As 2019 nears its end and we approach the dawn of a new decade, I’m finding myself already putting together a hopeful to-do list for the new year. The list includes its usual resolutions — eat healthier, go on more hikes, find a way to make sure my Tupperware cabinet stays organized — but I’m finding that it’s accompanied by a “to be played” list that’s quite a bit longer than previous years. Below, you’ll find a roundup of the best upcoming PS4 games coming out in late 2019 and beyond.
2020 promises a lot of interesting new releases, and although some of them are still in their early stages, I’d like to explore some of the particular titles that have piqued my interest.
20 Top Upcoming PS4 Games
Without further ado, here’s the best PS4 games coming soon.
1. Concrete Genie
Release Date: October 8, 2019
PixelOpus’s upcoming action-adventure game shows the power of art and expression, allowing players to create living paintings that helps restore vitality to their empty and polluted home. Taking on the role of an artistic young boy named Ash, you’ll use your magic paintbrush (operated using the DualShock 4’s motion controls) to create freestyle art and puzzle solutions based on the game’s creative color palette mechanics. As you continue to paint and explore, you’ll slowly bring life back into the abandoned town of Denska, fending off Ash’s bullies while keeping the town safe from an even greater threat that looms in the shadows.
2. The Outer Worlds
Release Date: October 25, 2019
This delightful RPG by Obsidian Entertainment is set in an alternate future where megacorporations rule the cosmos. The game’s aesthetic and basic gameplay appear unsurprisingly reminiscent of Fallout: New Vegas, but the visually-breathtaking alien worlds and creative, futuristic weapon designs of The Outer Worlds allows the game to stand out among its developer’s earlier IPs. Throughout the game, you’ll explore four distinct colonies and complete in-game tasks to solve the mystery of your premature emergence from cryosleep, discovering the true nature of the capitalist starscape you now live in.
3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Release Date: October 25, 2019
Infinity Ward’s latest contribution to the Call of Duty franchise promises to be a “soft reboot” of the Modern Warfare arc. What strikes me the most is the game’s new morality mechanic, as it draws the ethics of war into question in a way that’s unique to the series. Players who accurately assess potential threats and reduce collateral damage to civilians are scored higher as the game progresses— with time, your words and actions will affect the narrative and pull you into the reality of modern war.
4. Death Stranding
Release Date: November 8, 2019
Death Stranding is quite possibly the most bizarre game of the year, which seems to be a running joke among Kojima Productions’ fans. Death and isolation have become the norm, and it’s up to you to reconnect the fractured pieces of civilization despite increasingly dangerous threats. The game features a tactical UI that emphasizes its action elements (compared to its more stealth-based cousin, Metal Gear), as well as an all-star cast to populate its haunting story.
5. Need for Speed: Heat
Release Date: November 8, 2019
I’ve mentioned before that I’m a fan of high-octane racing games, and Need for Speed: Heat promises to indulge me more than ever before. This installment marks the franchise’s 25th anniversary, and is celebrating with more cars (featuring 127 options from 33 different brands, to be precise), more unlockables (which are now accessed through race performance versus random chance), and more races. The game offers distinct day and night modes, with new racing mechanics on each that allow you to unlock upgrades for your cars using cash won from daytime races and “rep” earned from competing in illegal night races.
6. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Release Date: November 15, 2019
I’ve been let down by Star Wars titles before, but every new update I see on Respawn Entertainment’s upcoming action-adventure game gives me greater hope for its potential. The game takes place a few years after the issuance of Order 66, following ex-Padawan Cal Kestis as he attempts to hide his identity from the murderous Empire. When a salvage mission goes wrong and his affinity for the Force is revealed, Cal must complete his Jedi training (did someone say lightsaber combat?) and assist the Rebellion in any way he can while working to restore the Jedi Order.
7. DOOM® Eternal
Release Date: November 22, 2019
I’ve written about my excitement for Doom® Eternal in my discussion of upcoming Switch games, but I’ll be honest in saying that I’ll most likely be picking it up for the PS4. The game looks to live up to its predecessor’s legacy of violent “rip ‘n’ tear’ FPS action, now featuring new worlds, enemies, and over-the-top firearms and melee weapons. As the Doom® Slayer, you’ll raise (and raze) hell across multiple dimensions, killing demons in an effort to avenge your destroyed home and uncover the elusive origins of the Slayer.
8. Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Release Date: January 16, 2020
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is another game that promises a “soft reboot” of its franchise, featuring a new protagonist and turn-based RPG combat to replace the real-time style of the series’ previous installments. The game centers around Ichiban Kasuga, a Tojo Clan member who took the fall for a murder he didn’t commit. When he returns from the resulting 18-year prison sentence, he finds that nobody remembers him or his sacrifice. As Ichiban, you’ll navigate a new city and prove your worth in a world where you’ve been left for dead by the people you once thought you’d die for.
9. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Release Date: January 17, 2020
I’m surrounded at almost all times by fans of the DBZ animeseries, so it’s no surprise that I’ve heard a lot of hype surrounding Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. This game will allow fans to experience the beloved story from Goku’s perspective, letting you train to become a powerful Saiyan while hitting familiar story beats, completing character-driven sidequests, and uncovering brand-new lore exclusive to the game.
10. Journey to the Savage Planet
Release Date: January 28, 2020
Early comments on Journey to the Savage Planet describe it as a light parody of No Man’s Sky, but as a fan of the original game (and an even bigger fan of co-op adventures), I’m eager to give this one a shot. This colorful game drops you on an uncharted planet in the distant reaches of the universe, giving you no direction except to determine the planet’s habitability. You’ll explore and catalogue the alien environment and its inhabitants, working to survive no matter the chaotic odds.
11. Last of Us Part II
Release Date: February 21, 2020
Last of Us was a truly remarkable game, and its much-anticipated sequel looks to be an incredible follow-up to its predecessor. The game takes place five years after the events of the first game, with the story focus now on 19-year-old Ellie and her role in her adoptive community. While the Infected are still a significant threat to survival, Part II differs from the original game in that the main antagonists are members of a mysterious and dangerous cult that plagues survivors of the Cordyceps outbreak. Naughty Dog has stated that they plan for the sequel to have a much darker story in terms of theme— while the first game focused on love and human connection, Part II surrounds ideas of hatred and vengeance.
12. Gods and Monsters
Release Date: February 25, 2020
Ubisoft’s latest IP is a self-described “storybook adventure” featuring landscapes and characters sourced from Greek mythology. You’ll play as a warrior that’s been summoned to assist the gods, exploring a beautiful world that’s reminiscent of the cell-shaded Hyrule of Breath of the Wild. Early gameplay reviews have also invited comparisons to BotW, adding more dynamic climbing, jumping, and gliding mechanics to other, more common aspects of 3D platformers.
13. Final Fantasy VII remake
Release Date: March 3, 2020
In the upcoming remake of Final Fantasy VII, you’ll return to Gaia as Cloud Strife, a mercenary and former SOLDIER working to save the planet and its vital Lifestream from the evil machinations of Rufus Shinra and Sephiroth. The game has undergone a graphic rehaul since its original 1997 release, and features new combat mechanics that trade its turn-based combat for strategic elements nested in real-time action.
14. Watch Dogs: Legion
Release Date: March 6, 2020
This third-person action-adventure game takes place in a fictionalized London that’s been taken over by an authoritarian regime. You’ll play as a number of characters associated with the rebellious hacker group DedSec as you attempt to build a resistance and overthrow the oppressive governing body. The resistance is built by recruiting various characters across London— all potential recruits play a specific role in the narrative and feature unique backgrounds, skill sets, and contributions that affect the story as you progress. The game also features a cooperative, four-player multiplayer mode.
15. Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2
Release Date: March 2020
Paradox Interactive’s upcoming action RPG is set in modern Seattle, surrounding a customizable thinblood vampire that’s been turned following an event called the Mass Embrace. As the thinblood, you’ll work to navigate a conflict between the five major full-blood clans in the city, selecting and improving your powers through upgradeable Disciplines and abilities granted by choosing a clan to side with as the story progresses.
16. Cyberpunk 2077
Release Date: April 16, 2020
Cyberpunk 2077 is my personal most-anticipated game of 2020— who wouldn’t be excited for an underground rebellion set in a neon-drenched capitalist dystopia (and also for digital-ghost Keanu Reeves)? The game is based on the 1988 tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, but set fifty-seven years later in the fictional Night City. You’ll explore the city as a customizable mercenary known as V, upgrading skills in hacking, machinery, and combat weaponry as you follow the story (a continuation of the events of the tabletop campaign) and uncover the mystery of cyberpunk legend Johnny Silverhand’s disappearance and possible death.
17. Trials of Mana
Release Date: April 24, 2020
Trials of Mana receives a full 3D upgrade from its original 1995 Super Famicom release. The game features six potential main characters— you’ll choose three of them as your primary protagonists, with the rest becoming NPCs as the story unfolds. All of the characters can be upgraded with a range of playable classes and related skill trees that will help you in your quest to obtain the Mana Sword and save the world from the Benevodons.
18. Marvel’s Avengers
Release Date: May 15, 2020
Though I was initially disappointed to find out that Marvel’s Avengers doesn’t seem to tie in to the story of Marvel’s Spider-Man, the game nonetheless looks to be an engaging trek into the Marvel universe. The game begins with a terrorist attack on San Francisco that destroys much of the city and seemingly kills Captain America. Five years later, the Avengers (who have since disbanded) must come together again to defeat the A.I.M. troops that have overtaken the ruined city and avenge (ha ha) the death of their friend.
19. Ghost of Tsushima
Release Date: TBA
Ghost of Tsushima is an upcoming action-adventure stealth game by Sucker Punch Productions. The game features an open world set during the first Mongol invasion of Japan. As Jin Sakai, the last samurai of Tsushima Island, you’ll master the Way of the Ghost and fight to defeat the Mongols and regain your nation’s freedom.
20. Psychonauts 2
Release Date: TBA
I’ve always had a special affection for Double Fine games, and Psychonauts 2 looks to be just as charming and bizarre as its cousins. This upcoming third-person platformer centers on Raz, a recently-graduated Psychonaut with powerful psychic abilities. As Raz, you’ll use these Psi-powers to explore the brain of multiple NPCs and uncover the mystery behind the recent changes to the Psychonauts organization, as well as discover more about Raz and the curse that plagues his family.
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