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Play Station Reveals PS5 And Games Reviews

The PS5 games review is out and below you get to read our live blog covering today’s event, which Sony termed The Future of Gaming. The live stream started at 1PM PDT / 9PM BST / 4PM EDT, and we had a first look at PS5 games coming to the console at launch and likely beyond. In a total surprise, too, we even saw the PS5 for the first time.

Everything was made known except the PS5 price and release date, apparently. The array of games shown off included Horizon Forbidden West, an amazing-looking Ratchet and Clank game that seems to make the most of the PS5’s SSD and Spider-Man: Miles Morales, the latter of which is coming later this year. We also saw a remake of Demon’s Souls for PS5.

Here’s our live blog from the Future of Gaming event, then.

PS5 games reveal live blog: as it happened

All times in Pacific Daylight time (PDT).

14.58 – Here’s that Demon’s Souls remake trailer for you to look at, too.

14.28 – Here’s the PS5 hardware reveal trailer, so you can see the console again in full.

14.22 – We’re wrapping up here, guys. We have the strangest-looking PlayStation console to date, arguably, and the surprise of an all-digital version without a disc drive. Loads more is expected down the line, including the price of the machine and probably a deeper look at the software revealed here today.

Here’s the Horizon Forbidden West trailer:

14.14 – That’s the end of the presentation. Sony totally surprised us by revealing what the PS5 looks like, and ends with a compilation of all the games we just saw. Do you think it lived up to the hype? We think the combination of games and hardware reveal made this feel like a real event, even if we’re unclear on the release dates for many of the exclusive titles for now.

14.11 – But wait. One more surprise. Here it is. The PS5, revealed. An extremely unusual-looking design for the machine, seemingly built for cooling at the top of the unit. As well as a disc edition of the console, there will be an all-digital edition. Can you lay it on its side, though?

We’re also shown the pulse 3D headset, media remote, charging station for the DualSense and camera.

14.10 – Looks like we’re done! A solid set of reveals, though we’re disappointed there seems to be no release date for Horizon Forbidden West yet. We’re expecting Spider-Man to be the big launch title, by the looks of it.

14.08 – It’s officially called Horizon Forbidden West, as Aloy heads to America, a world ravaged by storms. And yes, it has mammoth robots.

14.06 – Here it is! Horizon Zero Dawn 2. Aloy returns to battle even more dazzling-looking machines. The environments on display here look like a real cut above the 2017 original, and it looks like she’ll be heading underwater too.

14.05 – Another PlayStation Studios game. Surely this is Horizon Zero Dawn 2…

14.05 – Missed the trailer for Gran Turismo 7? Here it is.

14.04 – That game was Pragmata, coming 2022. Is this game set in space, or on a twisted version of Earth, or both? It’s hard to tell.

14.03 – Okay, we start this trailer in Times Square, and our first impression is it looks like a more sci-fi version of The Division. Surely not, though…

14.02 – Turns out it’s Resident Evil 8, but it looks very different from anything the series has shown us before, with a folklore influence, seemingly. It looks incredibly nice, and features the return of Ethan from Resident Evil 7, and long-time hero Chris Redfield, seemingly in a villainous role.

13.59 – This looks like another post-apocalyptic horror game, in first-person by the looks of it.

13.57 – Missed the Ghostwire: Tokyo trailer? Check it out below.

13.57 – Every time you die, the loop seems to reset. The environments, movement and combat look very Dishonored, but the setting appears to be more contemporary. It’s all set on an island, where folks are having a never-ending party. You’ve got eight targets to take out before midnight, it seems, which is again a little similar to Dishonored, which is about picking off targets one by one.

We can’t wait to play this.

13.56 – Here’s Deathloop, from the talented creators at Arkane Studios (Dishonored). It’s about rival assassins set in a time loop, as the name hints.

13.55 – The beginning of an entire lineage of Souls games returns on PS5 in what looks like a full remake, worked on by Bluepoint Games, as heavily rumored.

13.54 – Wow at these environments. It’s a PlayStation Studios game again…the return of Demon’s Souls!

13.53 – We’re nearing the end of the show, it seems. What else has Sony got up its sleeve?

13.52 – Here’s Bugsnax, a (seemingly) kid-friendly game coming in holiday 2020. Hard to tell what kind of game it is from the trailer. Was it a platformer? Do you control multiple bugs at once? Hmm.

13.50 – That was our first look at NBA 2K21, the ever-beautiful sports series. This is what we can expect sports games to look like on PS5, it seems…

13.49 – That was Little Devil Inside, a beautiful and unique-looking third-person action game where you fight monsters of some kind. The setting is sort of story book-y.

13.46 – Another PlayStation game, this time the return of Astrobot, star of arguably the best PS VR exclusive to date. It’s called Astrobot’s Playhouse, and seemingly isn’t in VR this time, but we’ll wait and confirm that first.

13.44 – Next up, it’s the return of Agent 47 in Hitman 3. Not played Hitman 2? It’s one of the most underrated games of the generation. This third stealth action game has a release date of January 2021, and will conclude the trilogy of games.

13.43 – Another AnnaPurna game, with colorful, slightly trippy visuals. It’s set in a sci-fi universe, and it’s called Solar Ash. That’s coming in 2021.

13.41 – That was GodFall, an action RPG that looks a little bit like Diablo crossed with Darksiders. We already knew that was coming to PS5.

13.40 – Here’s a trailer for Returnal, one of the best reveals so far, as silly as the name is.

13.38 – Next up, a game from developer Superbrothers, which made Sword and Sorcery EP. You’re tasked with “carving out a future for your people while haunted by oblivion, but filled with dreams”, according to the trailer. It looks like a third-person game where you control a ship of some kind on alien planets, looking for a new home.

13.37 – Next up is our next look at Bethesda’s Ghostwire: Tokyo, announced at E3 2019, which is a first-person game, this new trailer reveals. It looks like we’ll see a mix of real-world environments with warped, otherworldly creatures for you to take down with magic powers. It’s a pretty wild-looking horror-action game that actually reminds us of BioShock more than anything. Coming 2021.

13.33 – Here’s Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning with a new game in the long-running series, Oddworld: Soulstorm, which started life back in the late ’90s, and is synonymous with PlayStation for lots of people.

13.32 – This game, which we’re guessing is an indie title, feature anthropomorphic animals in high school, by the looks of it. It’s called Goodbye Volcano High, and it’s coming 2021.

13.29 – Developer Ember Lab presents a new game called Kena: Bridge of Spirits, which looks like a third-person action adventure. We’re vaguely reminded of Kameo: Elements of Power.

13.27 – Here’s a new game by developer Lucid, which looks a lot like the old Destruction Derby series, except it seems to involve a certain amount of running across the environment while cars ram into each other. You can also equip weapons for your car, and it’s called Destruction All-Stars. It’s like Twisted Metal meets Rocket League, based on this first look.

13.25 – Here’s a new LittleBigPlanet game from Sumo Digital, which looks like it’s taking us into 3D for the first time. It’s called Sackboy: A Big Adventure. The series is known for letting players create and share their own levels.

13.21 – Here’s a brand new exclusive, about a woman who crashes on an alien planet. The premise of the game seems to be that she’s trapped in a cycle of death, Edge of Tomorrow-style, with the planet environment changing each time she wakes up. A little Major’s Mask influence in here, maybe?

It’s a third-person shooter, based on the snapshots of gameplay here. It’s got a bad name, though: Returnal.

13.20 – Now we’re getting some examples of what the PS5 hardware can do. Adaptive triggers, ray-tracing, built-in microphone, 3D audio, a motion sensor. And yes, there’s an audio jack. Now here’s Hermen Hulst, head of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, to introduce a new franchise for PS5.

13.20 – That was a trailer for Stray, a game about a cat set in a sci-fi universe, published by high-end indie outlet Annapurna Interactive.

13.19 – Here’s the trailer for Spider-Man: Miles Morales, coming to PS5.

13.17 – Project Athia is a new Square Enix game, made by the Final Fantasy 15 developers, Luminous Productions. And it actually looks a lot like FF15, with bright, vibrant natural environments and real-time combat. It’s a PS5 exclusive, too, which is a surprise for a third-party game.

13.16 – Built just for the PS5, Ratchet and Clank is doing things we’ve not really seen before in games, with instant hopping between worlds. We’re watching gameplay, here. And the game features ray-tracing on Clank. Who’d have thought this old platformer series would be the one to truly show off the capabilities of Sony’s next-gen console?

13.12 – Next up, a new Ratchet and Clank game, Rift Apart. The PlayStation platforming favorites have been mainstays since the PS2, and every generation edges closer to Pixar quality. It looks like we’re seeing gameplay here, too, with a pretty amazing dimension-hopping concept. We leap between a pirate world, a cyberpunk city. Could this be the power of the PS5’s SSD at work?

13.08 – Here’s the newest Gran Turismo game, always a dazzling showcase of PlayStation hardware. It’s officially called Gran Turismo 7. And it looks pretty amazing in first-person.

13.07 – After a brief intro from PlayStation’s Jim Ryan, here’s our first PlayStation Studios game: Spider-Man: Miles Morales, starring the Spider-Verse favorite this time! And wow, it looks nice. That’s coming to PS5 later this year, which is a massive surprise.

13.04 – First up, GTA 5. No doubt Rockstar wants to keep GTA Online players going seamlessly between generations. GTA 5 is ‘expanded and enhanced’, and coming to PS5 in 2021. GTA Online will be free at launch for PS5 owners, too, with current PS4 GTA Online getting GTA$1 million per month until it launches.

13.03 – We’ve started with a compilation of PlayStation favorites of the past, with everything from Uncharted 4 to WipEout getting a quick shoutout.

13.02 – Here we go! The Future of Gaming PS5 games stream has begun. Sony has recommended listening to the show with headphones to enjoy some “cool audio work”, so you might want to do that to make the most of what we’ll see revealed today.

12.45 – 15 minutes to go until we see what Sony has up its sleeve. We’re going to play it safe with our last-minute predictions: we expect to see Horizon Zero Dawn 2 and
a Demon’s Souls remake shown off. But everything else, we’re not prepared to bet on…

12.30 – 30 minutes to go! Our first look at PS5 games is almost here. A reminder that you can watch the PS5 Future of Gaming live stream here, and follow along with our observations on today’s set of reveals.

12.19 – The rumor mill goes into overdrive on events like this, but it’s best to go in with expectations in check on the PS5 games reveal. For example, the below (joke) tweet is hoping for a Metal Gear Solid remake. We think that’s unlikely, but everyone has a wish list when a new generation comes around.

12.00 – With just an hour left until the live stream, refresh your memory of how the PS5 vs Xbox Series X battle is going so far. Both manufacturers have discussed console specs in detail, even if key details like price remain elusive. Games, ultimately, will be the deciding factor.

11.34 – Just under 90 minutes to go until The Future of Gaming live stream kicks off. A bit of trivia: this console generation will have lasted almost exactly as long as the PS3/360 generation before the consoles were succeeded – seven years (holiday 2006 to holiday 2013 vs holiday 2013 to holiday 2020).

11.03 – With just a couple of hours to go, you might want to read our PS5 specs analysis for how the console lines up next to the Xbox Series X. Sony’s slow trickle of information about the PlayStation 5 has been a little different to Microsoft’s approach, but today it’s likely to take a huge step forwards.

10.35 – PS5 game announcements have been slowly trickling out ahead of this live stream – you can read about the PS5 games we know about and expect to see here. Just this week, it was announced that Destiny 2 is coming to PS5 in time for the expansion Beyond Light.

10.00 – As mentioned above, what we’re not expecting to hear about today is the PS5 price. We think this showcase will only feature games, based on Sony’s wording, and not the console itself.

09.33 – The last time Sony did a proper, traditional E3 conference was in 2017. That lasted for about one hour, give or take a few minutes. This showcase event will run for just over an hour, too, so you’re potentially looking at an event that’s equivalent to an E3 showing in breadth. Here’s hoping we see plenty of new games.

09.00 – Which games will be revealed today? In terms of Sony’s own developers, logic points towards Horizon Zero Dawn 2, since the first game is more than three years old, it sold a bucketload of copies and the developers have theoretically had enough time for a sequel to be made. Guerrilla has a reputation for being a developer that showcases PlayStation technology at its best, too – perfect for a first next-gen unveiling.

We think it’s still slightly too early for God of War 2 and Spider-Man 2, but we’re willing to be surprised. A new Gran Turismo is rumored based on a recent trademark filing.

A Demon’s Souls remake from port specialists BluePoint Games is also expected. Other, wilder rumors point towards a new Silent Hill game, and possibly Resident Evil 8, too.

08.33 – For context, the PS4 was greeted with game reveals from both Sony and third-party publishers and developers when the console was unveiled in 2013. They included games like Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack and Driveclub, and key titles from other publishers like Destiny and Watch Dogs.

It’s likely we’ll see a similar mix here, as publishers use this platform to get people excited about what they have planned for these new consoles.

07.55 – Hello there! Today is the day of the PS5 games reveal. The Future of Gaming is a ‘digital showcase’ that Sony has said “will run for a bit more than an hour”. While the livestream today will be broadcast in 1080p 30fps to ease the production process for Sony’s staff, a lot of whom are still working from home, it’s pointed out the games will look far superior on 4K TVs.

This is arguably the most exciting reveal in the next-gen console wars, and we’re hoping that Sony doesn’t pull any punches with revealing its biggest upcoming projects. Microsoft, of course, did its first gameplay reveal last month, and it was a little too lean for some of those watching at home, with bigger Xbox Series X games being saved for a separate reveal in July.

We predict Sony will counter-program that, and bring a lot of big guns to the fore, both from its own developers and publishers it’s partnered up with.

Watch below the PS5 launch video;