14 of the best and most anticipated PlayStation 5 games
14 of the best and most anticipated PlayStation 5 games.
The PlayStation 5 is here… well, for those fortunate enough to have pre-ordered one for launch release. For everyone else, it looks like 2021 will be the earliest point to score a Sony next-gen console. In fairness, it’s a similar story for hopeful Xbox Series X and Series S owners.
Still, whether you have a PS5 connected to a 4K TV today, or plan on having one in the future, here’s an updating list of five games you can play today, and nine to look forward to when they release. If it’s still to be released, we’ve also added a similarly themed (sometimes tenuously) PlayStation Plus Collection recommendation for you to play today as part of a PlayStation Plus subscription.
Sony has introduced the PlayStation Plus Collection, which is included with the PlayStation Plus membership. At launch, there are 20 games included as part of the PlayStation Plus Collection, which includes a mix of 10 first-party games and 10 third-party titles. Head over to our guide for a complete list of PS Plus Collection games.
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.
PlayStation Plus Collection alternative – Monster Hunter: World
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.
PlayStation Plus Collection alternative – Bloodborne
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.
PlayStation Plus Collection alternative – Ratchet and 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.
PlayStation Plus Collection alternative – Batman: Arkham Knight
Pedigree goes a long way when it comes to anticipation. Case in point, the twisted team behind The Evil Within games is building this trippy-looking game. As you might expect, this is an action-horror game and, unlike The Evil Within, it’ll be in first-person this time around, so get ready for in-your-face scares.
You’ll be battling ghosts in what’s described as “karate meets magic”, and you can expect to do a lot of ghost punching because this futuristic Tokyo is pretty much devoid of real people. At this stage, it’s exclusive to PlayStation 5. I say “at this stage” because Microsoft is finalising a deal to buy Bethesda, the publisher of Ghostwire Tokyo, so it may end up as a next-gen Xbox exclusive!
PlayStation Plus Collection alternative – Persona 5
As someone who never owned an original PlayStation console, Oddworld was one of those series that I regret missing out on when it first landed. Following on from the success of Oddworld: New ’n’ Tasty!, Oddworld: Soulstorm is a rebranded reimagining of late-’90s sequel Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus. The 2.5D perspective is intact, as is the gameplay that will see you saving fellow Mudokons from slavery.
At least, that’s what you’re supposed to do. For anyone who’s played an Oddworld platformer, you’ll know there’s a lot of fun to be found in leading hapless Mudokons into all manner of gory traps… before you reload your last save and do it all properly. There’s some exciting new features in Soulstorm, too, including a crafting system, a train hub for freer movement between levels, and new areas.
PlayStation Plus Collection alternative – Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Okay, okay, the title ain’t great, but bear with me for a couple of paragraphs and hopefully you’ll see the potential of this game. I’m excited about Returnal because it comes from the maniacs at Housemarque that have a reputation for making rad isometric action-packed twin-stick shooters like Dead Nation, Alienation and Nex Machina.
For Returnal, though, Housemarque steps outside the familiarity of this isometric setting and, instead, builds a head-tripping sci-fi game that’s a third-person shooter spliced with a roguelike. The planet you’ll continually die on changes after every reset and, as an exclusive PlayStation 5 title, the gameplay looks utterly gorgeous. A release date announcement cannot come soon enough.
PlayStation Plus Collection alternative – God of War
It’s weird to see games step outside of their familiar setting, but here’s Worms Rumble defying its usual turn-based 2D setting and opting, instead, for real-time 2.5D action. More than this, it’s a 32-player cross-platform arena-based firefight, built atop that enviably explosive and hilarious Worms arsenal.
That “cross-platform” part means it shouldn’t be hard to find a game between PS4, PC and PS5 platforms, but the main appeal is this looks like it’s a whole lot of goofy fun, which is exactly what a Worms game should be first and foremost. There’s even a Last Worm Standing mode to scratch that battle royale itch.
PlayStation Plus Collection alternative – Mortal Kombat X
Prior to the launch of next-gen consoles, playing Control on PC was the only way to see it in its full glory. Ray tracing may sound like a next-gen buzzword, but you only need to flick it on and off on a 20-series or 30-series Nvidia graphics card while playing Control to instantly understand how immersive and gameplay-boosting the tech can be.
Developer Remedy Entertainment has understandably been hyping up the ray tracing for the PS5 upgrade for Control and whether you missed out on PS4 or want to revisit, PS5 is going to be the place to do it. For those unaware, Control is a mind-bending sci-fi story set in a mysterious facility, packed with great action and stuffed with amazing action set pieces. It was a great game on PS4, and it’s going to be even better on PS5.