Ben's Week In Review: February 15
It's snowing. Again. ...ridiculous.
I don't blame Ready at Dawn for being ticked off
I actually applauded studio boss Andrea Pessino's annoyed Tweet. The hatred surrounding The Order: 1886 seems entirely unfounded and sparked by early gameplay footage that wasn't a full representation of the final product.
I've questioned various aspects of the game, too, but I've never been anything less than excited for the game. In fact, I think it's a critical game for PlayStation 4, especially at this particular moment in the new generation. Based on everything we know, I fail to see how the game is destined to be a generic flop, nor do I understand the animosity and hostility directed at the designers. It's almost as if everyone is looking for a reason to hate on the game. When Pessino labels certain articles as "idiocy," he's perfectly in the right to do so. If it's idiotic, say it. Gamers don't have the right to run amok and spread lies just because they've got a personal agenda.
I do have reservations about The Order but I see nothing that has earned Ready at Dawn such accusations and reactions. And if I were the developers, and I'd poured my heart and soul into this project, I wouldn't appreciate such crap, either.
No, I don't care about Titanfall
EA says there's a good chance a Titanfall sequel will happen and when it does, it will be a multiplatform title. Whatever.
I saw and played a bunch of it because really, it's hard to know anyone who didn't play this game. It was such a huge deal when it came out and many bought an Xbox One just to play it. I have no idea why, though; as far as I could tell, it was just another multiplayer shooter with a few minor twists. It didn't even look especially impressive, and the overall content package seemed lacking. Granted, it's not really my thing, but I do appreciate a great game, no matter the genre. In this case, the production values were pretty good but beyond that, I wasn't seeing anything that would make me come back and play more. If they want to give us an Xbox One exclusive, give us Sunset Overdrive.
Actually, scratch that. Just bring Insomniac back to the PlayStation fold and tell them to make another Resistance. That's what I want more than anything in the shooter world, believe it or not.
Personal gaming update
And speaking of shooters, I think Evolve is a great example of a shooter with a significant twist. I know it may not entice many hardcore shooting aficionados because the learning curve is a little steep, but I appreciate that depth and variety. It's one of those games that rewards patience, practice, experimentation and strategy, and I always take to such games. I thought I might actually finish Resident Evil HD Remaster (an absolute gem for die-hard survival/horror fans), but I've been sidetracked by Evolve. That, and I'll keep clearing out districts in Assassin's Creed Unity until The Order: 1886 gets here. GTAV is getting play time, too.
As for Ubisoft, I meant every word I said. If you're going to treat those who simply want to play alone as second-rate consumers, I've got no interest in buying your products.
2/14/2015 Ben Dutka