PS5 First Look Reveal Review

  • Date Published: June 12, 2020
  • Last Edited: June 12, 2020
  • Topic(s): PS5, Walkway

The Playstation 5 first impressions

With the PS5 reveal, the world finally got its first look. Twenty-five years ago, the Playstation was introduced to the video game industry.

The PS5 reveal showcases twenty-six video games and the unveiling of the Playstation 5. Some of the videogames look promising while others look not so great.

Let’s take our first look at the reveal of the PS5 and the games announced.

1. Grand Theft Auto 5

Grand Theft Auto is Rockstar Games flagship series. It’s regarded as one of the very best games ever created and rightfully so.

Rockstar Games popularized open-world gaming and making it more detailed than anything before. The stories are also fantastic, with incredible voice acting. A-list celebrities have starred in Grand Theft Auto games like Samuel L Jackson, Phil Collins, Ray Liotta, James Woods, Ice T, and Ricky Gervais, just to name a few.

Truly every Grand Theft Auto game is a masterpiece that you can play for hours having endless fun.

However, Grand Theft Auto was initially released for the PS3. GTA 5 is two generations ago. We’re looking for new upcoming games exclusively made for the PS5 hardware.

I’m still waiting to hear more about the upcoming Grand Theft Auto 6.

2. Spiderman Miles Morales

Insomniac Games has received critical acclaim for their recent work on Spiderman for the PS4. One of the challenging game designs of the past era was creating a Spiderman game that makes you feel like Spiderman.

It’s taken since the PS2 to fine-tune the swinging mechanics, but Insomniac games successfully did it. The combat and story have also been well received.

The recent Spiderman movies starring Tom Holland and the animation have also received positive reviews. I’m expecting to continue seeing a trend of quality content.

Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to play Insomniacs newest Spiderman game released for the PS4.

Here’s a video of a father and his six-year-old son playing Spiderman for the first time. Some wholesome content during the Coronavirus pandemic.

3. Gran Turismo 7

Gran Turismo showed off everything that a gamer needs to see: cinematic footage and gameplay. The team also showed off a small demonstration playing the campaign.

The UI looks impressive. It’s as close to real-life racing simulation as it gets. Maybe Gran Turismo 7 is the first game of the franchise I purchase.

4. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Ratchet & Clank has been a frequent platform game for the Sony Playstation since the PS2. The cartoonish and realistic appeal mix well together.

Sucker Punch showed off a relatively decent amount of gameplay where Ratchet can pull himself towards rifts to get closer to enemies.

I cannot deny that the inter-dimensional rifts are genuinely stunning. This a technical achievement because there are no load times between fully animated parallel worlds.

I’ve never played a racket and Clank game. The gameplay just doesn’t seem interesting enough for me. For those types of games, I can find much better quality on the Nintendo Switch.

5. Project Athia

This game made by Square Enix looks excellent. The graphics aside, the short gameplay shown in the trailer looks interesting. The creatures look terrifying, and I can’t wait to see more about it in the future. Fingers crossed.

6. Stray

From the first scenes, Stray caught my attention. It portrays a world without humans and runs inhabited by robots. Their faces are monitors that light up.

These robots seem to have a language of their own. But the story isn’t about the robots; it’s about a cat. That’s all we know about it.

7. Returnal

Returnal looks like a fast-paced sci-fi shooter. The main protagonist is a woman who lives in a constant loop where she continually dies.

The gameplay shows the character using a gun and fighting terrifying enemies. Also, the mechanics seem to slow down time.

8. Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Media Molecule made an incredible game back when the Playstation 3 was being revealed for the first time. This game was called LittleBigPlanet, and it was indeed innovative.

Players could craft 2D worlds using three separate layers to provide an extra depth of platforming. It was so refreshing that for the PS3 reveal they used LittleBigPlanet for the presentation. The main protagonist, Sackboy, became one of Playstations mascots for a couple of years.

A brand new video game starring Little Big Planet’s Sackboy is part of the PS5 reveal. It shows full 3D environments like in Super Mario. Little Big Planet has always been a 2.5D sidescrolling platformer.

If players can still create levels, I feel that Sackboy: A Big Adventure will have more replayability. I’m excited to see more about this game.

9. Destruction Allstars

I’m not digging Destruction Allstars. I mean, for a car combat game, I’d rather have a new Twisted Metal released for the PS5.

10. Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Two brothers are creating a charming video game about what looks to be a girl bringing life to a dying forest. The girl’s name is Kena and is followed by a group of cute black creatures.

These creatures help Kena as if they were Pikmin. The art style is pleasant to look at, and the textures look very smooth. I am looking forward to hearing more about it.

11. Goodbye Volcano High

This game looks terrible. It’s like dinosaurs and furries mixed, and I’m not on board with Goodbye Volcano High.

Goodbye Volcano High seems to be about rejects in highschool.

12. Oddworld: Soulstorm

Oddworld is an odd video game franchise. Its been around since 1997 and has received more or less positive reviews with every release.

Oddworld: Soulstorm continues the story of Abe and his quest to save his planet and people from dying. I’ve never been interested in this franchise, but I’d like to see what’s to come.

13. GhostWire: Tokyo

GhostWire has players fighting hordes of strange paranormal creatures in the city of Tokyo. I am interested in exploring Tokyo more than the actual gameplay.

14. JETT: The Far Shore

This game doesn’t seem bad at all, but it still isn’t apparent what it’s about. I don’t know whats going on other than traveling in a jet.

Also, I personally really dislike the logo. The font makes it hard to read. I thought it was called JETF or JETY.

15. Godfall

I’m not the least bit interested in this game at all. The gameplay isn’t innovative enough.

The music killed it for me. I love hip hop, but the music reminds me of that horrible Mortal Kombat 11 reveal trailer.

16. Solar Ash

From the creators of Hyper Light Drifter comes Solar Ash. It seems to have a mixture between Hyper Light Drifter and Journey. I have high hopes for this Solar Ash.

17. Hitman 3

Hitman has been an acclaimed game for years. It’s one of the stealthiest and detailed games out there on the market. Hitman 3 is a remake of the original trilogy, and it looks good.

18. Astro’s Playroom

For PSVR users, a new platform game staring Playstation Astro. Not sure what to expect, but I don’t have high hopes for Astro’s Playroom.

The reason I say this is because the studio behind this title makes games specifically to demonstrate the physics engine of Playstation consoles. It may be a good game but it might not make an impact.

19. Little Devil Inside

Little Devil Inside looks good and caught my attention. It is a Kickstarter game that is charming, has a unique art style and fun gameplay.

The protagonist appears to be some sort of monster hunter traveling to hostile territories. The trailer is cute and funny. I want to see more of Little Devil Inside.

20. NBA 2K21

In this reveal trailer, we don’t see any gameplay. The reveal shows Zion Williamson as a sweaty professional basketball player. I’m not impressed with just watching cinematics.

Zion commented, “You’re not ready for this.” Ready for what? You showed us nothing.

21. Bugsnax

From the creators of Octodad, Bugsnax looks disgusting. Those graphics, regardless of the art style, are terrible.

I know graphics don’t make an incredible video game, but it looks sloppy. The protagonists are animals who eat bugs in the form of food that change their limbs into the food.

The whole concept seems too unappealing. I’m not looking forward to Bugsnax.

22. Demon’s Souls Remastered

Shuhei Yoshida appears saying there is a very special game that’s dear to his heart. Right afterward, a trailer for a Demon Souls remake is coming out for the PS5.

BluePoint games focus on giving old games a refreshing rebranding. They’re responsible for Shadow of the Colossus and Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection for the PS4.

Demon’s Souls sparked a new and intense genre of action role-playing games called ‘Souls’ gameplay. Designed by FromSoftware, the Soul’s series involves precise timing to defeat enemies.

The franchise is known for being notoriously challenging and stressful. If an enemy kills you, you will lose all the items and gained XP are left where you die. You can return to where you died to retrieve your possessions.

If you end up dying before reaching the area where you left off, everything is gone. Demon Souls feels like a big gamble at times. It feels like a considerable punishment, and because of that, the game design has been criticized.

The reason for this is if you happen to die from an enemy that’s too difficult or challenging, why would you want to go back there only to face it again?

Skill is a requirement to play this genre. Remember, not all games are accessible to audiences, and that’s what divides consumers and creates a niche. If you’re up for the challenge, you should play Demon’s Souls.

23. Deathloop

This idea of looping is so overused. Even Returnal has a similar concept.

The graphics look like trash. The gameplay showing the headshot animation is terrible. Bethesda is a renowned developer, but I’m not impressed at all.

24. Resident Evil 8: Village

Resident Evil 8 was also part of the PS5 reveal. This announcement was not expected but very much welcomed. Everything shown in the PS5 reveal trailer looks terrific.

The latest installment in the series, Resident Evil 7, changed the formula by being played in the first person. When Resident Evil 4 came out on the Gamecube, the gameplay made the radical decision of being over the top shoulder gameplay.

Since then, Resident 5 and Resident 6 have been more action-orientated instead of survival horror, which is what the original trilogy of the franchise has been known for.

At the end of the trailer, Chris Redfield made an appearance!

25. Pragmata

Capcom also revealed another first look at a new game. Pragmata shows an astronaut in Times Square with a girl and a strange cat. It’s all bizarre and unclear what’s going on, but Capcom has always made great games. I have a lot of confidence in this developer.

26. Horizon 2: Forbidden West

The last game for the PS5 reveal is by Guerrilla games showing off Horizon 2: Forbidden West. Graphics look much more vibrant with colors and exotic vegetation. We see that Alloy swim underwater and travel to several environments, including deserts and snowy peaks.

Horizon 2 looks to be a strong contender, but to be 100% honest; I didn’t enjoy it as much. Horizon was released one week apart from Zelda: Breath of the Wild in 2017. Zelda was an unforgettable experience with a vibrant world that felt so organic and full of life.

Horizon wasn’t as innovative or compelling. Nonetheless, it’s a decent single-player experience for Playstation 4 owners and having this new title released for the PS5.

PS5 Console Reveal

Finally, the moment we have been all waiting for is the first look at the PS5 reveal.

The console is interesting, to say so the least. It looks very futuristic, almost like a rocket ship. Blue LED lighting emits from the top of the console with the fans.

The PS5 is shown standing up and seems to take quite an amount of space. The first look at the PS5 is visually striking and going for a bold appearance. Most consoles are going for a more subtle look with their designs.

PS5 reveal

Photographs of the Playstation 5 also shows that it can lay down on a flat surface. A video showing the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers is part of the PS5 reveal.

Sony also shared that there are two types of PS5’s. One is to play physical discs, and the other appears to be solely for digital games.

A game console with the ability to only download games? No thanks. That is very bothersome, but considering the Coronavirus pandemic, I think people would instead purchase digital games.

Closing Thoughts

There are always two primary concerns when deciding whether or not to purchase a new video game console.

The first concern is that the first wave of shipments might have software and hardware defects. People who purchase these first waves of video game consoles might end up with faulty systems breaking down. It’s best to wait six months or a year to buy something more reliable.

The second concern is the launch titles that will be released. It’s essential to purchase exclusive high-quality experiences. Most of the best triple-A titles for any console are always released later during the third or fourth year of the consoles life cycle.

Developers need more time to analyze, observe, and produce content for the new hardware. A lot of games but not games that influence my purchase.

As with all of the games shown, we still need to see more gameplay to make a final decision. We’re looking for over the top showcases, but today we were shown a glimpse of what’s to come. In fact the graphics look like PS4 graphics. Nothing special that says next generation. The console is a bold decision that does look have a futuristic aesthetic.

I will inevitably get the PS5, but after this first look, I am going to continue waiting for more news and details. During the next six months, we will be shown more first looks of upcoming releases for the PS5.

It’s just about waiting and being patient. The time will come, but until then, The Last of Us Part II is coming out next week!

I cannot wait to get my hands on this sequel. It’s been seven years since it came out and very few games, even come close to how amazing The Last of Us is.

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