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PS5 exclusives that will blow you away

The PlayStation 5 is nearly here. It's slated for a Holiday 2020 release, dev kits are in the wild, and games have entered development. Since the majority of games appear on multiple platforms and cross-play is becoming more common, console exclusives will dictate which system you purchase. The Sony exclusives library has always been incredible: The Last of Us, Gran Turismo, God of War. These games aren't just great independently; they represent important milestones in gaming history.

While Sony has only confirmed one PS5 exclusive title, you can make some educated guesses based on past PlayStation only franchises. For the purposes of this list, exclusives are defined as any game poised to appear solely on the PlayStation 5 but not the Xbox Series X or Nintendo Switch. Some of these titles may also launch for PC.

Here's a list of likely exclusives that are going to thrill gamers the world over and help sell the PlayStation 5.

    Gran Turismo 7

    The greatest console sim racing game will definitely make an appearance on the PlayStation 5. While PlayStation 4's Gran Turismo Sport was a little bare-bones on release, it's had a steady flow of free cars and tracks, making it one of the best values in the genre. On top of that, it has excellent racing wheel support, unlike its direct competitor, the Forza series. 

    According to GamesRadar+, Gran Turismo head honcho Kazunori Yamauchi has promised PSVR 2.0 support. The PlayStation 4 wasn't really powerful enough to support Gran Turismo Sport's PSVR experience, but the PlayStation 5 won't have any such issues. It's hard to sufficiently emphasize how incredible VR sim racing is. It's immersive, engaging, and stunningly real. If the PS5's performance is comparable to a high end gaming PC, Gran Turismo 7 could become the VR sim racer's game of choice. There are even rumors of 8K performance on the PlayStation 5, something even the most hardcore PC sim racing titles can't boast. 

    Godfall

    You've heard of looter-shooters, but what about looter-slashers? Counterplay Games and Gearbox Software (makers of the Borderlands series) have teamed up to create Godfall, a loot-oriented, third-person melee combat game. The gameplay seems to center around fighting monsters, hunting for loot, building up your armor set, and defeating bosses. Co-op play supports up to three players.

    The trailer reveals little beyond some gorgeous art direction, but it's promised as a PS5 launch title with a Holiday 2020 release date. It'll also appear on the Epic Game Store, but there's no word on whether it will have cross-play.

    Given some of the interesting advancements in melee combat seen in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and For Honor, it'll be neat to find out how Counterplay and Gearbox expand on that formula. The awesome suits of armor are reminiscent of Anthem; hopefully, Godfall has a better run than BioWare's ill-fated loot shooter.

    The Last of Us 2 and 3

    The Last of Us 2 is, perhaps, the most anticipated PlayStation 5 title of 2020. It's scheduled for release for the PS4, but you're sure to see it on the PS5 as well. Like its predecessor, The Last of Us 2 will release in the twilight phase of its console era as a testament to everything that can be accomplished on the PlayStation 4.

    The follow-up is certain to look even better on the PlayStation 5. The biggest fans will buy it twice (especially if the PS5 version comes with all the relevant DLC) and new players will be able to enjoy it on their brand new console.

    In case you haven't experienced The Last Of Us, its exploration, looting, crafting, and combat form one of the most refined gameplay loops in the industry, with a story that is compelling, dark, and moving. The Last of Us 2's excellent trailers promise everything the first one gave fans and more. No one has announced The Last Of Us 3, but even if The Last of Us 2 completely bombs (unlikely), you can bet you'll see a sequel on the PlayStation 5.

    Horizon Zero Dawn 2

    Horizon Zero Dawn was one of the best games of 2017, but had the misfortune to release within days of Breath of the Wild, Nintendo's award-sweeping Switch entry into the Zelda franchise and a stunning open-world title in its own right. Horizon Zero Dawn is still one of the best games available in this console generation. Guerrilla Games hasn't said anything about a follow-up, but Female First reported voice actress Janina Gavankar let slip that a sequel is in the works

    Horizon Zero Dawn established an original post-apocalyptic fantasy science fiction setting, with an excellent central character. The game took its time peeling back the layers of the world, slowly explaining why you're bow hunting robot dinosaurs for their CPUs and coolant canisters. Slight spoiler: humanity screwed up, big time. Now that the central mystery is revealed, the sequel has the opportunity to vastly expand on an already impressive franchise.

    God of War 2

    The first God of War in almost a decade revitalized a tired franchise with brutal third-person combat and all the dad feels. Like many PlayStation 4 exclusives, it's one of the best games of this generation. The sequel hasn't been announced, but fans know Kratos and Atreus' story isn't done yet. GamesRadar+ speculates everyone's favorite father-son deity duo will face down Ragnarok, the prophesied end of the world for the Norse pantheon. 

    Given Kratos already triggered one apocalypse in God of War 3, it'll be interesting to see how he handles getting wrapped up in one not (entirely) of his own making. Game director Cory Barlog suggested he may eventually explore the relationship between Kratos and his wife Faye. Hopefully, the devs will go all in on the teenage angst aspect as well. It's easy to picture Atreus slamming the door in Kratos' face and turning My Chemical Romance way, way up after being called "Boy" for the millionth time. "I'M JOINING THE BLACK PARADE, DAD!"

    Yakuza 8

    The Yakuza series has been part of the PlayStation exclusives family for a long time, though it only recently received an English translation and release. It shifts wildly in tone from dark crime drama to street brawler to karaoke rhythm game. Think Grand Theft Auto in Japan, and you start to get the idea. 

    According to GamesRadar+, series director Toshihiro Nagoshi spoke about the upcoming sequel during a Sega-Nama broadcast. He's deeply impressed by the power of the PlayStation 5, both its graphical capability and its potential for "artificial intelligence and machine learning." 

    Given deep hand-to-hand combat has always been part of the appeal of the series, it would be interesting to see how enemies could learn from your techniques and patterns. This may be the only franchise that lets you sing karaoke, kick people in the face, play pachinko, and engage in organized crime, making it an awesome addition to the array of possible PlayStation 5 exclusives.

    Persona 6

    While the Persona series has just arrived on the Switch, it has lived in the PlayStation ecosystem since the '90s. Given Persona 5's smashing success, a sequel is surely in the works. Atlus, Persona's developer, recently circulated a fan survey asking which platform folks wanted to see Persona 6 on. Twinfinite reports that Switch, Stadia, mobile, and PC were mentioned, but you can bet that it will hit the PlayStation 5. 

    This relationship simulator role playing game explores Jungian psychology via compelling characters, a deep plot, and intense turn-based dungeon crawling. The latest entry was a massive 100+ hour adventure, and the Royal version of the game promises even more gameplay. Persona 5 dealt with heavy issues of abuse and students surrounded by untrustworthy and immoral adults. The game's protagonists team up to reveal their crimes and punish the guilty. Also, you can date your teacher. It's Persona; things get pretty weird. 

    Bloodborne 2

    Bloodborne was FromSoftware's take on Lovecraftian horror. At the time of its release, the Souls series had already become shorthand for a particular style of punishing, timing-oriented gameplay, and Bloodborne amped things up by increasing the speed. Rather than blocking, dodging, and waiting for openings, the game encourages you to attack right after you're hit to recover lost health. 

    A number of signs point towards Bloodborne 2, including a collection of Easter eggs hidden in other FromSoftware games. The question is whether Sony will shove enough money into From Software's pocket to keep Bloodborne a PlayStation exclusive. This smash hit was an early title for the PlayStation, but since then, FromSoftware has released Dark Souls 3 and the award-winning Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, both of which appeared on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Elden Ring, the announced collaboration between George R. R. Martin and Hidetaka Miyazaki, will also appear on all three platforms.

    Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man was an unexpected and wonderful delight. Insomniac Games took the open-world superhero gameplay popularized by the Arkham series and applied it to a bright, beautiful Manhattan. The main story touched on the core Spider-Man themes: power, responsibility, and how both can completely screw up Peter Parker's life.

    The combat was inventive, fun, and really made you feel like Spider-Man. It encouraged you to exploit your environment to gain the upper hand, and, if that didn't work, you could always whip out a Spider-gadget like impact webs, electric webs, web bombs, and trip mines.

    From the realistic architecture to the accurate hot dog cart umbrella coloring, the game contained a number of wonderful touches that captured the heart of New York. It played like a love letter to both the Marvel Universe and NYC. Rumors suggest a Holiday 2021 release date for Spider-Man 2, in addition to randomized crime encounters and other features that have fans salivating.

    LittleBigPlanet 4

    In case you missed it, LittleBigPlanet is a fantastic, colorful, side-scrolling puzzle and adventure game franchise in which you play as the adorable Sackboy. The series also includes easy to use level editor tools to allow anyone to generate LittleBigPlanet content. 

    While a huge hit on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, the outlook for a standalone LittleBigPlanet 4 looks a little grim. "We're all-in all [sic] Dreams ... We've got so many plans, and we are a really small team," Media Molecule director Siobhan Reddy told GameSpot. "It's going to take every one of us, working on it together to get through all those plans that we have." 

    Dreams, a suite of incredible game creation tools, released for PlayStation 4 just last month. If Media Molecule's goal is to create a long-lasting set of tools for game creation, it will have to hop over to PlayStation 5 eventually. LittleBigPlanet 3 was actually developed by Sumo Digital, with Media Molecule consulting. It could be possible to farm out development again and place the entirety of LittleBigPlanet 4 inside of Dreams. And that would be fantastic. 

    Ghost of Tsushima

    Sucker Punch announced Ghost of Tsushima way back in 2017 and released exciting trailers in 2018 and 2019. Set during the 1274 Mongol invasion of Japan, you play as Jin Sakai, one of the last survivors of a noble samurai clan. Gameplay appears to focus on open-world third person sword fighting and stealth action. It looks gorgeous, stylish, and cinematic. If Akira Kurosawa made a video game, it would look like Ghost of Tsushima.

    Ghost of Tsushima is coming to PlayStation 4 on June 26, 2020, and will likely get ported to the PlayStation 5 at a later date. It looks stunning and will push the PS4 to its absolute limit; a PS5 version might increase the frame rate and offer an overall performance boost. The PlayStation 5 will also be equipped to support ray tracing, which would be a welcome addition to Ghost of Tsushima's already stellar visuals.