After last week’s big announcement stream, the gaming world is abuzz with news about the PlayStation 5. Naturally, I felt the need to get in on the action! I’m not going to spend time talking about the hardware itself; to be honest, I’ve never had the head for details about, you know… processors and stuff. I mean, if I had the patience to pay attention to that, I’d be building a computer, not buying a console. I’m sure the PS5 will have enough gigabytes, or whatever. Specs aren’t what I care about. What I care about is games! So, here are the PS5 games I’m most looking forward to. Not all of them were announced at Sony’s big reveal party, and not all of them are PS5 exclusives, but all of them look totally rad.
Despite having a very bad name, this is one of the most intriguing games on this list. A sci-fi shooter about a woman endlessly repeating a time loop in which she crashes on a strange planet, Returnal ticks a lot of boxes for me. Weird science fiction? Check. Creepy alien monsters? Check. Elements of psychological horror? Check. Our protagonist claims that her memories are beginning to change, and apparently each time she goes through the loop, the planet itself is slightly different; these mysteries, on top of all the other weird stuff going on, already have me hooked. Hopefully the gameplay can back up the exciting narrative that developer Housemarque has put together!
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Initially, this was the announcement I was most excited about. I absolutely adored Insomniac Games’s Spider-Man, and the idea of a sequel focusing on Miles had me giddy with excitement. Miles is a fantastic character, and switching the narrative to focus on him makes sense on a lot of levels. Even on a mechanical level, Miles has more to work with than Peter–he’s got a few Spidey-powers that Parker doesn’t, which is the perfect way to spice up a sequel. Unfortunately, Insomniac has clarified that Spider-Man: Miles Morales isn’t a full game, but rather an enhanced port of Spider-Man with a Miles-focused expansion added on. Still exciting, for sure, but not quite the bombshell I’d first thought.
I’m a sucker for looter-shooters, so the idea of a fantasy-themed looter-slasher really appeals to me. Counterplay Games has partnered with Gearbox to make this new twist on an old classic happen, and I’ve got high hopes. What little gameplay we’ve seen looks fast and fun, with a decent variety of weapons and armor to choose from, and anything that lets me hop into a group with a few friends and slice up monsters is good in my book! Setting is always important in fantasy stories, so I hope this one is as interesting as the gameplay looks to be. Apparently it features a world divided into four elemental realms, which is a trope I’ve always been fond of; I’m looking forward to seeing how it pans out!
Bandai Namco’s new offering looks pretty slick, with beautiful anime-style visuals and crazy monster designs. I’ve been playing a lot of Control lately, so I’m already in the right headspace for a game about a bureau of psychics fighting weird supernatural creatures. This game seems to fit that bill nicely, with a layer of hack-and-slash goodness on top. Plus, in the trailer, the main character psychically throws a train at someone. Telekinetic train murder is a pretty effective way to make me interested in your game.
Horizon: Forbidden West
Okay, so, this is one is a little awkward because I haven’t actually, uh, played very much of Horizon: Zero Dawn. I want to! For sure! But, well, I bought Zero Dawn on the same day I bought a Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, so… one of those things got put to the side and never really picked back up. That said, I loved what I did play of the first Horizon, and it’s one of my wife’s favorite games of all time, so Forbidden West is pretty much top of our list when it comes to PS5 titles we’re looking forward to. I can’t wait to see what kind of wild machines await in this one–that big robot turtle in the trailer is one of my favorite mech designs in recent memory!