We’re in a weird place where, over the last few weeks and into the next few weeks, the following games are coming out:
Batman: Return to Arkham (a remastered Batman: Arkham Asylum bundled with Batman: Arkham City)
Skyrim: The Elder Scrolls V
Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection (Assassin’s Creed 2, Brotherhood, and Revelations bundled together)
And that’s not even touching on Nintendo’s online store for the 3DS (Castlevania 4 was recently released! The awesome one! And Breath of Fire?!? The SNES one?!?!?)
I have mixed feelings about this. I mean, on one level, these games are awesome. I mean, every single one mentioned above was beaten (and a couple of them were 100%ed). I seriously enjoyed playing them and enjoyed playing a number of them a second time.
That said, there are a couple of things that bug me a little bit. One is a “that’s how they get ya!” complaint and the other is somewhat silly but I feel it anyway:
1) They didn’t make the consoles backwards compatible, but they’re “remastering” old games for the new consoles so you have to buy them a second time? That’s how they get ya!
2) They’re just trying to rest on their laurels and give us great games they already made instead of making new games that make us hope that the PlayStation V will be backwards compatible.
And then I look at the other games scheduled to be coming out and notice how many of them have 2s after their titles or numbers even bigger than that or otherwise communicating that they are the next game in the (annual) series.
And that led me to a mini-rant that alternated between complaining about sequels and then praising them and then complaining about them again. Probably write that one next week.
So… what are you playing?
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