COGconnected’s Top 10 PlayStation Exclusives in the 2010’s
While exclusivity in games can be a touchy subject depending on who you ask, they still elicit an excitement among fans of particular consoles depending on said exclusive. Since the start of 2010, PlayStation has had many exclusive titles release, and in recent history, these have begun to define the console. For this list, we will stick to original release dates (sorry remakes and remasters).
10. Death Stranding – PS4 – Nov 8, 2019
Kojima Productions’ debut title is as intriguing as it is divisive. Its gameplay loop can be described as monotonous, at-times frustrating, but ultimately rewarding. Add in incredibly strong world-building, acting, and an intriguing narrative and you have Death Stranding. Yes, you essentially play a delivery man. However, the connections made between communities and grades earned as a porter are a rewarding experience. The multiplayer experience is another aspect that is ultimately interesting and relevant to the world. In our review, we note that “its central mechanic is a monotonous, everyday piece of modern life, and somehow Kojima has managed to make that a very satisfying thing to do”.
9. Until Dawn – PS4 – August 25, 2015
Best described as an interactive drama survival horror game, Until Dawn takes lessons learned from other narrative driven games to craft an experience unique to the game. The story follows a group of friends trapped in a mountain lodge where every decision plays a role into who survives through to the end. The game is a must play, especially in those late October spooky times, and in our review, we found that as “a masterful fusion of art forms, Until Dawn is a refreshingly self-aware experience that no thriller fan should pass up.”
8. Persona 5 – PS3/PS4 – April 4, 2017
Currently one of the biggest JRPG series, Persona started off as a spin-off to the overarching Shin Megami Tensei franchise. While Persona 3 and 4 (along with their respective “definitive editions”) were great games in their own right, Persona 5 upped the ante with its stylish overtones as the series made its way into the mainstream limelight. The RPG features a blend of everyday student life, dungeon-crawling, turn-based combat, and more. Having developed a passionate fanbase, in our review we noted that “Persona 5 has somehow exceeded our expectations and shown us once again why this is the best JRPG series of all time.”