Time for another gaming update! It’s been a pretty busy week on the gaming front, a lot of stuff to talk about. But first, I wanted to talk about Bungie’s split from Activision.
First of all, congratulations to Bungie for getting away from the shackles of Activision. It’ll be very interesting to see what happens with the Destiny franchise moving forward. With all the bad things coming from the Activision Blizzard front for the past while, I wonder if any of that has to do with this move. I still feel that Bungie will be alright on their own. They probably would have been fine publishing Destiny themselves from the start. In my own opinion, Bungie has been a big name ever since they worked on the Halo series. I don’t really think that their popularity has changed all that much – Destiny is still a relevant franchise. But time will tell, and hopefully this results in something great for both Bungie and gamers. Anyways, moving on to the games that I have been playing.
So beginning with the Resident Evil 2 1-Shot Demo, I honestly feel that the Resident Evil 2 remake is going to be something very special. The demo itself is only 30 minutes, but, you can see a lot of what is going to be offered in that time frame. It’s incredible. The atmosphere is just haunting, and there is something very creepy about everything. I don’t really think that Capcom has nailed anything close to this level of detailing in years. You can already tell that this is going to be a masterpiece. I didn’t want to take a shot at Resident Evil 7, but I think that I need to. I just thought that RE7 would have best served as a spin-off. I see something like the Resident Evil 2 remake being Resident Evil. It’s just how I feel about the franchise. I had a conversation with my brother not too long ago about Resident Evil games. And I found it very surprising that we both completely forgot just about everything in RE7. We remembered the Baker family, obviously, but we couldn’t remember anyone else. Not even the main character (whose name I had to google search). What I’m trying to say is that the Resident Evil 2 remake is how these games should be made going forward. This is the balance that I wanted from the series. There is still a fine mix of action, but at the same time the game is very creepy. You can’t really ask for much more from a Resident Evil game.
I also went and played Final Fantasy XIV again. With the release of patch 4.5, I figured it would be the perfect time to give the game a go. I pretty much tried out all of the content that was added. I actually liked the new alliance raid a lot, I thought it was the best one of Stormblood. The dungeon wasn’t so bad either. I also tried the Air Force One minigame, I didn’t really expect much – but it was alright. You could definitely it was inspired from the shooting Gold Saucer minigame from Final Fantasy 7. Like I said, it was just alright. Overall, everything in patch 4.5 has been okay; I’ll probably make another mention of this with the eventual release of Blue Mage. So that’ll be something for next week.
Moving on, and now I bring myself to talk about the L.A. Noire remaster. This isn’t a new game or anything, it’s been out for years. I just recently went and finished it. It was alright. I’ll write something up of it and post that when I can. It’s aged reasonably, but, you can tell there is something dated. I just don’t feel that a lot of these games that try to be realistic age very well. I kept feeling that I remembered L.A. Noire being incredibly amazing back when I first played it, but revisiting it…it was just an okay experience. Maybe it’s due to the advances that have been made. I mean…in terms of realism, games like Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2 (of course) blow L.A. Noire out of the water. And then other games like Detroit: Become Human make the once praised facial animations of L.A. Noire seem a little dated. I don’t know. The game is still fun, and the story is interesting enough to go through at least once. So I guess that’s really all that matters in the end.
So with all of those out of the way, the last thing for me to talk about is the Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition. This is what I’ve been currently playing. Again, it’s another remaster. That’s it. I was surprised at how much of this game that I had forgotten, I mean I think that I had originally played it over 10 years ago. It seems that it comes with a few costume packs, which I had found to be very surprising considering that Namco-Bandai loves to sell these extra costume packs. But other than that, the game is still pretty dang good. And it’s nice to finally see it brought back into the light. It’s long overdue.
Anyways, that’s really it for today. Onimusha: Warlords releases tomorrow, so I do want to get to that one as soon as I can. I don’t really want to interrupt my session of Vesperia, but I might have to – I’ve been wanting to play Onimusha: Warlords for a good while now. I’ll definitely get back to that one. So that’s that. I’ll get back to something else as soon as possible. We’ll see what happens from here, if I decide to play Onimusha or not.