Ben's Week In Review: June 17
Happy Father's Day! What didja get dad?
If it was called something else, everyone would love it
Yeah, I was pretty miffed, too. In my eyes, anything with "Metal Gear" in the title should be stealth-oriented. But I suppose I can make an exception when they drop the "Solid" and make Raiden the main character of a slice-'n-dice action game, especially if it's made by Platinum. Kojima Productions started it and Platinum is gonna finish it...I tell you this about any game and you're probably jumping out of your seat going, "Yes, please!" But because we still see "Metal Gear" in the title of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, the hardcore can't help being a tad disappointed.
But come on. Platinum knows what they're doing. Look past the title for a minute and learn a bit more about the game; that Blade Mode is going to be utterly bad-ass and everything I've heard about the gameplay is glowing with praise and anticipation. Yes, the developers of Metal Gear Solid and Bayonetta/Vanquish have collaborated on a game. Who's not interested?
The knee-jerk reactions are getting a little tiresome
Twice this week. First was the whole Lara Croft fiasco, which Crystal Dynamics tried to clarify but still managed to get a ton of press. I was forced to play the "calm down" card just because the complaints were crammed with hostility and fury. Then there was the Kotaku article about how Americans apparently "can't handle" scenes of Colonials dying in Assassin's Creed III (or that's the assumption because Ubisoft hasn't shown much of Connor killing early Americans). And I'm sorry, but that was just about looking for an issue where there was none.
I knew we wouldn't make it all the way to October without some pretentious left-wing-based piece trying to start an irrelevant fight. I couldn't stop rolling my eyes reading that mess, so I had to write something about that, too. I'm sorry, but someone has to speak up when blatant agendas - which have absolutely no purpose in entertainment reporting - start to make big headlines. No. Just...no.
Personal gaming update
So I finally finished the last chapter of Max Payne 3; I was really trying to savor the awesomeness but it had to end some time. Now I'm playing Lollipop Chainsaw, which doesn't qualify as "great" but still puts a smile on my face every time I sit down to play. I also got DiRT Showdown to check out, so expect a review very soon. Oh, and I'm trying to get my brother to finally play Shadow of the Colossus. He's all caught up with great stuff like Crysis 2 and Devil May Cry 4...no more excuses. Just play the masterpiece!
I hope the more reflective and thoughtful readers enjoyed our most recent interview, which I thought was interesting, even if I didn't necessarily agree with all the responses. Look for more Q&As in the near future.
6/16/2012 Ben Dutka