Ben's Week In Review: June 15
E3 is over and while it didn't make me tingle with excitement, it was a relatively solid show.
Not sure we saw the PS4 exclusives we wanted to see, but...
No The Last Guardian, no new God of War and Gran Turismo entries, no unveiling of Guerrilla's new RPG, and no gameplay for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.
But it wasn't all about multiplatform titles for Sony (despite the fact that they opened their conference with Destiny). I'm very intrigued by Bloodborne, as the recently released gameplay is quite tempting. It really does look like Darksiders 2 and because of that, I'm plenty stoked. No Man's Sky, Let it Die and Abzu are also very promising titles, and the heavy hitter in that group is undoubtedly LittleBigPlanet 3. The only downside is that Media Molecule isn't in charge.
In brief, it wasn't the best show I've ever seen and in fact, I got pretty bored at times. There really are a lot of shooters on tap again this year (Far Cry 4, Battlefield 4 and Destiny were all part of Sony's presentation), and that doesn't really get me excited. And I really wanted Uncharted 4 gameplay, The Last Guardian and maybe even Heavenly Sword II. Just not enough of a wow factor, despite the quality games.
As for WHY we didn't see Guardian...well...
Just another lame excuse from Sony, as far as I'm concerned. Sony boss Scott Rohde says they'll "show it when it's ready" but I can't count how many times I've seen that exact same statement.
Seriously, in the past five or six years, I think I've seen and heard those very words at least half a dozen times, if not more. Now, I have no doubt the game is still in development. There's no incentive for Sony to lie. At the same time, you can't keep doing this. You can't keep saying the game is progressing and never divulge even a single solitary scrap of information. I mean, not even confirming that it's now in the works for the PlayStation 4? Not one screenshot? Not one comment from one of the designers regarding the project's status?
The bottom line is that this usually translates to bad news. There's no reason whatsoever to withhold this information, besides the obvious: The game isn't even close to ready, and there are more problems and snafus than they want the public to know about. We've already heard plenty of rumors about internal strife within the Guardian team, and Sony hasn't exactly shot those rumors down. No, I think bad news is looming on the horizon...
Personal gaming update
Entwined is a colorful, vibrant, feel-good game, but there just isn't enough to it. My girlfriend and I might have some fun playing it, but that's about it. I'm working my way toward the end of Wolfenstein: The New Order and when I'm done, I'm starting a new game in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. I've been away from it for too long; I don't remember where I am or what I was doing, and I'd rather just start over. There's nothing coming out until October that I really want to play, anyway, so I've got time. After that, Watch Dogs is on the list.
I plan to wait on finishing Grand Theft Auto V; I'm just gonna grab the PS4 version when it comes out, transfer my save data over, and finish with the better experience. :) Oh, I should also mention that I'm currently playing and enjoying the Destiny alpha (impressions coming soon). It's not really my cup of tea but I think Bungie has done a stellar job so far and if this is only the alpha, the final product should be mighty impressive.
6/14/2014 Ben Dutka