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7 Playstation 5 Games To Be Excited About

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The release of the PS5 has created a lot of hype and excitement for PlayStation 5 players, 2021 comes with the promise of new and exciting games releases!

Below we’ve listed seven up and coming PlayStation 5 games to look forward to.

1: Horizon Forbidden West

Release date: 2021

Genre: Action, Adventure and RPG

Developer: Guerrilla

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Horizon Forbidden West is the exciting sequel to the hit game – Horizon: Zero Dawn. The original ps5 game attracted many players, and even has its own board game allowing gamers to explore the universe in a new way.

Horizon Forbidden West takes us on a whole new adventure to a far-future America. Where you, the gamer, can encounter new enemies, cultures and characters. It has new mechanical enemies to face, strategic gameplay and enormous human mounted machines. Gamers can take these on using weapons, gear and traps crafted from salvage.

Players can look forward to getting stuck in with the story, strategy, challenge and mystery on offer with this up and coming release. With stunning visuals, Aloy’s new journey proves promising with new secrets and history to unlock.

Horizon Forbidden West trailer

2: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Release date: 2021

Genre: Action, Platform and Shooter

Developer: Insomniac Games

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

A brand new, colourful adventure awaits with this new Ratchet & Clank game.

Ratchet & Clank is a series of third-person shooter and action platformer games. This franchise has many games in the series going as far back as the original PlayStation, with even an animated feature available.

For series fans, this new science fiction adventure promises to make full use of the PS5’s quick load times. Gamers can look forward to travelling through dimensions at high speeds in this new adventure, combined with more outrageous gadgets!

Once again, Ratchet & Clank take on evil forces threatening to take over the world. This time, there’s a twist! A robotic emperor from another reality is working around the clock to destroy all organic life, with Ratchet & Clanks dimension next in line!

With new faces, new gadgets and interdimensional hopping gameplay. Players can enjoy the thrill of gameplay that makes full use of the PS5’s stunning visuals and DualSense™ controller.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart trailer

3: Gran Turismo™ 7

Release Date: 2021

Genre: Racing

Developer: Polyphony Digital Inc.

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Gran Turismo is an old name in the racing genre, and it is hitting the PlayStation 5 games chart with this exciting new release! Gran Turismo 7 promises cultivation of the 22-year history of the franchise, to bring you an experience beyond pure racing. This game takes advantage of the DualSense™ Controller and promises reduced loading times thanks to the increased processing power of the PS5.

With the GT Simulation Mode’s reintroduction, players can embark on a single-player campaign within the game, alongside other features that take it beyond just racing. Gran Turismo 7 includes evolved tuning and customisation of hundreds of cars in the garage. Players can also improve skills and strategies using the games Driving School. Combine this with other classic features such as special events and championships, this game is a promising release.

Gran Turismo 7 trailer

4: Resident Evil Village

Release Date: 2021

Genre: Survival Horror

Developer: Capcom

Publisher: Capcom

This chilling next chapter to another long-running series will be hitting the PS5 in 2021. Resident Evil Village makes full use of the power of the PS5 to enable gamers to experience horror in a brand new way. This series is set a few years after the events of Resident Evil 7- Biohazard, with character Ethan Winters and his wife building a new life together in peace, just before tragedy hits once more.

With first-person gameplay, players take on the role of Ethan. Gamers uncover the mysteries of this chilling village as they attempt to escape, bumping into new enemies and familiar faces.

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5: Hogwarts Legacy

Release Date: 2021

Genre: Action role-playing

Developer: Avalanche Software

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Fans of the world of Harry Potter are awaiting this big-budget RPG with bated breath. With 105k people following its progress just on Twitter, this ps5 game proves to be an exciting addition to the Harry Potter universe. I am excited to see exactly what kind of structure this game will take.

Set in the late 1800s, players will choose their Hogwarts House and live a Hogwarts student’s life as they attend classes. Hogwarts Legacy promises to be a more immersive and open world for players. With adventure and opportunities to explore renowned locations on offer, players can tame magical beasts, brew potions and master other magical combat abilities.

Hogwarts Legacy trailer

6: Final Fantasy XVI

Release Date: TBC

Genre: Action role-playing

Developer: Square Enix Creative Business Unit lll

Publisher: Square Enix

Final Fantasy XVI is the next up and coming game in the Final Fantasy franchise. This game, for some time, will be a PS5 exclusive.

Set in the fantasy world of Valisthea controlled by six factions on the verge of conflict. The game looks visually fantastic, with a deep storyline from what we can see from the first trailer and pre-release gameplay.

The gameplay and combat system looks more responsive. We can see from the pre-release that a combination of melee-based attacks and magical abilities will be incorporated into the gameplay. Players and fans can hopefully gain more information as it nears its release on ps5.

Final Fantasy XVI trailer

7: Deathloop

Release Date: 21st May 2021

Genre: Action-adventure

Developer: Arkane Studios

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Deathloop offers stunning visuals, fast loading times and adaptive triggers to fully immerse players in this game. Fighting to survive in a hunter vs hunted game, players engage in first-person action that combines weaponry with powers.

This game offers both multi-player gameplay and single-player mode. Players can experience the main storyline, or to take control of assassin character Julianna to sneak into other players campaigns. The aim of the game? Break the time-loop by successfully taking out eight targets before the end of the night.

deathloop trailer

Can’t Wait?

Finding you can’t wait for these new releases? Check out the PlayStation Plus collection! Full list of games and details available HERE including games from the Ratchet & Clank and Resident Evil series for anyone needing to catch up.


And that’s our list of seven PlayStation 5 games to be excited about this year. Which one are you looking forward to most of all? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments section below.


Read all about the things we’ve learn’t about the PS5 HERE.

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Animal Crossing 2.0 – Review

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On November 5th, Animal Crossing 2.0 alongside the DLC Happy Home Paradise was released. It was the last major free update to hit the latest game in the franchise and added a host of new features to the game. After almost a month of playing it, here’s our review and everything new in Animal Crossing 2.0 from Nintendo.

Background

Animal Crossing has been around for 20 years, with its first release on 14th April 2001. Since then it’s released several versions of the game for the DS, Wii, and so on.

The latest version, New Horizons, came to the Nintendo Switch at just the right time; at the very beginning of Quarantine. It was easily the most popular Nintendo game last year. But it had a fatal flaw; rather than including everything upfront, Nintendo would release periodic updates where they would add to the game. The goal was to keep the game feeling fresh, but the result was that New Horizons felt unfinished. The game was bare-bones compared to past versions of Animal Crossing and didn’t have half as much to do. With the release of the last free update, New Horizons finally feels like a complete game. So what’s new? While there were a lot of things added and small things fixed, we’re just going to focus on the major gameplay changes and additions.

Brewster

The beloved pigeon, Brewster, has been in Animal Crossing since 2005. He runs a cosy coffee shop, The Roost, usually located in the Museum. But he has been missing from New Horizons. A fan favourite, his absence has definitely been felt. Brewster is one of the most demanded additions to New Horizons. With the update, you can find him gyroid hunting on one of Kapp’n’s Islands and invite him to your island, where he will set up the Roost once more. You will also find some of your residents and NPCs there and can invite current and past Animal Crossing characters to the Roost via Amiibo card.

Kapp’n

Speaking of Kapp’n, the turtle is back. In past versions of the game, Kapp’n is usually the one taking you to your new village at the start of every game. Whether it be by taxi, bus, or train, Animal Crossing typically kicks off with the retired seafarer. But New Horizons didn’t feature Kapp’n at all; until now. Now you can have him take you on island tours via his little boat off your dock. Some of these islands are extremely rare and feature exclusive items. He also sings you a little song while you make the journey..

Gyroids

Gyroids have, once again, been a part of every Animal Crossing game until New Horizons. They are little singing things that can be placed like furniture. In New Horizons, you can find a fragment on Kapp’n’s islands, bury it, water it, and a gyroid will grow the next day. Or some may be buried on your island after a rainy day. While past versions of gyroids have been annoying, the New Horizon’s gyroids are adorable and delightful. In New Horizons, Brewster is an avid collector. You’ll even get a Brewster gyroid after drinking enough coffee.

Cooking / Farming

Cooking has also been added to the game, something entirely unique to New Horizons. You can purchase crop starts from Leif, start a farm, and then cook the produce you grow. This opens up a whole host of fun recipes, and you can gift your creations to your residents. Eating a meal will make your villager stronger for longer, the same effect eating fruit previously had.

Group Stretching

You can also host a group stretching event in the plaza. Random villagers and NPCs will join you. You can use your controllers to actually stretch with them, or use the joysticks if you’re stuck with a Lite or don’t feel like standing up.

Harv’s Island

Harv’s Island was previously… pretty useless. There was really nothing to do there aside from taking pictures, which is fun once. Now you can help him build an open-air Farmers Market/Commune. For 100,000 bells each, you can invite NPCs to set up a permanent shop. Among these are Leif, Redd, Kicks, Saharah, Reese, and Cyrus, who have all been seen in New Horizons. But it also introduces the return of Tortimer, the mayor from past games. (Who some fans theorized was dead until now). Harriet, a hairdresser who introduces a ton of new hairstyles to the game. And the fortune-teller Katrina. This expansion to Harv’s island is a huge resource.

You no longer have to wait for these NPCs to come to your island to purchase goods from them. It also opens up more customization for previously uncustomisable items. And it’s another goal to work towards after you pay off your home loans.

Ordinances

You can now issue Ordinances through Isabelle in the town hall. These include things like adding a Bell Boom so that you find more bells and goods are worth more, but things also cost more. Or the Beautiful Island ordinance, which will have your villagers pick up weeds and trash and will cause your flowers to grow faster. You can also issue that your villagers wake up earlier or go to bed later.

Happy Home Paradise

In addition to 2.0, a DLC was added to the Nintendo Store. Happy Home Paradise allows you to “get a job” building vacation homes. You report to your boss Lottie for work, alongside your coworkers Niko and Wardell. From there, you choose a character and build a home for them. They will give you a theme and some items they want to see in their home. You can also design facilities, like a cafe or school and assign characters to work in them. Using an amiibo card, you can also design homes for NPCs like Isabelle or Tom Nook, where you will have free reign over the design.

Happy Home Paradise also introduces partition walls which allow for more design options in your house. It also includes a lot of new furniture. When you’ve designed enough vacation homes, you are able to then redesign the houses on your island.

HHP adds a lot to the game. Animal Crossing’s flaw has always been that it gets too repetitive. HHP adds some flavour and a lot more to do. So even long after you’ve paid off your home loan and made your island pretty, you can still really engage with the game. It adds to and boosts life on the island, but also extends the world a bit. You can interact with more characters beyond just your residents and have more interaction with NPCs beyond purchasing goods from them.

Overall

All in all, the 2.0 update and Happy Home Paradise have elevated New Horizons. It makes the game feel new and adds what many fans have been asking for. While they are both great, it’s hard to shake the feeling that this all should have been included from the get-go like past versions of the game. After playing a skeleton of a game for a year, we now truly have a new Animal Crossing game.


Do you like Animal Crossing 2.0? Do you agree with our Animal Crossing review? Let us know in the comments below.


We compare Animal Crossing with Stardew Valley HERE.

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