Ben's Week In Review: March 11
Man, I like that Vita. I actually play it when I don't have to work. ...weird.
Quantic Dream could be prepping something amazing...
Did anyone else get goosebumps when they said Heavy Rain didn't really push the PS3 at all? Granted, such a title didn't need to render constant flashy action in silky smooth 60 frames per second or anything like that, but just in terms of sheer detail and design...that was one impressive game, yes? And they're not even close to maxing out the PS3? I mean, that's what it sounds like. And then you tell me that tech demo is basically one year old and running in real-time on Sony's machine...wow. When you combine all these facts together, I can't be the only one thinking about Quantic's next project with great anticipation.
We've often said the PS3 probably has a long ways to go. Sony has stated several times that they feel the system is just hitting its stride, and most developers say they'd be happy with it for at least several more years. And if they can still make graphical and technological leaps with that architecture, why not? I don't know about anyone else but I'd prefer longer console cycles, and if designers can do stuff like Kara...yeah, we don't need new hardware right now.
The ire of a hardcore fan is unparalleled
Final Fantasy followers have had that bitter taste in their mouths for most of the generation. And now, BioWare is feeling a little of that nasty fan backlash with the hullabaloo surrounding Mass Effect 3. The team actually seems a little shell-shocked and have tried to smooth things over by saying we should be patient; i.e., "wait and see what we have in store for you." But that tactic isn't really smoothing things over, as fans continue to go nuts over the DLC and endings issues, both of which are generating heated discussions all over the Internet. In some ways, I can easily understand; in others, I think some of this might be a tad overblown.
It's true that I'm not the biggest ME fan so maybe I really can't have an opinion, but correct me if I'm wrong: ME3 is a damn good game. An elite game, in fact. It may not be my style, but I know greatness in this industry when I see it. Obviously, most critics saw it the same way. And EA's numbers should be quite good. With FF, we're talking about sub-par titles in terms of overall quality; with ME3, I don't think we can say that. Can we?
Personal gaming update
As some of you know, I finished Final Fantasy XIII-2 and was none too pleased with the ending, or the way the Paradox Endings are structured. Plus, if we have to purchase DLC just to flesh out more of the storyline...bad, bad idea, Square Enix. Anyway, I also went through Journey again just because it's so damn beautiful, and I like to play Hot Shots Golf and Wipeout 2048 on the Vita. I also have MLB 12: The Show, Street Fighter X Tekken, and Tales of Graces F for review. Haven't really gotten far enough in any of them just yet.
Thankfully, it appears we'll be looking at a little break, which I could really use. This whole Vita launch combined with a ton of new games releasing in February has been taxing.
3/10/2012 Ben Dutka