Ben's Week In Review: April 19
Lots of fresh information for new games this week, so let's start with that.
New Star Ocean and Guitar Hero, and Star Wars: Battlefront dated
If you hadn't guessed, I no longer consider myself a fan of JRPGs. I really can't, as I haven't played a new one in years. I still like the older RPGs from the original PlayStation and PS2 eras but the genre has slipped so badly, and there are far better games out there.
Even so, I have high hopes for Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness. Even though I never finished Star Ocean: The Last Hope International, it was still a really solid and entertaining game. If the new entry builds on that foundation and opens the world up a bit more, I can envision an excellent role-playing game with the appropriately intricate narrative and combat system. I just hope they don't go full-on action, which all JRPGs are apparently trying to do these days. No one can figure out why but whatever.
As much as I don't really care about music games (outside of the old-school titles), I think Guitar Hero Live is a step in the right direction. They're overhauling that dated cartoon-y exterior, upgrading the guitar peripheral, and producing a one-and-done, all-encompassing title. In other words, we shouldn't get an endless slew of spin-off;s they'll just build on that this one game with future content. It's really the best plan for that series. As for Star Wars: Battlefront, I don't care about the setting but it'll be nice to get something different in the multiplayer sphere. It won't be entirely different but at least it's a twist.
One of my most anticipated games? Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
Have you been following this game at all? I have. It's one of those creepy adventure titles that piques my curiosity, and I really love that new gameplay trailer. Not only is the game unbelievably beautiful, but it's also highly atmospheric. It was the right move to utilize the first-person perspective for such an experience, as one really senses the confusion and fear when exploring a seemingly dead town. It reminds me of the Silent Hill franchise, actually. It's like a blend of mystery, adventure, and perhaps horror; we haven't seen anything truly "horrific" just yet, but I imagine the key to this particular mystery isn't exactly cheerful. Everyone is dead; how can the situation be rosy? I just hope these developers know what they're doing (never heard of The Chinese Room).
I do know they made a game called Dear Esther and based on what I'm seeing with Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, maybe I should look into it. Gotta check on platforms...it's not on PlayStation, is it?
Personal gaming update
I think Mortal Kombat X is a great game but I'm just not into fighters. I'm now about 30 hours into Shadow Hearts: Covenant and I still love Axiom Verge. And I will have a review for Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones this week; it's a challenging, enjoyable follow-up that's definitely worth looking into. Above all else, though, like many others, I'm anxiously awaiting The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which has finally gone gold. For once, a huge game is coming up and I might actually have the time to sink my teeth into it. There isn't much scheduled for the summer, besides Batman: Arkham Knight and I'm not a superhero fan.
I'm not so excited that I have to gain access to the game a day early, though. Really, just give me my physical copy; I'll wait a few more hours. :)
4/18/2015 Ben Dutka