I am an aging gamer from England and being born in 1977 means I grew up seeing how gaming has evolved over the last 20 years. I started off with an atari 2600 and a amstrad cpc 464. I eventually moved onto the sega megadrive, the 32x and the saturn.
As sega started to wind down from being a console manafacturer I moved onto the sony consoles, owning a ps1, ps2 and now a ps3.
I'm not a big FPS fan apart from the odd one or two (I love the battlefield games), I'm not big on racing titles either but I love open world game series such as gta, saints row, elderscrolls and fallout.
I hate games that are more of a graphical showcase with very little content. I hate games where they make it really hard and punish the player for doing certain things, games are meant to be fun.
I love innovation in games and a creative eye,I love when they add little details like NPC's that have their own little routines, I love customisation wether it be your character, to a vehicle to a building or part of the game world your in, but most of all I love having lots of options and destractions that go alongside a main campain and allow the game to continue even after completion.
I hate the MMO model and when games take themselves to seriously.
Since the recession there was definately some scare mongering in the media like oh no we should do some sequels and cash ins and lay off the original concept games.
One of the most frustrating examples is lord of the rings, so far it has had tons of linear games based just on the battles of the films which is really sad as as far as the novels go they are crammed with years worth of lore and story opportunities.
I look at how EA dropped lord of the rings white council seen here
which was billed as a mostly open world middle earth rpg based before the events of the war of the ring using your own character. It was an exciting concept which was dropped in favour of yet another linear cliched new fellowship war in the north game.
I dont think developers are thinking outside the box enough, I mean when you look at the recent x-men game it would have been ten times more appealing if you could have created your own x-man/woman with more of a open world feel to it (i.e west chester new york where the x-men academy is based that way it could be partially based inside xaviers school). Point being it was another missed opportunity.
The lord of the rings novels including the hobbit and the silmarillion and the unfinished tails have more characters and lore that makes the elderscrolls look like a kids story. With Dragon's Dogma coming out in a month or two, theres definately enough room for some competition for the usual suspects of action adventure rpg's.
A truly original lord of the rings story that isnt anything to do with what happens in the fellowship of the rings or the hobbit would be a breath of fresh air and something we could all lose ourselves in for hours on end without the need for an internet connection.
The lord of the rings franchise is one on par with the star wars franchise for cash ins but is there a serious game here that would rival some of star wars greatest games.
One rpg to rule them all and in the darkness destroy them.