With the PS5 being able to play already-purchased PS4 games, people have not given up on buying PS4 games – especially with the latest console being out-of-stock almost everywhere.
A good example of this has been Cyberpunk 2077. The game was bug-ridden, censored from PS4 reviews, and had a lot of warning signs, yet millions still picked up their base PS4 copy. Upon receiving it, it was barely playable, yet millions still purchased the game. Why? Because they couldn’t resist – they had been waiting 8 long years for this release, and they know they can transfer it to their PS5 when it comes back in stock where it will be bug-free.
So, what game should you pick up for a gift this year?
Call of Duty: Cold War
Call of Duty dropped their annual flagship in Cold War, a first-person shooter on the theme of the US-Russia cold war. Cold War is an arcade-feel flashback to the older Call of Duty’s, where the pace is super high, health is low, and the maps are funneled. This is a big turn of pace from Warzone, but you can nevertheless switch between the two without having to exit the game.
Marvel’s Spider-man: Miles Morales
The latest Spider-man, which has been many years in the making, is the next-gen PS4 and PS5 game. This means that, when running on the PS5, the graphics and gameplay are pushing console boundaries. Ray tracing is available with incredible detail of reflections, or 60fps can be achieved – it’s up to the user if they want performance or graphics.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2: Remastered
The nostalgic Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2, which were one of the highest rated games of all time, is back! Having remastered the game, it is now ready for PS5 graphics with backwards compatibility. Technically this is a PS4 game, but it will be playable on both. The gameplay will still be similar enough to be nostalgic about, but the visuals are a stunning difference.
Given the new PS5 has a Digital addition which is priced cheaper, meaning there is no disk tray, it seems that digital gaming will be the way forward. Just like PC players embrace with Steam, digital copies of games never disappear, and can always be centralized to one account.
This is why a digital gift card is now an ideal present, when purchasing the CD used to be instead. In fact, Cyberpunk's catastrophic launch was a good example of digital having advantages. When offering refunds, it was so much faster for those that owned a digital copy. Those with a physical CD had to receive a number over email, write it down, take a picture, then send the CD off in the post.
Not only this, but logistically, you’re aren’t susceptible to supply issues like we have seen with the PS5 and Coronavirus pandemic.