Ben's Week In Review: November 16
The review blitz continues...tiring as all hell, but at least the games are good. ;)
Vue might be the straw that breaks cable's back
I am so tired of cable TV.
There's never anything on it I want to see (most of the stuff is so disgustingly stupid or depressing I can't fathom how it's deemed "entertainment) and the commercials have become overwhelming. The only thing I use it for is to watch reruns of old - and actually decent - shows and some sports. And it's stupid expensive to boot.
But this new cloud-based TV service of Sony's, PlayStation Vue, might be all I need to finally cancel cable. I'll keep the Internet and stick with Netflix, Hulu and Vue. That's what I'm hoping to do. I'll probably be able to get just about everything I'd want to watch, with the exception of my tennis channel and the Super Bowl. And I can get it all for a fraction of the cost of cable, with a fraction of the commercials, and I can watch everything whenever I want. I'm hoping I'm one of those select PS3/PS4 owners who get a chance to try out Vue this month...
Just Cause 3 is definitely coming but it better be FIXED
Everyone's whining about the technical flaws in Assassin's Creed Unity but the flaws that really bug me are unforgivable mechanical issues, like the ones that made the previous two Just Cause entries so painful. Yeah, I know, there are staunch supporters of the games, and that's cool. It just means they were able to look past mediocre gameplay design and performance. Now, it seems Avalanche is cleaning up their act with Just Cause 3, if that early news from Game Informer is any indication. They're saying we can expect better physics and gameplay systems, which is great.
The concept of these games has never been in dispute. They've always been completely over-the-top, more so than Grand Theft Auto and even more so than Saints Row. They just needed a lot of refinement and polish and I'm hoping we see that in the next entry. Not sure what's going on with Mad Max but I wouldn't be surprised to hear that it was shelved. It didn't receive the best feedback when a sample came out earlier this year.
Personal gaming update
I have no idea how it's going to happen but I'm going to try to finish both Assassin's Creed Unity and Dragon Age: Inquisition. I'm aiming for a February completion of both. ;) But don't forget there's Grand Theft Auto V on PS4, which I definitely have to play (and I told Rockstar I'd deliver a new review), and I still like playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. On top of it all, I expect to see Far Cry 4 first thing Monday, and I'll probably get LittleBigPlanet 3 as well. 'sigh'
I told the Ubisoft rep that I was disappointed with the way some of my critic colleagues handled the Unity review. And I am. It sort of shows where our priorities are as an industry and why artistic sensibility is very rarely rewarded in any entertainment medium these days. That's where I stand on that issue and no, I won't be altering that stance.
11/15/2014 Ben Dutka