Ben's Week In Review: June 21
Well, another E3 has come and gone but this is one I think we'll all remember for a long time. :)
My favorite E3 moments!
Despite the fact that I'm downright terrified Square Enix will ruin my all-time favorite role-playing game, the Final Fantasy VII Remake announcement was tops for me.
Just in terms of shock value and seeing everyone react in such a fashion. It's something I'd long since given up on and suddenly, there it was. It was such a rush. I'm well aware this is a remake and not a remaster, so we all know it won't be turn-based. And I've already explained what they need to do to to avoid an absolute travesty, so I'm not going to dive into that again. They just have to retain the soul of this game and yes, it has to be an RPG first and an action game second, or they will have successfully destroyed the game, as far as I'm concerned.
I may not be a Fallout fan but I freakin' loved Dishonored (there's a reason it won Game of the Year here in 2012) and I was super stoked to hear about the sequel. They can make the environments a tad bigger (not a lot) and keep that same great focus on story, and I'll be happy. Then there's the return of The Last Guardian, which was very exciting. ICO and Shadow of the Colossus are still two of my favorite games of all time, and I just know Guardian is going to be special. On top of which, it's a new IP that appears to be very unique in terms of style and gameplay. We really need that.
Guerrilla's Horizon: Zero Dawn really blew me away. It not only looks like a lot of fun, but I'm digging the mix of futuristic and fantastical; the game had an Enslaved: Odyssey to the West vibe mixed with the scope and depth of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. If Guerrilla can pull that off, it's bound to be one of the very best games of 2016. I also liked what I saw from Mirror's Edge: Catalyst even though there's obviously a bigger emphasis on combat. At least there aren't any guns; that's a good move. Oh, and who can not love that gameplay demo for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End? Yeah, it broke. I know. But I seriously doubt we'll have any trouble with the game when it launches.
One note about Microsoft's announced backward compatibility for Xbox One:
And no, I wouldn't care if it was announced for PS4/PS3 because I really don't play PS3 games anymore. I've said this many times before: These days, the gameplay doesn't really change much over the generations; the technical elements get better but the genres haven't altered drastically in some time. I can see wanting to play older games every now and then because they're completely different than what we have now, but why play slightly inferior versions of current titles? I just can't see going back to play the original Uncharted on my PS4. If I want true old-school RPGs, I have to go back pretty far, at least to the PS2, and...well, I've got my PS2 hooked up so I can play all my PS2 and PS1 games. I just can't imagine that many people wanting to play 360 games on Xbox One, that's all.
Personal gaming update
Batman: Arkham Knight is pretty dang great. Not my thing (never was into superheroes) but it's really good. Review coming ASAP; it's another massive game that's going to require a bunch of time. Then it's back to The Witcher 3, obviously. I enjoyed LEGO Jurassic World but it had a few too many bugs for my taste. It's still a great option for families and those seeking a light, airy co-op adventure. Once I can put Batman behind me, I'll dive back into The Witcher 3 and if I can finish that before Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (September 1), I'll start Rogue Galaxy. A friend found the game and the guide cheap and gave them to me as a present; it's one of the very few PS2 RPGs I've always regretted missing. :)
6/20/2015 Ben Dutka