Ben's Week In Review: May 1
We're closing in...tentatively, our big announcement comes in mid-to-late May...
Altair deserves another adventure
Ezio is a confirmed bad-ass and one of my favorite characters of the generation. Altair, the hero from the first Assassin's Creed title, doesn't register on my "favorite" list but that's because he was, for all intents and purposes, faceless. At the same time, I think he was a fantastic protagonist that had a lot of potential, and another story in what may be called Assassin's Creed: Revelations is welcome in my eyes. Of course, I want a new setting but I'm sure Ubisoft will deliver just that. Oh, and as for what they're planning with the next series entry, I have a very simple yet forceful warning for the developers: you managed to create a franchise that both critics and gamers love. It sold tons of copies because they love the games.
Changing the core gameplay and structure would be disastrous. I know it's the "in" thing to do this generation but almost every time it has happened, the results have been less than impressive. In some cases, it was downright depressing. Do not mess with this particular winning formula. Make some additions and enhancements, give us a new story and environment, etc. Just don't change the foundation. Got it?
Lest we forget, Warhawk was pretty damn good
I was involved in the beta testing for Warhawk way back in the summer of 2007 and in all honesty, I wasn't looking forward to it. I really can't get into flying games and my expectations weren't high. But the instant I pressed Triangle and enabled the flight mode, I was hooked. I don't typically play online multiplayer games but I had a ton of fun with Incognito's extremely well designed and accessible title, which is why I'm intrigued by Lightbox Interactive's new project. Evidently, it's Starhawk, and the first details are awfully encouraging. I think the problem is that so few people even had a PlayStation 3 when Warhawk came out, many never played it. Hence, they're not all that excited about what should be the spiritual successor.
Well, if you're one of many who never played that great multiplayer title years ago, I'm telling you right now- pay attention to Starhawk.
Personal gaming update
I'm closing in on the end of Dragon Age II and I continue to work on Final Fantasy IV: Complete Collection. It's great because there's so much I don't remember about that game (even though I replayed it when it came with Final Fantasy Chronicles on the PlayStation), so a lot of it just feels like a new old-school RPG. I've moved past the other games on my list and I now anxiously await L.A. Noire, which should be here in a few weeks time. I have a few PSN games I have to review, but...uh...those are on the back burner, obviously. On that note, however, I'm really looking forward to Trine 2 and Journey, among others.
Oh, and look for a Brink review this week. I have absolutely no expectations one way or the other; on the one hand, it looks like it has a ton of potential, but on the other, I have my reservations. We'll see.
4/30/2011 Ben Dutka