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8 modern videogame design trends that need to end on PS4

OPM: As the PS4 fast approaches and the next gen prepares to become current gen there are some things we never want to see again. Tired tropes and lazy design ideas that have no place in the future. Or our future at least.

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FortKnight1101d ago

Couple of spelling and grammatical errors in this article.

Anthotis1101d ago

That's the least of the article's worries. Aside from dub step, the writer was wrong on every point.

No "brutal kill moves" or "morally ambiguous heroes" just makes this guy sound like a complete and utter wimp.

No more cover systems!?

wat

minimur121101d ago (Edited 1101d ago )

Here's my opinion:
1 " It’s got to a stage now where it feels like a cop out option." Listen mode, agreed.
2.I LOVE these, theyre halairiousKEEP
3.but...but.... I want Uncharted 4....KEEP
4. Holding your breath, in real life, does this even work? But it is extremely useful in any case
5.QTE's? Hmmm.... KEEP, but not as may games
6.Collectables? HELL NO Muthaaaaa collectibles means harder plat, harder plat means better feeling when you get it :3 KEEP
It also gives the game more play time.:)
7.Snap to cover? Hmm, yeah, ND did it right with auto cover, and the AI if you spent however long in cover
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"In some games the magical power of the snap-to cover system means you can wander off and make a cup of tea or check twitter mid-battle safe in the knowledge that nothing can touch you. " Lol
8. I guess so, I do like some types of dubstep though.

levian1100d ago (Edited 1100d ago )

#1 is so true, I absolutely detest any sort of focus mode. Listen mode in TLOU, the see through walls power in Dishonored, etc

#2 I don't mind as long as they're not in there for the sake of being gory. It just fits the God of War theme

#3 Just about every game with human enemies does this.

#4 Realism is never a bad thing

#5 I agree with the QTE's needing to be gone to an extent. Ryse? Kill the QTE's. God of War again does it right. Use them for finishers on large enemies.

#6 I hate collectibles that are there for no reason except to give the illusion of having something to do when you beat the game.

#7 Cover works in some games, but in others it just makes the gameplay boring. Assassin's Creed make this work well, and it looks like Watch Dogs might make it work as well.

#8 I do disagree with games throwing in random things from pop culture to try to sell your game

Rettom1100d ago

So it's unprofessional.

FortKnight1100d ago

"So"? That's ridiculous. They were callous errors. Poorly edited and sloppily written. In a journalistic career, that shouldn't happen.Standards are important.

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KUV19771101d ago

Bad spelling and grammar is definately a trend that needs to go next gen!

Bluepowerzz1101d ago

ok lets pack our bags and never read anything on the n4g site ever again

GuyThatPlaysGames1101d ago

This isn't school. But seriously. no cover system in a shooter? That's like playing Madden without a football lol

Ilwrath1101d ago

No, it's not school; it's professional journalism site, which is a job one would ideally get after finishing school. Therefore, spelling and grammar should probably be top priority in their presentation of an article.

GuyThatPlaysGames1101d ago (Edited 1101d ago )

Don't you mean it's a professional journalism site? Not professional journalism site? Do it correctly before you defend it lol. Oh yea, you clearly know what you're talking about with those 3 bubbles you have there :)

rdgneoz31100d ago

@OVOXO_Mike A) He's not the one writing an article for a site (professional is a very loose term here with the quality of the work), B) you bring up bubbles to try to justify the lack of polish on the article which is suppose to be on a "professional journalism site"?

As for the article, please for the love of god stop the trend of having to click to the next page to view the next item in the list. Is the site that desperate for hits that it has to resort to that?

Christopher1100d ago

Disagree to most.

1. Focus mode is used properly in many stealth games. It's also used to weaken some others. Don't just outright remove it, but use it properly.

2. So, they should just fall dead? Also, are we just talking about Dishonored here with #1 and #2. I say keep them in check, but keep them in. It's part of the "did you see that" part of gameplay that doesn't harm it in any way.

3. That's all up to the writing. And, most people see a guy in cut scenes who jokes around a bit as the "good" guy when you're trying to make a guy who lies and steals for a living look like killing people who are shooting at him as some huge step in another direction.

4. It's done right in many games. I love this as it doesn't mean constant steady aim. It makes you time your shots around the battlefield. Removing it from all games? Unnecessary. We need a diverse form of gameplay rather than just CoD shooting mechanics everywhere.

5. QTEs have their place. Just don't over use them.

6. Collectibles are completely optional and a lot of people like them. Why remove?

7. I'm not sure what games the author is playing that snapping to cover means they're invulnerable. Tons of games have snap to cover and it only protects you partially. That's the point of it, partial protection that you can more easily recognize and manage.

8. Just less, not complete removal. Don't worry, it will go away as soon as the next music fad comes in.

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Wizziokid1101d ago

The only thing I agree with is the Dubstep point, but I don't like dubstep.

Hellsvacancy1101d ago (Edited 1101d ago )

I'm not a fan of collectables, unless they tell you some kind of backstory or reveal some cool information about the game world

And the cover system I kinda agree with, a lot of the time when i'm gaming I KNOW when a shootout is about to take place because i'd walk into a room and notice ALL the cover (tables and worktops for example) would all be the same height and strategically placed around, thats why I found The Last Of Us a breeze to play through, I honestly felt it was too easy in that sense because I knew exactly where to hide and what path to take to avoid detection (that doesn't mean I didn't like TLOU because I LOVED it)

Kurt Russell1101d ago

I'm not a fan of collectables, but I'm happy for them to exist. I just don't collect them.

And as for cover systems, they just need to be improved rather than removed I think.

iceman061100d ago

I think that the "cover system" should just be more natural. Like you said, in most games you can tell because the elements of the room change. It they just allowed more "natural" cover or anything to be used or tipped over for more natural cover, then it would probably feel more organic.

thezeldadoth1101d ago

need to end on ps4 only? what about that box will end gaming trends.

savaroth1101d ago

Maybe the writer is assuming that the WiiU and Xbone will become irrelevant? ;)

PSN_ZeroOnyx1100d ago

Or perhaps the writer feels the PS4 should usher in a new era of gaming. PS4 takes the lead and competing consoles follow.

Gaming_Guru1101d ago

I don't agree with many of the things on the list, but how is eliminating holding your breath for steady aim a bad thing? Don't get me wrong Halo is a good game but the sniper rifle is used as a golden gun because it's so easy to aim with.

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