Ben's Week In Review: September 7
The week before Destiny and all through the house...
Take-Two better unveil a new Red Dead before the end of the year
I'm just so pumped for a next-gen Red Dead, and all indications are that a new entry is looming on the horizon.
Saying Red Dead Redemption "rejuvenated the Western entertainment genre" is a bold claim (as it doesn't only include video games), but it's not entirely without merit. Don't forget that it really converted some gamers who were - forgive the pun - dead set against the idea of a Western. I've never liked Westerns. With the exception of "Tombstone," I've never seen one I really liked. That's why I was all sorts of skeptical going into RDR, but I emerged a total convert; I reverted to a childhood where you just wanna be an outlaw cowboy. Not my childhood, but you know what I mean.
As much as I love GTA, and as great as GTAV was, I have no doubt that whenever the new Red Dead hits the headlines, it'll be atop my most-wanted list until it arrives. There was a time when Final Fantasy XV would be firmly entrenched in the #1 position but those days are long gone; at this point, even Kingdom Hearts III is ahead of it.
Mortal Kombat is bound to turn some heads in April
Now that we have an official release date for Mortal Kombat X, mark your calendars: That's about when the mainstream press will once again lost their sh**.
Mortal Kombat was the franchise that sparked the video game violence debate, which directly led to ratings and the ESRB. Now, to be clear, I support the ESRB wholeheartedly, as I support the MPAA. However, I have never supported the heavy slant exhibited by the press; a slant that's documented all too well over the years. You can bet that when MKX hits store shelves, the anti-game activists will be lying in wait with torches and pitchforks. It'll be a freakin' free-for-all if any of those nasty Fatalities or Brutalities ends up on the news. I will add, though, that NetherRealm may have gone a touch too far with this new entry.
Some of the footage I've seen is just plain...unsettling.
Personal gaming update
Well, of course I have to be playing Destiny. I got the Limited Edition in the mail on Friday and I know Activision is going to want that review up ASAP after the embargo. But once I've played it enough to formulate an accurate, professional analysis, I'll be reverting to Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, as I said in that whatcha playin' article. Still, it's pretty hard to put down Velocity 2X, which is one of the most polished and entertaining games of 2014. It's fantastic on PS4 as well, if you're wondering.
As for Madden NFL 15, it's good but I just don't have time for it. I can't deal with sports simulators these days; they just require way too much time. No, I'm fine with playing a few rounds of Madden '93 on the ol' SNES if I've got a little spare time. ;)
9/6/2014 Ben Dutka