Ben's Week In Review: August 17
Well, plenty of news during Gamescom week, as usual.
Forget Rise of the Tomb Raider for a second; the PS4 has some amazing-looking games coming
Amid the uproar surrounding Microsoft's purchase of timed exclusivity for Rise of the Tomb Raider, it was all too easy to forget that Sony had a pretty great Gamescom briefing.
Not only did they show off several new exclusive titles, they showed of brand new IPs. That's significant. When's the last time Xbox came up with a brand new exclusive IP? Everyone points to Nintendo as king of the first-party exclusives, but I don't see how they even qualify if they haven't made a new character in several decades. PlayStation will be first to get Ninja Theory's upcoming Hellblade, which looks a lot like "Heavenly Sword 2." Hell, even the titles are similar: "Heavenly Sword" vs. "Hell Blade?" I mean, come on.
Then there's the extremely ambitious Wild, which could be a defining game of the generation. Another defining game could be No Man's Sky, which sounds downright revolutionary. These are huge games and absolutely nothing to sneeze at. Let's also not forget that Destiny will be best played on the PS4 (as Sony hasn't hesitated to claim throughout 2014). And next year, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Bloodborne, and The Order: 1886, just to name a few...yeah, I'm perfectly okay with having to wait on the new Tomb Raider.
Okay, these new RPGs might be WAY too big
Yes, I do believe a game can be too huge. If I have to spend a zillion hours just to feel as if I accomplished anything, I really can't play it. Sure, you can finish the campaigns in less than 40 hours but let's face it: Who's really doing that? If you're a role-playing fan, since when do you race through a game like Dragon Age: Inquisition? You may not take the total completionist mentality and invest a whopping 150 hours, but you'll almost certainly spend a lot more than 30 or 40 hours. That's just how RPG fans are. And the more I see of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the more I'm convinced I won't have time for it.
And let's not forget that we're also getting two Assassin's Creed games this year (that Gamescom footage of Rogue looked sweet), as well as Grand Theft Auto V on next-gen consoles. All these massive open-world adventures are gonna star to pile up...
Personal gaming update
I can't go into detail just yet but I've been playing The Last Tinker: City of Color. It's entertaining and it definitely lives up to its title, but that's all I can say right now. I also got Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, so you'll see a review for that this week. Next week, it'll be all about Diablo III: The Ultimate Evil Edition; can't wait for that! Too bad I'm having a bi*** of a time beating Eldrith on Extreme difficulty in Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance...pissing me off. Oh, and just because there are plenty of huge multiplatform blockbusters set for the fall, don't forget about LittleBigPlanet 3!
Metrico has a great premise but one of these days, developers are going to have to understand what the word "gimmick" means.
8/16/2014 Ben Dutka