Ben's Week In Review: June 8
Sony's E3 press conference kicks off in less than 48 hours...you ready?
Well, this is not good news...
I know I'm supposed to tackle headlines from the previous week - hence the title, "Week in Review" - but something has just come to light, and I have to talk about it.
A few days ago, I argued that The Last Guardian might be the one game Sony really needs to present at E3 this year. Now, there's an unfortunate, though supposedly legitimate, rumor floating around that in fact, the project has been canceled. It seems two Russian gaming journalists believe Guardian has finally gotten the ax, and that is not good news. It's one of the few games on the horizon that had a legitimate chance to be completely fresh and entirely innovative.
I'm not saying there aren't any great games slated for 2014 and beyond. But so many of them are formulaic in some way; as good a they may end up being, most have the "been there, done that" disease. The Last Guardian could've been one of those games that made you say, "wow, now this is special." Remember Shadow of the Colossus? Or ICO? Can you think of any other game that made you feel the way those did? Of course, it's just a rumor; maybe I shouldn't be referring to Guardian in the past tense already. 'crosses fingers'
What won't be at E3 and new release dates made some waves, huh?
The week prior to E3 is often filled with substantial news, and 2014 was no exception. On the one hand, we got the disappointing news that certain huge titles probably won't be on display at the show: Guerrilla's new IP (rumored to be an RPG), and no-go for either Final Fantasy XV or Kingdom Hearts III. However, we did get plenty of good news on the release date/trailer front:
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a concrete date of February 24 in North America, and that new trailer is totally sweet, the new Battlefield: Hardline teaser gave us an October 21 release date, and Gearbox made us all smile with the launch date for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and a new vid in which Claptrap busts a move. Of all these games, I'm sure I want The Witcher 3 most, but I'll have to magically find time for it when it arrives.
Personal gaming update
So I finally finished inFamous: Second Son (did it as a True Hero) and landed my 100% completion that I always get in these games. Now it's on to finishing Wolfenstein: The New Order and after that, I can get back to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Murdered: Soul Suspect deserves credit for trying, but it's just a little too much of a missed opportunity, you know? I just don't have extra time to waste on it. Once I'm done with my formidable backlog, maybe I'll actually be able to finish Watch Dogs. Well, as there's really nothing coming out that I care about until October, I've got time.
That could all change this week, though. Some huge game that I desperately want might be confirmed for a summer release date, but I'm not really holding my breath. That doesn't happen too often. :)
6/7/2014 Ben Dutka