This past Thursday, the long-awaited PlayStation event took place online! A traditionally in-person event, Sony Entertainment decided for everyone's safety to move the event online and stream the new details for the upcoming console. Every seven years or so, Microsoft and Sony release a new version of their console with upgraded graphics and a more powerful operating system. To the average joe, this all seems pointless - a "useless" system or a "waste of money," but to everyone else that likes to have fun, these are some of the highlights I observed and enjoyed from the presentation.
1. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Several minutes into the show, Sony showcased one of their new trailers for the PlayStation 5. There, millions of people witnessed the reveal of a new Spider-Man game? Even at the time of typing this, there is some conflicting information on what exactly this new Spidey game is, however, no one can disagree that the hype train rolled out the station. The trailer showcased Miles Morales, the African-American/Puerto Rican Spider-Man swinging around a snow-filled Manhattan in an all-new adventure. Miles's Spider-Man has a very similar power set to Peter Parker's Spider-Man. The usual super strength, regeneration, and web-shooters. But Miles also has some things that set him apart as well like electric blasts and invisibility. Hopefully, more info is available soon, but this is my most anticipated game. I loved "Spider-Man PS4," I have fond memories of returning to the Mod after classes freshman year and web swing for hours. And I got good grades that semester as well so, in the end, it was all worth it.
2. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
The same developers of "Spider-Man PS4" are releasing another installment in the Ratchet and Clank series. "Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart]" follows the Space furball and his robot traveling through different dimensions. I didn't grow up with Ratchet and Clank a lot in my childhood. I remember I once got this dark version of the game and I never played it because seven years old I was scared. But nowadays it seems like the Ratchet and Clank series tries to maintain that child-friendly atmosphere. The game is a 3D space platformer, where you use an array of gadgets and weapons to take down a swarm of villains. The game is set to release Holiday 2020 and honestly, I might get it if I am getting a PS5 game one with Spider-Man.
3. Hitman III
The Hitman series has existed for years with different games on different systems. I was greatly excited to see the final installment of the game announced for an early 2021 release. The Hitman series follows Agent 47, a master assassin where every mission you have to assassinate a certain high-value target. What makes the game unique is that there is no one way to complete a mission. There are different paths one could take, with different weapons and disguises. I own Hitman II and got HItman I as a PlayStation Plus free game a couple of months ago. I am not more than ever determined to complete the series - especially before my PlaySation 4 dies.
4. Horizon Zero Dawn: Forbidden West
In 2017, the first Horizon Zero Dawn game released and gained critical acclaim. The story follows a young woman named Aloy who lives about 1,000 years into the future. Mankind has reverted back to a tribal society due to the landscape being overrun by animal machine hybrids. When I first got "Horizon Zero Dawn" I enjoyed the world-building and overall nature of dystopian earth. I have yet to complete the game due to the difficulty the main quest possesses. But now with the launch of PS5 approaching, I am anticipating that sooner or later I will have to beat the game. I am still a little traumatized by my robot crocodile attack from the game. Either way, I can tell there are a lot of people hyped for this game.
5. Sackboy: A Big Adventure
One of the last big highlights of the PlayStation event was the announcement of the "LittleBig Planet" Spin-off "Sackboy: A Big Adventure" the sack people are back in this new 3D adventure. The game that was shown off seems to have players taking on whole 3D worlds as opposed to the 2.5D landscape-level design from previous entries. The Little Big Planet franchise is known for its creativity - allowing players to design their own sack person as well as their own levels. This new game isn't a day one buy for me until I know if there is level design or not. When games allow their users to create whether it be characters, worlds, or overall levels the possibilities are truly endless. Some of the best levels from previous entries were the ones submitted by fans of the series that devoted hours of their time to create them. Hopefully, more info will be revealed soon!
Despite the five games highlighted above, there were other more indie based games announced like: "Kena: Bridge of Spirits", "Deathloop", "Stray", "Resident Evil VIII", and "Godlike." You can check out all the officially announced games on PlayStation's YouTube page! I am definitely excited for the PS5, it is equipped with a 4K Blu-ray player, headphones, a built-in mic into the controller, faster processing and overall more powerful. As my PS4 slowly dies down, I pray the PS5 is in a respectable price range. Backward compatibility is up in the air as of now as there is no official statement at this time, only rumors. Holiday 2020 is fast approaching, well not really, so more info is bound to come out by Fall. Until then we patiently wait.