As showcased in our feature entitled ‘Top 5 Most Anticipated Games of 2014,’, the PlayStation 4’s immediate future is bright, with many top notch titles ready to both enthral and entertain in equal measure well into the New Year. Let us not forget however, that amidst the PS4’s heavy hitters there are a number of titles that have found themselves under the radar as of late, but are nevertheless some of the more exciting prospects heading to Sony’s machine in the coming months. Here’s a rundown of our favourite five, each of which deserve the attention of the gaming public.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch
For those of an eclectic disposition, it doesn’t come much zanier than Young Horses’ Octodad: Dadliest Catch - the sequel to the freeware namesake, which caught the attention of critics and players alike when it was released independently on PC back in 2010. Since the announcement that PlayStation 4’s arrival was imminent, Sony’s mission statement has been one of support for Indie titles; giving prospective developers a hassle-free avenue to project their ideas and hone their talents. Now it’s crunch time, and Octodad’s certainly the type of videogame to test the theory of how faithful Sony’s intentions are. In typically idiosyncratic fashion, you play as - you guessed it - an octopus posing as a human, trying to keep his true identity under wraps from his increasingly-suspecting human family. This involves finally venturing out of the confines of the household and travelling to the likes of the supermarket and the aquarium, places which will only present more issues than they’ll solve; seemingly mundane tasks such as opening doors and picking up cushions prove difficult for Octodad, and with that the controls can take a little while to get used to. Once mastered, the results are hilarious. So, while the premise is a tad peculiar, there’s certainly a distinctive charm that may well resonate with PS4 gamers; a matrimony which will hopefully translate into success. Only time will tell.