The 360’s “shooter fetish”

All right, me buckos. Following that crazy spree of news posts, it’s time for some original content. Now, due to time constraints (and late-evening laziness starting to creep into my bones), I won’t be doing one of my crazy, three-page monologues that I usually write either when I’m on a caffeine high, or when I’ve just woken up and feel too grumpy to venture out of my little den, choosing, instead, to vent my frustration on Dtoid. I know, I know … I’m a lazy bastard.

However, as we’re in desperate need of some original content, I decided to type up this short post to address a rather popular topic of discussion on flame-war forums: The Xbox 360’s “shooter fetish” reputation.

Right. First off, feast your eyes on this little screenie I whacked from Gamespot a while ago:

Shooter fetish! “But, Ishaan … if you scroll down that list further, there are a lot of non-shooter games on there!”

Yes, yes … I know that the shooter fetish isn’t as big a deal as some people make it out to be, but if you look at the entire list of 360 games, there are a lot of games that are very similar to shooters, but aren’t officially classified under that category.

Now, while I personally don’t have any issues with the 360’s massive archive of shooters and shooter-like games (I *heart* Perfect Dark Zero), I do have to agree with the people who have argued that its library could use a little more variety. And before any of you start to “take names and kick ass”, yes, I know Viva Piñata was released recently, and that The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion is among the highest ranking 360 games.

Perfect Dark Zero
However, if you take the top 360 games into consideration, most are either shooters, or sports/racing games or Live Arcade games. That said, there’s definitely room for some other genres to make their way onto that list. Last month, I made a post about the lack of RPGs on the Wii, and to an extent, I believe this is also an issue with the 360. After all, one can never have too many RPGs. 😉

But role-playing isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Fair enough. What about some more puzzle games, along the lines of Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, or even another Ninja Gaiden? (a new one, not Ninja Gaiden Sigma Uncensored Extended Director’s Cut with Bonus scenes and commentary like that upcoming PS3 title)

Luckily, there is hope. Let’s take a look at the list of upcoming games and games in development for the 360. We have Command & Conquer 3, Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, Fable 2, Guitar Hero 2, Halo Wars, Assassin’s Creed and GTA IV to name a few. That, in my opinion, is a great start.

Assassin's Creed, one of the most anticipated next-gen titles
Now that we’re a year into the 360’s lifespan, hopefully more developers will focus on creating more original content for the system, instead of just sticking to tried and true formulae.

Ishaan