November 18, 2008

What's with all these incredible games at the moment? It doesn't feel right.

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Felix_Arabia Felix_Arabia - November 18, 2008 (05:10 PM)
The mysteries of competition.
wolfqueen001 wolfqueen001 - November 18, 2008 (05:51 PM)
They're deliberately trying to deprive all gamers of their sleep so that they can subliminally control their minds with crazy consumer impulses for the time when the games inevitably get bad again.
Halon Halon - November 18, 2008 (10:21 PM)
I'm the opposite and was going to create a blog entry about this if it wasn't for some schoolwork that had to be done. Aside from Valve and Relic products CoD4 is the only game that I've really liked since 2004. Plenty of good titles have been released but everything seems tired and frankly I'm starting to get sick of it. Instead of good but not great sequels and rehashes I hope some developers come up with new, interesting ideas and go with them.
honestgamer honestgamer - November 18, 2008 (11:05 PM)
As sportsman has sort of demonstrated, most of the people who are upset with the current state of the industry just don't like sequels. Even when a great sequel comes along, there are a lot of people who don't want to acknowledge that--or can't--because what they really want is new experiences.

However, there are only so many genres and there are only so many ideas that make for neat games. We've pretty much reached the point where anything cool we see going forward is going to be some mixture of a few genres with only slight differences from anything in the past. For some gamers, that simply won't be enough and they'll probably move onto other things.

Even Call of Duty 4 was a sequel and a rehash, though obviously I loved it. But then, sequels don't bother me at all. My most anticipated games right now are Persona 4, Atelier iris 2 and Street Fighter IV.

Though with that said, sportsman is also a PC gamer a lot of the time... and PC gaming is really in a sorry state: all casual games (which I don't mind) and RTS and FPS stuff.
Halon Halon - November 18, 2008 (11:17 PM)
Actually in my opinion PC has the most interesting and unique titles (aside from maybe the Wii and DS which both donít appeal to me at all). Most mainstream games are typical FPS/RTS/occasional RPG or MMO but the incredible amount of user-created content and some of the indie titles available are incredible. I donít mind sequels and rehashes if done right (see: CoD4) but nothing is standing out as spectacular to me. It seems like Iím playing a lot more games that are just good rather than something special.

As Venter said a lot of it is been there, done that. Instead of taking games to the next level it seems like developers are playing it safe and just releasing good games. Compared to the fantastic games of the past, just good isnít fully satisfying.

Left4Dead is a great new IP. Unfortunately Iím starting to have my doubts about that.
Lewis Lewis - November 18, 2008 (11:54 PM)
In the past two months, the following have been released:

Fallout 3
World of Goo
Little Big Planet
Gears of War 2
Fable 2
Left 4 Dead

I've not played Gears or Fable, I have to say, but both are getting exceptional press. I've played the rest, and would consider all of them absolute classics.
zippdementia zippdementia - November 21, 2008 (01:29 AM)
Yeah, I agree, there's a lot for a gamer to be occupied with now. I couldn't have lost my job at a worse time. Fallout 3 and Dead Space damn near cleaned me out. I finished myself off with Mirror's Edge.

But seriously, I feel like it's the old SNES days again.
Lewis Lewis - November 21, 2008 (04:53 AM)
Mirror's Edge and Dead Space not amazing though, are they?
zippdementia zippdementia - November 21, 2008 (09:57 AM)
Well I thought Dead Space was pretty amazing. Mirror's Edge I wanted to give a 7 very badly, but it just wouldn't let me. All the same, the time trials are fun enough to revisit.

The truth is, even the bad games these days are better. For instance, Legendary has been panned by the critics, but in the overal scheme of things, it just isn't that terrible. It's more of an average in the grand scheme than all around bad. Now, compared to Fallout 3, it's awful.

But I remember when bad meant Daikatana or Superman 64. And I remember when good meant Hugo's House of Horrors.

Thank god we've come to expect more from games.

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