In the blink of an eye, the PS5 and the Xbox Series X/S are nearly within our impatient grasp. We have the PS5 price and date. We have the Xbox Series X and S prices and date. Despite the fact we still have a couple of miles to go in this marathon, people are already making their way to the starting line to do it all over again. The want and the primal need for the newest technological behemoths is understandable though: better graphics, smoother gameplay, shorter load times etc. Who doesn’t want any of this?
But if we’re looking ahead to the new generation, then we’re really going to look ahead to the new generation. There’s no beating about the bush with this one, these are sequels that we really need to see on the PS5. Whether it’s been too long since the last game, or because the developer said they wouldn’t make another one etc, we need these games.
Jak and Daxter 4
It’s time. 11 years have now passed since the unspectacular release of Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier. Sure the series has been referenced multiple times in Naughty Dog’s two other main franchises, but this isn’t good enough. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy is one of the most underrated platformers of all-time, I’ll argue that to the grave. Even though later games had a different thematic take on proceedings, they were still solid games. Naughty Dog’s focus has understandably shifted in recent years as they’ve churned out high-quality Uncharted and The Last Of Us games, but it’s time to reignite an old flame.
Daxter is hilarious. Jak is a badass. An original PlayStation starter. There’s at least one more story to be told here.
It’s baffling that we’re in 2020, and we still don’t know if Bully 2 does/has ever existed. 14 years is a quite ridiculous amount of time to spend pondering and theorizing about the whereabouts of such a popular game’s potential sequel. Whilst it’s true that Rockstar have a plethora of award-winning franchises and are now milking the ever-living life out of GTA V for more money, you just can’t help but feel the omission of a Bully sequel is unusual. There’s been countless leaks, quite whispers of imminence, but it’s never materialized as yet. It’s not like Bully is a mega-controversial game that dare not return, or face public backlash or scrutiny. Even Manhunt got a sequel!
But Bully offered something different. Rockstar’s twist on their usual ultra-violent formula was superb and the game provided a variety of fun activities for the player to do. From taking school classes to Go-Karting to giving wedgies. It was well-paced, entertaining, and in true Rockstar fashion, boasted a gripping story. I don’t think we’re ready to graduate just yet Rockstar. Give us another year.
Arkane Studios have developed a wonderful partnership with Bethesda and that is set to continue with the upcoming stylish shooter – Deathloop. I think after they made Dishonored 2 they fancied a different challenge because despite how crisp Dishonored 2 felt at times, it certainly aired on the side of caution. However, Deathloop seems to have taken them out of that loop and it could be the shot in the arm they needed.
Don’t get me wrong though, I thoroughly enjoyed both games, and after Deathloop is released and kills it, I hope we get more honorable murder.
Portal 3/Half-Life 3/Team Fortress 3
Flogging a dead horse. I feel every word that I type on this is a waste of time and I’d be better off making them myself. But I digress.
As fans that have supported Valve for so many years, we deserve at least ONE of these three esteemed names to get a next-gen release.
Of the three:
- Team Fortress 2 still has a huge monthly player base and probably won’t ever get a new game
- Half-Life is the eternal mystery that won’t die, but it has just had Half-Life: Alyx, so perhaps there is hope yet
- Portal 3 is the one
Portal 2 is still one of the best single-player experiences many years later. A juicy campaign rammed with puzzles, hysterical dialogue, and it never got boring for a single second. Another dose of GLaDOS?
Hotline Miami 3
Now, there might be a hint of bias here. When I say hint, I mean that scene in Die Hard: With A Vengeance with a country’s worth of dump trucks hauling gold bullion, but instead of gold bullion, it’s my bias. The Hotline Miami games are revolutionary. Intense, gory, violent, puzzles. Each level punctuated by a pounding baseline and rhythmic murder. What’s even better is the instant accessibility of the game as the controls are snappy, responsive, and the death-to-restart time is almost instantaneous.
The developers have hinted that there is more or less no chance a third game will ever be made. But due to the success of the first two games, the large cult following the game has amassed, it’s possible that we’ll be inflicting some techno trauma one last time.
Days Gone 2
Days Gone is horrendously overlooked. I feel like it got the unfair tag of being “another zombie game”. To an extent, it is. But it’s so much deeper than that. The world itself is terrifying, it feels alive at all times, and the story is absolutely incredible and criminally underplayed. I’m still not sure why this didn’t resonate with critics, perhaps this is why you shouldn’t always trust reviews. Deacon St. John just comes across as such an honest, humble guy that has been through a lot. Not only that, but his cast of characters also helped to realise this post-apocalyptic land – plagued by some fear-inducing hordes too. The pre-release hype was targeted at the game’s ability to render more on-screen infected than Dawn of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead, and Right Said Fred combined. It definitely lived up to that.
If you fully completed Days Gone, then you’d know that the game ended on a shocking twist. There’s plenty more meat on this zombie bone, so let’s let some more days pass on PS5.
From Software’s 2015 Gothic take on their popular Dark Souls series was a breath of fresh air. The gameplay was quicker, rolling was swift, and the game’s setting was ominous to the point of uncertainty and trepidation. It felt a lot more like horror than its predecessors, and that was a good thing. The monsters were horrible and usually gushing with putrid liquid, and they snarl like myself when someone tries to pinch one of my Doritos. The whole game felt like a perfect encapsulation of everything From Software had learned to that point, and then some.
In the midst of the upcoming Demon’s Souls Remake, it would be excellent if we could have Bloodborne 2 announced within a year of its release. Simultaneously capitalizing on its success, and giving the PS5 another stellar title early in its release.
The Order: 1886 Part II
I can already taste the negative vibes as your eyes look at this entry with pure mockery and condemnation. I’ll say this, was The Order: 1886 a must-have game? Nope. Was it even an amazing game? Nope nope. The Order: 1886 was over before it even begun, what little gameplay there was was quite repetitive, and it just generally felt undercooked. But is it a game that has laid a foundation, established the groundwork, and could quite easily learn from its mistakes? Absolutely.
Its visuals and production values were before its time and could easily stand toe-to-toe with any other current-gen titles. It boasted an intriguing narrative. Hell, even some of the guns were a lot of fun to use – particularly the Thermite Rifle. Just flesh out the game a bit more, vary things up, and Sir Galahad could still go down as a PlayStation icon.
Metal Gear Solid VI
As much as we’d all like to forget about Metal Gear Survive…I can’t. I find remnants of it in my cereal, my sleep, and my good games. I haven’t even played it, yet it still haunts me and the name of Metal Gear Solid as a whole. Now, if we’ve already crossed that forbidden threshold with no Kojima, then why stop? Hideo Kojima is a genius riddled with ideas that are sometimes too genius even for his genius. But perhaps if someone else who understands his vision for MGS can come in and just reign back the chaos a tad, we could have something really special.
Everything is already there for you. The characters, the story, the lore, the cardboard boxes. Even The Phantom Pain – a great game in its own right – isn’t in the top 3 for the franchise. Do a Meryl spin-off, an Ocelot spin-off etc. Metal Gear Solid could be someone’s oyster, now scoop it out and throw it at the PS5!
The Witcher 4
It’s a foregone conclusion. You can’t help but feel that once Cyberpunk 2077 has had its time in the sun, then its time to get working on the next adventure in the world of The Witcher. Whether we go one more round with everyone’s favourite gruff Witcher, or you can call Ciri and summon her to the call of adventure. Whichever path CD Projekt Red takes, there’s no doubt that with The Witcher 3 and the Netflix adaptation have paved the way for one of the most requested sequels of all-time. Nothing else needs to be said about the The Witcher 3 – it was absolute 10/10 perfection.
If The Witcher 4 can adequately harness and extract the power from the PS5 to create an even fuller world, then we could be looking at a game of a lifetime contender. Make it happen CD Projekt Red.