Inspector *******, on Jun 20 2008, 12:14 AM, said:
Why are games so mediocre lately? Excluding a few games that are essentially interactive novels the last game that made me go "HOLY ******* THIS IS AMAZING!" was The Darkness.
Here is a list of games I bought after I played The Darkness back in July '07:
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror Syphon Filter 2 was the last good Syphon Filter
GTA: Vice City Stories I never tried this because I got bored of Liberty City Stories very quickly, but I blame that on playing it on the PSP and I hate handhelds.
Hitman: Blood Money I really enjoyed Blood Money
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Please see my comment for GTA:VCS
Call of Duty 3 Treyarch sucks
Chili Con Carnage Never heard of it, but sounds craptacular
Medal of Honor: Airborne Shite
Stranglehold Meh. Average at best.
Halo 3 Above average, but nothing to rave about.
Orange Box I loved Portal, enjoyed Ep 2 and TF2, but I'm not a huge multiplayer fan so I stopped playing after a bit...
Mass Effect Amazing
Kane & Lynch Terrible
Resident Evil 4 Wii Still need to try this!
Super Mario Galaxy Got bored after the first couple of levels
Ninja Gaiden Great game if you can get past the camera
Devil May Cry 4 I don't like this series at all so I didn't try this game. I hated the demo.
BlackSite Area 51 Tried the demo, hated it, didn't think about it again.
Advance Wars Dual Strike I love the Advance Wars games. They are the only games I can stand a handheld for. I might pick up DS for these.
Advance Wars Day of Ruin See above
No More Heroes Never tried it. Looked kind of half-assed
Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles Not my kind of game
Rainbow Six: Vegas I really enjoyed the first one and the second was good, but enough new stuff to keep me interested for long
Soldier Of Fortune: Payback Never tried it, but it seemed like the extreme gore was the only thing going for it.
Guitar Hero 3 GH3 sucks. Rock Band rules.
Condemned 2 I still need to pick this up.
Army of Two Haven't played it. Don't really have any desire to. Looks mediocre at best, so I guess it belongs in this list.
Dark Sector The demo was okay.
Grand Theft Auto IV I enjoyed it a lot, but I think it's a bit too long and outstayed its welcome which is why everyone is hating on it now.
FEAR Files FEAR was good, but nothing great.
Lego Indiana Jones I want to try this.
The Bourne Conspiracy I might try this if I get the chance.
Now out of those games, these are the ones that actually made me go "******* YES!":
Devil May Cry 4
The rest of the games in the list are either overrated and extremely boring (GTA 4) or just plain horrible (BlackSite).
What's the deal with recent games being so boring to play? Other than MGS4 and maybe the new Gears of War I'm not really interested in any of the upcoming AAA++ titles. I was looking forward to the new Alone in the Dark game but apparently that blows so I cancelled my pre-order.
Every company is way too busy thinking about new boring gimmicks (choices in Mass Effect) that they forget about the gameplay. Combat in most games is horrible and there's no feeling that you're shooting/hitting someone. The music also blows, here I am chasing X guy at the end of GTA 4 and the game is about to end, is there any song playing in the background to make the scene memorable? No, there's just pure silence.
ugh, video game developers
edit: Updated list.
Out of the games you said "YES" to and the ones you left in the "mediocre" list, it appears our preferences for games are very different, leaving me little hope for Condemned 2 which I wanted to pick up.