Ben's Week In Review: December 6
The holiday season is in full swing; what games do you hope to be playing after you've unwrapped your gifts?
PlayStation Experience Recap
Let's start with the obvious: The Final Fantasy VII Remake trailer. And because I'm sick of being misquoted and misunderstood, I'll clarify again, for maybe the twenty-seventh time:
My preference may be turn-based but never once did I expect Square Enix to make this remake turn-based, nor would I ever have recommended that to the development team. It's just ridiculous to even consider. It's becoming harder and harder to hold a person's attention these days so if there isn't incessant action, you're risking a flop.
Beyond that, however, there is a logical progression of old role-playing systems that I'd like to see, that we have seen in past games like Dragon Age: Inquisition. There's a big difference between "RPG" and "Action-RPG" in my book; the former puts the emphasis on the planning and strategy and does not prioritize timed button presses. Action-RPGs are the reverse; a player's success is just as, if not more dependent on, those timed button presses, as they would be in any action-based game. It's my ardent belief that any new FF should be an RPG and not an action-RPG. That's all. Will I play the remake? Probably not, no, but that's personal.
Moving on, I'm glad to see Ni No Kuni: Revenant Kingdom coming exclusively to PS4. Granted, I really couldn't get into Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch but I know it was a great game, and one many JRPG fans loved. And speaking of PS4 exclusives, I'm really excited about that new Team Ninja game, Ni-Oh, which definitely reminds me of Onimusha (at least on some level). I just hope the story is decent. As for the Ratchet & Clank remake on PS4, I've been stoked for that for some time; it's awesome to hear it's coming on April 12. If you haven't seen the stage demo (embedded in the article) yet, you really need to. Insomniac rules. Lastly, even though I have zero interest in virtual reality of any kind, Ace Combat 7 for PlayStation VR could be huge; I can't really think of a better exhibition for that tech.
Other news I've seen - but haven't posted about yet - includes Uncharted 4: A Thief's End offering some narrative freedom by way of branching dialogue. It's common in RPGs but this would be a very new addition to what was once a strictly linear series. They also confirmed the date for MLB 16: The Show, announced a new Street Fighter V character, and there's a Full Throttle Remaster coming to PS4 and Vita. All in all, I'd say it was a pretty successful event, and the PS4 exclusive lineup for 2016 and beyond is looking extremely good right now.
Personal gaming update
I've been playing Just Cause 3 and Rainbow Six Siege; I wanted to have one of those reviews done this weekend but the Experience sort of got in the way. I intend to have JC3 done and up for Monday night, though. Both titles are pretty good and even though I've never been a big Just Cause fan, I think Avalanche really tightened things up with the latest entry. And yeah, it's totally over the top, which is a good thing. I'm also checking out the closed alpha for Doom, which is interesting I suppose, but as it's strictly a multiplayer test, I don't play for very long. I forget, is this reboot supposed to have a story, like Doom III, which I loved? Or is it all online?
By the way, my Vita has gotten some use recently, thanks to two solid games: Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires and Teslagrad. If you haven't already, I recommend reading one or both of those reviews because if you're like me, you're desperate for reasons to pick up the Vita.
12/5/2015 Ben Dutka