I took a look around my local GAME this weekend and was just struck by how many games are virtually identical. FPS games are all faceless COD wannabes these days, no one has had a fresh approach to multiplayer in years, and action games simply rip off God of War. The strategy game is dying out, sports titles have just blended into one glossy mess (thanks EA), and everything is being dumbed down. But it's RPGs that I'm most worried about. Back when adventure games and Infity engine RPGs ruled the roost, choices really mattered. Now the likes of Mass Effect try to make you think you're affecting the game world, but you're not really. Don't even get me started on Mass Effect 2. It's hard to believe that this is the same developer that delivered Baldur's Gate 1 and 2. We've lost so much in the way of choice, both in terms of buying games, and in game worlds themselves. Japan still embraces creativity...but we only get to see the lifeless 'Westernised' crap like Final Fantasy XIII. I remember a time when gaming was about more than graphics and 'cinematic experience'. I remember a time when stories had to be good rather than follow a hollywood template. I remember a time when games were embraced for being games, rather than sucking up to cinema like **** child begging for approval.
I'd like those times back please.
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