Last year, I missed a lot of the big game releases. Pretty much every single one except Shadowbringers.
It was pretty disappointing, actually. Although I’m terrible for picking games for myself that last forever and then locking myself into playing them, that’s no real reason not to at least see what’s out there that I might enjoy playing.
So this year, I’ve been trying to stay on top of upcoming releases and events, so I can try some new things! And so far, these are the games that top my list.
Iron Man PSVR
A long time ago, I saw a trailer for a game that promised to show me what it would be like to be Iron Man—and I’ve been waiting rather impatiently ever since.
After all, it’s not like I basically have a shrine to Iron Man in our living room or anything, or that he’s my favourite superhero ever.
In fact, I originally planned this blog post to coincide with what was supposed to be the launch date for this game, February 28—but it recently got pushed back to May 15. Interestingly, that’s also the same day that Square Enix’s unique take on Marvel’s Avengers is supposed to come out.
If you haven’t seen the trailer for Iron Man PSVR at all, I do recommend it, especially if you’re any kind of Avengers or Iron Man fan. It doesn’t give you much of the story, but it does show you what it’s like to be in Iron Man’s proverbial metal shoes—replete with AR HUD, Friday’s sassy voice, and baddies to shoot at with your hand lasers.
One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows
This game is actually coming out this Friday, and is the other half of the reason I decided to write this post today.
If you’re not familiar with it, it’s based on the hilarious One Punch Man anime (which is on Netflix and just got approved for a second season last week, fun fact), and features a hero, Saitama, who’s known in the anime to be perpetually disappointed in his enemies’ inability to put up much of a fight.
The game is a fighting game being developed by Bandai Namco, the real slim shadies of that game style. All I can really say is that although I’m absolutely horrible at fighting games, I can’t wait to see what happens when the One Punch Man has to throw many, many punches.
Final Fantasy VII
Back when Shane and I started dating, one of the first things he introduced me to was Final Fantasy. It started with the World of Final Fantasy demo, which devolved into an unstoppable obsession. And once I’d beaten that, he tried me out with Final Fantasy VII.
I did really enjoy it, but I never really got into it, most likely because at the time, his PS4 wasn’t yet a permanent resident at our apartment and tended to go with him wherever he went.
In any case, I’ve learned enough about the franchise by now to understand how iconic VII was overall, and I’ve been doing my best to keep up with the announcements around it and its upcoming release in April (yes, it got delayed).
I’m looking forward to seeing just how different it becomes with its new freestyle combat, no doubt inspired by the studio’s ongoing obsession with XV, and with the characters actually, you know, having facial features now.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t also interested to see how the new version does in today’s gaming culture compared to its original release, especially given the furor we’ve already seen over a reduction in a certain character’s endowment.
The original game did a lot to perpetuate the modern portrayal we know of strong female characters, and I hope Square Enix is at least true to that in the remake.