Ben's Week In Review: May 22
I feel like I'm already out of the gaming loop, because I don't know anything new that happens during the course of a week. I hear whispers here and there but as I don't actively search through gaming news anymore, I'm definitely lost.
Which isn't a bad thing, by the way. After living and breathing industry news for nearly a decade, it feels nice to step back. Besides, it also means that whenever I do find time to check things out, it's all news to me. ;)
Not sure about Gran Turismo Sport...
So I hear Yamauchi's next potential masterpiece arrives in November. As some of you probably know, I'm a huge GT fan so normally, I'd be all over this. But isn't Sport the pseudo-installment in the franchise, the one that's basically just for multiplayer? Or is this a full-fledged entry with the same robust single-player mode the franchise has always had? I know it supports VR but I don't care about that because I won't be involved in virtual reality, and I seem to remember the original announcement...didn't they say this one would be multiplayer-centric, and it's not the next official entry?
If so, I'll wait for Gran Turismo 7. I've got Dishonored 2 for November, anyway, which I absolutely cannot wait to play.
Yes, we know it's Red Dead 2. JUST ANNOUNCE IT ALREADY!
Hey, I totally agree with what Take-Two and Rockstar have said in the past, about game companies announcing games too early. But I'm just so anxious to hear about a follow-up to Red Dead Redemption, which was one of my favorite games of the previous generation. We've seen and heard evidence that RDR2 is coming, and maybe Rockstar will announce it "soon." I wish they'd just reveal it so we can start getting all excited. The downside is that considering their stance on when to announce new products, it's more than feasible that this anticipated sequel will land this year. And just my luck it'll show up in November. 'rolling eyes'
It's okay if Kingdom Hearts III won't be ready until 2017
I guess Square Enix won't release either Final Fantasy VII Remake or KHIII this year, and that's just fine by me. The Remake will be a sacrilegious abomination, anyway, and we've got plenty to play the second half of 2017. On top of which, I'm a little worried about Kingdom Hearts III...the Final Fantasy XV demo was so horrifically bad from a mechanical standpoint and if KHIII controls that way, I won't be playing it. I know we're talking about two different development teams but it still concerns me. Obviously, these guys aren't cut out to make an action/RPG - with the obvious emphasis on action - and while KH has always controlled fine before, FFXV was actually a regression. Hell, KHII was mechanically superior to that mess of a demo.
Well, whatever. Plenty of other stuff coming.
Personal gaming update
I'm savoring Uncharted 4; currently on Chapter 17. It's just so amazing. Easily the best game I've played this generation, having already supplanted The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. I will do a review when I'm done, so just be patient. Speaking of The Witcher, have they announced an official date for the Blood and Wine expansion yet? Was that June 7 rumor correct? I haven't bothered to look it up yet; just wondering. Mirror's Edge Catalyst is set for the 7th, though, and that will have to be played as soon as I get it. In the meantime, I'll finish Uncharted 4 and get started on DOOM, which I just picked up. I've heard some good things about it and I can't wait to get going. Finally, a no-holds-barred, over-the-top fire-fest, the way shooters always used to be. :)
5/21/2016 Ben Dutka