Recap: Sony’s First PlayStation State of Play


Sony’s first “PlayStation State of Play” has come and gone with mixed reactions from fans.

Some fans have expressed their lack of excitement for the show; however, many are excited to see Sony keep their promise of providing good games for the PSVR. Whether you watched the Direct-Style show or not; here is everything Sony showed us during the stream.

Iron Man VR

The show started with a bang as Sony announced Iron Man VR. The game lets you play as Tony Stark and take control of the Iron Man suit and blast enemies out of the sky. Expect to see what it is like to be behind the Iron mask sometime in 2019.

[Photo Courtesy of Sony Interactive Entertainment]
First Impression: It is exciting to see the Marvel Universe get more love in the gaming world. Iron Man is a perfect fit for a VR game and this should be a fun experience.

Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled

Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled was shown off with the announcement that exclusive skins and content from Crash Nitro Kart will only be on PlayStation. There was not much Sony could have shown off, since we know what to expect from this reboot that is dropping June 21.

First Impression: If you don’t love the CTR games then chances are you never played them. It looks like they kept all of the fun and charm from previous games. What will make or break this game will most likely be how the karts themselves will handle.

Observation

Sony showed off Observation, a game the developer describes as “2001: A Space Odyssey – but you’re HAL.” Instead of figuring out what is going wrong and trying to survive, you play as the space stations AI and try to keep your passengers alive. You can play the game on PS4 and PC, with the option to play in VR, May 21.

First Impression: I am very interested in this game. The perspective is one that we don’t see much of in the gaming world and could lead to similar games. The only thing that worries me is that the puzzles and overall gameplay might get boring after a while.

Blood and Truth

Blood and Truth is a game that many PSVR owners have been dying to hear more about. Sony finally gave fans a taste with a trailer that showed some cutscenes as well as gameplay. Fans can sleep happy now that they know the game will release May 28.

[Photo Courtesy of Sony Interactive Entertainment]
First Impression: Finally, a PSVR exclusive given the love and care that other PlayStation exclusives receive. This game should be a lot of fun.

Five Nights at Freddy’s VR Help Wanted

The franchise that continues to stay in the limelight; Five Nights at Freddy’s is coming to PSVR. The game takes experiences from all Five Nights at Freddy’s games but with new twists. No release date yet, but try to not throw your VR headset when you play it.

First ImpressionFive Nights at Freddy’s in VR does sound cool, but maybe its about two years too late.

ReadySet Heroes

ReadySet Heroes is a dungeon crawler that pits you against an opposing team. After each team finishes the dungeon, they battle to the death. The team that finishes the dungeon the fastest gets power buff’s in the battle against the opposing team.

First Impression: This game seems like a lot of fun to play with a group of friends and the concept seems really enjoyable. Playing alone or online, however, does not sound fun and I worry that this game will get boring quick.

No Man’s Sky: Beyond

No Man’s Sky’s next major update, Beyond, was shown off more during the stream with the announcement that it would support VR functionality. Despite having a rough launch, the updates given to this game have transformed it into the vast space exploration game it was promised as.

First Impression: When I played No Man’s Sky at launch it was just boring. I only played to get the Platinum trophy (which was very easy but time consuming). The updates the game has been getting have been well received by the concurrent player-base and I think this one will be the best one yet, especially with the addition VR capabilities.

Concrete Genie

Concrete Genie was given the spotlight to show more of what the game is going to be. You will be running away from bullies and shooting hoops with drawings sometime in Fall 2019.

[Photo Courtesy of Sony Interactive Entertainment]
First Impression: Maybe it is just me, but I have no idea what this game is. I really want to know more though as I love the art style and am curios to know more.

Days Gone

Bend studio gave us a new story trailer for Days Gone. The trailer showed some of the impressive acting performances many critics have been raving about. Nothing we didn’t already know was announced. Expect to shoot a bunch of zombies and build up your motorcycle in one of Sony’s most anticipated titles April 26.

First Impression: This game has been struggling with an identity crisis. Many journalists who have played the game early have said it feels like any other open world game, but with zombies. This game is either going to be an amazing PlayStation exclusive, or pretty meh. I think it was smart to give more context to this game and to keep giving it more hype as we inch closer to next month’s release.

Mortal Kombat 11

Mortal Kombat 11 debuted a new trailer that showed moments from the story mode as well as younger versions of fighters clash with the current versions of fighters. There was also a lot of blood, but you could have guessed that. Mortal Kombat 11 drops April 23.

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First Impression: I am not a Mortal Kombat fan, but this game is different. The trailer was a lot of fun and got me excited for the various match-ups we can see. This is the first time I can honestly say I am excited for one of these games.

PSVR

During the show, Playstation gave us a montage of game announcements for the PSVR. Thankfully, Sony gave us some release dates for the games as well. The games shown were:

  • Everybody’s Golf (May 21)
  • Falcon Age (April 9)
  • Jupiter & Mars (April 22)
  • Mech Mayhem (June 10)
  • Table of Tales (April 16)
  • Trevor Saves the Universe (May 31)
  • Vacation Simulator (June 18)

First Impression: Let’s be honest, Everybody’s Golf didn’t really need a VR release, but we are all happy it did. Vacation Simulator should give you some laughs as this game was created by Justin Roiland, co-creator of Rick and Morty. I am not too excited about the rest of the games, but they each look like they have something to offer.

There is no news about when the next State of Play will be, but expect more of these to appear throughout the year. For more information about PlayStation’s State of Play and more news about PlayStation, check out https://blog.us.playstation.com.

Zandt Durham

I love video games, my cats, and my fianceé (not necessarily in that order). Here to report on, review, and play some games. I main Ganondorf in Smash Ultimate.

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