Total War: Rome 2
The battles are looking good and I am a fan of the series but I would really like to see more of the map screen and diplomacy options, feel like we should know more with the game releasing in three months.
Games really need to start having animations for getting in and out of vehicles, this one kind of does but it happens without actually opening the door from the look of it and its pretty fast, still, a step in the right direction. The game looks great and I like the sound of the new challenge modes.
Company of Heroes 2
I really enjoyed the first game and own the expansions but I really never played it that much for some reason. I really like the focus on the eastern front and that the weather can play a big role in the battles with blizzards killing soldiers, ice breaking, snow covering vehicle tracks, or terrain slowing movement. I've always enjoyed RTS games that use a cover system and squads of infantry and it's always bonus for me when I don't have to create a base or collect resources. It's nice to hear that they have such a focus on their community, easy access to twitch, and that working with Sega has been going well for them. The theatre of war with co-op missions sounds like a great addition.
Batman Arkham Origins
I am a huge fan of the last two games, they are both easily two of my favorite games of the generation, and two of my favorite games of all time. I love the portrayal of Batman and his enemies the series has had and the voice acting, which sounds great here. I love the fighting system, I've always been a fan of beat em up games and this series and Yakuza are two of the only current series that have really improved on the genre. The amount and diversity of the gadgets has been great, the last games other characters and giving everyone challenge missions added a lot of great extra content. The city looks good, it being twice as big as the last game should make it much more interesting to be outside and like I've said before, don't waste my time, having a fast travel batwing option sounds like a great addition. The new enemy types look good, the martial artist looks like it will be enjoyable to fight. The additions to exploring a crime scene seem like a nice touch and the story sounds interesting.
Was really disappointed with one of the lines I heard when they introduced the armored enemy while stopping a crime, "he can pound the ground and take enemies out". .....No, NO, NOOOOO that **** has to stop. It always looks stupid and it never makes any sense. No more big or fat people jumping up and down or punching the ground and doing knockback, knockdown, and or massive damage shockwave attacks. If don't waste my time is one of my biggest complaints when it comes to games (and it is something that has for the most part been getting worse over time) the other big complaints is no more stupid shockwave attacks.
Beyond: Two Souls
I really enjoyed a lot of Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit. It had an excellent start that drew you into the story and made you wonder what would happen next, the game had very strange (maybe a little too much so at the end) events taking place that made you not take everything so seriously (a big problem with Heavy Rain which acts like it is set in a realistic world creating many problems for the story), decent characters, and I really liked how your actions, at the starting crime scene for example, would effect how you interact with the same environment when playing as the police who come to investigate. I was looking forward to what Quantic Dream would do in the future.
Then we got Heavy Rain, and the success of that game made David Cage a much more vocal person in the industry and really showed a lot about what is wrong with the current casual gamers and with a lot of the people in the games industry. The story, acting, and direction were so laughably bad, as an old school PC RPG and Adventure gamer it was such a massive embarrassment for me and others like me to see the industry give such praise to such a mess. It has been made all the worse by David Cage never shutting up about how he is the future of the games industry and that everyone needs to do things more like him in order to mature, to the point where pretty much the entire staff of Blistered Thumbs (people who have been playing games for a long time and are more used to narrative focused games) seems to enjoy making fun of him anytime he is brought up.
Now that said, I still enjoyed Heavy Rain. I enjoyed it in the way that I enjoy Star Trek TNG, which (with the exception of Picard and a lot of the science involved) is such a mess when it comes to writing, plot holes, continuity, character motivation, character development, etc. I enjoy it in the same way I enjoy the movie The Room. When I play Heavy Rain, I want to just sit back with friends and make fun of it because it's trying so hard and failing so miserably. Listening to people praise and defend the story of the game is like listening to people praise the plot of the Phantom Menace, praise the characters of Twilight, or praise the actors of...well...The Room or Star Trek TNG (with the exception of Picard of course).
As I see more about this game, the direction, the powers that separate the game from reality and stop me from having to judge the game against how things would work in the modern world, and the acting I am hopeful that this game will be more like an improvement for Indigo Prophecy, something I have wanted since 2005, and not another Heavy Rain. Having something to laugh at is nice but I'd much rather have something that impresses me, that's a lot harder to find. Maybe Quantic Dream can redeem themselves in my eyes with Beyond Two Souls after the mess that Heavy Rain was, and if not, having something to laugh at isn't a bad thing. Of course, it's also nice that I haven't seen them say anything that can turn out to be a complete lie like some of what they said about Heavy Rain.
My thoughts on David Cage himself were summed up perfectly in Blistered Thumbs last podcast when they were talking about the Dark Sorcerer video and then got into talking about Beyond Two Souls.
"I think David Cage would be a lot better if he had a sense of humor about himself because, did you see what was shown for Beyond Two Souls? I was livid, not that it didn't look good, it did look good, it's the exact opposite of every word that has ever come out of his dirty ***** mouth."
"He thinks so incredibly highly of himself because when he uses guns and car chases, he does it differently."
From what I hear from him I think he is just an awful person, I just hope that he is an awful person that can deliver a good game this time.
To end this blog, more laughs at MS expense
Now to play some Mario RPG on the Wii's VC while I wait to get The Last of Us and Soul Sacrifice, probably tomorrow.