How About That Direct| State Of Play 2/23/23

Only a couple weeks after Nintendo dropped their first Nintendo Direct of the year, Sony has responded with their equivalent, a State of Play. Generally speaking, I haven’t been too positive on most of the State of Plays, finding that their announcements just never hit the same heights as the ones found in Nintendo’s offerings. But that doesn’t mean the potential for a truly great State of Play isn’t there. Could this be the one?

This State of Play sticks to the same format as the ones in the past, basically just a series of trailers interspersed with images of rolling PlayStation logos and a disembodied voice to present them. It’s honestly not that different from the current Nintendo Direct format, but without occasionally cutting to company executives to speak “directly” to the consumer. It’s weird, but that little difference does take a good amount of the charm of these presentations away. That might be a me thing, but I just like the vibe of a Nintendo Direct better.


Going into this presentation, we knew that there was going to be five games revealed for the PSVR2 as well as a big section on Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. The VR games didn’t do a whole lot to convince me to pick up a PSVR2 though. For the most part, it was a bunch of shooting galleries, which is kind of par for the course when it comes to VR games. Before Your Eyes, a game already out on other VR platforms, was the only one that didn’t feature any kind of shooting. It’s more of a narrative game, with the gimmick of time moving ahead every time you blink your eyes. Kinda cool. The only one that looked especially exciting to me was Journey To Foundation, based on Isaac Asimov’s books. While there was still shooting, it looked a little more involved, a lot of running around, climbing on things, and interacting with cool looking aliens. But overall, still not sold on the PSVR2. I do want to replay Resident Evil Village in VR, but not for $550.


The other advertised feature, Suicide Squad, was the final segment of the show. I’m a big fan of Rocksteady’s Arkham games, and was really looking forward to seeing what they were going to do with another DC property. Unfortunately, it looks like it’s another live service, looter shooter game, with gear scores and battle passes and all that. Seems like an odd choice after Square-Enix’s Avengers live service game bombed, but I guess this is what they want to do. The core gameplay doesn’t look that interesting either, especially compared to Rocksteady’s previous games. It kind of just looked like a shooter where you point your gun at big, obvious, purple weak spots until the enemy dies and then repeat. Very disappointed in this one.


Thankfully, there was other stuff shown as well! For me, the most important was a pair of Capcom trailers. One was for Street Fighter 6, which continues to look excellent. They’ve confirmed that Zangief and Cammy are returning, as well as a new character named Lily. They all looked fun to play as and the game still looks very sharp. The other game was the remake of Resident Evil 4. It shouldn’t be a surprise that it looks excellent. Both of the recent remakes of Resident Evil 2 and 3 were incredible. If I had one complaint, it was that this trailer seemed to show just about everything. But it is a remake of a game that’s already available on like a billion platforms, including the current platforms, so I guess it’s not like it’s a new unknown story. Also, there’s a demo on the way! That’s always exciting.

Other than that, there wasn’t anything too exciting here. Humanity looks okay. It’s a weird puzzle game where you herd humans around as a dog… I think? There’s a demo out, maybe I should play it and get a better understanding. But yeah, overall, I didn’t leave this presentation particularly impressed. There was definitely some good stuff, but compared to the Nintendo Direct from earlier this month, this just didn’t do it. I mean, the two games I’m most excited about, I’m most likely going to be picking up on Xbox. Hopefully, Sony has some more exciting stuff planned for us in the near future.

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