New console announcements always create lots of excitement. After all, everyone loves getting their hands on new hardware. The PlayStation 5 will almost certainly be able to do things never seen before in a home console. Just like with every other generation, it will also have greater performance and better graphics than the PlayStation 4. Yet, we all know that the success of a new platform doesn’t depend on hardware specifications. The most important thing is the games that will be released for it.
Sony has a huge backlog of games that they can bring to the PlayStation 5. They have already demonstrated with the current generation that they can have a great lineup of exclusives. With the new console just around the corner, there is plenty of opportunity to see a whole range of fresh titles. Whether they are fan-requested sequels or the return of major franchises, there are a lot of games we want to see on the PlayStation 5.
10. Cyberpunk 2077
CD Projekt Red’s latest title is one of the most anticipated games of recent times. After the success of The Witcher, the developer is trying their hand at a more futuristic setting. We already know that Cyberpunk 2077 will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One and previous interviews have revealed that the title is being built to work on future hardware.
It should be able to take advantage of everything the newer technology offers as is has been “developed in such a way that it can use very powerful future equipment” according to the studio. That means we will get to experience the open world and stunning visuals in an even more impressive manner. Oh, and seeing Keanu Reeves in that much more detail will be very welcome as well.
Although the games didn’t receive the attention they deserved, they were able to attract a strong cult following. All three shooters were underrated at the time of their release despite the fact that they excelled both in terms of the campaign and online multiplayer.
What makes this franchise so special is the emphasis it puts on the narrative. Each installment had an engaging and intense story that steadily became more horror-based as the series progressed. There’s a distinct lack of first-person shooters with great campaigns and Sony could do with their own for the PlayStation 5. It would also give Insomniac Games the chance to reboot the series using everything they learned in the first three games.
8. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Marvel’s Spider-Man proved to be a big success for both Sony and Insomniac Games. The PlayStation 4 exclusive attracted critical praise and was a hit in the charts. A sequel, then, is all but guaranteed. For those that have played the first game, the ending did set up several storylines that could be explored in a direct sequel. We don’t want to spoil anything here, but one very recognizable villain was teased and another important character also showed up after the credits.
There’s plenty of material for Insomniac Games to use as well as a whole host of new adversaries for Spider-Man to battle, so it’s entirely possible we could see a collection of titles in the series. With no announcement yet, it would make sense to have the game come to the PlayStation 5 to make the most of the new hardware.
7. Jak and Daxter 4
A change in trends over the last decade has meant that 3D platformers have not been represented as well as they probably should. As publishers pursued gritty and more realistic visuals, colorful adventures that were commonplace in the 90s and 00s fell by the wayside. While Jak and Daxter was never a cute and cuddly affair, the series seemingly was abandoned as first-person shooters began to dominate the charts.
However, there is still very much an audience for these types of games. The success of the recent Crash Bandicoot and Spyro releases has shown exactly that. A sequel or reboot of the Jak and Daxter series would make sense, then. Especially when the only comparable IP that Sony currently has is Knack. Naughty Dog wouldn’t even have to lead development as a range of studios have previously worked on the franchise.
6. The Last of Us: Part II
Ever since The Last of Us released in 2013, fans have wanted to see a sequel. While Sony has acknowledged that development is very much underway, they have been very quiet about it over the last year.
The game wasn’t shown at this year’s E3 at all and the last trailer came way back in the summer of 2018. Considering that there is still no firm release date we probably shouldn’t expect to see it until 2020.
It’s a safe bet that it is being developed for the upcoming hardware in addition to the PlayStation 4. That’s a good thing as it could give the PlayStation 5 a really exciting launch title.
SOCOM was not only one of the first online multiplayer games for the PlayStation 2 but it also introduced many to the world of third-person shooters. The last entry in the series came in 2011.
Since then, there has been a clear lack of shooters that are played from a third-person perspective and focus heavily on tactics. The only current game that it could be compared to is Ghost Recon Wildlands, showing that there is a definite gap in the market. The launch of the PlayStation 5 would be the perfect time to bring back the series.
4. Horizon Zero Dawn 2
Sony-owned developer Guerrilla Games have a long history of developing exclusive games for PlayStation consoles. Although they are probably best known for the Killzone series, they had a lot of success with the 2017 RPG Horizon Zero Dawn. It became one of the bestselling titles on the PlayStation 4 so a sequel would make sense from a financial standpoint as well.
There’s been no announcement from either Sony or Guerrilla Games about whether they are working on the next installment, but fans will no doubt be itching to continue the story and jump back into the robotic world.
3. Syphon Filter
The most obvious comparisons you can make with Syphon Filter are Splinter Cell and Metal Gear Solid. With Ubisoft seemingly in no rush to get Sam Fisher back onto consoles and the fact Hideo Kojima left Konami, there’s no guarantee that we will get to see any stealth-based action soon. That is where Sony could jump in and revive one of its oldest properties. One that is still very much on the minds of the original developers if these Easter eggs in Days Gone are anything to go by.
Having the game as a launch title would not only introduce a lot more people to the franchise, but it would also exploit the fact there is currently no real competition for this type of game. With missions taking place across the world as spies attempt to apprehend terrorists and cure a deadly biological weapon, there is a lot of scope for unique open-world levels. The PlayStation 5 could provide the power needed to do such a game justice.
Starfield was first announced during E3 2018. The sci-fi role-playing game is Bethesda’s first new blockbuster IP in more than two decades. The open-world nature of Bethesda’s titles should mean Starfield would likely to be able to take advantage of the more powerful console, both in terms of performance and visuals.
Experiencing the new franchise on the PlayStation 5 would make it all the more impressive. Of course, the same is true of the next Elder Scrolls game as well. This game won’t be coming out until after Starfield, so if that title releases on the PlayStation 5, you can be sure Elder Scrolls VI will.
1. Killzone 5
Few franchises have managed to compete with the likes of Call of Duty and Battlefield in the multiplayer first-person shooter arena. Killzone was Sony’s attempt to break the monopoly of those games. No new game in the series has released since 2013 and none of them managed to hit the highs of 2009’s Killzone 2, which was critically acclaimed for its graphics, gameplay, and intense campaign.
So Sony has an opportunity to put out a stunning first-party shooter again for the first time in many years. It would also make sure that Killzone carries on its streak of appearing on Sony’s consoles, as previous titles have launched on the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.
There is an issue with Guerrilla Games, the series’ developer, as they are thought to be working on a new Horizon Zero Dawn game. However, Sony could always put another studio in charge or expand Guerrilla to help cope with the demand.