Summer sure is coming on quick, is it not? I honestly can’t remember the last time that I saw people tanning on their front yards in March here in the middle of the country. Of course, with the heating of the weather comes the customary summer drought for gamers, only this season sees titles like The Witcher 2, Max Payne 3 and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier hitting, so maybe there is enough to tide us over.
Games Can Never Be As Emotionally Powerful As Movies..
Storylines in single player games are still evolving. Character relationships and choices are still something developers have trouble mastering, unfortunately. However, The Witcher 2 may be one of those titles that completely changes my mind on the matter. Games like Mass Effect 3 have tried to create emotion with character choice and the consequences that follow, but much of the time I find the way they play out to be just… cheesy. The scene with the little boy in the demo of Mass Effect 3 being a prime example of that. Other scenes did affect me more, but not near the extent that some of the scenes in the last few episodes of The Walking Dead did this season. The video below is a scene that I will never forget and it’s one of the only scenes in any TV show or movie that almost made me shed a tear.
SPOILER FOR WALKING DEAD
That’s how a death scene should make you feel in video games; maybe not in the same situation, but you get the point. If you’ve watched the Walking Dead, you know how the character relationships work. Rick and Shane were the best of friends, brothers you might say, in the beginning but events throughout the show led up to this scene. Having watched the entire series, the snippet above really is quite heart wrenching. Unfortunately, I can’t find any video of Rick trying one last time to resolve the issues between the two characters before what takes place in the video above, which would give it even more strength.
Upon witnessing this, and the careful interplay of elements that led up to it got me thinking about a statement made by Thomas Grip in an interview with Gamasutra:
I believe games can never become as emotionally powerful as movies
Admittedly, it is a little disheartening, but I’d be inclined to agree after that conclusion to The Walking Dead. What about you; would you agree with that statement?
This Week’s Reviews
The past few weeks have been chockful of disappointments from fans all across the board. Ninja Gaiden 3 seemed to be a complete departure from what hardcore fans were used to and the game suffered for it. David Mason, being one of those long time fans, felt like he was playing a completely different game. One that was streamlined for people like, well… me. I have been playing the game as well and enjoying it, for the most part, but maybe that’s only because it’s my first time partaking of the series. A similar sentiment that I had to be apply for Silent Hill Downpour which I also rather enjoyed. It’s unfortunate to hear of long-running series like Silent Hill and Ninja Gaiden are losing fans that have been with them since the early days, but the modern industry dictates that you have to make your game accessible for it to sell. Unless, of course, you’re pulling down in excess of 20 million sales with every new entry, like Call of Duty, for instance.
Personal Gaming Update
Well, the review rush is almost over for me at the moment. Over at Velocity Gamer you can check out my reviews for FIFA Street and Armored Core V and for those of you who are interested in the Playstation Vita, Alan Robinson drew up a superb review on the console that you should definitely read if you are looking to purchase one. This week I’ve got Ridge Racer Unbounded and the Silent Hill HD Collection to review and once I’m finished with those I’m heading back into Mass Effect 3 to finish my first playthrough as I’m on Spring Break (Woo hoo!). Thankfully no other big releases are coming out until the The Witcher 2 on April 17th so that will give me time to get cracking on my huge backlog of games: Dark Souls, Arkham City, Deus Ex, and the list goes on and on.
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