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The next generation of video game consoles is almost upon us. Before we know it, we’ll be sitting down in front of our TVs to get our hands on some beautiful PlayStation 5 games.
Excited? You bet we are! How can you not get a little but hyped knowing that the video game world is about to be turned on its head with the launch of two new platforms.
But which PS5 games are worth having on your radar? After you already drop a large sum of money on the console, which games should you further crush your bank account when you purchase them? Let’s take a look at the most exciting PS5 games announced so far and see which ones you’ll need to keep an eye on.
1. Horizon Forbidden West
Without question, the most exciting PS5 game announced so far is Horizon Forbidden West. The original game was one of my favorite games on the PlayStation 4. In fact, it might just be in my top 10 games of all time. So as soon as Sony announced that Guerrilla was working on a sequel, I was on board. Bring on the robot hunting, please!
2. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
The Assassin’s Creed franchise looks to be back in a huge way with the Valhalla. The Viking setting will be an interesting departure for the franchise, and I’m excited to see how Ubisoft is able to work with it. It’s certainly a time and place with plenty of violence, so it should work out pretty well. Plus, the AC games have seen a return to form with recent games, so we’re excited to see the developers build upon that success.
Godfall is a game that came out of nowhere as the first PS5 console exclusive announced. While many games are moving in the direction of loot shooters, Godfall is a loot slasher. It’s being published by Gearbox, the same company that makes Borderlands, so we’re confident the looting will be quite enjoyable. It looks like a third-person Diablo meets Destiny meets Borderlands, which are three games I absolutely adore.
4. Gran Turismo 7
You can’t have a new PlayStation console without a Gran Turismo, and the PS5 is no exception. Cars are the perfect way to show off new video game hardware because they’re something we can all relate to—everyone has seen a car at one point or another. Not to mention, racing in high-end automobiles that most of us will never be able to afford is always a good time.
5. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Who doesn’t want to see how adorable and destructive Ratchet & Clank can get on new hardware? Rift Apart looks like an extremely promising game that’ll take advantage of the PS5’s capabilities. The trailer looks about as close to Pixar movie in video game form as we’ve ever seen, and if that doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what will.
6. Hitman 3
Agent 47 has had quite the resurgence in recent years, and he’s back to round out his latest trilogy on the PlayStation 5 in Hitman 3. This is a great game to put the new consoles to the test because it features dense, realistic environments that should look incredible on the new hardware. Plus, the previous two Hitman games were so fun and mechanically deep that this promises to be a joy to play!
7. Oddworld Soulstorm
This game looks super dark, and I absolutely love it. I’ll admit I wasn’t a huge fan of the Oddworld games back in the day, but the trailer for this one has me extremely interested. The gameplay looks like a modernized version of the old games, but the visuals look absolutely stunning. Whether you have nostalgia for the franchise or not, this is a game to have on your radar.
8. Resident Evil Village
When there’s a new Resident Evil game coming out, you’d better believe I’ll be the first person standing in line ready to get my hands on it. No one does horror quite like Capcom, and it looks like they’re expanding on what they do best with Resident Evil 8. The announcement trailer doesn’t really tell us much, but what is there to know? It’s Resident Evil and it’s probably going to be awesome.
9. Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost looks like a beautiful game that should show off the graphical power of the PlayStation 5. It doesn’t look like an action-packed game, but rather it appears to be more narrative and exploration driven. As long as the story ends up being compelling, this could definitely be a game that’s worth keeping an eye on.
When it comes to games that stand out from the crowd, Deathloop is one to watch. Not only does the premise of repeating the main character’s death over and over sound fun, but the art style is absolutely eye-popping. While many of the upcoming PS5 games are looking to use the power to push realism, this game throws all that aside in favor of a look that’s absolutely dripping with style. I’m counting down the days until I get to play Deathloop.
The trailer for BugSnax might make you think you’re on an acid trip. However, once you realize that the game is from the same people who made Octodad, you realize that you’re in for a weird experience that’ll probably be a lot of fun. It’s difficult to say what you’ll actually do in BugSnax, but the weird look and pedigree of the developers are enough to get me on board.
12. The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
This is one of those games that’s pretty far out, so we don’t know very much about it. However, all we really need to know is that it’s a Lord of the Rings game that focuses heavily on Gollum, one of the most interesting characters in the franchise, and we’re ready to hop in and play whenever it comes out.
If you’re a fan of space combat and RPG mechanics, Chorus might be the perfect game for you. The game will see you exploring and fighting in zero-g, which should make for some fun and interesting moments. And it looks like it’s going to be absolutely stunning visually, which is exactly what you want from an early next-generation game.
As someone who loves Borderlands, when I saw that this game is a 1-3 player co-op RPG shooter, I was ready to sit down and play it immediately. Outriders is played in the third-person, but it’s still an RPG shooter, which is enough to get me on board. Developer People Can Fly have worked on games like Gears of War, so they know how to make a third-person shooter that feels good.
15. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the first Bloodlines, and it looks like it’s shaping up to be an incredible game. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like if Seattle was overrun with vampires, this is the game for you. It promises a deep story that reacts to player actions, RPG mechanics, and everything else you’d expect from a game with the Vampire: The Masquerade brand attached.
PlayStation 5 Is Coming
You can run. You can hide. But no matter what you do, you need to accept that the PlayStation 5 will be here before we know it. Let the hype train chug along!