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Submitted by Pozzle 720d ago | opinion piece

From Quake to Call of Duty – Have FPS’s Changed For Better or Worse?

TGC writes: In a recent interview with Eurogamer, managing director of Nadeo Live! Anne Blondel-Jouin (Nadeo being the studio responsible for upcoming FPS ShootMania) claimed that console shooters that focused on cinematic campaigns were largely responsible for the death First Person Shooter’s in the Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament mould. She believes that as a result games series’ such as Battlefield or Call of Duty focus on entertainment rather than player skill, and try to compete with movies. Has the rise of cinematic storytelling led to the dumbing of a genre? As someone who is more of a casual player of FPS than a dedicated follower, my take is the storytelling is only one element in the shift in gameplay style. (Call of Duty, Halo, PC, PS3, Quake 3, Retro, Xbox 360)

CaptCalvin  +   720d ago
It got better, then worse.
Sgt_Slaughter  +   720d ago
It depends on which game you look at today. CoD is on the Worse end while Halo and Borderlands are on the Better side.
supersonicjerry  +   720d ago
now why is CoD on the worse end?
CmonBeReal   720d ago | Spam
glennco  +   720d ago
because it is a yawnfest in single player
Leviathan  +   720d ago
I wanted to write something really mean...then I realized you were probably 8 years old. I'm sorry. I had a lot of champagne tonight. If Halo makes you happy, then play the Fu&%in ship out of it. :-)
Sgt_Slaughter  +   718d ago
Do you really think an 8 year old would play Halo? He would be yelling at people in CoD all day.

Anyway, I think CoD is one of the worst FPS's on this generation of consoles. Sorry that you might have an opinion that is different than mine but a personal attack on me is just plain retarded!

Oh, and have a nice day!
Leviathan  +   718d ago
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Timmer  +   720d ago
Well, they've gotten more complex, more refined, and overall a more polished genre.

On the downside, it seems that the market is flooded with them, and very few are good enough to stand out among the others.

The only reason this conversation is happening is because of the oversaturation of FPSs in the market, which causes complacency, which irritates gamers who enjoy the genre, as it makes them feel like they're spending a decent amount of cash for something you feel you already have.
kevnb  +   720d ago
No. They've gotten less complex and more cinematic.
Zha1tan  +   720d ago
Most games have certainly lost their skill gap since the ushering in of COD4, there only a select few titles out there that can give you that old school feel.

Im indifferent, I enjoy casual shooters like BF, COD etc as much as the next guy but I findthey dont offer any real satisfaction after a while.

I mean wow you seen a guy first and blattted him on a predictable traffic point on a map wow well done....such exhilaration....

Basically its always good to play a shooter with high health which allows for long tense drawn out battles, nothing gets adrenalin pumping like that. The transformers fall of cybertron demo offers such gameplay and its great.

The same can also be said for realistic shooters, your enemy could be anywhere (part of the magic of Dayz, its that sense of not knowing whats out there), even watching you from a secluded spot in a forst outcropping (arma II) then after all the quiet shots erupt out of nowhere and your pinned down prone trying to find the shoter and you know if you stick your head out its gone.

Those games offer a level of tension and in certain situations can give the player an adrenalin rush.

In a way I miss that instead of the insta reward shooter like BF3 + COD, I dont get any satisfaction from either or any adrenalin rush at all.
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glennco  +   720d ago
single player sucks these days, but MP has improved ten-fold. CoD is to blame for the interactive movie style. The Dice followed on EA's orders. BFBC1 was the last good SP BF game. CoD has always stuck to this style since day one. just can't play that style anymore, bores the shit out of me
Incipio  +   720d ago
My go-to for shooters is still Unreal Tournment GOTY.

The variety in weapons and alt-fire modes along with the speed of gameplay really brings out the fail or the skill in a gamer. Good test of ability, for sure.

Since that game...not much has been done to the genre in terms of multiplayer.
supersonicjerry  +   720d ago
@CmonBeReal are you serious you're saying that CoD games require no skill what so ever? Have you even tried playing the game competitive i'm not talking about public matches ether. I'm talking about playing the game in the MLG variant format. When you can play against pros in MLG variant and win and it be your first time playing the game competitive then I will take your word on it not requiring skill. Until then never say CoD takes no skill because it takes skill to be good at the game competitively.
TronEOL  +   720d ago
Yeah, it changed from Doom being recreated over and over with a different title, to Call of Duty being recreated over and over with a different title.

The only difference is Call of Duty games, and other FPS's released now-a-days are FAR more varied. You look at every FPS from the "Doom days", and you'll see they were all practically identical.

At least now you have Halo, Call of Duty, Killzone, Counter-Strike, Medal of Honor, Borderlands, Bioshock, Arma, and such. And even though these games share one similarity, the way they all feel, play and look are very different.

Back in the day it was all about grabbing keys and navigating corridors, now it's about doing practically anything and everything.

In my opinion, FPS's have changed for the better. We just need developers to know they CAN'T get Call of Duty numbers by trying to recreate Call of Duty. If people want to play CoD, they'll be buying that and not your game. Don't blame Call of Duty for being an amazingly accessible game, blame the developers trying to be that.
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kevnb  +   720d ago
No lol. For example look at system shock 2 compared to BioShock. Quake 3, unreal tournament, aliens vs predator (not the crappy console based one),jJedi Knight 2, the original counter stike is on the old school side of things, half life, tribes 2, all the tom Clancy games before the 360 era, and it just goes on. Fps games have been dumbed down big time, now its all just flash.
Cajun Chicken  +   720d ago
Worse, by far worse, in the case of CoD mp, someone came along with a hoover and sucked out all of the fun.

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