Ben's Week In Review: July 13
I hate the heat. Summer needs to go away.
The PS4 hasn't exploded in Japan, but I'm not surprised
To be honest, I was more surprised when the PS4 sold 370,000 units out of the gate in Japan. From the start, I believed the new PlayStation would be the least popular Sony platform in Japan's history.
Sony says it's due to a combination of factors and of course, they're right. First and foremost, while the Japanese gaming culture has indeed changed - see Watch Dogs near the top of the region's charts, for example - it hasn't changed that much. Just about all the other games on that sales list were distinctly Japanese, and most of them don't sell anywhere else. So, without a lot of Japanese games on the PS4, I can see why it's not exactly blowing up.
Furthermore, the streaming services aspect is indeed a factor. Too many people in this country take streaming for granted, and just assume that it's common everywhere else. Well, even in the uber-technologically advanced country of Japan, streaming hasn't become the be-all and end-all of entertainment delivery. I think there are several reasons why the Wii U is staging a comeback in that territory, and why the PS4 is a little slow to get going.
An Uncharted Remastered? Sure, I'll take that
I know it's currently hip to hate anything with "Remastered" in the title, but I wouldn't say "no" to a beautifully Remastered edition of the original Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Sony has hinted at the possibility and I'd love to see it. In fact, I'd love to see all three Uncharted titles released in one awesome, comprehensive collection that is perfect for newcomers and hardcore fans alike. Those who haven't enjoyed the series previously can get the entire franchise all in one shot (with all the DLC and extra goodies thrown in), and the die-hard followers receive a definitive collection.
To release something like that a few months before Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is probably a darn good idea. It would increase excitement and interest in the new installment, and it would fixate the media spotlight on the franchise. Of course, I'd rather see new IPs as opposed to improved versions of older games, but that doesn't mean my collection idea is a bad one. ;)
Personal gaming update
Yes, I'm aware I'm supposed to be finishing Grand Theft Auto V but I keep going through Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance; I've finished it once, now I'm going through it on hard to get even stronger, and I'll probably finish up with the Extreme difficulty. It's just so much fun to play; I can't really explain it. And besides, I've got time. As I don't have any interest in any game that releases before October, I can afford a little trip down memory lane. I did really like Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, though, and I highly recommend it to anyone who missed out the first time around.
My girlfriend is currently playing Sniper Elite III; it appeals to her meticulous, calculating personality. She also likes to shoot stuff. ;) I'll have the review ready this week; it's a pretty solid game, and well worth the money if you're a sniper fanatic at heart.
7/12/2014 Ben Dutka