I’ll start parping here in earnest nearer to the 10pm GMT (6pm EDT) start time.
Ten minutes to go, or what I like to call, regretting time.
Alright, here we go. This show apparently has 40 games in it so something is bound to be good, right?
That’s nice, it opened with a message in support of Ukraine. Brownie points already.
The first game of th show is a “world premiere”, and it’s a stylish, moody black, white and red trailer for a game called The Time I Have Left. It looks like a third-person action adventure. The camera angles seem to move around in ways that make it difficult to get a sense of how it’ll feel, but nice art style.
Shacklestein says: So, does this mean you will not be posting about another Wordlike at midnight? (Asking for a friend.)
I will still post a Wordle-like after this, yes, just to annoy caff.
Next up is Rocket Le– wait, no. This is Turbo Golf Racing. It’s golf but with cars and with a visual style that looks a lot like Rocket League, right down to the shield effects and car designs. But heck, why not. I’d take more Rocket Leaguelikes.
Didn’t show a whole lot of the game, though. I’m still not sure what’s super exciting about it as a place-to-be or set of things-to-do.
Oh heck, Crimesight is next and it looks cool. A murder mystery about solving crimes that have yet to happen from Konami. Some Persona-style UI elements and character art, a board to move characters around on like a turn-based JRPG. Social seduction/investigation. Someone get Matthew on the phone.
nitric22 says: Well you could sign me up for just pure snark and I’d be happy. How many publishers make an appearance at this here show? I’d better go clear a spot or three on the ol’ wish list.
It’s 40 games and 8 new announcements, apparently. A lorra lorra games. (And not much curation, normally. There’s your snark.)
Raekihi says: What is it you were saying about not expecting anything Kojima again? 😀
Hey, I said “something new” from Kojima. Death Stranding and its Director’s Cut definitely aren’t new. *adusts goal posts*
Hey it’s Dorfromantik aka the chill countryside building game aka Katharine’s favourite game. It’s getting a full release on April 28th, after its spell in early access. It’s already good and polished! You should play it.
Here comes another world premiere.
I should stop calling them “world premieres”. It’s entirely too fancy a term for a new bit of marketing.
This one was for Alterborn, a sorta horror action thing coming next year? The protagonist has one weird spiky shoulder pad. That’s all I got from the trailer.
Oh no, I forgot about Future Games Show’s virtual show floor thing. Big lockdown energy in this. Big our-sales-team-conceived-of-this energy.
The Abriss demo and a lot of the others have been available for a while. But then, the Abriss demo is very good, so.
Katharine Castle says: Showing Matthew this on the phone right now. He’s into it!
I knew it!
Next up, a game about being a little remote vacuum cleaner on a cruise ship under siege by baddies. Justice Sucks, it’s called. You defeat the bads, hide from the bads, then hoover up the mess they make – with their blood, it seems. There was another game once about a vacuum cleaner but it was a sad, ponderous puzzle thing. I can’t remember it’s name, though.
I like when publishers put modern pop, rap or hip hop music over videos of little trains pootling around.
I dislike when they drop sizzle reels with like 10 games in the middle of a games show that itself has 30 other games in it. Some of the games this is showing look neat but I have forgotten them the instant they are offscreen.
Oh, it’s ending with a longer trailer for TRepang2, which now has proper art rather than the grey box version I played a couple of years ago. It’s like FEAR, if FEAR had no narrative pretensions and just wanted to be slomo slide-kicks and destructive guns.
Oh, I’m excited about this one! Songs Of Conquest is a dark fantasy turn-based strategy game with really stunning pixel art. Terrain matters, with high ground giving buffs to your attacks. It’s also got an overworld map, where you’ve got to defend and expand your home to provide resources for the fights. Multiplayer, skirmishes, two singleplayer campaigns. Lovely stuff. It’ll enter early access May 10th.
A new trailer for Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, which is out April 5th. It does indeed look like a Lego Star Wars game. Not a bad thing! That’s what it’s called, after all. Would be weird if it looked like anything else.
Ah, here we go. Another sizzle reel of games. All these developers paid to be included but I’m sorry, I’m going to go crosseyed and think about my bed until it’s over.
Raekihi says: Oh, Rumu looks neat! I was thinking about Roombo: First Blood actually, also on Steam, and yeah, it’s the same team so no wonder it looks the same.
Ah, interesting! Justice Sucks devs made a similar game that’s already on Steam.
Next up, The Cycle Frontier. It’s a game where you must fight for resources on a hostile alien world, apparently. That’s how the presenters described it and it makes it sound like seven million other games.
The thing itself is more interesting. Like a friendly, scifi version of one of those survival-y murderfests like Escape From Tarkov. Fight for resources, lose it all if you die. It’s from Yager, which long ago made Spec Ops: The Line.
Next up: The Outbound Ghost, a paper RPG adventure – as in, all the characters are 2D in a 3D world, Paper Mario style – in which you build a party of ghosts in a wholesome fantasy world. It looks nice!
Katharine Castle says: Ed has been playing The Cycle: Frontier this week, so expect more thoughts soon!
I always look forward to Edthoughts. Ethots, I call ’em.
Lots of “what if FTL was 3D” games about, and This Means Warp is… one. The difference is that it’s co-op, so it’s *also* “what if Overcooked but not about cooking”.
I like that the Future Games Show makes peppy American voice actors say out loud the puns of distinctly British games journalists.
That was a short trailer for Alaskan Truck Simulator. I’ll probably wait for American Truck Simulator to get there, but I’m all for more truck sims.
I missed an entire game because I was thinking about how I’d rather re-watch Satoshi Kon’s films again than play another Her Storylike. But then I’d rather watch Satoshi Kon’s movies than do almost anything.
Silt is Limbo-but-underwater but looks pretty good with it, because underwater creatures are always good, creepy, no matter how big. And here they’re pretty big. It’ll be out early this year.
SparrowHawk says: “ Subnautica-but-an-airship”, Plusaeroca? Addaviator?
Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong looks pretty interesting. It’s a narrative mystery from the makers of The Council, with RPG elements (stats, die rolls) that determine the outcomes of dialogue confrontations. In lieu of Bloodlines 2, this looks good. It’ll be out May 19th.
Alright, one more new-gamey-wamey-trailer (not “world premiere”) and then it’s over for the night.
The Cub. Lovely art. Sidescrolling cinematic platformer about being stranded on a terraformed Mars as a little kid after all the other humans have left – and then come back, because you’re seemingly immune to something they are not. A decent en– Oh, wait, this isn’t the ending. There’s another reveal.
They’ve Columbo’d one-more-thing me.
It’s a new Lego game, Lego Brick Tales, where you can construct machinery and explore diorama worlds, with a physics simulation and story-led quests to go solve. It looks nice! A Lego game with some actual Lego building.
Alright, we’re done. It’s proper done now. I’m already forgetting the names of most of what was shown, but the last handful – Swansong, The Cub, Lego Brick Tales all looked nice. As did that Matthewlike murder mystery game, Crimesight.
Thanks for joining us for another experiment in liveblogging. We will do this again. I’m going to write some other posts, but I’ll leave this liveblog open for a little while and check back if people have more comments to make.
Raekihi says: Thank you for the coverage, Graham!
Thanks for participating!