Ben's Week In Review: October 6
I have Beyond: Two Souls and I'm not allowed to talk about it yet. ...damn. ;)
I don't think Sony is handling The Last Guardian properly
I'm not talking about the development of the game, as I don't know enough about it to make any sort of judgment.
But I can absolutely pass judgment on how they've handled the ongoing situation from a PR standpoint, and I'm not a fan of it. One tactic that has never worked when it comes to constant delays of highly anticipated products in this industry: Vagueness. It's obviously so they don't make a mistake, so they don't make a definitive statement that turns out incorrect, and everyone jumps down their throats. I understand the purpose of vagueness. But after more than a few years pass, you really can't rely on that angle any longer. The "don't worry, it's still in development" appeasement with no exact details satisfies nobody and only creates a lot of questions.
It's only slightly preferable to flat-out silence. The problem is that with so many delays and so many accompanying rumors of dissension among the ranks (Fumito Ueda isn't easy to work for, so insiders say), the same ol' response gets tiring. It also sounds suspiciously like you're hiding something. We don't need a complete and detailed status report but at this point, I think gamers deserve an actual update. That "re-engineering" comment from Yoshida doesn't actually say anything. And that has been my problem with every so-called "update" concerning The Last Guardian. It can't be that hard to say, "yep, it's now coming to the PS4 and it's at least a year off." That at least contains a couple of facts.
If PS4 really does outsell Xbox One in the US this holiday season...wow
Many analysts and industry experts are predicting that Sony's PlayStation 4 has the edge. And not just worldwide, but even in this country, which is saying something. I'm not sure gamers fully understand how huge it would be if the PS4 did indeed outsell the new Xbox in this country during the holiday season. Even if the numbers are close to equal, that's a gigantic turnaround. Have people seen the console stats for the US for the past generation? The Xbox 360 consistently outstripped the PS3 by a 2:1 ratio; if it wasn't for other regions, the PS3 would never have caught the 360 in the sales category. Really, it hasn't been close (as mind-boggling as that seems to me, given the catastrophic reliability of the 360).
Going into the new generation, I thought the PS4 might be able to compete with the Xbox One. I thought at best Sony's console could start outselling Microsoft's in a year or two. Given the stranglehold Microsoft had on the console industry in the US at the end of 2012, I never in a million years would've predicted the PS4 would outsell the Xbox One out of the gate. If you told me that was going to happen in December of last year, my response probably would've been something like- "Yeah? How? Sony gonna toss in a diamond ring with every PS4 purchase?" It really seemed that out of the realm of possibility.
Personal gaming update
Well, as I said above, there's no talking about Beyond. Let's just say that I'm still having a blast with Grand Theft Auto V, although I have no intention of going online to try GTAO. With so much content in the story mode, I'm really not feeling left out at all. However, I've also greatly enjoyed my time with rain and Puppeteer, both of which are wonderfully inventive and creative, and both confirm beyond any shadow of a doubt that games can and often are art. I also think rain isn't getting anywhere near enough credit. It's just another example of how any anticipated game that doesn't score a 9 is considered a failure. It has its flaws but if you loved Journey, I'd be surprised if you didn't love rain.
October is pretty insane, as usual. There are still several sports games that need my attention (NBA 2K14 and FIFA 14), and I know Beyond is going to take up a chunk of time. Not that I'm complaining. ;)
10/5/2013 Ben Dutka