Open World games such as GTA, Saints Row, Just Cause, etc. Have been around for long. In each of those games i mentioned why does the main objective always revolve around killing people with no foreseeable goal??
From my playthrough into those games, i got bored easily. I played GTA4 and returned it within an hour, got SR2 and played it for a couple of hours and now its collecting dust somewhere. Just cause has kinda pulled me into that genre but i couldn't continue the game, it was fun for the first few minutes, but it appeared to have a huge map with absolutely nothing to do other than killing.
I've never been a fan of open world games. Well, you may ask why, because i played most of them and felt that they're pointless, with no decent story, interesting setting or characters, something worth doing other than doing nothing but crime. I would also like to point out why do open world games have such a HUGE world that is dead with lack of rewarding for the exploration you do.
Until recently when i put Yakuza 3 into my PS3 system. I was greeted with the intro movie and got a bit excited, i played the game for a couple of hours, in the beginning it wasn't really good, until you leave Tokyo to Okinawa, the game takes a couple of hours for its true potential to kick in.
After 4 hours of playing the game, i got the ability of going to the town of Okinawa near the Protagonist's orphanage. I'm not sure i remember what my objective was going to the town, but i was blown away by the level of interaction and the diversity of the side missions i stopped caring for the story, spent some time in the town doing side missions and fighting baddies, after that, i continued the story and was blown away again by how deep the story and how interesting the characters are, and i'm not gonna forget how the game portrays the gritty side of Okinawa and tokyo.
All in all, Yakuza 3 addressed my concerns about open world games, with a solid story, interesting setting and characters, diverse missions that do not revolve around picking up a gun and laying people to rest. With all that, it still retains a very solid combat system that is very brutal too. And IMO i think its the only game that did open world right.
Lets get back to the main subject.
Lets move away from open world games a bit, here is what i aways think of: Why does the gaming industry or the AAA games are centered around guns and killing?? Why is murdering people such a cool thing to do?! With all those big budgets killing is now VERY detailed with gruesome ways. Why can't gaming be peaceful??
I might be seen a hypocrite but this is too much killing. I can't remember when we got a game that is peaceful and fun. Don't get me wrong, i enjoy games of all kind, but there should a balance.
So, thats it, i think i'm done.
I would also like to ask you what do you think of my first attempt in blogging?? I hope you liked it. :)