Ben's Week In Review: February 7
A big week here as the new contributors will start, so expect to see all sorts of fresh stuff! :)
Sooooo can't wait for Mirror's Edge Catalyst
If you didn't already know, I adored the original. Now, while I know the sequel won't have the same puzzle-solving element (a lot of the first game involved figuring out how to progress to the next area), I still think it has tremendous promise.
I was worried it would go completely open-world, and that it would focus more on the action; ala the gunplay. Thankfully, though, I think I got a happy medium and it's the best I can hope for: Firstly, DICE confirmed the game would indeed be more open than the first one, but you unlock more of the world as you progress. That's not sandbox and the focus should remain on the unfolding narrative, so I'm good with that. Then they announced that they'd completely ditched the guns, which was a damn good idea. Yeah, now there will be a heftier emphasis on hand-to-hand combat but I can deal. And based on the footage I've seen so far, I'm stoked.
I'm hoping to get into that closed beta test later, too. I'm not entirely sure what it is they want to test, but I'd love to dive into this one early. Oh, and if you haven't checked out the latest trailer, you really need to; it's well worth your time. Catalyst could very well be one of my favorite games of 2016...
...the only problem is that another of my most anticipated games comes out at almost exactly the same time
And that's the freshly dated Doom, which is now launching on May 13. The new Mirror's Edge lands on May 24 so yeah, those two are gonna take up most of my time that month. I've got no interest in the Collector's Edition for Doom but that new trailer is just bad-ass and I really haven't played a great FPS campaign in a while. Call of Duty: Black Ops III was fine but I think Doom is a very different animal; it's a throwback to the days when shooters were just about over-the-top monster craziness. You know, Doom, Duke Nukem, Heretic, Serious Sam, etc. Like I said, I have my reasons for putting id Software's latest near the top of my most-wanted list for the year. And I'm willing to bet that I'm not the only one.
If a miracle occurred and Insomniac announced Resistance 4, that would quickly rocket up the list in question, but I'm really not holding my breath.
Personal gaming update
I loved it on Vita and while it's plenty good on PS4, Gravity Rush Remastered is a good example of handheld games that don't quite translate to the bigger screen. While some of the positives are indeed amplified, it seems like all the negatives are enhanced, and this puts a minor damper on the experience. The bottom line is that I think Gravity Rush was always meant to be played on the Vita, and that's that. However, if you don't own Sony's portable and you've always wanted to try this game, you should definitely give it a go on PS4. As for other games, I've been playing Rocket League on and off just 'cuz it's so damn fun, and I'll be restarting Assassin's Creed Syndicate on Monday. I will beat that game.
2/6/2016 Ben Dutka