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.
Collectibles have been a staple in games for a long time, but it was really the first Assassin’s Creed in the last generation, with its flag finding, that had people hunting to collect things for no real reason other than completionism. Sure, Crackdown had its orbs before then – but at least collecting them actually had benefits; you powered up the more of those addictive orbs you collected.
There are thousands of games released every year, and I’m pretty sure we’ve all got backlogs of games that we keep meaning to start playing but never actually get around to. Instead, there are games we keep coming back to instead.
The gaming industry seems to work in cycles. Whatever the soup du jour is at the moment won’t be popular in a few years, with something else taking its places at the most popular genre years later. Only to be usurped later still by something else. Since the advent of the last generation of consoles, the online multiplayer shooter has been king of the hill, with the result being that just about every game in every genre has had tacked-on shoe-horned multiplayer. Lately though, more and more games are eschewing multiplayer in favour of more meaningful single player experiences.
We here at Lazygamer – and I include you, the community in this – are a bunch of well-rounded gamers who enjoy a variety of genres and have vast pools of gaming knowledge acquired over years of gaming. We’re also kind and compassionate souls, who’d never laugh at another gamer for something odd they might enjoy, or a great game they might not have played, right? Right?
On this day of commercially designated romance, we're meant to celebrate our love for that special someone. I don't celebrate it, but Darryn will spend the day rubbing chocolate all over his left hand. So what about our gaming platforms? Do you stick to just one, or are you a true, um, "player"?
Independent games have always existed, but in recent times there’s been a commercial and critical boom. More and more indie games are getting exposure, recognition, sales and – importantly – lots of love and playtime from people who play games.
The games that resonate most with me are the ones that are character driven; the ones with incredible protagonist, bad guys or NPCs that seemingly human. Unfortunately, one of humanity’s traits is that many of us are unbearably annoying – something that spills over in to videogames too.
Yes believe it or not we are in 2014 now and the next generation has hit us in our face in style and so the obvious question is what are you all looking forward to?
If you’ve been following, we’ve been posting lists of what we’ve established to be the top 100 games of this generation. They’re the games we found to be entertaining, insightful, enlightening or just plain different.