You know, you'd think with a new generation of consoles ready to move into full swing, people would be excited for new experiences and trying out never before seen ideas, but all I've seen lately are people wanting more of the same. Well, not "lately" but it's been talked about a lot more.
I've ragged on the Xbox One a lot recently because Microsoft are terrible for the industry, but the one thing I can credit the Xbox One fans for is their excitement for NEW experiences. Sure you have the Forza and Halo fans talking; but Titanfall, Project Spark, and others are the games most being discussed from that camp. Why? Because they've been wanting new experiences for years and are finally getting them.
When I see people talking about Sony and what they have to offer, all I've been seeing is "new God of War" this or "new Uncharted" that. Can we move on please? Especially from God of War. I mean, if we have to have a new God of War fine, change it up. Make it an entirely different Pantheon of Gods with an entirely new character. I think we've seen Kratos eviscerate baddies in every possible way there could be.
And Uncharted. Most people brag about Uncharted more for how it looks than for the actual game itself. I'm not saying that the games aren't deserving of praise, but do you really want an Uncharted game or do you really just want a game that looks as good, or better, than Uncharted to lord over the opposition?
It's to the point where entire development studios are punished with what the film industry calls "type casting." If you don't know what that is, it's when an actor plays a role, a role that ends up being so successful that said actor can't get work as a different kind of character. Take Jackie Chan for example. For a very long time, he's wanted to do Drama movies, step away from action. But the contract he has signed forces him to do nothing but action movies. It's the same thing with game development studios.
It's fine to love great games and want more incredible experiences, but maybe we should allow the studios to try and translate their ability to make great experiences across multiple genres and NEW games rather than ask them to put out sequel after sequel after sequel.
Instead of hoping that Naughty Dog bring out a new Uncharted or a Last of Us sequel at Gamescom, let's hope they have something completely new to show us that's on the level of those games. Instead of seeing Kratos drench the ground in blood, let's hope that Sony Santa Monica change things up and wow us.
And for the last time, games are about so much more than graphics.