State of Play: January 2024 Highlights!

With a new year comes a new State of Play, and while nothing will ever truly replace the glory days of E3, these small bursts of news are always appreciated. While yet another State of Play has gone by without news of a Bloodblorne remaster or about Silksong, we still have plenty of new announcements to go over, so let’s get started! Helldivers continues to look like Starship Troopers The show opened with another quick trailer for Helldivers 2, which is coming out very soon on February 8th. The game looks like it would be fun for some online co-op, and I do appreciate the Starship Troopers-inspired style, but the lack of a single-player is important to note. Stellar Blade Gives me NiER Vibes An extended look at Stellar Blade came next, with a style and tone that reminds me much of Nier Automata. The wide open environments, the post-apocalyptic Earth, the surreal enemies, and the focus on characterization all felt somewhat similar. The game seems to be borrowing some soulslike elements, too. For example, you can find camps out in the world with shops. They confirmed you can also rest here to recharge your health, but I spotted a notification in the gameplay about how enemies have respawned, so that tells me it could have elements from those types of RPGs. Stellar Blade also received a release date of April 26th, 2024. Sonic Generations gets a New Version with Shadow Sega brought out the blue blur early in the State of Play stream. Not only are we getting a remastered Sonic Generations, but it’s going to include a Shadow campaign. Sonic Generations was a fun one, I enjoyed the levels inspired by both old and new generations of Sonic, so a new version with Shadow sounds good to me! Zenless Zone Zero looks very Anime-y From the same folks who brought you Genshin Impact and Honaki Star Rail comes their next free-to-play RPG, Zenless Zone Zero. While it was initially announced for PC and mobile, this confirms that PS5 players will also get it. Besides the new setting, the game will also feature real-time combat instead of the turn-based gameplay of the studio’s other titles. Foamstars Brings Splatoon to PlayStation I know that comparing Foamstars to Splatoon is a tired old meme, but with the latter title only being available on Nintendo Switch, I think there’s nothing wrong with bringing the idea to other consoles. This multiplayer title will be included on PlayStation Plus when it releases on February 6th. This is a smart move because I don’t know I’d immediately pay for a multiplayer-only title, which will guarantee a community initially. Dave the Diver Swims to PS5 Dave the Diver is an interesting indie title I’ve played on the Switch. It starts with a simple loop of catching fish and running a Sushi restaurant, but it quickly adds new gameplay and narrative elements. It’s whacky and fun. Most importantly, it keeps you on your toes and keeps things … Read More

Without E3, Sony Carries on With a Packed June 2022 State of Play!

While I still shed a tear every year when there’s no E3 to bring Christmas to gamers in the summer, I’m happy that we still get these streams from major publishers to fill the gap. In the spirit of that, we’re here to look at Sony’s June 2022 State of Play! Now, normally we would just discuss the big highlights, but this time we’re going to do things a little differently. We’ll still discuss the big news, but I will be providing a little more input and opinion on everything, including rating each of the announcements on a scale from one to ten, culminating in a final score for the stream. We’ll base these scores on the hype level of the announcement, the quality of the content shown, and my overall excitement for the game or DLC. It is a review after all. Alright? Alright. Let’s get started! Rating the Announcements From Sony’s June 2022 State of Play! We’ll start with the full stream if you’d prefer to watch yourself before reading on. No worries, by the way, I watch the stream before doing anything else myself. I’ll wait. All set? Let’s talk announcements! Resident Evil 4 Remake It’s real! The RE4 remake is happening and we got to see some snippets of gameplay. They showed some iconic scenes in the latest engine and confirmed it’s coming 2023. It will also feature some PSVR content, which is nice! Hype level on this one comes in at a 8.5 out of 10. I’m a fan of RE4 and for some people this announcement is a ten, and I am happy for them to be sure! RE Village is Coming to PSVR 2 I was honestly hoping for news on the DLC here, but yeah, I would play RE Village again in VR, so this is cool, but it’s not amazing. No news if it’s free for current owners or how that will work. Going to give this one a hype score of 7 out of 10. Walking Dead Saints and Sinners Retribution Coming to PSVR 2 The original version of this game is a VR classic and the sequel is looking good! Coming to PSVR 2 sounds good to me, and interestingly it’s coming in 2022, so that kind of gives us an idea of PSVR 2 coming this year? Hype level is 7.5 out of 10 here. Would have liked to see more of what makes this unique to the first one. No Man’s Sky Coming to PSVR 2 Listen, I love how far No Man’s Sky has come and I will probably play it in PSVR 2, but this is nothing groundbreaking. We knew it would happen, it’s already on PSVR after all. I give this a five out of ten on the hype scale. Horizon Call of The Mountain The PSVR 2 Horizon game got some gameplay and it looks excellent. It preserves the action of the regular game while offering superb graphics. Horizon Forbidden West also got … Read More

July 8th State of Play Highlights: Deathloop Deep Dive, Indies, and Third-Party Updates!

While E3 has come and gone, Sony is apparently stepping into the spotlight with a new State of Play. While it doesn’t seem like a bombastic E3 showcase, they did promise a look at Deathloop, along with updates on indie games and third-party titles, so that leaves a lot of room! The July 8th State of Play begins at 2PM Pacific, 5PM Eastern, and you can watch the whole stream right here! We’ll also provide our live highlights during the event, for anyone who simply wants to see the big announcements. We’ve got you covered, so bookmark this page and stay tuned! July 8th State of Play Full Stream & Highlights We’re opening with footage of the next game in the Moss series on PSVR! First game was excellent and a sequel was teased, so this is great news. New weapons and mechanics shown, but seems to have the same isometric view, which worked great in the first game for VR. Title is Moss Book II. A new multiplayer shooter has you fighting to save an arcade, completing echallenges to earn cred, and fighting hordes of enemies in what looks like a neon-soaked Fortnite type of game. Customizable characters, loot drops, and a variety of weapons in Arcadegeddon, which begins early access today on PS5. Next up is Tribes of Midgard, which comes out later this month and is here to show off seasonal updates after the game’s launch. The game also features eight classes to unlock with their own abilities and skill trees. Runes also drop per season, which add both active and passive abilities like lightning on your attacks. Season quests will also take you across Asgard to fight new bosses. Looks pretty good, and online co-op up to 10 players! The next game stars anamorphic animal characters in a gritty sc-fi world that seems to be a side-scrolling brawler. It’s called F.I.S.T and it comes out September 7th. Next is Hunter’s Arena, a game about fighting online players and demons as a hunter in a fantasy world. While the customization is a little silly (disco ball weapons, rubber ducks), the rest of the game looks pretty good. The game is a battle royale on massive maps with enemies and dungeons, with options to go alone or in a team of three. It launches next month on PS4 and PS5. and will be fre for PS+ members. We have new footage of Sifu in action, and the kung-fu brawler is looking as awesome as ever. Interestingly, the character seems to age every time you fail. It’s coming in early 2022 now. We are seeing more of Jet: The Far Shore, an interstellar sci-fi game about exploring and colonizing an unknown planet. The gameplay has a pulled back camera that really conveys perspective and space as you fly your ship. The game also features first-peron segments on the ground for additional story. Combat won’t be a focus, but you will have defense mechanics and scanners to learn more about … Read More