5 Things We Want To See More Of In 2012
4) Mocking – or Bucking – Gaming Cliches
H.L. Menkin once quipped that “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public”, and nowhere is that true than in video games. Ben Richardson rightly pointed out the awful tendency of game developers to copy anything and everything that worked in other games regardless of whether they even belong there, or endless copies of popular games.
Fine, people love stuff they can recognize. It’s hard to overcome that kind of financial incentive. But sometimes, where money can’t move someone, shame will, which is why it’s wonderful when a game opts to take the piss out of this kind of thing. But if shame doesn’t work, having the gonads to actually diverge from the norm, damn the consequences, can help too. Dragon Age 2 managed to avoid being another LOTR clone. Bulletstorm is, well, it’s Bulletstorm, OK? And Saints Row: The Third, which definitely turned Horde Mode into a joke with Whored Mode, in which you fight wave after wave of gimps.
In 2012, we want – no, we need – more games that defiantly reject the cliches imposed on them by market concerns or, at least, that are willing to mock them ruthlessly.
5) PC Releases That Actually Work
PC gamers spend a lot of money on their rigs. The least they expect is that when they install a game, it actually works, right? And yet, 2011 has been one long parade of botched PC releases. Call of Duty: Elite has basically been a totally wash. Skyrim has had numerous problems that a recent patch actually made worse. BF3 fans have been plagued by problems. Rage blew. Why they hell can’t developers get this right?
Actually, they can. Dragon Age 2′s PC release went smoothly, the aforementioned problems notwithstanding. More importantly, as GameFront’s review confirmed, Deus Ex: Human Revolution’s definitive version is PC. Good work! And it isn’t as though PC gamers are asking for much. Just the same multiplayer that console gamers enjoy. Or a reason to brag about the expensive graphics card they spent 2 hours trying to install. We know it can be done, because it has been. So in 2012, more than anything else, let’s see a unbroken string of successful PC launches.