A slew of great titles have graced the Playstation 4 this generation. Games such as Bloodborne, God of War, Persona 5, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, all have helped define the platform. This year alone has only added to an already stellar line up of games. In 2020, games such as The Last of Us: Part II, Ghost of Tsushima, Nioh 2, Final Fantasy VII Remake and Spelunky 2 have help to cement this generation as one of the best.
But that was the Playstation 4 era and now a new challenger approaches to come and take the throne.
On the horizon, lies the future of gaming…
Just under 50 days remain before gamers can finally get their hands on the highly anticipated Playstation 5. Scheduled to release November 12th for select regions and November 19th for the rest of the world, Playstation 5 looks to retain its dominance.
And by offering a strong catalog of titles right from the jump, it seems Playstation is continuing their momentum heading into the next generation.
Playstation 4’s Slow Beginning
The approach PS5 seems to have gone with, looks vastly different from the launch games available at the start of the PS4’s life cycle. And once you actually go down the list, you’ll start to notice just how abysmal the Playstation 4’s launch actually was.
The PS4’s launch started off a bit rocky. Third party titles like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty Ghosts, Madden 25 and NBA 2K14 held down the fort for the majority of gamers. FIFA 14, Just Dance 14, Need for Speed Rivals and Warframe also were available day one. So essentially, the major third-party publishers, Ubisoft, Activision, EA and Take Two did most of the leg work by providing support for both consoles on launch.
The titles that you could pretty much depend on hitting the fall, Assassin’s Creed, NBA 2K, Madden, FIFA and Call of Duty were their like clockwork like they are every year. Of course they sell well but the hardcore audience more so, anticipated the first-party games to truly see what this new machine was capable of.
Unfortunately, First-Party didn’t really make this, already slim list, any better. Infamous Second Son wouldn’t arrive to the platform until the following year, leaving a huge hole in Sony’s first-party. So, the mantle was taken up by games like Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack and Resogun, while visually impressive, didn’t set the world on fire. I would even argue Playstation didn’t receive its first killer app until 2015’s Bloodborne.
Playstation 5 Looks To Start Stronger
Starting with First-Party, there’s already a night and day difference between what was available on PS4 vs PS5 on day one. Some heavy hitter team’s like Insomniac, Bluepoint and Japan Studio will be there to supply a damn good variety of games.
Kicking off the list with a bang, we have Spider-Man: Miles Morales. A stand alone title in the vain of 2017’s, Uncharted Lost Legacy with its own dedicated campaign where Miles Morales gets his time in the spotlight. Demon’s Souls by Bluepoint and Japan Studio, is a built from the ground up remake of FromSoftwares 2009 game. Bluepoint has crafted what arguably looks like the best example of what next generation can do, with breath taking visuals, a smooth 60 frames per second and near instantaneous loading between areas.
Astro’s Playroom and Sackboy A Big Adventure are available as well to target the younger demographic. While Destruction AllStars looks like an enjoyable time that just might scratch that Rocket League itch with competitive derby action.
Of course, this is excluding the titles set for launch window and within the first year of the PS5’s life cycle. When you begin to tally other First-Party titles set to launch in 2021 like Returnal, Horizon Forbidden West, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and God of War Ragnarok, you’ve set yourself to have a killer first year.
Third-Party Games are also showing up in a big way at launch as well. Cyberpunk 2077 will receive a free upgrade to Playstation 5 when it releases worldwide on November 19th. Ubisoft has a pair of titles releasing this holiday with Watch Dogs: Legion and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The Pathless, NBA 2K21, and Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War also join the launch party.
Here you can see a more direct comparison between more third-party offerings from 2013 vs 2020.
|Playstation 4||Playstation 5|
|DC Universe Online||Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition|
|NBA Live 14||Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War|
|LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes||Godfall|
|Injustice: Gods Among Us||Maneater|
|Angry Birds: Star Wars||Destiny 2: Beyond Light|
Adding together third-party offerings on Playstation 5 alongside first-party titles such as Demon’s Souls and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, there’s definitely a big gap between 2013 and 2020. Sony seems like they don’t want to waste any time and just hit the ground running.