Ben's Week In Review: October 31
Happy Halloween! Don't care too much about this particular holiday, but I suppose others do. Girls dress up like whores...I suppose that's worthy of notice.
Everyone needs to be excited for Brotherhood
Not enough people around here are hyped for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, damnit. When I saw the news that the game had gone gold, I immediately remembered just how much I loved the first two games. The first established the foundation and it gets a bad rap these days, which is really unfair. The sequel remains one of the best games of the generation, and most any critic anywhere will say the same thing. As for the new iteration, let's not forget that it was named Best Multiplayer Game of E3 (that's saying a lot, people), and Ubisoft swears on a stack of Bibles that the single-player campaign is very, very fulfilling. A European source I saw recently had a Ubisoft rep saying it would take 35 hours to do everything, which is fantastic news. I dumped a good 30 into ACII; it's still the closest I've come to a Platinum.
Everything was just so meticulously well done in ACII; the cities, the people, the animations, the atmosphere, the story...it was just so beautiful. Ezio is one of the biggest bad-asses in the realm of video game heroes, and I'm not sorry at all that he's returning. My only reservation for Brotherhood is that they might not focus enough on the stealth aspects, as I've seen a lot of action-oriented game sequences. I also don't like the idea of being forced to issue orders to others. But even so, I want it...badly.
Man, the PS2 was one godly machine, wasn't it?
It's easy to forget that the PS2 has been around for 10 years. In looking back, that was a system that delivered on all fronts throughout the majority of its tenure, and we all have so many memories. From the GTAs to the MGSs to the FFs to the GTs to the GoWs; there were so many classics, and let's not forget about the artistic masterpieces like ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, Rez, Okami, etc. I was still in a pretty hardcore RPG phase but the PS2 gave me a chance to enjoy so many other genres, and I branched out. The PS1 still remains the RPG king in my eyes and it wasn't until the PS2 where I started to go, "hey...that's not an RPG and it looks pretty damn fun." And this is how I ended up being as diverse as I am now; it was thanks to the franchises I mentioned above, along with a few other noticeable titles. I won't ever forget the memorable Final Fantasy X, Grand Theft Auto III, or Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, and that's only a small selection.
Here's hoping we talk about the PS3 with just as much - if not even more - reverence in six years time. :)
Personal gaming update
I'm pretty much done with Vanquish and I've started on the Killzone 3 beta. I haven't played long enough yet to write up a full hands-on of my experience but I will say that much of the weight seems to have disappeared. I mean, it's certainly heavier than the gliding-on-air in Call of Duty or whatever, but it's definitely more fleet-of-foot than KZ2. I'm not sure if I like that. But beyond this, there's no denying the amazing quality, and we're only looking at a beta. Besides, the small twists given to the multiplayer are really effing cool; the up-close kills, the cut-scenes during certain modes that give it a slight story feel, the career options (Engineer, Marksmen, Infiltrator, Field Medic, and Tactician), etc. And oh yeah, it looks pretty damn amazing. Besides this, I still have to review Saw II: Flesh & Blood and Shaun White Skateboarding.
The other November release that should be good is Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit; the demo was fun and Criterion doesn't really know how to produce an inferior racer. And I'm sure everyone here is on pins and needles awaiting the Black Ops review... ;)
10/30/2010 Ben Dutka