A closer look at 11 PS5 titles from Summer Game Fest 2024

The PlayStation Blog crew flew down to Los Angeles, CA to attend Summer Game Fest Play Days and go hands-on (and off) with a variety of upcoming PS5 games. From titles both big and small, launching soon or further in the future, here are 11 exciting games we checked out at Summer Game Fest.

Kunitsu-Gami | Coming July 18

Part action game, part resource-management strategy, Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess was one of the most unique games I played over the SGF weekend. Your goal in each standalone level is to purify a path for the titular goddess. As you cleanse infected areas and free villagers from their poisoned prisons, you gain points to spend during the daytime cycle. These points are used to assign villagers offensive and defensive roles, as well to carve the purified path for the goddess to traverse before night comes.

Once the sun sets, demons burst from the edge of the level and make their way toward the goddess. You’re free to battle enemies directly, or place your villager units where you like to create a powerful defense against the onslaught of foes. Survive the night, and you can resume charting that path to the end of the level, eventually purifying the gate and moving to the next area.

BioWare have lifted the veil on the first hour of gameplay in the long-anticipated return to Thedas. From the character creation system (test out skin tone against different lighting!) to combat style (pause and play strategy or real-time fluid attacks), players are encouraged to be and fight however they choose. A new resource meter specific to each class (warrior, rogue, mage) builds up momentum in battle to unlock greater attacks. The Frostbite engine renders the magic-infused city of Minrathous in startling detail and scale. Magic weaves through the city like electricity, while ancient Elven statues tower over the shadowy landscape.

Companions have always been a core part of the BioWare RPG experience, but Veilguard aims to push this to a new level, with lengthy narrative arcs, and unique combat combos that bring a chosen team together like never before. This early chapter of the game in many ways played out like the lead-up to a final boss and gave us a peek at tragic hero-turned-villain Solas and the possible evil yet to be unleashed in his attempt to rip down the Veil. If the first hour of this story is any indication, Dragon Age: The Veilguard will be an adventure well worth the wait.

-Kristen Zitani

Publisher: EA | Developer: BioWare | PS5

Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree | Coming June 21

I had just 30 minutes with this immense DLC, so definitely check out this earlier hands-on report for fully-formed thoughts on this anticipated update to 2022’s base game. I can say that, even as someone who Platinum’d Elden Ring, the new weapons, enemies, and vistas of this DLC stopped me in my tracks.

Each enemy was a fresh learning experience, and each mini-boss and eventual main boss I fought was a whole new challenge that felt like playing the game for the first time.What’s that weird tree over there… can I make it over to that mountain… is that big wicker inferno walking toward me? Constant emergent stuff happening, always pulling you deeper into the map. This one’s at the top of my June list for sure.

-Brett Elston

Publisher: FromSoftware | Developer: Bandai Namco Entertainment | PS5, PS4

Sonic X Shadow Generations | Coming Oct 25

The Year of Shadow is looking good with what I saw from the remastered Generations title, which includes a new remixed version of Space Colony Ark and a thrilling take on the Biolizard boss battle. Shadow is known as the ultimate lifeform, and his new Doom abilities make you feel like it while playing. Shadow’signature Chaos Control ability lets players freeze time and speed past or destroy enemies Shadow’s time-manipulation abilities can also be used to navigate tricky platforming sections. Even while fighting the Biolizard, I was able to throw spears of light to deflect attacks and perform powerful melee combos. Along with great visuals and music, it’s truly the black hedgehog’s time to shine. 

-O’Dell Harmon Jr.

Publisher: Sega | Developer: Sonic Team | PS5, PS4

Path of Exile 2 | Coming 

Path of Exile 2’s demo immediately throws players into the mud and muck of its free-to-play cursed world, giving you the tools and choice of skills to channel your violence against its darkest creatures. I selected the Ranger class for my playthrough, wielding long-range arrows boosted by ice and lightning Skill Gem attacks to keep the vile imps and bugs at bay. I got a taste for the larger challenges to come after encountering a burrowing, acid-spewing horror called the Devourer that put my strategy to the test. 

-Kristen Zitani

Publisher: Grinding Gear Games | Developer:Grinding Gear Games | PS5

Street Fighter 6 Year 2 | Begins June 26