E3 or Whatever: PlayStation Showcase 2023

PlayStation’s presentations are typically either incredible or fairly boring. Remember the E3 press conference where Final Fantasy VII Remake and Shenmue III were announced? That’s one of my favorite E3 moments of all time. But on the other hand, remember the one where they only showed four games and it was in like a weird church setting? Yeah, pretty boring. This year’s PlayStation Showcase leans more towards boring, in my opinion, but there was a few really great announcements.

I’ll get it out of the way right away. The best announcement at this show was Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater. This is the long rumored remake of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. For some reason they’ve changed the 3 to the Greek letter Delta. I don’t know. But hey, Metal Gear is back!


The trailer doesn’t actually say a whole lot about the game. It shows ants walking towards a dead rodent who gets picked up by a bird who gets eaten by a really big snake who gets attacked by an alligator. Then the camera takes us through the water until finally revealing our hero, Naked Snake. The theme from Metal Gear Solid 3 plays and we get a logo. That’s about it. Around the time the snake and alligator showed up, I had a pretty good feeling that this was MGS3. I don’t really know what the other animals had to do with anything, but whatever.

It’ll be interesting to see how the game shapes up without the involvement of series creator, Hideo Kojima. I’m pretty confident that it’ll turn out great, since it’s a remake. If it was a fully original new game, I’d be a little more suspicious. But even if it doesn’t turn out great, Konami also revealed that the Metal Gear Solid Master Collection Volume 1 will be releasing this fall, containing the original versions of the first three Metal Gear Solid games, so at least we’ll have the originals to enjoy on modern consoles. Oh, speaking of modern consoles, it was revealed after the show that this is not a PlayStation exclusive. It’ll be coming to Xbox and PC as well.

Sony also showed off a new trailer for Alan Wake 2. I loved the original and can’t wait for this new one. The trailer showed off some story stuff and some actual gameplay, which looks very solid. I don’t have a lot to say about this one, but I’m excited to check it out when it releases. I should probably play Control at some point before it comes out, since I know it has Alan Wake connections. I have a copy, just haven’t put it in my Xbox yet.

The final section of the show was a lengthy look at Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. I’m not sure how much had been revealed before this, but I only really knew that both Peter and Miles were playable characters. From what they showed, it looks like you’ll be able to swap between the two at any time while exploring the open world, but it seemed like you would be controlling whoever makes sense for the situation during missions.


What surprised me was that Peter was shown in the black suit, which of course is the Venom symbiote. It makes perfect sense now, Venom was teased at the end of the first game, and he was introduced in the comics as Spider-Man’s black colored suit that made him more aggressive, but I somehow didn’t think they’d go that direction in the game. Peter’s attacks have Venom’s weird stretchy tendrils bursting out of his hands to hit enemies, which looks really cool. I was already excited for this game, I really liked the first one and the Miles Morales game, but this looks more interesting than I was expecting.

There was plenty of other games shown, but nothing else that really grabbed my attention. A new Marathon game from Bungie was announced, which I was initially excited about since I thought we were getting the first single player first person shooter from them since Halo Reach. Turns out that it’s multiplayer only though, so I’m sure it’ll be cool, but it’s not what I was hoping for.

Otherwise, there was some PSVR2 stuff, some updates on games we already knew about, some ports of stuff from other platforms and a few new games. Interestingly, they showed Assassin’s Creed Mirage, which I didn’t know existed. Apparently it was announced last year. That means I kind of doubt I’m going to get the “a new Assassin’s Creed game will be announced” prediction right at the Ubisoft show next month, but we’ll see. There was a new Sony handheld announced, Project Q, but it’s just a dedicated streaming device for the PS5, so you’ll still need a PS5 to actually run the games on. Not particularly exciting to me, but I’m sure some people will get some use of it.

project q

And that’s about it! I only really talk about the games that leave an impression on me when I do these posts, whether that’s positive or negative, but most of the games here I just kind of shrugged at. The stuff that’s exciting is very exciting though, so I definitely didn’t hate the show. Now we’ll take a short break, as the next show I’ll be writing about isn’t until June 8th. That is unless Nintendo wants to surprise with a Nintendo Direct sooner than that.

Before I go, here’s where I’m at with predictions. Of the three predictions I made for this show, I only got the “Pretty Sure” one right. So I’m currently at 1/3. Honestly, not too bad of a start, I’ve had way worse years. We’ll see how the rest of my guesses go in June.

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