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Great games need “more than good gameplay” – Gears 3 writer

Gears of War 3 writer Karen Traviss says great videogames can’t rely on good game mechanics alone to become iconic, saying that while many players think they don’t care about storytelling, they’d miss a good plot if it wasn’t there.

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Inside_out2519d ago (Edited 2519d ago )

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" Gears of War 3 writer Karen Traviss says "....

...I think that says it all. I'm sure your a great writer, although I haven't had the pleasure of reading your books as yet but video games have never really been about the story. Sure, they are there, but I think most people would admit that game play comes first...at least IT USED TOO!!!

Things have changed for the worst recently, starting this gen with games spending their time in pre-rendered cut scenes with one delusional dev/game ( rhymes with Unearthed..O_o ) even changing the term cut scenes to " simulations...ouhhh...like that makes it better.

Mrs Traviss has a vested interest in pushing that agenda but the first time I saw Gears, the story was not the first thing that caught my attention. It was there, for sure, but the graphics, the music and the cover system all blew me away, then it was...so, who are these locust anyway. ;D

Gears brings the heat E3 2006...next gen was here...pay attention how cine's were blended into the game play with button tap rte`s if you wanted in the 2006 E3 Gears demo...in real time...things have changed, Gears 3 has 90 minutes of cut scenes...eewwww...remember the first time Gears ripped through the speakers...

http://youtu.be/cwEW6pBBs1M

Bioshock 1 was one of the last games that I played that was a true story driven game that left the cut-scenes to a bare minimum. Resident Evil 4 was( there are many ) quite possible, and quite arguably, the best blend of story and game play I have seen in a game.

Ares842519d ago

I agree with you but sometimes a good story can keep you going even when the gameplay becomes monotonous.

Also, RPG fans will disagree with you.

omi25p2518d ago

Im reading her newest book, Gears Of War Coalition's End. Its really good.

Neckbear2519d ago

Great GAMES? No.

Great experiences? Yes.

There's a huge difference between the two, buddy.

Montrealien2519d ago

that made no sense what so ever.

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anyname2519d ago

As you said GAMEPLAY FIRST....

but a good story, even though not necessary, still adds a new element.

Why do gamers like graphics? Its all about immersion.
A good story does the same thing...In one game (rhymes with Unearthed) when i saw the village burning it no longer became a game going from checkpoint to checkpoint but it became personal....i wanted to kill those motherf***

As i said its not necessary... Vanquish had one of the worst stories and was told very badly but that game was alot of fun gameplaywise...

Gears is a great game but you have to admit a good story wouldn't hurt.

HeavenlySnipes2519d ago (Edited 2519d ago )

was great in my eyes. Being betrayed at the beginning made me really hate the guy who did it. Seeing the bad guy shoot an innocent camera guy (that I had to drag through the city -_-) in cold blood made me want to stop him even more. The final "alright, I'm gonna kick his ass" spark was the burning of the village.

InNomeDiDio2519d ago

Gameplay>Story by far. If I want story I'm gonna watch a movie instead wheres story is very important in my opinion. But as long as the story is quite ok in a game it all comes down to the gameplay.

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