Column: N'Gai Croal - Peering Over The Bar

N'Gai Croal via Next-Gen.Biz writes: "Compared to 2007's high standards of gaming excellence N'Gai Croal's been finding himself generally underwhelmed with what he's seen of 2008's release slate, but a few titles have restored his confidence in AAA games.

At the time of writing, I'm three days into a week-long series of presentations from game developers and publishers (there will be a second such week soon) in advance of the July E3 Media & Business Summit in Los Angeles, California. So far, I've been hosted by Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Sega, Ubisoft and PlatinumGames, and with a few exceptions I find myself generally underwhelmed.

It was only last month that I wrote a column titled 'Write What You See' in which I explored the difficulty I face in properly calibrating my response to seeing games during the preview stage of development. But this seemed different, as if something else was at work."

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DontH8DPlayaH8DConsl3963d ago

either this is a old article(blog) or he doesn't have a ps3! Are you serious your playing echocrome on your ps3, when MGSIV is wreaking havoc on anything moving. If he has even seen MGS4 then he would know that his whole theory holds less water then a fishing net!

Vojkan3963d ago

Yup this guy is full of it. Just in two months you had GTA4 and MGS4, if that is not good enough i dont know what is. Than you have decent titles like DMC4, Burnout which actually was amazing, etc.
This year will pawn 2007, HARD

TOSgamer3963d ago

He started playing games in 1999. He's not a real gamer. He probably saw the industry was growing and thought "Oh I better start covering this stuff and try to make a name for myself".

dhammalama3963d ago (Edited 3963d ago )

You're not a REAL movie-goer. You're not a REAL reader. Can you really say that?

Are you a REAL gamer?

beavis4play3963d ago

as for comment 1.1- ????....what do you mean? you lost me.

TheExecutive3963d ago

1.1 means that to say someone is or isnt a "REAL" gamer is just plain old fashioned rhetoric for those people who like to think themselves 'superior'

There is no such thing as a 'real' gamer or a 'true' gamer. Its a dumb saying and its used way too much by people.

BrotherNick3963d ago

lol, whatever makes people feel better about themselves.

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if anything, last year was the year of big titles that became big let downs. specially with the new IP's.

Syronicus3963d ago

"What did I witness that was so disappointing? A realtime strategy game whose online innovations were masked by a sci-fi-tinged fantasy art direction and rendering techniques that look depressingly like any other western fantasy title I’ve seen (BattleForge). Mascot games whose novel features were either being placed alongside gameplay concepts that have yet to really work (the 3D camera and controls in Sonic Unleashed) or user customization modes that are too difficult for even adults to easily make use of, let alone the young target audience (Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts). A hack-and-slash retread whose visuals and mechanics are located at the intersection of mediocre and barely inspired (Golden Axe)."

Outch! But to be fair, I can see where he is coming from. Games try to hard NOT to venture out and be different. Perhaps this is why MGS and all of its many facets of gameplay have rekindled my faith that there are game makers out there that make you come back for more.

To end he said there were several titles he really enjoyed seeing. I would dare say that for every stinker he reported, there were 2 good titles he was looking forward to.

beavis4play3963d ago (Edited 3963d ago )

kojimas' classic could very well push other devs. to push their games to try and reach same level of greatness.

Captain Tuttle3963d ago

And there's no reason to think it won't. If, however, MGS4 ends up being an average seller numbers wise there's really no incentive for other developers to step up to the plate.

RealityCheck3963d ago

You have to take into account that he is generalizing based on a small subset of developers (Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Sega, Ubisoft and PlatinumGames), there are many developers like Sony and Nintendo that were not covered by this event. So there is still room for pleasant surprises. I'm not saying it will happen but at least it's too early to reach negative conclusions.

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