The eighth generation of consoles is in full swing, with nearly over 30 million new gen consoles (Combined PlayStation 4, Xbox One and yes, Wii U) in people’s homes. It’s meant to be an era that ushers in a revolution in games – with games looking better, playing better and just being better than they’ve been. The new consoles from Microsoft and Sony, built on what’s essentially PC architecture, were meant to even elevate PC games. That hasn’t happened. Instead, there’s just been nothing but negativity and disappointment.
Many of us here at Lazygamer are huge fans of Mass Effect. Even with its possibly pointless tricolore ending to the whole series, it stands as one of the finest series of the last generation. Instead of fighting, offering dissenting views or debating on N7 day, let’s just talk about our favourite Mass Effect experiences, characters and situations. Oh yes, for those of you who haven’t played Mass Effect: Firstly, what’s wrong with you? and secondly, expect spoilers.
Games regularly borrow elements from each other. Other forms of entertainment do too – but games are always seemingly held under a finer microscope; where the elements they “borrow” from other games are scrutinised to a fine point. Where does homage end, and plagiarism begin?
I don’t know why it is, but I have a terribly tough time being a bad guy in games. In games like inFamous, for example, I always, always choose the side that aligns with good karma. Same for something like Mass Effect, where it took me three playthrough to finally start going for the renegade options. Darryn on the other hand almost always chooses the path that allows him to kick kittens and eat babies.
While everyone seems to be hung up on games like Titanfall, Watch Dogs and Destiny being disappointments – lets turn it around and look at the flipside. Games that ended up being rather pleasant surprises.
I have always been proud to call myself a gamer. Even before it was “cool” to play games, way before the mainstream push – back when gamers were stereotyped as unwashed basement dwellers wholly devoid of social skills. I’m still proud to call myself a gamer - but my once resolute stance has very much been shaken.
I’m not sure if any of you were tempted enough to watch that 35 minute-long Witcher 3 gameplay video – but there’s one thing that stands out over everything else; how incredible the game’s music is. When Geralt enters a battle, the music builds to a crescendo, amplifying and heightening the experience.
Competition is good. Competition is something that can lead to rivals from across various fields actually making an effort to have you invest in their product, instead of taking advantage of supply and demand. Unfortunately, this can also have negative effects, with the playing field tipped sometimes way too far in the favour of one side at the expense of the other.
I’m not sure there’s a more acerbic, vociferous bunch of people than gamers who have internet access. While it’s obviously not something that affects everybody who’s ever picked up a controller or used office equipment for pixel-perfect headshots, there’s a rather large proportion of gamers who it seems, feel that the $60 they spend on a game entitles them to developers’ first born children.
You may have noticed the dearth of noteworthy games being released this month, or indeed next month. We’re in that slump. That changes a bit in September with the local release of the Xbox One, and of course, Destiny. Then in October, everything goes balmy. Just about every game you’re waiting for this year is out in that one little month. With the price of games and the time investment, we’re all going to be forced to ignore a few for now. Which ones will be taking the backseat?
In last week’s FFD, somebody brought up a classic game; Altered Beast. Amongst older gamers, Altered Beast is infamous. It’s highly regarded as an arcade classic and it’s something most of us spent way too many 20c pieces on because we could turn into goddamned werewolves and flying dragons and that is awesome. Pity the game is actually pretty terrible. I played it relatively recently, and it’s a short, broken, janky mess - yet it’s still almost universally adored. Altered Beast has been given a free pass.
The first year or so of a new console generation almost always completely fails to be impressive. Sure, things look a little shinier, run a little smoother and integrate more features but there’s almost nothing that blows minds, or melts eyeballs. Is that the same in this eighth generation of consoles?
This week, I realised I’m inundated with games. I’m not complaining; It’s just that I’m juggling far too many games at the moment. I seem to have so many games that I start them all, and then jump around instead of focusing on just the one.
We know, from recent data, that the median age of the game-playing human being is 31. In fact, a pretty small percentage of gamers are the sort of people who don;t have daily responsibilities thanks to that horrible thing that keeps getting in the way: life.