Why Does Everything Have to Be Epic?

Kombo: Epic. It's a word that you hear a lot these days.

It is usually used as a superlative, to praise something deemed big and grandiose, but also very good, despite the fact that the term "epic" doesn't really have a positive or negative connotation. One thing we can agree on is that it does in fact mean something done on a grand scale, and that certainly applies to certain videogames.

We all love a good, epic game, but it seems to me that we have become so enamored with games done on the epic scale that we may have forgotten that a game doesn't have to be epic to be good. It has become somewhat irritating to me to see great games go unnoticed because of their lack of an "epic story" or grand scale. Not every game needs to be "epic" and it's a shame that games that are not so easily fall through the cracks.

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LeonSKennedy4Life3279d ago

Shut up!

Everything SHOULD be epic!



RememberThe3573279d ago

Epic = Awesome = Fun = I-will-spend-money-on-that

gaffyh3279d ago

Games that are Epic are awesome, they just have a much better story. Only Epic game I can think of though is God of War, damn that is an amazing series.

LeonSKennedy4Life3279d ago

Gears of War 2
God of War
God of War 2
Uncharted 2
Metal Gear Solid 3
Metal Gear Solid 4
Shadow of the Colossus (Still the most epic game.)
Fallout 3 (Very many epic parts.)
White Knight Chronicles
Kingdom Hearts
Kingdom Hearts II
Killzone 2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Amazingly epic campaign...even if it is short)

gintoki7773279d ago

epic is an overused term by 12-14 year olds of this generation

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ape0073279d ago (Edited 3279d ago )

in terms of cut scenes,storyline,characters,vo ice acting,graphics,physics,immers ion and awesome soundtrack(just listen to mw2 or uncharted 2's epic music)

mgs1 was an exception in its days,it brought something completely outstanding back in 1998,you got to give credit to kojima

epic values are rising in videogames,look at uncharted 2,modern warfare 2,gta 4,mgs 4,alan wake,heavy rain,conviction,halo reach,fallout,mass effect,the last gardian and a looot of other games,those games define word EPIC(also I like the western style than japanees style,japan should push values forward)

that's also One of the reasons I want nintendo to delay zelda and make it wii2 hd launch title,zelda is known for its epicness and scale and now nintendo wanna revamp the whole series,the wii is not the place to revamp such an epic game to make it even more epic

BUT as a real gamer,you should also appreciate the games that define "fun" and don't focus on storytelling or epic "movie" qualities

games like new super mario bros,borderlands,crackdown,xbl and psn arcade games etc....these games are AMAZING and should not be ignored,crackdown 2 could be epic though(cannot wait for crackdown 2 WOOOOOT)

silvacrest3279d ago

i agree with almost everything except crackdown 2, i still have'nt seen anything from that that makes me think "yeah, this will be epic"

Rocket Sauce3279d ago

I think when we play games, we wind up seeing them as better than they actually are. If you took the interactive element out of Modern Warfare or Metal Gear or whatever, and showed that game to somebody for the first time - like showing them a youtube video of someone playing it start to finish - they'd see a bunch of goofy characters and awkward dialog.

When you played MW 2, how many times did you think to yourself, "What the hell is going on?" The people who make these games know how to set up that "epic" mood, but it often feels really empty, like it's just an excuse to throw in a bunch of explosions. I'd like to see more games that don't take themselves so seriously and don't try to force that "epicness."

Games are still so, so far away from films, but they're movin' on up.

Baka-akaB3279d ago (Edited 3279d ago )

I can't really agree with that sentiment .

All i know is that i can show you as well an extract of the "Ugly truth" with gerrard butler and Katerine heighl , and it would look silly and pathetic too . it all depends on the material you choose from .

"When you played MW 2, how many times did you think to yourself, "What the hell is going on?" The people who make these games know how to set up that "epic" mood, but it often feels really empty, like it's just an excuse to throw in a bunch of explosions"

sure but it's the same with most summer blockbuster ever . I dont think people watched tranformers for it's wits and awesome dialogue , but big effects and explosions .

But back to your first opinion ...
I again feel other wise . my take is that many adaptations of games , books , anime , manga , comicbooks often fails for the same reasons . Their movies director often tries to lower those original works , to the mediocre and low standards of hollywood .. and what they feel a movie fan would like to see .

Games are on their own league , dont have to rejoin and "climb up" tothe standards of movies , just like books and graphic novels dont .
they are all already as good , and way better in their respective fields

knifefight3279d ago

I'm not sure if I get his point. I think I do, but then I'm like "How is that worth an article," and I'm baffled.

DigitalAnalog3279d ago

Sorry, promoting mediocrity in this day-and-age is not acceptable, not with the fanboy wars and the recession going on.

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