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 :
Piece of evidence number 1 :
Piece of evidence number 2 :
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?.
2008. The year of Grand Theft Auto IV, one of the best games of this generation and therefore one of the best games ever made.
Thats not just my opinion, you've only got to have a quick look around the Internet to see just how many people share my feelings. Almost every gaming website that you look at will give the game a "Perfect 10" and it is much deserved.
The fact that the game made $500 million dollars in its first week should go some way to show not only the quality that this game has, but also reinforce the reputation and fanbase that Rockstar Games have managed to build over the last 12 years.
2010 The year of Red Dead Redemption, the sequel to 2004's Red Dead Revolver, and in my opinion, a much better game than GTA4.
Again, a quick browse through the internet will tell you that it is not just me who has this opinion. RDR has had huge commercial and critical success and there can be no doubt that a sequel is on the way.
The Future... As many others have said, I believe The Old West is a much better time period for Rockstar to focus their games on. The murder-heavy gameplay, open world structure and violent outbursts all seem to work much better in The Old West.
I have followed Rockstars progress from the start. I played the first GTA on launch day and i have tested every game they've made since then (yes, even Bully).
Now, its not my place to say that maybe the Grand Theft Auto formula has become a little stale. However, the truth of it is that since finishing Red Dead Redemption, all i care about is Red Dead 3. Even though it hasnt been officially announced we all know that GTA 5 is on the way and i will be one of the first in line (at midnight no doubt) to buy it, but when Red Dead 3 is announced, i know where my attention will be focussed :