Ben's Week In Review: November 25
Another busy week with more reviews but hey, 'tis the season.
Mirror's Edge 2 in development? That makes my day
I was one of the biggest fans of the original. Although it had some flaws, I thought it laid an appropriate foundation for a really fantastic, fully realized sequel. Free running remains one of the most promising new mechanics I've seen this generation, and although we've seen variations of it in other titles, nothing has quite aspired to such heights...pun intended. For several years now, they've talked about a follow-up effort; DICE has said they want to do it and EA has never ruled out the possibility. But now it seems we've got the first pseudo-confirmation from a former EA staffer, who says it's basically common knowledge that Mirror's Edge 2 is currently in development. However, one has to wonder:
Are we looking at a next-gen project or something that will launch for the PS3 and 360? Personally, I'm hoping for next-gen. Free running is definitely a mechanic that can use all the technical assistance it can get; with the benefit of new hardware and DICE at the helm (Frostbite 3?), you might end up with an absolute mind-blowing masterpiece to kick off the next generation of consoles. Of course, even if it does arrive for the new PlayStation or Xbox, one would have to assume it'll also be available for the current consoles. But this is one game I'd have to see on a new system.
"Hot Coffee" scandal proves that not all publicity is positive
It was interesting to read Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser's intriguing statements concerning the "Hot Coffee" sex scandal from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The company obviously had a difficult time dealing with the backlash, and it clearly went beyond the estimated $50 million they spent dealing with that outcry. It obviously had a distinct and lasting impact on a lot of people at Rockstar, and it seems like they took it badly. Thing is, the game had already been out and sold a ton of copies, so it's not like this publicity really helped push sales. I really don't see how this helped the studio - or publisher Take-Two - in the slightest, which sorta proves that not all publicity is good publicity.
It's true that controversial products typically sell more simply due to the fact that they're controversial, but in the case of San Andreas, it was already a GTA game...heck, controversy everywhere to start. It didn't require additional controversy, right? That whole mess only put a damper on everything, as far as I'm concerned, and that viewpoint seems reflected in Houser's statements. By the way, just to clarify: I never saw what all the hubbub was about; I just played San Andreas and that was that.
Personal gaming update
Still got a bunch of reviews to do so I haven't been able to really play anything I want. Got back into echochrome to keep my brain working (and to remind myself that there are still some highly unique, ingenious, challenging games out there), and I will probably try to finish up Hitman: Absolution at some point. Next up comes reviews for Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault and - I'm hoping - the Silent Hill game for the Vita. Looking forward, the last big title of the season is looming large on the horizon; it's Far Cry 3, which is slated to drop on December 4. It should be one of the best games of 2012 and even though I wasn't the biggest fan of FC2, I expect to enjoy the new sequel.
You can also expect another giveaway; the next will involve signing up for our newsletter, which typically goes out twice a week. After we transitioned the server for the newsletter, people had to sign up again and we want to make sure that we reach as many readers as possible. Signing up is easy enough; just go here and do what you gotta do. Simple. And it could net you a freebie of some kind! Not sure what yet, but I'll let you know tomorrow night... Might be a combined game/soundtrack giveaway or something along those lines, I think.
11/24/2012 Ben Dutka