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The 10 most hype trailers and reveals from Sony’s PlayStation Showcase

USA TODAY Sports Media Group
USA TODAY Sports Media Group
 2021-09-10
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Excitement going into Sony’s PlayStation Showcase was damn near palpable, and somehow, the show managed to meet expectations. For the most part, anyway.

Sure, it would have been nice to catch a teaser for Final Fantasy XVI, but it’s hard to complain when the likes of God of War: Ragnarok and Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 had magnificent showings. There were plenty of great surprises too. Like, who could have predicted a remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was going to debut at this show? Or better yet, Kid A Mnesia Exhibition, which is being co-developed by Epic Games and fricking Radiohead!? Yes, as in the band!

Considering the embarrassment of riches that was this show, FTW’s Mary Clarke and GLHF’s Kyle Campbell decided to list the wildest and straight-up best trailers from the PlayStation Showcase.

Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic Remake

Kyle: Whenever there’s a discussion on the best Star Wars game of all time, Knights of the Old Republic from Bioware inevitably gets a shout-out. And now, a full remake of it is coming courtesy of the folks over at Aspyr. With only a brief CGI trailer shown off, there are not many details surrounding this remake just yet. Though Aspyr were quick to let everyone know Knights of the Old Republic is a PlayStation 5 console exclusive in addition to being on PC as well. Sorry, Xbox folks.

While some fans might be disappointed that Bioware, the developers of the original game, is not working on this remake, Aspyr has quite the history with Star Wars. The studio worked on titles like Star Wars: Jedi Knight II – Jedi Outcast and even ported the original Knights of the Old Republic to Mac OS X and Android. It sounds like the remake is in good hands.

Mary: I never played the original Knights of the Old Republic, but even I know how revered this game is among Star Wars fans. It’s a bit of a meme at this point that some of PlayStation’s biggest games and announcements are just remakes of older games, yet the formula is working for them all the same and it’s clearly driving the hype machine.

Between this and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order back in 2019, Star Wars fans are feasting well in single-player video games.

Project Eve

Kyle: There are so many questions yet to I have with regards to Project Eve. Was the whole demo running in real-time? Is the NieR: Automata influence intentional? How exactly does combat work? Hard to say on all accounts. It looks great, though. What’s equally neat is SHIFT UP Corporation, the Korea-based developer behind Project Eve, got to be part of the showcase — which doesn’t often happen at big console shows!

Mary: Do I know what the plot of Project Eve is? Not really, outside of it being a seemingly post-apocalyptic action-adventure anime game. And yet, does it matter? First of all, the game looks gorgeous, from the visuals to the enemy and environment design, which is really one of the highlights here for me in this stunning trailer.

I also get big Nier and Bayonetta vibes from this game too, which is a huge plus in my book. All that, and the music that leads this trailer through some absolutely bombastic set pieces, have rocketed this up to one of my most anticipated games as we look to see what ShiftUp has in store for us in the future.

Forspoken

Kyle: What if Life Is Strange and Final Fantasy had a baby? Well, it would probably look a lot like Forspoken. I have to admit, the dialogue in this trailer was pretty silly, and not in an endearing way, either. But Luminous Productions proved with Final Fantasy XV that they know how to make a solid JRPG, and the gameplay footage on display here was incredible.

Mary: Forspoken has been on my radar since Square Enix revealed it in 2020. I know people may have reservations considering it’s helmed by the same folks that made Final Fantasy XV with its flaws — and its successes too!! — and yet there’s a lot to like about Forspoken.

This game has particle effects in spades, looks super heavy on nifty traversal mechanics, and has a neat talking bracelet! Set for a spring 2022 release window, Square can definitely touch up some of the facial animations, but overall this looks like it could be a break-out hit if the gameplay feels as spicy as it looks in this trailer.

GhostWire: Tokyo

Kyle: If Tango Gameworks is involved, you’re almost in for an utterly bizarre yet brilliant time, and Ghostwire: Tokyo looks like it’ll deliver both in spades. It seems the neon-illuminated streets of Tokyo are rife with nasty occultists, and it’s up to you to stop them. Thankfully, there’s a spectral sidekick that’ll imbue you with all sorts of slick magics to use in first-person. Think BioShock’s plasmids, but with a supernatural veneer.

Much like prior Ghostwire: Tokyo trailers, this one is hard to make head or tails of story-wise. That’s ok, though. The surrealism is thick in every frame, and there aren’t enough weird games like this. Hopefully, like The Evil Within 2, Tango Gameworks has another critical darling on its hands here.

Mary: The urban horror elements are out in full force in Ghostwire: Tokyo. I love the supernatural enemies facing off against your character’s magical abilities while running around in a deserted Tokyo. The color palate here too is super vibrant, making Ghostwire: Tokyo feel very different than any horror game we’ve seen in some time.

Kid A Mnesia Exhibition

Kyle: Imagine trying to tell someone that Epic Games, the creators of Fortnite, and Radiohead were making a game together. Well, no need to speculate what sort of confused faces that news might yield because Kid A Mnesia is a new virtual exhibition from both parties. Apparently, it’s coming out in November to coincide with Radiohead’s re-release of their Kid A and Amnesiac albums.

How will this all work, exactly? Who’s to say! The teaser for Kid A Mnesia doesn’t explain a thing. However, there are incredible visuals aplenty accompanied by some excellent background music. The description for the teaser reads: “An upside-down digital/analogue universe created from original artwork and recordings to commemorate 21 years of Radiohead’s Kid A and Amnesiac.” Guess we will have to wait a couple of months to find out what the heck it even is.

Mary:Kid A Mnesia Exhibition is less of a video game and more of a… digital experience of Radiohead’s Kid A and Amnesiac albums. I’m not much of a Radiohead person, but I’m all for artists taking their talents to video games to do new things with the genre.

And with Epic Games in tow, considering their past successes integrating music with Fortnite, this project is in the right hands.

Tchia

Kyle: What better way to open a cutesy, gorgeous adventure game than with a few riffs from a ukulele? In that regard, Tchia nailed its debut. This open-world adventure game from developer Awaceb is all about sailing, swimming, and hand-gliding around a tropical paradise. Getting some real Lilo & Stitch vibes from this one, at least presentation-wise.

Though it seems that Tchia, the main character that the game shares a name with, possesses some magical powers. She soul-jumps into a seagull at one point, taking over the bird’s motor functions to fly all over the place. You can do this to any animal, too. Coupling this ability with all the traversal stuff makes Tchia seem like it will be a ton of fun.

Mary: Sign me up for everything Tchia is selling. Guitar playing? Exploring? Body hopping to different animals? I’m in for this wholesome adventure through an archipelago sandbox. I get the same vibes from Tchia as I did with Concrete Genie back on the PS4, from the comfy art style to the warm and inviting gameplay.

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection

Kyle: Look, Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection might only be a collection of some older games to new platforms, but it’s worth mentioning on this list all the same. Why’s that, you ask? Well, for the first time, Uncharted will be on PC. Yup, it’s true. Both Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy are coming to PC in addition to PlayStation 5. Looking back on the good old PlayStation 3 days, it’s hard to imagine this series would be on anything other than a Sony console. Yet here we are!

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection will be available in early 2022 for PS5,” Sony said via The PlayStation Blog. “The PC version is in development by our partners at Iron Galaxy and will release shortly after the PS5 version. As these dates approach, we’ll discuss more details.”

Here’s to hoping the ports are brilliant!

Mary: Sony bringing two games of the Uncharted series to PC isn’t a surprise, given it was leaked about a week ago, but it’s a welcome one nonetheless. It’s interesting that only two of the games Uncharted: A Thief’s End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy are making the jump as two most recent games in the series, instead of the series in its entirety.

Still, it’s great that more PlayStation exclusives are making its way to PC, setting a nice precedent for hopefully more to come down the line.

Marvel's Wolverine

Kyle: Look, as a Canadian living in Alberta, it’s great to see one of my own be the star of a big Sony first-party game. Jokes aside, Insomniac pulled a brilliant bamboozle with this Wolverine trailer. Everyone went in thinking a certain web-slinger was all that studio had up its sleeve. But no, the X-Men’s own gruff mutton-chopped hero was in the frame instead. Best reveal ever.

Mary: A Wolverine game made by Insomniac is probably the biggest surprise of Sony’s show. I’m not shocked Insomniac is continuing their run of Marvel games — considering we’ve got one more to talk about on this list — but Wolverine of all characters? Absolutely an out-of-left-field pick here, but an awesome one all the same.

Wolverine is still early in development, so we won’t see it for some time, but I’m really looking forward to seeing how Insomniac adapts a different type of superhero compared to Spider-Man.

Marvel's Spider-Man 2

Kyle: I’m one of the few people that thought Marvel’s Spider-Man was simply ok. Not exceptional, just ok. Yet the trailer for the sequel has me jazzed. That narration from Kraven the Hunter, begging for a challenge, only to be answered by Venom themselves, was too cool. It opens up some exciting possibilities story-wise for Peter Parker and Miles Morales. Are they going to team up with either baddie to take the even worse baddie out? Who’s to say! Either way, I’ll be eager to find out where the narrative goes.

Mary: Speaking of Spider-Man! Insomniac is really living up to their name, as we’ll be getting a proper Spider-Man sequel in 2023, featuring both Peter Parker and Miles Morales, fresh off the latter’s PS5 debut in 2020. It’s exciting times if you’re a Spidey fan — between this and the upcoming Marvel film — plus the addition of Venom as an antagonist to the game’s sequel as well.

We don’t know much about how you’ll be able to play as Peter and Miles in Spider-Man 2, or what Insomniac will do to fine-tune the gameplay and movement for the sequel, but I’m so along for the ride.

God of War: Ragnarok

Kyle: Sony Santa Monica has its hand full with God of War: Ragnarok. After all, the 2018 semi-reboot is universally beloved. That’s no doubt a tough act to follow. From this trailer, though, it looks like the studio is up for the challenge. Everything looks bigger, meaner, and more epic.

Mary: After being teased for nearly a year with a God of War sequel, fans finally got their wish with a meaty trailer for God of War: Ragnarok. Set some years after the critically-acclaimed game from 2018, God of War: Ragnarok will feature the same old grumpy Kratos and now-teenage Atreus in their quest against the monsters and myths of Norse mythology.

Despite being a game set to run on the PS4, Ragnarok looks visually stunning while promising the same crunchy action set pieces and cinematic moments from its predecessor. Set to release in 2022, Ragnarok rounds out a star-studded Sony lineup set to grace our consoles over the next 15 months.

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