Without a doubt, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was one of the most anticipated games of 2015 and definitely the most anticipated PlayStation exclusive of the year. Originally scheduled to be released in December 2015, it was pushed back by Naughty Dog in order to “to allow for additional development time” and this was received with a little disappointment by the series’ fans, including us, as were really looking forward to see what Nathan Drake was up to. However, given Naughty Dog’s record, we’re pretty sure they’re doing this for the best reasons and when the game will be available next spring it will be awesome.
But that doesn’t mean we aren’t wondering how we can make the wait for Uncharted 4 a little easier. So let’s a look at some of the most promising PlayStation exclusives that are scheduled to be released this year:
Dragon Quest Heroes
With the most recent two installments only available for PC, Wii, Android or Nintendo DS, Dragon Quest Heroes is the first title to be available for PS since Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. The game was developed by Omega Force, known for their Dynasty Warrior franchise and the result is not a traditional RPG, but more of an action-RPG, where players and their party members can attack large number of enemies at once.
The game was already released in Japan on February 26, for both PS3 and PS4, and it sold more than 500,000 units in the first week. Its developers are currently working on getting it ready for the North American and European markets, with these releases scheduled for later this year.
The fifth installment in the Shin MegamiTensei: Persona series, Persona 5 is the first one to be available in high-definition. According to Atlus, the game’s creators, and from what we’ve seen so far in the trailers and demos, the game will feature the same social and role-playing elements we loved in Persona 3 and Persona 4. Also, these two previous installments each offered at least 60 hours of gameplay, so we’re expecting a wonderful and long experience from Persona 5 too.
When it was first introduced, Persona 5 was announced only for PS3, but in the meantime it was also confirmed for PS4, with its Japanese and North American release scheduled for later this year.
Those of us that played Demon’s Souls or any of the Dark Souls titles know what Japanese developer From Software is capable of and that’s why we’re really looking forward to getting our hands on Bloodborne, their latest creation which will be released exclusively for the PS4 on March 24. Judging by what we saw and know so far, the game will have most of the features we loved in the Souls games, while the combat will get faster and more fluid. Add the new randomly generated dungeon feature that further extends the game and we have one of the most anticipated PlayStation games of the year.
These are the games that got us excited the most, but PS players have plenty of options to choose from this year, with several other interesting titles scheduled to be released in 2015: Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance, The Tomorrow Children, ToukidenKiwami or Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remaster.
Honorable mention: Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance and The Tomorrow Children