Returnal expansion steals the show from Sony State of Play


dino game

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Sony got the ball rolling by going big: a game where dinosaurs rain down from the sky. This is what the new generation of consoles was designed for. (Although this one is also coming to PS4).

Exoprimal is a new game coming from Capcom in 2023 for PS5 and PS4 and it looks wild. You play as a mech pilot who must battle waves of dinosaurs pouring out of a vortex directly into the center of a large city. It’s a bit like Pacific Rim, only with an invasion of dinosaurs instead of marauding Kaiju. And, frankly, it’s the only way to top Guillermo Del Toro’s mecha masterpiece.

The trailer didn’t explain why it’s raining dinosaurs, but do we really need to know?

For a more in-depth breakdown of the action, we’ve dissected the Exoprimal trailer for you.

A promotional image showing the protagonist of Ghostwire Tokyo while a villain wearing a white hannya mask looms behind him

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Bethesda’s upcoming first-person horror/action game, Ghostwire: Tokyo, has received a new trailer. From the creators of The Evil Within, Ghostwire continues to sound like strange new territory for the developer. For starters, the action is much faster than Evil Within games closer to Resident Evil. It’s more like chaotic racing in Dishonored, with the ability to use powers to teleport around battle arenas, hitting enemies with swords.

See it in action in the new trailer.

If you’re still not sure exactly what you’ll be doing in Ghostwire: Tokyo, we recently played the game for ourselves and broke it down for you.

If you’re in the mood for a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game, you’ll be happy to hear that Sony has chosen one of its rare State of Plays to show off the Cowabunga collection. I am happy that you are happy.

This release collects all the 8-bit and 16-bit games released by Konami over the years, totaling 13 frankly ridiculous titles. If you want to know more, we’ve broken down the details of Konami’s collection.


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In keeping with the Kaiju theme, another new game featured in the showcase is Gigabash. It’s a four-player game where each of you plays as a giant monster fighting in a highly destructible city.

It’s due out later this year and looks like a blast.

Returning Ascension Heroes

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Sony said State of Play would focus on games from Japanese developers, but slipped in on news of a major new update for Returnal, its hugely-received PS5 exclusive. Housemarque’s punishing roguelike is getting a free expansion later this month.

The Ascension update is massive, adding a co-op campaign and a new survival mode called Sisyphus’ Tower which sees you scale a tower filled with bosses and monstrous creatures.

We don’t have long to wait, Returnal Ascension releases on March 22.

See it in action in the new trailer below.

The State of Play closed with two new games from Square Enix: The DioField Chronicle and Valkyrie Elysium.

DioField Chronicle is a tactical RPG with a new “real-time tactical combat” system. If we read the trailer correctly, the action takes place in real time, but you can pause the action at any time to give your party new commands. It’s a new system, and I hope it plays something like 2011’s tactical gem, Frozen Synapse.

In this game, you and your opponent took turns at the same time and submitted your choices to be played in front of you. While you can’t interrupt the action and change your mind, as you seem to be able to in DioField, watching your units and your enemy act at the same time in a tactical game gives real combat pressure that’s different from turning. – based games.

Valkyrie Elysium appears to be quite a different affair from the Diofield Chronicle. A new entry in the long running Valkyrie series, launched in 1999 with Valkyrie Profile.

In Valkyrie Elysium, you play as one of the famous female warriors of Norse mythology. If you’re an action RPG fan or slashing giant monsters with big swords, you should watch the trailer below.

Valkyrie Elysium is slated for release later this year, although Square Enix hasn’t specified when.

This draws to a close Sony’s latest state of play. We expected only a few games to be covered in the series, so it was good to see so many reveals. However, among the new trailers, it was Returnal that stole the show. A free expansion for an already great game is great news. Also, this new survival mode looks very intriguing.

Sony has released more details about the Returnal update, including how the new Tower of Sisyphus mode will work.

“Sisyphus’ Tower is effectively our endless mode,” Returnal game director Karry Krueger wrote on the Sony blog. “There is no end to the ascension and players are tragically destined to meet their demise as the mode becomes increasingly difficult. The only question is: how far can you go before you succumb? “.

To make things even harder, each time you complete a tower phase, you’ll fight the same boss, Algos. Each time you face the monster, it will become “more and more difficult”.

Housemarque also added a score. the longer you play, the higher you climb and the more monsters you kill, the higher your score will be. The new leaderboard means you can really see how you stack up against other players.

And, to really up the challenge, there’s a score multiplier. “Your multiplier will deplete if you get hit or don’t deal damage for a while, so you’ll have to constantly dance on the edge of the knife to make sure you maintain strong forward momentum,” says Krueger. . “While there are secrets and optional routes to take, the Tower is intended to be Returnal distilled into an arcade action experience, where the focus is on survival, skill and purposeful progression .”