I've read a lot of criticism on the internet recentley about a lack of originality in games these days. Now, It might seem like a bold statement to many, but how important is originality?, really?. Do games get rewarded for being original?.
.......i guess not.
So, when it comes to modern day gaming, what is originality?. Red Dead Redemption is one of the best games of this generation so far in my opinion, but is it original?, no it isn't. We've had Red Dead Revolver and Gun as previous (inferior) westerns and we've had the GTA series as sandbox games. Does that mean Red Dead Redemption is a bad game?, no, it doesnt.
I have just finished playing Singularity. Is it a fresh concept?, take a look at some evidence :
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Piece of evidence number 3 :
So, Singularity isn't original in any shape or form. Not even a little bit. Did i enjoy the game?, hell yes i did!.
I am genuinley curious what people are looking for in terms of playing an original game these days. Using my previous example, i played Mirrors Edge not too long back.
I was one of the few who enjoyed it. Im also one of the few who thought that the main characters ability to use guns in the game was a bad decision. By doing this, it allowed people to put the game in the FPS box and i do not see it as an FPS at all. First Person Runner?, First Person Parkour?, First Person Sprint em up?, take your pick.
The fact is that the game was rejected commercially and critically for straying VERY SLIGHTLY from the true and tested FPS genre and i find that very frustrating as other developers may use it as an example to NOT try and come up with fresh ideas for their games.
This week, we've been given an original gift :
Limbo is a beautiful game. Totally unique in the atmosphere it offers, the emotions it creates in the player and its art style is gorgeous. Its an excellent piece of gaming and a rare example of an original piece of work being critically and commercially successful.
The bottom line, in my opinion, is that if a game is high quality, it really doesnt matter if its original or not. Mirrors Edge, Singularity, Red Dead Redemption, Limbo.......their all excellent games in their own right and as long as we keep getting great games sent our way, who cares if their original?.