Friday, December 2, 2011

How Can I Miss You When You Never Go Away?

Ah...tis the season.  Thanksgiving?  No. Christmas?  Nuh-uh. Winter?  Not even close.  It is the time of year when pretty much every major video game gets released and game publishers try to cash in on people buying gifts. puts a big strain on all of us who are avid gamers and want to play the latest and greatest that the medium has to offer, but there is something more to it that has really reared it's bloated, misshapen head this year.  It really seems to be the season of "3s".  Gears Of War 3, Resistance 3, Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Just Dance 3, Uncharted 3, Saints Row sorry...The Third, Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 with Diablo 3 and Mass Effect 3 right around the corner.  And then there are all the other sequels being released like Super Mario, Zelda, Skyrim, Forza, Assassin's Creed, Batman...the list goes on and on.  Is this a bad thing?  Maybe...maybe not...but I wanted to just get some of my totally unobjective thoughts out on the subject.

First off, I have to say that alot of the games that I just mentioned are really good and take the ideas and mechanics developed in the earlier games and refines them to a point where you really get to see what the series really has to offer.  That is definitely a good thing, but the problem is that very few of these games offer anything new that we haven't played before.  They don't really introduce new and interesting takes on things and only tweak what we have played before.  I have to say, I really loved Gears of War 3, but at the end of the day, it wasn't anything new and least not in a big way.  I know that new IPs are expensive and risky, but they can be amazing.  Lately it seems like the only way to play something new and innovative on a consistent basis is to play something downloadable.  Games like Braid, Limbo, Orcs Must Die!, Comic Jumper, Shadow Complex, or Flower all give you something new and exciting and there is truly a sense of wonder and excitement there where you have no clue what is right around the corner.  With a lot of the game releases this season, they are great and all, but there is so little newness and personal excitement since it hasn't been all that long since the last one (Call of Duty and Assassin's Creed, I am looking at you!).  There really does't seem to be enough time since the last game in the series to really get excited about a new one.  Like I said, there is a lot of great games out right now, but I miss the days of a Portal or Dead Space or Bioshock or Mirror's Edge...something cool and risky and awesome.  I just need something least I have The Gunstringer and Dead Island...sigh...

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