When everyone is in the elevator, you always need someone to come in and fart. Take on this role – in a figurative sense! – well I, put myself in the general Enthusiasm around the Playstation Showcase during which a blockbuster announcement for PS5 (and partly PS4) followed and said: I would have expected more.
And that, although I am actually quite satisfied. Oh, it’s complicated.
Let’s just go through the show (halfway) in order, then it should become clear why I have my problems with the announcements.
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Source: Lukas Schmid
Lukas Schmid has been working in various functions at Computec Media and thus at PC Games since 2010, first as an intern, then as a freelancer, then as a volunteer, editor and now as editor-in-chief for pcgames.de, videogameszone.de, gamesaktuell.de and gamezone.de. He loves action, adventure, action adventures, shooters, jump & runs, horror and role-playing games, you can hunt him with strategy titles, most rogue likes and military simulations. Every Saturday at around 9 a.m. he tells you in his column what is annoying or happy about him. Hate comments and love letters in the comments under the column [email protected] or on Twitter @Schmid_Luki.
Quelle: Lucasfilm Games
The live stream starts, after a little bit of skirmish the first trailer starts. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, a teaser hits it better. Anyway, atmospheric music, lightsaber, a familiar mask – Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is back! Fine, I’m happy.
But: It’s “just” a remake.
It continues with Project Eve, if I hadn’t researched afterwards, I would have thought it was a – quite nice-looking – new announcement. But no, it’s a re-announcement of a card file that now (apparently) comes along as a PS5 exclusive. Yeah, very nice. Oh, and Rainbow Six: Extraction. Excuse me, I nodded off for a moment.
Following Tiny Tina’s Wonderlandsthat was already known, that also applies to Forspoken. But then something I’m really looking forward to – Alan Wake Remastered (which was already known)! I like the world of Alan Wake and Control, that twin peaks esque, bizarre atmosphere. Fine, I’m looking forward to it.
But: It’s “just” a remaster.
Next up: GTA 5. Nope, not fine, just okay. Please forgive me that the game has now failed to attract enthusiasm. It’s just a – well what now? A remaster? A port? I do not know exactly. Anyway, everything has been there before – and yet it comes later than planned. Oh well.
Quelle: Square Enix
But now! Ghostwire Tokyo, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt – three games that I have to say that I really, really, really, really don’t care. Well, then came Deathloop, I want to play that. But that will appear in a few days, so it wasn’t that great now.
Then: An obscure experience that is apparently intended to advertise Radiohead’s new CD. OK?
And then Tchia, something I thought was another revelation after Project Eve. But it’s not, no, the PC version has been announced for ages. And I have to say, even as someone who quickly gets used to cute graphic styles, that has only gripped me moderately.
A Wolverine comes to a bar
As an Uncharted fan, what I had been waiting for came: a new Uncharted, wait a minute, no, not. Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, now upgraded to PS5 level and in one package. Nice thing.
But it’s “just” a remaster.
The next time the announcement was made, the nerd sensor in me rang, because a Wolverine game by Insomniac Games, So the Spider-Man developers, that’s right, really exciting. It’s just a shame that there was hardly anything to see and the thing is not expected to appear until around 2024 to 2050. Because – and now I’m leaving the showcase timeline for a moment –they are also working on Spider-Man 2, wuhu! And it won’t come until 2023 either. Buhu.
Quelle: Insomniac Games
Gran Turismo 7 after that looks really, really impressive, especially the photo mode. But the game appeals to me just as much as a really heavy slapstick (translation: not very).
Then a blast at the end, albeit one that was to be expected because it had already been announced and a showcase appearance was so half leaked: God of War: Ragnarök! I liked the predecessor very much, so it will probably be similar here.
Everything has been there before
Bottom line: a good part of what was shown were remakes or remasters. What is really exciting or exciting despite the I-know-factor like Wolverine or KotoR is sometimes still far, far away. And a lot of things that might turn out to be very good or even great don’t really suit my taste.
There were almost no really innovative new announcements. These were all sequels, revisions proved successful brands, the little that seemed unique was not that new after all (Project Eve, Tchia). And I like to be convinced of the opposite, but don’t think that the Radiohead experience Kid A Mnesia: Exhibition will be THE thing that will rock the gaming world in 2021.
The grass is always greener
So am i disappointed? No, as mentioned, I sat there after the showcase and thought “yeah, Sony has just won the gaming year again”. And it’s true, hardly anyone else can keep up with this portfolio.
With a bit of time lag and if you unravel the event, you quickly come across the places where there was trickery, because at least the next few months are not really a PS5 parade, they are dominated by familiar and warmed-up things .
Is that bad? Probably not, at least I am a glorified nostalgic who is even happy to be able to relive old hams, even if, on a logical level, I have my problems with the constant returners. But it is already quite low tension.
I am probably just an old, frustrated man who is never satisfied with anything and who breaks everything that is beautiful. Hey, there’s a reputation to defend!
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