Ben's Week In Review: August 23
I won't be talking about the PS3 Slim because, as awesome as that announcement was, I think we had plenty of coverage this past week. If you need more and missed my commentary on the subject at hand, feel free to go back and indulge. But I'll move on to other topics, here. :)
Resonance of Fate keeps "resounding" in my head
I'm not really sure why, but I think it has something to do with the fast-action gameplay that actually focuses on modern-day firearms rather than fantasy swords and magic. The weird thing is that I vastly prefer the fantasy setting to the sci-fi themes...maybe I'm just into a bit of change these days, and I'm lovin' the atmosphere and combat style. Then, I hear tri-Ace won't be shortchanging anyone by providing us with 150+ hours of gameplay, and I get even more excited. Thing is, I do have faith in this developer, despite my opinion that they fell short with Star Ocean: The Last Hope. I really think this could end up being one of my favorite RPGs of the generation; all they need to do is give me what appears to be a super-entertaining battle mechanic, and a decent story. Of course, nothing tops FFXIII on my RPG "must-have" list, but I'm also looking forward to Demon's Souls and White Knight Chronicles. Both will get my attention, certainly, but there's something about Resonance of Fate.
Is anybody else feelin' this one? Or am I totally alone in this, as I seem to be in my anticipation of Bayonetta?
If that God of War pack is real...it's HUGE
We still haven't been able to confirm if that "Tweet" from a Sony Manager in Mexico was real, but if it's true, and we really are going to get a God of War pack for the PS3 in December, everyone should be freakin' pumped. Just as a reminder, the first two God of War titles on the PS2 were two of the best-reviewed games ever, and then Chains of Olympus for the PSP continued the tradition of super high scores. I'd have to check but I believe that with these three titles, GoW is the highest-scoring franchise in video game history...and you can bet that'll be solidified when GoWIII drops in March. So if Sony really has managed to reformat the first two gems and put them on a Blu-Ray disc (along with that rumored GoWIII demo), it is just massive. And, if Gran Turismo 5 also comes out in December and we've already got Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time and Demon's Souls, then I see a runaway victory for the PS3 this holiday season.
That hardware price cut is gonna contribute in a big way, too, but seriously, do not just discount this special GoW pack if it actually does exist. I mean, this would be similar to when we got Super Mario All-Stars on the SNES!
Personal gaming update
I should have Batman: Arkham Asylum from Warner on Monday and that tops my to-do list for the week. You should also see the Madden NFL 10 review; I've done my part and now Arnold is going to do his (it's another one of those dual-effort reviews, if you don't mind). All I can say about the latter game is that it truly is for the hardcore; even if you're used to last year's edition, this one holds a few intricate surprises... And after seeing all the unbelievable critical praise for Batman (Game Informer gave it two 9.5s and IGN gave it a 9.3), I'm awfully psyched to give that one a try. September seems a little dry, but I'm interested in Wet and Katamari Forever is most certainly a Day 1 purchase...and I suppose I'll want Halo 3: ODST, too, but that's going on the Christmas list. I don't feel like paying $60 for another iteration of an old FPS. Oh, and I'm going to put Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 on that list, too.
October is the big month. Demon's Souls on the 6th, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Brutal Legend on the 13th, Borderlands on the 20th, and Alpha Protocol and Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time on the 27th. Damn. That's just insane. :( But I'll find a way!
8/22/2009 Ben Dutka