American gamers have had their beloved PlayStation 4 consoles for a few weeks now, thus giving those living outside the US an early heads-up about to what expect from the launch titles.
Killzone: Shadow Fall follows suits from the rest of the games in the series – oh so pretty, but lacking any true innovation.
As such reviews have been mixed – everything from 5.0 from Polygon to 9/10 from Destuctoid. Most critics agree though it’s a good showcase for the PS4. As launch titles tend to go, we don’t think you could ask for much more.
Don’t expect much from Knack and you won’t be disappointed either. This is intended to be a family friendly title, likened to Crash Bandicoot by more than a few. Some reviewers found solace in its simplistic platforming ways, but others felt it was beyond dated. Again, scores were mixed. You can probably bank on this one dropping in price quickly, should that help your purchasing decision.
Did the PS4 really need a family friendly title when it already has LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and Skylanders Swap Force? Perhaps – these two don’t quite show off the system in the way that Knack does. Regardless, they’re safe launch-day purchases.
Rest easy knowing that you won’t be disappointed with taking any of the following home either – Need For Speed Rivals, Assassin’s Creed IV, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition, FIFA 14, NBA 2K14 and Madden NFL 25. All of these have proven to be great on other formats, although we didn’t quite enjoy the latest Call of Duty as much as we first envisioned.
As we reported on Monday, NBA Live 14 and Angry Birds Star Wars were the worst selling Xbox One launch titles. We expect that’ll be the case on PlayStation 4.
Putty Squad is another of questionable quality – a HD remake of an unreleased Amiga game from 1994. The £13.99 PSN price tag – compared to the £21.99 asking price on Amazon for the retail version – might save it from slipping into further obscurity.
System 3 are also releasing Pinball Arcade, which IGN really enjoyed. To quote: “The first table’s free, so there’s no excuse; this is a must to download”
Stylish shooter Resogun is another must have, not to mention currently the highest rated PS4 title on Metacritic. If you’re a PlayStation Plus member it’s available for free, along with the 1920’s Parisian adventure Contrast which has been well received.
WWII fight-sim shooter War Thunder, Warframe – from the developer of The Darkness II and Dark Sector – and DC Universe Online are also free-to-play on PSN and confirmed for launch. They will soon be joined by Blacklight: Retribution.
Hopefully the servers will be able to cope with the influx of people buying a PS4 this weekend.