Loading screens have been a key part of the gaming experience for years, so what are we losing with next-gen consoles' shorter loading times?
Devs and gamers have become so used to loading screens that they’ve implemented some pretty cool ideas into those loading screens. Overall however, I think people will appreciate more hands on time
The only bad part about quicker loading for me will be in multiplayer games. I'm going to have to run to get my next beer. I might have to invest in a mini fridge
This thought only has legs in instances where the loading screen is cleverly masked like with Spider-Man and the subway car rides, but that's the down to creative and smart developers like Insomniac and its the exception not the rule. The majority of loading screens are some boring static image with an icon in the corner usually rotating or a loading bar at the bottom of the screen. Miss them if you want, I certainly wont.
God of war Ymir stories was clever way as well. I won't miss loading screen as all because I play all of my fav games on the highest difficulty means lots of dying means lots of reloading means lots of loading screens. I am so excited for PS5 :D
That is a really good point. I might be more likely to try the harder difficulties if there are not long loading times.
What about load-masking sections like squeezing through tight spaces and such. Although they help with the loading of new areas, they don’t detract from the game if they are still used tastefully.
I expect they'll probably keep some of those.
This was horrible in FF7R. Love the game to death but this was overdone
I'd expect those to still be in games like uncharted and tomb Raider as it still adds to the feel of the game. But I'd expect it to be removed from FFVII because that was clearly what it was for and it was in such annoying places
Once in a long while is fine, fairly frequently is not.
What about the old Gears of War style loading where you are suddenly forced to walk slowly with your finger in your ear while you talk to somebody over coms? lol I could do without those in the future for sure.
What a Lame article. Just pretending to miss loading screens just for an excuse to write an opinion piece.
Nah. The author gave substantive reasons for his opinion. His opinion is understandable even though, overall, most people would prefer minimal to virtually no loading times for convenience. But some developers have found ways to use loading screens as a way of improving the experience.
Nah I don't trust him at all
If someone misses load screens...there's something wrong with that person.
How is this even a conversation? Loading screens be damned!
Everything is an excuse to write an ‘opinion piece’. It seems to only be a problem when you don’t agree with the opinion.
I think I can somehow move on from them.
Man, I sure won’t
Not gonna get time to check my phone anymore as it loads. Oh well, time to game! :-)
Speak for yourself, I say good riddance.
I won't. Thank God waiting almost a min or 2 for a game to load is finally a thing of the past.
I won't miss loading screens, and anyone who says they will are just be a test because they want their little voice heard as they whine about something pointlessly. As in this article.
We will miss things from loading screens (tutorials, funny animations), which were put there so you are not so much bored first. Now if you cant be bored, these things (e.g.tutorials) should be placed elsewhere.
Couple of weeks ago I saw a tip in a PES 2020 load screen which was to double tap up to make your team attack, I have it on all game every game now because it makes it much more fun, literally a game changer. If there was a menu somewhere with tips in I probably wouldn't have bothered looking. That's pretty much the only time that a loading screen has been useful in all my years of gaming though, they can do one as far as I'm concerned.
I say Good riddance to a loading screen. Never met one I liked.
Well at least we still have waiting for water to boil, waiting for toast, waiting in checkout lines at the grocery, the DMV, 👍🏽
SSD is changing the console gamer perspective rapidly
I am going to miss the loading screen gives plenty of time to grab another beer or go to the bathroom
im currently playing ac Valhalla and will not miss the fast travel loading times im getting at the min (on ps4 pro)
I can't wait to get rid of them. I find myself quitting the most during loading screens. Actually I just did that today. Play Dishonored 2.
You'll miss something that that has no benefit in gaming? This is something that needs to be eradicated for the betterment of gaming.
i used to flag quick travel a lot of the time cos it was often quicker to just drive / run / fly there - now playing spiderman remastered and quick travel takes like 2 seconds.....soooo good!
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