IN THE NEWS: PlayStation Showcase Thoughts

Greetings everyone. I’m about a week and a few days late, but I did want to acknowledge the PlayStation Showcase that took place on September 9 and some of the big news that came out of that event. Overall, I felt that this was a very effective showing for PlayStation. The nearly 45-minute video that you can view above shows off some heavy-hitting titles that cover a decent range of genres. So regardless of the type of gamer that you are, there was likely something within the PlayStation Showcase that would have caught your attention. And if you’ve been on the fence like I have with moving on to a PS5 or Xbox Series X/S, the PlayStation exclusives may factor in your decision.

Over the years, I’ve been more of a PlayStation guy than an Xbox guy. The one time I did prefer Microsoft was during the Xbox 360 vs PS3 battle. My 360 sits next to my Wii U and PS4 Pro on the same shelf in my entertainment center. But especially with the PS4, exclusives have been vital to the success and growth of the PlayStation brand. I had an Xbox One before switching to a PS4 and the exclusives such as The Uncharted CollectionUncharted 4: A Thief’s EndRatchet & ClankMarvel’s Spider-ManThe Last of Us RemasteredHorizon Zero Dawn: Complete EditionFinal Fantasy VII Remake, and 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim really cemented my decision to prefer the PS4. That tradition of exclusives has continued with the PS5 and unless Xbox finds a way to create exclusives games and brands that can make huge impacts and lasting impressions, PlayStation will continue to rule the battle of exclusives.

Credit: PlayStation
The sequel to one of the PS4’s best games, God of War: Ragnarok will likely be one of the biggest titles for PlayStation in 2022.

Games like God of War: RagnarokGran Turismo 7, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remastered are huge deals for the PlayStation brand. You also have new games such as Project Eve and Ghostwire: Tokyo added to the mix. Both of those games look interesting. There are remasters and updated ports for Alan WakeGrand Theft Auto V, and Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection for PS5. The Uncharted collection will also make its way to PC, marking the first time that PC gamers will be able to experience the Nathan Drake saga. Insomniac Games is currently working on Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and also a Wolverine title. And PlayStation owns timed console exclusivity on the newly released Deathloop. If you are a PlayStation fan, the recent showcase gives you plenty to be excited about.

The PS5 certainly has a bright future ahead, but it also has already benefited from great exclusives since its launch. Watching the gameplay of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart on YouTube almost was enough by itself to get me to pull the trigger on a PS5. When I do finally purchase one, the latest Ratchet & Clank title will be one of the first games I buy. I’m also interested in playing Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. A friend of mine has it for the PS5 and was going on and on about how gorgeous the game is. Having loved Marvel’s Spider-Man on the PS4 Pro, I know that I will enjoy Miles Morales. Plus, Spider-Man is my favorite comic book character. Then there’s Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade with the exclusive Yuffie content and SEGA’s Lost Judgment that would be fun to check out. PlayStation’s lineup is really strong.

Credit: Rockstar Games
Grand Theft Auto V on PS5 represents the third time the game has been released on video game consoles.

I’m all about remasters and remakes in gaming when enough time has passed to warrant it. For instance, Final Fantasy VII Remake took a game that originally was released in the 1990s and did a wonderful job bringing the story and the characters to life in the present day. The Mass Effect Legendary Edition was released earlier this year as a remastered version of the original trilogy that began in 2007 and concluded in 2012. Yet Grand Theft Auto V, which was originally released in 2013 on the Xbox 360 and PS3, is now slated to undergo a second remastering in under a decade. 

While Grand Theft Auto Online has been a huge moneymaker for Rockstar with its online community and microtransactions, it has also led to the developer/publisher milking the GTA V brand for all it is worth. By this point, gamers should have already seen the release of the sixth entry in the series. But instead, an eight-year-old game is being upgraded yet again to see how much more money can be made off the online portion of the game. And if the like/dislike ratio on PlayStation’s official YouTube channel is any indication of how fed up gamers are becoming, the latest trailer for the PS5 version of Grand Theft Auto V had 28,000 likes versus 174,000 dislikes as of Thursday. It’s time for Rockstar to come up with something new.

Overall, PlayStation is showing me that they plan to continue the momentum from the PS4 and will continue to be successful with the PS5. At some point, I will get to the newer system but I have so big a backlog of games for both the PS4 Pro and PC, that I’m not in a hurry. Until Microsoft comes up with intellectual properties with memorable characters that can compete with Nathan Drake, Kratos, Spider-Man, Ratchet & Clank, Ellie, and Aloy, then PlayStation will continue to hold the edge over Xbox. Sony is getting closer to convincing me to get a PS5.

-LandoRigs (TVGA)
admin@videogamersadvocate.com

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