November 5 - November 9

A late start to what is likely a busy gaming week for me.

Although, I don't have the full list below as normal with the panoply of games coming to a retailer or download organizer near you, the 4.7 million pound gorilla in the room is obviously Halo 4. And, I have to admit that I've warmed to this game over the past few weeks, hearing both some pretty positive early buzz, but also just because there is something iconic and fascinating to me about a game like Halo making the transition away from Bungie that is interesting to me. There's a part of me that really is interested in the question of how much a franchise is really about the developer or if it is about staying true to some kind of more nebulous ethos that any talented studio could step in or out of.

I remember the last time I really thought about this was when Irrational Games was not the team responsible for Bioshock 2, and to be honest that still turned out to be a pretty good game. But even saying that, there still feels like some kind of sacrilege to suggest that an usurper could just swoop in an make a sequel to a game as well or on par with the guys who created it. Would a Half-Life 3 made by Epic Games feel like a Half-Life game? Would a Gears of War made by Bungie be an offense to the very gods themselves? So, can this new studio really step in and take over Halo?

Frankly, I can't help but want Halo 4 to be a great game, but also a great Halo game. I have to admit I like the idea of creative people stepping in and enhancing, standing on the shoulders of giants and recognizing both that the giant exists and that they can build upon it. And, we see it all the time in other media. The best Star Wars stories are the ones told by people who aren't George Lucas. The best superhero movies only have Stan Lee as a cameo rather than the driving creative force. Should video games be any different?

So, Halo 4 is both the obvious choice for Game of the Week, but likely the game I would have choose even if it wasn't. It will be an interesting experiment, and also an expensive one.

Comments

I guess when there's only one candidate, there's only one choice.

NASCAR The Game: Inside line (true story) was robbed.

Aw. LittleBigPlanet Karting doesn't even get a mention?

I am disappoint at a lack of release games for this week. Alas.

The discussions about Halo 4 had me at apathetic to interested. It's driving me a bit nuts, truth told. We'll see what happens around Christmas time.

Never been into the Halo series for some odd reason. Equally odd is I am looking forward to NASCAR Inside Line. I guess I just like racing games.

This week I'm most curious about Angry Birds: Star Wars.

I thought the last NASCAR game (2010 maybe?) was so terrible they killed the series?

Is there a new developer or something? Or are you guys just hopeful?

Vote then play Halo all night! Now thats a perfect day! Maybe Voting should be on the list for game of the week... Heard its going to be an eight hour game for some:)

It seems the reviewer consensus is that Halo 4 is good (multiplayer is great) but... it doesn't move the series forward much if at all.

I'm not much of a multiplayer so... single player mode is all there is for me and there's about 10 hours here. So... wait for bargain bin.

Note: as far as multiplayer goes, Mass Effect 3 squad based play against computer generated enemies.. love that.

Coolbeans wrote:
Never been into the Halo series for some odd reason. Equally odd is I am looking forward to NASCAR Inside Line. I guess I just like racing games.

It's NASCAR The Game: Inside line. Gotta keep these things consistent.

Stele wrote:
I thought the last NASCAR game (2010 maybe?) was so terrible they killed the series?

Is there a new developer or something? Or are you guys just hopeful?

I was joking, mostly because of the silly title. They've put out games the past couple of years and my guess it that it's with a new developer.

Edit: This is the second one from Eutechnyx.

Raelic wrote:
It seems the reviewer consensus is that Halo 4 is good (multiplayer is great)

I heard different (from one of the smartest games people I know).

I found out from a random thread on Escapist that caught my eye that Tom Chick gave it a 2/10 on Quarter to Three, and no one on the first page of the forum thread knew who he was. Lots of assumptions made about the man.

Halo? Never heard of it.

ccesarano wrote:
I found out from a random thread on Escapist that caught my eye that Tom Chick gave it a 2/10 on Quarter to Three, and no one on the first page of the forum thread knew who he was. Lots of assumptions made about the man.

He actually gave it one star out of five.

Regardless, his score is the exact sort of thing that people all across the GRAND UNIFYING INTERNETZ were going to be upset about. The best part is that people were upset before playing the game. Love it.