Summer Game Fest – Elden Ring actually shown (and some other games)

Well, it was a fairly underwhelming stream up until the final few minutes.  We mostly had a bunch of announcements for season passes and DLCs for games, whilst the actual new games appeared to be mostly smaller releases.  Those small releases weren’t as interesting as the ones shown at the Guerrilla Collective 2 over the weekend either.

There were a few bits though and you may want to skim through the show.  Might as well just check the news sites for the details though.  They are still live right now, with Day of the Devs stream, but you will no doubt be able to find the show here soon – https://www.youtube.com/c/thegameawards/videos

Before we get into some of the highlights though, lets go into the star of the show.  Yes, Elden Ring is now here. 

Despite what the Internet says, it actually hasn’t been that long since Elden Ring was announced. E3 2019 was when it first shown. Still, that not so long wait has finally ended.

It very much looks like more Dark Souls, but in a more open world.  Open fields are shown and the character requires a horse to travel around.  It still feels like a very constructed world though and I expect it to follow quite a linear path through this world.  There appears to be plenty of places to visit too.  I’m expecting there to be a bit of an overworld that you will travel through to reach more self-contained areas.  There is also plenty of large enemies shown off, so I’m anticipating the usual epic boss fights that From Software do so well. 

It doesn’t show much for those that aren’t already interested in the developer’s previous output though and may well not attract those that came onboard with Sekiro.  This is very much in keeping with Dark Souls, from the artstyle to what we are seeing of the action.  It might be that they are doing a DICE and this is a trailer for the fans, with some more details to emerge to show how it will be different from those older games and what they are bringing in from Sekiro (and even Bloodborne), but from this show there doesn’t seem to be much.

Something that I certainly am not complaining about myself, as I love the Dark Souls games.  As much as I enjoyed Sekiro, it certainly wasn’t the same.

It will be releasing on 21st January 2022.

As for the other games announced, there were only a few things that stood out.  I fully expect that bigger announcements are being held back for publisher conferences that are taking place over the weekend, but it would have been nice to have seen even some teasers here.  The bits that did stand out though were:

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands – opening the show was a new game featuring Tiny Tina from the Borderlands series in her own game, Wonderlands.  It appears to be a fantasy version of Gearbox’s sci-fi looter FPS, but the trailer still showed the character wielding a gun, so how different it will be is still up in the air.  We do see some spellcasting though, which could spice up the character skill system, which I always found underwhelming in Borderlands.  How much you like the game is likely to depend on how much you can tolerate Tiny Tina.

Metal Slug Tactics – Not familiar with the original games in this series, but really enjoyed the style shown off here.  Very much down with the cartoon vibe and music.  I also liked the gameplay, which seemed to be a bit Into the Breach.  A little destructive environment shown off too, with a bridge being destroyed so it collapsed on top of enemies.  Could add some interesting extra elements to this style of game.

Jurassic Park Evolution 2 – I’ve not gotten around to trying the first game in this series and I really should.  Nothing really shown in the trailer, but I assume the underwater bits are new for this one.  This mainly stood out because it started with Jeff Goldblum being Jeff Goldblum, which is always fun.

Chicory: A Colourful Tale – This looked absolutely gorgeous.  A 2D adventure game set in a colouring book.  Not very much shown on the steam, but it is out now and is from the creators of Wandersong, which was a delightful game.  This seems to be following in the same footsteps.

Solar Ash – Another game that looked fantastic.  We saw the main character leaping around across the wings of a dragon like creature and using a grappling hook.  The artstyle really stood out though and I look forward to seeing more of this.

Two Point Campus – Two Point Hospital was good fun (although I need to play more of it).  This seems to be more of the same, but the uni setting might allow them to branch out a bit more, rather than just copying what Bullfrog did in the 90s with Theme Hospital.  The humour seems to be very similar, so will likely be worth checking out just for that.

Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance – This hadn’t been on my radar before, but it actually looked quite a bit of fun.  A co-op action game, which looked to be trying to do away with the slightly dour look that most D&D games go with.  I certainly wasn’t expecting a giant creature to flip off the players as it melted in lava.

Far Cry 6 – nothing actually shown here, likely because there was a big gameplay reveal not that long ago. This was just a chat with Giancarlo Esposito who came across as an absolute delight. Strange to see him smiling so much in a friendly way, but once the oddness wore off he came across as a genuinely nice person.

Tunic – Not too much shown of this, but looks really cute.  It is a isometric game starring a fox and looks to be a bit like an old fashioned Zelda game.

Evil Dead: The Game – Similar to Dark Alliance, this just looks like a fun co-op game.  Only problem is that it mostly looked fun playing Ash, complete with chainsaw arm and boomstick.  If the other characters can be as fun than this could be great, but they all looked a bit ordinary in comparison.

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