Ben's Week In Review: June 14
E3 is almost here. Everyone excited?
Ratchet & Clank on PS4 looks amazing
Those Ratchet & Clank trailers were something else, weren't they?
I never really got into this franchise when it first rolled around. Even though I had started branching out into different genres besides RPGs, a game like R&C just didn't appeal to me. However, a friend of mind loved these titles so I saw a lot of them. They always seemed like lots of fun and later, when I got a chance to review a few of the games, I realized just how entertaining they could be. Problem was, some other game always seemed to get in the way; whenever a new Ratchet & Clank launched, it never hit the top of my priority list and subsequently got passed over.
Maybe this PS4 remake is my chance to right the wrong. Besides, look at everything Insomniac is doing to it; this is far more than a "remake." It was re-built for PlayStation 4 from the ground up and it shows. Plus, we're getting a lot more content, including new weapons, bosses, planets and story segments. It really looks like one of those stellar productions that reminds everyone just how great Insomniac has been over the years. On top of which, it proves that revisiting a classic title doesn't have to consist of a mere point job.
Gran Turismo 7 is essential for PS4
Polyphony boss and GT creator Kazunori Yamauchi says it'd be a mistake to wait until 2017 to launch Gran Turismo 7. Well, that's probably true.
These titles have always given the PlayStation brand a significant boost. PS2 wasn't exactly owning the earth before Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec came out; that bundle made a very big difference and began the explosion that continued through 2001 and beyond. In general, GTs have a great impact on PlayStation hardware sales and with the exclusive future looking somewhat dull right now, a formal GT7 announcement would go a long way toward refueling interest in the PS4 platform. I know PS4 was back on top in May but I really don't see that continuing unless we get some big PlayStation news soon. Gran Turismo 7, even if it's a ways off, would help to generate some really positive buzz.
Personal gaming update
Obviously, still The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The game is so massive I can't picture doing everything I want to do until the end of the summer. Of course, I still have to handle Batman: Arkham Knight very soon, so I'll have to take a substantial break to play that. I really tried to like Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy but despite my appreciation of the depth and unique art style, it was just too irritating and frustrating. I don't remember all Japanese games being quite so...unfair. It just seems like that's the hallmark of the Japanese game these days: questionable design that results in unnecessary tedium.
Hey, I've been playing for a long time and I well remember the days when just about all we had were Japanese titles. And yes, they were harder. But there's a very big difference between a true challenge in excellent game design (i.e., Bloodborne) and artificial challenge via shoddy design.
So, what will you playing this week?
6/13/2015 Ben Dutka