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Ben's Week In Review: May 19

It'll be an interesting time for reviews. Fuse (which I have now) and Remember Me are definite crap-shoots...could be big hits or misses.

I don't think I fully understand Insomniac's reasoning

It was entertaining and informative speaking to Ted Price last week concerning the new title from Insomniac Games, Fuse. Price is one of those guys who loves this industry, loves his fans, and always wants to make the best game possible. He really should be listed among names like Hideo Kojima, David Cage, Kazunori Yamauchi, etc. Ratchet & Clank and Resistance are two excellent franchises; unfortunately, I believe neither got quite enough credit, at least in terms of consumer response. However, when I heard Price's reasoning behind why his team said no to Resistance 4, I have to admit I was a little...confused.

I understand wanting to try something new, but kicking off a new IP toward the end of a console cycle is beyond risky. Furthermore, you're attempting to branch out in a way some of your fans don't understand, and not many appreciated the transition from Overstrike to Fuse. It seems like Insomniac lost their way a little during the development of this so-called "new series," because I'm not 100% certain Fuse is the game they really wanted to make. It almost reminds me a little of the Japanese disease. You know, where developers who are good at something attempt to cater to a different audience for the sake of shifting popularity and trends.

That being said, I do believe too many people are being very unfair. Concerning the Fuse demo, I think people went into that sample hell-bent on hating it, so they hated it. Furthermore, based on what Price said, that game gets a lot better as time goes on, and there is plenty of that patented Insomniac flair. So I'd ask you not to write it off entirely.

If I'm Naughty Dog, I thumb my nose at multiplayer

You're too good to bow to the masses, Naughty Dog. We all know your unbelievable Uncharted games didn't really need a multiplayer element. Not a soul bought those titles for multiplayer and due to their amazing epicness, I doubt many would've been disappointed had there only been the campaign. The Last Of Us probably doesn't need multiplayer, either. And yet, you're telling us it's "the best ever conceived?" Why? I'm sure you're proud of it and I hope it turns out well, but you have to know that nobody cares that much. You are too damn good to have to worry about silly multiplayer. Dishonored didn't have multiplayer. Didn't need it. Bioshock Infinite didn't, either. Two Game of the Year nominees, at least.

Eidos Montreal says their Thief reboot won't have it, 'cuz they don't need it or want it. Assassin's Creed has never really needed it, either, in my opinion. God of War? No. Totally unnecessary. I don't care how gigantic multiplayer has become; many of the best games on earth don't offer multiplayer, and your games qualify as being some of the best around, Naughty Dog. Hence, although I do hope everything about The Last Of Us is fantastic, I don't think you ever really needed multiplayer.

Personal gaming update

My girlfriend and I just finished the co-op campaign of Portal 2. Yes, I'm aware it took forever but we don't often get a chance to play it. I wish there were other games like it, but there really aren't. :( Anyway, I'm at the end of Tomb Raider and I'm trying to close in on 100% complete; the game is super great fun, with or without the hardcore collecting that I'm doing. And as I said above, I've got Fuse to toy around with, so expect a review this week. I also expect to see Remember Me very soon and although I have my reservations (one of them being I've never heard of developer DontNod Entertainment), I have high hopes. Then of course there's The Last Of Us in a few weeks, which should be mind-blowingly awesome.

I will also add that although Gran Turismo 6 has been announced, and I'd usually be downright giddy, I have to say I'm...not. It's really only because I don't think I'll have time for it. If it comes out this holiday season, how the hell am I going to fit it in? With a new hardware launch and tons of new games? Impossible. Maybe I'll just wait for the PS4 version and get it whenever that shows up. :)

5/18/2013 Ben Dutka

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Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 12:02:16 AM

I have the utmost respect for Price but I don't understand what they are doing either. I know I bagged on Fuse a lot but when I loaded the demo I made a conscious effort to give it an honest chance. It really did feel like someone trying to do something they shouldn't be doing. It's just so mechanical and out of date.

I know I don't plan to mess with The Last of Us multiplayer. No point, I'm there for the story and characters and ND quality.

Ben I hope you don't mind my 2 rants this weekend, things just get kind of boring over saturday night and sunday without some junk to discuss.

Finished my last final today and I'm gonna good off hardcore tonight. Lots of games to play but after getting kind of stuck in Blood Dragon I've gotten a retro taste and am goofing around in Duke again. It's really not a bad game, just incredibly outdated, you have to have the right mindset I guess.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 12:58:11 PM

goof* off :)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 9:08:34 PM

Don't mind at all. Put up whatever you want. :)

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Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 12:57:03 AM

I hope FUSE sells well enough for Insomniac so they don't have to lay people off or nothing. I'm not personally excited for FUSE. I tried the demo. It's quality stuff but not really for me.

Naughty Dog is good. I don't mind them doing multiplayer, especially when they're making bold claims of it as if they're excited about what it offers. This tells me they themselves are vested into it's offering because they want to do it, to do it as game creators.
I like that GoW is doing multi-player. Ascension has been nagging at me to get it sooner than desired just for that reason actually. I want more action hack 'n slashers doing this. I see it more as fan service to those who really like a style of genre and the franchise.

I'm excited for GT6. I'm glad Sony isn't dropping us PS3 users like a rock in favor for their successor. They seem to be making good on their '10 year' plan. Going into this next-gen means a lot of things but I don't think it'll make this-gen seem as obsolete so fast as it had in past gens.

PGU: I finished Rage. I didn't rush it either. Did every mission I encountered, job boards and all. I liked it's strong visual-artistic presentation. I liked it's great combat. The various enemy types were a breath of fresh air to fight. I understand the various opinions critics shared on this one. I enjoyed it more I think than most because of how artistically forward it was, what with it's real rich environments and strongly detailed character designs and carefully handled animations. I know about a 1/3 of the game, or more, can have you sort of meandering around without it resolving to much more than just adding atmospheric weight to it's world, hence why I think it got some lower scores. But I think those who didn't mind experiencing what the world had to show you won't mind that a bit.

Last edited by Temjin001 on 5/19/2013 12:58:53 AM

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Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 11:20:38 PM

The GoW mp is such a blast and its so very well executed. I cant believe all the bashing it got. It really came down to people not being openly optinistic about it and feeling like the campaign is all that needed to be there. Fair enough but give credit where its due. Not to kention they are supporting it well!

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Metal Head
Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 1:06:27 AM

I'm getting Fuse, Insomnia is one of my favorite developers. They have deliver fantastic games why would they disappoint me now.
Now playing Ni No Kuni and Persona 4 Golden. Both games are fantastic and playing them for the second time.

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Deleted User
Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 1:28:08 AM

I agree, and it's a day one purchase for me, as well. The game is action packed and filled with some pretty awesome abilities and weapons. People have faith in the quality of Naughty Dog and Quantic Dream to invest in new IPs at console's end, why not Insomniac? I personally think it's multiplatform envy. Resistance had none of Insomniac's patented humor and was well accepted, Fuse seems to follow those same lines.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 4:41:47 AM

fuse just does not feel like a insomniac game, it just feels so stern and run of the mill ordinary.
i mean you boot up the demo and i chose the soldier with the shield ability, so his weapon is a machine gun, a machine gun featured in 890 billion other games!
wheres the patented crazy wacky insomniac weapons?
sure its a demo, but the whole point of a demo is to give people a taste of your game.
whole point of insomniac is their flair, creativity, and that has lead to creating some really cool creative weapons!
a machine gun just aint gonna cut it!

ive been flicking back and forward between GTA vice city, and mero last light over the past week.
the recent PSN sales forced me to buy vice city again and its amazing how bad the game looks, but you just simply dont give a flying f*ck!
because even after all these years its STILL THE best FUNNEST game EVER made!!!!!!!!!
its pretty pathetic that you have to look back to a 11 year old game to actually have some FUN!
they just dont make em like they use too.......

plowing through metro last light and i gotta say, WTF are the scares!?
oh come on metro 2033 had so many really creepy hallucinogenic trippy scenes which made you question whats real and whats not, are the dark ones really the bad guys?
they have focused FAR too much on the political turmoil of the red skins and the betrayal, and no where near enough on the supernatural theme of the game.
those frantic up top battles with the monsters, the constant hallucinations, there what made 2033 such a atmospheric awesome game!
this, while a brilliant game, just does not suck you into the world and make you fear whats around the next corner like what 2033 did.
really makes me wish 4A would get another crack at metro, give them allot more resources this time and hopefully they can pull off something truly special!
last light if anything feels like a step back for the franchise, and im hoping that was simply because of all the sh*t they copped with THQ, then them going bankrupt and development switching to deep silvers control and they probably rushed it to release.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 7:13:45 AM

After Resistance 3 and that poor Vita title I can understand why Insomniac aren't developing a new Resistance. They really brought down the series from a triple A title to average. Yet Resistance 3 got plenty of acclaim which I just do not understand - I found it to be possibly the biggest disappointment this gen.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 10:29:31 AM

Not my biggest, but definitely a disappointment when you consider what R2 brought to the table.

Resistance 2 was such a great game. Fun co-op and multiplayer and the single player campaign was huge and perfectly paced. Fans backed Insomniac into a corner, crying about the weapon wheel and regenerating health(fits for a Sentinel) instead of praising them for the fun(though, easy) boss battles, Henry Stillman's chilling narration over the radio, moments when battling with the Grims in the dark Chicago hotel, great weapons, all with a solid story that wasn't forced through a ton of cutscenes.

It was a shame to see that Insomniac took 3 years to make a game half the size. R3 is a good game, but definitely overrated by some.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 7:21:05 AM

Didn't download the Fuse demo, not really interested in it. The only multiplayer that the kids and I have done are local co-op. My youngest child of 3 is 28 yrs, they all have PS3's and to this day we have never hooked up on line to play co-op.
PGU, just finished Tomb Raider with 89 percent. I have all the relics and documents, most of the gps. Whats left are the challenges to finish. This is a great game IMHO. I will be starting on Bioshock Infinite next.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 10:13:40 AM

I wanted to like the Fuse demo but I will admit there might have been some lingering grudge towards them for changing it from Overstrike to Fuse.

That being said, I am going to see what reviews and what gamers say about the game. It very well might get exciting and interesting as the game progresses however, the demo was very underwhelming for me.

I think multiplayer has gotten so popular on consoles for a few reasons. The first being that it was a good way to make people buy the game new if they wanted access to the online portion, the second being it is a lot easier to make multiplayer DLC and micros than it is for SP games, and finally it was an attempt to get the people who only played CoD multiplayer to try their game.

The problem with all of these reasons is that they aren't really there for the gamer. You can see that most multiplayer modes are tacked on and if they aren't and are amazing then the problem comes when no one keeps playing it because they go back to CoD.

Starhawk and Homefront had excellent multiplayer and both have relatively small online communities now. Despite the fact that they were more interesting than CoD, and in a lot of ways more stable and balanced.

On the topic of Naughty Dog, I really am interested in what they think is the best ever conceived multiplayer. Because honestly I have played hundreds of competitive shooters on the PC over the last decade and it is going to take something mindblowingly fantastic and never before seen for me to think that it is the best ever conceived.

They basically have to pull a minecraft, or a CoD MW1 type of thing where they create something that is almost entirely new and has never been seen before.

My doubts lie in the fact that it needs to appeal to a wide audience so I doubt it will be something as cool as what I'm imagining it will be. I would love it to blow my mind but right now, I have this feeling that that statement is just PR hype.

But either way I'm getting that game for the Single player so whether its multiplayer is great or a flop it doesn't really matter to me. Either I get this amazing bonus or a mode that I never touch and everything is fine and dandy because the SP is so wonderful :)

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Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 12:57:26 PM

yeah I'll be looking at the Fuse reviews too, I know full well how a demo can not be a good representation of the game.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 3:48:19 PM

Me too. I for example was completely underwhelmed by the Batman Arkum Asylum Demo and was going to write off the game. Luckily my dad rented it for me because he knew I liked batman. Well I'm lucky the guy at blockbuster tried to sell my dad a new copy in which my dad just said oh Ill just rent it in case he doesnt like it lol.

But anyway yeah some demos don't do the final game any justice, that is why I like trials more than demos.

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Solid Fantasy
Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 10:22:06 AM

Is it too late to ask for a Soul Sacrifice vita review? Picked up the demo and can't really decide how I feel about it.
I don't think fuse will be a bad game, but I'm not expecting the shooter community to like it, b/c why do that when you can hate something for no substantial reason. Sometimes I think it's a security/fan boy trend.

PGU: No PS3 for another week. Just Skyrim and maybe an NES emulator if I can find one that actually works. It would have to have a game genie option to. The orchestrated version of Zelda has inspired me to go back to the first games I ever played.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 5:03:03 PM

ben DYK that computer snythesizer dubbed female(cant think of her name) of the Portal series is going the voice of the home base/mech suit voice of Pacific Rim? i think its great that Del Toro adds details like that.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 9:09:12 PM

GLaDOS? Ellen McCain or McClain is her name, I think.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 8:27:21 PM

Ben - Not to worry, for when Gran Turismo 6 comes out, I will gladly do a review for you! ;)

I have told my wife that GT6 is coming so she best be prepared for my disappearance.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 9:51:02 PM

As long as Insomniac isn't abandoning there 2 best franchises (ratchet and clank and Resistance) they can do wwhatever they please.

ND is super talented and certainly there games will fair very well regardless of mp. But lets be clear the mp component in the Uncharted games is super popular. A lot of people still play the mp in those games today, it has a following. They created one of the best mp experiences and instead of being told they dont need to focus on it is an insult to them I'm sure. They worked super hard on it for the Uncharted series and it paid off. They succeeded in creating a great mp by one getting people interested and two creating a mp experience that people enjoy. Because of mp its not necessarily catering to another crowd. For me a huge Uncharted fan, it creates an alternate way to continue a game Ive already beatem numerous times and enjoy it with others. I can assume The Last of Us will be the same. Of course I'm going in for the story and campaign but the mp will keep it in my PS3 for a long while.

PGU: Playing The Walking Dead, great game. On episode 2. Im surprised this game got tons of attention for things that Heavy Rain did not. Maybe it was a timing thing.

Still playing Borderlands 2, it will likely remain that way until The Last of Us.

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Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 11:23:41 AM

@ ben yes the voice of gladOS is in the movie as the AI for the robot. link:


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