Game Ranter Banter: Assassin's Creed 3, Mass Effect 3 Hype, Hypothetical Super Mario RPG 2
The gaming community's been alight this past week thanks to news surrounding the official Assassin's Creed 3 announcement and the release of Mass Effect 3. Just as the launch of BioWare's much-anticipated RPG draws near, leaked details and images regarding Assassin's Creed 3, its 18th Century America setting and new protagonist have split our attention.
So, in this week's Game Ranter Banter the crew shares differing opinions on the Assassin's Creed 3 reveal, the hype and and future surrounding Mass Effect, along with our desire for a Super Mario RPG sequel.
Mass Affection Spree (By Brian Sipple)
March 1’s Assassin’s Creed III-American Revolution announcement seemed to be an effective pause button for the deluge of Mass Effect 3 coverage that had been dominating the month of February. It lasted all but 24 hours, until the incredible Mas Effect 3 launch trailer released, and the frenzy would continue.
When BioWare’s tour de force, coup de grace, and Commander Shepard au revoir releases on March 6, you’d have to find a way past the Terminus Systems to avoid all the media coverage, advertisements, and — I’ll call the headline right now — “Mass Hysteria.” But is it really a moment — a video game experience — that we'll tell our grandchildren about? Or, is it a time that we'll look back on and be shamed by the hyperbole we tossed at the wall - and ended up with big bill for the dent?
Quite frankly, it doesn’t faze me either way. Like it or not, the epic sci-fi RPG is one of the definitive video game series of our present day; and it’s the clamor and glamor of the launch day lunacy that make it all the more fun to be a part of. I wouldn’t want to miss it, and you’d be wise not to either — at the very least, so you can stay up to date on Garrus’ latest calibrations.
I Want The Super Mario RPG 2 That I Deserve (By Tyler Schirado)
With the recent announcement that a small independent game company, Super Fighter Team, would be developing a new SNES title, Nightmare Busters to be released in 2013, that got me thinking. I've confessed my love for the Super Nintendo on a previous Banter, but now that a development company is taking two steps back to to develop SNES games, I want my Super Mario RPG 2 gosh darn it!
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars was one of the most incredible games, in my opinion, to ever grace the SNES and it deserves a sequel. Some of you may say, "Hey, wasn't Paper Mario considered the sequel?" And I say no to you sir or madam! That was nothing like Super Mario RPG. That was a cheap ploy and a cop out!
Now if Nintendo could take a page from Super Fighter Team and go back and make an awesome sequel to SMRPG for the SNES, I would be so happy. I would also consider a real sequel for the Wii U if that was a viable option as long as it had the same level of gameplay, mechanics, and an awesome story that the original had.
Assassin's Creed 3: A Threequel I Can Get Behind (By Andrew Dyce)
It's been the hottest news this week, but I for one am more relieved than excited for Assassin's Creed 3's new American setting. After three games with Ezio - lovable as he may be - the need to pile on exposition in the last 15 minutes of Revelations had me worried that this franchise was slipping off-track. But then came some absolutely stunning artwork of the new assassin, and the announcement that the protagonist will, in fact, be a Native American. If Ubisoft even delivers on a fraction of that potential - which I have no doubts about - then Assassin's Creed 3 is instantly my most anticipated game of 2013.
The thought that I have to wait until October to see what Ubisoft has in store is the only downside.
Our Viewpoints Don't Synchronize (By Anthony Taormina)
In a flurry of excitement over the reveal that the American Revolution would be the new setting for Assassin's Creed III, I think that many gamers lost sight of what is most important to the longevity of this franchise. There are dozens and dozens of time periods that would make for great AC fodder, but it's evolutions in the gameplay that will help keep the experience from becoming stale.
Sure, details have come out that promise this, stating that there will be a lot of newness, but as a whole it all feels a little samey to me, which for some is a positive. It's also very early in the marketing blitz for the game, making it very possible that the first trailer will put my fears to rest, but right now I'm still feeling dÃ©jÃ vu.
Hollywood Effect (By Rob Keyes)
There are a lot of major video game franchises with film adaptations in development, the largest of which are in a state of flux, mostly due to studio uncertainty regarding the genre and reception of the films. See, films based on video games suck as much as video game movie tie-ins and its formed a vicious and sad circle of disappointment and frustration.
This week's headlines were dominated by this year's installments of Assassin's Creed and Mass Effect and both series have films in development, both driven by captivating and unique stories and characters. These are the types properties that lend themselves perfectly to the motion picture medium (Proof: Mass Effect 3 trailer, Assassin's Creed Revelations trailer) and both have a chance to change the film industry for the better, yet I'm exceedingly concerned for both.
I'm excited and hopeful, but wow, if they screw up the Assassin's Creed and/or Mass Effect movies, then f*** that genre forever.
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