Ben’s Week In Review: September 4

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Happy Labor Day! Sorry if I’m not posting these updates every single weekend; sometimes I just don’t have much to say. 🙂

Might have to get that Assassin’s Creed Ezio Collection…

I guess it isn’t confirmed for the U.S. yet, but Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection is apparently going to launch in Europe, and the three games in question will run at 1080p/30fps on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

As most people know, I’m a huge fan of the franchise and while I believe last year’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate absolutely is the best in series history (the perfect culmination to a winning formula, despite a few lingering flaws), the Ezio games were still huge highlights. Assassin’s Creed II and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood were both wonderful and while Revelations was a small step backward, an updated trilogy would be well worth owning. As a collector, I always want to have the best versions of my favorite games in my library, even if I have no intention of playing them again. And I probably won’t ever go back to play any of those old AC titles but still, I think I want this compilation.

…except I might not bother with the Definitive Edition of MGSV

I hear Konami will release Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience on October 13 and of course, I’m not surprised. I just don’t think I need it.

I know I just said I always want the best versions of my favorite games but honestly, MGSV doesn’t necessarily qualify as a “favorite game” of mine. I stand by my review because MGSV is clearly a fantastic game but upon reflection, it falls shy of other memorable entries in the series. At least, for me. I mean, MGS3 and MGS4 will always remain firmly lodged in my heart and brain and there are damn good reasons for that. While MGSV was incredible, it just didn’t have the same lasting emotional impact, you know? I attribute this to the storyline and characters taking a back seat to the gameplay, as they always do in more open interactive experiences.

I understand it’s an accepted thing in the industry now to believe every single game on earth has to be non-linear, open-ended, sandbox, blah blah blah. Games like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End still exist to disprove such idiocy, but they’re getting to be exceedingly rare. And I’m not saying Kojima and Konami made a mistake with MGSV. They adapted, I get it. But some franchises simply are better with more direction, and as more of a plot-driven experience, and MGS will always be one such IP.

And yet another GotY Edition…I just don’t know…

My favorite game of 2015 and my second-favorite game of the generation so far behind Uncharted 4 is unsurprisingly getting a Game of the Year Edition. It’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and this one, I’m just not sure about. I never did get around to playing the Blood and Wine expansion, and perhaps the GotY Edition would allow me to rejuvenate my love of that game, and I could dive in fresh. Maybe I’d go through on a New Game Plus (a feature I know they added earlier) and then do Blood and Wine, or something like that. Aside from The Last Guardian in October and Dishonored 2 in November, there’s really nothing else this fall I feel I need.

And my interest in the shooters – Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – barely registers. If Battlefield 1 has a great campaign, though, I might consider it if I’m bored.

Personal gaming update

Been busy with other things lately; haven’t even picked up Deus Ex: Mankind Divided yet, but I’ll grab it this week. I actually went back to play Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete; acts as a nice relaxant. 😉 Still waiting to hear what Sony’s plans are for the PS4 Neo and I assume that’ll be a big part of the company’s TGS press conference, right…?

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