Ben's Week In Review: February 21
Gotta do this quickly so I can get back to Far Cry Primal. ;)
This rumor about FFXV and the FFVII Remake being "better" on Nintendo NX begs the question...
I have to admit, I was a little surprised to hear it: Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy VII Remake coming to Nintendo's new console, and actually being the best versions, outstripping the PS4 iterations?
No idea if this is true but for the sake of discussion, let's say it is. It obviously means the Nintendo NX - or whatever it'll be called - will be a bit more powerful than any of the consoles currently available. Now, I don't necessarily believe this as Nintendo has never really been about "power." It's not their niche; it's not what gets them their followers. They bowed out of the power struggle in the PS3/360 generation; they just let Sony and Microsoft compete on that level and instead, Nintendo opted for something different. And it worked beautifully. The Wii U didn't work anywhere near as well, of course, but that's simply because you can't issue an updated gimmick years later and expect it to explode like the original gimmick.
But if it's true, this would also mean that most multiplatform games that arrive later in this generation would perform slightly better on NX, right? I wonder if this is enough to convince people to buy the system, just so they can have the best multiplat versions. Then again, I doubt many bought PS4 just so they could have full 1080p on most multiplats as opposed to the 900p or 980p we find in lots of Xbox One versions. Plus, a lot of major third-party franchises haven't been on Nintendo consoles in the past. So, this minor power edge really wouldn't help much...would it? I mean, when I asked what would entice you into a Nintendo NX purchase, I didn't see any replies that said, "because it'll be more powerful." And I'm not surprised.
I actually don't have a problem with the DLC Pass price hike for Fallout 4
I know a lot of people were peeved to hear Bethesda was jacking the price of the Fallout 4 DLC Pass from $30 to $50.
Well, if you were a big fan of the series, chanced are, you already got this Pass for the original $30 price tag. Even if you didn't, once you saw the news that the price increase doesn't go into effect until March 1, you probably jumped on the $30 option. But that's not what I'm focusing on here; point is, I don't really have a problem with this. I mean, I do have a problem with developers and publishers releasing games that feel rushed and/or incomplete, because that's inexcusable to me. But when it comes to DLC, you're talking about extra content that had to be created by the team, and the team deserves to be paid for that extra work. My guess is that when Bethesda sat down to start working on the expansions for Fallout 4, they just went above and beyond...because it's kinda what they do. The expansion content just got bigger and the ideas kept coming and as a result, they're working harder and longer to bring us more content.
And if that's the case, then yeah, they should be paid for that extra effort. No, I don't believe any of this was created prior to the release of Fallout 4 and "held back" to be sold later. In fact, I know that isn't true. But speaking of Bethesda, what do you guys think they're toiling away on outside of Fallout 4 DLC? They said "three long-term projects" are currently in the hopper, and they're "different than anything" the studio has done before, so...
Personal gaming update
Speaking of games that feel incomplete or rushed, there's this past week's anticipated fighter, Street Fighter V. It's one of those times when you just wish the developers had finished the concept; you wish they'd made sure the in-game store was ready at launch, that we wouldn't have to wait for this "free Story Mode upgrade" until freakin' June, that all those stress tests and betas would've translated to a much smoother release overall. The gameplay itself really is excellent and if you want to score the game based entirely on that, then yes, the score would be a good deal higher. But that's not the right thing to do. I said it before when The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt launched (which I loved, by the way) and I'm saying it again: Critics and gamers alike have to stop glossing over these issues as if they don't matter. They do matter.
I had to pause on my Assassin's Creed Syndicate play-through to focus on Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 and Far Cry Primal. Don't forget that both come out this week; for a glimpse at GW2, check out my beta thoughts.
2/20/2016 Ben Dutka