Sony came out swinging with some serious PS5 exclusives that Microsoft just can’t match
If you’re feeling confused in the aftermath of Sony’s PlayStation 5 reveal, don’t worry, I was too. The conference was a true roller coaster of emotions, but let’s clear a few things up.
After a salvo of heavy-hitting gameplay, the show ended with the reveal that the PS5 is launching on November 12. Pre-orders open on September 17, with some already live as of writing.
At first, it seemed like there were no exclusive launch titles on offer until Canadian video game journalist Geoff Keighley came in with the supplementary tweets, confirming that both the Demon’s Souls remake and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales would arrive with the console in November. Shortly after, we got the full console launch lineup once the showcase had ended, which also includes Astro’s Playroom, Sackboy: A Big Adventure and Destruction AllStars.
The confusion for me stemmed from the fact that Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls were shown during the conference – and they looked stunning – but we didn’t get release date confirmation for either of them until after the event. Most likely, this was due to Sony wanting to preserve the big console launch date reveal for the end of the show. My god, the gameplay though, where do we start.
Let’s kick off with Final Fantasy XVI, the first mainline entry in the series to be a PlayStation exclusive since 2006’s Final Fantasy XII. Helmed by The Last Remnant’s Hiroshi Takai and produced by Final Fantasy XIV director Naoki Yoshida, the Awakening trailer showed off a game that looked like a mish-mash of the best combat we’ve seen this generation.
It gave me Devil May Cry, Monster Hunter and Dark Souls vibes all wrapped up in a British medieval bow. A rumour circulating on Twitter suggests that the combat is the work of Ryota Suzuki, who has worked on Devil May Cry 5 and Dragon’s Dogma. By the looks of the gameplay in the trailer, this would make a lot of sense, and confirmation would only develop my mighty need for this gorgeous looking game.
But that’s a ways off, by the looks of things. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, on the other hand, is just around the corner, swinging in on launch day. It looks really impressive, like a totally different game in tone to its predecessor, despite the shared DNA. It’s got a bit more grit by the looks of the gameplay demo, which showed Morales saving a collapsed bridge from enemy forces, coursing through goons with fluid ease. Given the writing talent in the game, I’m excited to see where this story is headed.
I even got a rise out of the campaign gameplay for Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which offered a haptic-looking glimpse into one of the game’s manic missions, where the squad chase down a cargo plane that’s about to take off. What I wasn’t expecting was the Toy Story crescendo, where an RC-XD started chasing down the cargo doors.