Sony Makes Their First Big PS5 Move

Sony made its first big PS5 announcement today with a 70-minute show that debuted over 25 games that we’ll be seeing on the newest PlayStation when it launches later this year.

What We’re Playing

Colby: theHunter, Minecraft Dungeons, Diablo 3, Skyrim
Cliff: Mass Effect Andromeda
Dylan: BBQ Simulator

Sony Press Conference

These are Cliff’s notes, taken in real-time. Make of that what you will.

First off, damn these pre-recorded conferences need subtitles. There is literally no reason they can’t have subtitles.

Grand Theft Auto 5 Remaster?

  • Free GTA Online and a bunch of GTA Online Cash

Spiderman: Miles Morales

  • Doesn’t look like the movie, which is stupid
  • Gran Turismo 7
  • Looks really pretty
  • The driving demo went on for at least 3x to long

Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart

  • If this is actually gameplay, it looks gorgeous
  • Pretty sure that wasn’t actually gameplay
  • Still looks like a lot of fun

Project Athia

  • Cool I guess?
  • She jumped a few times and there is a dragon
  • Written by Gary Whitta, so that’s something

Stray

  • Cats and Robots

PS5 Specs Break

  • Bluray
  • High Speed SSD
  • Ray Tracing
  • Storm Trooper controller with haptic feedback & adaptive triggers, motion sensing, headphone jack and USB port
  • 3D Audio

Returnal

  • Some sort of time loop, but the planet changes every time
  • God that’s a stupid name

Sackboy A Big Adventure

  • Could be a fun platformer
  • Has an interesting isometric view

Destruction Allstars

  • Does somebody already own the Destruction Derby name and are they not willing to license it?
  • Could be fun if it’s cheap enough

Kena Bridge of Spirits

  • Holy crap those furry things are cute

Goodbye Volcano High

  • High school dragons?
  • This new Netflix anime looks great! (Colby)

Oddworld Soulstorm

Ghostwire Tokyo

  • Definitely more interesting than the E3 presentation
  • Might be strange enough to be interesting
  • Is this a VR game? Because it looks like a VR game

Jett The Far Shore

  • God that trailer was boring
  • Scntfc is a terrific composer though

Godfall

  • I really don’t understand this trailer
  • Was this the game that they called like a looter sworder or something stupid?

Solar Ash

  • You had me at Hyper Light Drifter
  • I like the design and the movement a lot

Hitman 3

Astro’s Playroom

  • Cute? Is this free?

Little Devil Inside

  • At least it looks unique. Finally.
  • And strange, very strange

NBA 2K21

  • It’s basketball!
  • I guess at least we know what we’ll be simulating the NBA in during the third wave of COVID-19

Bugsnax

  • AHHHHH, it has eyes!
  • Half bug, half snack!
  • WTF?

Demon’s Souls

  • I think this is a remake of the games that came before Dark Souls? Maybe never came to the US?

Deathloop

  • Time loop game
  • One guy trying to escape an island
  • 8 targets that all have to die before midnight
  • Rival assassins

Resident Evil: Village

  • Looks creepy
  • Set in the past? Set in a strange other world? Set…somewhere?

Pragmata

  • Cyber cat!

Horizon Forbidden West

  • Damn, those are real looking hermit crabs
  • I should really beat HZD

PS5

  • Definitely cool looking, in a might be a modem, might be a building in Dubai kinda way
  • There is a version with a DVD drive and one without, I definitely prefer the version without a drive from a purely aesthetic standpoint
  • Charging station
  • Camera
  • Remote
  • Headphones
  • Still no MF price? Really Sony?

Other Video Game News

  • EA Games are On Steam and EA Access is Coming to PC
  • Companies are Finally Doing Something About Racism in Video Games
  • Crucible is Already Cutting Modes
  • Get In the Mood for The Last of Us 2 with a New Podcast Series
  • FIFA to Provide Crowd Noises for the Premier League
  • Steam Game Festival and EA Play Have Been Postponed
  • Studio Klei Donates $1 million to ACLU and NNACP

Questions

Vinny: What is your favorite game of each console from your very first up until the present.

PS2: SpongeBob Battle for Bikini Bottom

Xbox 360: Halo 3,

PS3: God of War collection

Xbox One: Sea of Thieves and God of War

What you believe your favorite game for PS5 & XSX will be, even if it’s not announced?

Mister Polite: Thinking about all the remastered games coming out, what game that came out before 360/PS2 era that you would like to see a modern upgrade. I personally would like to see Earthbound getting this treatment.

Tr1pletrouble88: Do you think that Xbox will ever get into the VR business? Or at least partner with a VR brand

Princess_Megan: Which song from a video game would you choose to be your personal theme song? You can choose any song, but remember, it will follow you around for the rest of your life

Cheap/Free Games

Itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality

https://itch.io/b/520/bundle-for-racial-justice-and-equality

Plug-In Digital and Dear Villagers Bundle

https://www.humblebundle.com/games/plug-in-digital-and-dear-villagers-games?partner=byteme

Humble Codemasters Bundle

https://www.humblebundle.com/games/codemasters-2020-bundle?partner=byteme

Epic Game Store

  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection
  • The Escapists 2 (next week)
  • Pathway (next week)

Game Pass Xbox

  • Dungeon of the Endless (June 11)
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 & 2.5 ReMix (June 11)
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (June 11)
  • No Man’s Sky (June 11, includes crossplay)
  • eFootball PES 2020 Euros DLC (June 11)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind DLC (June 11)
  • The Bard’s Tale ARPG (June 18)
  • Thronebreaker (June 18)

Game Pass PC

  • Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2 (June 11)
  • Battletech (June 11)
  • Dungeon of the Endless (June 11)
  • No Man’s Sky (June 11)
  • The Bard’s Tale ARPG (June 18)

Leaving Game Pass on June 15

  • Book of Demons (PC)
  • Everspace (Console & PC)
  • Resident Evil Revelations (Console)
  • Riptide GP: Renegade (Console & PC)
  • Riverbond (Console & PC)
  • Samorost 3 (PC)
  • Superhot (Console & PC)
  • Supermarket Shriek (Console & PC)
  • The Last Door: Season 2 (PC)
  • The Stillness of the Wind (PC)

Steam

  • Kao the Kangaroo: Round 2

Small Bytes

Slay the Spire is Coming to Mobile

https://www.ign.com/articles/slay-the-spire-ios-june-release-date

Troll Corner

Stadia Won’t Be Getting Cyberpunk 2077 at Launch

https://www.ign.com/articles/cyberpunk-2077-stadia-release

Special Episode: February 2019 Releases

We dig into all of the games coming out in February (and there are a ton of them!)

  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (PC) – February 1 – $60
  • Wargroove (PC, Switch) – February 1 – $20
  • Salt and Sanctuary (Xbox One) – February 6 – $18?
  • Astroneer official launch (PC, Xbox One) – February 6 – $30
  • Trials Rising (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) – February 12 – $25
  • Eastshade (PC) – February 13 – $20-25
  • OlliOlli: Switch Stance (Switch) – February 14 – $15
  • Civilization 6: Gathering Storm (PC) – February 14 – $40
  • Metro: Exodus (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – February 15 – $60
  • Crackdown 3 (PC, Xbox One) – February 15 – $60 (also on Gamepass)
  • Far Cry New Dawn (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – February 15 – $40
  • DreamWorks Dragons Dawn of New Riders (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch) – February 15 – $40
  • Anthem (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – February 22 – $60
  • Nier: Automata – Game of the Yorha Edition (PC, PS4) – February 26 – $40
  • Path of Exile (PS4) – February – F2P

Episode 34: Doomfist is Here, Sony is Serious About PS Now and Halo 5 News

Adam couldn’t make it this week, but did add a bit of his own brand of flavor to our intro!

Dylan and Cliff talked Doomfist’s addition to Overwatch, PS4 games coming to PS Now, Halo 5’s upcoming 4k update along with four older Halo games coming to BC, the new Hearthstone: Knights of the Frozen Throne update, WWE 2K18 getting a Switch release date, our thoughts on the Castlevania show on Netflix, Splatoon 2’s public beta dates and what Cliff thought about Salt Lake Gaming Con!

If that isn’t enough, we also had some great listener questions, some great cheap and free games (and VR!) and a pretty good Troll Corner.

Review: Super Mario Run

Super Mario Run is a strong mobile game, there is no denying that. However, after completing 24 levels across 8 worlds, this trip to Mushroom Kingdom leaves a lot to be desired.

Mario feels great navigating the platforms that make up the short runs to save Peach for the millionth time. Jumps are perfectly bouncy and vaulting over Goombas to catch a hard to reach pink, purple, or black coin is satisfying. The game shines most here even if some of Mario’s new moves break the rules we’ve come to know. If I don’t jump I will place my white gloves upon the baddie’s head and spring into the air? Ok, ever since the NES days this would result in a life lost, but not in Super Mario Run.

This new mechanic is effective, but might make more sense in a platformer focused on speed running. Super Mario Run’s portrait orientation and vertical design detracts from the lightning quick gameplay that could be. Mario Run shines most when springing through the most traditional side scrolling maps that spend more time moving horizontally than up to the clouds. I was aching for Mario to gain momentum as he hit each platform to propel himself faster and with each jump farther, but to my disappointment this never happened. This would have been the better game; a mobile Mario adventure that relied on well-timed taps on your iPhone’s glass to hit more complex patterns of platforms.

Super Mario Run is a polished Nintendo experience with a high level of production and it feels good to play. It feels a little cheap to recycle the same 24 levels with different coin paths to create more “levels”. If you’re not the completionist type, you may put your phone down after about 2 hours. But asside from the lame one-dimensional boss fights and rule-breaking haunted house levels that tear down all you’ve learned until that point, Run is generally an enjoyable game.

Yes, you can play Super Mario Run while shoveling a handful of Koopacake into your face, but is that important?

Is it worth $10? That’s a whole other discussion.

Interested in Super Mario Run? Just play Rayman Jungle Run.

I died in Limbo. A lot.

The developers of Limbo describe it as a game of “trial and death”. Never was this more evident than when I was trying to get the timing right to get over this saw.

I realize that it looks like most of the time that I’m just walking into the saw or letting it kill be, but I assure you that wasn’t the plan. In order to get this right, you have to time the pressing of two triggers on the floor, push one box across the floor catching another box and hop up both of them before a giant saw splashes your intestines across the floor. It’s honestly not as easy as it looks.