The PS4 has had an amazing 2014. Playstation gamers have been spoilt for choice since the console launched with a selection of AAA exclusives (Infamous, Killzone), third-party blockbusters (Assassins Creed, Wolfenstein, Watch_Dogs) and smaller/indie titles (Entwined, Octodad, Outlast). It is an embarrassment of riches.
Of course, on the other side of the fence, the Xbox One has been building its own impressive portfolio of exclusive games, slowly building momentum with a glut of great looking games coming in the second half of 2014. For any Playstation exclusive gamer (like myself) I think it is healthy to look over the divide at what other consoles have or will be receiving as an exclusive. It can serve to help you appreciate the games you have or will be playing in the future on your chosen console. It helps keep perspective of the wider gaming world in general. It also gives a glimpse into what may be coming to your console in the future or what developers might be striving to achieve.
With this in mind, we have come up with a list of 10 Xbox One exclusives that we wish were coming to the PS4.
Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime
Not to be confused with the 1980’s classic Bruce Cockburn song “Lovers in a Dangers Time”, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a frantic neon puzzle game in development at Toronto-based developers Asteroid Base. As you can tell from the trailer, the game looks hell-a-fun with twitchy game play where you try to avoid evil robots and save the captured space bunnies. As the Playstation 4 has become the spiritual home of weird and wonderful indie games, It was a surprise when Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime was not announced for the PS4 but we can hope that it will eventually arrive on Sony’s now-gen machine.
Playdead Studios made a name for themselves with their devilishly difficult game Limbo. Continuing in the same beautiful and atmospheric vein, Inside is their next title and it will be making its console debut on the Xbox One. There has been no word on when (or even if) the game will be coming to the PS4 but this is definitely one game to get jealous about.
Just press play on the trailer and be amazed at how good Cuphead looks. Hailing back to the 2D run ‘n’ gun games of old, Cuphead is brining the cartoon style of the 1930’s to life and should be a “must buy” for anyone who owned a Master System back in the day.
Ori and The Blind Forest
Ori and The Blind Forest looks like something straight out of the Ubiart projects – full of feeling and beautiful to boot. This game was a surprise entry into Microsoft’s E3 2014 presentation and even though it was surrounded by AAA shooters and racing games, was one of the most memorable games of the week.
Below was one of the first games to be announced for the Xbox One and is being developed by Capy games – the minds behind Super Time Force and Critter Crunch. A rogue-like adventure and exploration game, it is set to be punishing but satisfying with a difficulty level that will rival Dark Souls. It is apparently a timed-exclusive for the Xbox One so it might eventually arrive on the PS4, but there has been no word on when.
Personally, I think Sunset Overdrive is trying too hard to be fresh and in-your-face but it is hard to deny that the game looks like it is going to be really fun to play. The game is borrowing aspects from Jet Set Radio and a whole host of third-party shooters, over laying a bright, zany, attitude filled world and then splicing it with Bullestorm to create what could be one of the best games of 2014.
The original Peggle was responsible for thousands of hours of enjoyment to those who got addicted to it so it is a shame that the follow up has not yet arrived on the PS4. The thought of getting some friends around, ordering some pizza and spending hours huddled around the TV playing Peggle 2 on the PS4 is a pipe-dream at the moment.
Quantum Break was recently delayed until 2015 to make sure the game is as good as it can be but Xbox One owners should not be heavy hearted because when it finally does arrive, it could be amazing. The general premise of time pockets and freezing time is nothing new to the gaming world but Quantum Break looks like it might finally be the first game to use this mechanic to its full potential. Bundle in the fact that there will be a TV show which ties in with the events of the game and Quantum Break is a mouth watering prospect. There is no hope that Quantum Break will ever arrive on the PS4 but we can dream, can’t we?
The product of a game jam, Fru is a platform game that uses the Kinect in the most ingenious way possible. The Kinect camera projects an image of your body onto the screen which effects the gaming world around your character. The PS4 Eye is capable of the same technical feats but Fru is currently an Xbox One exclusive. Keep your fingers crossed that this will eventually make it’s way to the PS4.
We moaned. We bitched. We slated it – but lets be honest. We were jealous. The PS4 has a lot of things going for it right now but there are not a whole lot of AAA shooters in the pipeline to satisfy the dudebro gamers. Titanfall did not set the world (or Xbox One sales) alight as many had expected, party due to its Xbox console exclusivity “for the life of the title”. The WSJ recently reported that Titanfall 2 is in the planning stage and will be coming to the PS4, so we may not have too long to wait until we get to play Respawns mech-shooter series, but it is still a shame that the original did not make the jetpack-fuelled leap on to Sony’s now-gen console.
Are there any other Xbox One now-gen exclusives that you wish were coming to the PS4 – I know Paul will probably unload in the comments any second now. Scroll down and lets have a healthy (not flame bait trolling) discussion about it in the comments section.