Monday Round Up
Martian Manhunter joins Injustice: Gods Among Us
The Martian Manhunter will be the next playable character in Injustice: Gods Among Us. This is welcome news. Martian Manhunter has a lot of potential as a character in a fighting game. He has shapeshifting abilities, density control abilities, cloaking abilities and is a powerful telepath to top it all off. It was going to take something special to make me purchase more Injustice content after how lackluster the season pass offerings were but Martian Manhunter qualifies as something special. I’ve always had a fondness for this character. There aren’t a lot of games where players have been able to take his unique skill set for a spin and I think this is a very good venue for it. If NeatherRealm decides to make more DLC after this I would really like to see more original characters like Martian Manhunter and Lobo and less characters that are derivatives of those all ready on the roster like Batgirl and Zod.
That wasn’t the only big Injustice news this weekend. The Green Lantern character will be receiving a John Stewart costume pack. It’s nice of NeatherRealm to find ways of working more characters in like this. Stewart should be familiar to anybody that watched the Justice League and Justice League: Unlimited cartoon series. It also makes me wonder if we won’t see fellow Green Lanterns Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner make an appearance in similar fashion somewhere down the line.
Ultimate Warrior Returns to the Ring
Speaking of cartoon characters making reappearance’s, it was announced today that the Ultimate Warrior will be the pre-order exclusive character for WWE 2K14. The idea of exclusive pre-order characters is nothing new for the franchise. This has happened the past three years when Mike Tyson, The Rock and Bret “The Hitman” Hart were offered to early adopters. The Ultimate Warrior appeared in WWE All Stars a couple of years ago but has never been featured in the WWE, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw or WWE Smackdown franchise. Below is a link to the announcement trailer. Before you ask, yes the promo is as unintentionally hilarious as you would expect. One thing that has always been certain is whenever the Ultimate Warrior talks often no one understands what is being said. I’m happy to report that trend continues in the trailer you can find at the link below.
Next Gen Diablo is Delayed
The announcement of a delay involving Diablo III is so common that it should be met with a shrug of the shoulders. Well get ready to shrug. Despite Diablo III making its way to the X-Box 360 and the Playstation 3 this September, Blizzard Entertainment announced that a version of the all ready year-old game won’t be ready for the launch of the PS4 this fall. The game has been pushed to 2014 for that platform. Currently no X-Box One version of Diablo III has been confirmed. My take on this is I think that not having Diablo III ready for the launch of the PS4 hurts Diablo III more than it hurts the PS4 launch lineup. Sony all ready has some solid stuff in place with Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4 and Assassins Creed IV. You can bet that Sony will have another wave of titles hitting next spring (led by Infamous: Second Son). At that point, I wonder how many people are going to care about what might be a two-year old game by the time it comes out. Diablo III is a good game. The combat is fun but the lack of a true skill tree or a point allocation system took a lot of the enjoyment out of the game for me. I own it on the PC but I’m definitely not going to buy it on a second platform. It certainly isn’t worthy of that. The game isn’t bad but it isn’t great and quite frankly it’s not worth waiting around for. I think there might be some great next generation games out this spring that could demand more attention rather than a decent game that seems to be in a perpetual state of delay. I levy the same criticism at Blizzard as I do Nintendo. The commitment to quality from both companies is admirable but at some point you have to stop tinkering with things and release the title or the moment is going to pass you by. I think the moment is passing for Diablo III as well as the Wii U. I look for the PS4 version to land with a thud sometime next Spring.
Ubisoft Focuses on Franchises
Ubisoft made it clear today that the company isn’t looking to make games that don’t have the potential to spawn sequels. I don’t view this as a bad thing. Game development is becoming more and more expensive so publishers need to find ways to make more many. Cultivating an audience and then building on that audience with subsequent releases is a good way to get a return on an investment. This would be news if Ubisoft wasn’t making quality products but that’s not the case right now. I think Splinter Cell, Far Cry and Assassin's Creed are all quality brands. I think Watch Dogs and Tom Clancy’s The Division will also be quality releases. People like to rail about sequels. I’m not one of those people. I am not offended in the least when publishers give me more of a game I like. People complain about the annual releases of Assassin’s Creed but you have to believe that the profits coming in from those projects are going to be put toward funding new things like The Division. Annual releases are not a bad thing. Poor quality annual releases are the problem. Ubisoft has yet to make a truly poor Assassin's Creed game. Assassin's Creed III may not have been great but it wasn't poor either. It was merely good. The occasional good game in-between several great games won't make me quit the series.