we got a translation the other day of a Famitsu interview with Fumito Ueda, the Director of Shadow of the Colossus, about his impressions after he finished playing God of War 2. It's great to hear a Japanese game maker's perspective on the series so far, especially when it is from someone whom I respect so much. If you are a fan of God of War, or Ico or Shadow, then you should give it a read. a few quotes from the interview: Quote: Q: What was your first impression of God of War 2? A: The way the game first grabbed me was pretty awesome. The way the game started off, it made me think about how in Japanese games that would never happen. It wasn't a matter of "how many explosions can we have on the screen in a short amount of time", but it definitely felt like a Hollywood movie. The way that everything was changing and expanding, I had never thought of that, I had never gotten tired of it, it constantly pulls in the user into the game's universe. Quote: Q: Do you think there's a relation between the way the game looks and how late it came in the PS2's lifetime? A: Yes, perhaps. With PS2 games, right now you can get a lot of power out of the system. In God of War 2, there's almost no loading time, and how fast it reads your save games is really fast. That's because you only have to look for procedures on one hardware, which makes things easy. Quote: Q: So everything rests on a higher foundation then, and that's why everything looks so good, right? A: As for the ideas, even though they are very common, the way everything is represented makes it interesting and fun to play, I believe. And yet, the action, puzzles, graphics, everything was realized on a higher foundation, that was my impression. From the start, everything was put in with care, and nothing was really neglected. Basically, like how a Japanese game carries itself. But with japanese games, the really interesting parts are kind of sparse.... Quote: Q: Has God of War 2 inspired you in any way? A: Well there are certainly a lot of ideas and such in the game, and they're all really fun things. I haven't had a lot of time to think about it though. If there are things that I can really absorb from the game I think I will absorb it, but God of War 2 is such a high value game (ed. note: I don't know if it means that it's valuable or if it was expensive to make.) that I don't think I can really copy it. Perhaps with this kind of game, we'll leave it to the Western designers to make them, hah. full interview here: http://sabre2922.gametrailers.com/gamepad/index.php?action=viewblog&id=128889
No... tell him to stay away from God of War. Fumito Ueda has nothing to look for in these games. Ico and SotC are much more original and refreshing. He doesn't need inspiration from a brainless action game.
Cant we sign a petittion to lock Ueda in a window-less room till he brings us the script for the next game in the ICO legacy?
Afcourse playing a game and not be influenced in some way is impossible no matter how good you are, even steven spielberg gets influenced by the movies he watches that interviewer is asking really pointless questions IMO.