Ben's Week In Review: August 22
Certainly has been an interesting week, hasn't it? I so can't wait for Resistance 3...
Showdown: Enslaved vs. Castlevania
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West will launch on October 5. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow will release on...you guessed it, October 5. There are plenty of big fall titles but it's always fun when two equally promising games fall on the exact same day, right? It's very difficult to choose between the two but for now, I'm going to go with Ninja Theory's project by a slim margin. I like the colorful environments more (ala Uncharted), and I've seen some footage that leads me to believe the developers will do some neat-o things with those two very distinct characters. Lords of Shadow looks great, too, but the fact that it looks like a conglomeration of Dante's Inferno and God of War - while hardly a bad thing, per se - sort of gives it a "been there, done that" feel. Of course, if it's awesome, I won't really care. But on the history side...well, it's a no-brainer.
Look, they've never made a stellar 3D CV entry and Ninja Theory already has Heavenly Sword to its name. Mercury Steam did Clive Barker's Jericho. ...yeah. If we're looking at the past, and that's all we can really do until the final product is in front of us, we have no choice but to give the edge to Enslaved right now.
Insomniac, you guys rule
Next to the Mass Effect 2 on PS3 announcement, Insomniac definitely made the biggest splash at GamesCom this past week. They're working on two very awesome projects and although I recognize and respect the greatness of the Ratchet & Clank series, I'm all sorts of psyched for Resistance 3. If you didn't catch the GC 2010 debut trailer, it's right here:
No gameplay but when they put this amount of effort into a trailer, one just has to feel encouraged. I always say R2 never got enough love and while Killzone 2 has set the FPS bar (and soon, Killzone 3 will probably set it again), I trust Insomniac to deliver an awesome experience. I just can't wait to see some in-game footage.
Personal gaming update
Due to a busy week that included helping a friend in building his house, getting the car waxed, getting to a few appointments, covering the big GC 2010 news, and reviewing Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days and Top Gun, I didn't get a chance to finish up Alan Wake. But I'll take care of that this week, even though I expect to see Mafia II. September looks pretty dull, although I will have to play Halo: Reach - and it's the last Halo I will ever play if it doesn't feel fresh - and I'll be interested to see how Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 comes out. There isn't another game I really want until October so when I'm done with Alan Wake, I might play through Uncharted 2 again. It's just that good and I've always wanted to replay it.
Obviously, I'm still working my way through "War and Peace," which I greatly enjoy...primarily because I'm partly insane. ;)
8/21/2010 Ben Dutka