The PlayStation 5 has been revealed, and it’s coming in the fall. Sony revealed the console as part of their ‘future of gaming’ event, which was also one of the most viewed gaming livestream of all time on YouTube. The console itself has been turning heads for its unique design and updated controller, but the games themselves are what’s important.
The PlayStation brand has become synonymous with greatness through titles such as God of War and The Last of Us, but does it have anything family-friendly on offer to bring some competition to Nintendo’s doorstep? Well, we’ve compiled a list of family-friendly PS5 games that anyone should be able to enjoy if you’re planning on buying one later this year.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Those looking for a fun couch-coop experience to enjoy with their family and friends should look no further than British developer Sumo Digital’s Sackboy: A Big Adventure, which is set to bring the fan-favourite LittleBigPlanet mascot to PS5 within the launch window. A fun, colourful 3D platformer that allows you to play with up to four people simultaneously, perfect for playing with your children or getting family members involved on-the-fly in some light-hearted fun. If you’re a fan of Super Mario 3D World or games similar to that then you’ll likely enjoy this one when it drops.
Did you know? – Whereas in previous generations it has been difficult for developers trying to adapt to new hardware, tools and motions are being put in place to make the situation a little more simple with PS5. For starters, the console’s architecture has reportedly been built upon the foundations set by PS4, which will help both backwards compatibility and companies used to creating for the previous system.
Of course, there are also companies such as Abstraction games, a Dutch game porting studio, that focus on mastering different platforms and helping developers to realise their vision on different consoles and in different formats.
A game that’s been gaining a lot of attention online due to its catchy trailer theme tune, Bugsnax is a bright, light-hearted and humorous game about catching bugs that, well, look like snacks. Running around on an island and trying to catch different tasty snacks, from strawberries with googly eyes, to racks of ribs trickling around like centipedes, to full-on hotdog buns, you’ll start to notice that as you catch more bugsnax, you turn into the snacks and start to resemble the food itself. I’ve heard the saying ‘you are what you eat’, but I didn’t know to take it so literally!
This will be one that will make the kids laugh, and it’ll be a great change of pace from stressful puzzlers or intense shooters. Bugsnax is due to launch this holiday season, and so it might even be a launch title for the PS5.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
The next instalment in the acclaimed Insomniac Ratchet & Clank franchise, Rift Apart looks to be an impressive third-person shooter/action game suitable for older children and up, making the most of the PS5’s hardware with some impressive visuals and showing the potential of the hardware to load and process new environments on-the-fly. Telling the story of the unlikely duo, Ratchet and Clank will be quite literally split up in this game by interdimensional rifts, and you’ll even be able to play as a brand new female Lombax character
With cartoonish violence that feels akin to something you’d see in a sci-fi Pixar film, it’s one that parents and kids can enjoy together. Rift Apart hasn’t received a full release date just yet, but it would be safe to assume a 2021 release date, so it’s something to look forward to in the PlayStation lineup.
The next outing for Astro, following his resounding success in Astro Bot: Rescue Mission on PSVR (a game that was deemed by some as the ‘Super Mario 64’ of VR game), is Astro’s Playroom, another exciting 3D platformer that has PlayStation references aplenty. Developed by Japan Studio and Team Asobi, this title will come pre-loaded on all PS5 systems as a built-in free game. The trailer looked quite similar to a traditional 3D Mario game, with obstacles to overcome, enemies to defeat, environments to explore, and coins to collect. It looks to be a great starting point for those that haven’t played games before, and is also a fun way for Sony to show off some of the uses that hardware has in one complete package.