The Good, Bad and Meh of the PlayStation Showcase (September)

I still don’t have a PlayStation 5. It’s not like I don’t want one but Sony is still making it impossible to get one. Okay, not impossible but, on principle alone, I simply refuse to spent an exorbitant and obscene price for something that’s reasonably priced before the scalpers get their hooks into the normal supply chain to jack up the price. I guess it’s not Sony’s fault that a lot of gamers want a PlayStation 5. Nor can I blame them for promoting what they have coming for it during their September PlayStation Showcase.

Not everything was perfect with Sony’s PlayStation Showcase. Some of the things they did show did wow me but others I didn’t like or I didn’t care for. So let’s go through all of the things they went through during the show and I’ll be telling you if they were good, bad or just plain “meh,” shall we?

The Good

The teasers for Insomniac’s Spider-Man 2 and Wolverine

When you have two exclusive games from two of Marvel’s most popular superheroes, how can you not be hyped?

To be frank, they really didn’t show much for both Spider-Man 2 and Wolverine. Spider-Man 2 only hinted at what the gameplay would look like. Heck, the Wolverine trailer was basically just a pre-rendered trailer and didn’t show any gameplay at all. However, the mere fact they’re both being made exclusively for the PlayStation 5 by Insomniac Games, the same studio that made the phenomenal Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4, I have a lot of hope for both games. I’m guessing all they have to do for Spider-Man 2 is refine the already buttery smooth gameplay. But I am excited to see how Insomniac Games will translate the rather violent action a Wolverine game should have.

Project EVE looks like it’s going to be badass

I’m not a huge fan of hectic action hack-and-slash games. I like them fine. I mean, I’ve had a lot of fun with games like Nier: Automata and Devil May Cry. But I never really get all that excited by them. What I’m saying is I’m never really impressed by them. This is why I’m utterly shocked that I’m actually looking forward to Project EVE.

Project EVE kind of looks like the lovechild of Nier: Automata and Bayonetta. You still have a lot of hacking and slashing through tons of enemies. However, what made me do a double take on Project EVE was how good everything looked! The character model of the here looks good, both during the slower moments and during the more frantic action gameplay. The environments and background looks stunning. They even mixed in some Uncharted exploration options here, which is always a plus for me. It also looks like it’s not going to be a mindless hack-and-slash adventure as the trailer does feature some specific ways of defeating the monsters and bosses. Right now, Project EVE looks like it can be a major system seller for Sony.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is getting Remade

Should I be mad that Electronic Arts is remastering an old BioWare game after giving us Mass Effect: Legendary Edition? Well, since it’s Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, the answer is no.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was one of my favorite games on the original Xbox. However, I never really got to experience it in all its glory because my Xbox starting breaking down while I was playing it. I know I can get the same game on Steam but I just never bothered and, besides, the gameplay might seem archaic by today’s standards. So the idea of remaking Knights of the Old Republic and, hopefully, updating some of the gameplay elements (with the option to keep everything in its “classic” mode) will make me fall in love with the game all over again. Then again, I won’t be able to do so since it’s a timed PlayStation 5 exclusive and I don’t have the system yet.

Shucks.

I really hope Tiny Tina’s Wonderland is as good as the trailer promises

Okay, I’m not really sure if this is going to be good. Rather, I’m more cautiously optimistic about Tiny Tina’s Wonderland because I love the Borderlands series a whole lot.

There’s a lot to be concerned about regarding Tiny Tina’s Wonderland. For one, it looks more like it was originally supposed to be a DLC pack for Borderlands 3 but got upgraded to a full-fledged project instead since Borderlands 3 didn’t exactly wow fans like myself. It may also seem like it’s just a Borderlands game with a fantasy skin grafted all over it. However, it’s still a Borderlands game at its core and, even if I didn’t fall in love with the third entry of the series, I still found it enjoyable. So there’s a good chance I’ll also like Tiny Tina’s Wonderland, despite all its upcoming shortcomings.

Oh, and 2K, thank you for using BabyMetal’s Gimme Chocolate as the background song. Never heard any of their songs and it led me down a BabyMetal rabbit hole.

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves on PC? Well, that’s just great!

A part of me is glad we haven’t had a new Uncharted game for a while. We got closure to Nathan Drake’s story with A Thief’s End and The Lost Legacy was a good side story featuring Chloe Frazier. Naughty Dog could’ve tried to continue the franchise using Chloe but I think it was wise to end everything in a high note.

With that being said, I’m actually glad they’re remastering both games in the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Edition. Not because it’s coming to PlayStation 5. But because it’s coming to PC!

Now, I don’t have a PlayStation 5 nor do I have a beefy PC to play games using very high framerates and all that fancy stuff. But I do like to see gamers given the option to play games on much more powerful hardware. I would definitely love to see PC players try their hand on either Uncharted games at super high resolutions and at 120 fps or something like that! The games already look fantastic on a relatively wimpy PlayStation 4. Imagine what they would look like on something that’s twice as powerful!

I really wanna play God of War: Ragnarok!

God of War: Ragnarok… what a way to close out a show!

I really loved the first entry of the revamped God of War. Some of the optional bossed can be exasperating at times and the backtracking to get the things you missed can be tiring, those are the only really big complaints I had with it. It was a great game and one I was glad to complete. The upcoming sequel, God of War: Ragnarok, looks like it’s going to be more of the same but somehow better.

The trailer we did see during the PlayStation Showcase was an amazing blend of both story elements and blood pumping gameplay. It looks phenomenal and a large part of me is hoping that it’ll also come out on the PlayStation 4 as well as the PlayStation 5. That’s because I only have a PS4 and I really wanna play it when it comes out!

The Bad

Rainbow Six and aliens don’t mix

UbiSoft thought that adding aliens to the mix might get some gamers interested in the series and get some fresh blood interested. They were wrong.

To be fair, I never was a fan of the Rainbow Six series so when I do see a new upcoming game in the franchise, my eyes kinda gloss over it. But seeing aliens in something that’s supposed to be a realistic tactical shooter, it just seems like an upfront to what Tom Clancy had developed all those years ago. Besides, it just looks like the same Rainbow Six gameplay but with aliens instead of terrorists. Hard pass.

Still another remake of Grand Theft Auto V?

How long will Take Two keep milking Grand Theft Auto V and export it to the latest next-gen console before they start working on Grand Theft Auto VI? Well, they won’t since we all keep buying the same game that was released way back on the PlayStation 3!

There’s nothing inherently bad about Grand Theft Auto coming to the PlayStation V. It’s still a really good game and something that still plays well. What makes it a bad thing is that Take Two has been just porting this already eight year old game and it doesn’t show any signs of stopping! At least show us that you’re making a new entry to the series already!

I expected more from a new Guardians of the Galaxy trailer

I’m on the fence with the upcoming Eidos Montreal Guardians of the Galaxy game. The gameplay looks fun but it looks like you only get to play as Star-Lord and not the other Guardians is a letdown for me. They had a chance to sway me with this new trailer but, honestly, I found it severely lacking.

They did show us who the possible big baddie and it’s the Universal Church of Truth, which is okay as an evil entity, I guess. However, the spokesperson for the Church was some uncharismatic bald dude with a beard. Why not use the female Matriach instead? Star-Lord’s antics didn’t come of an endearing. Rather, he acted like an unfunny douche. It’s weird they chose the more unfunny bits rather than the better ones. It just makes me think this is as good as it gets, which is a bad sign if that’s the case.

Just another Deathloop trailer

Sony is really going hard on promoting Deathloop. But do they have to show the same thing over and over again?

By now, I think most gamers already get the basic premise of Deathloop. It’s like Edge of Tomorrow or Groundhog day wherein the day repeats itself by the end or, if you die, you go right back to the start. It’s a really good idea but, when you keep on hammering it in every single time you have a trailer, it starts to get repetitive even though you haven’t played they game yet!

I would’ve liked to see much more gameplay this time around. Show exactly what happens if you run out of time or what happens when you die. Show us the actual “deathloop” used in the game! But nope! Here’s another story trailer for you to watch! Sigh.

The Play Has No Limits intro video was a colossal waste of four minutes!

Did we really need to see this? No. Then why show this?

This was an incredibly lame way to start the PlayStation Showcase. I get the goal of the video was to show some weird ad about the PlayStation 5. But did it have to be so long? It was just a video showing people playing chess and adding people to it to play the pieces! It was long and dumb! I want my four minutes of life back, Sony!

The “Meh”

Forspoken and Ghostwire: Tokyo needed to show more

I know it’s hard to create and promote a new IP in this day of age. So I can appreciate the risks being taken with Forspoken. I just wished they showed more in order for me to care.

To be fair, the graphics look amazing. The world looks massive and the gameplay does look decent. But I do wish they showed just a bit more of everything. The worlds may be large but do seem bereft of life. The gameplay could be fun but how will it come off when compared to other games like God of War and Project EVE, two other games that managed to wow me? I guess Forspoken doesn’t look too amazing because I keep on comparing it to Project EVE, a game that looks incredibly imaginative. Compare that to Forspoken’s more ancient looking worlds, Project EVE looks like they’re doing more with their post apocalyptic setting.

The same thing can be said for Ghostwire: Tokyo. It looks good and trippy but I can’t really get a good determination if it’s supposed to be something I should be looking forward to. Right now, it looks more like a Japanese version of BioShock. That’s not a bad thing in itself but I needed to see more to really care.

Not planning to wake up for Alan Wake

To be fair, I’m not all that familiar with the Alan Wake series as it was an Xbox exclusive for such a long time. So the simple announcement they’re bringing the franchise to PlayStation didn’t really tickle my fancy.

I mean, I know Alan Wake has its fans but there just doesn’t seem to be the same excitement level as other upcoming remakes and remasters. Right now, it looks like it’s just trying to copy the Silent Hill games. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but it’s still a copy of something rather than its own thing. Really needed to see more to gauge if I should be excited for this.

I plan to skip Tchia and Bloodhunt

I have a very good idea of what kinds of games I like to play. Tchia and Bloodhunt aren’t them. I can see little kids having fun with Tchia with its Zelda-esque type of gameplay and the power to possess different kinds of creatures can be a nice wrinkle. But it looks a little too childish for me.

On the other side of the spectrum, we have Bloodhunt, a spinoff of the Vampire: The Masquerade. It’s going to be a battle royale style of game and I’ve never really been bitten by the battle royale bug so it doesn’t interest me all that much.

Gran Turismo 7 looks pretty but dull at the same time

I used to love the Gran Turismo when they came out on the PlayStation One. As the franchise moved to bigger and more powerful PlayStation systems, I’ve fallen in love with the franchise. The upcoming Gran Turismo 7 did nothing to change my mind.

My big issue with the new Gran Turismo trailer is my issue with the later entries of the series. There’s less emphasis on the racing aspect and more on how good the graphics look. They focuses on things like customizing your rides and the photo mode. But the actual racing? They did cover it during the last few minutes of the trailer, which is something, at least. But I used to go to Gran Turismo for the racing and the tuning, not how good the cars look. This is why I’m torn between the trailer and made me remember what got me out of the series in the first place.

What did you think of Sony’s PlayStation Showcase for September? Let me know in the comments section below!

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