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BioWare's Muzyka: Line Between RPGs, Shooters Blurring

Wired: Shooters like Gears of War could be considered great role-playing games, says the co-founder of RPG developer BioWare.

Hmm, where have I heard that before? Oh, right: Not two days ago, Epic's Cliff Bleszinski said that "the future of shooters is RPGs." Speaking to Wired.com before the publication of that interview, BioWare's Ray Muzyka articulated similar sentiments, pointing out that many other game genres have lifted the "key pillars" of role-playing games.

"Genres are almost a vestige of the past," said Muzyka. "In a way, a lot of the best shooters are RPGs as well, because they allow you to have progression, exploration, combat or conflict, and a story."

Those key attributes of RPGs, he said, are valuable for "any kind of game."

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SpoonyRedMage3028d ago

Ughh Gears is a horrible example because it's story is horrendous.

callahan093028d ago

Not only that, but there's no leveling up in Gears, either. And you don't collect new equipment throughout the game, you don't build an arsenal, you don't manipulate stats, you don't get to make choices (other than a couple of "choose left or right path, even though the outcome is the same regardless of which you choose" situations)

Gamer_Politics3028d ago

i liked the whole mix of shooters with rpg elements makes the games very fun