Which Console Won Q1 2018?
Sony’s PS4 has really come into its own over the past two years, with a software lineup that continues to blossom new and exciting content as well as rekindle affection for past classics. 2018 has continued that beat, and even though we’re only just ticking over into the fourth month of year, there’s already been several highlights.
The big headline, of course, is the Shadow of the Colossus Remake from Bluepoint Studio. The seminal adventure game from Fumito Ueda was updated for PS4, and it proved an astonishingly beautiful experience. Watching Agro gallop across the game’s moody landscape was totally mesmerizing on PS4 Pro, and though the gameplay feels dated at times, it’s still a special experience that everyone should play.
Fans of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch have waited four years for a sequel (six if you count the Japanese release), and they’ll now have felt that it was worth every agonizing day after having played Revenant Kingdom. What a brilliant sequel it is, reinventing the series not only with a new story and characters but a brand new combat system, too, and fresh layers of satisfying new gameplay features like its kingdom building and RTS skirmish battles. As we noted in our review, it’s a standout experience of 2018 so far.
Elsewhere, the PS4 enjoyed a slew of hotly anticipated third-party titles, such as Monster Hunter: World, Kingdom Come Deliverance, and Far Cry 5, all of which reviewed well and performed exceptionally in terms of sales.
The other key takeaway from the first quarter of the year on PS4 has been the pedigree of free game offerings via its online service. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Knack, Bloodborne, and Ratchet and Clank have raised the standards immensely, and it’s completely changed the tune of the gaming community as to Sony’s commitment to delivering “worthy” gaming experiences as part of its online subscription service.