By: Frank Hyden
There was a PS5 event yesterday. Here’s my thoughts on it.
–Final Fantasy XVI announced. It looked fine. I’m not a huge Final Fantasy guy anymore (I prefer the turn-based battles of the old-school ones) but it looked fairly good.
–Hogwarts Legacy announced. Again, looks fine. Could be fun. I imagine if you’re a Harry Potter fan you’re probably pretty pumped.
–Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales demo. Looks pretty good. My biggest problem with the Spider-Man game is that the combat is QTE type stuff, like the Batman Arkham games. That’s not necessarily a horrible thing but it’s not something I particularly love.
–Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War gameplay. Here we go. I don’t plan on buying this game because Activision are a bunch of money-hungry bastards (not a bad thing for a business but the way they go about it is) so I might pick it up later when it gets discounted. However, this is the best thing they’ve shown so far (the Miles stuff was fine but I’m a shooter fan) and is actually the best thing they showed at this event period. Resident Evil Village was just a bunch of random cutscene clips so I don’t count that. Nothing in this demo looked new or innovative, it just looked fun. It was just like most every Call of Duty campaign, it just looked like dumb fun.
–Deathloop demo. That link is for a piece on the PlayStation blog, talking more about the game. Here’s a link to the gameplay trailer. I don’t really care much about this game so far. It’s an interesting concept but it just seems too stylized, I don’t care much for that.
–Oddworld: Soulstorm demo. This looks kind of fun but it didn’t really give a true sense of what the game is like. Again, looks sort of fun but it’s not really a game I would buy at launch.
–Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach announced. Meh. No gameplay, but it does look like fans would like this.
–Demon’s Souls blog post. This looked pretty good, but it’s definitely for fans of the genre, if you will. I tried linking to the gameplay from the event, but it said it was a private video. Anyway, if you’re into these From Software games you’re probably really digging it. I don’t know if I’ll get this at launch but it’s definitely looking good.
Other bits- Devil May Cry 5 is coming with a special edition. Fortnite is confirmed for launch. PlayStation Plus Collection is coming to PS5, it’s a collection of PS4 games that you can play on PS5 with PlayStation Plus. The games are, and it’s a pretty good list.
God of War
Monster Hunter World
Final Fantasy XV
Mortal Kombat X
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Ratchet & Clank
Detroit: Become Human
Infamous: Second Son
Batman: Arkham Knight
The Last Guardian
The Last of Us: Remastered
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
November 12th is the launch date for U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea.
November 19th for the rest of the world. Prices are
PS5 Disc version- $499
PS5 Digital version- $399
Preorders have already started and are likely sold out most places, if not all. There’s even more bad news, though I’m sure a lot of more casual players will think this first one is great. And it probably is, in a way, but it’s also disappointing. I don’t know, maybe I shouldn’t call it bad or good.
The Miles Morales game will be on PS4 and PS5, as will Horizon Forbidden West. The Sackboy game will also be cross-gen, but I don’t know if that will be affected that much. The Miles game being on PS4 is kind of expected, since it’s almost like a DLC for the regular Spider-Man game. But the Horizon news is different. Sony has been hyping for months now that they “believe in generations” and all the PlayStation fanboys have been ragging on Xbox for “holding back” the next gen with this cross-gen stuff. And now they go and do the same thing. You know Horizon is going to be held back by PS4, and you know they’re doing it to give more people a chance to play it, and to make more money, but it’s going to be held back some by the limitations of the PS4. That wouldn’t be a huge deal if Sony hadn’t been so quiet about this. Hell, they didn’t even mention it in the event because they knew it would upset some people. This isn’t a huge deal and will blow over before long, but it would have been a lot better if Sony had announced this before now.
A more pressing bit of bad news, and a much bigger deal than some cross-gen stuff, is that PS5 titles are going to cost $69.99. They say production costs have gone up, and they have, but the problem is so has the increase in microtransactions. Most games have microtransactions in them now. That by itself isn’t a huge deal, it’s the way a lot do them. They nickel and dime you to death and put things behind paywalls that used to be included in the main game. It’s the same problem with patches. Those are great to add things or fix a problem that just pops up, but way too many games use patches to fix things that never should have made it to launch to begin with. You get a Day One patch that’s gigabytes in size or sometimes is even as big as the game itself, and a few times, bigger. They use it to fix things after they use consumers as glorified beta testers.
All in all, this wasn’t a horrible event or anything, but I personally didn’t find it all that great. I’m sure other people are much more excited.
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