I wanted to talk specifically about the following games:
Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition Assassin's Creed 3 Darksiders 2 Mass Effect 3
I will say flat out that I do think it's awesome that a Nintendo console is getting the above franchises. I'm sure that Batman will have the most appeal, because there has to be some Wii only owners that love Batman, but never got to play Arkham City. Despite its brutality, I'm sure it could even be a big hit for the younger crowd and families, simply because it's Batman.
I could personally see myself checking out Assassin's Creed 3 or Darksiders 2, pending controller usage. AC3 seems to be playing it simple, so it could be cool to experience that on the WiiU. That game looks cool enough that I'm considering checking out AC1 and 2 in preparation. I'm kind of stuck with ME3 on PC having already played the other games on there.
1.) Do you think that these games are coming to WiiU in a smart way? And I don't mean in terms of Gamepad usage (though I think Batman looks like a mess). It would take a lot of effort, but would it be smart for developers to maybe port earlier games in the franchise, and just push back the release of some of these games? Maybe Bioware could do a "Mass Effect Trilogy," or possibly release each game at a discounted price? Would it even be worth Bioware's time to do something like that? What about an Assassin's Creed Collection? An Arkham Aslyum "dynamic duo" pack? It's not uncommon for consoles to get rereleases like this, as we've seen things like Metal Gear Solid, Metroid Prime, God of War, and others get "collected rereleases." Would it be smarter for developers to get Nintendo gamers started off the right way, or is it not worth the time and money?
2.) Is anyone here looking forward to these games on the WiiU? I know Stache might be interested in Batman, seeing as he's strictly a Nintendo gamer. Is anyone else in that same boat? And if you ARE, do those titles appeal to you? Or are you turned off because you haven't played the other games in the series?
I know each of these titles is a different situation (seeing as both Batman and ME3 are older games, while AC3 and Darksiders will be on the newer side), but I'm curious about their appeal. I don't think NW will be a reflection of the market out there, but do you think these games have a chance to sell a good amount of copies? Or are they destined for failure? Will they get lost in the shuffle, or will they stand out because of brand awareness?
One thing is for sure, is that I think these titles stand the best chance at launch. Not just because they're older games, but because as time goes on, people will settle in to the choices they make for each console. With the Wii, I think it became pretty obvious as to which games started selling better. At launch, I think people will be more of the mindset of "I just got this console, and I want to get some games to play on it and show other people." Developers and publishers have the chance to right some wrongs made with the Wii - by showing gamers that a Nintendo console can be home to some 'epic' core gamer experiences.
Anywho, what are your guys' thoughts on them in general?
Batman: AC and Mass Effect 3 are great games. So any potential Wii U owner who hasn't played those games should definitely check them out. I think it would be fantastic if they were released in mutli-game form. But it's not necessary for Batman. There's not a lot of story to the game so they'll probably just have a video showing the Joker/Venom stuff that pertains to Arkham City.
As for Mass Effect, as already stated the first game will not be able to be released on the Wii U. But I think ME2 really should be put out on the system. Either as a double pack with 3 or maybe as a digital download. You could do comic thing again I guess, but there are far more choices and far more meaningful choices in the second game than there were in the first.
Considering that Darksiders is often referred to as a HD Zelda, I think it would be smart to release it on the Wii U. But if it ends up not being that different from the second game then I guess you wouldn't want to dilute the sales by releasing both. I don't it'll be hard for people to play 2 without playing 1.
Assassin's Creed would be the hardest series to release since there are so many games. Since I don't think the first one is all that good and the sequels to 2 are similar enough, they would only really need to release the second game. But even so, the actual story that would pertain to part 3 wouldn't be too big even though there are four previous games. The Desmond stuff and the bits that show up at the endgame could easily be summarized for those playing Assassin's Creed for the first time.
I already own Mass Effect 3 and Batman: Arkham City so I have no intention of rebuying the games. They would have to have some significant new content for me to even consider doing so. But for the new games I'll probably get the Wii U version of Assassins Creed 3. And I'm waiting for reviews of Darksiders 2, but that's not really a day one purchase for me on any system.
I posted that video because one is a direct feed to the game and one is an off-screen version. Usually it's hard to tell what kind of detail an off-screen photo/video has compared to a direct feed shot/video. I like how even though the Wii U version is off-screen, it still slightly looks better than the PS3 direct feed version.