Ben's Week In Review: June 29
Still debating The Last Of Us: Remastered...maybe I'll put it on a birthday list. ;)
Nice to see some Hollywood personages reacting so positively to MGSV
You should read some of the comments made by various Hollywood directors and producers, as posted up by Konami this past week.
The statements were in reaction to that epic five-minute E3 trailer that blew everyone away. It was arguably the best trailer of the show and certainly my favorite. I also know why so many in the movie industry respect Hideo Kojima and the work his team does: Because when it comes to cinematic and narrative accomplishments in the world of interactive entertainment, few do it better than those guys. There's a reason why when you finish a MGS, you actually feel moved. It isn't often that I'm emotionally affected by the storyline in a video game, but each and ever MGS has managed to do it.
That's no easy feat, and I don't take it for granted. In fact, as time goes on, I'm starting to appreciate it more and more. As the world continues to embrace the open-world format at the sacrifice of cohesive, compelling narratives and memorable characters, I think we'll see fewer of these cinematic linear masterpieces. Even MGSV is sorta open-world, but at least Kojima isn't selling out entirely. At least that unbelievable drama will remain, and I'm expecting something very special.
Anyone else psyched for that First Light DLC?
It's just too bad I have to wait two months.
The First Light standalone expansion pack for inFamous: Second Son is scheduled for August 26, and I can't wait to try it. I usually don't partake of DLC; when I finish a game, I consider it done. Call me old-fashioned but when I see credits roll, I'm moving on to the next adventure and I'm not likely to return to previously finished games. However, just because I liked the Neon powers so much, I know I'll have a blast with First Light. Besides, I believe Fetch's story in the game was under-developed, and I'd like to learn more about that character. I don't think I'm the only one, either.
These standalone expansions are a little weird, though. They say you don't need to actually own Second Son to play it. Okaaaay...but who the hell would want to play it if they haven't already gone through the new inFamous? I mean, how would the story even be relevant to you? I'm not complaining or anything; I just don't know anyone who wants to buy DLC for a game they've never played. It's not like a demo.
Personal gaming update
After completing Wolfenstein: The New Order, I was pretty satisfied. It's a straightforward FPS with a great campaign, and that's all I wanted. I'm glad the developers have a "clear idea" of what they intend to do with the sequel, but they'd best not muck it up. Focus on the single-player action again and I'll be sure to buy it. You can implement a multiplayer mode if you like, but if I think it cut into the campaign, I'm gonna be unhappy.
I've downloaded Trine 2 for my girlfriend and I to try, although I'm afraid the platforming aspect might be a little too demanding. I'll be back to Grand Theft Auto V and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag for the summer, as there really isn't anything coming out that I want. Oh well, great chance to catch up on huge games! :)
6/28/2014 Ben Dutka