Ben's Week In Review: October 28
This damn storm is starting to piss me off. I'm not hearing good things and the timing couldn't be worse. But don't you worry none...nothing stops!
If need be, a generator will see to it that reviews for Assassin's Creed III, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, and Assassin's Creed III: Liberation (if I can get to it this week) will go up as scheduled. Basically, ASAP.
Yeah, I'm ready for that GTAV info. I've BEEN ready for a WHILE
It wasn't until I read that latest update that I realized just how starved I was for Grand Theft Auto V details. You know, concrete details. Rockstar says a ton of information is coming our way next month and that's great because I have to remind myself that I'm a gigantic GTA fan. I say "remind" because GTAIV came out freakin' four and a half years ago and I tend to go through GTA withdrawals if they take too long. I still say the game might come to one of the next-gen consoles (in addition to the current systems, of course) but either way, just gimme the game. For the time being, I can sort of fill that open-world adventure void with ACIII and Liberation but it's not quite the same. Let's face it...nothing is really the same as GTA. No, not Saints Row, either. It's just too different.
I just hope it's not too far off. All these analysts are saying it pretty much has to launch this fiscal year (before March 31, 2012) for Take-Two's financial predictions to come true. But if it isn't ready, it isn't ready. Rockstar and Take-Two really don't believe in releasing half-done products; whenever one of their games arrives, you can usually expect it to be just about as good as they could make it. So I say, take your time and make GTAV the masterpiece everyone is expecting. ...just don't make us wait too much longer. I'm starting to get a little antsy.
Plus might really help convert old-school gamers
It isn't really working with me, but I can see how PlayStation Plus might get older gamers more interested in digital. I think this is all about convenience and value. Not only are there significant discounts (and a whole lot of stuff is free with Plus), but they're also not typically giant downloads. They're right there, for less than you might think, and all you have to do is click a button and it becomes yours. I still believe those who take their video game collections seriously won't put much stock in digital offerings, but that doesn't mean they'll never have a digital game. Heck, I'm the biggest proponent of physical media there is and I've got plenty of digital games on my hard drive. I treasure several of them, too.
Granted, most of them came to me via PR people and I didn't have to pay for them, but left to my own devices, I probably would've paid for many. Plus really is a great deal, in my opinion. And while it may not completely sway old-fashioned gamers who will always appreciate boxes and discs, it certainly makes digital more appealing. There's no reason to think it can't continue to be successful, and Sony recognizes that.
Personal gaming update
I had anticipated playing more of Medal of Honor: Warfighter but that game has become my biggest disappointment of 2012. I just can't deal with it and I don't wanna talk about it. Rather, I'm more interested in my play-time with the awesome Dishonored, and I've been going through Need for Speed: Most Wanted as well. I'm sure I'm not allowed to say much before the embargo lifts on Tuesday, but the game is fun. I'll just leave it at that for now. Obviously, I've got a ton of stuff to be playing this week, so I won't have much time to play anything but work-related titles. But every once in a while, work blends with pleasure...saying I "have" to play Assassin's Creed III is just silly. Oh yeah, twist my arm. ;)
And I know Halo 4 comes out next week, which I will eventually play. I've played every single Halo and while I maintain they're overrated, I've enjoyed each one. I just won't have the time for it, so I think I'll throw it on a Christmas wish list. I'd actually rather use my 360 to play the new Alan Wake game, which I haven't gotten around to yet. As for the Wii U...don't care. Sorry, but it's not doing anything for me.
10/27/2012 Ben Dutka