So it’s been a while since I played a Spider-Man video game (there was an excellent one on the original PlayStation), and while many of them have looked decent over the years, we haven’t picked up any to play.
That might have to change.
There aren’t a lot of games that we look at and say “we need the console for that.” Even now, with several games out for it that we would get, we’re still just kind of keeping the Nintendo Switch on the backburner. So color us surprised when this trailer led to that reaction.
But it looks so good! It has the look and feel of one of the Batman Arkham series games, which were great and Holly especially loved (though she still needs to play the third, and we’re not considering Origins in the mix…). Except you add to it all of the things Spider-Man can do, especially the Spider Sense which seems regularly useful, but also the web shooters and the way that they let you move through the environment. It’s unlike anything else, really.
Particularly surprising to me, however, was that the game is expected for release next year. I would have expected them to be aiming for release sometime around the movie release next month, although to be fair the game takes longer to develop. Better than that, however, is the fact that this is not a movie adaptation game, but an original story. The trailer shows Spider-Man on the phone with Kingpin, and that’s just awesome.
So who knows, maybe by the time it comes out it’ll be on more consoles than just the PS4 – although with Sony owning the movie rights to Spider-Man, and owning PlayStation, that might not be likely. Or maybe by then it won’t look as good, or the cost of a simpler PS4 will be lower as they release newer versions. Or there’ll be more games we want that are PS4 exclusive (like that Final Fantasy VII remake that’s at least one console generation late at this point…). But for now, we can bask in the thought that someday, we can play this game.
Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week, hosts David and Holly are joined by Julia to talk about the Mass Effect Trilogy, which Julia has played quite recently! We talk the high points of the games, some things we wish could be better, and quite a bit about the relationships system! Spoilers for sure, and a good way to ramp up for the upcoming Mass Effect Andromeda! Also, we’re all sick, sorry about that.
Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! Talk is cheap, so hosts David and Holly saved a bunch of money by talking about whether to get a Nintendo Switch! Maybe there’s one in the future, how about for you? Let us know what you think!
Good day, everyone! While I work on additional Westworld posts and a few other secret projects, I wanted to toss out some thoughts to let you all know I’m still with you. My focus for today is my new Xbox.
I consider myself a hobby video gamer—I casually play strategy and role-playing games, for fun, usually alone. First-person shooters and sports games don’t really interest me. I also care foremost about a game’s story, with fun, intuitive gameplay coming in second. I am currently working my way through The Witcher III on my Xbox and Starcraft II on my computer. I care nothing about chasing trends or having the latest, fanciest hardware.
Geralt and Ciri from The Witcher III.
Do you know why? I don’t care what a game looks like. I don’t care if a game is running at full 1080p HD, or whatever the peak is now. I’m turning 30 this year; I remember when Pac-Man and Super Mario Brothers were the most graphically complex games you could play.
I don’t know if it’s a benefit of maturity, but I can play the original Starcraft, Final Fantasy VII, Planescape: Torment, Mass Effect, or now The Witcher III all with equal relish. I remember 15 years ago when people argued over the godlike graphic superiority of the original Xbox over its competitors—an era when the Playstation 2 was my console of choice (and at a time when I could only afford a single gaming system). The following generation, I switched to an Xbox 360 because I wanted to play Mass Effect (Bioware’s console offerings were Xbox exclusives in those days), and I’ve remained loyal ever since. I’m still building up the same player profile I started out with on my 360 on my One S.
FemShep, the Mass Effect series.
I love my One S. It’s basically a cheap gaming computer I can connect to the Internet and my TV—something we’ve been promised since the mid-90s, ironically foremost by Sony, if memory serves. I don’t care about being taken seriously in the gaming community, nor do I care about being sneered at as a casual player. I game to have fun and enjoy stories through yet another medium.
Why do you game? Please keep gaming system specification comparisons out of your answers. Let’s be grownups about our shared hobby. Strike up a conversation in the comments below.
Note: Featured cover image artwork by Jakub Rozalski, who is awesome and loves the Witcher. Visit his site here.
The stars were right, and we bought a next generation console yesterday – an X-Box One.
There were financial things that lined up – credit card rewards, a great sale at the store (buy a console, get a free game! Hello, Tomb Raider!), and even a coupon for a cheaper controller (because, there’s two of us gaming…). And hey, Fallout 4 came with it, why not? We chose one without a Kinect, we liked 1TB over 500GB… but all of these are just pieces on the what we got.
But why get it? What moved us this way? We’ve talked before about considering the new generation – and when we reached a decision point on it before almost two years ago, we bought a PS3 instead to play exclusives we missed there… many of which are sitting on a shelf still here in the house… So what changed?