So it begins. While Fall is when we typically see big games drop, Sony has continually been pushing their exclusive titles to Spring. I think it is a safe bet that is not the plan, but it seems to be working out. Are all of the titles coming out soon “AAA” or “big” games? No. However, there are a couple in there over the next few months which could be big hitters. This week, however, we have a AAA game looking to scare up big business across multiple platforms, and three smaller, but quality, titles coming exclusively to PlayStation consoles. What are they? Let’s take a look…
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4)
How is that for a title? I mean…really? This is what the folks at Square Enix could come up with? I have never played a Kingdom Hearts game, but I hope to play Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 when they are released on PS4 (in the aptly named Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 HD ReMIX). So why is this game on my list? My wife loves the Kingdom Hearts series, so I will likely pick it up for her to play and I will watch to get a bit of a grasp on what the series is all about. If nothing else, it is a pretty good deal when you consider the game includes a full HD remaster of Dream Drop Distance, the short experience Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth By Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage, and the movie Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover. Clearly, the naming conventions do not end with the name of the collection, but I am still interested!
Resident Evil VII biohazard (PS4, PSVR)
By all accounts Resident Evil VII is shaping up to be the best entry in the series since 4, even if you are not a fan that it is in first-person. The setting seems cool, the gameplay I have seen seems creepy, and the game is reviewing really well. So, if you want to be scared in late January, this seems like an awesome game to pick-up. Another plus, the VR sounds to be well implemented. When the game was first demoing there was some concern over locomotion. However, it seems like for most people those concerns have been resolved. I hope to pick this up soon and play it in VR as I am sure my wife will love to record me getting terrified and throwing off my VR headset.
Tales of Berseria (PS4)
If you enjoy JRPGs and are looking for a series that has regular releases and a dedicated fan community, Tales is a series you may want to check out. I have only ever dabbled in the series, but it is one I have always wanted to dive deeper into as I enjoy JRPGs and the tend to make solid games with a pretty regular release cycle. For the most part each game in the series stands alone, and Berseria takes a darker tone as it examines the anger and hatred the protagonist Velvet is experiencing after an experience years prior. As someone who enjoys dark television and movies, this premise is intriguing and I will do my best to find time in my schedule for this one.
Yakuza 0 (PS4)
I have never played a Yakuza game, but goodness do I want to! Something about running around a cool city, beating folks up, partaking in ridiculous side-quests, and playing crazy mini-games has always appealed to me. With the announcements that more yakuza games will be coming to the West soon (this summer and next year) this seems like a great time to jump in. A prequel taking place in the 80s, Yakuza 0 has you learning a bit about the origins of series regulars Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima. If you like over-the-top games, Yakuza 0 is something you may want to check out.
That is my list for the week. A list so lengthy I am going to have to figure out how I will have time for it all! What are you playing this week? Anything new you are picking up? Did I miss something? Comment below or hit me up on Twitter!