So I didn't get to write an end-of-year post. And I didn't write an E3 predictions post. And apparently I haven't blogged since September last year. But I'm alive, and I watched all the E3 press conferences for Monday.
And let me just ask this.. question.. to you..
Am I getting too old for video games? Am I not the target market anymore? Or do games, in general, suck? Please let me know, this is not rhetorical.
Out of Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and Sony combined, I was interested in a grand total of 3, maybe 4 games. (I say that because if Rabbids Wii U is a mini-game collection, it's off my radar.)
EA was doing their thing, and I got so bored, I got back to playing Pikmin. It seems as though nobody's interested in making games that aren't shooters. The host at the Ubisoft show (seriously, do they train these people to be obnoxious?) even said, "I only play shooters, and I don't know what was going on" after seeing Rayman Legends.
Right, so, I got lost there. Four games, in order of appearance.
South Park: The Stick of Destiny (360) - I've been saying for years that the technology is there to make games into living breathing cartoons. But we put all our money into making everything look dirty and diseased, and finding new ways to splatter blood while the enemy flings the f-bomb at us. (Also, Ubisoft's presser had boobies.) So I was very excited to see a game that actually looks like an episode of South Park.I know Tokitowa is coming too, that's definitely on my radar. It's just nice to see, especially admidst all that freaking violence.
The EA conference had a grand total of NOTHING! NOTHING at all! And after seeing today's show, I can safely say EA is bloated and self-obsessed, believing it steers the entire market. I wish you nothing but stormy weather and plague, EA.
Rayman Legends (Wii U) - Looks amazing. I'm actually in the middle of playing Origins on the Wii with my buddy, and we can't get enough of it. Game of the show, actually. That's what I'm calling Legends. Game of the Effing Show, until Nintendo's conference changes my mind.
As I mentionned above, Rabbids Land (Wii U) - Now kids.. settle down. The Rabbids are the harbinger of mini-game compilations, yes. But did anyone actually play Rabbids Go Home? It was an adventure game. It was a comedy. It was a racing game. It was freaking amazing. Bring me more of that, sez I. So! If Rabbids Land is an adventure game, I'm in. If it's a mini-game collection, I'm out. That simple.
Beyond Two Souls (PS3) - I never played Heavy Rain, but I always thought I might someday. This game looks really interesting. But we'll see. I liked how it spanned 30 years of one person's life. And I liked how the main character was a woman and yet not DOA Beach Volleyball. Or even Ubisoft's new Lara Croft. She was actually real. Which is funny. Because I was talking to a friend of mine during the Sony show and we were commenting on how men are starting to be objectified and idealized. Every protagonist in, say, a Naughty Dog game? Seems to be six feet, dark, rugged.. It's still a new medium. How about we have the same problems that infest movies!
So right! My question for you. The gaming masses who stumble across my humble little blarg. The fact that I couldn't care less about Splinter Cell, Halo 4, ZombiU, Assassin's Creed 3, Far Cry.. does that mean I'm old and should get out of the way? Does it mean I'm casual, especially now that a new Rayman platformer excites me infinitely more than The Last of Us? Or has the gaming industry simply lost sight of what it's market wants?
Let me know, huh?
By the way? Pikmin was amazing. Finished it while EA was telling us about sports or something.