Playstation: State of Play (2.25.21)

Yesterday we saw the first Playstation: State of Play of 2021, just a week after the first Nintendo Direct. Does this mean we’ll get an XBox digital event next week? It’s possible, but who knows.

This episode of State of Play provided us with a good mix of some Playstation 4 games, Playstation 5 games and some that are coming to both. I know it’s still early in the PS5 life and there aren’t that many in the wild, but it’s nice to see Sony showing support for both their Next-gen and Current-get audiences.

So, what did we get in this 33 minute State of Play video?

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time • Features | PS5

I haven’t played much Crash Bandicoot in my days of gaming. In fact, the only time I’ve truly played Crash was in (Spoiler Alert!) Uncharted 4. I think it was because I missed out on the Crash games and seeing the release of the N Sane Trilogy just seemed like an overwhelming amount of Crash games to play.

The Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time PS5 update comes with plenty of new features. Playable in 4K at 60 frames per second. The use of the Playstation 5’s 3D Audio and the DualSense Haptic Feedback. New PS5 activity cards and some extra achievements. There are two things that have me excited to possibly play this game. (1) It’s a FREE upgrade from PS4 to PS5 if you already own the game. I don’t own the game yet, but I may end up buying it just for that — if I catch it on sale soon. And, (2) your save file will transfer from PS4 to PS5. So, if you already started it but didn’t finish on the PS4, that won’t be a problem.

Crash 4 is available right now on PS4 and coming to PS5 on March 12.

Returnal • Gameplay Walkthrough | PS5

All I really knew about Returnal from it’s first showing at the PS5 announcement event was that it was a brand new game from the makers of two highly acclaimed games, Resogun and New Machina. Although this game was supposed to be a big departure and a whole new style of game for developer Housemarque, I was excited just from the look of it and what I had heard about it.

Returnal combines certain aspects from some my favorite recent games (Dead Cells, Hades, The Binding of Isaac) with fast-paced third-person shooter mechanics. I find those games so addicting because every time you die, you get to start over again with the knowledge and sometimes new upgrades. The game also changes with each attempt, keeping it fresh. In the trailer they also showed some more intimate parts in the game where the camera switches to first-person view. The world itself, monsters and all, just seems like a world I’d like to explore.

Returnal arrives on PS5 April 30.

Knockout City • Gameplay | PS4

Last week, during a Nintendo Direct we were given a glimpse into the world of Knockout City. However, last week’s glimpse was more of a documentary-style short film. It was fun to watch and the characters in it were great, but it didn’t really give us a good idea about what this game was, until the middle/end of the trailer. Knockout City seems to be dodgeball in a futuristic environment.

After this past weekend’s first closed beta (on Steam) for Knockout City they gave us a better idea of the game with this new gameplay spotlight. We learned about a few different game modes, characters, maps and even some special weapons. They also announced an upcoming cross-play beta (sign up at KnockoutCity.com).

Knockout City releases on PS4 on May 21.

Sifu • Official Reveal | PS5, PS4

Sifu is a brand new martial arts game with a unique art style coming to both Playstation platforms (PS4 and PS5). I love the look of this game and can’t wait to see more. The opening of this trailer where the main character is fighting everyone in the hallway gives me Daredevil season one feels. There was a scene where Daredevil fights multiple guys in a hallway and it’s done as a one-shot.

From the trailer it seems that you may die and come back older with a beard and longer hair? The fighting-style mixed with the music of the trailer has me super hyped to play this game.

Sifu is set to release on PS4 and PS5 later this year (2021).

Solar Ash • Gameplay Reveal | PS5, PS4

When this trailer first came on I thought, this looks like Hyper Light Drifter, right before the narrator/creative director that Solar Ash is from the same team (Heart Machine). Solar Ash is a fast-paced, stylish 3D platformer that takes place inside of a black hole. I wanted to like Hyper Light Drifter, and I loved the art style, I just didn’t really know what to do in the game or where to go.

This game looks like you’re just skating through this wild world at high speeds. This game seems like one where you have to have quick reflexes and good timing to make it past certain areas. The scenes in the trailer where Rei (the main character) is skating form platform to platform looks like an extreme rollerblading game.

Solar Ash drops on PS4 and PS5 later this year (2021).

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach • Gameplay | PS5

I have never played a Five Nights at Freddy’s game, but this seems to be the one that may just pull me in. I always thought of Five Nights at Freddy’s as a spooky game for kids. Something a little scary, but not too scary. The animation reminds me of something from a Dreamworks animation movie.

I guess you’re trying to sneak out of spooky Freddy’s place while creepy animal monsters are searching for you. This game even feels like it could be in VR, which I know they have done before. I’m excited to learn more about this game and possibly try out some older Freddy games.

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach will make its way onto PS5 and PS4 some time in 2021.

Oddworld: Soulstorm • Feature | PS5, PS4

It may finally be time to play some Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty. I have always been interested to learn Abes’ story from the Oddworld universe, but never really enough to actually give them a try. I have New ‘n’ Tasty in my PS4 library, I just need to download it. Perhaps I’ll give it a try next month before the release of this new game, Oddworld: Soulstorm.

The cinematic scenes in this trailer look amazing. They are calling it a 2.9D platformer, I guess because it’s mostly a 2D platformer with a few extra 3D elements. The addition of haptic feedback will also enhance the gameplay of this platformer. I also love Abe’s sneaky walk from the trailer.

Oddworld: Soulstorm comes to PS4 and PS5 on April 6.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits  • Gameplay Trailer | PS5, PS4

I remember first seeing this game during the PS5 showcase, and since then we haven’t heard much (except for a delay). I was extremely excited for a few games in that original showcase, but this one was the main brand new game I knew I wanted. This game almost feels like something from Pixar or Blizzard (it has a bit of an Overwatch style to it).

The magic staff that also becomes a bow and arrow seems like a great weapon. I really can’t wait to play this game and I really hope I get to play it on a PS5. The exploration also looks neat. This game is going to be beautiful — it mixes cuteness with a certain bad ass-ness!

Kena: Bridge of Spirits is coming to PS4 and PS5 on August 24.

Deathloop • Gameplay Trailer | PS5

I don’t really understand how this game works. Are you killing other players or NPCs? I have no idea, but this game has looked insane since they first showed it. And now, with this trailer Deathloop has received it’s own original song in the style of a James Bond movie opening. This game feels like some James Bond/Jason Bourne-style hybrid.

Deathloop brings first-person shooter gunplay but also some fun powers and magic. It’s got fast-paced parkour movement. I’m not sure what the story is but I’m excited to find out. Even if the story isn’t very good, the game looks like something unique, new and fun.

Deathloop is coming exclusively to PS5 and Windows with a one-year exclusivity deal. That’s funny since the game is being created by a studio that is now owned by Microsoft (Arkane Studios/Bethesda). I’m sure the exclusivity deal may have been signed before Microsoft acquired them.

Deathloop is coming to PS5 May 21.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade • Trailer | PS5

I have a few friends who have always said that Final Fantasy VII (the original) is their favorite game of all time. I’m still working on the original game on my Nintendo Switch. I tried out the demo for Final Fantasy VII Remake and thought it was so cool how they gave us the story of the old game, but with the look and feel of a game of today.

At first I wasn’t really sure if Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade was Final Fantasy VII Remake Part II or just an update for the PS5. I now know that it is mostly just a quality of life update, but it also brings with it a new story (or DLC). I’m still excited to play Final Fantasy VII Remake one day. I’m just not sure if I should wait to (1) beat the original game first, and/or (2) wait until the entire story is out.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade comes to PS5 on June 10.

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That’s all? Could there have been about an extra 10 minutes of announcements? Possibly, but I am happy with what we got. Lately, I’ve been thinking of my huge backlog of games that I need to finish playing through on my PS4 before even thinking about buying a PS5.

If you didn’t have time to watch all of those trailers and gameplay videos, here’s a quick summary of everything provided by Playstation.

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