I feel the same, but from the perspective of a huge fan of their PS2 work and everything they’ve done after that is shrug
I’d highly recommend people go play the four PS2 Ratchet and Clank games Insomniac did, then see what they did on PS3 and on with the series. They basically sanded down the cynical and pointed anti-consumerism satire into a bog-standard hero’s journey thing, and then the whole R&C movie thing happened and…it made me sad. Spider-Man felt like a fluke more than anything else, and I expect them to trip up when the sequel releases.
Both them and Sucker Punch tried to become more mature in their non-platforming projects, and none of what they managed ever really interested me or seems to have had much cultural staying power, weirdly. Seeing this just makes me remember when Sucker Punch used to make the Sly games, which had actual color design instead of a very bad black and white filter that amounts to lowering saturation to 0, and really well written characters and stories out of material you wouldn’t expect it from.
The Sly series stood out and they bowed out on a high note to go do other projects, which I respect…but man, all of these projects have just been so like every other game out there. Even Infamous ended up getting its thunder stolen by Prototype, which in itself was just an evolution of some old janky-ass Hulk games.
This just looks like open world game #7266483 but also white guys trying to make Japanese cinema.