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Ben's Week In Review: April 12

Two pretty big game announcements this week, although one doesn't come as much of a surprise.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is the one we should care about

Oh, I have no doubt Treyarch will deliver a solid product in Call of Duty: Black Ops III. I'd be surprised if they didn't.

But really, the best news of the week was obviously the emergence of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The early details are plenty encouraging and the announcement trailer is just plain awesome. Human Revolution was a great game and honestly, I think it sort of got lost in the shuffle last generation. It just seems like we didn't talk about it anywhere near enough, especially after it released. I'm hoping the hype surrounding Mankind Divided is substantial because this series needs more attention, I think. Too many so-called "gamers" have never heard of the IP and I find that depressing. I had a few problems with the boss fights in the last entry but then again, so did most everyone. Maybe this time, Eidos Montreal won't make the mistake of farming out those encounters (which is a completely bizarre idea).

I say the hallmark of a great game is its ability to entertain just about everyone. For example, if the story or setting just isn't your style and you still love it, that's a top-tier game. Red Dead Redemption was like that for me; I really don't like Western themes at all and that game ruled. I also don't really like sci-fi/futuristic settings but I've always had a blast with Deus Ex. That should tell you a lot.

Yes, I want Mirror's Edge 2 more than Mass Effect 4

When I heard that both games should release in the next year, I was pretty excited. And not because of ME4, like most would say.

As I said above, not being a big sci-fi fan, Mass Effect doesn't really appeal to me. I did, however, adore Mirror's Edge, which is one of my favorite games from the previous generation. Problem is, I'm worried that the long-awaited sequel will be more about open-world exploration and combat than anything else. I didn't mind the linearity of the original and I especially enjoyed the puzzle-solving element; it was unique and challenging. Where else would you find a free-running theme coupled with a platforming puzzle of sorts? Sure, Faith was quite acrobatic and could handle weapons, but it was mostly about free-running. It was more about evasion and finding the best path through various obstacles. I understand that one can greatly expand on this concept and I don't mind such expansion.

I do mind if it's a completely different idea, though. If you change the game entirely and it's just another open-world action game, only from a first-person perspective, I won't be anywhere near as interested. But maybe that's just me.

Personal gaming update

As you might've guessed by now, I'm loving Axiom Verge. Sure, there are plenty of retro games out there but this one is a cut above. It faithfully recreates the old 2D Metroid adventures and subtly works in refinements we wish we had back in the day. Granted, nostalgia plays a massive role - as it would with any throwback title - but this remains an exceedingly well-balanced and produced old-school production. As for MLB 15: The Show, it's another great baseball simulator from Sony San Diego but it does feel a tad tired. And I expect more from the next generation of sports simulators.

This week, it's time for Mortal Kombat X. Who's getting it day one?

4/11/2015 Ben Dutka

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 10:13:42 PM

I look forward to Deus Ex. I hope it delivers.
I'll get ME4 day one. That series get's prime time seating like few others.

I think because I've played a number of Metroid style games in my time, including multiple Metroid-vania's from the GBA (all excellent) and the PSX/Vita SotN, and there's still that Strider remake sitting around I haven't played, Axiom Verge is a hard sell for me. I feel happy with the games of that genre I've got... and I sorta feel they're all better anyway.

PGU: It's all been Bloodborne for me this last week.
I made my way through 3 more bosses. I slaughtered the Reborn One last night. That boss totally reminded me of Castevania SotN's floating ball of corpses, but sorta different. It was pretty dang gross and cool!

The enemy and setting variety is fantastic. I can't say I've played a game in recent memory that has an action flavor that offers as many unique enemy types. It's incredible really. I feel like I'm near the end of the game because the 3 grave stones are filling up with names.

The game sorta makes me want to check out that new Dark Souls 2 remaster. Though, I wonder if Bloodborne will be enough for me for a while. It is worth another play through.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 10:25:27 PM

btw, I was checking out the trophy percentages for Bloodborne. Anyone notice the PS4 actually shows percentage stats for trophies?
I was somewhat impressed that over 25% of the people who've played Bloodborne in the states have beat the boss I just beat.
That's not bad for a long, newer, hard game. It seems gamers are really sticking to it.
But I wonder how those percentages pan out as time goes on. That if gamers are really sticking it through as time goes on.

I saw that the TLoU Remaster on normal difficulty has a 30.5% completion rating by way of comparison.

I was looking at stats also for another PS exclusive KZ SF. I noticed it's campaign completion was only 25%
Though it's probably safe to say SF draws in a number of guys ONLY interested in multiplayer. THere's also the fact SF's campaign was dull and boring and it rated quite a bit lower than either Bloodborne or TLoU to begin with.

There's also the consideration that games that are given out free with bundles, or with PS Plus, and or have more of a pocketed target market, like TLoU, probably have it's percentage deflated as curious people who got TLoU bundled with their PS4 (whether they wanted it or not) loaded it up just to try it out. But who knows?

Anyway, it's an interesting observation.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 10:50:05 PM

That is quite impressive, though I would argue that the percentage for TLoU would probably be higher on the original PS3 release as opposed to the Remastered.
As for Killzone Shadow Fall, it lost me after the ridiculous boss battle in Chapter 9, the game has some fantastic controls and mechanics and I loved to OWL but the rest of the game design felt generic and repetitive. Hopefully the sequel will be better.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 11:11:44 PM

"TLoU would probably be higher on the original PS3 release as opposed to the Remastered"
I'd say not necessarily because we're dealing with percentages.
In terms of overall sales, though, yea, I'd say TLoU on PS3 sold more, having been the initial platform it launched on. Though I think one could argue the percentage of people playing it and finishing it on the PS4 could be higher because of it having the appeal to those who already played the game and liked it a lot therefore they bought it again to play it through again.

But yea, KZ SF was an off step for sure. Some levels were so bland and boring, and the story just wasn't interesting enough to support it's concept. Anyway, I hope they ditch the rogue agent thing and go back to it's traditional warfare model.

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mk ultra
Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 4:45:18 AM

Temjin: Don't sleep on AV. I've played my share of Metroid-vania games as well over the last two decades and this one feels special. Like a love letter to a fan from another fan. The video of it doesn't quite do it justice. The fine details and nostalgia of it has to be experienced first hand to see it's greatness. All my opinion of course, but worth it in my book.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 11:50:01 AM

Actually, going through the trophy list I was surprised how many people have actually defeated all the bosses. Average would be around 20%. I've done everything, the only one I need to defeat is the one in the chalice dungeons and I have 100% in the game. Definitely was difficult, but easier than demons souls. That is my favorite in the soul series, well second to this one now.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 12:21:26 PM

I never finished ME3, I'd like to see my Shepards ending but it kinda got spoiled already during the ending hooplah. Also, I think the game is falling apart. Bioware shouldn't make every game in their trilogy a quest to build a team while the main enemy is already assaulting and ready to fight at any time. It's like the whole story is optional and the gameplay has become confused imo.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 10:39:53 PM

Mirror's Edge 2 has me very excited, I just recently played through the first using Playstation Now and was very impressed. The parkour system gives the player a real sense of weight and movement, worlds better than Dying Light's. However some of the level design lacked direction in an awkward bad way and the hand to hand and gun combat are absolutely broken. That said still a fantastic experience

I could care less about Mass Effect 4 until I see some gameplay.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided could possibly peak my interest but I still need to finish Human Revolution.

Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is beginning to appeal to me in a way I never thought it would, if it's half the game the developer says it is than we're in for a real treat. The promises of meaningful side quests has me very intrigued.

Currently Playing:
Bloodborne continues, I'm currently battling my way through Cainhurst Castle. The world continues to impress with its outstanding artistic direction. I still have issues with some of the game design and forced grinding but at this point I'm addicted.
I too am considering checking out Dark Souls 2 but I'll probably need a break from the series after Bloodborne is up.
I'm also replaying The Last of Us Remastered on Grounded as a breather from Bloodborne. It's hard for me to imagine a better game than this, though I'm sure Naughty Dog will come though. The story, pacing, and art design make current gen games feel worlds behind.

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Solid Fantasy
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 10:46:21 PM

We may be way too overexcited for Deus Ex. It has nothing to do with the potential but rather the 2016 release date. I want it in my hands right now and it hurts to think it's a year or so away. HR was such a nice boon to the under played Cyber punk genre.

The Witcher 3 is troubling me. All the news seems to suggest that this could be one of the best games of all time for me.The problem as suggested this week is the length. As a completest it burns me when I know there are crevices in a game that I never saw because I didn't have the time. With the overwhelming push to have more open world games the average gamer is going to have to give up the notion of ever doing everything there is to do in a game. Seems like a minor issue for some, but for me it kind of sucks. I'll be taking an online class ontop of everything else in my day when The Witcher III hits so I'm going to resist the urge for a while. If the combat mechanic is too fast pace or difficult I may have to use that as an excuse to stay away completely.

PGU: 2dn run though of The Oder. A lot of miss opportunities for sure, but certainly a 7 too 8 /10.

I thought I was on pace to finish Rainbow Moon in under a 100 hours. Then I picked up a whole new character and was introduced to the actual world map. wtf!? It doesn't matter if it takes me 500 hours this game will be finished!
And I'm enjoying the 97 reboot of Shadow Warrior again on the PC. When VR hits full potential I may just buy the 1997 emulator and hang out in the good old days.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 10:51:46 PM

I definitely see where you're coming from in regards to the Witcher 3, for me the question is will the gameplay and quests be able to hold my interest for that long.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 2:44:30 AM

Just started Bloodborne. Loving it. Dying a lot and it is taking me back to my Demons Souls days. The gains measured in inches.

Traded in Evolve and The Order to buy Bloodborne. Good things to say about both of them. Evolve is a fantastic idea but the servers in my region seemed dead so it was hard to get a decent game. The Order had fantastic graphics and story but the gameplay was seriously undercooked. Reminded me of the first Uncharted. Room to improve. Bloodborne will get all my attention now.

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mk ultra
Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 4:35:30 AM

I'm really starting to anticipate the upcoming E3!
I can't wait for them to show some ME2 footage. I definitely share your concern. I will be astonished if they pull it off without losing the charm and essence of the original, but if they at least stay true to the free running it should be great.
Deus Ex should be awesome as well as I loved the original. Another great game I would have never played had it not been for PS+. Speaking of which I want a sequel to Binary Domain.
I'm also still holding out for Beyond Good and Evil 2, even though it's starting to feel like vaporware.

PGU: Still loving Axiom Verge and trying to beat Bloodborne when I'm not getting distracted by friends with AW and Destiny. Getting MLB the show for the first time in years. Gotta get some wins for the Angels cause they seem to be in trouble already after a great spring.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 7:05:56 AM

Personally i cant wait for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided as for Black Ops 3 i could careless about it. I want both Mirrors Edge 2 and Mass Effect 4 as someone said earlier E3 is looking epic this year.

PGU: Im just finally getting back into gaming after a 3 year break to take care of personal issues. Frankly I dont even know where to begin. Oh why did i still buy games on my break.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 7:20:21 AM

i think that the game announcements are good we need more new games.

then with COD and deus ex i think COD will probably be fine and i probably won't get it and i've said why already so i don't need to again. but the new deus ex game for someone who hasnt played one looks good really quite entertaining

then with mirrors edge and ME i think i might consider getting mirrors edge just cos i'm liking that kind of gameplay and control mechanics from watching dying light gameplay a fair bit and i might even end up getting that game after all later in the year. as for ME i'm sure it'll be good but i'm still not completely convinced on it personally but i might maybe one day

the on PGU: 1stly on axiom verge and MLB before i let you know what i have been up to. so i think that axiom verge looked really cool a bit of throw back to high school me some of the guys in class would play pokemon and 2D metroid on emulators on PC so i can appriciate it for what it is and i might consider it at some point.

now then on the actual PGU:i have played much on the playstation or PC but i have played a bit of stuff on my phone the power of two today and a some guessing general knowledge games and then a word puzzle game but like i said before i'm still about half way or up to chapter 13 on unchartered 2

happy gaming

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Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 10:00:01 AM

Bloodborne has been it for me, simply can't get enough of it. Almost don't want to complete it, it's just a beautiful game.

Keeping an eye out for that next Evil Within DLC as well considering how surprisingly good the first one was.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 12:17:37 PM

Ben, I don't remember seeing a Life is Strange review here. If you haven't played Life is Strange you have to go do it right now. This minute.

Even though it's basically modern, it's location out of time and in the space of Americana result in a love letter to anyone who grew up as a teenager in the 90's. The immersion is full on nostalgia of high school and college days that really poke at and tug those soft and supple heart strings about the time when we all thought things would be the same forever. Of course, things change and get shocking and your power isn't perfect.

I just finished the second episode and now I'm just on wait for the next, that's what I don't like about serials, but it's amazing to see the serial of pre-TV Radio show days returned in the digital age.

Also, finished Dragon Age Inquisition. WORST ending ever. That game was 5 quests and 1000 useless fetch quests that had nothing to do with anything. Done with that series.

DmC DE had a collapse but I think the new patch fixed it so now I can finish.

Other than that, not sure what to play much. Kinda all over the place. Even started a game of Red Dead Redemption since my save got killed. It holds up even to PS4 standards, but it may still be too slow for me these days.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 9:21:49 PM

Yeah, sorry, I really wanted to get that review done.

I'll try to do it this week. And you're always welcome to write one for us, if you wish. :)

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Monday, April 13, 2015 @ 1:19:43 PM

perhaps i will

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Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 2:31:12 PM

You do like *some* sci-fi Ben, cause Deus Ex is sci-fi too - it's just a different kind than Mass Effect. There's plenty of subgenres to that big hat they call sci-fi. :)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 9:23:01 PM

Yeah, I suppose. I guess it just has to be done in a certain way.

I still say the thing that separates great games from good ones is the ability to appeal to just about everyone, though. At least in some fashion. Like with Bloodborne; it really is only for a niche hardcore audience, but the challenge it offers and the rewards one can feel from conquering it is universal.

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Monday, April 13, 2015 @ 4:46:37 AM

I'm all into Bloodbrone now on PS4. And it will stay this way until Batman will hit shelves.
On the other hand I found this amazing game on PC - Ori and the Blind Forest. The game is just purely fantastic. Reminds me of good times where platformers were good. Just look at review scores...

Anyway, thanks to DX:MD annoncement, I decided to play and finish DX:HR as I never dug into it due to poor PC I had. Finished the first DX ~3 times thou :)

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Monday, April 13, 2015 @ 11:30:16 AM

My PGU is still with Bloodborne. I had stomach flu a couple days last week, but the nausea is still lingering. Can't handle staring at the screen still.


So I've played no games at all in almost a week because of it. That's the bad kinda sick, man... even when you take a sick day, you can't even play a game. That's just not fair!

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