Ben's Week In Review: September 23
Well, I wish I had a lot more to talk about (thanks Square-Enix), but hey, the show must go on.
Tokyo Game Show = BUST
So Arnold and I are sitting there watching Kaz Hirai's keynote address, and both of us are expecting to get very excited at one point. See, we had gotten it into our silly little heads that Sony - or Square-Enix - was definitely going to announce the Final Fantasy VII PS3 remake. We had plenty of evidence to make us believe this, and we figured it was only a matter of time...and what better time to pick than the TGS 2007 keynote address? But no. They allotted 90 minutes for the address, it took half that, we heard nothing of any interest outside of the Dual Shock 3, and that was it. Oh, yippee. There wasn't even anything about the much-rumored 40GB PS3 model; basically, it was a supremely boring keynote address and it didn't help that Square-Enix's presentation came and went. FF XIII is exclusive to the PS3 (duh), three new Kingdom Hearts titles (all for portables) are in the works, blah blah blah. Nothing special.
I doubt I've ever been that disappointed after getting my hopes up so high. Oh well, I guess it wasn't realistic in the first place. :(
Devil May Cry 4 is going to kick ass...or kick my ass
Perhaps you haven't gotten a chance to see the new DMC4 Showfloor Trailer that was unveiled at TGS. So before you read any further, watch it. ...done? How much ass did that royally kick? It seems weird to me that I've lost track of this game over the year; maybe because it was pushed into 2008 and I suddenly started to overlook it for earlier titles. But the original DMC remains one of my favorite games of all time, and while DMC2 was mediocre, DMC3 reclaimed all the franchise's former glory. However, it seemed a bit more of a chore just because the difficulty was absolutely brutal. I'm no expert at action games, and beating that one on Normal was probably my skill limit. Therefore, I'm hoping they don't go equally crazy with DMC4. I don't mind a challenge, but when a game gets to be a chore, it loses a little of its luster.
But that's one video that completely resurrected my excitement for Capcom's fourth installment in this awesome series. Everything about it makes me want to play it ASAP, and I'm reminded of just how atmospheric and attitude-laden these games really are. Dante's cocky, "I'm gonna beat you to death and spit on your corpse" attitude was such a nice change from the typical anti-hero, "Oh, I don't want to fight, but if I have to..." persona. Love it. And I'm sure Nero will be pretty similar, so I'm not too worried.
Katamari is coming to the PS3! Yay!
I was more confused than anybody to learn that Beautiful Katamari was going to be exclusive to the Xbox 360. Does that make sense to anyone? Yes, currently, it has the largest installed userbase, but the Wii isn't too far behind and it's only been about a year. The PS3 will eventually catch up, too, but it can't only be about the userbase. Fans of this series played both of the first two games on the PS2, and for the most part, it fits more into a Sony library than a Microsoft library, in my opinion. It's not that I really care too much about which platform it comes to (I have both the PS3 and 360), but it just seems bizarre. However, we recently learned that the series would arrive on the PS3 at some point...even if it isn't Beautiful Katamari. So that's good news; the more Katamari, the better, I say. I still remember playing the original for the first time...boy, did that game grab me. :)
Personal Gaming Update
I completed Heavenly Sword - which was a fantastic experience, and I'll definitely replay a lot of the chapter sections for fun - which means I can dive into Warhawk. But I was apprehensive of doing that because the game was all screwed up and it wouldn't record my stats (even if I played in and completed a ranked match), which was immensely frustrating. However, it appears to have been fixed, as I've finally been able to log a few hours and rank up. I went up four ranks in one sitting (playing the beta certainly helped) and I picked up 8 ribbons and 4 badges, but no medals yet. It's wicked fun, to say the least. In addition, I plan to start up Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3, which I hear nothing but good things about. I've been itching to play another RPG; the last one I played was Final Fantasy XII, and for somebody who once played RPGs exclusively, that's a long way to go without role-playing goodness.
And before you even ask, no, I'm not getting Halo 3 this week. I'll get it eventually, but it can wait. There are several thousand FPSs this fall, I just got done with Bioshock (which I'm almost positive is better than Halo 3, anyway), and I can wait to get it for Christmas, or something.
9/22/2007 Ben Dutka