Ben's Week In Review: March 30
A week filled with the new inFamous: Second Son and the classic Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remake. ...things couldn't get much better. ;)
Uh...are we sure we WANT PS1 games in 1080p HD?
I'm all for sprucing up old games, especially those that deserve to be replayed. But I know what some of my PS1 games look like on my HDTV. They look like crap, mostly.
So, when I heard that we might be able to play PS1 and PS2 games in full high-definition on the PS4, I said to myself: "Uh, do we need that? Do we want that?" With some PS2 games, sure. I mean, look at how the FFX/X-2 HD Remaster came out. However, when it comes to something like Final Fantasy VII, for instance, I'm not sure HD will matter much. We'd just get sharper, shinier version of blocky, pixelated characters, right? Hey, I love those characters as much as anyone but I fail to see how high-def will make them more appealing.
I think we might be going a little overboard with this high-def remake/remaster idea. I'm aware that it's very easy for most developers and publishers to slap a glossy new coat on an old game, re-release it, and make more money. The problem is that many times, I'm just not sure it's necessary. Those PS1 classics won't benefit from a HD remaster; they'd need a complete graphical overhaul from top to bottom. Everything would have to be redrawn, basically. And we'll never get that.
Wasn't too impressed with those 100+ games coming to PS4 this year
I understand the concept: Release a master list of PlayStation 4 games to combat the cries of "there's no games I want!" Having "100" in the title is eye-catching and generally, it makes people feel better. At the very least, it ups the anticipation level, even without looking at the names on that list. However, personally, I wouldn't release such a list until there were a few more big-name, AAA titles to add. The problem is that hardcore gamers know what's big and what isn't, and most of them will be unimpressed with that list. As for the casual gamers, they're not reading the PlayStation Blog, anyway. So what's the point?
I'm not saying I regret having the PS4. Certainly not. And I firmly believe the PS4 will have the best and most diverse assortment of titles this generation, as PlayStation has had every generation, in my opinion. I just wouldn't go bragging about our "100+" games when most in-the-know consumers will glance down that list, shrug their shoulders, and go: "See? Not much of anything yet."
Personal gaming update
Oh, like you didn't know? LOL It's all about inFamous: Second Son and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, but the latter seems to be absorbing more of my time. It's just so glorious to indulge in that gameplay style, which is virtually nonexistent today. I wish someone would've told me that Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons isn't a co-op game; I tried playing it with my girlfriend, only to find out it's not co-op. Talk about confusing; that game is tailor-made for cooperative play! So, we just went back to Dragon's Crown, which she really likes, and we haven't finished it yet.
The cool part is that I'll have plenty of time to catch up. As I said in that drought article, there's really not much between now and the end of summer. That's good, too, because my backlog is starting to get a little ridiculous. Based on some of the replies to that piece, it's clear that many of you are suffering from the same problem. ;)
3/29/2014 Ben Dutka