I'm a little late to the party but hey, I finally got the chance to watch the entire thing! And let me just say I am very excited about the next generation of gaming. This event had very little talking, it was mostly about the games and the gameplay. The games I'm going to highlight I've already pretty much gave a quick reaction to but I want to add a bit more in this post about how much each game just really hits it out of the park for me. So, without further adieu, let's talk about the games I am going to be playing!
Final Fantasy XVI
The stream casually opens up with the next titled game of the franchise. Let me tell you something: I am going to keep enjoying and getting excited about a Final Fantasy game. While I have my own disdain with some of the directions that the Final Fantasy series has taken, I will always be excited for the next titled game I am able to play. Final Fantasy XVI seems to listen to what the fans were clamoring for: medieval and high fantasy ambiance as opposed to the sci-fi/magical fantasy amalgamation we have been getting.
There's definitely plenty to like for all FF fans. Honestly, putting the summons back in the forefront for the next main title is actually a good thing in my opinion. Seems like the story is going to focus a little on Phoenix and Ifrit--two fire elementals.
Gameplay for Final Fantasy these days shouldn't be a brainer. I doubt turnbase is going to go back to a main Final Fantasy and I'm okay with that. One thing I will say is that they better have more than one person controllable in the party. Go with what FFVII R did and not how FFXV was in the beginning. Needless to say, I'm excited for this game. I'm hoping we don't have to wait too long.
As a huge fan of the original game, I think this is going to be one of those that I will enjoy jumping back into. I know I have a very niche obsession with the Maiden in Black, but I think she has this connection with the Demon Slayer and the journey that resonates with me far more than it should have. I'm really excited to see how they handle Maiden Astrea too since that was my favorite boss battle. Not because it was hard or the most unique gameplay-wise, it's because the story being told and how it all ends up was just something else. Let's just hope the original VAs jumped back into the project, or if not, they get some good replacement--not sure if the Maiden in Black is the same but she sure sounds good.
This game is a launch game so I'll definitely be late for the party and that's okay. Will just be happy to get back into it!
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
I won't talk about this game too much. I know I enjoyed the heck out of the PS4 Spider-Man back in 2018! Definitely think that this Miles Morales version has potential even if he is not my favorite Spidey. The action looks good, the gameplay looks smooth an familiar, honestly, this can't be a dud.
God of War: Ragnarok (or GoW5)
I have to just play the 4th one. Seriously.
------Other Gaming News-----
Not to sound like a downer but this last segment of the post is not exactly something that benefits me. Let's start with this:
Disgeae. A series I have been playing since the PS2 days. Looks like, at the moment, it won't be coming to PS5. What a brutal downer. I mean, there's always the chance it will jump back to PS5 as a port but right now, it doesn't look like it. Shame too. Seeing those classic job classes in new 3D form makes me want a new Disgeae now (playing the heck out of Alliance of Vengeance now).
Then there's this news that dropped this morning:
I'm going with Gameranx's video on this one because they're pretty good sources. Though I found out about this news through this Twitter Feed.
You know, I'm not big into console wars--at least, not fans warring each other about their preferred console. I understand companies need to make money over the other, yes that's understandable. That is the way of things. But, seriously, Sony and Microsoft have been about fanboys vs fanboys.
So what does this mean for me and my future gaming? Well, depending on where games like the Elder Scrolls land (if it's a timed exclusive or not), I might actually have to have an Xbox in my household once more. I had not planned on it and depending on future news, it will remain that way until I get (bad) news that I have to fork up another half a grand for another console.
Anyways, despite the downer end, I still think that the PS5 event was a major success. Fantastic games and an expected price point. Now let's see if I can actually get one for the Holidays.
Until Next TimeI!