Friday News Recap: 4/28 – 5/4

Any week with anything God of War is a good week to me.
Seven days ago? Who remembers that stuff? Don’t worry, here it is.

God of War: Ascension Details Have Emerged, Contains Online Multiplayer (!)

While multiplayer (more on that in a minute) was the focus of the recent news on this game, some interesting tidbits of information leaked on the story mode. Since it is a prequel, it will take place before all of the God of War games and will be six months after Ares tricked Kratos into… well, you know. Kratos has been sentenced to a life within the tortuous confines of the Furies and must fight a battle with his sanity to hope to get revenge on Ares. I will admit that I’m skeptical, but this will hopefully show some promise. I have said this before, but since we know that he gets revenge in other games, we know he won’t achieve it here, so the immediate story has to be engaging enough despite knowing the end.

The bigger and more prevalent news came in the form of multiplayer. Yes, this is the first time the series will take the journey into the online space. The mode shown was Execution which revolved around two teams taking territories to take down a cyclops (one that was in Homer’s Odyssey). He was far from being Nobody this time, as the teams were fighting to eventually murder him. Classes will take shape in the form of selling your soul to Hades, Ares, Poseidon, or Zeus. Each will get different abilities depending on which god you choose to sell out to. Of course, they will be customizable in a bunch of different ways. It’s quality over quantity, but they are looking to add the God of War formula to traditional modes and will announce stuff as they become ready.

I know it is easy to overreact to changes from a franchise I hold dear, but as Uncharted 2 and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood showed me, even the most unorthodox of games can have great online portions. Truth be told, I don’t know if I can see this working. God of War is fantastic because of the feeling you get when you slaughter a bunch of mythical monsters. That just isn’t really plausible in a competitive online setting where everything has to be balanced. However, I have an immense amount of trust in SCEA Santa Monica. They are getting a huge benefit of the doubt from me, which is something only a few studios get. We will see more on this interesting title at E3 in the first week of June.
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Elder Scrolls MMO Announced

Some rumors eventually come true. Gameinformer revealed through their new cover that an Elder Scrolls MMO is in the works and is set to hit the Mac and PC in 2013. Developed by Zenimax Online Studios, events will take place one thousand years before Skyrim and will explore the series’ deep mythos with good community aspects. I’m not a big MMO player, but I’m sure this will be big when it hits, if it hits.

Metal Gear Solid Collection Dated for Vita

Although it won’t be containing Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3 will be bundled together and will hit the Vita on June 12th for $40. Hardcore MGS fans will notice that this is the exact fourth anniversary of Metal Gear Solid 4‘s release when it hit the PS3. Anyway, I’d love to have these games on my Vita, but, honestly I’d would love if they came separately on PSN. I enjoyed MGS2, but MGS3 is my main attraction here.

Skyrim DLC Named Dawnguard is Coming, Details at E3

Because Bethesda feared they made a game with not enough stuff in it, they’ve decided to add more on. We don’t know much though (we’ll see more at E3) only that it is coming this summer and hitting Xbox 360 first. I don’t think this will be your average $10 DLC pack, but more a $30 pack a la Shivering Isles from Oblivion. I think this might sell a few copies. Just a few. Maybe.

Bayonneta 2 Canned? Hopefully Not

In this week’s edition of “I Really Hope This isn’t True,” rumors have been swirling around about the cancellation of Bayonetta’s yet-to-be-announced sequel. Internal sources say that cutting jobs at Sega has been the cause of this rumored cancellation. Nothing is cemented and Sega won’t comment, but I hope this is all a hoax. Bayonetta was such a fresh game and was a great combo-heavy action game. This game deserves at least a sequel with more stripperific moves.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Officially Announced and Coming November 13, 2012

It wasn’t a great secret, but Call of Duty: Black Ops II has finally been fully uncovered. Taking place in 1985 and 2025, you’ll play as a few characters with one being David Mason, the son of the Mason in previous Black Ops. Not only will the setting yield more technology (lots of robots!), but also show a Cold War between the Americans and Chinese. Linearity is also being looked into, with branching storylines and missions being teased. Not much was shown on the multiplayer or zombies (both confirmed), as that will be revealed later.
It would be too easy to make fun of this for being annual, but Black Ops II has actually piqued my interest. Treyarch is taking this series in a slightly different direction and I think it’ll do good for this juggernaut as a whole. Coming out every year puts the pressure on to make things fresh, and Treyarch seems to be standing up to the plate. The people are excited too, as pre-orders are trumping the two previous Call of Duty games by a landslide. It’s as if the series can’t get any smaller.

Oh and check this awesome teaser for the zombies mode.

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Saints Row: The Third Releases Info on Enter The Dominatrix

If you didn’t experience Saints Row: The Third, one of the wackiest games in existence, shame on you. However, everyone that did will be happy to see that something Saints Row related is coming this fall. Notice I didn’t say DLC, because this isn’t downloadable nor is the main game even required. Odd business practices aside, this pack will feature aliens and super powers, two things that I’m sure will fit well within this ridiculous universe. What started as an April Fool’s joke has turned real and let’s hope it maintains the high level of quality of the main game.

There was a lot of stuff here, so let me know what you think!

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