So, building off last week’s discussion, let’s talk about what makes a classic RPG a classic — in other words, so good that dozens upon dozens of games come out each year trying to recapture that old magic.
In “Madden 17,” a specific line stands out from the excellent new commentary team of Charles Davis and Brandon Gaudin. Davis, the ex-player providing the color commentary, talks about how coaches are always looking for that “perfect game.”
It’s easy to find games that want to hearken back to the golden age of JRPGs, when all battles were turn-based and everyone was an 8-bit sprite.
Building a world can be a challenging task. It requires answering questions, many of which will have been unforeseen prior to writing. What condition is your fiction’s world in? How does the character relate to it? What sets it apart from similar stories or genres?
You can always pick out the “artsy” games in an instant: minimalist, wordless adventures with barely clarified controls, plots and menus.
“Song of the Deep” can’t seem to get out of its own way. While the small-scale project from Insomniac — and debut of GameStop’s new publishing wing, GameTrust — has glimmers of greatness, it constantly feels just slightly off in ways that could have been easily adjusted for a more pleasant experience.
Rather than donning a shirt with a big Pikachu and Pokemon logo, for instance, I much prefer subtler prints, like a shirt I once got off Kickstarter emblazoned with “Pallet Town University, Established 1996.” If you know it, you know it. If you don’t, then it just looks like an obscure school shirt.
Released in 2011, “Hard Reset” is a dedicated PC first person shooter that draws inspiration from other classic shooters like “Quake,” “Painkiller,” and “DOOM.” Developer Flying Wild Hogs released “Hard Reset” to critical acclaim, and five years later decided to remaster it for next-gen consoles, including the PS4 and Xbox One (in addition to the PC version), with improved graphics and ample amounts of new content.
The most ubiquitous image out of E3 last month was definitely a naked, crying Norman Reedus hugging a newborn baby in Hideo Kojima’s trailer for Dead Stranding. The story even got traction in mainstream outlets — that’s what a little star power will get you.
The most memorable puzzle games take root in your mind and keep you thinking. From imagining blue and orange portals around your office to seeing tetrominoes as you try to sleep, playing around with fun puzzle concepts doesn’t always stop when you put down the controller.