The holiday season of 2020 is set to be an explosive entry in the next-generation of gaming and for console gaming fans. Both Sony and Microsoft plan to release new consoles, namely the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Over the year, we’ve seen countless announcements of upcoming next-generation games, including games that are exclusive to the new generation of home consoles. As various companies put out digital presentations in lieu of their normal summer press conferences, we’ve learned a ton of new information about our most anticipated upcoming games.
As we get hyped up for the next-generation systems, we’re counting down the five games we are exceptionally amped to play. If you’re planning on picking up a new system this holiday season, you should definitely keep an eye on these top five upcoming next-gen games
The Top 5 Upcoming Next-Generation Games
5. Demon’s Souls Remake
Demon’s Souls originally released back in 2009 and was instantly met with widespread critical acclaim. Although many players grew frustrated with the incredibly punishing difficulty, even more players were enamored with the environmental storytelling, rich world, and amazing enemy designs. Although we’ve never seen a true sequel to Demon’s Souls, the game spawned plenty of spiritual successors, including Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Now, utilizing the power of the PlayStation 5, players can look forward to a modern retelling of this instant classic. There’s no official release date for the Demon’s Souls Remake yet, but these titles usually take a while to come out, so prepare to wait a while.
4. The Medium
The Medium is a third-person horror game being developed by Bloober Team, one of the finest studios working in the horror genre today. Responsible for terrifying games like Layers of Fear and The Blair Witch, the folks at Bloober Team know exactly how to craft a disturbing and suspenseful story. In The Medium, you play as Marianne, a woman who is able to travel between the realm of the living and dead. After experiencing haunting visions, Marianne travels to an abandoned resort to seek answers. Judging by Bloober Team’s previous games, The Medium should be a chilling and unforgettable adventure. Players will be able to experience The Medium exclusively on the Xbox Series X sometime this holiday.
3. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
It’s not hard to be excited about a new Ratchet & Clank game. Ever since the first game released in 2002 on the PlayStation 2, the franchise has been paving the way in exciting and uproarious action. Each adventure is packed with awesome level design, ridiculously cool and cartoon-like weapons, as well as endearing and memorable characters. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart looks to expand the franchise in some cool ways by including rift-jumping, allowing Ratchet and company to hop through different dimensions at will. The announcement trailer was full of unbelievably colorful and smooth gameplay, made possible by the immense power of the PlayStation 5. There’s no release date for Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart yet, but when it does come out, we’re sure it’s going to be an absolute blast.
2. Horizon II: Forbidden West
The first Horizon game came out in early 2017 and although it received fair recognition, the open-world action game was mostly overshadowed by the release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Playing as Alloy, a skilled survivalist in a fantasy world full of giant machines, the original Horizon was immensely enjoyable and one of our favorite games of the year. Luckily, developer Guerrilla Games has been hard at work on a sequel, which looks to blow the first game out of the water. The announcement trailer was packed with detailed and vibrant scenery, explosive action, and plenty of signature archery combat. We can’t wait to return to Alloy’s world and venture into the unknown lands of the West when this stunning sequel launches exclusively on the PlayStation 5 sometime in 2021.
1. Halo Infinite
The Halo franchise is as synonymous with Xbox as Super Mario is with Nintendo. The sci-fi first-person shooter was a system-seller when it released on the original Xbox, with countless players diving deep into its world of interplanetary warfare. Each Xbox console has seen a handful of Halo releases, and with a few exceptions, every single one has been of irrefutable quality. There’s so much mystery surrounding Halo Infinite, it’s hard not to speculate. As more and more titles move towards a “games as a service” formula, will Halo follow suit? There’s no doubt that Halo Infinite will be chock-full of intense FPS action, gorgeous graphics, and addictive multiplayer. Beyond that, we’re not totally sure what to expect. Microsoft will undoubtedly reveal more about the game during their “Xbox Games Showcase” presentation, so look out for that. Regardless, we can’t wait to hop back into the boots of Master Chief and blast through some aliens when Halo Infinite releases alongside the Xbox Series X this holiday.
Tip for the Nintendo Switch: Paper Mario: The Origami King
Since this summer, the immortal Nintendo hero, Super Mario, can be seen in action again.
The Plot: The whole world, Mario, his friends, his opponents are made of paper in “the Origami King”. The opponent of Mario and his friends is King Olly, the origami king. He has already turned Princess Peach into origami, torn her castle from its foundations and tied it up with streamers, and is also planning to fold the entire paper world into origami.
Your task is to free the world from the origami king. You fight against paper forms of the opponents known from the Super Mario universe.
“Paper Mario: The Origami King” is a fun and creative gaming highlight for the Nintendo Switch in summer 2020.