Ben's Week In Review: November 21
Finally, finally it seems the review blitz is mostly over. And I'm fairly well fried.
I might actually play The 3rd Birthday
I have never liked handheld games and although I've been turned on to several great PSP RPGs this year (thanks mostly to the stuff NIS America has sent me), I still can't see dedicating large chunks of time to a tiny screen when I've got my great high-definition living room setup. However, I was a big fan of the first two Parasite Eve games on the PlayStation and I've always thought the storylines were quite intriguing. Aya Brea is a great main character, too. And you know, now that we have a lot more in the way of gameplay information, I'm actually considering spending time with The 3rd Birthday. There's obviously a healthy role-playing core beneath that action-oriented surface, just as there was in the first two titles. Plus, I'm once again expecting another interesting plot and that stellar visual presentation courtesy of Square-Enix.
That being said, I really have no idea how I'm going to find the time. But I just wanted to make it known that I'm considering playing a PSP game through to completion...that's quite the departure for me. :)
Diablo, huh? Hey, I remember that name...
So it seems Blizzard is exploring the possibility of a console version of Diablo III and I have to say, I'm intrigued. I really don't have a gaming-quality PC and I really don't want one, either. There hasn't been a single PC-only game I've regretted missing in about a decade so I don't care. Still, I had some good times with the first two Diablo games and I admit to having most of that fun with friends. In that same vein, I'd definitely sign on for a new Baldurs Gate or Incewindale, too, even though I'm not expecting either to happen any time soon. I don't see why Diablo III couldn't work on the PS3 or 360; this isn't the late '90s when console technology was way behind PC technology. And I know people say the keyboard/mouse combination is the "only way" to play such games, but I've never bought into that.
So I suppose if they do make it for consoles, I might just have to play it. Man, I still remember my Amazon character...I was pretty damn strong, if I remember correctly. Had a high-level Druid, too.
Personal gaming update
Although Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is good fun, I'm all about Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood right now. The only thing that bothers me is that the latter is huge, and there's no way I'll finish before Gran Turismo 5 next week. ...and I sorta have this rule of not playing more than one game at a time. Damnit. Well, I'll certainly break that rule just to at least see GT5 - and if Arnold doesn't plan to review it, I'll obviously have to play more - but I do intend to finish Brotherhood before dedicating the rest of my time to Polyphony's masterpiece. Beyond that, I will want to log in to Dead Nation every now and then, just as a way to unwind, and I still have Fable III sitting in the wrapper. 'sigh'
The only good news is that there doesn't appear to be anything I want until Dead Space 2 in late January, so I do have some time to kill. Then again, maybe some of you can tick me off and point to a title I'll really need between now and then... ;)
11/20/2010 Ben Dutka