Sony delivered during yesterday’s PS5 Showcase. A whole bunch of games, a few surprises, lots of cool-looking trailers and very little padding all made for a fun 40 minute presentation.
Here are all the trailers and announcements for your viewing pleasure.
Knights Of The Old Republic Remake
This was the first trailer shown during Sony’s PS5 showcase yesterday and probably the biggest “wow” of the show. Nobody saw this one coming—the classic 2003 Star Wars RPG has been on many gamers’ wishlists for a remake but we all kind of thought it was never going to happen. Now it is. We just don’t know when or what it will actually look like still.
The only other “holy crap” moment of the show was the teaser trailer for a new Wolverine game being made by Insomniac, the developer behind Marvel’s Spider-Man. Hopefully Wolverine is every bit as good, but perhaps a bit more gritty, than that franchise. No release date yet, but expect it—like KOTOR—to be pretty far out. 2022 or 2023 would not surprise me.
No surprise here. Spider-Man already spawned a spinoff in Miles Morales and sold so well that Sony bought Insomniac wholesale. A sequel was inevitable but it’s still exciting. Will there be co-op this time around? Peter Parker and Miles Morales have apparently teamed up, so it’s possible. And there’s a fun twist at the end I won’t spoil. This one is slated for 2023.
God Of War: Ragnarok
God Of War: Ragnarok looks terrific, though I have to say: It looks like more of the same rather than any major departure from the first game. Once again, Kratos and his son Atreus are teaming up, this time to stop Ragnarok—the apocalyptic, god-ending battle—and it looks like they’ll gather some unlikely companions along the way. I can’t believe it’s already been three years since the last one came out.
Square Enix is going big with Forspoken, which is slated for a 2022 release. The limited-time PS5 console exlusive looks pretty damn epic, filled with big magic, monsters and a massive open-world. I’m not sold on the humor that we get in this trailer, but it’s at least forgivable if the action is as good as it looks.
There’s a bit of Final Fantasy in the upcoming action game Project EVE, and a bit of Bayonetta. If that’s all you knew about the game it would still be a must-play.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
The Borderlands spinoff looks basically perfect if you’re a fan of that series. Zany, goofy, irreverent, over-the-top with a weird blend of fantasy and firepower, the Tiny Tina shooter looks like a blast. This one has a release date, too: March 25th, 2022 (if you can trust release dates anymore, of course).
Uncharted: Legacy Of Thieves Collection
Get ready to climb! Again! The Uncharted: Legacy Of Thieves Collection brings both PS4 Uncharted titles—A Thief’s End and The Lost Legacy—to PS5 with remastered graphics. Of course, both games looked absolutely gorgeous when they released last-gen, but they’ll look even better now. I’m curious when we’ll get a new Uncharted title, or if that franchise has been put to bed for now. Early 2022 release.
Alan Wake Remastered
I posted about this news the other day and here we get a trailer for the classic mystery-horror game from Remedy, the makers of Control. It looks pretty good—certainly a step up from its original graphics.
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy
There was a time I complained—or at least griped/mused/argued—that there were not enough Marvel games and that Marvel and Disney were selling themselves short given the success of the MCU. As this post should prove, we no longer have to worry. Guardians of the Galaxy looks pretty fun, too, with plenty of dumb humor and lots of third-person action. This one is out soon! October 26th!
Deathloop (Story Trailer)
This game is looking better and better with every trailer. The story trailer finally sheds some light on what we’re getting into from a narrative standpoint. Our hero, Colt—who wields Dishonored-like powers and has a bunch of guns—is stuck in the mysterious Blackreef, trapped by the mysterious Visionaries, in a mysterious Timeloop. Very mysterious. The game lands sooner than any other: September 14th, 2021. I plan on playing the crap out of this one and reviewing.
Rainbow Six Extraction
Instead of a tactical competitive shooter like Rainbow Six Siege, Extraction is a co-op tactical shooter where you fight against supernatural threats. It looks pretty good and will give Rainbow Six fans a break from playing against other Rainbow Six fans which, I gotta say, can be pretty daunting for anyone not really plugged into the Siege community. January 22nd, 2022 release date.
GTA 5 (Again)
I’m not sure who is more shameless: Rockstar or Bethesda. Bethesda released Skyrim long, long ago back when the Elder Scrolls were still young. Now the Elder Scrolls are even elder and they’ve released that game a thousand different times. GTA 5, one of the best-selling video games in the universe, has had nearly as many re-releases and still not a single piece of single-player DLC. And here we have it on PS5. Sure, it looks great but mostly I find the whole thing deeply off-putting.
Delayed to 2022, Ghostwire Tokyo looks pretty weird and a bit spooky and definitely action-packed but honestly, even after seeing this trailer I’m just not sure what to think. What do you think?
Kid A Mnesia (Radiohead meets Epic Games???)
Speaking of not knowing what to think, I have no clue what to expect from this Radiohead/Epic Games collaboration. It’s an “Exhibition” based on Radiohead’s Kid A, clearly, but other than that—well, I’m curious. Surprised Epic didn’t just stuff this into a Fortnite concert—or wait, is it a Fortnite concert?
A Vampire: The Masquerade battle royale game is . . . intriguing. Could be great, could be terrible. I worry because the Early Access user reviews on Steam are “mixed.”
Gran Turismo 7
If you like flashy race cars and that sort of thing, Gran Turismo 7 has a release date: The game comes to PS4 and PS5 on March 4, 2022. March is looking busy already.
This is kind of the outlier of the show. Sometimes we get lots of “cutesy” games in these showcases but this one was more of your dark and gritty affairs—except for Tchia. “A Tropical Open-World adventure. Climb, glide, swim, and sail your boat around a beautiful archipelago in this physics-driven sandbox. Use Tchia’s Soul Jumping ability to take control of any animal or object you can find, and Jam on your fully playable Ukulele. A game inspired by New Caledonia.”
All told, a pretty great showcase with lots of good trailers, a few surprise reveals and very little talking. Nobody likes to watch video game executives and game leads talk about how they’re pushing envelopes or innovating or creating diverse new worlds and all that yack. Show us the games! And Sony delivered.
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