Excitement is ever-brewing as we edge closer and closer to the release of the next-generation consoles. Sony and Microsoft are launching the PS5 and Xbox Series X respectively this holiday. With that in mind, we are going to take a look at their launch lineups and pick out what we believe to be the Top 5 best games amongst them. The code in all of this is that these are all launch games! There’s also the betrivers affiliate code in PA and CO. Without further ado, let’s kick off with number five.
Godfall claimed its own little bit of history when it was the first game officially announced for Sony’s upcoming PS5. Godfall is a looter-slasher, melee action-RPG and also a new IP from Gearbox Publishing. In Godfall, you are the last of the Valorian knights, god-like warriors able to equip Valorplates, legendary armor sets that transform wielders into unstoppable masters of melee combat. The game will see you traverse through the elemental realms in order to challenge the mad god, Macros, who awaits you at the top.
Spider-Man Miles Morales
When Insomniac Games brought Marvel’s Spider-Man to the PlayStation 4 as an exclusive, it was a major coup. The friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man is one of, if not the, most popular Marvel characters so getting the exclusive rights was a massive deal. This reflected in the sales success of the game; a year after its release it was announced the game had sold over 13 million copies and it’s since been revealed it was Sony’s best-selling exclusive in the US.
Naturally, given this mammoth success, Sony and Insomniac Games are currently working on a sequel. Before that, fans will be getting the Miles Morales spin-off to satiate their web-slinging needs whilst we all wait for the sequel. There’s some confusion surrounding whether this is DLC or its own game but it has been confirmed that Miles Morales has his own story and is a stand-alone game.
Insomniac Games have also confirmed a wealth of improvements coming to the game thanks to the new hardware. The new game will show-off near-instant loading, ray-tracing, 3D audio, and the DualSense controller. Additionally, 4D scans, improved skin shading, and spline-based hair make for more realistic looking characters, and many of the city’s assets have been updated to take advantage of the new console.
The Medium is shaping up to be one of the most unique horror games ever made. Intriguingly, you will play as a medium living in two different worlds: the real one and the spirit one. According to the game’s synopsis, you will travel to an abandoned communist resort and use your unique psychic abilities to uncover its deeply disturbing secrets, solve dual-reality puzzles, survive encounters with sinister spirits, and explore two realities at the same time.
The Medium is coming from the talented Bloober Team, who are well-known in the horror genre for their previous projects such as Layers of Fear (and its sequel), Observer, and Blair Witch. Piotr Babieno, CEO of Bloober Team, came out and said that The Medium is the studio’s “most ambitious game ever.” If you get a Silent Hill vibe from The Medium, that’s probably because the soundtrack is composed by Akira Yamaoka: the legendary composer of the Silent Hill series.
With it looking unlikely we’ll see a Forza game at the launch of this console generation, racing fans will have to rely on DiRT 5 instead. Though, that might not be as bad as it sounds. DIRT 5 looks amazing from what we’ve seen so far. It looks like DIRT 5 is borrowing from the Forza Horizon series but fusing these elements with some classic DIRT DNA. DIRT 5 is a playful, dynamic, amplified off-road racing experience.
DIRT 5 is the boldest off-road racing experience created by Codemasters. The game will see you blaze a trail on routes across the world, covering gravel, ice, snow and sand. Further, DIRT 5’s campaign has a narrative that stars Nolan North and Troy Baker. Troy and Nolan play the protagonist’s mentor and rival respectively. Securing industry legends like these surely shows confidence in an ambitious campaign.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
I remember playing the very first Assassin’s Creed games and, as impressive as they were, I never imagined it would become the huge franchise it is today. From what we’ve seen of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, it could prove to be one of the series’ best yet.
In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the player will become Eivor, a Viking raider raised to be a fearless warrior, and lead your clan from icy desolation in Norway to a new home amid the lush farmlands of ninth-century England. You’ll have to find your settlement and conquer this hostile land by any means to earn a place in Valhalla.
England in the age of the Vikings is a fractured nation of petty lords and warring kingdoms.
Valhalla will again lean into the RPG mechanics that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey introduced. I think most of us can agree the Viking age was seriously bad-ass and it’s awesome to see an Assassin’s Creed game in this era.