Monday, November 11, 2013

Tactical foolishness

I have made a significant tactical error. Sam Fischer would be ashamed.

My budget allows for only one launch title per console: Killzone and Forza 5. Everything else, and there are quite a few on the Xbox One, will be via my standard provider. From said provider I had two games last week: Splinter Cell Blacklist which I was playing a random new Armored Core game that I added months ago when then list was getting a bit thin. An assumption was made that Splinter Cell would take more than the weekend to finish so I sent back Armored Core unplayed.

I finished Splinter Cell that very night. Not having a new thing to play does not sit well but I did not want to buy a new XBLA game less than a week before the PS4 came out. After much soul searching I parted way with 2.99 and picked up On The Rainslick Precipice of Darkness 3. There is something poetic about closing out the end of a generation with a game that looks and plays like a SNES RPG.

That was timing failure number one. Secondly I forgot that there was a PS3 game coming out this week, and of course guess what shipped on time. Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus does need to be played, I would have prefered to play it later but now will have to do.

Yes, I know, first world problems.


It stands to reason that Tom Clancy games are a bit plot heavy. There is a lot of political intrigue to force out along with the ultra-violence in a short amount of time. I tuned it all out by the three quarters mark when I lost track of who was attacking who. The president gave Sam's team to power to do whatever they wanted but only if she agreed and blah, blah let me get back to my dark hallways and sneaking please. The shocking finale that had me playing as a member of the team instead of Sam, killing the Secretary of Defense, and Sam then appearing out of the background in a different outfit was far more confusing than it was anything else.

I made it to the end, something I would ordinarily be proud of, but it took dropping the difficulty down to rookie to get there. It was the best I could do in the time that I thought I had left before there were more important things to play. At four days before the PS4 I should be more excited. Instead I am second guessing buying both systems. There are not enough exclusives at this point to warrant owning both of them. The PS4 is cheaper and more powerful but the Xbox One feels like a generational leap instead of a better iteration of the current one. It's got me making space for a Kinect and I hate motion controls.

The PS3 was a $600 paper weight for months at a time. There were great games on it, some of the best of this generation, but will it become the silent partner just like the PS3? Am I so far down the Microsoft road that there is no turning back? Do you even know anyone else who has a Windows Phone?

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