IncGamers: Gears of War 3's design director speaks about the importance of plot and character.
So how come the first 2 games I couldn't follow?
I hate that they've tried to make Gears 3 have a more emotional effect on the player as it just comes across as cheesy - if you're going for the emotional story telling then do it from the first game in the series, don't try to be something that you're not. Gears 1 was all about blood, shooting and action - no soppy storylines whatsoever and not much character exploration. Now with Gears 3 they suddenly want us to feel all this emotion that wasn't there in the first place? I'm not saying that Gears 3 is a bad game at all (I think it's fantastic gameplay and graphics wise) but don't try and force soppy storylines down our throats - know your place Epic.
Well said, +bubbles. I'm with u, it's like a lousy made for tv movie like USA or lifetime or the ovary channel. The corniest is Baird,...he officially surpassed coletrain. I'm tempted to mute my tv. Nothing he says is remotely funny. As far as the title goes, cliffy.....great, so why do the gears story suck? It's almost as bad as that Bruce Campbell movie alien apocalypse.
It's a catch-22 for EPIC. If EPIC decided NOT to go that route, then they would have been criticized for not having a emotional story and you could just hear all the crying how the story is the "same." So either way EPIC would have been criticized. You just cannot please everybody so they are better off making the game as they see fit and not worrying too much about minor critiques from Tuesday Morning Quarterbacks...
Plot and Storytelling are essential for movies and books. In video games, gameplay is all you really need. Everything else should be an afterthought. Im sick of games pretending to be movies and sacrificing gameplay because of it. Devs spend millions on voice actors, motion capture, scripts, and CGI before they even get to the game part of the game. And people wonder why video games are just rehashed sequels over and over again. Thanks a lot Cliff.
Look at the Mass Effect series and UC2. They're great b/c of the gameplay AND a great story. Gears 3 is following suit. So yes, thank you Cliff for making a great title.
Come on cliffy battlefield series says hi. Left 4 dead how u doin. Cs, tf2, total war series, civilization...
man i love gears but hate cliffy b, hes got hes head stuck so far up his own ass...
I personally feel the Resistance series has a better story with the alternate reality history (like Bioshock) Using real world places like Manchester (my home town)
It's nice when a game is set in your home town Shame theres never been one set in Newcastle... <sigh>
Lmao..... this article is ironic though.
Cliffy B, what's life like in front of a mirror?
I'm supposed to think that he is speaking about a game with some great story ? I'm afraid i can't (dont be jealous and throwing fanboy crap at me , i think the same to some extent about uncharted ) . The games are entertaining and are blockbusters in realisation , fine ... but got a plot as deep as a micheal bay movie , let's not kid ourselves .
But this isn't about plot, it's about storytelling. It's easy to attack Hackle Bay, but even Spielberg movies have shallow plots. Jaws: Shark is eating people, we must kill it. E.T: Alien on earth, kids befriend it. What set these movies apart is how the story was told. Even Citizen Kane had a basic plot, it was just delivered so beautifully.
I agree, games do rely more on the way the story is told rather than the depth of the actual story. Take Ico/Sotc for example. They have the minimum amount of dialogue and the plots are very simple. Yet, the way in which you experience the world and see the story unfold make these games engaging and memorable. Good storytelling.
He's telling that Gears Series is only an A games.lol
Funny how you didn't apply that to Gears 2... First Gears of War...story was great Second Gears of War......it was like "Whaaaaaa" I don't see how to take someone seriously when the story telling in his games only became really great in the third game. Dosen't help when most of the stuff you need to know is in the form of books, Comics and text logs (which are in the game) where not everyone will be arsed to read them. If this was ND talking then fair enough since the storey telling in their three games have been amazing. I feel developers are starting to use the whole story telling thing now after realising how successful Uncharted became with it and what it's known for....not just it's multiplayer. The MW3 developer did this aswell...said MW3 will be about a great story and cinematic cutscenes, lol.
so why has it taken till now for gears to have one? and why is bulletstorm written by 3 year olds? come back and say that when you have a long in depth story game that doesn't remind me of gears ggood work on gears 3 though its doing a very good job at occupying me till skyrim
" and why is bulletstorm written by 3 year olds? " The same reason that 'Shadows of the Damned', 'No More Heroes', and major parts of the MGS games were written by (and for) three year olds.
Ouu thats totaly not true, Bulletstorm has much better story than Gears 3. Did you atually played Bulletstorm? I was suprised by story, I expect something very lame and immature, but turne out to be pretty well written story.--
Not as simple as Cliffy makes it out to be (saying that what separates the games that sell 1-2 million VS the mega-mega sellers is story). Otherwise charachter/story driven games with no online MP like Yakuza and Alan Wake would be doing COD numbers. Gran Turismo 5 sold triple what Heavy Rain did without a story to speak of. Most games never hit anywhere close to 2 million anyways. I think he's just on a Gears of War high right now. He wasn't exactly giving sales tips earlier this year when Bulletstorm fizzled.
I finished Gears 3 yesterday and I have to say, I am dissapoint with campaign (MP modes are awesome). I don't like first one, loved second and hated the last. Gears 3 has a very lame narration, character, setpieces. I could named a lot of great scenes from Gears 2, but none from Gears 3 a I've just finished the game. Definitely step backwards. This year is my personal year of game dissapointment, many anticipated games turned out to be dissapointment : (
Man he is such a cocky, ugly little fellow...
But he makes much better video games than you. don't quote me on this but he probably drives a faster car and has a hotter girl than you also. Oh and possibly makes more money than you too ;)
But he doesn't hate better than him.
True. But at least I know when to shut my mouth and not praise my "gritty" "innovative" "interesting" game with "great storytelling" when your main genre competition is Uncharted. Had to.
Plot and story is very important in some cases. I'll give you this, Clifford. But we have to have story deeper than Dom b****** about his missing wife constantly...
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