It seems to me so much more could be done with it. Is it a lack of creativity? These are some open world games I've played this gen
1. GTA IV
2. Red DEad Redemption
3. Sleeping Dogs
5. Fallout 3
6. Just Cause 2
7. LA Noire
8. Saints Row
9. fable 2
I think these are the best of the bunch. I guess you could put Mass Effect in there as well. It's not open world but it's the same concept just in space. But most of these games follow the same formula with different elements mixed in. You have rpg elements. You have GTA. You have GTA in Japan. You have a fantasy open world rpg. You have a post apocalyptic wasteland rpg. You have an over the top sandbox game. But they are the same formula. Where has story telling gone? It jus seems to me like these companies have basically said this is what fantasy is. This is what an open open world game will be.
I remember playing sierra games back in the day where each game had a very unique storyline. Great writing. There wasn't a specific take on what fantasy was supposed to be. What has happened to different worlds in gaming and better storytelling?
I even went as far to play a game like Alan Wake which seemed to cop elements of a steven king novel which was a bit off the mainstream path but even that is a rehash of things that have already been done.
Are developers just mindless drones these days? Are they completely unintelligent and unable to come up with something new themselves?
Even the gameplay mechanics in these games have become so rehashed to death and just catering to what fans want vs actually creating something new. It's like we are going to clean up our inventory system to make it more streamlined or to make it more realistic vs doing anything new. Take GTA vs Sleeping Dogs it's basically the same game. They add collectables and stupid things to do.
No offense I kind of chuckle when people say oh that game is completely different. It's really not. Is this the direction gaming has taken? Achievements and stupid crap like that? DLC equals more money. Have developers just tried to addict their customers vs actually creating something?
I think the state of gaming is getting close to just bad. People will say gaming is evolving. I disagree. If this is how we are evolving then the human race are idiots who can't think for themselves. I actually give Molneaux some credit for doing something different. But even he seems like a complete douchebag to me and has put flash before substance. He's managed to survive at least.