Xbox Showcase Review

The Xbox showcase was yesterday and boy was it a good’un! Microsoft was in dire need of a good event following Sony’s PS5 reveal event, and Microsoft did what they needed too! 

There were some great games announced and a “Surprise” at the end, so let’s get into it!

What were my favourites from the showcase?

Halo Infinite

The main game they were peddling was Halo Infinite the next in the Halo series which will be one of the leading games to push the Xbox one Series X. THE MUSIC! Halo has always been able to amplify wonderful cinematic moments with beautiful music, and there is more of that here.

The pilot interests me; he looks to serve as potentially Chief’s new partner and I love the look of that. He gets angry with Chief and disagrees with him showing that there is a new opportunity to explore a new dynamic relationship for Chief. He has his own goals and motivations, and the two are working together to get home. 

The hud and the hit markers both look smooth, and together with the movement, it looks fluid. The grappling hook seems to be a fun addition to Chief’s arsenal, and I can see this being an incredibly useful tool in multiplayer.

The world looks more open within Infinite, and I like this. It may allow us to explore the map at our own pace, looking for lore dumps and easter eggs throughout the new Halo ring. Atriox is back, and that terrifies me. He calls Chief out for a final battle, and his speech only got me determined to finish the fight. 

State of Decay 3

State of Decay 2 held so much potential. It was a decent zombie survival game that focused on maintaining a group of survivors. I felt on my first playthrough that the game was exciting but felt like it lacked something. The mechanics were extremely repetitive, and it, unfortunately, did not live up to the expectations. I cannot comment on the state of the game as it is now, but State of Decay 3 has me interested in playing through the 2nd installation before this comes out. 

At one point in time, it seemed like every other game was a zombie game. As today the popular game mode is Battle Royals, a few years ago it was Zombie games. So a return to these is fun, nostalgic and always reminds me of some great games I played when I was a little younger. 

I have reserved hopes for State of Decay 3, but it is nice to see that they are having another shot at a franchise that interests me.

Avowed

Obsidian look to be on a roll at the moment revealing a short trailer for their upcoming game ‘Avowed’. The trailer did not show much only emphasising that the game will take place in a fantasy world full of magic. The only clue we have to gameplay is that it will be first-person and the player can dual wield magic and swords.  

One thing that piqued my interest was the way the magic looked, it reminded me of The Witcher  with the symbols and then when the spell forms over the characters hands, it had a Doctor Strange vibe to it. I can get behind that. I hope there is an interesting magic system or at least an aesthetically/mechanically pleasing one. 

Plus, it is Obsidian. The Outer Worlds was incredible, and I’m sure they can pull this off! 

The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon.

Talking of The Outer Worlds, we have a DLC announcement! A narrative expansion to the corrupt capitalistic world that looks to add a new world and a load of new weapons! We do see a new crew member for the ship, but we do not get any real information. The trailer is the type of goodness you expect from Obsidian. Over the top narration and emphasis on the absurd, I love it! It will be available on the 9th of September! 

Everwild

One thing that Rare proved with Sea Of Thieves is that they can provide us with breathtaking environments. While the release of Sea Of Thieves was quite shallow, the game as it is now is full of content.We do not get much information about Everwild, but I am interested to see what Rare will do next.

The game looks to focus on the connection between human and nature, bringing forth the more magical aspects of nature and co-inhabitancy. Rare can build beautiful worlds I just hope this game will be full from release. Games as a service work, but they lose a lot of momentum if the base game is lacking, let’s hope Rare does this beautiful looking world some justice!

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

I’m personally not a huge 40k fan, not through disliking the franchise but rather unfamiliarity. I know that it is home to some awesome looking characters and this game is going to be a 4-person co-op horde fighting game. I am interested in taking a stab into the 40k world with some friends gunning down what looks to be zombies of some sort? 4-player co-op zombie games always get me excited as I’m overly fond of the Left4Dead games, so I am ever hoping to get a new entry into that style of game. 

Fable.

Just Fable. I don’t need to say much more. 

I know the rumours were everywhere, and people were sure it was all but confirmed, it is still nice to get a confirmation. I LOVED the fable games (Even 3). Honestly, I can’t wait. There was not a ‘4’ in the trailer, so from what I can tell this looks to be a reboot?

No gameplay for this, so we do not know where in the production of the game Playground are, but it is just lovely to hear that the franchise is not over.  

All-in-all it was a great showcase! What was your favourites from the reveals? I know it’s Fable… let’s admit it!

Thank you for reading!

Dale

EA Play Live June 2020 Reaction

It surely is the announcement period! EA is continuing the big announcements with Skate 4! Also, we got a look at the Starwars: Squadrons gameplay and it looks like it will undoubtedly live up to the hype! EA also sprinkled some smaller surprises within their presentation, such as It takes two and Lost in Random. Overall it was a great showcase with some games we are excited to play!

However, there was not that much within it. There were only a few games announced with fewer being released any time soon! While, I think the content was great, specifically with the smaller games published, it feels like it was half of a presentation… But then again, if we forget this would be E3 timing, short presentations like this throughout the year would be great!

There was a focus on Crossplay which is a good step in the right direction. Crossplay, for me, is essential. With my friends spread amongst all platforms, it is tiring keeping a mental note of who plays on what. Crossplay breaks down the barriers and allows everyone to just enjoy games together, I love it! Along with some HUGE announcements and some gameplay for Star Wars: Squadrons, it was a great showcase!

Apex Legends

Respawn announced some changes and gave a look at a new character within the Apex legends world. The new season 5 had been previously announced, but within the trailer that we saw they gave a closer look as to this seasons theme ‘ Lost Treasures’. Honestly, it has been some time since I’ve played Apex, but with crossplay confirmed I will definitely be checking it out again! There was also an announcement that the game will be releasing on Switch, which is excellent for Switch owners.

The main thing to take form this is crossplay, it is becoming more critical as time goes on and I am happy about that. As stated in the introduction, it is about breaking barriers down, allowing people to just game with their friends regardless of their platform, and I love that.

Personally, I have some significant Joy-con drift, so playing an FPS on my Switch is not going to happen any time soon.

It takes two

It takes two looks to be a narrative-driven platformer game in which we follow two dolls that represent parents who are going to split. Rose, the daughter of this family, creates these dolls who come alive. The game is going to deal with the confusion and the emotions that Rose is going through.

It is interesting how they are portraying the situation through the dolls, and I am interested in playing through it. Though, the director Josef Fares, states that “You are almost playing their emotion. There are even levels where we are making mechanics for their emotions”. I am incredibly interested in how they do this, and I hope that it is as great as he is selling it within the trailer.

I also have to comment on Fares, his excitement and confidence in the game are lovely to see! It is intoxicating, I’m excited I’ll definitely be trying this when it releases.

Lost in Random

We got a little look into a new title called ‘Lost in Random’ which is a narrative-driven game set in the world of Random. The main character is called even, and there is a significant emphasis on randomness and chance.

It appears to be an action-adventure game, and we only got a short look at gameplay, but as we are told, they are a long ways from launch. They have stated it will be sometime next year. While set in a gothic world, that is ruled by an evil dice? The game does have a charm that has me so excited to play and explore this world.

One of the developers stated: “I think we can all relate to the desire to try and control the chaos around us. With Dicey’s help though, Even learns the power of doing just the opposite Embrace Randomness and accept uncertainties in life and you will be surprised just how far it takes you”. Which really got me interested in the game, besides the setting that is! Games often allow us to control the world or at least what we do within the world, I’m 100% interested in how they handle this “randomness/acceptance” of uncertainty. I hope that it is more impactful on the game rather than just an implied theme.

As a huge Neil Gaiman fan, this is 100% down my alley and I can not wait to play it!

Star Wars: Squadrons

So we finally got some gameplay, I was not made excited by the cinematic trailer because well… we got nothing from it! Okay, so, after the gameplay we saw… I’m sold. It looks beautiful and fun to play! The 5v5 gameplay provides an excellent format for more competitive play, there are many different types of ships that specialise in different areas, so it will be interesting to see how the Meta forms around that.

The story mode interests me, the fact that we are going to be playing as two pilots who are on opposite sides of the war interests me. I would love to see some more in-depth characterisation of the Empire pilot, as in the movies they are always just a faceless enemy with no personality of their own. It will be interesting to see how they manage the difference in the motives behind the fights. We know that the Rebels mostly fight out of desperation, I mean they’re never really on the front foot are they? I’m excited to see the characterisations, it’s something that I think was managed well in  Starwars Jedi: Fallen Order and I hope they continue that here.

There is a lot of opportunities they have shown for customisation within the game too. In the trailer, we see examples like a bobblehead in the cockpit and things of that nature. Which, does worry me about “Suprise Mechanics”, but I really don’t think Ea will pull another Battlefront 2 any time soon, well… not as egregious as that attempt anyways.

The game will support Vr throughout the entire experience, which I can imagine will be incredible! We also got a release date! Get ready to take the fight to space on the 2nd October 2020.

Skate 4

This is where I admit it, damn it. I wasn’t a huge fan of skate 3… not that I didn’t like it, I just didn’t play it too much. But I am super happy for the people who are passionate about its return. It’s nice to see a game get produced because the fans are screaming for it, it means that it will be made for the passion and I’m really hoping they deliver for the ones that are so excited for it!

We never got any information about the game. However, it was more of an announcement that it is going to be made.

That was our picks from the EA showcase, what are you most excited about? Personally, I can’t wait for Lost in Random!

Pokemon Presents – 17.06.2020

Pokémon had a massive surprise for us with this presentation. One of those surprises is very close to my heart and the hearts of many people within the community! The presentation itself was only around ten minutes, and I have to say I am loving this ‘direct’ style of revealing things that Nintendo (And now the world) are doing. It’s convenient and feels a little more personal, developers get to talk to us, and there is a natural flow of information. While E3 not going ahead this year was disappointing but necessary, the recent online activity from publishers only points to better and more convenient reveals.

With the new Pokémon Sword & Shield DLC landing this week I never thought they would announce much, but oh… they did, well… one significant announcement, but more on that later!

Pokémon Smile

Following the strange Pokémon Sleep announcement, it seems that Pokémon wants to be part of every aspect of our lives. Firstly, before I start to joke about how I think they are just trying to turn every activity into a Pokémon activity… I want to mention that I suppose I see the benefits of this, I do not have kids, but I can see kids enjoying this. I may even give it a go myself. It is a nice incentive to do a tedious task for children, and I understand the rationale behind it. Also, it was released directly after the showcase, so unlike Pokémon Sleep, it can be used straight away.

Now, the thing that gets me is that where does this end? Pokémon first released Pokémon Go, which was incredible but still that… if you want to keep it to their new naming system is much like a ‘Pokémon Walk’. Aimed at keeping people fit and it was a huge success, I saw so many people out and about enjoying the game. I imagine people were feeling all the better for doing so! Also, there was a (mostly) positive effects on the community, people were happy and talking! It was weird, going out in public was just a headphone in and forget the rest of the people. But with the release of Go, I was talking to strangers, and it was fun. Areas that I forgot about, or rarely visited in my home city, were now full of people like me, it was beautiful!

Interestingly, Pokémon are looking at ways to introduce gaming, or I suppose the Pokémon brand, into many different aspects of our lives. Weird, with some potential for some sinister motives… Isn’t this how many robot take over and dystopian movies start? Companies just become intertwined with every aspect of our lives then *Boom* robot take over… but with Pokémon? Ah… could be worse, I suppose.

Pokémon Cafe Mix

You know, there is not much to talk about here. Just looks like another ‘Mobile game’ that will try to use the Pokémon brand to get some microtransaction sales, I suppose. There are even one of those energy meter things that are bound to be tied to in-game-purchases. It’s a cafe-builder-puzzle-game? The main gameplay is going to revolve around the puzzles with the new goal of building up your cafe. Although the designs are adorable. A bit of a nothing announcement in my opinion.

New Pokémon Snap

I mean, this is what everyone is talking about. Pokémon Snap was such a simple premise, ride around on a predetermined track while taking photos of Pokémon. It is not a genius idea, but the game was incredible. What I loved as a kid playing Pokémon Snap was finding all the secrets within the game. The ability to throw food or knock Pokémon into areas and have them evolve or attract different Pokémon was such a joy as a kid! I loved the little secrets and things that you had to work for within the game, I suppose they were Easter-eggs. Plus, the final mission which tasked you with capturing a picture of mew will always stand out to me. Possibly one of my favourite Videogame levels of all time.

I have always simply wanted a remaster; I never considered the possibility of a new game. What is exciting is the plethora of new Pokémon that the game has added since the first snap. Twenty years! That is the first time a game has made me feel old.

The new legendries and mythical just get me so excited, I just hope they keep that original mystery surrounding the secrets and make them something we have to work for! This announcement was such a shock, I’m not ashamed to say that I was bouncing around my living room once I saw the camera interface, my wife can testify for this. Initially, I thought it would be a new gen 4 remaster. But this, for me at least, is so much better!

Pokémon Go News

Pokémon talked about how they have made the game easier to play at home during the lockdown. I’m hoping they actually keep this, as I imagine that the fact people can play at home is beneficial to many people.

Mega-Evolutions are going to be added, which is excellent for the competitive scene that may exist. I know that they have added a competitive list and the addition of these new evolutions are sure to shake that meta up! I will undoubtedly be joining back to check it out, I love some of the Mega-Evolutions. 

Pokémon Sword and Shield

With the DLC release this week they have shown what they are doing to support the new influx of players. They will be adding the mythical Pokémon Zeroara to max raid battles with a unique goal. If one million players defeat Zeroara by the 28th, then every player within the game will be gifted a Shiny Zeroara. To me, this is an incredible way to keep people engaged. Community challenges are an excellent way to get people playing and grinding, add some mythical and shiny Pokémon to that, and it is even better!

That is, it for this announcement. However, there is another event on the 25th of June. I will be covering that, but I am interested, do you think they will announce a Gen 4 remake? I personally think it is about time, but I also believe they may reveal a new version of the ‘Let’s go’ games. My only concern about that is how they do it? Since they have the Eevee and Pikachu versions, will they choose new mascots, or continue with the original mascots? Who knows?

Full Presentation

PC Gaming Show

The PC Gaming Show was a treat this weekend, showing off some beautiful games that we cannot wait to get our hands on! We got a sneak peek at some rather exciting indie games that we have never seen before. It was an excellent showcase that showed off the unique, weird and colourful games that the indie world is bringing to us. We also got to see some gameplay footage from the mysterious Godfall and a closer look at the fantastic looking rhythm FPS Game Metalhellsinger. Overall, the PC Gaming Show delivered some unique titles that are sure to make my wishlist!

Here are my picks from the show, in no particular order:

Potionomics

Potion brewing has never looked so fun! Playing as the main character Sylvia, along with Owl, you must craft potions that you can sell in your store. I love games in which you run a shop, especially games in which you have to work on your product to get the best for your customers.

However, where Potionomics grabbed me was the card system in which you can use to help Sylvia make sales. As far as I can tell, this is unique. The use of cards to help Sylvia stop for a moment to calm down or to ask her to press the sale is fantastic! The game also boasts with a bright and colourful aesthetic, a world that is full of exciting characters.

Plus the name is just great. Potionomics is just fun to say.

Among Trees

When talking about Among Trees, it’s hard not to mention the word calm and peaceful. Survival games have a base layer of dread and worry about them that, well, keeps you in survival mode. Removing that, Among Trees looks to be a stress-free survival game. Now that’s just from the aesthetics alone, but from the way that you build and decorate your house, the game looks satisfying.

We do see that rather beautiful looking bear wander past in the trailer, so there is a layer of danger… I mean this is a survival game after all. We can’t just be happy in the woods, can we?

I’m not huge on survival games, but this looks too calming and beautiful to pass down. It has entered early access over on the Epic Store, so if this is your thing you can check it out there!


Ooblets

One announcement that got me happy was the Ooblets early access trailer! I mean, what the hell is going on here? There’s a fish with legs, breaking mugs? In all seriousness I have had Ooblets on my radar for some time, it just looks like so much fun!

What draws me in so much about Ooblets is the… without being mean… strange looking creatures that are also stupidly adorable. The fact that your farming and they appear to be helping seems fantastic! I’m excited to play the early access, which seems to be coming this summer on the Epic Games Store and Xbox One. I’ll 100% be checking this one out.

In Sound Mind

A horror game, well… looks like one I’ll make Lloyd play and watch from behind the safety of a pillow. I usually would allow horror games to pass me by with no consideration because I know I won’t play them. But, I have been becoming interested in the narrative and storytelling capabilities of them. Specifically from a psychoanalytical point of view and if we can believe the game will be subverting expectations… I may have to give this a little look.

There is a demo available on steam, so I would check it out if you get a chance… and if you do… fancy telling me if it is too scary? Thanks in advance.

Evil Genius 2: World Domination

I have never played the original, and I am regretting that I’ve never heard of Evil Genius! We need more games in which you play the villain. Specifically games like this! What I love about the trailer is that it shows of the character within the game. They use the Over-the-top villains and their super lairs that let’s face it, are unpractical and bring it all to life! Combine that with the ability to select your iconic henchmen to personalise your evil persona, count me in!

Plus, let’s be fair, if you are going to be an Evil genius, you are going to take world dominion with an extremely unrealistic plot… I love it, it’s completely crazy, and I can’t wait to take over the world!

Godfall

The PC Gaming Show provided us with the first gameplay trailer for Godfall and wow. This game firstly looks beautiful and mysterious, boasting some awesome looking armour, weapons and landscapes. The armour, called Valour plates have what they called unique personalities. Which, going out on a huge limb here, is going to be abilities, passive stats and such.

Combat does look fun, and with the different weapons and abilities the armour gives you, there seems to be a variety in the way you can play. They did mention that there will be a focus on player skill too. Meaning that they will want the player to gain a wide variety of skills in different play styles, it will be interesting to see how this works.

What confuses me is that they are claiming this will be a Looter-shooter… without the shooting. So a hack-and-slash-looter… bit of a mouthful! Although I’m interested, I do like a bit of hack and slash!

The Forgotten City

What started as an incredible mod for Skyrim.which if you’ve visited the mod page on Skyrim, you will 100% have seen this in the top mods.

I have not played it, but I am well aware of how well received it was. The setting and the mystery have me interested, and I wonder how much it can separate itself from the mod and become its own game. A game is created from a mod is not a new situation; it is not specific to the industry. Fanfiction can grow into standalone novels. Creativity has to be inspired, and there are no rules to where it is born. It will be interesting to see how this does when separated from Skyrim

Metal Hellsinger

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This game looks incredible! A first-person rhythm shooter sounds like an ambitious combination, but with the gameplay, they show it looks flawless. I never thought my years of training in Guitar Hero would play off in a shooter, but I am more than excited to give this a go. The metal and hell landscapes work so well, and the music looks to amplify what seems to be an insane experience.

The game doesn’t look to punish you too much if you are off beat. More that it rewards you for being on time with what looks like damage multipliers. The world also looks… well… like the cover of any metal album! I love it!

Red Sails

Red sails is exciting as it combines the dangers of the sea with the dangers of the desert. The comparisons between the sea and the desert is not a new thing. Often used in metaphor, but Red sails looks to convert the metaphor into reality.

What attracted me more to this was the use of the stars to guide you, like you would see sailors do. The game is a narrative adventure game in which you rescue people who are stranded in the ocean, the trailer shows, what we can assume to be the bad guys of the game, leaving people in the middle fo the desert to die. There are ruins and bones of ancient civilisation and monster that add to the mystery of the world. We can assume the can will be telling a tale of an ecocritical nature. The idea of surviving in this world is daunting and dehydrating!

The Last Campfire

Last but not least for me on the list is The Last Campfire. I mean, come on, look at the trailer. The game is atmospherically beautiful, and the metaphorical meaning behind the game is also breathtaking.
The Last Campfire will be one of those games that I think will stay with so many people. There is so much charm and meaning to unpack within the trailers alone that I Hope we will be talking about this game for years to come.

I have that much faith in this game… I don’t know why, but I can see this being a huge hit!

And that’s it for me here, there were a lot of announcements during the stream so I’ll place all the link to PC Gamer’s full list below! What was your favourite from the showcase? Mine is a mixture between The Last Campfire and Potionomics, I’m so excited to play them!

Full list of games reveled here: https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/pc-gaming-show-2020/

Future Game Show Reaction

Yesterday we got to witness the Future Games Show from Games Radar, which contained a lot of content and new games to look forward for this generation and the next. This is the first show, where we have seen a lot of games that we’re excited to play. While some continued to give us games that were previously revealed at other events. Here are some of my top picks from the game

The Captain is Dead

For those Board Games enthuasists who can’t meet up with their friends due to the lock down, The Captain is Dead, maybe the best new addition to your collection. Thunderbox Entertainment revealed the digital version of the game which is accompanied by ‘state-of-the-art AI, amazing digital graphics and a bitching synth soundtrack’ (note: this clearly satire). Your ship is boarded by aliens, each of your crew has their own unique which you must use to regain control of your ship. The game will have a top down view and will zoom in on certain sections of the ship as certain actions take place. Having a look at the physical board game, which has some impressive reviews, you have to balance your time for keeping systems online, which keep getting knocked out, defeating the aliens while simultaneously completing your objective. This will be released later this year.

Liberated

Now I love platformers and I love comics, so Liberated has to be here on my list of games the got me excited. Liberated is a platformer that is presented as a Noir comic and it looks awesome. It looks really well presented with missions literally taking place inside the comic pages, the style used just looks phenomenal. Coming with the typical gimics of a comic book with onomatopoeia appearing when you do critical damage and head shots, while the game will have a full voice-over of the narrative. There is a demo currently out on steam while the full game is out on Switch.

Dustborn

Another comic book styled game that I love the look of, is Dustborn. A post apocalyptic game, where you take control of a crew led by the protagonist, Pax, who seems to be some sort of super human. The crew are being hunted down by a military organisation, their motives unknown at this time and they must engage with the last remnants of humanity for their own safety. The developers at Red Thread say that each action has consequences and how you deal with people is important, I feel when this is said it’s not actually the case and the choices are often trivial. The game seems to be going either one of two ways, an open world game, as their is much focus on road trip or a narrative driven game. Dustborn will be coming our way in 2021 on PC and next gen consoles.

Maid of Sker

This next game from Wales Interactive is a survival horror is influenced by Welsh folkore fusing physiological, Gothic and British horror. Based in 1988 you investigate a manor that has all sorts of dark secrets. You must control your breathing and movement in order to maneuver around these creatures, while there are also options of sound-based weapons. Wales Interactive also announced 3 new levels, which won’t effect the level of scare but impact the focus on AI actions and limit the number of saves. Maid of Sker will be coming to all consoles and PC later this year.

Operation Tango

This retro cheesy spy couch co-op looks like it could be a lot of fun. You must take control of either an agent or hacker who must use each others skills to complete the missions. Not much was shown but I do love a good couch co-op so hopefully we’ll see more before the 2021 release.

Kena Bridge of Spirits

Kena Bridge of Spirits was revealed at the PS5 reveal on Thursday but we got an exclusive interview with Michael and Josh Grier, two of developers at Ember Labs. You play as Kena, who is a spirit guide who travels to a forgotten village. She must gather a group of companion called the Rot, who skills will help you investigate the forest, in combat and puzzles. Kena is a story driven action game which focuses on the evil spirits who are corrupting the forest and it’s up to you help free the trapped spirits. In order to do so you must understand what happened in their past life. It looks like this will be a timed-exclusive for the PS5 and maybe coming later in 2020.

Call of the Sea

Another that saw its reveal earlier this year, this time at Xbox Series X event back in May. A first-person narrative driven game set in the South Pacific. You play as Nora, in search of her husband in the 1930s. This looks like a stunning game as you explore an island in the south pacfic, you are limited to the technology of the time but only limited amounts of this tech. Every time I see this game I get a little bit more excited. There’s been no release date as of yet but I look forward to see more in the coming months.

Paradise Lost

Set in an alternate history, where World War II doens’t end in 1945 but rather in the 60s, after the Nazi regime destroy Eastern Europe with a nuclear attack in the hope of stopping the Soviet Union. The Nazis had hope of surviving this destruction through Project Ark, a series of self-sustaining tunnels that will host the Aryan Race. A 12 year old boy, who stumbles upon one of the bunker who goes dark, adventures in. This mystery adventure looks like it going to be a powerful story that’ll make the hairs on your arm stand up and one that truly puts the players in the driving seat. A press release reads: “Your choices will gradually affect the game’s characters, but also its visual style, environment and sound effects”. Paradise Lost will be coming to PS5 and Steam but no official release date is yet to be given.

Disintegration

A debut game from V1 Interactive which blends FPS and real time strategy mechanics. Set in a future where humans struggle to survive so integrate their brains into robots. Disintegration is a multiplayer game, where each player has a crew of 5 and must face off. The players must consider not only their ground crew but also their own Grav Cycle, abilities and weapons. V1 Interactive look like they could be on to something quite unique and I’m certainly excited to find out whether this is the case on June 16.

Conclusion

There were so many games announced yesterday, so I could go through them all but I’ll leave all the trailers below for your own viewing pleasure.

PS5: The Future of Gaming Show Reaction

After a delay Sony have announced some of the new games coming our way for the next generation of PlayStation. Here’s a round up of some of the games that we’re excited for here at UnCapt.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Lloyd: “Well, its a bit obvious we’re going to be excited for this one! I’m a massive Marvel nerd, so this game is right up my alley. I had a brief play of the original, and I was more than impressed with the vast majority of it. It looks stunning, and if the first Spiderman game is anything fo go off, this will only be better. In this game, you, of course, take control of Miles Morales from the Ultimate Spider-Man comics, who has become a fan favourite since his debut back in 2011.

Dale: “YES! YES! YES! YES! I’m a Marvel fan, not as big as Lloyd but I know some stuff. The Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is in my top ten films of all time and introduced me to Myles Morales (I don’t really read the comics, don’t tell Lloyd…). I Loved Myles in the movie, and I’m sure I will love him in the game. It looks stunning and honestly, one of the major selling points of the PS5 for me.

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

Lloyd: “Ratchet and Clank is a game so close to my heart. One of my childhood favourites and I can feel this is going to be a driving factor to me grabbing a PS5. It’s crazy how it now looks like a stunning animated film where the duo faces the collapse of reality. There is an exciting dynamic of shifting between different dimensions that I am keen to experience. I love that the world looks to be full of life and it looks to add more charm to a childhood classic.

Dale: “Who? Meh. I never really was into Ratchet and Clank as a kid, doubt I will be now to be honest although the different dimensions look interesting.

Oddworld Soulstorm

Lloyd: “This looks like is could be an intriguing IP and one with potential for a strong narrative. It seems that revaluations and hope are key to the story here, as the protagonist, Abe, must go on an adventure to go and save his people. It seems that this going to have a very emotional story but also some dark humour to lighten the mood up.”

Dale: “I absolutely LOVE the Oddworld games. I’ve only played one or two but I have such fond memories of watching my dad play them on our old PS1 when I was a kid. From what I remember the other games have a great and clever narrative and some humour where you least expect it. A stunning looking game, that holds true to what I remember as a kid. It still holds that “Horror” Factor and it looks like it is going to be packed with symbolism, I love it!”

Little Devil Inside

Lloyd: “At first I thought this was a cartoon rip-off of Monster Hunter but as i watched the trailer more and more, it took shape into what looks like could some awesome gameplay. You have to fight monster using a range of weapons much like Monster Hunter but the story goes much deeper than that. The story seems to focus on the contrast between you, the monster slayer and your master or employers lifestyle, so will be interesting to see the dynamic between those two. “

Dale: “This looks interesting. As Lloyd said about the Monster Hunter vibes… Well, I mean you are hunting Monsters, I like it. It looks to take Monsters a bit more varied than MH, Aknowledging the creepy and obsurd. The employee/employer dynamic is interesting, not like employers to enjoy their lives peacefully whilst employees get the brunt of it aye?”

Deathloop

Lloyd: “In Deathloop, you take control of an assassin who is caught in a constant timeloop and must you must use this your advantage. The gameplay takes clear influence from Dishonoured, while the style reminds us of a little of We Happy Few and it looks like an awesome combination. The crime thriller style just get me really excited.”

Dale: “The premise is pretty interesting. The timeloop does look interesting and the world itself gets me excited to play. I’m loving reading Dystopian books at the moment, so I would love to play more dystopian games. Loving the style and It clearly has a Dishonored vibe, so I’m game.”

Horizon Zero Dawn 2: Forbidden West

Lloyd: “Of course, would it be a PS5 reveal if we didn’t mention this? Horizon Zero Dawn 2 is coming, although i’m yet to play the first yet due to the release date being pushed back on PC. This series just looks phenomenal in everything from the action to the setting. You’ll continue to play Aloy as she continues her journey west, meeting more creatures and enemies to fight your way through.”

Demon’s Soul

Dale: “I was expecting a From Software announcement. Although I’ve never actually played Demon’s souls, I know there is a huge following around it. I must say though, the world looks absolutely crazy! This would be a definate pick up for me. What confuses me though, is that in a post they state that ‘Players can choose between two graphics modes while playing: one focused on fidelity and one focused on frame rate’.

Why? Surely the console is powerful enough to do both? No?”

Console Design

We’ve finally got a look at how the console looked

Lloyd: “It looks like a wi-fi router, so I’m expecting the best wi-fi speed on a gaming console ever. It certainly looks different, not sure on how I feel about it yet, quite clearly a modern design. I think it’s going to be something that grows on me in time”

Dale: “You know, the more I look at it. The more i dislike it. The fact that it appears you can’t place it horizontally is a big nope from me. But we will see, I’m sure the exclusives with outway the… strange design.”

That’s it from us here at UnCapt, what did you think? Were you impressed? And will you be picking up the PS5 on release?

Full list of release games here: Playstation Blog