Last night we were privileged to witness Sony’s interpretation of the “Future of Gaming”. Whether or not this is actually the case, it can’t be denied that this is an unbelievably pretentious title of a video. We saw the console in all its half sexy / half router glory, but the games will make or break any console reveal and Sony definitely didn’t skimp in that department.
In fact, there were a lot of games ranging across different franchises and genres, some deeper looks at previous reveals, and some brand new showings to sweeten the deal. All of this coming together to create something that was very difficult to whittle down. But I did, because if there’s one thing I love, it’s torturing myself to create utterly arbitrary lists for no reason.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Kicking off my list with a new IP, Kena wowed me within a few moments with its almost Pixar aesthetic. It looks to be an action RPG along the veins of countless games in that genre but I had almost instant thoughts of Beyond Good and Evil, especially with the combat. Furthermore, THOSE FLUFFY BLACK THINGS I WANT A MILLION OF THEM. Plushies, now please.
Resident Evil VIII: Village
I’ve been a fan of the series for years, so of course I was going to love Resident Evil VIII, or Village, or VIIIage, or however they fucking want it written. It’s seemingly continuing the terrifying first person perspective of VII, but with added werewolves and a grizzly daddy Chris Redfield. I’m really intrigued by the implications of someone’s story ending too, so bring on VIII.
Horizon: Forbidden West
Aloy’s first adventure made my Games of the Year list back in 2017, and given how much I loved that game and the main character, I’m entirely up for another battle against robot dinosaurs with her. That’s not discounting the fact either that Forbidden West looks utterly breathtaking already, putting the already beautiful Zero Dawn to shame with frankly astounding ease.
You play (presumably) as a fucking adorable cat with a little backpack on, do I really need to say more? Just in case I do, there’s not really much more to say about this from the trailer. There’s some fairly cute robots and a somewhat bleak atmosphere throughout, but no sign of what type of game this is will actually be to play. Also, I will play anything Anna Purna put out.
Of course this would be on here! Anyone who was watching the livestream, or catches the live reaction video, would have heard how excited I got about this the moment it clicked what I was watching. I could not be more excited to dive back into Boletaria, only this time (hopefully) with more people playing online! It’s going to frustrate the fuck out of me, and I cannot wait.
Honourable Mention – Goodbye: Volcano High
Picking one honourable mention was tough, considering the calibre of the titles shown, but I went with the dragon high school drama because why not? It got really strong vibes of both Night in the Woods and Life Is Strange from this and if it comes close to either of those it is already a title I want to play. Plus the awkward anime artstyle is something I find really endearing.
That’s my picks from the “Future of Gaming” event, but honestly there were a lot more games that just missed out on making the list like Shinji Mikami’s Ghostwire Tokyo and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. But what did you think? Did you like the design of the console? What games were your personal picks? Shout them at me on Twitter if you must, and catch you soon.