ByMarcus O'Shea, writer at
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Marcus O'Shea

2017 is already off to a great start for the PlayStation 4, with the release of a slew of new console exclusives and AAA titles like Nioh and Resident Evil 7, but what's coming down the line for the #PS4 in the year ahead? Luckily, I'm here with the answers on what to look forward to in 2017!

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The 10 Best Upcoming PlayStation 4 Exclusive Games In 2017

If you've got any additional #PlayStation4 exclusives that you're looking forward to that we've failed to mention below, let us know in the comments. But here are the best upcoming PS4 games we're excited for in 2017!

1. 'God of War'

  • Publisher: SIEA
  • Developer: Santa Monica Studio
  • Release Date: TBA

Santa Monica Studios is taking things in a new direction with their latest #PlayStation4 exclusive title. Eschewing the one-dimensional extremo screamo characterization of Kratos, Santa Monica Studio is adding at least one dimension by giving Kratos a son that he must train, guide and possibly comfort in a series of quicktime events. The combat in the latest #GodOfWar looks very different too, with a tighter camera, dodge roll system and slower, more methodical combat that recalls the Dark Souls series.

Also, since he's killed basically everyone in the Greek pantheon, Kratos has headed off to the land of the Vikings, presumably to kill everyone there as well. Who knows though, maybe they'll teach him how to not be such a grump and relax with a bit of mead occasionally.

2. 'Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom'

  • Publisher: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.
  • Developer: Level-5
  • Release Date: TBA

The bestselling JRPG for the PS3 is finally getting a real sequel, and Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli are back to lend their beautiful and distinctive aesthetic to the game. CEO Akihiro Hino has promised a slew of new features and improvements over the already excellent original, including a kingdom creation sub-game for Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom. Plus, with Ghibli providing the visual design, maybe we'll get a game that tops #FinalFantasyXV in the delicious looking video game food category.

3. 'Horizon: Zero Dawn'

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Guerrilla Games
  • Release Date: February 28, 2017

The creators of Horizon: Zero Dawn have spent most of their professional lifetime working on the Killzone series of FPS shooters, a fun but unambitious series that tried to create a Halo for the PlayStation. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a shock when they announced that their next game would be a breathtaking open world RPG action game about hunting robot animals with a bow.

Horizon: Zero Dawn looks to be one of the most ambitious PS4 exclusive games coming out. The game will emphasize a trial and error approach, throwing you into the vast and strange world of Earth 1,000 years into the future without a tutorial and letting you figure things out. The graphics are also some of the best I've ever seen and, best of all, the game's written by John Gonzalez, lead writer of Fallout: New Vegas.

4. 'Final Fantasy 7 Remake'

  • Publisher: Square Enix Holdings
  • Developer: Square Enix Holdings
  • Release Date: TBA

It's hard to say anything about the remake of Final Fantasy 7 that hasn't already been said. One of the most beloved games of all time is getting a long-awaited remake. The game looks gorgeous, the updated battle system looks amazing and I'm looking forward to a brand new series of urban legends about how you can save Aeris.

5. 'What Remains of Edith Finch'

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Giant Sparrow
  • Release Date: Q1 2017

Most of the other games on this list have been huge, action filled AAA offerings, with vast worlds and lots of weapons to explore. What Remains of Edith Finch is taking another approach, bringing the quiet and personal back to the PlayStation 4.

Developer Giant Sparrow has already garnered a lot of renown with their strange and ambitious take on the shooter Unfinished Swan, where players used FPS mechanics to reveal the world around them. What Remains of Edith Finch seems to be applying that same ingenious approach to the so-called 'walking simulator' genre, with odd and varied mechanics introduced in each of the short stories of the Finch family you play through.

6. 'Death Stranding'

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Kojima Productions
  • Release Date: TBA

After Hideo Kojima's abrupt departure from Konami and the cancellation of the eagerly awaited Silent Hills, fans were left wondering what was up next for Kojima. The answer? Death Stranding, the first game from the newly formed Kojima Productions. So far we haven't seen much besides the cryptic trailer and the fact that Norman Reedus is involved, but rest assured the game will feature Hideo Kojima's trademark grandiosity and weirdness that he brought to the Metal Gear Solid series.

We sure did see a lot of Reedus though [credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]
We sure did see a lot of Reedus though [credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]

7. 'Wild'

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Developer: Wild Sheep Studio
  • Release Date: TBA

Perhaps the only game on this list that looks to rival Horizon: Zero Dawn in expansive ambition is Wild. Wild sees you take on the role of a neolithic shaman, helping your tribe by possessing and befriending natural beasts. The natural open world of the game looks incredible, but mostly I'm excited by the possibility of befriending a bear, which has been on my bucket list since a life-changing viewing of The Jungle Book at age five.

8. 'The Last Of Us Part 2'

  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Release Date: TBA

The long-awaited sequel to the heartwarming zombie survival hit. #TheLastOfUs2 takes us a fair few years into the future, where Ellie, the badass young lass from the first game, is all grown up and looking for revenge. So far few details have been leaked besides an incredible teaser trailer, but fans are already abuzz with speculation about everything from the significance of Ellie's tattoo to whether or not Joel is still alive.

9. 'Spider-Man'

  • Developer: Insomniac Games
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Release Date: TBA

Spider-Man for the PS4 will be the first Spider-Man game made by a non-Activision developer in two decades. The developer, Insomniac Games, is responsible for fan favorites Ratchet and Clank and Sunset Overdrive. Fans are already excited that the new Spider-Man game may be the first to recapture the magic of Spider-Man 2 for the PS2, or as I like to call it, the last good Spider-Man game.

10. 'Days Gone'

  • Developer: SIE Bend Studio
  • Publishers: Sony Interactive Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
  • Release Date: TBA

Days Gone is the new open world zombie survival game by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Taking inspiration from The Last Of Us, #DaysGone plans to bring the same narrative-driven approach to desperate zombie survival while breaking out of the linear restraints and offering players a vast, open world to explore and dozens of ways to complete every objective.