Letter From The Editor: Happy New Year


Posted January 8, 2010 - By Adam Sessler

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Happy New Year. Okay that’s done with.

It’s nice to spend a couple of weeks doing absolutely nothing. Turned off the BlackBerry completely, watched a few movies, ate a few meals. Slept in. I’m already nostalgic for last week.

Played a few games as well. Primarily I checked out the God of War Collection, thought I’d brush up on the last two games with the imminent release of part III. I have to say, the high-def translation is astonishing and easily justifies the $40 price tag because the gameplay holds up very nicely…well, most of it. If in GOW III there’s a puzzle akin to the “move the block on the floor and jump on it from some demented perspective before the spikes shoot below you” sequence from the original GOW, I might cry.

With these high-def presentations of PS2 games in mind I truly hope we’ll see Ueda-san’s ICO and Shadow of the Colossus to coincide with the (hopeful) release of The Last Guardian this year. Also, it would be really nice to have all the Jak, Sly Cooper and Ratchet games get a similar treatment…are you listening Sony?

On the topic of God of War, X-Play’s Matt Keil pointed out to me that with Bayonetta, Darksiders, Dante’s Inferno, and GOW III, that we’re in the midst of an interesting trend in games to start off 2010…end of days spiritual warfare. Typically I like to pop on my cultural studies beret and figure out what social condition is motivating such a trend, but all I can come up with is that gods and their minions are kinda cool. 

Using the end of times as an appropriate segue, February 1st will be X-Play’s 1000th episode (that’s just X-Play, if you count Extended Play and Gamespot TV you’ll spend a lot of time counting). To celebrate, we’ll be running some of our finest episodes from the past all day long, and we’re letting viewers decide what those episodes are. Come to the site on Monday, peruse the 20 or so options, and vote for your favorites. In an effort to influence the balloting I would like to highlight the “Homeland for the Holidays” special that I wrote with Guy Branum -- it rarely airs, and there’s a reason for it. Great things can come from some very dark places.

Alright, that’s all…time for more Bayonetta.

Letter From The Editor: Happy New Year


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