Now that we're a couple of days removed from the PlayStation Showcase and everyone's had a chance to calm down a bit (and write their reaction articles!), we think it's worth taking a look at what fans actually thought of the event. Over 10,000 Push Square readers voted in our post-showcase poll, which asked a simple question: How would you rate Sony's latest PlayStation Showcase?
The results of said poll are more divided than you might think, especially since so much criticism has surrounded the event online. Most users actually rated the PlayStation Showcase as just 'okay' — that's 28% of the total vote.
Having said that, the overall results do still trend towards negativity. 22% said the show was 'poor', and a further 22% either said it was 'very poor' or straight-up 'terrible'. Not the kind of reception Sony would have been hoping for.
Just 5% of readers thought the event was 'excellent' — the most positive option — but a not-insignificant 15% went with 'good'. It's not all doom and gloom, then.
In short, it was a showcase that clearly divided fan opinion. And while the general consensus seems to be that it was a completely missed opportunity for PlayStation Studios specifically, the poll results at least suggest that it wasn't all bad — and we think that's a fair assessment.
Did you expect the results of our poll to be much more negative? Or does it all seem accurate? Ask when the next PlayStation Showcase is in the comments section below.
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It was definitely disappointing but some of the reaction to it has been ridiculous still can't believe they showed nothing of TLOU multiplayer game though.
It really was decent if you didn't read or listen to any leaks. Fans spend too much time online. TLOU was a surprising omission but after TLOU PC I wouldn't be surprised if they're polishing it more.
It wasnt bad but not great.
If this was a Xbox showcase then it would have been great by many.
I saw like 8 games that could be day one buy at that is not bad.
People like to overreact.
At first watch, it seemed like a misstep and more of an extended State of Play, however, there were plenty of reveals, more games that certainly had my attention than I give credit for and finally, some PSVR2 titles that I definitely want to check out.
A lot of people most likely failed to keep their expectations in check when they heard it was a showcase, myself included.
Looking back, no I don’t think it was as bad as the internet is making it out to be and it will be forgotten after Summer Games Fest, if those 1st party reveals will happen there.
There were some promising games shown, but it was mostly multiplatform stuff that might as well have been on the Geoff Keighley Parade.
This was supposed to be Playstation 5 and PSVR2's big moment and in that respect it failed.
I think there's a winner if you look at the numbers:
28% had a positive reaction
28% were neutral
44% were negative
In my opinion I voted for poor because it had a lot short and cinematic trailers showing very little gameplay. It reminded me of E3 which was always overhyped and not much of substance was generally shown.
I really liked it, if an event has 4 games I'm into, it's a success to me. Cat Quest 3, Dragon's Dogma II, Spider Man 2, FF XVI, the new Giant Squid game, Granblue, MGS3
May a bit less break-neck-pace next time. Give a few more seconds for info to sink in
It was OK. As we've moved away from the exciting E3 announcement shows (which I honestly kinda miss - they felt more energised because of the competition etc), I've become less invested. Sony has some solid games on the way to justify my PS5 investment so I am not worried. They are clearly on working on other things. Unfortunately, the nature of these shows means that everyone has to be a banger to get good press and this was just OK. We'll have the same conversation when the Xbox showcase happens and the next Direct etc.
It was pretty mid and not worth the hype build up. Overall, there are some great games announced that I liked. There's just a lot of CG trailers there. Understandable for game debuts but you'd think Sony would do less of those
It was disappointing but it wasn't the disaster people are claiming it to be
It was Sony which called it a Showcase, which implies a focus on first-party (announcements and first-time gameplay of already announced games) for many. They could’ve named it State of Play, and the reactions would have been much milder. So it’s Sony‘s fault of wrong expectation setting.
It wasn't ALL bad. There were plenty of good third party games shown. But what we were expecting, based on prior PlayStation Showcases and games, were exciting new FIRST-PARTY games and gameplay.
Instead we got 3 x CGI trailers for PvP multiplayer live service games.
That didn't deliver on expectations.
It was poor on the whole for me I’m afraid. Some nice moments and some nice games, Phantom Blade looks really good, but on the whole very underwhelming.
I suggest people watch it again, I was too distracted with hopes of what would be shown rather than what was being shown, its not the best showcase but there's some decent looking games of which I would buy at least 5 of.
@Neverwild And terrible for the PlayStation Fandom. I didn't enjoy it because they proved I'm not their target.
I voted okay, but going back through the list there was a lot of different games that I'm looking forward to playing. The problem is I got myself too excited for first party news and spent most of the show waiting for it.
Yeah, I mean, the positive responses must have been from those who enjoyed the surprise announcements for all the games coming to their Xboxes.
Plenty that I liked but I don't care if games I'm interested in are 1st or 3rd party. A good show, not a good Sony show.
I mean if it wasn't for the fact that we had to wait 600+ days for a showcase I would have said it was ok, but when you factor in the length of time we had to wait than it was terrible.
It's a good gameshow, it's a bad playstation show. I want update on ps5 exclusive titles, not just normal 3rd party games that will be available on ps4/pc/xbox 😕
It was very bad
Not as a general showcase
Then it was very good
Many new games, great design etc
But as a Sony/Playstation showcase it was abysmal
Because a PlayStation showcase is supposed to show the exclusive 1st party titles. For everything else you have general showcases
As a general state of play as others have said it was fine but as a playstation show it was terrible. Sony's communication and marketing this gen has been downright baffling.
It's really simple
It was a great GAMES showcase
It was a bad PlayStation showcase
All best games shown there outside of Spider-Man 2 is multiplatform.
It wasn’t bad, looking forward to a few of the games that was shown. I wish Stellar Blade was part of the show.
I've said it in other threads but I'm in two minds, on one hand there were loads announced that look great but they could've been announced anywhere and in many cases would've been better announced as part of a multiplat show. On the other hand, except for SM2, the first party stuff was all samey looking PVP fluff that'll close 6-12 months after launch.
The indies all looked good, MGS was there, and Phantom Blade 0 was pretty cool (seen some sources confirming it as a PS exclusive), but there were also too many CG trailers and Spider-man - while obviously a great game - is the third game in a series that’s released completely in the last 5 years. Personally, I’m going to play SM2, but I’m having trouble getting excited about it, so it was a major dud to end the showcase with imo.
Am I sat there thinking "Wow, I can't wait for X to come out"?
No I am not.
I loved Spiderman when I was 10, but not anymore as a middle-aged adult, so this year I'm probably going to buy Diablo IV and the Assassins Creed game.
And.......ummm.....ummmm......that's it really.
Forza will be on Gamepass, Starfield will be so bad I won't even download it on Gamepass. Actually I can cancel Gamepass.
Fortunately I have a backlog of PS5 and Switch games to complete. I could even sell my PSVR2 which will cover the cost of Hogwarts, RE4 and Tears of the Kingdom, and top my bank account back up.
Latter half of the year will be kind to my credit card by the looks of it. My Bank Manager rated the Showcase as "Excellent".
I voted for okay. There wasn't much that interested me, though I couldn't work out whether that's because the show was bad or whether it's just down to my tastes.
another overreaction on the internet? hard to believe
yet it doesn't mean the showcase was great
For a PLAYSTATION showcase, it was quite bad. Especially when you've gone this long without one. It makes the future of the brand seem quite dire, to be honest. Any confidence I might have had in the potential of Sony's live service push has evaporated.
As a collection of random third-party trailers? Still underwhelming, considering how many of them were just cinematic and didn't show off the actual game.
The show itself wasn't bad.
MGS3, FF16, Phantom Blade, Spiderman 2, Granblue Fantasy,
Journey sequel and AC Mirage are all games i'm looking forward to.
The issue was the messaging. This was the first showcase in 2 years so people (rightfully) expected a lot of first party games and Sony didn't deliver.
If this was marketed as a 1 hour State of Play it would have been a 9/10.
Some of the fanboy reactions are crazy tho. I've seen people comparing this to the Xbox One reveal, lol.
Could have been worse, but that's even more noncommittal than saying it's neither here nor there. Team Green are saying it was an amazing showcase, because 12 of the 34 announcements are going to Xbox. But given how starved for wins they are over there, I'll let them have it.
I voted for Good.
I think it just depends on the gamer really, if all you like are Sony’s third person blockbuster games then yeah it was poor, but for people who mainly play third party games or online games then it would of been a better show for them.
Personally I didn't care much for games like Killzone, uncharted or sky cooper so I was never let down not to see them, only playstation exclusives I excite for are Ghost of Tsushima, Horizon, Ratchet and clank and God of War, and I never expected those series to be there. The only disappointment for me was the lack of Japanese games like persona, eternights and FF7 ReBirth.
@Intr1n5ic exactly this, I was expecting more 1st party reveals so I set myself up to be disappointed. Going back and watching some of the trailers individually I see that there were some more interesting than I gave credit for.
@Grimwood weird because looking back at the 2021 showcase, they had plenty of 3rd party games there, don’t know where you got your definition of “showcase” but clearly it’s outdated.
@BeerIsAwesome “ Team Green are saying it was an amazing showcase, because 12 of the 34 announcements are going to Xbox. But given how starved for wins they are over there, I'll let them have it.”
Agreed, their own studios aren’t putting out any system sellers so at least 3rd parties are providing games for those who have an Xbox, to keep them.
It was disappointing for sure but it's not like it was a complete train wreck. There were a lot of great 3rd party announcements. They just lacked 1st party support, and considering it was the first showcase in over a year it's completely understandable for folks to have expected a bigger presence from them.
Overall though, yes I've certainly seen worse presentations.
I thought it was a great presentation albeit that there wasn't a lot specifically for me.
As a multiplatform gamer, I don't really care about exclusivity just good games and there were enough bangers and interesting titles to keep me busy while the presentation itself was pretty entertaining in my view.
It also gave a strong insight into the current direction of PS which is also interesting, not necessarily my cup of tea but interesting none the less.
The majority of games showcased here were of the quality you'd expect from a Game Awards/Summer Game Fest/PC Gaming show. A bunch of no-name indie devs should not be the main attraction to any console maker's big showcase event, especially when they're not even exclusive in the first place.
Xbox manages to get away with these kinds of game reveals because they at least advertise that all the games on their show will appear on GamePass from day one, so at the very least subscribers will check out games that interests them. Sony on the other hand actually believes their audience will go out and buy most of these games. They're completely out of touch if they sincerely believe the average PlayStation fan/owner cares about 90% of the titles they showcased, which were nothing but CG trailers, live service games and low budget indie titles that don't even justify the need for PS5 hardware.
Why terrible for Playstation fans?
There was lots of games that can be great and who doesnt like great games.
Well apperently you then.
With only 28% voting it good or better, I am not sure I would go with that headline to be honest.
The poll responses are heavily leaning towards a negative reaction, and that's a poll on a hardcore Playstayion fans website.
If it was a summer games fest, it would of been alright (apart from the lack of gameplay throughout)
But as a playstation showcase it was beyond bad.
There was some good stuff in there for sure but well, CGI teaser trailers that provided little information and very few release dates didn't help. Even reasonable expectations like TLoU were not met.
Imagine how much bigger the reaction to the Metal Gear Solid trailer could have been had it not leaked. Or that weird portable hardware.
So you dont like great games, cause there was alot of games that can be great there.
I think "okay" is a fair assessment. I still think more of the disappointment people have is from expectations they had of things that would be shown that weren't, rather then being disappointed about what was actually shown.
I’m not sure you can call it divided when most the votes said it was mediocre to bad lol
@Neverwild i fu*king HATE great games, mate.
@Eh-Locke Noone said that was good either?
Most gamers, who are not the niche market on sites like this, who watched the showcase, or will watch clips of it on YouTube, will associate these games with PlayStation now.
Xbox will also show off some third-party games at their showcase. It will have the same effect for the general gaming audience, but in Xbox's favour.
Showing off third party games is not a bad thing!
@Neverwild CGI == Great games 🤔
By the way I love great games and not mediocrity that needs to be cinematic.
Thats because this was hyped as funk.
Expectation management people
Its a thing.
Big 🧢. That conference was horrible. A PLAYSTATION showcase that showed over 40+ mins of indies and multiplats. 3 first party showing and 2 were CGI trailers. And if I’m keeping it a buck SM2 doesn’t look like a game only possible on PS5. 3/10
Let's face it. It was good, but not great.
Like has been said many times it was a decent showcase, just not a good PlayStation showcase. A lot of the stuff shown was multiplatform and there were no big announcements from first party studios or of any interesting exclusives.
I voted Poor, there were some good announcements, mostly multi-plat, that kept it from being terrible.
The whole thing could had earned an OK from me had it been drastically trimmed. Remove all the cinematic trailers for service games, remove dumb hardware announcements, remove movie trailer, remove the indie stuff (can’t let indies be the main source of gameplay footage for a platform showcase) and open with that phantom zero game, and that same presentation would had been “OK”.
If I was grading it as a platform specific show, I would give it the lowest grade.
I thought the show was okay. Not amazing but not entirely bad as people are making it out to be. I did think it was strange to see them doing a Showcase before Xbox. I think if the whole Activision thing wasn’t going on, we would have seen Spider-Man a year ago. Maybe two years ago. So it made sense for Sony to focus more on third party while Activision thing is going on and get to show Spider-Man now before it launches.
Perhaps we will get a first party one closer to the end of the year which can show the big titles we’re all waiting for. The best time for Sony to show their best stuff is after Xbox have shown theirs so their own games is what’s on everyone’s minds instead.
It really depends, for me it was a solid 3/10.
A showcase is supposed to show what your own projects, alongside some big projects from third party partners, we didn't even get a Days of Play or any kind of annoucement related to PSN.
Instead half of the showcase was indie games that could be shown in a State of Play, a handheld accessory that nobody asked for and has no public and a teaser for a movie no one wants to watch.
@Sakai Actually, then poll leans towards a slight positive reaction as "okay" is classed as a positive response. If you look up the definition it is "satisfactory but not particularly good", not a glowing reference but it is still a slight leak towards the positive. That means that 56% of the responses were somewhat positive.
This showcase was never going to live up to the hype after nearly 2 years of waiting for a new one. If this had been a State of Play we'd have expected it to be meh, complained and moved on quickly. But calling it a showcase put the expectations higher. I'd say it was ok, not terrible but also not amazing. The biggest issue was them showing live service games that not only looked uninteresting, but something like Firewalk's game told us nothing about the project. The show did have some good stuff at least. Phantom Blade 0, Dragon's Dogma 2, Helldivers 2, Metal Gear Solid, Teardown and Spider-Man 2. First party could have been better though. How have we not seen The Last of Us Factions, or Stellar Blade which Sony is publishing and due out this year? Somewhat hoping one of those show up at Summer Game Fest. Overall an ok show, but far from what we needed. Sony needs to look back at this showcase and see what they did wrong to ensure the next one gets the reaction they would want from fans.
There were some good looking, undoubtedly AAA games.
The mistake they made was not signposting a lack of first party elxucsives that aren't live service games. That way, there would have been no need to speculate on what studio XYZ was doing, which led to all the hype.
The importance of setting expectations.
@Kevw2006 in a poll with 7 options, I'm not sure you can class the middle option as positive. At best it would be neutral. That would mean 3 positive options, 3 negative options and 1 neutral.
Watching live, the chat was a mixture of negativity and downright apathy. I think that’s what I’d lean towards, there were trailers there that I really should have cared about but there was just no reaction. I felt essentially nothing.
A show where three quarters of the announcements aren't remakes or remasters of games that came out last week is a win in my book!
Was hoping to see the next Like A Dragon game make an appearance, maybe at Keighleyfest or the Xbox show....
@Grimwood No one said it was terrible either, in fact, some of the first few comments on PlayStation’s YT channel regarding it says that it’s the best PlayStation showcase ever.
As a PC Game Show/IGN E3 Showcase it was pretty good. Lots of interesting multiplat indies and some cool show floor stalwarts like Assassin's Creed look great.
But as a Sony once a year, let alone once every 2 year showcase, nothing here said "this is why you buy a Playstation." In fact pretty much everything but Spiderman and FFXVI can just be copy/pasted as-is into Xbox's show.
Instead of producing a show about what's special about Playstation, they produced a show that's supposed to replace all of E3, it's the whole state of the industry, because PS is the whole industry now. The whole show really just advertised the entirety of the industry more than PS itself. And worse, the stuff they showed from PS itself looks like the worst parts of the industry. It's telling when the parts that are decent about the show really have nothing to do with PS.
But what tilted it from being a PS disappointment to being a bad show is, even of what they did show, the majority of it was CGI trailers, with no context, to the point that I don't even know what most of the games even are, and few of them were interesting enough to bother trying to find out. Nothing made me stop and say "wow this is is something I need to see more of!" it was just a blur of samey looking generic non-specific action content.
I would love to borrow the rose tinted glasses that anyone who put 'excellent' is wearing.
I voted Good because there were great games there; but, since the PS5 is my exclusives-only machine, there wasn't much there that made it a great PlayStation showcase.
Spider-Man 2 looked fun, but nothing game-changing: it's more Spider-Man (not a bad thing).
@Sakai We can't really be changing the definition of words just because of where they appear in a poll though. Even if it was intended as a neutral option "okay" literally means that you find something satisfactory so does lean towards the positive affirmation.
Jim Ryan could have crapped on stage and some people would say it’s good
This showcase made me release If it was worth buying a PS5 just to play 2D pixeled indie games because it was what it felt like.
Half of the time they used it for 2D generic indie games lmao wtf is happening to Sony?
@Kevw2006 no one cares what the dictionary definition of okay is. It's the dead center middle response on a poll. It's a neutral response.
There's also the side context to the reception. For a while it's been a point of discussion about the whole GaaS push from Sony. There's been the fan debate about that impacting traditional games from Sony or not, and what their all service future looks like, and what even is their traditional games future after Spiderman which is the last thing we know even exists other than Wolverine, as though a pair of Marvel games is the end of PS single player gaming.
This showcase was hoped to be the one that unveils the future roadmap so that people know what they're looking forward to.
And instead they showed their first hand of their GaaS future and it looks like the worst parts of Ubisoft and Tencent had a baby, and.......it confirmed nothing beyond Spiderman and Wolverine for single player future.
I think if that weren't part of the conversation at least some of the "poor" could have moved to "ok".
It was a good showcase for games coming to ps5. Who cares that a lot of the games were third party. Is showing Alan wake 2 or dragon dogma 2 any worse than showing Ghost of Tsushima 2? I don’t thinks so. Trolls on the internet just want exclusives so they can dunk on each other.
@Kevw2006 the middle option of a poll would be neutral not positive. That much is obvious to anyone.
I'm not sure what straws you are trying to grasp, this isn't a dictionary, it's a poll
Cool games were announced, that's all I care about. This isn't the end of Sony like many are saying. 🤣
@Ichiban Think your being a bit generous with the 3 quarters over half the games announced are remakes, remaster or sequel I count 17 out of 32.
The show itself was fine. There were plenty of good looking games and the pace was spot on. The issue for me was it reminded me of the type of show Xbox puts out. Limited first party stuff with CGI trailers…and for the first time in at least 15 years Sony gave us an Xbox show. Thoroughly disappointing.
It was fine. It wasn't great, but people like to catastrophize.
Anyone would think it was a life or death situation and it's like, come on... 🙄
@Kevw2006 I don’t think I’ve ever seen a poll with an odd number of options use the middle option as good???
That’s a really odd take on this.
Haven't caught up with State of Play in full, merely the wrap ups...once again much like the Xbot socials that flooded the internet spruiking the EU approval of the Microsoft buyout & heaping ctricisms & conspiracies of CMA's denial,seen a similar demolition of PS Showcase!🙄
If all the indies & 3rd party releases were timed exclusives ala Switch/Gamepass Directs I could imagine the howls of protests & "Sony pays to keep games off other consoles!",but a timed Persona Exclusive,or Octopath Traveller or Planet of Lana are apparently all okay cos Xbox or Nintendo etc?
My biggest criticism is not so much the lack of first parties shown,but the associated reports of increasing live service games/online vs Sony's traditional strengths in single player games.
Likewise live service online games & mobile etc., are a big focus alongside mentions of streaming/ cloud,but we've only seen a relative handful of PS1/PSP games come to the classics/Premium range & little to zero 3rd party content,nor PS2 emulation or efforts to remaster ps3 era stuff like LBP 1 & 2,Karting,Motorstorm Pacific Rift/ Apocalypse,Resistance,Infamous etc., nevermind ps2 era classics both in-house & 3rd parties!
Dismissed as "not profitable",they're following the next big online hit ala COD,Fortnite, GTA etc but most end up being a waste of money & get shut down after a year or so!
Obviously not Mr Ryan's demographic,& yes Microsoft's behaviour & continual intent to take more 3rd party games off the table mean he's looking at alternatives...but meantime it means they're chasing gaming options I'm just not interested in,so showings from their new studios just come off as bit meh! Show me some classic Sony & I'll continue to support it!
If you like live service games and shooters, there was plenty of that. I don't. The reaction to Tears of the Kingdom reminded me of just how many live service shooter games there are that you almost think every single modern AAA video game is like that.
Sony's new live service focus was certainly on full display and I hate it. That streaming device looked even worse.
While Granblue Fantasy should have been the highlight for me, it looked noticeably worse graphically and still doesn't have a firm release date after five million years in development.
I voted good for the showcase.
Viewed as a showcase for upcoming games in general it was one of the best I've seen in a while.
Viewed as a "why did I choose PS5" showcase then that's where it failed to deliver. As someone who owns all three consoles I definitely thought it was solid in fairness (Sony Wii U Pad excluded)
They should have clarified that the main focus was 3rd party. I went into it thinking a lot of 1st party ps5 and psvr2 would be the focus with a few 3rd party. In that sense it was a huge flop.
I'm also not sure if Sony has a handle on how live service games are played. It's not really possible to dip your toe in them or shuffle between so many. People tend to play the crap out of it or don't play it at all. It seems like they are asking their audience to pick one of the dozen or so that are coming and none of them will end up working because there are too many.
Okay is how I voted. I was expecting a new IP or two. An why spiderman 2 was supposedly created with no compromises for the PS 5 it didn't seem to be a substantial improvement on Spiderman PS4.
It's an expectations thing. Did they show me games I'd love to play? Yes. Did it show what Sony is doing? No
Why aren't more people excited about phantom blade? They've even gone so far to add a zero that people think it's part of a franchise, because we all love our prequel/sequels.
It had a few good games but it felt pretty underwhelming honestly. I just need Diablo 4 and FF 16 in June and I'll be good for awhile
It was bad, Jim Ryans teeth bad.
People expect to have tons of AAA games every year. That's unrealistic. The showcase was good spiderman alone was all I needed. People are unrealistic. Games aren't produced over night. Stop disrespecting the hardwork Sony and developers put in. It takes years to develop a game. A bunch of grown men acting immature. That Chinese game blade zero is incredible! Absolutely incredible! Game of the year incredible! I am excited!
1) This show was destined to people who waited 2 long years for a PlayStation showcase. So it was meant to deliver heavily and it didn't !
2) The show was called a Playstation showcase meaning that is was meant to impress in terms of Playstation productions. It didn't because Spiderman was the only exclusive who presented an impressive gameplay sequence.
3) The show was also destined to people who grew concerned about Sony's emphasis on live service games. And the live service titles that Sony has presented were poorly introduced and ended up increasing people's concerns even further...
The show was a massive disappointment and I don't see why people are divided to be honest.
When Xbox is claiming victory over your showcase then you know you probably put too many multiplatform games. This was supposed to be a PlayStation studios showcase but there was barely any, a few of the exclusives that were shown were dog water live service games that look like ass (hi Fairgame$!).
@kyleforrester87 yeah I bet all of those positive responses are coming from Xbox gamers who can’t wait to play Spider-Man 2 on GamePass when it releases…
When your main competitor pokes fun of you for putting other companies offers above your own, you must know you've f.... up bigtime.
Doubt Sony will learn anything from this though...
@Eh-Locke I'll be there day one!
I don't think it was as bad as what some people made it out to be. What I wanted was there like MGS3 Remake, Spider-Man 2. The only game I wanted to be there and it wasn't was Stella Blade, maybe at Summer Game Fest? It just wasn't a good showcase in terms of Sony PlayStation terms.
I got info on 5 games out of it. And my game list got bigger, I am good.
Spider Man 2
Alan Wake 2
Phantom Blade Zero
Dragon's Dogma 2 (this alone made my day)
I play (and a Fan of) more 3rd party games than I play Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo 1st party games combined. Those are just a "Bonus" every 5 to 8 months on my list.
I own a PS because it gives me access to the largest pool of announcements to pick from. And it always delivers that regardless of what Sony is doing.
Sony were to announce some things at the showcase but withheld it:
Meh. Nothing really excited me, but I expected this. Sony’s been losing their edge ever since the Ps5 release in terms of first party titles.
Meanwhile, Nintendo seems to be doing extremely well and even Microsoft with Forza Horizon 5 and Starfield is looking more and more interesting than Sony.. as much as I hate to admit it.
We walked in with Final Fantasy XVI & Spider-Man 2 as our next big single player exclusives, which it should be pointed out, have been the backbone of PlayStation for decades, and we left the show with those two still being the only ones close.
It was extremely disappointing, and there seemed to be an eerie feeling where those crappy live service games could take the place of their other mid level exclusives (Demon's Souls, Ratchet, etc).
I'm here for the PS Studios story games. I don't care if its 50 Hour Ragnarok, 20 hour Rift Apart or 4 hour Astro's Playroom.
As a generic games show it was fine, the problem was this was a Playstation showcase so I was hoping to see what Playstation studios were up to. Yet all we got was Spider-man 2 footage, a bit of Bungie's PvP thing and a couple of non gameplay trailers from a couple of smaller studios, nothing from Sony for PSVR2 and nothing from any of their other studios.
So overall it was disappointing
It was whatever. Not great as a whole but some interesting stuff in there.
I was just thinking though, what's going on with Wolverine? Why wasn't it at the showcase?
It was bad as a PlayStation Showcase, made even worse by the fact that we haven’t got a showcase in nearly 2 years, and after all that time we wanted to see what PS Studios is working on but what they showed from their own studios was by far the most disappointing thing about the event with 3 generic-looking multiplayer live service games aside from Spider-Man 2.
It would’ve been okay as a Summer Game Fest presentation as honestly the most interesting stuff outside of Spider-Man 2 were third-party games and it’s quite interesting that the people more satisfied with the showcase are actually players from other platforms such as PC and Xbox.
I'm not sure I'd frame those stats this way. 28% of respondents said it's was better than Okay, whereas 44% said it was worse than Okay.
@Eh-Locke It had been nearly 2 years since the last showcase, and the PS5 has been on the market for 2.5 years. When are we allowed to have high expections?
@Thumper you shouldn’t have high expectations for anything with limited information, especially in gaming these days.
Have all the high expectations you want if you desire so much to be disappointed with everything, and with high expectations, you only really have yourself to blame for the disappointment because you, yourself set that bar so high.
Keep your expectations low and you will never be disappointed.
I think the only real problem with this show was its length, not the content really... Because when we take a step back we must acknowledge that there were a lot of very good games to look forward to.
For instance: Spider-man 2 could/should have been the highlight, but by the time the trailer showed, I (personally) only wanted the show to end, I was not excited anymore.
If Sony had split all those announcements into 3 or 4 different shows it would have been a totally different ball game I believe... Maybe even the "live services" pill would have been easier to swallow ... But just maybe...
It was the worst playstation "showcase" of the PS5 generation so far. Where were all the future first party PS5 games I brought my PS5 for? They called it phase 2 of the PS5 generation. It felt more like phase 2 of this year.
Would have been better to call it an extended state of play and cut out some of the fluff.
Most have had a go at Xbox for showing nothing but a couple of first party games that could release in the next 12 months but PS are doing exactly the same now. PS has Spiderman. There are a number of big projects which are taking just as long as the Xbox games to cook.
They may show a bit more at the summer showcase but the damage is done and it was a big mistake not to have all guns blazing at your first showcase for nearly 2 years.
Look on the brightside ,the xbox showcase will probably be ten times worse ,I hope Sony return the favour and list all the games they have, as also on ps.
@tallythwack My gut feeling is it could be a lot better esp if they do reveal the Persona 3 Remake.
@Darkashura ive never known Sony to show so many cgi trailers
@Darylb88 I dunno ,i kind of get the feeling its gonna be lacklustre due to the twitter post they made straight after sonys show ,I mean nobody has ever done that before to my knowledge ,they sort of could ,bit below the belt
@Eh-Locke No. Sony need to do better.
@Thumper the amount of consoles they’re selling says otherwise, not to mention PSVR2 has sold 600,000+ units in the first 6 weeks which is huge for any HMD with a limited user base.
But I digress, learn to keep your expectations in check if you wish to avoid further disappointment in future showcases and SOPs. In fact, Summer Games Fest may be a good time to put it in practice.
There's still summer game fest to go which playstation will be showing something off there. Maybe death stranding 2 or TLOU Factions.
@tallythwack Yeah it was kind of MS level this whole show...
It was awful as a showcase for first party games....only people defending it are the super fanboys ...okay show as a 3rd party showcase
@Darylb88 I get the feeling the Xbox showcase will be worse received if Starfield doesn't have a 60fps mode at launch. I see a lot of discourse over whether 30fps is acceptable for PS5/Series X.
Showcase was OK, loads of games I want to play which is all I can ask from any showcase, and how I can quantify if was ok or not for me.
The dissapointment at not seeing much of ps studios first party line up is partially made by myself, they didnt promise anything and expectations were set by media and my own thoughts. Im still dissapointed we didnt see these studio's plans, but I guess Sony have their own plans for how they will announce these.
The fact that some of the titles shown will appear on other platforms is only an issue for console warriors, if your playstation only, you are going to be happy enough knowing these titles are all going to be made available for you.
Once you accept that PS only showed Spiderman 2 and some live service question marks, there was actually a lot of fun games Id like to play, so im begrudgingly ok with this showcase. Im sorry for those that got caught up in media over speculation and were left dissapointed.
I bought two games and was hoping I could buy MGS… which was what I knew was going to happen before I watched the showcase. Therefore, I spent less money than I anticipated the other night. Geoff and Xbox might make more money off of me in two weeks? We will see! But honestly, the showcase made me actively LESS excited about Sony’s future. It was ok, but no PS showcase should make you say, “Jeez, I could really use a Nintendo Direct right now.”
@Grumblevolcano Yeah a lot of it rests on the 60fps at the Starfield showcse and a good hour or so of games on the Xbox side. They did all their cgi for Fable, Avowed, Forza, Everwild. State of Decay 3, Shenua 2 and more. Hopefully this time we will get some gameplay. They have a lot of good games cooking an some good 3rd party gamepass deals too like Eiyuden Chronicle 100 heroes and Replaced but they need some dates now.
Yes the PLAYSTATION EVENT showcases multi format games........... SCORE 👍👍👍
Only 1 PlayStation EXCLUSIVE interests me.
No wonder PlayStation is trying so hard to stop the Activision sale........ Because if they ever lost Call Of Duty they will struggle 😂😂😂
I thought it was alright considering the time of year, I am a bit puzzled why people believe Sony would blow there load in one night showing. Sony has never ever done that, they always the majority of the time have something to announce over multiple events.
@Eh-Locke I wasn't referring to Sony's sales. I was referring to their latest showcase and first-party titles. You knew this of course. Don't give me orders about my expectations.
The show was really bad besides a handful of announcements.
@Thumper Bahaha orders, more of a suggestion, I’m gonna suggest you also chill out and stop getting worked up over video games.
@DanteDevilHunter it’s almost like there’s another large event happening soon where Sony is slated to be there as a publisher with games to show, weird…
Nothing is as bad as the 2013 Xbox One reveal.
I watched that video right after it dropped on YouTube. And my reaction was simple.
“I can’t believe someone would willingly blow their own leg off with a shotgun. That’s awfully painful.”
A close second would be Kaz Hirai’s “499.99 20GB PlayStation 3 and 599.99 for the 60GB model” back in 2006. But I didn’t see that one when it happened. I read it afterwards.
The gap that Sony repeatedly fail to fill is that of the arcade racing market. We used to have Burnout and Motorstorm. What do we have now?
Majority users here are so busy with the arguments of AAA games.
Me myself, only care with upcoming kids games on PS4 / PS5.
Biggest let down to me was the "handheld" A wifi device that can only stream and play games installed on your ps5. what a joke of "Innovation". Meanwhile steam deck and switch are actually doing it right. I agree it was okay but nothing stellar.
It was bad for 1st party studios great for 3rd party developers
Also out of 34 games 22 r exclusive to playstation so it's technically good for sony
44% believe it was poor - terrible while only 28% believed it to be good - excellent. this doesn't seem divided at all... the majorty is on the negative side of the fence here
@Neverwild yet Xbox Showcase Should have Forza, Starfield, Avowed, Indiana jones, and many others. Not starting silly console war stuff but i am not sure with what MS has invested in for studios that this showing would have been a good Xbox showing, seeing as most of the show was 3rd party and loads of not actual gameplay showings and of course only one good first party title. So i think Sony can grow and learn from this, especially after 18 months off and Xbox needs to show they have what it takes to show great games in June.
I'm expecting a 2nd showcase in September, like what happened in 2020.
This showcase was definitely weaker than past ones and a missed opportunity for a lot of first party and AAA announcements. With that said, MGS being back along with Spider-Man 2, Dragon's Dogma 2, Granblue Fantasy: Relink and Alan Wake 2 getting shown off made this a satisfying enough presentation for me.
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