Yesterday, PlayStation gave us 20 minutes of first looks and updates on upcoming PS4 and PS5 games, with a focus on Japanese developers. I’m not going to go over all of the announcements, but if you want the full State of Play you can check it out right here:
Overall, it wasn’t that mind-blowing, but I don’t think anyone expected it to be. PlayStation has gotten much better at setting the tone for each State of Play. In the beginning, we never knew what to expect, Is this a big State of Play or a little one? Lately, they include the run time and topics to be discussed. They have also learned to include a disclaimer, “There will be no updates on [specific game or product].”
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So, what did we see in this 20 minute showcase? We got some more on Forspoken, a game I’m excited for which was recently delayed until October. We saw more of Ghostwire: Tokyo, which is only a couple of weeks away. There was a new Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure fighting game. We also got to see a new sweet trailer for Trek to Yomi.
There were three big announcements to me though:
I love the board game King of Tokyo, where each person controls a Kaiju and we all fight to become the “King Kaiju.” GigaBash reminds me of King of Tokyo in so many ways. It also brings me back to playing Rampage as a kid, except this looks more to be Kaiju on Kaiju action, not the Giant Monster terrorizing the human world.
GigaBash is a game from Passion Republic Games, a new Malaysian team of game creators and artists with years of experience in making games. This just seems like a fun, silly time. It also looks to be a great couch battle, or online battle game with friends.
GigaBash is coming to PlayStation 4 and 5 in 2022.
I still haven’t had the chance to play Returnal, but now that this new update has been announced that should give me a reason to finally try it out. The Ascension update adds a co-op mode which will be nice to try out with friends who already own Returnal.
Returnal: Ascension update 3.0 releases on March 22, 2022.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection
This was the biggest surprise to me. A collection of all of the great old school TMNT games, right before the release of TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge. As a kid I owned so many Turtle games, but when I found my NES and SNES collection the other day I had zero TMNT games in there. I looked up some of my favorites (like Turtles in Time) to buy and they are crazy expensive.
I’m so happy to be able to go back and play some Turtles in Time, the TMNT Arcade games, and even the super impossible Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game for NES that I remember playing so much of, but never getting anywhere.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection includes 13 classic TMNT games and will be out on PC and all consoles some time this year. The question is, do I get it for PlayStation or Nintendo Switch?
What were your top announcements from yesterday’s PlayStation State of Play?