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State Of Play Recap and Why It May Be The Worst Ever

State Of Play Recap

Last night, on Wednesday the 27th of October Sony PlayStation livestreamed their State of Play focusing on third-party titles. Below I will recap the State Of Play stream and cover everything that was shown off during the broadcast. Afterwards, I will delve into why I felt that this was one of the most disappointing State of Play streams ever shown.

State Of Play 27/10/21 Recap:

Deathverse: Let it Die

The show opened with a trailer for Deathverse: Let it Die, which is an online multiplayer matchmaking game. The gameplay is made up of close combat encounters and the game has a garish, over-the-top visual style complete with whacky character design and weird environments to fight in. The title will be developed by Supertrick Games and will be released for PS5 and PS4 in spring 2022.

When I saw this trailer open the show, I thought; “this clearly isn’t geared towards me, but I’m sure that there is someone out there who will like it. Also it is just the first game of the show, so there is plenty of time for some more interesting content to be shown.”

We Are OFK

Next up, we got shown something called We Are OFK. It is described as; “a narrative journey in which you must select dialogue options, chat, flirt, and listen to interactive tunes as the indie-pop band OFK tells their story as a group.” It is due to be released for PS5 and PS4 in 2022.

Again, this isn’t for me whatsoever and seemed like a waste of a slot within this stream. From what was shown in the trailer, it looks pretty obnoxious and juvenile.

Bugsnax Free Expansion: BIGsnax

The next thing we were shown was free DLC for Bugsnax, being made available in early 2022.

Really? You are going to waste more time showing an expansion for one of the asinine PS5 launch games? Is there actually anyone out there that was dying to get their hands on more Bugsnax content?

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach will be released for PS4 and PS5 on the 16th of December 2021.

Is FNAF still a thing? I mean, apparently it is, but does anyone still care? I was of the belief that this series had been deemed thankfully irrelevant, but seemingly not. This was the point where I began to wonder if anything of significance would even be shown during this stream.

Death’s Door

Remember that overrated indie title from a few years ago called Titan Souls? Well those devs, (called Acid Nerve,) are releasing a new game called Death’s Door for PS5 and PS4 on the 23rd of November this year.

I could literally not care less about this thing. I reluctantly tried Titan Souls not long after it released due to all of the hype that it got, only to find exactly what I expected; an underwhelming, barren, pixelated snooze-fest.

KartRider: Drift

Apparently KartRider: Drift, is big in Asia and now it is coming to the west. It will drop on PS4 in 2022. This is also a toxic free-to-play, games-as-a-service title.

Why would anyone be interested in this childish, parasite of a game when there are much better-looking kart-racers out there that aren’t filled with microtransactions?

The King of Fighters 15

The next thing shown was King of Fighters 15. Apparently and open beta for the game will kick off this November.

Okay, sure. Let’s waste more time talking about a beta from a third-rate fighting game. Why not at this point?

First Class Trouble

Remember Among Us? Do you think it would be more fun if played in a 3D environment from a third-person camera perspective? No? Then you would be absolutely right!

First Class Trouble is an online multiplayer game coming to the PS5 and PS4 from a studio called Invisible Walls. It looks extremely unoriginal in concept and painfully amateur in execution. The only saving grace of this thing is that It will be free to PS Plus subscribers as of the 2nd of November, so at least you won’t have to pay for this garbage.

Are we really running this short on original ideas in the videogame industry that we are resorting to aping a three year old game that hasn’t been relevant for almost a year?

Star Ocean: The Divine Force

Square Enix were the next to show a trailer and it was for a new entry in the Star Ocean saga called; Star Ocean: The Divine Force. The JRPG will be developed by Tri-Ace and will be released at some point in 2022 on PS5 and PS4.

I have never been a fan of JRPGs and I am not familiar with this series at all.

Little Devil Inside

This trailer marks the end of this State Of Play recap, because unbelievably this garbage is what they decided to end the show on.

Little Devil Inside was their, ‘big finale game.’ If you don’t know, Seoul-based studio Neostream have been threatening this thing for years at this point. The last trailer we saw for it was back in January of this year. It will be released in 2022 for PS4 and PS5.

When I saw the previous trailer for this thing back in January, I thought that it looked utterly terrible and nothing has changed since. Who is this for? I hate everything about it from the cutesy-art style to the fact that the developers seem to be adamant to waste the player’s time by touting the fact that the game has no fast travel as if it is some coveted feature.

State Of Play Analysis:

I went into this State of Play with my expectations at basement level and it still somehow managed to massively disappoint me. I realise that we have been somewhat spoiled recently by the glorious PlayStation Showcase event, but my god. Why even bother broadcasting a show if all you have to show is a bunch of lacklustre indie games, Japanese shovel-ware and an Among Us rip-off?

Even if the stream still contained all of the above trash, but ended with something of significance such as Hogwarts Legacy or the remastered GTA Trilogy, it would have at least given us something worth talking about. I wasn’t looking for a Ghost Of Tsushima sequel or GTA VI to be announced, just something to make the show remotely worth tuning into. Instead, we were shown nothing of significance whatsoever.

I am aware that I probably sound like a typical spoiled first-world gamer, but when a major company like Sony announces that they are going to broadcast a show focusing on upcoming third-party titles, people expect to see a lot more than what was shown. Although there may have been worse outings in terms of trailers at past State Of Play streams, no preceding expectations were set by the company prior to that show. In terms of meeting the expectations that Sony set beforehand, this State Of Play stream is the worst that I have ever seen.

What did you think of the livestream? Was was your favourite trailer from the State Of Play Recap? Were you as disappointed as I was with the games shown at during the stream? Let us know down in the comments section.

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Daniel is a 26-year-old writer from Glasgow. He loves sci-fi and hates fantasy. He also hates referring to himself in the third person and thinks that bios are dumb.

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