Sony had his great video presentation today, giving us both a deluge of great games to come PlayStation 5 and showing the console itself for the first time. As far as hype is concerned, it is a huge success.
Now yes, I like the real look of the console. After so many years of black boxes, it’s great to see something more daring and creative. But Sony really won the day with its incredible range of games coming to PlayStation 5.
These games impress for several key reasons. First, the variety: Sony had a good mix of first and third party offerings and great triple A games and smaller experiences, presenting a decent range of genres.
I am particularly happy to see such a performance for 3D platforms, with Sony itself in the lead. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart it looks great. This game is a great example of everything that went well with the presentation. Not only did we get a cool trailer, but Sony showed a good piece of uninterrupted gameplay. Remember Microsoft’s first glimpse of “gameplay?” From the Xbox Series X Fans have criticized the show for focusing too much on movie trailers which, although created from real-time footage, did not give a good idea of games like Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla will play.
Sony also identified the surprise factor. Some people were waiting for a new Ratchet & Clank game, but I don’t know how many people sequel to the excellent Astro Bot: Rescue Mission on their PS5 reveal a bingo card. The same goes for a new vision of the LittleBigPlanet franchise, which seems to focus more on a pure platform rather than creating levels.
Then there is the “one more thing” factor. Any good video game event has to end with something big. Horizon II: Forbidden West fits well with this role. It is an expected sequel to a 2017 PlayStation 4 hit.
But it was not the most surprising revelation of the show. I should give this honor to Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Many of us expected a sequel to Horizon: Zero Dawn. It was released in 2017. It’s time. But a new Spider-Man game already? The PlayStation 4 title released in 2018. And we can play as Miles Morales? It’s awesome.
No party without third parties
All of these proprietary games look great, but Sony has introduced many third-party media. Square Enix goes big with Athia project, which will be an exclusive PlayStation 5 from the studio that produced Final Fantasy XV.
Sony was also able to show the first look at Resident Evil VIII. While Capcom’s latest entry into the monumental survival horror franchise is certainly destined for other platforms, it’s a big win for Sony as fans identify the next game with its platform. It’s the same for Hitman III.
But not all intriguing games are part of a big franchise or a big studio. Kena: Bridge of Spirits seems to be a wonderful action-adventure game with a magical forest setting that gives off funny fairytale vibrations. Goodbye Volcano High, a cinematic love story that looks more like a cartoon than any other game shown by Sony, can offer something to players who aren’t interested in the triple-A fare.
Sony offers an incredible range of games. Then how Microsoft reply? Honestly, I’m not sure it could match Sony’s offerings… at least when it comes to games. Microsoft has bought many studios in recent years, but it is not yet known to what extent they are ready to reveal new games. And even if they do, we don’t know how many will be as impressive as a Horizon II or Ratchet & Clank.
Microsoft can still compete on the third front. There are still some great games we know are coming this year that we haven’t seen yet, including a new Call of Duty. Microsoft can also give itself an advantage in terms of functionality. We know that Xbox Series X prides itself on its backward compatibility support. Sony has been much more discreet about how the functionality works on its new machine.
And then there is the question of price. We still don’t know how much these systems will cost. At the very least, Microsoft can make waves by announcing a lower than expected price for its machine.
When it comes to games, however, I’m not sure if Microsoft has them in creating a presentation as compelling as what Sony has just shown the world.