroes
Madden 25
NBA 2K14
NBA Live
Need for Speed: Rivals
Skylanders Swap Force

Digital titles (Arriving between launch and before end of 2013)

Basement Crawl
Blacklight: Retribution
DC Universe Online
Doki-Doki Universe
Pinball Arcade
Planetside 2
Pool Nation Extreme
Super Motherload
Tiny Brains
War Thunder

Titles announced but launch TBC

InFamous: Second Son
The Order 1886
Watch Dogs

You can pre-order your PS4 below.

Edited On 21 Oct, 2013

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Bindiana's avatar
Bindiana 3 years ago
I thought Contrast was replacing Drive Club not Counterspy?
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Joe2120 3 years ago
Yeah my bad, I changed this. Also found a different list from the one I was using that says Hohokum is coming 2014 arrggh.
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TruDarkAssassin 3 years ago
more than enough games there to keep me busy , may look thin at the moment but sony always delivers with exculsives only 5 weeks now getting close cannot wait
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Zombieflamingo 3 years ago
Did not quite realise there was only really Knack and Killzone that were coming out on launch as boxed exclusives. Was only planning on getting Killzone but it is still quite poor.
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Kaysar 3 years ago
Resogun does look like it will be purchased on release day too. Not the greatest of line ups but this should help out the indie developers who have digital titles available at launch. With a lack of exclusive content there may be more people buying exclusive indie content instead. Silver lining and all that.
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Whitey 3 years ago
Damn these next gen launches look so weak. Then again, 360 and PS3 launch line-up wasn't exactly fantastic either.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
The only good game in the first year of the 360 was Condemned (Sorry Joe, I didn't like Kameo)
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Whitey 3 years ago
Along with Gears of War, Saints Row and Dead Rising, though they were released at the very end of it's first year. So it's likely we could see some great games for next gen by this time next year.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
I don't count those games since it was at the very end of the year. Historically console launches are pretty much ****

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