Ben's Week In Review: July 20
So, anyone staying up all night to play the Destiny beta? I have no inclination to do that, but I hear people are pretty hooked.
The Last Of Us: Remastered frames per second issue...is it really worth all this fuss?
I don't think I've ever heard of a game garnering so much attention for one particular technical element.
The Last Of Us: Remastered offers an upgraded 60 frames per second, but as the developers announced this week, players can choose to lock in at 30FPS. This has resulted in yet another rash of debate, over whether or not 30 frames per second is quite simply inferior the whole way 'round. Some say it is, while others claim the lower FPS rate is better for cut-scenes and CGI sequences. And as TLoU is very cinematic in nature, some players may not want to mess with the original setup.
To be perfectly frank, I can't believe people can talk about this stuff for so long. I guess you either need a lot of free time on your hands, or you need to be more of a technophile (which I am not). I just know I don't really care one way or the other, provided the game is enjoyable. I also know all the Uncharted games ran at 30FPS and they remain some of the most technically impressive games I've ever played, so...
I'm actually excited about the new Doom
It's great that id Software finally got around to announcing the new Doom, because I'm looking forward to it. I've heard they're adding some pretty intense melee combat to go along with the standard FPS action, but I also hope they retain that horror-esque vibe. Doom III was one of my favorite games because it blended the FPS and horror genres. It was just so wonderfully atmospheric and the campaign was thrilling from start to finish. I'm sure the designers will put more of an emphasis on multiplayer this time around because it's a shooter, and they have no choice.
But even so, I'd really like to see an upgraded version of Doom III and if they want to toss in more brutality and craziness, fine. So long as it's not just a generic shooter, I'll be satisfied. I like FPSs but these days, they really need to have a certain vibe to keep me interested. Wolfenstein: The New Order's vibe was simply that it was an old-school FPS, and I missed that. ;)
Personal gaming update
Sniper Elite III is a good game but I'm going through Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance on Extreme now, and I just gotta finish. My girlfriend is having a blast with Sniper, though, as she really likes that series; it plays to her strategic and planning strengths. Me, I'm tentatively intrigued by Natural Doctrine, which could be a great turn-based strategy experience. Haven't seen many such games in recent memory, you know? I'm just a little worried about some of the import reviews I've seen...some say the game is more trouble than it's worth.
It'll be back to GTAV after BG:DA, and then I wait until Dragon Age: Inquisition in October.
7/19/2014 Ben Dutka