As Sony’s newly released PlayStation 4 sails excitedly into 2014, gamers wait with bated breath to see what Sony has up its sleeve for the PS4’s inaugural year. Luckily for us there’s already a plethora of stellar titles scheduled to take the system by force in the coming months. It’s an exciting time to be a PlayStation fan, we’re sure you'll agree, and it’s only going to get better from here on out. So join us, as PSU reels off five of the most-anticipated PS4 releases of the New Year.
Following its last-minute delay, Ubisoft’s voyeuristic action-adventure Watch Dogs took a firm, momentary backseat in the PlayStation 4 line-up. Sure, the protracted setback made Ubisoft’s tongue-in-cheek Los Santos advert campaign wholly redundant and downright hilarious, but in the grand scheme of proceedings a delay almost always has a distinct silver lining. Simply, it makes a game better. Rather than playing bug-riddled, half-baked shovelware we get the genuine article; and that’s something to be truly excited about. This age-old mantra is no more applicable than with an ambitious title such as Watch Dogs; the sheer scale of choice and line of enquiry afforded to players in its alternative, dystopian security state requires an incredible amount of effort and polish on developer, Ubisoft Montreal’s part. Players -- assuming the role of Irish rogue Aiden Pearce -- can hack into bank databases, city-controlled devices, get detailed accounts of any civilians encountered, and even trigger glitches in the city’s operating system -- resulting in a whole manner of chaotic repercussion. This sort of malleable, multi-tiered gameplay dictates the necessity for painstaking refinement -- something that the extra development time will no doubt facilitate. Those extra months of sheen has served Watch Dog’s well, and it’s now looking like a true force to be reckoned with -- which is why it takes its much-deserved position on our list.