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PlayStation Biggest Winners and Losers Showcase

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The long-awaited PlayStation Showcase came and went, just like that. And while the event seems to have divided opinion among hardcore fans – like us! — We thought it would be interesting to split the showcase into two categories: winners and losers. Because while the show as a whole may have broken a few hearts, we think it’s sometimes a little unfair to lump everything together — especially when the episode itself lasted over an hour.

So, without further ado, these are our PlayStation Showcase winners and losers…

Metal gear solid

Winner: Metal Gear Solid

Hideo Kojima may no longer be a part of Konami, but the games he made during his tenure were too good to be left behind. Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater is the original – a complete current-gen remake – and the first three Metal Gear Solid games will be combined into a larger PS5 collection, which is set to launch this year. Fans of the franchise are loving life right now.

fairgame$

Loser: Fairgame$

Sheesh, where do we begin with this? The PlayStation Showcase opened with the reveal of the horribly named Fairgame$, and its shockingly uninspired CG trailer set a depressing tone for the rest of the event. Now, we don’t want to dump on a game before we’ve seen it in action, but This Is Heaven Studios’ “innovative” new PlayStation IP picked up by developer Sony in 2022?

Just to recap, Fairgame$ is a competitive multiplayer heist game with a clear emphasis on attitude. Given the number of similar live service titles that get binned on a regular basis, this seems like such a tone deaf move from everyone involved. We’d love to be proven wrong, but it’s hard to believe in Sony’s live service plans if this is the kind of thing it cooks up.

Capcom

Winner: Capcom capgod

You’d think Capcom would be tired of winning over the last decade or so, but no, the Japanese powerhouse continues to try events like the PlayStation Showcase. A cute new trailer for Street Fighter 6 and a reminder that Resident Evil 4 is coming to PSVR2 would be fine, but it decided to unveil Dragon’s Dogma 2 to the world with a great gameplay video.

Capcom’s output has been outstanding for a long time now, and it’s really starting to feel like few other companies can compete in terms of consistency.

PlayStation Studios

Loser: PlayStation Studios

There’s no getting around it: we’re still in the dark when it comes to PlayStation first-party projects since Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 . The general feeling was that this PlayStation Showcase was supposed to give us some kind of roadmap for the future. PS5 — but really, all we got was the inevitable reminder that Peter Parker is back later this year, with shrug-inducing CG trailers from two of Sony’s latest acquisitions.

We are still trying to work why The Last of U’ multiplayer project was not featured, and why Sucker Punch, Sony Bend, Bluepoint, and many other games remain in the dark. Simply put, Sony hasn’t been this secretive in over a decade – since before the PS4 – and that doesn’t make for a particularly exciting show, does it?

Alan Wake 2

Winner: Alan Wake II

Many people were skeptical of Alan Wake II’s touted 2023 release window, but it actually looks like the long-awaited sequel will actually be released this year. The horror adventure had one of the best trailers of the PlayStation Showcase — all gameplay that’s running on PS5, it should be noted — and it’s topped off with a confirmed launch date of October 17, which is a Quality adds another potential blockbuster to the year. For gaming.

Seriously though, cross your fingers that we haven’t forgotten about it.

Phantom Blade Zero

Loser: Phantom Blade Zero’s English Voice Acting

Look, that reveal trailer for action RPG Phantom Blade Zero was sick, but man, is that voice acting. We’ve already seen a lot of comments about it online, and to be completely honest, it didn’t seem like it Also Bad for us when we were actually watching the show. However, we’ve since gone back to the trailer, and yes, it’s bad. serious, v.

“It’s a real face!”

Hell Diver 2

Winner: Helldivers II

The original Helldivers was a great little co-op shooter, and we’re obviously happy to see the franchise return to what looks like a real evolution of the concept. It’s gone from being a top-down blast-em-up to an over-the-shoulder bullet sprayer, and the trailer does a good job of revealing the potential chaos.

And the best part? It’s aiming for a 2023 release date! Just the kind of revelation we like to see.

PSVR2
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Loser: PSVR2

It’s still early in PSVR2’s life, but the PlayStation Showcase still did a disappointingly poor job of explaining why early adopters should be excited for the platform’s future. As it stands, there is a VR adaptation of Resident Evil 4 still The only ‘big’ PSVR2 titles on the horizon — Arizona Sunshine 2 and Crossfire: Sierra Squad with all due respect — and the distinct lack of PlayStation Studio announcements was a real kicker.

We have the Mountain Horizon call, but what’s next? Your guess is as good as ours, because Sony clearly doesn’t want to play ball.

Sword of the sea

Winner: Sword of the Sea

Few trailers give you good vibes, and that’s exactly what we got from Sword of the Sea. Long time readers will know all too well that we are huge Fans of Journey — a rare push square 10/10 — and this Giant Squid project really does look like a spiritual successor.

The deciding factor, though? This doubles down on the best part of Journey’s gameplay: easy sand surfing. And here, you use a big sword as a surfboard. We really couldn’t have asked for more.

Granblue Fantasy Relink

Loser: Granblue Fantasy: Relink

Well, before we rant, we need to stress that we think Granblue Fantasy: Relink looks really cool. We’ve been following this project for what feels like an eternity — it was first announced in 2016! – and frankly, we’re a little sick of not having a release date.

When it popped up at the PlayStation Showcase, we thought “there it is, it’s finally happening” – but nope, we had to settle for another (this time slightly more specific) release window. We don’t necessarily have a problem with that, but when a project is stuck in a development cycle like this – rebooting with a change of developers and suffering multiple delays – we help roll our eyes at ‘Winter 2023’. can’t .

At this point, Cygames just has to commit to a date, lest we start thinking the relink will be delayed. Again.

Spider-Man 2

Winner: Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

There’s no doubt that the gameplay reveal of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 could have improved had it been pulling off a more impressive PlayStation showcase – but in isolation, it’s a Bloody good video We gave it another watch in 4K, and we’d argue that it’s up there with something as banging as an unsolicited announcement. The level of detail is mind-blowing, and the way it combines so many crazy setpieces makes us wonder what else is in store for the PS5 sequel.

Developer Insomniac Games has said that Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 takes full advantage of current-gen hardware, and after what he showed off, we’re inclined to believe it.

Foamstars

Loser: Foamstars

Again, we don’t necessarily want to ding a game we’ve yet to try, but it doesn’t take a genius to see that FoamStars has a serious uphill battle on its hands. Not only that Another one Try a live service title with a multiplayer focus and great character design that’s clearly, er, Taking inspiration From Nintendo’s colorful splatoon Franchise.

And believe us, the last thing you want is for your game to suffer the wrath of Nintendo fans. Having said that though, it worked great for the Genshin effect!

the queen

Winner: Rani

Yes, unlike the original Queen, the Queen is still kicking, as evidenced by the recently announced Beat Saber DLC. There is more than enough to warrant a winning spot in this acclaimed article.


What were your winners and losers from the PlayStation Showcase? Vote for the biggest winners and biggest losers in our polls, and then feel free to make your own lists in the comments section below.

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