1. God Of War Ragnarok on PS5 and PS4
What better way to open this list than with the most anticipated sequel to the acclaimed God of War series? Kratos returns, but this time the threat of Ragnarok looms over the Nine Realms. With his boy, Atreus and his trusty axe, Kratos embarks on a quest of mythical proportions. No one knows what the story is all about, but the possibilities are endless. Fans have speculated whether we might see Odin himself in this game, or maybe a boss fight with none other than the god of thunder, Thor. It was recently delayed to next year, so who knows when it will drop. The good news, though, is that it’s a cross-platform release. Meaning it’s playable on both PS4 and PS5.
2. Gran Turismo 7 on PS5 and PS4
Sony’s premier racing series continues to break boundaries of graphical fidelity, especially with the PlayStation 5’s powerful hardware. This eighth major installment of the award-winning racing game from Polyphony Digital steers into 2022. Gran Turismo 7 sets the series to new heights with gorgeous visuals and a ton of room for customization for hardcore car enthusiasts. Backed by 22 years of experience, Polyphony compiles all of the best things that made the GT series great. And, now that it’s coming to the PlayStation 5 as a console exclusive, we can expect a refined racing experience.
If you haven’t heard, this was one of the most bizarre and ludicrous conspiracy theories that took over Twitter and gaming headlines. Abandoned is an upcoming first-person survival horror from an indie company called Blue Box Studios. This sparked a ton of tinfoil hat theories claiming that this BB Studios is part of Kojima’s plan to announce a new and improved P.T. I mean, the coincidences are just all over the place. Unfortunately, the devs made it clear that it’s not aligned with Kojima Studios and it’s not related to P.T. at all. Who knows? Maybe we’re all being played, or we played ourselves. It’s coming this 21st of November for the PlayStation 5.
Guerilla Games’ sequel to their award-winning action-adventure franchise is aiming to be the most ambitious game this year. Forbidden West maximizes the PlayStation’s hardware, this includes the PS5’s powerful processing power. Now you don’t have to worry about long-load times. Everything happening on screen is being processed seamlessly. It’s also a cross-generation release so don’t worry if you own a PlayStation 4. It’s fully playable, but it doesn’t have the smoothest performance compared to its more powerful big brother. It’s coming sometime this December 2021.
Subject to a few controversies, this enhanced edition of the Ghost of Tsushima experience is no different from its original release. If you have never played this game before, then it’s a bang for your buck. However, anyone who has the original version might roll their eyes at its shoddy attempt at a re-release. For $20, you can upgrade your PS4 version to the Director’s Cut. Alternatively, you can upgrade to Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut PS5 for $30. For anyone who enjoyed Sucker Punch’s samurai journey and can throw in a few bucks, a massive expansion is in the works, taking players to another island and packed with 20 plus hours of content. Coming sometime next month.
CyGames’ Project Awakening is one of the elusive titles that hasn’t gotten a lot of newsworthy updates since its announcement. It’s an ambitious open-world RPG set in a high-fantasy realm. Fortunately, Project Awakening has a good chance of actually making it out of development hell since they recently announced they’re working for a PS5 release. Sadly that’s all the details we know so far. It may be slated for a December 2021 release, but it’s never sure when no news has surfaced recently. Maybe we’ll hear more about this late this year, or never.
Also from CyGames, Relink also shares a few development issues since their announcement in 2016. The good news is, compared to Project Awakening, Relink has a good chance of coming out. It’s set within the Granblue Fantasy universe and it features a four-player co-op where players dive into its fascinating world. A 23 minute gameplay demo was unveiled last year and it showed promise. There are high hopes that the game will make it next year, considering they recently moved their target platform to include the PlayStation 5.
Wild Sheep Studios’ ambitious open-world survival remains dormant with no news and latest gameplay since its reveal 5 years ago. It promises a massive world to explore with friends. It’s a game that encourages everyone to be one with nature by crafting powerful tools and taming the creatures that walk the lands. There’s screenshots all over their website, but it’s highly unlikely to see these kinds of graphics competing for current-gen gaming. Maybe a visual update is currently in the works, which explains its long absence. Sadly, all we can do is wait.
A Chinese-developed title with a lot of potential. This is a hardcore action RPG set in a sprawling dystopian world. Players take control of an attractive android anime protagonist with the ability to customize her own limbs. Mix and match various power-ups and weapons to take down enemies and uncover the mysteries of its world. Fans familiar with NieR Automata or even Genshin Impact will find a few similarities. The gameplay is free-flowing and the graphics are impressive as well. It’s still in heavy development since 2016, but a lot of sources say it’s aiming for a 2022 window and it’s coming out to the PlayStation 5.
A PlayStation VR exclusive that makes you feel like you’re the main character in an action movie. Fracked takes the PSVR to new lengths with its responsive cover-based shooting. Despite being modern, it takes inspiration from the good ol’ run and games of the 90s. Use a variety of movement based action to take down your enemies with style. Survive this mysterious island and escape from the clutches of these interdimensional baddies. Developer nDreams says the game has also been “fully enhanced for PS5,” which is backwards compatible with PSVR, so don’t worry about that, unless you want to save up for their rumored PSVR2. It’s targeted for a late 2021 release.