With the PlayStation 5 making its debut across Southeast Asia, more and more gamers are getting their hands on this next-generation console, and there are plenty of upcoming games to look forward to. Here are our top ten recommended PS5 games that you can pick up in 2021.
Bandai Namco’s open-world action RPG is set in a cyberpunk world not unlike the ones featured in Akira and Ghost in the Shell. As the player, you are in control of a psycho-kinetic agent in an all-out war against mysterious mutants. With Astral Chain being a Nintendo Switch exclusive, Scarlet Nexus is a great alternative if you have an appetite for a futuristic, anime-based game.
From the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog comes a colourful platformer that is just oozing with charm and style. While Balan Wonderworld seems to pay homage to platformers of the PS2 era, it features a complex world and in-depth mechanics that provide a myriad of power-ups for players to use in each level. If Astro’s Playroom, the free game that comes with the PS5, made you yearn for more platforming action, then look no further than Balan Wonderworld.
Resident Evil Village
The eighth instalment of Capcom’s long-running zombie survival game has reached bold new heights, beginning with the first-person perspective revamp that began with Resident Evil 7. RE Village will continue down this path, giving players a more claustrophobic and intimate experience with the horror that awaits them.
Far Cry 6
Everyone’s favourite villain from Breaking Bad and The Mandalorian, actor Giancarlo Esposito, is making a major jump into video games as the main antagonist in Far Cry 6. The Far Cry series thrives on its main antagonist, and this is definitely a step in the right direction. Ubisoft’s recent open-world offerings, like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Immortals Fenyx Rising, streamlined a lot of what we’ve come to expect from such games, and it’s exciting to see how they implement these changes in Far Cry 6.
Live, die, repeat. The eponymous tagline of Tom Cruise’s sci-fi blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow is thrown in for a loop with Bethesda’s latest first-person shooter. In Deathloop, you play as an assassin stuck in a time loop, where you take out the targets within an area before the loop resets. The game is perfect for fans of Dishonoured and Groundhog Day, and will be a timed-exclusive on the PS5.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
This could well be the perfect recreation of all nine Star Wars films. Whether or not you enjoy the original live-action movies, one thing is for certain: the Lego twist is sure to be a fun romp for everyone. Featuring revamped battle mechanics and whole new level designs, it will perhaps be the most robust video game celebration of all things Star Wars. A must-have and definitely a preferable way to relive all nine movies.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
The PlayStation 5’s quick-load capabilities are in full display with the upcoming entry to the long-running Ratchet and Clank franchise. Having the lombax and robot duo jumping around between different planets and dimensions on the fly is the perfect excuse to utilise this feature, and provides a lot of comedic potential for goofy antics. We certainly can’t wait to see what this game has in store for fans, old and new.
Final Fantasy XVI
If we had to choose between the second entry of the Final Fantasy VII Remake and the sixteenth entry of the franchise that is potentially coming out in 2021, we are definitely more excited about Final Fantasy XVI, which is the first step into the next generation for the franchise. Sure, the game has shifted completely into an action RPG, but the majestic return to a fully fantastical world with the classic Final Fantasy summon monsters joining the fray is enough to keep us excited.
While the Harry Potter universe spans across multiple movies and other forms of media, no one can deny the impact it has made in the world of video games. Hogwarts Legacy is the open-world adventure that seems to be the dream Harry Potter gamefans have always wanted. As a student at Hogwarts, you get to learn incantations and cast spells against deadly monsters. With developers Avalanche Software’s penchant for creating fun open worlds, especially with their Just Cause series, this is definitely going to be a game we can’t wait to see more of.
This game, made by the team that brought us Final Fantasy XV, may not have an official name just yet, but based on what we’ve seen in this fantasy world, Project Athia has the potential to be one of the best RPGs for the PS5. The seamless open-world exploration and the weaving of elemental spells may just make this game PS5’s answer to Breath of the Wild.