Our 5 most anticipated PlayStation 5 games
Five of our most anticipated PlayStation 5 games.
We don’t know when exactly the PlayStation 5 is launching outside of “Holiday 2020”. We don’t know how much it will cost. But we do know that it’s going to hit the ground running in its battle against the Xbox Series X.
There’s a lot of power to be found in the PlayStation 5, but it’s the games that will ultimately determine the winner out of the gate in the next-gen wars. Thankfully, Sony used a not-so-long-ago PlayStation 5 live stream to show off an already impressive catalogue of titles.
Horizon Forbidden West
Before Days Gone and Ghost of Tsushima, Sony’s last big first-party new open-world IP was Horizon Zero Dawn. While the name doesn’t tell you a lot about what to expect, the gameplay and drop-dead-gorgeous graphics immediately dispel any questions of quality. Unlike your average post-apocalyptic game, Horizon Zero Dawn was set after the world has regrown, where the daily threats are mechanical monsters whose designs are inspired by real-world critters.
Fast-forward to Horizon Forbidden West and returning protagonist Aloy can ditch her shoes to run her toes through the sands of a coastal California recaptured by nature. Don’t get too distracted by the promise of even prettier visual fidelity, though, as even adept monster-hunter Aloy has her work cut out for her with new mechanical monstrosities above and below the waves.
Can’t wait? Play Horizon Zero Dawn
It’s made by Arkane Studios, the gameplay geniuses behind Dishonored and Prey 2016, therefore Death Loop is a must-play. Nuff said. Oh, you’re still here? Okay, fine. Deathloop continues Arkane’s obsession with taking wacky settings and splicing them with a distinct art style and incredibly satisfying player-driven gameplay loops. In its simplest form, Deathloop is a roguelike that Game Director Dinga Bakaba calls “inverted Cluedo”.
Hmm. That’s not particularly simple, either. Let’s tease it out some more. You’ll play primarily as an assassin called Colt who’s stuck in a time loop on an island that’s out to get him. Every time you die, or you reach the end of the day, Colt’s back to the start, albeit with the player knowledge learnt in that previous run. As if that’s not complicated enough, Colt is being hunted by equally adept assassin Julianna, who’s either controlled by AI or by an invading human player.
Can’t wait? Play Prey
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
If you’re new to the weird and wonderful world of Ratchet and Clank, you’d be forgiven for thinking, at first glance, this is a franchise meant for kids. While the series is built with all ages in mind, the pedigree of the Ratchet and Clank games is that it’s just as enjoyable for adults as it is for kids (maybe even more so). The main thing to appreciate is the killer overkill arsenal that gets bigger and more bonkers with every release.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is primed to take full advantage of the speedy-loading perks of the PS5. This doesn’t just apply to loading stages, either; instead, it’s showcased by a great teleporting mechanic that can have you ripping through rifts in the world you’re in, or jumping to entire new planets. Oh, you’d better believe there’s also an expanded kick-arsenal to make enemy fragging a hoot.
Can’t wait? Ratchet & Clank
A mix of Destruction Derby and Twisted Metal is exactly what I’m hoping for when it comes to Destruction AllStars. And that’s coming from someone who’s not a fan of racing games. But with a title like Destruction AllStars, it’s safe to say this game is less about the racing part and more about the destruction.
I’m reading into that lack of space in the “AllStars” part of the title as an invitation to treat my ride as a wrecking ball on wheels, disrespecting the personal space of any car foolhardy enough to drift in front of my hood ornament. In short, I’m hoping for the ramming parts of Rocket League without having to worry about the whole sports-car soccer bit.
Can’t wait? Play Wreckfest
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
When Sony first talked about the PlayStation 5, it used Marvel’s Spider-Man as a way to spruik the loading speeds and web-swinging speeds of the new hardware in comparison to the PS4. It’s no wonder, then, that the PS5 will have its own Spider-Man game to put this to the test. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is that game, and while it’s not a full-fledged sequel to the Peter Parker-led Marvel’s Spider-Man, it’s packing its own punch.
For starters, new protagonist Miles Morales has all of Parker’s best Spidey skills, plus his own unique abilities, which means all-new gameplay possibilities. There’s a new story and new baddies to biff, but what I’m really hoping for is the promise of extreme web-swinging speeds, even if the possibility of a near-instantaneous fast-travel system is equally appealing in an open-world game.