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I had a good time watching the Summer Game Fest and I got two great surprises: Ubisoft is making a new Prince of Persia title, with the style of the classic platformers and the story derived from the original concept behind Assassin’s Creed And Final Fantasy VII rebirth. But I felt something was missing from the show – one for sure je ne sais quoi, if you want. I think part of it was that most of the things we saw had already been revealed. Most of the news that could be printed from the show was release dates. I also think it was a mistake to spend so much time on two TV show trailers – especially the Witcher, which is only marginally related to games. Call me spoiled (I wouldn’t disagree with you), but the whole event felt a bit slow.
Still, there are about 6,000 other shows taking place over the next few days, so there’s more than enough time to get excited. Here’s hoping Xbox has some tricks up its sleeve – so far I’m hearing Fable and Hellblade II are likely additions, as are Avowed and Perfect Dark. We will also take a look at Starfield. Ubisoft and Capcom both probably have some interesting stuff to show us, and I’d be remiss if I left out the good old RGG Studios, who will hopefully have more Like a Dragon for us. Also, maybe I’m a party to this one, but I’m looking forward to the Wholesome Game showcase. We can always use more fun games.
There were a few other smaller announcements that caught my attention. We’re getting a remaster of Shadows of the Damned, one of the games from Suda51’s wacky oeuvre. Atlus also accidentally announced a Persona 5-based tactics game and a remake of Persona 3, both of which sound fun. As usual, the Devolver show has the craziest titles, like Baby Steps, a literal walking simulator. Oh, and one of the games from Summer Game Fest that personally seemed most interesting to me is Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden – Don’t Nod’s curious soul retrieval simulator.
In other news, I’ll be spending most of the weekend watching more of the shows – Xbox won’t catch me napping. But in my spare time I’ll probably keep playing Diablo IV and some more of Harmony: The Fall of Reverie. It can be very busy for a few days, but it’s important to take some time to relax. I hope the next few shows get the blood racing.
What to play this week
- Diablo IV
- Amnesia the Bunker
- MotoGP 23
- Harmony: the fall of reverie
- Loop8: Summer of the Gods
- Cat souls
- Greyhill incident
- Tour de France 2023
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