411 Games Fact or Fiction 12.06.12: Wii Mini, Dishonored, Destiny, and More
Posted by Daniel Anderson on 12.06.2012
Is it a good idea to make Dishonored into a franchise? Are we excited about Bungie's new game Destiny? Was the Wii Mini a good idea? 411's Todd Vote and Stephen Randle debate these topics and more in this week's Fact or Fiction: Games!
Hello everyone and welcome to this week's edition of Fact or Fiction. As always, I am Daniel Anderson, and I hope everyone has had a good week. We are only one week away from the release of the Hobbit (or close enough). Hopefully, the movie will do credit to the novel. I know this is the game section, but I haven't picked up Far Cry 3 yet so I don't have any new games to talk about. Anyway, this week we have 411's Adam Larck going up against Chris Ferrell. Let's see what they have to say, shall we?
1.) You are sad the Wii Mini is a Canadian only product.
Chris Ferrell - Fiction: This Wii confuses me and I really don't understand Nintendo's reasons for releasing it. About the only thing I like is the $99 price point. But, for that price you get a severely crippled Wii. You lose backwards compatibility, but more importantly no internet connectivity. If you are seriously considering this Wii and live in Canada, just shell out a few more bucks for a regular Wii.
Adam Larck - Fiction: I really don't see what the purpose of the Wii Mini is. The system comes out after the Wii U, still doesn't have Gamecube support like later Wii systems haven't, and now doesn't even include Internet support. Sure, it has a $100 price tag, but this really makes no sense. Will this come to the U.S.? Probably, but I look for most people to bypass it.
Score: 1 for 1 - I don't really see the point in the Wii Mini. Maybe it is just to mess with gullible Canucks?
2.) The Oculus Rift headset release being pushed back to mid to late April is not a cause for concern.
Chris Ferrell - Fact: At first I was thinking fiction until I read up on the subject a little bit. The delay in releasing the headset is because of the overwhelming demand for dev kits the developer had received via the Kickstarter incentives. Oculus VR has also stated that due to the overwhelming success of the Kickstarter campaign they were able to improve nearly every component within the headset. I say don't worry, but keep an eye on the Kickstarter page for all of the up to the minute updates.
Adam Larck - Fact: It looks like one of the delays were due to adding a bigger screen in, so the delays look to be due to adding better things in. Overall, I think they want to get the headset ready for commercial use and not just developers. No cause for concern here. It should still be interesting to see when it releases.
Score: 2 for 2 - I am really looking forward to this. If I had gotten my new job back when the Kickstarter had initially started I would have put some money down on this. As it stands now, I will just have to wait a bit longer, but since the delay is due to the high demand I don't see it as cause to worry.
3.) You like hearing Bethesda VP Pete Hines say, "Clearly we have a new franchise," when talking about Dishonored.
Chris Ferrell - Fact: I recently started playing Dishonored after picking it up over Black Friday. I have to say, I've been enjoying the game. It is always good to see a new kind of game out on the market. If the sequels to the first game are as unique and good as the original I think Dishonored will be a successful franchise. I just hope Bethesda doesn't overdo it with the sequels.
Adam Larck - Fact: Dishonored was one of the top new IPs this year, so it's a relief to hear that Bethesda is showing interest in more games in the franchise. I'd like to explore more of the world and get more of the backstory of some of the groups, so I'm definitely in for this.
Score: 3 for 3 - Dishonored was one of the games that surprised me this year. I look forward to more games set in this universe.
4.) All of the art and rumors about Bungie's new game Destiny has you excited about the game.
Adam Larck - Fact: I really think I'm starting to become more cynical on games. Rumors and concept art is interesting, but I really just want to see actual gameplay or more straight from Bungie before forming an opinion. Considering its Bungie making the game, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt that it will be a good game, but I'll hold off on being excited until I know more.
Chris Ferrell - Fact: I'm a Bungie fanboy and have enjoyed the bulk of their games. It's obvious a lot of planning is going into the new Destiny game. Look back at Halo Reach and you'll see hints at Destiny there. In typical Bungie fashion they've been planning this game for a while and dropping hints. That has me intrigued, so combine my fanboy nature with all the hints at Destiny and I'm sold.
Score: 3 for 4 - I lean towards Adam's opinion on Destiny. I just think that until you see gameplay, you can't judge how good a game will be.
5.) You were surprised to hear that 750,000 Xbox units were sold on the Black Friday sales period.
Adam Larck - Fiction: Nah, that's fairly standard for Microsoft when it comes to Black Friday. The company knows how to make good bundles and make them cheap. Every year Microsoft does well on Black Friday. However, I will be interested to see what the do with the system next year, especially if the new system will be out by then.
Chris Ferrell - Fact: I would think that Xbox sales would have tapered off by now. However, the console dominated the other systems over the Black Friday sales. Now, to be fair there were some very good Xbox deals which probably contributed to this surge. The Wii U just launched so it wouldn't go on sale, and it seems that the PS Vita was the Sony console most marked down for Black Friday. I think the deep discounts on the Xbox helped this huge sales number happen.
Score: 3 for 5 - This surprised me because, like Chris, I would have said Xbox sales would have slacked off. To be able to sale that many consoles in one weekend, this far into the life of the system, is impressive.
6.) Pricing the Dishonored DLC at $5 is a good move.
Adam Larck - Fact: Considering the DLC sounds like just time trials it's definitely a good move. If it was story based and added something more substantial to the game I'd pay more, but for what the content is it sounds like a solid price.
Chris Ferrell - Fact: We have gotten spoiled by getting free DLC in games like Borderlands 2 and Mass Effect 3 and forgotten that free DLC is the exception to the rule. While I would love to get free DLC $5 is a solid price point here. Score: 4 for 6 - I always like seeing DLC from coming out for a lower price point. Now if only shooters would not charge a high price for three new maps I would be happy.
Bonus Question: Do you support the Humble THQ Bundle even though they're not indie?
Adam Larck - Yes. Sure, the Humble Bundle has always been known for indie titles, or the occasional book or music bundle, but this bundle definitely screams humble to me. You have a publisher that's on the verge of financial disaster and trying to find any way possible to get some money to remain active. Instead of trying to sell games like normal, it's coming to the public and basically saying, "Look, we'll give you a lot of our recent library, just give us whatever you can so we can make more." That's pretty humbling to me. Hopefully, the company can come out decently from the bundle and find a way to get back on its feet and remember the fans that helped support them during its dark times.
Chris Ferrell - I already purchased the THQ Bundle. Even if you don't like THQ you can use the slider bars to adjust where your money goes. If you are so anti-THQ that you want to spite them you could have all of your money go to charity or the Humble Bundle folks.
That wraps up this week's edition of Fact or Fiction. Adam and Chris went 4 for 6 agreeing more than disagreeing. I hope everyone has a good week, and until next week, happy gaming.