Ben's Week In Review: November 7
It's so nice to leave the annoying hot weather behind, isn't it? Bring on the freezing temps!
Yes, do Mirror's Edge 2. Soon.
So EA says they haven't abandoned the name, which means I can hold out hope for a sequel. The first is still one of my favorite games of the generation; it had its flaws, but it was crazy fun and one could easily notice the future potential. DICE handled the unique, first-person viewpoint and corresponding physics very well, and I've never had a problem with trial-and-error gameplay. If you really think about it, the challenges facing the designers were almost countless, and they came through in fine fashion. Plus, just imagine what they could do with the follow-up... They could refine and tweak, they could tighten up the disarming mechanic (which I found to be loose and unreliable), and they could add more detail and richness to the environment. Me, I was a big fan of the sense of movement and height in that game and ever since I finished it, I've wanted to go back through it.
I know Mirror's Edge has its fair share of detractors but I don't care. That game was super fun. And while I'm aware that DICE is kinda busy right now, I'm holding out hope for Mirror's Edge 2. Who else wants it?
Black Ops will sell 18 million...? Well, fine.
One analyst believes Activision will rake in $818 million thanks to 18 million copies sold in the fourth quarter alone. And of course, a new Call of Duty will drop next year. If I had to guess, I'd say it'll hit on November 9 for the third year in a row; doesn't EA's Madden launch on the same August date every year? I suppose this is what we have to expect from the mega-franchises and because both are usually top-quality (despite my aversion to multiplayer in regards to CoD), I'm not too freaked out. We still reward greatness, for the most part. We could all bemoan the fact that something as revolutionary and progressive as Heavy Rain only sold 1.5 million, and in comparison to the mindless CoD, the situation is depressing. But we can also be optimistic; HR wasn't expected to sell anywhere close to 1.5 million, so aren't we headed in the right direction?
Activision is good at marketing their stuff. Plain and simple. They've taken advantage of the CoD name and pushed it through the effing roof. We could whine about it all day long...the only way to counter it is to keep rewarding great efforts by great developers.
Personal gaming update
I got Fable III today but I honestly have no idea when I'll get a chance to start it. The reviews keep piling up and November won't be much easier than October. The sheer number of mediocre titles I've had to look at in the past two weeks is...well, let's just say it wasn't much fun. Thankfully, Hoard is a fun little PSN title and James Bond 007: Blood Stone was entertaining. It isn't as good as I had hoped but at least I had some fun with it. This week, it's all about Black Ops, of course, and then we've got Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. Also this week, if you care, I'll be doing reviews for Power Gig: Rise of the Six String and that other new PSN game, Superstars V8.
Other than work, I haven't had time to breathe. So there's nothing else going on. I still read, though (it doesn't require that I leave my place), and I've recently completed Forster's "Howard's End" (and a few short stories), and I'm working on "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Dumas.
11/6/2010 Ben Dutka