SOCOM was probably my worst gaming experience this generation; first time playing, I load into a multiplayer game, within 15 seconds, dead and someone is spamming grenades non stop into the spawn point, never played that game again, how do you make a game and let shit like that be possible.
The only two I'd say absolutely HAVE to be on the next one are Gran Turismo (because that's instant money and that audience doesn't have another game/series like it) and SOCOM II HD, because SOCOM II HD would instantly be the best multiplayer game to ever exist. As long as they did NOTHING to try and fit in with current games (no respawn, no vehicles, no persistent upgrades...just tactical, 8 vs. 8 gameplay with dead lobbies and live lobbies), SOCOM II along with the 2K series would almost nullify my need for any other games to be released.
my answer is all of them. There is none of them that have to make it to the PS4 at all cost.
You said it.
Yeah, I was going to say that...most of these franchises have either already lost their fanbase, already lost any critical praise they once had, or both.
I have faith that InFamous could continue to improve, after the marked improvement between 1 and 2. Not sure if they can keep making the same old Uncharted game, but I think most people still have positive feelings about that series. Gran Turismo still sells an absurd amount, even if GT5 took way longer to make than was really necessary. And Killzone and God of War keep on selling on sheer spectacle, I guess.
But everything I didn't just mention is probably SUPER dead. OK, they'll probably make LittleBigPlanet 3, though I don't really know how they could make it meaningfully more advanced than LBP 2, but I guess that doesn't matter because it will sell decently.
All of them, really. The only Sony IP I truly care about is WipEout, and Sony shut Psygnosis (or Sony Liverpool or whatever it was renamed) down so that's not happening. At this point they could cease all first-party game development and I'd barely care, Puppeteer is the only upcoming thing they've got that I'm even remotely interested in.
Isn't Twisted Metal dead already, too? I mean, Jaffe doesn't even make AAA games anymore. Last I heard he was working on free-2-play browser games.
Like others have said, most of these franchises have had their day. I personally would like to see another Uncharted and perhaps another R&C, but I am satisfied with closing the books on them this generation if that's not to be.
The established titles I must see this next generation are all 3rd party games like Fallout 4, Beyond Good & Evil 2, Witcher 3 and Saints Row 4. You could probably add "Deep Down" if it really is the next Dragon's Dogma. Neither Sony nor Microsoft have much left in their group of current franchises.
God of War. All of those other games, even SOCOM, can have their reasons to stay. SOCOM 1, 2, and 3 were all good games and the fact that SOCOM 4 stunk doesn't mean the series should die. But God of War, I've just had it with the series. They've released same game after same game for years now and it's just sickening. They should have made their trilogy and ended it there, but the countless prequels are just boring. They have no idea what to do with the series, no idea where to go with any of the characters, and they haven't innovated any of the gameplay. Square Square Triangle is still the best combo and people can beat the game using that and only that. Resistance should also die in a fire, but that goes without saying.
God of War for me, get a new protagonist and i'll be interested but the story of Kratos has already been told, you can't top a 2D fit with Zeus nor should they try and top it. Take another mythology and do something creative with that God of War
EDIT: That would probably be too hard for them to do
I voted GoW because that series is so tired and will likely go on, but you missed two obvious ones that I wish would go away.
Ridge Racer and Wipeout. The TNT with RR5 reminded me how tired that series is and how far NFS and Burnout have surpassed it. Wipeout has also been rehashing the same concepts since the PS2. The games are still fun in bits and bobs, but neither of these series have done anything innovative in ten years. Whether is PS4, PSN, mobile, Vita, whatever just put them to rest or do something new.
Also Ratchet and Clank is a runner up. I haven't enjoyed one of these games for a long time and they keep pumping them out every year.