Game Pass has an envious array of upcoming games coming in 2023 — here's the picks we wish would join PS Plus someday.As we settle on our PS Plus games for May 2023 predictions, we can't help looking over the list of upcoming PS5 and PS4 games of 2023, then eyeing up some of the games confirmed for Xbox Game Pass and wondering "what if?" So, in case you don't know what you're missing, here are the top five upcoming Game Pass that PS Plus won't be getting anytime soon.
Let's be perfectly honest – no one really knows what to make of Exoprimal or whatever those Exoprimal trophies might eventually look like. Capcom has never quite managed to crack the live-service gold rush and the idea of this johnny-come-lately hero shooter somehow pulling it off without a snappy name like Dino Crisis World just seems beyond unlikely.
That said, just because Exoprimal feels (to me anyway) almost certain to die within a few years, that doesn't mean I don't want to try it before it goes. One glimpse at the sheer chaos unleashed by this game's dino-tsunamis and my inner child just can't help itself — he just wants to play the dinosaur game. If only Exoprimal would come to PS Plus as well as Game Pass, then I could run this through my splendid PS5 and also not actually spend money on a future cadaver.
PS Plus wants you bad, Starfield. Starfield is a game that looks like it’s going to amaze the many Xbox players who will be getting their mitts on this fantastic looking Bethesda IP when it launches later in the year. While there is an incredibly slim chance that we PlayStation players will ever see Starfield shine brightly on PS Plus potentially ever, we can dream, right? The game looks to incorporate all of my favorite things: RPGs, space, exploration, narrative, and all of the crazy shenanigans you expect to see in a Bethesda game.
We at TT are always looking for the next game that can scratch that Mass Effect itch and Starfield looks to be the perfect candidate to do just that. Hence why we would love to see the space epic come to PS Plus someday — or even just PS5 at all, frankly. Starfield will launch on Xbox Game Pass on the same day it releases, September 6th, 2023.
Seeing those Scott Pilgrim-looking Thirsty Suitors trophies on Xbox rather than PS Plus feels like the ultimate betrayal from Annapurna Interactive, who just last year gave us the splendid day-one PS Plus smash Stray. I know this is almost certainly Sony's fault — how the cat game's success didn't immediately lead to a PS Plus day-one announcement for South Asian lady vs The World I will never understand.
Instead, Game Pass snapped up Thirsty Suitors, depriving PS Plus subscribers of a game that lets you fight your evil exes in flirty dance fights and have your mother crush a fool with one mighty swing of her chappal. Sure, the PS5 and PS4 game will probably never match the streaming popularity of Stray, but does it have to? Can't we just get the odd game that looks really cool on PS Plus?
There is a lot about Party Animals that shouldn’t work. First of all, it's blatantly a Gang Beasts clone as you and a few of your mates mercilessly beat each other up in small arenas using a loose and barely co-ordinated series of attacks. Secondly, the meta trailer with a voice over man questioning the on-screen action should be cringey — and it is that — but it is also quite funny, though I'm not proud of thinking that.
In short, this looks like the kind of party game we would love to whip out with a few of our more deranged friends and family. If it has a few answers for the horrible floaty-meme controls in Gang Beasts and a variety of stages that remain entertaining for more than three goes, Party Animals will be a winner. It’s currently slated for release in 2023 on Xbox Game Pass and, given that it's not being made by an Xbox Game Studios developer, we really hope there are plans for this knockout carnage on PS5.
The creators of the Suikoden games, one of the best PlayStation JRPG series of all time, have united to produce Eiyuden Chronicle Hundred Heroes trophies and somehow this is going day one to Xbox. Once again I'm left wondering: how did you let this happen Sony?
Eiyuden Chronicle Hundred Heroes
Eiyuden Chronicle is aiming to bring Suikoden's classic turn-based combat bang up to date with stunning 2.5D graphics, a massive array of 100+ playable characters, and a story that aims to build on the classic games legacy. It's the kind of pitch that sounds a little too good to come to any streaming service, but if it had to be one, it absolutely should have been PS Plus Extra.
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