Ben's Week In Review: May 9
I know there aren't many mothers in our community but nevertheless, Happy Mother's Day. :)
I'm definitely interested in Bungie's new project
Although I'm holding out hope that Halo: Reach will rejuvenate my love of the series (Halo 3 and ODST were disappointments in my eyes), I'm far more interested in whatever their new project might be. I'm even more intrigued after reading the new career opportunities at Bungie, which leads us all to believe the studio is currently working on something deeper than initially expected. It's now obvious that Activision didn't snap up Bungie so the latter could produce another Call of Duty and as I've already said a prayer for the death of turn-based RPGs, I'll settle for action/RPGs...and Bungie might give us one. Thing is, I've never liked Mass Effect and I'm hoping the former Halo-maker will give me a sci-fi action/RPG I can really enjoy. I would love a game that plays like Dragon Age: Origins, for instance. And I have faith that Bungie can produce a project that wows the crowd and satisfies the hardcore gamer. Perhaps even innovative...?
The only downside is that I'm relatively certain that, whatever the game is, it'll hold a sci-fi theme. I just don't like that setting very much; it's a personal thing. Even so, talented designers taking on big, ambitious games always piques my curiosity.
I would expect either a Killzone 3 or Resistance 3 announcement
So PSM3 is teasing a couple exclusive announcements for next month's edition, and although it depends on how you interpret the wording, it still has people talking. Now, even if you don't hear about Killzone 3 or Resistance 3 from PSM3, my guess is you'll hear something about either or both before or at E3...that's a little vague, I know, but let's just say I have a gut feeling... As for when they might arrive, I'd expect R3 for the end of the year (that may be a big reveal during Sony's press conference next month) and KZ3 for early 2011; perhaps February, about 2 years after KZ2 released. And I know we don't have a lot of FPS fans here but I happen to like these games, and I will absolutely sign on to play both KZ3 and R3. There's a reason I've played every Halo title and why I still say that both KZ2 and R2 are a couple of the best shooters of the generation. Furthermore, you might find a big departure from the norm if there is indeed a third Resistance...
As for a third Killzone, I don't think there's any doubt that it will rule. They just need to give us a slightly better story and perhaps better characters; beyond that, there really wasn't anything wrong with KZ2. Just gimme.
Personal gaming update
So I'm still working on Nier and I hope I can finish but May is going to take its toll. I've got to handle reviews for Red Dead Redemption and Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and I'm also still trying to get my hands on 3D Dot Game Heroes. Then there's Alpha Protocol and Backbreaker on the first of June, so it'll be tough to work through all that. Plus, I really want to get Alan Wake at some point this month; I've heard nothing but great things and I've been looking forward to it for a long time. My interest in Splinter Cell: Conviction has waned, though, as I've learned the single-player campaign is much shorter than it has been in past entries, and Ubisoft sacrificed a lot of stealth (which might require patience, God forbid) for the sake of more accessible action. ...there's that twitch-gaming crap again. SC is all about stealth and has always been about stealth; how a McNugget version of what should be a hardcore stealth adventure is a good thing is totally beyond me.
Thankfully, it seems we'll get a bit of a break this summer before yet another insane fall. My goal will be to complete Nier, RDR, Alan Wake and the new PoP. By the way, Arnold should have the ModNation Racers review up very soon.
5/8/2010 Ben Dutka