Ben's Week In Review: August 24
I guess I'm one of the few people who just aren't interested in Destiny. Oh well.
What I AM interested in: Assassin's Creed Unity
And not only because it's the first true next-generation entry in the franchise. No, it's also because Ubisoft appears to be making all the right moves this time around.
I saw three great pieces of information in the latest update: First, co-op is absolutely the way to go. Competitive multiplayer always felt out of place in this series, but co-op is freakin' awesome. Collaborating with a partner in that open-world assassin's playground, where you can devise multiple strategies? Sign me up. Second, they've finally adopted a slightly more role-playing structure, with the gear becoming more important. Your equipment will now have an impact on how you traverse the landscape and I say, 'bout damn time.
Thirdly and lastly, my favorite: The part where Ubisoft Montreal is trying to make the conversion between stealth and combat more fluid, more natural. This has always been a sore spot in the franchise for me; once you're spotted, you typically have no choice but to kill everyone in the vicinity. It's important for the AI system to be more intelligent, and for the overall experience to be that much more dynamic. All of these things make Assassin's Creed Unity by far and away my most anticipated game of 2014.
That "Silent Hills" game is going to be absolutely insane
First of all, has anyone figured out if "Silent Hills" is the official name of the game? Or is that just a weird pluralization of the standard name, Silent Hill due to a translation screw-up?
Well, whatever it ends up being called, it's going to be ridiculous. I played the "P.T." demo yesterday and while I didn't quite finish it (I'm stuck at the part with the hanging refrigerator; no idea what I'm supposed to do), it had a definite impact. That is what fear is all about: It's not about shoving a bunch of nastiness in your face, it's about keeping something terrifying just out of reach, just out of sight. Pretty soon, your imagination gets the better of you and you just want out. I also think it's awesome how they might be integrating "The War of the Worlds" in some fashion. Provided it's done skillfully, I'll be impressed.
Personal gaming update
I really wanted to like The Last Tinker: City of Colors more than I did. It's just too underwhelming to finish. Sorry about not getting the Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare review up sooner; I've had a few issues with my connection for some reason, so I haven't had enough play time yet. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition will soon follow that review, and then I'll try to get to Tales of Xillia 2. I notice it's not scoring as high as the original, but I haven't done any research as to why just yet. If anyone has already started playing it, how does it compare to the first title?
I'll be playing Diablo III for a while, I think. Like I said, I don't really care about Destiny. The first game I'll really want to play this fall will be Unity followed by Dragon Age: Inquisition.
8/23/2014 Ben Dutka