If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Now once again, I will discuss all of this in my podcast and I love the fact that all this news is out considering that I wouldn't have much to talk about gaming wise without this. However, since my podcast is not coming for a week I wanted to stay fresh and professional and be one of the first people to bring you these news (at least in my mind). As for my opinion on the winners, wait until you hear it from me, not read on the page, I'm bound to bitch about one of them.
Now.. TO THE GOODIES!!!! As much as I told myself not to get excited by trailers, especially CGI trailers that show no gameplay, my crotch felt uncomfortably tight...
So Mass Effect 3 is coming the very next holiday season. First of all, that news alone got me up and listening carefully. The chance to finally end the saga of Cpt. Shepard is too much to resist and this game is automatically on my radar ever since one.The one thing I really dug from the trailer is that they took it away from Shepard. What that does is it builds anticipation and makes people think, what if they had killed Shepard? Is this what happens? Eventually they bring him into the spotlight but the idea lingers since it's possible for Shepard to meet an unfortunate end at the end of 2. In any case, I love that they brought the Reapers out en-mass, and for the first it really showed what they're capable off. While the first two game did an amazing job building this suspense about the invisible threat, the build up would all be for nothing if they didn't bring all the guns out at the end of the trilogy.
The only thing I am not sure about is that it's a straight attack to earth. The Reapers were meant to be these machine hiding far in the universe, and Shepard the only one to defeat them, why would they go after Earth first and get his attention. I'd love to see them emerge from a far and start eliminating the opposition, making it a race against time for everyone to unite rather than attacking Earth and letting Shepard gather the resistance. In any case, I am incredibly excited for the game and here is to marking up my calendar.
Everyone's favorite Greek homicidal maniac is back, but this time, it is in Mortal Kombat, the reboot of everyone's favorite fighter franchise (unless you just love Street Fighter that much). I was hesitant to let MK slide on any guest characters after the MKvsDC game, and after I've seen Yoda and Darth Vader in Soul Calibur. When a character doesn't fit, it barely make sense, and given Midway's track record with afore mentioned vs. DC crossover I thought they should just stick to basics. Kratos however I did not consider. He is violent, brutal, and definitely not rated Teen, it's the perfect character for MK given the level of violence and really adds to the claim they made that they are going back to the "HOLY SHIT!" type of violence for the reboot.
Arkham City trailer made me very excited for this sequel. The first teaser they released with the Joker kind of had me slapping my forehead... Been here done that. It seems that they may be taking the route that Chris Nolan foreshadowed at the end of Dark Knight, except that this time Wayne does not sacrifice himself, but rather becomes a target of someone in control. I loved seeing Hugo Strange, as he is one of my favorite villains in Batman for certain arcs and I would love to see with the character. Also, having the city as your playground, it has the potential to be just epic. What I hope doesn't happen to this game is that most encounters with major character are not as anti climactic. The best moments in Asylum were the ones dealing with Scarecrow while everything was kind of deflated and too cookie cutter fight, especially the very last boss fight.
Also, it has always been interesting to see the unraveling of Batman when his identity is under threat. The fact that Hugo Strange knows his identity is an interesting twist to the story. I do not expect us running around in a tux as Bruce Wayne, however it could also paint you in the corner where you lose all your support because you can't even go back to the mansion. Finally, I think that if they used Joker for this bit it would be too dragged out, where you kind of see the Joker fucking with Batman just to fuck with him, while as I see Strange being more creative with what might happen.
Now, Uncharted 3, had me somewhat unexcited. Don't get me wrong, I loved the first two games, but it's kind of going the Lara Croft direction in there "what's next route" where it's just the same game. The trailer where he is caught in a tough situation is very similar to the second trailer. Also, who are you going to shoot in the desert?!!! In any case, this was one of the few trailers that didn't establish a strong story element, and as a writer/director I appreciate that stuff in games even more (which is why I love Mass Effect so damn much). However, it just kind of see that we'll end up getting more of the simple rail drive for the story in another exotic locale with not much after thought, which is good, not great.
ELDER SCROLLS is back, but the trailer left much to be desired. In a true way of Bethesda they revealed very little in terms of visuals, however they pained a pretty damn good picture for the story. Once again they've built up an epic catastrophe that is imminent and yes once again the player character will be the only one that can save everyone, however, it worked fine before. With them holding back the visuals I can only hope they fixed some of the visuals, drag them up some more, and even fix that bit where everyone tries to hypnotize you every time you speak by not blinking. We'll see more when they reveal more (and I'll talk more on Elder Scrolls).
Finally, to cap of, a trailer for inSANE (which is how I will spell it until told otherwise), a what I can only assume is a Horror/Psychological Thriller game from Guillermo Del Toro. Now, I've been starved for a great horror game ever since I finished Dead Space, and even that relied on one cheap jump scare too many towards the end. From the mood the trailer sets I am expecting some fucked up shit, especially knowing Del Toro's visual style in the movies. I can't wait to see some more for this, but since it is 2013 it means its barely in progress... Let me know what you think, also, I would very much urge you to PM me your opinions and stuff and I will bring them on my next podcast ;).