It’s going to be several more months of loneliness as lockdown continues here in the Philippines, but fortunately, hope has arrived in the form of the next generation of video games. Sony’s PlayStation 5 will be unleashed upon the world this holiday season, so keep calling your local video game store or ask a relative from the COVID-free country of your choice to take one home.
In the meantime, you can press your sweaty paws and consumer-hungry face against the screen right now, as we list the eight most exciting titles coming to the PlayStation 5. Whether they’re showcasing the power of ray-tracing, re-imagining a beloved classic, or pushing the envelope for what’s possible with the PlayStation, these games are the ones to wait for.
The progenitor of the masocore tradition re-awakens. Before Bloodborne, before Dark Souls, there was Demon’s Souls, the classic that introduced gamers to a masochistic love of hardcore challenge in action role-playing. Return to the kingdom of Boletaria to defeat Allant, the Fallen King and pacify the Old One. This remake will harness the power of the new console and be available at launch.
Final Fantasy XVI
It’s been ages since the last mainline entry from the venerable Final Fantasy franchise, and at last, a new installment will meet the next generation of gaming hardware. Details regarding Final Fantasy XVI are scarce, but it marks a conscious return to a more grounded fantasy with fewer elements of magitech. Project lead Naoki Yoshida said more details will be coming in 2021, but who knows exactly when this game will actually come out, as Final Fantasy XV spent nearly a decade in development.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4 was inarguably one of the big GOTYs (Game of the Year) for 2018. Now developer Insomniac Games is following it up with a thrilling, standalone tale that focuses on the growing legend of Miles Morales. Spider-Man: Miles Morales will also be releasing on PlayStation 4 but it’ll launch alongside the PlayStation 5. There it will take advantage of the console’s fast asset streaming that will make combat and traversal look wild.
Resident Evil Village
The Resident Evil series has been on a hot streak recently, with 2017’s incredibly well-received Resident Evil 7 being a shot in the arm for the franchise, followed by 2019’s remake of Resident Evil 2 that made a classic feel reborn. Village will take players to a mysterious hamlet in Europe where the distraught Ethan, with series mainstay Chris Redfield, looking for answers to some shocking truths. Resident Evil Village is scheduled for 2021 on PlayStation 5, as well as Xbox and Windows PC.
Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart
The beloved felinoid hero and his robot partner have been a PlayStation mainstay for nearly two decades, and it’s no different for the PlayStation 5. Developer Insomniac Games promises the usual strafe shooting and platforming action, but the big selling point is the game’s new “rift” premise, that lets players jump between worlds and dimensions. The PS5’s custom solid-state drive will probably play a huge role in that feature, enabling instantaneous load times between entire realms.
On a decadent but lawless island filled with “visionaries,” play as one of two assassins trapped within a time loop. You’ll die, die, die again in an attempt to solve the mysteries of the island while contriving means and ways to kill eight key targets before the time loop resets. Deathloop continues the tradition of developer Arkane Studios of providing players with killer action and cunning problem-solving in an original and stylish setting.
Resident Evil co-creator Shinji Mikami is leading this project at Tango Gameworks, the Tokyo-based studio that developed cult favorite The Evil Within. In the wake of a devastating supernatural event, 99% of Tokyo’s population has vanished. Players must fight the paranormal threat and unravel the mystery behind this mass disappearance. Ghostwire: Tokyo will utilize the unique features of the PS5 DualSense controller to provide unique feedback for players as they master various paranormal powers.
Horizon Forbidden West
Horizon Zero Dawn was one of the biggest hits of the PlayStation 4 and soon the saga continues. Horizon Forbidden West follows the continuing adventures of Aloy, a skilled hunter in a land overrun by machines from a long-ago future, as the fights to protect the world she knows. The series’ depiction of epic technological monstrosities and a lush, verdant world will definitely push what the PS5 is capable of. The game will also be releasing on PlayStation 4.
Which PS5 games look most exciting to you?