TLDR; Nothing really, Atomic Hearts looks interesting for February, but there isn’t much I’m looking forward to at all right now.
I voted for Dead Space, but to be honest, I’m not really excited for anything. Dead Space is a great game, but I’ve played it numerous times and playing it again only graphically better (as of now) is just OK.
As with the LoU Part 1 remake, I feel it’s a game that didn’t need a remake as the original is perfectly fine and still holds up. I would have preferred to see something older and unavailable for play via modern consoles to be remade.
As for Forspoken, my interest was only ever minimal. The story and setting look bland. Visually the game looks nothing like a next gen (current gen) game. It looks more like an early PS4 game to me.
I’m not sure what it is. It could be a combination of things. The in house engine Square Enix uses is outdated and needs vast improvements, and the design of the world is ugly. The reveal was much more appealing, and the actual game is just another case of a major downgrade from the reveal footage. I’m beyond tired of seeing that scenario. It’s basically false advertisement in my eyes.
I feel the game is too drab and brown. I would expect vibrant colors and more fantastical design coming from Square Enix. It’s like the latest Sonic game. Why is a talking anthropomorphic blue hedgehog put in an ugly representation of a more realistic world? The designs clash, are ugly, and just make me lose interest.
The parkour was the real reason I was interested in Forspoken. The demo was ok, but the game desperately needs customizable controls. I feel now that consoles have customizable controls at the system level, developers have grown lazy again in offering ways of customizing controls. Console wide control changes are annoying because it changes everything, even traversing the console menus. If consoles can save customized settings on a per game basis, then I would no longer complain…much.
So far this entire new generation is lackluster. Covid or not, new games are just playing it safe and I miss the old days of being wowed by the concepts brought about in games when a new generation hits. I dont know, maybe I’m just old and jaded now. 🤷♂️