50°
Submitted by GIZORAMA 479d ago | opinion piece

Is Different Better? How Narrative Contexts Create Modern “Classics”

Eric Beasley - My cousin and I, traveling across Ohio on our way back from a wedding, had a long discussion about The Last of Us. He waxed poetic on the virtues of the game, how much he enjoyed the narrative and how well done the stealth-action was. To a certain extent I agreed. While Naughty Dog’s latest opus was a truly quality experience, providing many gamers with characters that they grew attached to through the tense atmosphere and emotional story, I couldn’t help but see the cracks in the mold. I asked him if the same game with a more mundane story would have carried the same weight with him, and his reply was a hesitant “no.” What he said afterwords echoed my thoughts. The mechanics of the game were too similar to other titles to be enjoyable on their own, and without the emotional ties to the characters, the combat loses tension. However, the uniqueness of the game’s setting coupled with the fresh take on tired tropes leaves the gamer’s palate satisfied. (Culture, Industry)

Add comment

You need to be registered to add comments. Register here or login
Remember
New stories
10°

Indiegogo Game Crest Opts For Flexible Funding To Expand

17m ago - Developers Eat Create Sleep hope to raise interest in the game enough to make it a far bigger pro... | PC
30°

New Patch for the PC Version of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Released

18m ago - Robert Allen Peeler, the online community manager for Kojima Productions’ Los Angeles-based studi... | PC
20°

SuperPhillip Central: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U) Review

37m ago - Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is an unpolished title with plenty of good ideas that are overshadowed... | Wii U
20°

Review: Bayonetta 2 (Wii U) - Nintendomination

38m ago - The Umbran witch is just cool, sexy and quick-witted, and could teach some princesses lot of sel... | Wii U
Ad

Looking for a great Pokemon Community?

Now - Look no further. Join us at the BulbaGarden Forums, the best community for everything Pokemon | Promoted post
30°

Metro GameCentral Video Games Top 20 of 2014 – from Mario Kart 8 to Shadow Of Mordor

46m ago - GameCentral names its favourite games from one of the most controversy-filled years gaming has ev... | PC