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Ben's Week In Review: January 20

All this news regarding the biggest games of 2008 is enough to make me salivate, but the bad part is I'm still behind. I've got to work through more than a few games before Devil May Cry 4 next month! Anyway, onwards...

Backwards compatibility rules, plain and simple

I know the further away we get from the PS2 generation, the less important backwards compatibility becomes to some gamers. However, considering I have a library of around 40 PS1 games and 55 PS2 games - many of which I still enjoy playing - I'm a big fan of backwards compatibility. This is why I adore my 60GB PS3, which is the only model of Sony's next-gen machine with the graphics synthesizer chip, which in turn means it can play just about every PS2 title in existence. However, when the machine dies (which hopefully won't be for three or four years, at least), I won't be able to find another 60GB model. They've already been discontinued. Therefore, if Sony doesn't bring back b/c in a future PS3 model, I'll have to buy another PS3 and a PS2 so I can play the entirety of my PS3/PS2/PS1 library. This is why I was pretty damn excited to hear about the possibility of Sony bringing full b/c back for either the PS3 or PS4. That's right, the PlayStation 4. We're already talking about it...try to stay calm.

Sony has said that they believe gamers are getting less and less interested in b/c, what with the new generation in full swing. But if that's true, what's this all about? Of course, it's just a rumor, but I'm really hoping something comes of this. A future PS3, the PS4, whatever. I just don't want to have 17 PlayStations hooked up to play several different generations of software, that's all.

How much of a "remake" will this FFVII remake actually be?

Nah, it's not the next-gen PS3 remake of I've been dreaming about for years, it's the possibility that Square-Enix might "remake" the best RPG ever for the PlayStation Store. The rumor says the game will sport updated graphics (obvious), but there are no other details at this time. What I'm wondering is, how much will change if they do it? What could they add besides the visual refinement? I guess the real question is, will I want to pay to download it? Of course, I own the PS1 game, but I'm wondering if this remake of my favorite RPG of all time will be worth it...I just wanna know what to expect. Could we be looking at new cut-scenes? Never-before-seen content? Anything FFVII-related always piques my curiosity, but as we have virtually no information here, I'm a bit frustrated. Maybe this is the project they were referring to last year, when we had evidence we thought pointed towards a PS3 FFVII remake. If it is, fine.

But I still believe a FFVII on the PS3 with Advent Children graphics would be bliss from top to bottom. I refuse to think I'm the only person who thinks this, and I also think there are enough of us that Square-Enix could definitely turn a profit. A big profit. I understand it would take a lot of time and effort, and I recognize the fact that old team members are off doing other things, but a reunion isn't out of the question. It just isn't. Don't lie to us, S-E! Just give us what we want!

Personal gaming update

So I'm still working my way through Half-Life 2 in The Orange Box, and while the game is great, it's really starting to wear on me now. I think I must be about 17 hours in, and there's no end in sight. It's growing tiresome for some reason, and I'm not really sure why... But I do know I still have to play through the single-player campaign of Unreal Tournament 3, and I also know I haven't even cracked the seal on Beautiful Katamari. Oh yeah, and let's not forget about Turok and Devil May Cry 4, both of which I will probably want next month. Early next month. I suppose I could pass on Turok for a while, but that's out of the question with DMC4, and I still haven't gotten around to picking up Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. It's the only game of 2007 I really regret missing, and it's bugging the crap out of me that I haven't played it yet. So maybe the reason HL2 is starting to bore me is simply because I want to finish it quickly and move on. Or, perhaps, it could be because the game isn't quite so fantastic as everyone wanted me to believe...

Well, whatever. That's another topic for another time. Let's just say I hope to finish quickly so I can switch gears for a little while.

1/19/2008 Ben Dutka

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