A cursory glance around the internet will tell you that most gamers have determined that the Playstation Experience was more like a Playstation Occurrence.
Until the bitter, bitter end of the boring story telling session the commenters on the Twitch live stream were still hopeful that there would be a “Oh wait, we forgot to mention…” moment. I admit I felt it had to be coming too. Yes we are always let down when developers and publishers say that we will be “blown away” but this was a whole event structured around the most popular console right now. It was billed as something like a bonus E3 just for Sony fans. Surely they wouldn’t let us down by not having big news and big games to announce right?
So we got, what? Shovel Knight? I don’t care, that’s not why I’m watching this. Kings Quest is back? Cool, but no more than “cool.” Uncharted 4, The Order, Bloodborne, No Man’s Sky, yeah we already know about those. More footage is great but it would have been shown without this Playstation Occurrence and so could not blow anybody away.
The return of The Last Guardian might have. Concrete God of War info could have. Heavenly Sword II would have. Guerrilla Games new RPG would have. Hell, GG’s new RPG was basically expected, even just 30 seconds of pre-alpha could do it. We did see some multiplatform titles though, for some reason. I hope nobody actually believes Street Fighter 5 is an actual PS4 exclusive any more than they believe Rise of the Tomb Raider is an Xbox One exclusive.
Maybe they felt we would be blown away by an onslaught of indie games. Or PC games. Or indie PC games. I don’t know why anybody would think that, but if Sony felt we should be impressed by the ability to create a port they are mistaken.
Then there’s Final Fantasy VII. You know what? Good idea to have the PC version upscaled for PS4 because playing the original on a 1080p TV looks so bad it makes me want to go buy an SD TV. Remember though, these are Playstation fans. Many of them are older, most of them would probably donate their left big toe to have a Final Fantasy VII remake so it is unwise to tease/scare them the way they did.
I think we need to set down some new rules about what folks are allowed to say about their shows. “Major Announcement” cannot be indie games, ports, or details on known games. They must be both major and unannounced/unknown. “Blown away” should not be synonymous with “appreciative.” I could go on an on but you get the idea. This wolf-crying is creating the cynicism that makes gamers act like idiots on livestream chats in the first place.
I will grant Sony this: it was probably a neat thing to experience if you went there. That doesn’t forgive the buildup they created though. At the end there was a prompt to the audience if the Playstation Experience about if it should be done again next year. Hardcore defenders cheered but a nation of gamers just sighed.
If they actually do this again Sony will need to rethink every single bit of what went down or change the rhetoric. Nobody would have had a thing to say if the Playstation Experience was just billed as a laid back look at Playstation these days with some new footage and a game or two to add to the Playstation family.
That may not be exciting but it is honest and you bug the crap out of fewer gamers that way.
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