Ben's Week In Review: December 20
Guess it was all about Hideo Kojima this week, huh?
Kojima coming back to PlayStation just feels right somehow
If he's really serious about sticking with big-budget AAA games, I'm sure he realizes that multiplatform is his only option down the road. But in the meantime, Kojima siding with Sony for a new project does indeed make it feel like all is right with the world. Well, for PlayStation fans, at any rate.
When the big news dropped, I wasn't really surprised. Firstly, while I don't doubt that Kojima considered leaving the industry for a while, I think we all know he's a game creator at heart. Even if he had dropped off the radar for a year or more, he would've inevitably returned, and I'm sure he'd be the first to admit it. Secondly, he has made no bones about his dislike of Microsoft in the past and he has often praised Sony; he may despise Konami at this point, but I don't recall him ever complaining about his relationship with Sony. Thirdly and lastly, I knew whatever he would tackle would be absolutely epic because it's in his blood; it's all he really knows how to do. Kojima and mobile just don't mix, as evidenced by that impassioned letter he penned the day his studio site opened.
When you consider all the factors, it shouldn't come as a shock that Kojima is now heading his own studio and their first game will debut on a PlayStation platform. It'll be awfully interesting to see how his project stacks up against the next Metal Gear Solid; lest we forget, Konami says they're currently recruiting for that project and it's gonna take some serious resources. Yeah, well, Kojima's project will be a spared-no-expense endeavor, too. And I will give the edge to this guy any day of the week.
Final Fantasy XV and Persona 5 launching in the summer...?
That one survey question has prompted this intriguing possibility and it made me wonder: You know, if that happened, I wonder how JRPG fans would react. Of course, there's no chance Persona 5 outsells FFXV if the two games came out close to one another; the name "Final Fantasy" alone, despite its depressing fall from grace, means that's not possible. But as Square Enix has continued to leave the old fans in the dust and focused on getting new fans, one would assume that those aging JRPG followers would be all over Persona 5, while dismissing FFXV. And maybe a younger generation would be more interested in FFXV because...well, because it's faster and flashier. But does the company see it this way? Why would they even ask the question in that survey? Perhaps Persona is so big in Japan that releasing the two games at about the same time really could have a detrimental effect on FFXV. Not sure.
I probably won't play either one; I've never been a fan of the Persona games and FF has been dead to me since Lightning Returns. I know we're supposed to get more FFXV info in January but at this rate, the developers can't say anything that won't piss me off. All I want from them now is Kingdom Hearts III; I assume they can get that right, at the very least.
Personal gaming update
I was swamped with giant games over the past few months, so I never got a chance to do a Rocket League review. It also slipped off my radar because when I first heard about it, I just shrugged and went, "eh, a follow-up to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars." And that was a fun game back in 2008 but I didn't think it warranted a spiritual successor. Then I started hearing all these great things about Rocket League, so I'll be playing it over the course of the next few days and then deliver a review. I did have a lot of fun with Yakuza 5; it's a great game and one the fans should adore. But you know how you can really enjoy some franchises but you never actually finish one of the games? Well, Yakuza has always been like that for me. I play like 2/3 or 3/4 but I always lose interest before I finish.
And by the way, whoever did up the categories for the PlayStation GotY awards at the PlayStation Blog needs to be reprimanded. There are some bizarre inclusions and glaring omissions...
12/19/2015 Ben Dutka