Ben's Week In Review: February 1
After shoveling eight tons of snow, I just can't believe we're in line for more. :(
So, the difference between 1080p and 900p is...?
Another week, another confirmation of a PlayStation 4 version of a multiplatform game outperforming the Xbox One version.
In this case, the "outperforming" is in regards to the maximum resolution for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which was revealed to be 1080p on PS4 and 900p on Xbox One. But here's my question: Does anyone really care that much? A lot of PS4 games seem to hit the 1080p HD max while the Xbox One counterparts don't reach as high, which is great for the PlayStation brand. At the same time, I wonder if the majority of gamers even notice or care. I mean, if you told an Xbox One owner that their copy of Wild Hunt ran at a lower resolution than the PS4 version, would they be all upset? Or would they say they wouldn't be able to notice the graphical difference, anyway? Isn't frame rate much more important? And both versions run at 30 frames per second, so...
For me, I only care about a game performing as it should, regardless of stats. I imagine that if most gamers are being truthful, they'd say the same thing. After all, when you sit down to play, the pretty pictures mean nothing if you're not enjoying yourself and the game isn't functioning properly. Therefore, 1080p vs. 900p seems to be almost trivial, right? Then again, you've got a contingent of tech geeks out there who claim otherwise, saying there's a definite difference and they will always notice. Well, whatever.
Square Enix makes another faux pas
It's not that they don't know how to produce great games. The Square Enix name is on plenty of fantastic titles (Tomb Raider, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Sleeping Dogs, etc.), although it's worth noting that they didn't develop these titles. What's always mind-boggling is their complete disconnect with gamers. It's like they're operating on another planet.
So, they tease this hot new PlayStation 4 exclusive known as "Project CODE Z" and all indications are that it could be a really great JRPG (what was once Squaresoft's forte, of course). Then, as it turns out, the game is just a new Spelunker entry. Now, the quality of the project in question is not the point. Maybe it'll be great, I don't know. The point is, you don't tease such a title with a freakin' countdown. You just don't. You look absolutely ridiculous when you keep offering these dramatic countdowns for little downloadable games that, while potentially promising, are hardly worth such a melodramatic lead-up. It's like Square Enix has no clue what consumers actually care about.
It's just comical and a little depressing.
Personal gaming update
If you've never played the classic original before, you owe it to yourself to check out Grim Fandango Remastered. In some ways, it doesn't withstand the test of time and unfortunately, that lagging is noticeable. But for the most part, it's a wonderful adventure classic that reminds one of a time when some video games were not only cerebral, but also charming, witty, lighthearted, and just plain amusing from front to back. I'm also playing Dying Light; apologies on the lateness of the review but there's a lot to this game and I want to experience as much of it as I can. If you're wondering, I do stand by my initial impressions but I obviously intend to build on those in the review.
Not long now before The Order: 1886 is here. :)
1/31/2015 Ben Dutka