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So with E3 2022 canceled due to Covid concerns, something else had to take its place since many gaming companies still had announcements to make. Enter the Summer Game Fest to fill that void. But whereas E3 is only three days, Summer Game Fest is a month long display of upcoming games and hardware gimmicks for gaming and electronics. Meaning June 2022 is gonna be a busy month for me, which is good, because I need the money. That said let’s get into Summer Game Fest’s Day 1, hour 1 Conference.
The long assessment of the showcase
And I got flashbacks to Nintendo’s 2021 E3 Direct, because much like Nintendo kicked down the doors by showing Kazuya Mashima for Smash Bros. DLC, this conference kicked the doors down with showcasing Guile’s trailer for Street Fighter 6. And while I’ve seen this trailer before watching this showcase,(I’m eleven days behind as of typing this) I didn’t notice how you can cancel out special attacks by firing up your own special attack. Or at least that’s how it looked when Guile canceled Ryu’s charging punch with his sonic boom barrage, and then when he canceled Ryu’s charging kick with his flash kick super.
Last time I saw that was in Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Killer Instinct 2013, though I’mma have to double check on the former.
After that was Aliens Dark Descent, as we cinematic trailer of marines firing on xenomorphs while retreating from them. Before they’re surrounded by xenomorphs in a room, and remain still so as to not get caught. All of this, before we get a snippet of top-down shooter gameplay. Meaning this is either a top-down shooter, or RTS(real-time-strategy). It’ll be available in 2023 for PS4/PS5 Xbox One Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
Then was Callisto Protocol which was created by the same guy who made the Dead Space series. And it shows, from the third-person shooter angle, enemy and level design, and display of gore riddled violence feeling similar to Dead Space. And the gameplay shown after the trailer gave off Dead Space vibes too. Well more of Resident Evil meets Dead Space. Because much like Resident Evil, you’re killing zombies, but it’s not clear yet how they came to be. And some of these things spit acid, which is wonderful. The Callisto Protocol will be available December 2nd 2022 for PS4/PS5, Xbox, and Steam.
After that was Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. As we get a cut scene and some gameplay. Though I won’t be harsh, as from what I’ve heard CoD went through a rough patch with lackluster campaigns. And given the demonstration, the campaigns might be really good. Though this is a remake, so it’s expected. It drops on October 28th 2022, and has an early access beta available for pre-order.
After that is Flashback 2, a sci-fi side-scroller was teased with 2.5D graphic that felt reminiscent of a rail-shooter. It entails the adventure of Conrad and his allies saving civilization from an alien race called “the morphs.” Sounds like a game series inspired by the Alien film series with that description. It’ll be available in Winter 2022 on PS4/PS5 Xbox One Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and Steam.
Following that was Witchfire, which is an FPS with a magic system and fire-arms. The way the magic is demonstrated reminds me of another FPS game which eludes me. It looks neat, and there’s no specific date nor platforms announced, so I’ll have to keep an eye on this.
Then there was a cinematic trailer for Fort Solis, a third person thriller where you play as an engineer named Jack Leary. Your mission is to respond to an alarm on a Martian facility called “Fort Solis,” and uncover the cause. It has yet to get a release date, and announcement on other platforms outside of Steam.
Next was Routine, another Sci-Fi FPS where you’re on an abandoned lunar base. From there you have to defend yourself from robots trying to kill you. It’ll be on PC, Steam, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox Game Pass with no specific date announced.
After that was OutRiders WorldSlayer, as we got a cinematic trailer of various characters duking it out. Given what we were shown, wouldn’t surprise me is this was an arena style combat game like Unreal Tournament, Quake, Battleborn, Team Fortress 2, or OverWatch. There seemed to be a gunman, magician, and an assassin. And there seems to enemies for them to fight. So it might be a third person MMO shooter, as opposed to a arena shooter.
It’ll be available at the end of the month, June 30th 2022. It’s available now for early access. It’ll be available for PS4/PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Windows, Stadia, and Steam.
Following that was a montage of games coming to the Nintendo Switch being Splatoon 3, Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak, CupHead The Delicious Last Course, Capcom Fighting Collection, and Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Hopefully we get further elaborations on this year’s Nintendo Direct… Assuming there is one.
After that was an ad for Fall Guys Season 1, which will be available for free on June 21 for PS4/PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S. This is weird, because I thought Fall Guys fell from grace, and lost all assurance of getting console ports. I guess I was wrong.
After that was cinematic trailer for “StormGate.” A Real-Time-Strategy game that will have 1v1 mode, campaign modes that can be done in single player or co-op. You play as human resistance who battle monsters who traverse through portals known as “storm gates.” It’ll be free to play, and have a beta available in 2023.
Then we got a cinematic trailer for High Water. The trailer depicted a person riding in a motor boat in a post-apocalyptic flooded Earth. It’s a high adventure strategy game, which I wish they had shown some gameplay for since it is coming out in 2022.
After that was Replaced, which was supposed to be showcased with a trailer. But due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the Ukranian dev-team wasn’t able to get anything ready for Game-Fest, which is a real shame.
Following that was American Arcadia, where you play a man named Trevor, who’s life is being televised in a futuristic utopia where everyone is a t.v. star. And if Trevor’s popularity dwindles that’s when he has to run for his life. It’s coming soon to PC and Consoles, though now specific dates or consoles were mentioned.
And after that was Goat Simulator 3. There’s a Goat Simulator 3? There was a Goat Simulator 2? Anyway the trailer was a parody of the Dead Island 2 trailer, and yes I had a good laugh. Goat Simulator will drop fall 2022 on PC, Playstation, and Xbox consoles.
After that was Marvel Midnight Suns, a game I had seen in passing, but had no interest in. That was until I saw this trailer, and am immensely interested. The trailer depicts Lilith putting Venom under her control, before she’s confronted by SpiderMan, Blade, Ghost Rider Robbie Reyes, Scarlet Witch, Doctor Strange, Wolverine, and her daughter. So yeah, I’m interested, but I need to see more.
Upon further research I learned that it’s an XCom style RTS, like Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle. So yeah, I’m interested. Midnight Suns will be available October 7th 2022.
After that was CupHead Delicious Last Course, as this time we got gameplay with Ms. Chalice engaged in a boss fight against The Walloping Winter Whale disguised as a giant snowflake. Which looks like it might be a hard boss fight, and I’m here for it. Delicious Last Course will be available June 30th on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Steam on June 30th 2022.
Then there was Neon White, a single player card based, speed running FPS. You play as an assassin from Hell who slays demons to earn a chance at eternal salvation in Heaven. It gave me No More Heroes vibes with how the graphics looked. So color me interested, as it dropped June 16th for Nintendo Switch and Steam. Meaning it’s available now.
After that was Midnight Fight Express. A top-down beat-em up, where you can create your own character, and battle enemies in a variety of areas with a variety of weapons. Midnight Fight Express will be available August 23 2022 for Nintendo Switch, Steam, PS4 Xbox One, Xbox Game pass, and Windows.
After that was WarFrame advertised with a cinematic trailer. No gameplay, just a trailer. They did announce there’d be a gameplay showcase on June 16(which has transpired as of me writing this, so I need to check that out) so I don’t have to wait long to see what the gameplay is like. They also offered free DLC upon watching the stream like Titania Prime, Crescent Night Bundle, and The Stranger’s Hood.
After that was Star Rail, a Gacha game that felt like love child of Genshin Impact and Phantasy Star, or Star Ocean. The glimpses of gameplay looks like a Sci-fi version of Genshin Impact. It’s coming soon, but no specific date announced.
After that was Zenless Zone Zero, which gave me NieR vibes. Like Star Rail, it’s a sci-fi based Gacha game, but it seems set on Earth. And you have 11 heroes to pick from. There was no release date announced, meaning in this case it’s “to be announced.”
After that was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge. A classic beat’s up style game where you get to pick one of the four ninja turtles, and fight your way to a showdown with The Shredder. But it’s not just them, as you can also play as Casey Jones, Master Splinter, or April O’niel. The multi-player also offers up to six players. Shredder’s Revenge dropped on June 16th 2022 on Steam, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox Game Pass. Meaning the wait is over, as it’s available now.
Then there was a cinematic trailer for Super People. A Battle Royale shooter where players pick one of six super soldiers, and try to win each match with that soldier’s individual skills. The final beta for Super People will be available on August 17th 2022.
Next was Humankind:Cultures of Latin America. The next installment of the Humankind series where you play and advance the following cultures: The Caralans, Nazca, Taino, Inca, Argentinians, and Cubans. It’s a real time strategy game similar to Civilization and Age of Empires. It’s currently available on Steam for iMac and PC, Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass, and Stadia. Humankind will also be coming soon to the following consoles:”PS4/PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, so kudos for broadening the player-base.
After that was the trailer for One-Piece Odyssey. An RPG with a turn based battle system. It’s coming in 2022 for PS4/PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and Steam.
Following that was a trailer for Soul Hackers 2, which will be available August 26th 2022 for PS4/PS5, Xbox Series X|S Xbox One, Windows, and steam.
After that was an ad for Samsung gaming hub, an online gaming service like Stadia. It host a wide variety of big named games like Psychonauts, Sea of Thieves, Forza, and more.
After that was Capcom Arcade Stadium 2. Capcom’s second collection of arcade classics like DarkStalkers, the original Street Fighter, and Saturday Night Slammers to name a few. It’ll be available July 22, 2022 for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and Steam.
And after that was Mario Strokers Battle League, which a Mario based soccer game. And sweet lord it’s Izuma Eleven, complete with special moves and attacks. Mario Strikers Battle League dropped on June 10th 2022, meaning it’s available now.
After that was Metal Hellsinger, a first person shooter that features various prominent singers from metal bands. The demo is out now for PC, Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and Steam. The full game for these platforms will be released on September 15th 2022.
After that was Quarry. A horror game where a group of teens must survive being hunted. It’ll be available for PS4/PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and Steam.
After that was Nightingale, an FPS where you travel to and survive in a variety of different realms. It has yet to get a specific release date, or be announced on platforms.
After that was SaintsRow Boss Factory DLC. Where you get to create your own mob boss and cause chaos in the world of Saints Row. It’s available for free download now on PC, PS4/PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One.
After that was WarHammer 40k DarkTide is a new mission by taking back the city of Tetium from hordes of foes. It’ll be available on September 13th 2022. for Steam, Windows, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One.
Then there was Layers of Fears. The trailer described it as a “psychedelic horror chronicle.”Which shows my limits understand of psychedelic, as I associate “psychedelic” with bright and vibrant colors, not something dark and dreary. The environments shown conveyed an eerie and creepy atmosphere. So if there are any monsters to avoid, this might be the next great horror game. Layers of Fear is slated for an early 2023 release on Steam, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S.
After that was Gotham Knights, or rather the NightWing character reveal for Gotham Knights. His moves and acrobatics is what I’ve come to expect from NightWing. The only thing I didn’t expect was that rocket glider, as I never knew he had one of those. I’m hoping the gameplay will be akin to the Arkham Asylum games. Especially when you also get to play as Batgirl, Robin, and Red Hood, but it’s possible for the gameplay to differ. Gotham Knights will be available on October 25th for PS5, Xbox One and Steam.
And lastly that was the first Last of Us re-released for PS5 with updated graphics and CGI. It’ll be released on September 2nd 2022, as the trailer also mentioning a coming PC port. There will also be a Last of Us T.V. show for HBOMax.
In conclusion, the first hour had a strong start and showed off many interesting games across multiple platforms. But it seem to have petered out with the Last of Us announcements, which was disappointing. As a result if I were to grade this, it’d be a B- showcase.
Although I wasn’t expecting 30+ games to be announced, and no doubt there are other Game Fest presentations like this, so I’m in for quite the ride.