Ben's Week In Review: December 7
The PlayStation Experience wasn't quite the earth-shattering event I'd hoped for, but it was still great for fans, I think.
Great stuff coming to PlayStation, that's for sure
There was the new Bloodborne trailer that really impressed everyone and of course, 15+ minutes of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End gameplay. The latter wasn't bombastic but those who knew what to look for would've seen significant improvements and impressive technical achievement.
I really like the look of David Jaffe's new game, Drawn to Death. I couldn't draw for beans in high school, so there were no such doodles in my notebook. But I knew people who could draw, and I also know a fantastic concept when I see one: Bringing hand-drawn artistry to life has always been at the core of interactive entertainment, as far as I'm concerned. Then there was the announcement of a reimagined King's Quest, which really threw me for a loop. The adventure genre isn't exactly alive and well (not in the purest sense of the term), so to see something like this was just awesome.
No God of War or Gran Turismo unveiling, but it seems Sony Santa Monica creative director Cory Barlog spilled the beans...
20 years of PlayStation...inconceivable!
It really does seem impossible that PlayStation has been around for two decades now. I still remember getting my first PlayStation; I bought it off a friend. I think I got the system and like a half-dozen games for a hundred bucks in '96, and that included Twisted Metal 2 (one of my all-time favorites), 3D Baseball, Tecmo Super Bowl III, Jet Moto (another all-time favorite), and a basketball game I can't remember. My RPG obsession began not long after with Suikoden, Wild ARMs, Beyond the Beyond, and of course, Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy Tactics. PS2 was another blitzkrieg of greatness and that's when I really started to expand my reach to include all sorts of genres.
Yeah, there's a fair amount of nostalgia behind the memories. But there's a reason for that. We don't remember everything fondly, now do we?
Personal gaming update
I wish I could spend more time with Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix but I'm just swamped. With Assassin's Creed Unity, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Grand Theft Auto V, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare all just begging to be played, I have to put HD overhauls of games I've already played on the back burner. Okay, so I never played Birth by Sleep, but you know what I mean. Unity alone is taking forever; there's just a stupid amount of content.
Thankfully, though, the game rush appears to have ended for the time being. It'll pick back up in February but at least I'll be able to play catch-up between now and then.
12/6/2014 Ben Dutka