VGC’s Platform of the Year: PlayStation 4|VGC
In a year in which PS5 was the focus, Sony offered its last-gen console a significant send-off
Completion of a console cycle is normally characterised by video games that feel desperate for new hardware in order to open their capacity. Possibly designers have actually already begun on a brand-new project not set to debut for years and thus neglect the aging box in its last days as the star of the program. Nevertheless, with an install base of 114 million, it would seem incredibly misguided to leave them with little to play.
While for Xbox, the end of the generation felt like an opportunity to reset the message and cross out the Xbox One age, for PlayStation, 2020 was a thank you to the millions of gamers that made their win, in both sales and quality of games, so decisive.
PS4 didn’t only finish its reign as Sony’s leading system on a high note, it set the tone for the PlayStation 5. 2020 was a conclusion of a message that started in 2013 at launch. A concentrate on blockbuster, unique video games.
Dreams is among those games that it’s difficult to even understand how it works. A video game in which you build games, Dreams took the ethos of Media Molecule’s PS3 hit Little Big World and broadened it in staggering fashion.
2020 has been penetrated with video after video of the most experienced designers showing their developments with the familiar refrain “can you believe this was made in Dreams”.
Sony’s determination to support and purchase a studio like Media Molecule is borne from them being on the front foot, you don’t get the breathing space to incubate something so special at that scale without a safety net. That safeguard, of course, is its stable of first-party studios, chief amongst them; Naughty Dog.
The Last of Us Part 2 is a masterpiece. It’s the kind of game that only occurs as soon as in a generation. Not just due to the enormous budget and difficult production. It’s an elevation of the medium into something that can tell a convincing, deeply psychological story.
Now that the white-hot misdirected rage that followed the launch of the game has actually decreased, it’s really kept in mind as a masterwork for the PS4, probably just matched by God Of War.
Much like how the initial The Last Of United States debuted just months prior to the launch of the PlayStation 4, The Last Of Us 2 marks a complete mastery of a system in its last months. Naughty Pet has actually managed to wring each and every single inch of power out of the PlayStation 4, sometimes producing visuals you ‘d be forgiven for thinking were running on a PlayStation 5.
” In a year in which the focus would securely shift towards the PlayStation 5, Sony has done significantly well in dispatching the PS4 in style … 2020 revealed simply why it shone so brilliantly, for so long.”
Ashley Johnson and Laura Bailey most likely invested the majority of the year structure cabinets for the deluge of awards they earned with two performances that are difficult to overemphasize in their radiance.
While a concentrate on independent video games has faded from Sony’s technique book recently, likely due to the Nintendo Change’s supremacy as a house for those video games, 2020 did see the return in one circumstances of the kind of game that raised the PS4 in its early years: Fall People.
While Mediatonic as a studio has developed a fantastic number of titles, unless you were an especially hardcore fan of the PlayStation Vita, 2020 was likely the first time it appeared on your radar. Much like similar PS4 sustained success story Rocket League, Fall Guys is an exceptionally easy premise, it’s Takeshi’s Castle with Jelly Beans.
Again, it being consisted of as a free video game as part of PlayStation Plus guaranteed an enormous gamer base, but I make certain even the most positive members of the group could not have actually pictured what happened next.
Managing over 120,000 concurrent players on Steam and outranking Fortnite and League of Legends on Twitch, Fall People was a huge hit. And since this writing, it’s still a PlayStation console exclusive.
It’s hard to picture a generation going much better for anyone than the PS4’s period of dominance provided for Sony. It’s the second-highest selling home console of perpetuity, behind it’s older bro the PlayStation 2. All of this coming after some were declaring the end times for consoles before the generation even started.
In a year in which the focus would strongly shift towards the PlayStation 5, Sony has actually done significantly well in sending off the PS4 in design.
Yes, games will still release for it, even some first-party leviathans like Horizon: Forbidden West are set up to release on PS4, but its days as the crown gem are over. 2020 revealed just why that jewel shone so vibrantly, for so long.