Sony announces PS5 reveal event for June 4th
Sony has confirmed the PlayStation 5 reveal event. On June 4, 2020 at 1pm PT/4pm ET/9pm BST/10pm CEST, there will be a video presentation going over upcoming games.
This also comes as another bit of news about PlayStation 5 games came up. Eurogamer recently noted that Sony was asking newly submitted PlayStation 4 games after a certain point be PlayStation 5 compatible too.
I love the look of the DualSense controller Sony showed off in April and I’m hopeful the console itself will have a similar look and feel. I’d love for it to have a reduced form factor than the original PS4 and Xbox One units, though I understand that’s a tall order considering the power and size of the internals.
In terms of importance, while I’m interested in the final look of the hardware, it’ll ultimately be the games that will drive my decision in purchasing the console. I’ve been happy playing PC for the past year and without any big exclusives or features, I don’t know how eager I’ll be to run out and grab a new system.
On a sidenote, speaking of games, it’s an interesting dance they’re doing with the release of current generation games in the next few months and a new console by year’s end, clearly why they’re pushing for remaining PS4 releases to be compatible with the upcoming PS5.
Honeslty, I have mixed feelings about this whole next generation of consoles. On one hand, I’m excited to see what the PlayStation 5 and Xbox (or Series X… I guess?) bring to the table but I’m convinced this will be the last generation of consoles as we know them. With the surge of companies trying to make game streaming work, including Sony and Microsoft, it seems like a matter of time until one of them gets it right and, at that point, hardware like the PS5 and Xbox Series X won’t matter.
Pro-tip for those playing or considering Persona 5 Royal, make sure you spent as much time as possible with the school counselor. Seeing everything the new game has to offer requires you to max out your relationship with him before he leaves in November.
Snyder's Justice League cut hits HBO Max in 2021
Wednesday Zack Snyder announced the existence and planned release of the fabled “Snyder Cut” of 2017’s Justice League on HBO Max during a Q&A with fans following a livestreamed commentary on his film Man of Steel. “The Snyder Cut” consists of Snyder’s edit of the film, based on the version he was creating before exiting the production.
Industry insiders have debated the existence of the so-called “Snyder Cut”, with some saying not enough footage from Snyder’s original vision exists to create his film as intended. Despite this, WB/HBO Max have apparently compiled enough footage from the previous and existing movie along with Snyder’s help to finally give fans the version of the film (or a version of the film) as Snyder initially intended it.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League debuts in 2021 on HBO Max.
Despite my dislike for Batman v Superman, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little excited to see what Snyder’s Justice League actually ends up being. Polygon has a great breakdown of several major rumoured changes and, assuming there’s enough footage that survived and the rumoured $20 million budget helps fill in the blanks, it sounds like it’ll be considerably more interesting than what we got in the theatrical release.
Regardless of your opinion of Snyder, BvS, JL, etc, it’s hard not to get behind an artist that’s given the opportunity to see their original vision come to life. Honestly, I hope it’s everything the fans and Snyder wanted it to be.
For newcomers, Persona 5 Royal is the definitive way to play the game
If you’ve never played Persona 5, and the idea of a lengthy JRPG about making friends, making evil adults admit their crimes, and fighting monsters sounds cool, this is the definitive way to experience the game.
While I owned Persona 5 at launch, I wasn’t able to get into it, despite starting and stopping three or four times. I enjoyed what I played but something—usually the first time the team visits Momentos—didn’t hook me.
Because of the FES and Golden updates to the two previous Persona games, Royal seemed inevitable. Maybe, subconsciously, that’s why I never gave Persona 5 the time and effort it deserved.
Now, having played about 40~ hours of Royal, I’m glad it took me this long to play. Even with the limited experience I have with the original game, this is clearly the version to play and I’m having an absolute blast with it so far. It’s not perfect, I still have camera issues every now and then for example, but Persona 5 Royal has a level of depth, style, and fun that only comes around once or twice per console generation.
Note that the linked review does include some spoilers. If you’ve never played Persona 5 and are thinking about giving it a shot, proceed with caution.
iA Writer has added Micropub support in today’s 5.5 update:
This means you can publish to Micro.blog and other IndieWeb tools.
I’ve had some battery issues with my Apple Watch lately so, for fun, I pulled out my old Pebble and installed Rebble to regain some lost features. I’m thinking of taking some photos and putting together a 2020 review.
I was about to restart my playthrough of Persona 5 for the fourth time before remembering the Royal version of the game was released a month ago. After picking it up, it’s clear immediately that it’s a different (but equally amazing) game.
Final Fantasy VII Remake redefines the concept
Even when it was eventually confirmed to be in development, Final Fantasy VII Remake appeared to be woefully mismanaged, with key members of the original development team initially working with a lesser-known external studio.
What followed was two-and-a-half years of silence between first gameplay trailer and subsequent re-reveal, which certainly didn’t quell any fears.
A solid review, and one that echos many of my own thoughts about the game, like the revised ending. The one we got in the Remake felt like the team capitalizing on a unique opportunity to weave together the various stories told in the years since the original (Crisis Core, Advent Children, etc). All things considered, I think they did a great job.
One thing I found interesting about the development of FFVIIR was how similar it seemed to Sony and Insomniac’s Spider-Man game from 2018.
The game was announced, gameplay was revealed, and things went quiet until close to release. While most people—myself included—assumed the worst, the end product spoke for itself in both cases and were resounding critical and commercial successes.
Diamond announces return to regular operations
The sole distributor of product for all but the tiniest of American comics companies will reopen for business. Diamond Comic Distributors has announced it will return to regular business on Wednesday, May 20, about two months after it shuttered due to social distancing restrictions.
It’s certainly nice to see people will have new stuff to read sooner than later. To be honest, I assumed a more significant impact from DC’s move to Lunar and UCS as well as a longer delay in books arriving from Diamond.
I should take the time to get caught up on all the books I still haven’t read before these new ones arrive.
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