I always feel bad for these game developers of really small games shown off in these livestreams. A huge amount of their sales will likely rely on their trailer, and some of these just don’t hit. As a game developer (hobbyist, at least) myself, I don’t doubt there was love put into all these games, but I just can’t help but think that many of these games below will fade nearly as soon as they launch.
Anyway, depressive episode aside, let’s talk about some games!
Crash Bandicoot: It’s About Time (PS4)
I’ve never so much as picked up a Crash game, aside from that one part in Uncharted 4, so I’m not the world’s foremost expert. Still, I know fans are excited, and the game shows off that personality the series is famous for. Look for it on October 2 of this year.
Hitman 3 (PS5, PSVR)
You guys know I love me some Hitman. The choice to have the VR option is…interesting. Hitman was never about close up detail and far more about how all these large elements play into each other in a morbid Rube Goldberg Machine. Still, I’ll be playing this day one. IO Interactive hasn’t let me down in years.
Braid: Anniversary Edition (PS4)
Braid is one of those Godfather indies, like Spelunky and Fez, that you may not like but you’ve got to pay respect to. The new “graphics” seem more like an upscale than attaining the goal that the creator wanted in 2008, but I guess it’ll be nice to have it on a modern system when it comes out in early 2021.
This game looks like an absolute blast. Very focused on motion, which I can always get behind. It reminds me of 2016’s Furi, in that it’s focused on one singular boss. From what people were saying in our Discord, it might not be their cup of tea, but I’m all in. No release date yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as it pops up.
Spelunky 2 (PS4)
Hey, I was just talking about Spelunky. As much as I love some roguelites (Binding of Isaac, Enter the Gungeon, Moonlighter), some just don’t do it for me. Spelunky is one of those. I know there are absolute die hard fans, and I’m happy for them, believe me. I just couldn’t care less. It’ll be here in a little over a month on September 15th.
Genshin Impact (PS4)
Never heard of this game, but people are comparing it to The Legend of Zelda, so…might be one to keep an eye on. I sure don’t like anime, though. It’ll come out this Autumn.
Aeon Must Die (PS4)
I didn’t have anything to say about this one, but apparently all the devs on this game quit due to crunch, so…not sure how this game’s gonna end up when it launches in 2021. Sounds like an article for Nick.
Anno Mutationem (PS4)
Crap, I really don’t have anything to say about this one. I like neon, I suppose. December 2020.
Everyone loves Bugsnax, especially Ace, so be sure to talk to him about it a lot. To me, this seems to be the Knack of PS5, so…
Vader Immortal (PSVR)
Do people still care about Star Wars? I don’t. It comes out on August 25th.
Control Expansion 2: Awe (PS4)
So the same company that made Control made this game in 2010 called Alan Wake. It’s an alright game, but I do think it’s cool how the two share the same universe. The DLC for Control will launch on August 24th.
Auto Chess (PS4)
It’s like chess? It comes out on October 24th.
The Pedestrian (PS4)
A cool concept, though one that feels more akin to a Flash game. It’ll be interesting to see if it can be stretched out to a whole game when it launches in January of next year.
Hood: Outlaws and Legends (PS5)
A multiplayer 4v4 thieving game. It could have legs, but I’d like to see more than a cinematic trailer first. It comes out sometime in 2021.
It’s multiplayer Pokemon. Your move, Game Freak. 2021.
A fantasy, melee Destiny? I’m definitely intriguied, but my favorite part of this was seeing the cool graphical upgrades, like real time reflections. Godfall releases this holiday.