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State of Play – July 2021

Having skipped E3 last month, Sony had their own event to keep us in the loop on some upcoming titles. I honestly thought it would be a bit more of a show. It was a relatively low key event, with some significant titles missing. If you didn’t catch the show, here is every game that Sony dropped or updated us on this month.

Arcadegeddon

https://youtu.be/zqwzWnjgvSg

Watching this trailer made me think of Splatoon 2 and Fall Guys. I don’t think that is an accurate comparison though. It looks to be an online only, co-operative looter shooter from Illfonic.

Illfonic are best known for the Friday the 13th game and Predator : Hunting Grounds, both of which were extremely disappointing in my opinion. Great ideas, but they sucked to play.

If you are interested in checking it out, the early access is available right now on PS5 and PC. Otherwise, the full game is scheduled to launch sometime in 2022.

Deathloop

https://youtu.be/kTnzLC6Utk0

Bethesda revealed a 9 minute gameplay video of Deathloop, the upcoming PS5 exclusive. I didn’t watch the trailer, because I’m hyped out of my mind already. Any further engagement just risks ruining it for me. I’ll wait until September 14th to get my grubby little mitts on it.

Death Stranding : Directors Cut

https://youtu.be/CLTuGL8eCyI

Ok. At E3 I said that I didn’t care at all about this. I must admit, this trailer definitely had me interested and legitimately considering purchasing this game again.

It was already such a long game though! And the Director’s Cut is adding a lot of new features, mainly designed to make delivering your cargo easier.

You can now build and use a cargo catapult, an enhanced exoskeleton, ramps to jump over with your bike and a “buddy bot”, which is a robot to help carry packages for you. All of this plus new story missions and what seems to be some kind of racing mode.

I’m genuinely tempted to check it out. The Director’s Cut of Death Stranding will drop on PS5 on the 24th of September.

Demon Slayer : Kimetsu No Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles

https://youtu.be/MP0lp6YQV0g

That’s a mouthful of a title. This game is obviously based on the anime of the same name. Duh. No way that 2 people would use this name for seperate and unrelated projects.

This looks to be a generic third person action game, which isn’t surprising for an anime tie in. That’s not a knock, if it works why change it?

Like other anime tie ins, I suspect that only fans of the show will enjoy this game. I haven’t seen the show, so I can safely give it a miss. Demon Slayer will be available on PS4 and 5, on October 15th, 2021.

F.I.S.T. – Forged In Shadow Torch

https://youtu.be/E1EHQKECRdE

They forced that title a little bit. F.I.S.T. looks like the kind of game that I really want to like, but won’t actually enjoy it at all.

It looks to be about some anthropomorphic beings, mainly centred around a rabbit with a giant mechanical fist attached to his back. Sounds awesome, but it looks like it is a platformer. It’s listed as an “action explorer”, which I would much prefer.

No disrespect to platform games, but we all know by now that they aren’t my scene. I might wait for the next trailer and see how it develops. As it stands, the game looks like a platform game and you can check it out September 7th.

Hunter’s Arena : Legends

https://youtu.be/WzhdjeRyKBM

Another Battle Royale. For the love of god. I’m so sick of Battle Royale games. Even more so than platformers.

This one looks especially bad. It looks like they aren’t sure if they wanted to make a funny game or a serious one, so they tried to meet in the middle. Tried and failed.

The characters look really dumb and out of place, especially when compared to the background.

Word on the street is that this will be one of the free PS Plus games for August. Usually, I say that you can’t complain with a free game, but I will still pass on this. Maybe I would play it if someone paid me to check it out. Otherwise, I’m going to pretend it doesn’t exist.

If you don’t want to wait for next month, this game apparently came out in July of 2020, so you can buy it right now. I tried to check the price, but my app isn’t working. It must be doing ok for itself if it’s still kicking. Maybe I’m wrong about this one. Doubt it!

Jett : The Far Shore

https://youtu.be/-Aw1CXL1gug

I don’t want to jinx this game by saying it looks like No Man’s Sky, but it did remind me of that title, just a little bit. And another game I played, which I really enjoyed, but can’t recall the title of. Outer Wilds? That sounds about right.

Anyway, Jett looks to be a predominantly relaxed, space exploration game. The trailer was certainly intriguing and it looks to be a fun enough game.

Personally, it’s not the type of game that I would go out and buy, but I wouldn’t be sad if I was playing it. Jett is scheduled to release sometime this year.

Lost Judgement

https://youtu.be/yXufyWdCa_U

I really tried to like the Yakuza series, but just couldn’t get into them. I found them to start to slowly and just be a little too over the top for my tastes. As a result, I never checked out 2018’s Judgement, a spin off of the Yakuza franchise. I can’t believe it was that long ago. In my head, Judgement only just came out.

I never even saw a trailer for Judgement, so maybe it is a really good game. Lost Judgement looks to be a lot of fun, if the trailer is anything to go by. It’s set for a global release of September 24th, 2021.

September is shaping up to be a pretty busy month, so I won’t rush out to get this. I might go and check out Judgement though. If I like it, I will definitely add it’s follow up to my list.

Moss – Book 2 (PSVR)

https://youtu.be/x8HvWj2sMeY

I tried very hard to enjoy VR, but my stupid body was always getting motion sickness. Eventually, I gave up and sold my VR headset. So, I can’t really speak on Moss.

It looks like a fun game though. It’s a shame it is only for VR, it looks like a neat little title. I reckon it would be a lot of fun as a third person title.

Sifu

https://youtu.be/Y7y1yJn2B9U

I’m not sure if the ageing thing they did in this trailer had any relevance to the gameplay or was just a neat way to announce that the game was being delayed.

Sifu will no longer be coming to us this year, instead being pushed back until 2022. I’ve always been a believer that it is better to push a game back, instead of rushing it to make the original date. It just gives us more time to get hyped!

Sifu looks like a blast and regardless of what year it comes out, I will be picking it up.

Tribes of Midgard : Season 1

https://youtu.be/_7zim39FcQ4

Tribes of Midgard is a 10 player, online co-operative, action rpg. It released in July of 2019 and is set to receive it’s first major update, featuring new classes and ruins.

Like basically everything announced/updated at State of Play, this isn’t really my thing. It looks like an enjoyable enough game, but I don’t play a lot of online games.

The good news is that the update looks to be free and will release on July 27th, so it’s only a couple of weeks away.

That’s it for State of Play. It was a bit lacklustre, wasn’t it? I wasn’t interested in a lot of the titles. Death Stranding looks the best game coming out of today. Sifu and Deathloop also look the goods. I’m in no rush for most of the others, if I get them at all.

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