Check out this article with the Dishonored creator talking about how repetitive some games have become and what a lack of IP's there is in gaming.
The question is, what hasn't been done already? Hard to come up with original concepts and ideas when a lot of games have already done it. Kinda like Hollywood. They are out of ideas so they re-boot their movies. lol
One thing that still hasn't been done is a vampire game, I mean a proper one, infamous FOB had the right idea but it was too short and simple. A game where you are bitten by a vampire at the beginning back in the days of jack the ripper in London or something traditional like that, and you go to festivals and pick up classy girls and feed on them and fly as a bat over the city looking for prey and easy targets all that kinda sh*t. Also it's a sandbox game and every time it is about to turn daytime you have to go to your house and sleep until the next night, obviously it will skip the day. As the game progresses the city will become more and more aware of vampires, there would also have to be stealth elements where you could blend into crowds or hang from ceilings by your feet. You will also meet other vampires who could be hostile or friendly and there will be lots of city officials and VIP's that want to cleanse the city of vampires and you will be hunted at times too. There's so much more to it but I've written enough lol.
"Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodline" is the closest game to what you're describing, minus the Victorian and pseudo-badass feelings. It's highly supported by its community, even today, and offers tons of mods.
There are tons of games that could come up on the earth. 1, a Proper pirate open world game 2, a musket game. 3, a game like sparatacus, except more realistic. 4, Not enough western games withing society. 5, a game with a creative alien world like avatar. 6, a Proper vampire title. 7, not enough games like psi-ops 8, More drama games like heavy rain or shenmue. 9, arkham city and asylum are the only super hero games that are good. There is so much types of games and so much games that are not made yet upon the earth. FPS genre is the only thing I have seen currently running out of ideas. Look at the games that win the most goty yearly and you will notice that even third person shooters are acknowledge more because they rely not just on shooting.
There's a game for every one you listed.
I think you are right because when we look back at some of the most played games of the golden era, their concepts were completely off the wall. Imagine pitching these games today: Paperboy Lunar Lander Donkey Kong Qix Tapper (Paperboy with Beer!) Yes. BEER in a VIDEO GAME!!! Which makes me think about how restrictive "ratings" are to developers. Think of what occurred with Manhunt 2 for fear of the AO rating. Innovation is stymied by ratings. Consider the guitar hero games... no explicit lyrics? I am so sick of censorship. And it really is ruining a great industry. I feel like I am living in the Equilibrium movie.
Not to be racist but if the industry is only lead by the Japanese and white Americans, of course it can get repetitive because they all have similar cultural backgrounds. If the industry was culturally diverse, I'm pretty sure we'd see much more fresh ideas.
Yes its true, the indians, africans and arabs do make some interesting stuff. Also the games I listed have not been touch properly in society, not enough games in the genre and I know there can be more innovative titles within what I listed upon the earth.
A space pirate or Tramp Freighter RPG, where you have a deep, deep customization and crafting system for your ship, weapons, etc and you have to manage a crew that gets unruly if you arent doing well. Of course there would be much more to it but thats just off the top of my head.
Oh, and to the creators of this game, I can tell you were all just itching to do a Steampunk game and came up just short so it would be "original".
You can thank COD for this trend.
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