Summer releases missing power and electricity as E3 winds down – Colorado Daily

Summer releases missing power and electricity as E3 winds down – Colorado Daily

Summer means game announcements.

And until the age of COVID, this came from the massive industry extravaganza, E3, being canceled for the third year in a row, including the virtual event. For the past few years, gamers have relied on company announcements that have been relegated to scattered online events, unable to deliver the same electricity as in years past.

There’s nothing like bringing 75,000 people together in one place to boost the energy, which is sorely lacking this year.

That’s not to say there weren’t some great announcements and some exciting footage of things we already knew, but this year, the spark was weak.

Sony kicked off the festivities with a “State of the Game” event, but instead of introducing new games of its own, it focused primarily on third-party releases and upcoming VR games.

The featured ad pertained to Capcom’s “Resident Evil 4” remake. The most acclaimed of the early “Resident Evil” games, fans have been clamoring for a remake for years. His wish comes true on March 24, 2023 and the first images look spectacular.

The “Resident Evil 4” remake hits stores on March 24, 2023. (Courtesy photo)

Capcom continued to surprise the audience with the first images of “Street Fighter 6”. Harnessing the power of the PS5, the graphics shine, showcasing never-before-seen detail on Chun-Li’s thighs and Ryu’s hairstyle. If the buttery smooth animations are any indication, fighting enthusiasts can look forward to a game that’s not only pretty, but also fast and exciting to play.

“Horizon: Forbidden West” still tops my nominees for Game of the Year. The immersive adventure features both the best story and gameplay to come from a next-gen console. It was good that Sony removed some extra features for its success, including a New Game+ mode for replays, along with an Ultra Hard mode.

The company also showed the first images of “Horizon: Call of the Mountain” for PSVR2. Instead of Aloy, players will take on the role of a Carja warrior named Ryas, in a spin-off that features a lot of archery and climbing.

Sony ended its presentation on a high note with the first gameplay footage of “Final Fantasy 16,” as well as revealing a summer 2023 release date. Fans of the series gave the trailer a big thumbs up, thanks to the visualization of familiar convocations that now look better than ever.

An improved version of "The last of us
An improved version of “The Last of Us” will be out in September. (Courtesy photo)

Other teasers were shown, but no real surprises emerged. Interestingly, it was not until a few days later during Summer Games Festival when Sony announced an improved version of “The Last of Us” (now labeled as the first part) for the PS5. Rebuilt from the ground up, it looks spectacular and will go on sale in September.

Speaking of Summer Game Fest, a summer celebration from the team behind the Video Game Awards, there were surprisingly few announcements.

New images from previously announced games dominated the presentation. The upcoming action/strategy game “Marvel’s Midnight Suns” showcased its “X-Com” style of gameplay and announced the inclusion of Spider-Man as a playable character and an October 7 release date.

“Marvel’s Midnight Suns” will include Spider-Man as a playable character and will hit stores on October 7th. (Courtesy photo)

Also looking good, WB Games’ “Gotham Knights” imagines a world without Batman where Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl and Red Hood must protect Gotham instead. The open-world action-RPG doesn’t have a release date yet, but it’s expected in 2022.

The biggest surprise came from a sequel some 30 years in the making. “Flashback 2” brings modern mechanics to a retro-style 2D side-scrolling action-adventure game.

“Flashback 2” is a sequel that has been about 30 years in the making. (Courtesy photo)

The biggest surprise was without a doubt “Aliens: Dark Descent”, although not much was shown. The familiar gameplay of Marines vs. Xenomorphs is guaranteed, and it seems to tie in somehow to the “Aliens” movie, but aside from some fancy animations and a 2023 release date, not much else is known.

There were other games, but nothing that really stood out, which seems to be the theme of the presentations so far this summer. There aren’t many new game announcements, and nothing worthy of a headline among them. Lots of looks at previously announced games, with some release dates or windows to look forward to.

Because game development cycles take several years (at least), we could be seeing a gap stemming from the pandemic, but regardless of the reason, it feels very strange.

Expected updates to games like “God of War: Ragnarok” (still due in 2022 at this point) and “Spider-Man 2” were nowhere to be found, and there haven’t been any big first-party announcements at this point.

Next time we’ll take a look at Microsoft/Bethesda and Nintendo (assuming they finally have an event) and see if things get any more exciting.

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