Last week was as crazy a week for gaming news as your average E3. The PC Gaming Show, the Guerilla Collective Showcase, IGNs Summer of Gaming, the Escapist Indie Showcase and the GamesRadar Future Games Show all paled in comparison to the megaton. The PlayStation 5 reveal event. This two hour Sony hosted live stream debuted not only the hardware but the games we will be playing on it. Here is the complete rundown of everything you might have missed.
The absolute megaton announcement of the show was the full unveiling of the PlayStation 5 hardware. This included the surprise announcement of a digital only edition along with the standard headset, media remote, and camera.
It’s been far too long since we visited Lorne Lanning’s charming Oddworld series and Soulstorm will be a welcome return to a classic underappreciated franchise.
Astro Bot makes his triumphant return, this time seemingly without the VR headset that he debuted on. The most interesting thing about this adorable platformer is that it will come preloaded on every PS5 giving everyone something new to play on launch day.
The team that brought you Octodad: Deadliest Catch has somehow ratcheted up the weirdness even further with Bugsnax. The artstyle and creativity on display is staggering in its inventiveness.
Speaking of stylish art-styles, Solar Ash takes players to the Ultravoid, a rift travelling through space swallowing worlds. Though it isn’t coming until next year, its story about reflection, progress, and the weight of struggle is one that will resonate just as much then as it does now.
Sports may be on hiatus but video game sports are not. Until the NBA returns, NBA 2K21 on PS5 will be the only place to see Zion Williamson absolutely destroy anyone who tries to guard him.
Equal parts Rocket League and demolition derby, Destruction AllStars will bring the multiplayer chaos to the PlayStation 5’s launch window.
Arguably the mic drop moment in terms of software came with the debut of the stunning Horizon: Forbidden West. Aloy returns to face down a new threat with mechanical animals having evolved past the dinosaurs of the previous game into mammoths, turtles, and sea serpents. This instantly became a lot of people’s most anticipated PS5 title and it isn’t hard to see why.
Housemarque is leaving their static arena twin stick shooters behind for something far more ambitious with Returnal, which tells the story of an astronaut exploring various alien landscapes.
The latest game in the Resident Evil franchise is charting new territory. After two remakes of classic games, Resident Evil Village will strike out to a sleepy mountain town. The game will feature witches and werewolves in addition to the series trademark zombies.
The time traveling multiplayer genre has not had much success namely because it seems impossible. Yet here we are with the crew from Arkane breaking down barriers. Their work on the Dishonored series has been nothing short of exemplar so seeing them stretch their legs to multiplayer is exciting.
The game that started off a genre, Demon’s Souls is getting a remaster that will bring it from the PS3 to the PS5 courtesy of Bluepoint Studios. The game was underplayed in its release window and has maintained its status as a cult classic. Hopefully, it retains all of the weirdness of its original release.
Tango Gameworks has brought Tokyo to life in this stylish thriller that sees paranormal forces invading the city. One of the first PlayStation 5 titles announced, it will see launch in 2021.
Stray combines two things that everyone loves: robots and cats. Where do we sign up?
The first loot game announced for the next generation, Godfall will look to stake a claim in the genre that has been dominated by Destiny, Borderlands and Diablo. The mythology meets technology theme hearkens back to cult classic Too Human.
The grandfather of car games is back and looking better than ever. There is no better way to showcase a new console than with a racing game and Polyphony Digital is up to the task.
Sackboy has been the unofficial mascot of Sony in the style of Sonic and Mario for the last generation. However, he has been relegated to his role as the secondary character behind the creation engine of LittleBigPlanet. Now he takes on a staring role that is far overdue.
A brand new IP from Square Enix is always something to pay attention to, especially when it looks this good. The video reel showcased a wide open world ripe for exploration at the hands of its female protagonist.
The next generation of 3D platformers is in the capable hands of Ratchet and Clank. The one real showcase for the PlayStation 5’s much vaunted SSD, the game play shown was quite impressive in its lack of loading screens or visible lag.
One of only three games to have sold over 100 million copies, Grand Theft Auto V making an appearance on next generation consoles is most notable in terms of what it may mean for an unannounced sequel. After all, why make something new when even seven years later it is still making Rockstar money hand over fist?
There has been some confusion regarding what exactly Spider-Man: Miles Morales will actually be. It may be a standalone expansion a la Uncharted: Lost Legacy or perhaps a definitive edition of the 2018 game with additional Miles content. Regardless, it will feature one of the breakout heroes of the last decade in Miles Morales, and it couldn’t happen at a better time.
The new IP from Capcom was the second game of the night to feature a cat, though this time, the cat was holographic. The lead character appears to be in some combination of an astronaut suit and the Dark Void jetpack armor. Not much is known about the game, but a new Capcom IP is definitely something to keep an eye on.
Can we interest you in Riverdale with teenage dinosaurs instead of regular teenagers?
Agent 47 has experienced a bit of a renaissance in the last few years by turning the franchise into more of a puzzle game with live service elements. His unique brand of ludicrous and bloody will bring a welcome bit of variety into the next generation
It doesn’t get more adorable than Kena: Bridge of Spirits. A game that looks ripped out of theatres, its storybook style and coming of age story will be the heartwarming game of the year.
An action RPG with survival elements and an almost puppet-like art style, Little Devil Inside wears its influences on its sleeves.
Last but not least, JETT: The Far Shore will take players on an interstellar exploration of a people haunted by oblivion. It will be on both PS4 and PS5 in the launch window.
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