Overall I don’t think the conference was actually that bad. I don’t think that it was that great either though, and the hyped up “We’re annoucning 11 games” did not help at all. Most of the games that were announced seemed to be more VR experiences, of which I have no interest especially from the PSVR.
Spleunky 2 and Guacamelee 2 are obviously the standouts. Who doesn’t want more Spleunky?
Shadow of the Colossus remastered looked gorgeous, but we already knew about it.
Hong Kong Massacre was arguably tone-deaf but still could be an interesting indie title that follows in Hotline MIami’s footsteps.
The Concrete Garden looks like it might be interesting but I fear it will become stale halfway through the game.
And then you have the repeated fetishistic need to show brutal violence against women in order to market your game. Sony definitely has not listened to any actual complaints with their terrible “these games are for adults” defense. I don’t think many people are complaining about just violence in video games because there’s been so many comparisons to The Last of Us 1 which was a very violent game. The issue surrounds the fact that the violence is always out-of-context and directed towards a woman.
I think the best example for this trend is Tomb Raider 2013, where one of the selling points seemed to be the torture-porn aspect of getting Lara killed in horrific ways. There was also sexual violence shown in the trailer because of course, and it just felt awful. The game itself? Great. The marketing for the game? Misogynistic and terrible.
And what makes it all even worse is every other damn website just keeps bandying on about how we’re actually angry about just violence in games and shouldn’t we be happy that there was women in the trailer at all? It really gets my goat. Also would it have been so difficult to mention that their trailers are going to show graphic depictions of domestic abuse? Just a quick, “Hey these next two trailers are pretty graphic so if you’re squeamish or uncomfortable, feel free to turn it off”.
Although I do hope that Detroit tones it down. I don’t trust David Cage in the slightest to handle anything, especially not something as volatile as domestic abuse or child abuse.The Last of Us 2 will probably work better when we know these characters, although I do think the hammering of someone’s arm is a little over-the-top.