E3 2011 Thoughts & Reviews

In this article, I provide a long analysis of some of the latest games and hardware being shown, and why various sequels  have left me wanting more while others inspire dread.

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Ravi Singh brags about playing Peace Walker HD

After keeping it a big fat secret from us all, he’s now basking in the glory of his E3 experience and bro status with Ryan Payton.

You can read about it here.

No one likes a bragger, Ravi. Also, thanks. Looks like PWHD (which is what I’m going to call it from now on) is going to be a pretty respectable cash-grab from Kojima Productions after all. Right thumb stick for the win, I say.

As for “MGS3DS”, here’s my initial thoughts: it makes me sick.

MGS3DS is the kind of soulless experiment that illustrates what happens when the Japanese get a taste of success. That’s not racist — that’s just the pattern, they admit it themselves. Oh shut up. Look at how the team developing MGS: Rising decided to not only make the game a prequel but also a new genre, instead of continuing the series properly. That’s game design cowardice. Everyone’s too scared to innovate or take a step in a new direction, wasting perfect opportunities to make new stuff by just remaking the same old stuff for new platforms. Can you imagine a brand new Metal Gear game on the 3DS?

I can. I can imagine it being cool too. My imagination works like that.

The reason why the HD Collection is tolerable is because Peace Walker was begging to be ported to consoles from before it was even released. It really is a major installment in the series, and it deserves a wider audience. Giving MGS2 & 3 to the Xbox crowd feels right as well. But remaking MGS3 for the 3DS? Nobody was asking for that.

EDIT: It may seem contradictory to say that the Rising team is scared to take a step in a new direction while simultaneously complaining that they picked a new genre — a new genre sounds like a new direction, right? — but the issue is a fear of being compared to the “actual” series, or push the story forward in a new direction.

Kojima set up the plot of MGS4 so that it would tie up loose ends and give his team freedom to continue the series with a new story, not so they could shit out a spinoff prequel that hides behind a new genre to avoid being comparable to the major installments.

Peace Walker HD

Peace Walker was a great game (for a spinoff) and a solid addition to the Metal Gear series. With stuff like Mother Base, R&D, Outer Ops, and co-0p gameplay, it was both ambitious and innovative, but there was one thing that always held it back, and it was, of course, the PSP itself.

Personally, I’m excited for the PS3 version of Peace Walker, which is set to be released in November this year. Even though it’s being remastered for HD by a company I’ve never heard of, “Bluepoint Games”, I don’t think Kojima Productions will allow them to screw it up too badly, and finally I’ll be able to play it for an hour without suffering from severe hand cramping.

Once this game is available for console players on both the PS3 and 360, hopefully more people will learn the story of Big Boss and appreciate another important chapter of the series. And, as they learn the story of Big Boss, they might even look into the allegory that is contained within it.

The blog has become the main site!

Earlier than expected, I have sacrificed the old “classic site” with the new blog format.

In order to maximize traffic to the blog area of the site — this area, the one that you’re reading right now — I’ve decided to overwrite the old main page with this. If you wanted to read some of the old content, I’m sorry, but that will be harder to do now. If you don’t care about reading the old stuff that much, but would rather have a single main page, you’re welcome!

The old stuff is still there — for example — but because “index.html” is now deleted, clicking back to main will take you to the blog an error. I’ll try to create links to all of the main pages so that linking back here won’t be as much of a problem, even though that’s a lazy workaround. Just be grateful for what you get, jerks!

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