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Shintsu

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#1 10 years ago

I don't know if it's just me or what but games all seem to be on a downtrend lately. I rent games on Gamefly and I used to have a big list of games I wanted to play. Slowly I played them and determined they were mostly rubbish. Not always bad but mostly so bland and average I'd never want to play it again. Burnout Paradise seemed like it would be a fun game. I had kept no track of this games development history so I was surprised to find a free roam world. They removed my favorite mode - Crash mode. I really had no fun playing the game, it seemed so repititious. I mean, when you earn a new license it just resets the races so you actually do have to do the same races several times over. The city is so small and generic it just felt like a different game with the Burnout name stuck on it. NFS ProStreet tried so hard to be a realistic street race simulator but took out street racing (Most important part of STREET racing...) and screwed up the physics. CoD 4 has the foundation for a good game but when it gets online there are way too many WTF moments. Assassin's Creed is a beautiful game and it seems pretty fun until you play it some. The first two cities were fun but it gets so extremely repititious. The combat is repititious and the whole game just feels like it's a skipping record playing the exact same spot over and over and over and over. On my gamelist at Gamefly I honestly have one game on my list now and that's GTA IV. I cannot find a single thing worth renting. The last truly good game I played was Mass Effect (Seemed too short if you ask me, but enjoyed every minute of it). I'm sure I'll like the Orange Box but I've just not gotten around to buying it since I'm upgrading my PC first. Even old classic games I like to keep and play occassionally which usually save me from these fits of sucky new games are turning into garbage. I have Star Trek Bridge Commander and I've been playing the Kobayashi Maru 1.0 mod online and for some reason it seems so boring. The old versions I remember being fun but this newest one just seems like no fun. I'm at a loss as to what the hell is going on. I used to look forward to getting home and playing games but now I don't really care. There is nothing I am dying to play every day I get home. I am surrounded by games and I find myself more and more being so terribly bored and none of these games even sounding like any fun at all. I fear that I'm losing touch with every bit of my gamer side. The combination of sucky games coming out and my classic games being destroyed and losing their fun is my guess. I'm really too picky for my own good but I can't change that. I remember the old days where I had so many great games I wanted to have and play that it just seemed like I'd never have nothing to do. I'm at that point now, I'm starting to get so extremely bored with games I'm thinking about doing something else (Not sure what though). I've been sitting at my PC and reading a book (I have no problem with reading but I usually never bothered since I had a game I'd rather play) which just seems so odd because I remember times not too long ago when I would never consider such a thing. I've been thinking about starting to watch lots of movies (Usually I only see movies I'm very interested in). All the games I used to think were fun got ruined some way. I loved Midnight Club 3 but f*#&ing Microsoft never made the 360 b/w compatible with it so I can't play it unless I get out my old Xbox (Which is not happening). There are probably lots more games I was interested in the developing stages but they are taking so extremely long I've done totally forgotten what they are. The last refuge I may have is an MMO. I used to play WoW lightly and I may either return to it or pick up a new MMO but if I did that I'm unsure which I'd get. Any help here? I'd hate to think I'm no longer a gamer but it's starting to look that way. I'm losing all the faith I had in developers to make good games and for gamers to not be mindless sheep and idiots. This is a great deal why I think games are starting to all become so similar and generic. Truly a sad day if that is the case.




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#2 10 years ago

I agree with much if not most of what you said, which is why I'm finding it harder and harder to justify buying high end gaming hardware to play this stuff. You either get the rare title that is great fun to play but way too short or stuff that's hardly worth bothering with. Sometimes I foresee a change coming in my lifestyle where I'll move on to something other than gaming, though I'm not sure what if anything it will be. It's ironic that when the games finally started getting so graphically intense they mimicked real life they also became so shallow. I feel developers are going to have to write games more holistcally in the future if they want gaming to continue to be a large thriving industry. It takes more than eye candy, physics and effects to satisfy most gamers anymore. They're going to have to realize that these things don't make up for a lousy story, linearity, and repetitious gameplay. In fact if anything they tend to set the bar higher. Give us more in one way and we'll want more in other ways to balance it out. Otherwise you have fluff with no stuff.




Flodgy

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#3 10 years ago

Games are becoming less and less refined as time goes on. Why? Simply because with bigger developer budgets and access to prettier technology, things like a storyline and gameplay elements fall aside to more typical tried-and-true methods.

However, I think your expectations are too high. Don't expect better things merely because we're in a new era, but rather for things you enjoyed in the first place. Don't listen to hype either, simply because it will be the death of a game. Always.

While many of your points about the games you listed are true, they are more or less niggles. Call of Duty 4 does have very WTF online moments at times (Especially with the nade spamming.), Assassin's Creed is a boring repetitive stab fest, and NFS: Pro Street... being meh.

Fact is, we live in a world today where generic run off the mill titles are spat at in an attempt to make money. Just got to consider ourselves lucky we have developers like Bioware, Infinity Ward and various others to make things better.




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#4 10 years ago

i remember there was alot of crappy games, but nowadays people are afraid to dip into stupidness (which is already happening again but at less of a rate)

it requires more graphics, story, and money nowadays due to most idiotic ppl demanding the graphics.




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#5 10 years ago

Age wise 50 is the new 30, and in gaming 6 hrs is the new full game. I guess that means 2-3 hrs is the new expansion. I used to think HL2 Episode 2 was riduiculously short until I played CoD4 all the way through in one evening. Then again my total time for Max Payne 2 on New York Minute mode was just under two hours actual gameplay time the first time I played in that mode, which is probably about 3 hrs real time.