When Sony announced that they were going to tease some new games for their upcoming PlayStation 5 console, I couldn’t have been be more indifferent. I LOVE my PS4… and my PS3… and my PS2… and my Switch. Each console has a massive library to delve into, and due to that I have an equally sized backlog. In addition, my entertainment center is already pretty packed and just perfectly organized. I honestly couldn’t afford to care about another console and library into which to devote more time, energy, and, most importantly, money.
Then Thursday hit. I sat on the couch, holding and entertaining my 7-month-old daughter while I watched Sony’s presentation off of my phone, trying desperately to hear over the sound of the baby channel on my TV. My phone sat on one knee, while my daughter sat on the other – a precarious balancing act that threatened collapse with every kick of her little feet. At first I watched with mild interest, but this quickly grew to excitement with each announced game.
The result? I, for one, welcome our new Sony overlords and am ready to just throw money at the megacorporation, just for a chance to play some of these titles. Here are a few games I’m most excited for.
From the developers of the criminally underrated Evil Within duology comes a new action horror IP, with enemies strongly reminiscent of their past games and a combat loop that looks highly reminiscent of Bioshock’s Plasmid/Vigor combat system, except without the guns. We know little about the story outside of broad strokes, but expect it to be just as mind blowing and crazy as the Evil Within games.
I didn’t grow up with either of the two Oddworld games on the PS1, in fact I didn’t even know about them until I scored a secondhand copy of the first one from a garage sale! I’ve had a blast with every title since. The Oddworld games are some of the most unique platformers ever made, and with the announcement of Soulstorm, I’m more ready than ever to jump back into the the oddest of worlds.
I am a huge fan of Arkane’s output. Dishonored and Prey were the two best immersive sims of their generations, and their Dishonored sequels are equally good. Deathloop looks like the quality level is not dipping anytime soon. Keeping with their trend of retrofuturistic sci-fi world, Arkane provides us a teaser that shows an organic evolution from their past titles.
Horizon Forbidden West
The sequel to Guerrilla’s surprise hit, Horizon Zero Dawn, This title is one of the most hotly anticipated exclusives. The original is one of all time favorite games, as the worldbuilding was engaging and the writing was excellent, as well as one of the most beautiful open worlds of the generation. Plus, it had a cliffhanger after-credit scene that just screamed “Sequel!” A sequel announcement was inevitable, and it has certainly left it’s mark on me. I can’t wait to jump back into Aloy’s shoes, take down some massive robot creatures, and save the world again.
Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart
I grew up with the lombax and robot pair. I remember first playing the game with my little brother as a kid, and I’ve been in love with the shoot-em-up platforming franchise ever since. Despite my problems with the PS4 remake of the first game, it was still a fun experience and I look forward to this inter-dimensional hopping adventure with the pair, hopefully with some better writing this time.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Marvel’s Spider-Man was the entire reason I purchased a PS4, and I’m so glad I did. Everything about the game is Spectacular, from the gorgeous graphics and presentation to the spot on mechanics. It is a perfect visual marriage of the style of the films and the comics. Marvel’s Spider-Man not only snatched the title of “Best Comic Book Game” from Arkham Knight, it did so with an emphatic “thwip!” Miles Morales looks to be more of the same. Said by the developer to be like Uncharted: The Lost Legacy to Uncharted 4, what we are in for is sure to be a web-slinging time.
Finally is Resident Evil 8: Village
I am a MASSIVE Resident evil fan. I’ve put more hours into the games than I can count, and I have Resident Evil 7 to thank for that. Subtitled Biohazard, the game was easily Capcom’s scariest Resident Evil to date. Resident evil 8 looks to be an even scarier, with a marriage of the tense FPS horror of 7 with the Gothic architecture and spooky outside environments of 4, with a strong helping of Grimm’s Fairy tales to top it all off.
This doesn’t cover every game announced Thursday, so included is the full alphabetized list below:
- Astro Bot (Release Date: TBA)
- Bugsnax (Release Date: 2020)
- Deathloop (Release Date: 2020)
- GhostWire Tokyo (Release Date: 2021)
- Godfall (Release Date: 2020)
- Grand Theft Auto 5 Enhanced (Release Date: 2021)
- Gran Turismo 7 (Release Date: TBA)
- Hitman III (Release Date: 2021)
- Horizon: Forbidden West (Release Date: TBA)
- Kena: Bridge of Spirits (Release Date: 2020)
- Little Devil Inside (Release Date: 2020)
- NBA 2K21 (Release Date: 2020)
- Oddworld: Soulstorm (Release Date: 2020)
- Pragmata (Release Date: 2022)
- Project Athia (Release Date: TBA)
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Release Date: TBA)
- Resident Evil: Village (Release Date: 2021)
- Returnal (Release Date: TBA)
- Sackboy: A Big Adventure (Release Date: 2020)
- Solar Ash (Release Date: 2021)
- Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Release Date: 2020)
- Stray (Release Date: 2021)