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Indie Live Expo 2020
The Escapist Indie Showcase
PlayStation 5 Showcase
Guerrilla Collective
PC Gaming
Future Games Show
EA
New Game+ Expo
MonsterVine Hot Games Summer Showcase
Nacon Connect
Limited Run Games
Devolver Direct
Ubisoft
Nintendo
Microsoft

Sony’s PlayStation 5 Showcase

I didn’t get to watch the PlayStation 5 showcase live, but I managed to avoid all but one spoiler ahead of time. It began with a dramatic reveal of the PlayStation button icons, a theme which would repeat throughout the showcase as they used it to transition between sections.

With that aside, let’s get into the games.

They started with a PS5 port of GTA 5, and I feel bad for all the fans hoping for GTA 6 news. After that, they showed Spider-Man: Mike Morales. I’m not a big Spider-Man fan, but I have friends who loved the PS4 Spider-Man game, so I know it’s a big deal for them.

Next up was Gran Turismo 7, which doesn’t interest me.

But after that, it got good. A new Ratchet & Clank game was announced, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Now, I’ve only played a single Ratchet & Clank game so far, but I enjoyed it a lot and the new one looks a lot of fun. Maybe I should play more of them before it comes out.

I was pretty excited when I saw Square Enix’s name next, but even though it wasn’t Final Fantasy or Babylon’s Fall or any of the other names I hoped to see, Project Athia looks pretty cool.

The next game was from Annapurna Interactive. They made What Remains of Edith Finch, which I enjoyed, so I was already interested. This one is called Stray, and despite showing a setting with robots, the trailer prominently featured an adorable cat I hope is the player character.

Then it was time for some technical specs, but you know me, I’m mainly here for the games.

And they came back with a creepy science fiction game called Returnal. I’m not so sure about that title, but it looks like my sort of game.

Next up was Sackboy: A Big Adventure, which is basically a LittleBigPlanet spin-off as some sort of collect-a-thon 3D platformer, and it looks like so much fun. It also reminds me that I need to finish LittleBigPlanet sometime, as I’ve been playing it with a friend over the course of several years.

I’m not interested in Destruction All-Stars but then they showed a game called Kena: Bridge of Spirits, which looks pretty cool.

No interest in Goodbye Volcano High or Oddworld: Soulstorm (I’ve never gotten into the Oddworld series), but then we finally got a look at Ghostwire: Tokyo gameplay. It has a lot more action than I expected, but I’m still pretty interested.

They showed a few more games I didn’t particularly care about, Jett: The Far Shore, Godfall, Solar Ash, and Hitman III. I’m not completely sold on Astro’s Playroom, but since it’s a 3D platformer, it has my attention.

After Little Devil Inside and NBA 2K21, they showed a game called Bugsnax, which looks… cute? It’s from the developers of Octodad, and I have absolutely no idea what sort of game it is or how it plays.

I spent part of the next trailer saying, “Wow, this looks really cool” before realizing it was the much-rumored Demon’s Souls remake! It look fantastic and I want it. Since it’s a full remake, I guess this means my PS3 copy is going to remain (mostly) unplayed forever, much like my PS3 copy of Dark Souls.

Deathloop was shown again, and then the next game…

…was Resident Evil VIII, or… Resident Evil Village… Resident Evil VIIIage? they did a clever thing with the logo there, but I’m not sure how you’re supposed to say the title. Village, I guess. Anyway, it looks… different. I didn’t realize it was Resident Evil for a while. I’m not sure what to think, but I guess I’d better play Resident Evil VII soon.

The next game revealed was Pragmata, and it looks potentially interesting. Then they showed the rumored sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn, Horizon II: Forbidden West. I haven’t played Horizon, mainly because it’s open world, but it does look cool.

Finally, they revealed the PlayStation 5 itself. Its design is weird and vaguely alien. I’m not crazy about it, but I don’t care what the console looks like as long as it has good games.

And as far as I’m concerned, this showcase was fantastic when it came to good games! There are so many games I want to buy, and I can’t wait to see more. What did you think of the PlayStation 5 showcase?

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  23 Responses to “Not-E3 2020 Part 3: PlayStation 5 Showcase”

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  2. I had a lot of fun mocking Sony for their claim that it’s the BIGGEST GENERATIONAL TRANSITION in the history of videogames, since that’s clearly not the case.

    Since none of the game trailers went in-depth I’m… not really interested in anything I saw. >.>

    • Between that and people hyping up Sega’s revolutionary, industry-shaking news, I don’t put much stock in claims like that.

      Really? I thought some of the gameplay-focused trailers (Ratchet & Clank and Sackboy in particular) showed enough to give a good idea of what they’ll be like. On the other hand, your opinion seems to be in line with the majority, so maybe I’m the odd one out.

  3. As a big fan of Spider-man PS4 I was very excited for that trailer, even though it got spoiled for me as I attempted to actually find the full showcase video. But at least it was one of the first reveals, and they didn’t show much.
    It has been confirmed that you play as the Cat in Stray. It is also coming to Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1332010/Stray/
    Bugsnax looks really weird but also fun. It’s got some Animal Crossing vibes, maybe? Or is it a platformer game, or something like RAD? I have no idea, but it’s creative for sure.
    Horizon Zero Dawn… I keep hearing such good things about this game and honestly seeing this trailer for the sequel makes me want to get the first game even more…

    • Oh yes, after I wrote up the blog post, I went and read more details about the games, where I learned about playing the Cat in Stray and also that Returnal is roguelike, which dampened my interest somewhat.

      I haven’t played Horizon since I’m not crazy about open world games, but I might try it eventually.

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  6. I wanna be excited for Demon’s Souls because it’s a game I dearly love, but they gave it to Bluepoint who seem to have decided to change some of the monster design and given it a brighter look. The changes so far have made it feel like they didn’t appreciate some of the more subtle things about Demon’s Souls that made it great.

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