No matter how futuristic the PlayStation 5 looks or how kick-ass its hardware is, we shouldn’t forget the most important thing about a game console: The games. While it’s definitely nice that the specs are incredible, all that horsepower is of no use if there’s nothing good to play once the console drops later this year.
This is not Sony’s first rodeo on the other hand, which means that they have already thought of this aspect and published a list of upcoming titles that will be available either on launch day, or soon thereafter. Not all of these games are triple-A material, but there are some heavy-hitters on this list as well, plus a few ports from PS4.
Before you ask, the answer is no, Skyrim has not been announced yet. There’s no doubt in our minds that it will make an appearance at some point, but it’s definitely not part of the first wave. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is really up to you.
Without further ado, here are the most exciting games that have been announced for the PlayStation 5, along with some details about what we can expect from them.
1. Gran Turismo 7
The Gran Turismo franchise is as iconic as the PlayStation itself, as well as one of the most illustrious exclusives the console had to offer over the decades. Hence, it’s really no surprise that Gran Turismo 7 is going to be one of the first games available for the PS5, and we are very excited to see what the developers will be able to achieve with the new hardware.
Speaking of which, the Gran Turismo games have a long-standing tradition of pushing the limits in terms of visual accuracy, with every game looking better and more realistic than the last. Thanks to that, we have very high expectations for the seventh entry in this franchise, even if it might take a while until the game is actually released.
We don’t have that many details about the game yet, even though there’s already a trailer out. What we do know is that the game will have an open-world element to it in the Career mode, as well as the possibility to tune cars by purchasing better parts. On top of that, it’s also possible to buy used cars, a feature that was removed a few games ago.
2. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Marvel wouldn’t miss this opportunity to unveil a new game set in its massively popular superhero universe, which is why we get another Spider-Man game together with the new PlayStation. As you can probably tell from its name, this one has Miles Morales starring as Spider-Man, with a brand new story centered around his exploits.
The game is pretty much following the same formula as the last entry in this franchise, which means that it’s going to be another open-world action game with a focus on exploration. You will be able to do just about anything around the vast city designed for the game, as well as experience a rich story full of interesting characters.
Graphics-wise, we are definitely expecting a lot from Spider-Man, especially since the last game set the bar so high. Judging by the trailer, we are not going to be disappointed in this regard, although it is still too early to tell yet. Most of the stuff in the trailer seems to be pre-rendered, so we’ll have to wait in order to find out more.
The release date is set for the 2020 holiday season, which means that this is going to be one of the few games available once the console itself is out.
3. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Ratchet & Clank is yet another iconic series that’s making a comeback along with the PS5, and we are definitely floored by how good the game looks in 4K. The trailer shows us very rich and detailed worlds, not to mention the fact that real-time ray-tracing seems to be part of the package as well.
In terms of gameplay, you can expect more or less the same, which means that there’s a lot of fast-paced action, some shooting, and quite a bit of platforming. However, the story is also quite interesting this time around, seeing how Ratchet and Clank are being transported to different dimensions on a regular basis.
On top of that, a very exciting new character is revealed at the end of the trailer, and we won’t spoil it for you. Go see for yourself!
4. HITMAN 3
Agent 47 was also spotted sneaking around during the PlayStation 5 reveal, which means that we can expect another HITMAN game as well. The trailer is already out, and while it doesn’t really tell us all that much about the game itself, we can safely assume that it’s all about assassinating bad guys in evermore creative ways.
There’s also a short gameplay trailer centered around a Dubai mission, which shows us some very creative and eye-catching level design. Not only that, but 47 is shown climbing skyscrapers Mission Impossible-style, so we are definitely in for a treat in terms of gameplay possibilities. Unfortunately, there are no other details to talk about, except for the fact that you will be able to play all three games that are part of the trilogy as a continuous adventure.
In addition, the release date is set for January 2021, although this is subject to change and not set in stone at the moment. More details about the game will be released in the following months.
5. Horizon Forbidden West
Since Horizon Zero Dawn is already one of the best-looking games out there at the moment, it’s really no surprise that Forbidden West raises the bar even more in this regard. As you can see from the announcement trailer, the graphics are simply breathtaking, not to mention the fact that there has been a lot of work put into the environments and the game world itself.
The trailer also shows many different biomes, ranging from lush jungles, all the way to deserts and even underwater environments. The next-gen facial animations are also incredible, since you can barely tell that the in-game characters are not real people.
In terms of gameplay, there’s really not much to talk about yet. We can probably expect the same open world style we enjoyed in Zero Dawn, as well as a focus on exploration. Speaking of which, there are plenty of new creatures that seem to be used for traveling, so we are definitely excited to see what’s new in that department.
There’s also no release date as of right now, so we are probably in for a long wait. On the other hand, if the trailer is anything to go by, the game seems to be in a pretty advanced development cycle, so it’s not like they just started working on it.
6. Grand Theft Auto V
Even though we are not getting Skyrim, Rockstar is not going to miss this opportunity to squeeze a bit more cash out of GTA V and GTA Online. For anyone keeping track, Grand Theft Auto V was released in 2013 on PlayStation 3, which means that this game has been available on three different console generations. But hey, if this cash cow is still going strong, why change things?
The important thing to note is that Rockstar is mostly banking on GTA Online to rope in the future PlayStation 5 owners, since the single-player campaign is as old as dust at this point and everyone and their grandma has played it. But since the GTA Online microtransactions are still raking in hundreds of millions of dollars every year, it’s not surprising that Rockstar is not really interested in hurrying the GTA VI development.
As you can expect, there are no major announcements in terms of new content or better graphics, since the game is probably only getting a port, not an update. However, PS5’s hardware should allow the developers to include better textures and more high end visual effects, which are already available in the PC version.
In addition, we are pretty certain that GTA V is going to be one of the first titles available on PlayStation 5 once it launches, since it’s not that much work to port the game. Well, at least not when compared to making a new one from the ground up.
7. Resident Evil 8
If you are not happy with old games being re-released for the third time, then you’ll be happy to know that Capcom is working on the next Resident Evil game, and it will be available on PlayStation 5 as well. This is an actual sequel that aims to continue the story from Resident Evil 7, which means that we are going to see Ethan and Mia once again.
This time the action takes place in a creepy village full of horrors, so it’s business as usual for our protagonists. There are also all sorts of new monsters to deal with, including what appears to be a werewolf. In addition, Capcom says that a lot of work went into the village itself, since the goal is to make the players feel like they are truly exploring a nasty place.
Not much can be said about the gameplay right now, except that we are going to play from a first-person perspective again, just like in Resident Evil 7. There are also some inventory tweaks that should make it easier to deal with items and crafting, which is a nice thought.
As far as the graphics are concerned, Resident Evil 8 definitely looks OK in the trailer, but we can’t help but notice that there’s really nothing next-gen about it, at least not yet. It’s still to early to tell yet, but we hope to see some improvements in this regard.
8. GhostWire: Tokyo
This is a very interesting announcement trailer, mainly because the game looks very different from what the developers originally showed us a while back at E3. Back then, GhostWire: Tokyo seemed to be a very atmosphere-based horror game taking place on the streets of Tokyo, Japan. This new trailer is pretty much a combination between Dragon Ball and a Japanese horror manga, and it’s really difficult to tell what the gameplay is going to be like.
The story puts you in the shoes of a man who is capable of seeing spirits and other monsters that are hidden from the rest of the world. Not only that, but he also seems able to blast them out of existence using what can only be described as off-brand Hadoukens.
In essence, the creepy vibes of the original E3 trailer are all but gone, because the game is a lot more action-oriented in this incarnation. While this is not a bad thing per se, some people were really excited for the original idea, so it’s a bit of a bummer to see such a drastic change in tempo.
There is also not much else to talk about in terms of gameplay, since we don’t see the main character doing too much, other than blasting ghosts with his energy bombs. This can still be a very engaging game however, especially since a lot of work has been put into the environments.
Godfall is an original IP that was just recently announced for PlayStation 5, along with a gameplay trailer showcasing some high octane action. In short, the game seems to be a Dark Souls-like experience, with a focus on acquiring armor and weapons as you progress. Naturally, there are some oversized bosses as well, just to drive the point home.
The gameplay looks very similar to other games in this genre, which means that you are constantly dodging attacks and hitting enemies with well-timed combos. There’s really nothing too special about the trailer, especially since we don’t get to see what kind of skill trees will be available, or what character classes will be playable.
On the other hand, the graphics do look pretty nice, even though there are some frame rate issues visible in the trailer. Keep in mind that the trailer is based on a very early build, so that’s obviously not going to be a problem in the finished game – hopefully. It’s still a bit strange that the developers chose to show these shortcomings in a presentation trailer.
Lastly, we have to comment on the music choice for this trailer, because what in the world were they thinking? It doesn’t go well with the game’s theme at all, and at first it seems like the music is coming from another Chrome tab you forgot to close.
There are still a few months to go until PlayStation 5 hits the shelves, but we already have a lot to look forward to in terms of games. Many major franchises are coming back this winter, including fan favorites like Gran Turismo, Ratchet & Clank, and HITMAN.
Thus, we are not going to get bored of Sony’s new console too soon, even if some of the titles on this list are scheduled for 2021 instead.