Ben's Week In Review: January 17
Oh look. Another "wintry mix." Translation- crap. Oh well...we gots games. :)
Gran Turismo 5 in November? Sure. Fine.
I'm not being sarcastic. I'm a patient person. All I know is that between February and March, there are so many games I want, it's downright infuriating. Although I won't be able to play them all, I would like to have the opportunity to play White Knight Chronicles, Dante's Inferno, Heavy Rain, Bioshock 2, Final Fantasy XIII, Splinter Cell: Conviction, God of War III, Lost Planet 2, and others, but I know I'll have to limit myself. And if Gran Turismo 5 came out anywhere near this mess, in all honesty, I woulda been annoyed. I pump 100 hours into every GT without blinking an eye and I tend to do the same thing with every Final Fantasy, so those two games should be as far apart as humanly possible, in my eyes. And I really do like the idea of a 3D version; I'm considering getting a 3D-enabled HDTV this summer when they become available; at the very least, I'll need it for work, anyway. But GT5 in 3D...? Could be a dream come true...
I know we've all been waiting a while for GT5 but it's one thing if we had nothing to play in the meantime. We've got plenty and there's no real way of knowing when GT5 shows up; I'm only going by the GameStop date, which is definitely a placeholder. But it certainly won't be anywhere near March or April and that's just fine by me. I'm taking the practical approach on this; I'm not going to get on a soapbox and rant. There are too many games coming out that I want to play...I can wait.
Assassin's Creed III coming way sooner than expected?
So they're saying the third entry will be out before March 2011 and the common theory is that Ubisoft will try for a holiday 2010 release. That's only a one year gap, people. Not that I'm complaining; I absolutely adored ACII and the idea that Ezio will return in the upcoming follow-up is icing on the cake; he's an awesome character and let's face it, his story - and Desmond's - really isn't finished. I just hope they're not rushing this project...I know they do the Call of Duty series every year and one of the big reasons is because it's such a giant cash cow. Well, ACII has already sold over 6 million copies and they expect it to break 8 million before the end of March, so a rush-job on the third entry wouldn't be surprising. At the same time, ACII was of such a high quality, I really wouldn't care if they used that very same gameplay format. I just want more cities and I'm good to go (I'll definitely be getting those big DLC packs).
Personal gaming update
I'm at the end of Resident Evil 5 and while I maintain that the tank mechanics have got to go, I will say that the partner AI is maybe the best ever. I mean, Elika in Prince of Persia was flawless but she was more of a supporting character; she did everything she was supposed to do, but she didn't have to do everything. Sheva has to contribute in the same way Chris does, and it works extremely well. She doesn't miss often, she dodges when she's supposed to, she heals at the right times, and for the most part, I'm glad to have her along. The only thing that bugs me is that enemies don't always trigger her; she'll stand there like a dope when an enemy is right near her...but nothing's perfect. Usually, I hate having a partner or teammates of any kind in real-time games, just because I always feel as if I have to babysit them. But that's not necessary here, and I'm very grateful for it. I'm not the biggest fan of the story and ammo seems to be a constant problem (even when I'm almost always getting "S" ranking for Accuracy and Enemies Routed), but it's still fun. It's getting annoying right here at the end, though...
After this, it's back to finish Halo 3: ODST and Bayonetta, both of which I'm hoping to finish before Bioshock 2 in early February. I might get WKC but an RPG in the midst of so many games that month will be tough. I'll have to see what Arnold says; he should be getting a build soon. Heavy Rain on the 23rd will definitely be mine and as I've played every single Splinter Cell - and loved them all - I must get Conviction at some point, too. Just too many to count, almost. LOL
And um...guess that's all.
1/16/2010 Ben Dutka