The 24 Biggest PS4 Exclusive Games Confirmed For 2018: God Of War, Spider-Man, And More
By Peter Brown on
Only on PlayStation 4
2017 was an amazing year for the PlayStation 4. On top of a well-rounded selection of multi-platform games like Prey, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and What Remains of Edith Finch, the console also had fantastic exclusives like Persona 5, Gravity Rush 2, Nioh, and Horizon: Zero Dawn. And for any with an interest in virtual reality, the release of PlayStation VR offered a few more excellent titles.
2018 has been a pretty good follow-up. The PS4's library has some excellent new multi-platform games, such as Celeste and Monster Hunter: World. However, it's the exclusive indies, like Iconoclasts, and triple-A titles, like God of War, that separate the PS4 from its competition. Insomniac's Spider-Man is primed to close out the PS4's 2018 roster of console exclusives, but maybe we'll be treated to a surprise or two.
Below is a full list of the PS4's biggest exclusives for 2018. For more information on each game, click through the slides ahead to find out what each game is and its release date.
PS4 Console Exclusive Games In 2018
- Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory
- Concrete Genie
- Bravo Team
- Fighting EX Layer
- Shadow of the Colossus
- God of War
- Star Child
- Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
- The Inpatient
- Detroit: Become Human
- Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
- MLB The Show 18
- Blood & Truth
- Dragon's Crown Pro
- Megadimension Neptunia VIIR
- Yakuza Kiwami 2
- The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia
- Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT
We've compiled every big exclusive we know of so far here, and will continue to update this gallery with new games as they get announced. Be sure to check back often as we update this gallery with more exclusives. And if you're curious about other platforms, you can check out our features on Xbox One exclusives, PC exclusives, and Switch exclusives. In the meantime, which exclusives are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below.
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory
The latest game in the long-running Digimon series presents the mysterious backstory to the events that transpired in the first Cyber Sleuth game, and features 320 Digimon from the animated series.
Developer: Media.Vision | Release Date: January 19
Iconoclasts is a Metroidvania-inspired action puzzler where you play as Robin, an unlicensed mechanic in a world ruled by a corrupt theocracy that rules the world by controlling technology. When Robin's actions inevitably provoke the powers that be to hunt down everyone she loves, she becomes embroiled in a conflict that threatens not only the safety of her family but the entire world.
We gave the game a 9/10. Read our Iconoclasts review.
Developer: Joakim Sandberg | Release Date: January 23
The Inpatient is an unlikely prequel to Supermassive Games' 2015 horror gem, Until Dawn. It's a PSVR experience set 60 years prior to the first game, inside the foreboding halls of Blackwood Sanatorium.
We gave the game a 8/10. Read our The Inpatient review.
Developer: Supermassive Games | Release Date: January 23
Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT
The Dissidia games found a lot of fans back during the PSP's heyday, and more recently in Japanese arcades. The latest in the series released on PlayStation 4, courtesy of Team Ninja, and promised wild mid-air battles between Final Fantasy's most beloved and infamous characters.
We gave the game a 5/10. Check out our Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT review.
Developer: Team Ninja | Release Date: January 30
Shadow of the Colossus
The magical PS2 game Shadow of the Colossus was given a new lease on life with a PS4 remake. Bluepoint Games completely rebuilt every aspect of the game's world while leaving the underlying structure and mechanics intact, making Shadow of the Colossus even better than before.
We gave the game a 9/10. Check out our Shadow of the Colossus review.
Developer: Bluepoint Games | Release Date: February 6
The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia
The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia lets you enjoy the destructive action and excitement from the anime. Battle your friends in memorable fights that feature the likes of Meliodas, Elizabeth, Ban, Hawk, and the other colorful assortment of characters that live in Britannia.
Developer: Bandai Namco Games | Release Date: February 9
Frantics hopes to entertain you and a few of your closest friends with 15 oddball mini-games. Designed for PlayLink support, you use your smartphone, rather than a DualShock, to participate.
Developer: NapNok Games | Release Date: March 6
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom outdoes its predecessor. An ambitious title, it's a character-driven RPG that doubles as a kingdom simulator and even occasionally becomes a real-time strategy game.
We gave the game a 8/10. Check out our Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom review.
Developer: Leveil-5 | Release Date: March 23
MLB The Show 18
The most recent addition to Sony's annual baseball series features the formidable New York Yankee, Aaron Judge. MLB The Show 18 pushes the franchise's visuals, mechanics, and authenticity to new heights.
We gave the game a 9/10. Read our MLB The Show 18 review.
Developer: Sony San Diego Studio | Release Date: March 27
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
Sega's serious-meets-slapstick open-world series continues its onslaught on the West with Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. It's also the first game to take advantage of the new Dragon Engine, which helps the game's lifelike renditions of Tokyo and famous Japanese actors look more convincing than ever.
We gave the game a 8/10. Check out our Yakuza 6: The Song of Life review.
Developer: Ryu ga Gotoku Studios | Release Date: April 17
God of War
With the pantheon of Greek gods behind him, Kratos' latest adventure takes him to the frozen Norse wilds. Though the series' familiar action remains intact, Kratos must now also care for his son, Atreus, as the two work together to overcome brutal obstacles and new opponents.
We gave the game a 9/10. Check out our God of War review.
Developer: Sony Santa Monica Studio | Release Date: April 20
Dragon's Crown Pro
The sumptuously illustrated beat-em-up from Vanillaware is making a comeback, and the Pro version of the game will feature new support for 4K (on PS4 Pro) and a newly recorded orchestrated soundtrack.
We gave the original game a 8/10. Check out our Dragon's Crown review.
Developer: Vanillaware | Release Date: April 24
Detroit: Become Human
Detroit: Become Human examines the potential complications that may arise if artificial lifeforms advance far enough to not just appear human, but convince us they feel human as well. Play through multiple outcomes based on the choices you make during calm and heated scenes alike.
We gave the game a 7/10. Check out our Detroit: Become Human review.
Developer: Quantic Dream | Release Date: May 25
Fighting EX Layer
Fighting EX Layer is a fighting game developed by Arika, a studio most known for its work on the cult-classic Street Fighter EX series. It includes many of the original characters from those games, as well as similar fighting mechanics.
We gave the game an 8/10. Read our Fighting EX Layer review.
Developer: Arika | Release Date: June 28
Star Child is a dreamy, narrative-driven platformer from a team of self-admitted sci-fi junkies for PSVR. Developer Playful Corp. is best known for the two Lucky's Tale games: Lucky's Tale for Oculus Rift and Super Lucky's Tale, an early Xbox One X title.
Developer: Playful Corp. | Release Date: Summer 2018
Developed by the folks behind the parkour-heavy and vibrant Sunset Overdrive, Spider-Man swings onto PS4 later this year. The game is both great looking and action packed, but we'll have to wait until September to see if the experience can truly do justice to our favorite wall-crawler.
Developer: Insomniac Games | Release Date: September 7
Golem is a PSVR game that gives you the power to create and control creatures made of stone. At first, you'll be limited to the confines of your virtual bedroom, but as you grow more familiar with your powers you'll eventually end up in the middle of an ancient abandoned city while controlling massive, 15-foot giants.
Developer: Highwire Games | Release Date: TBA 2018
Like Little Big Planet before it, Dreams aims to give you the power to create worlds with ease and share them with other players. Media Molecule claims that players, rather than the developers, will define what Dreams ultimately becomes.
Developer: Media Molecule | Release Date: TBA 2018
In Concrete Genie, players take on the role of Ash, a troubled teen who's bullied. Ash escapes his problems by painting beautiful landscapes and creatures, but when he finds some magical paint, his artwork begins to come to life.
Developer: PixelOpus | Release Date: TBA 2018