The Dreamcast kicked off the current generation with a bang, but lately to me at least it feels like this generation is going to go out with a whimper.
Western Developers are out there hocking the same tired garbage and the Japanese appear to be either miss-firing with some of their big titles, or are in a complete state of internal turmoil which threatens the very existence of the companies themselves.
I'm looking at the release dates for the rest of the year and personally I find it rather lacking when it comes to quality. There are a handful of games I want, but the crap ratio looks to be orders of magnitude bigger.
So, how about you. Is all rosy in video game land or do you think we're sitting through a dip point in the games industry?
Is this the lamest generation?
The true feeling of the Videogame is gone.
This generation of people grow up with games as standard.
To them, it's new, but always there.
To us, it was the anticiption of a revolution.
That feeling is all but nostalgia now.
No one these days feels the same about games like the old schoolers did back then.
There is nothing to looking forward too.
The old skool's mindset has matured and is but a memory, played back through the likes of Mame, but only played back.
We have witnessed a revolution, some felt it, but we will witness no more.
No, I could't be happier with it. 2D classics Rygar, Shinobi, Contra, Ninja Gaiden and Maximo have been given 3D updates that do the originals justice. Iif you love Japanese action games then this generation is perfect. We also have Devil May Cry, Gungrave and Gunvalkyrie as original quality games. First person shooter genre is really healthy with Doom, Halo and Half-Life sequels. Survival horror the awesome Silent Hill and Biohazard games. Shooter wise we have the rebirth of the horizontal shooter with R-Type Final and Gradius V. Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution is the best fighter ever.
I mean seriously, there's plenty.
I'd debate Shinobi. Shinobi is an example of Sega at its worst (relatively speaking of course)
- the levels are bland and samey and it feels cheap. Its got some semi-decent play methods but Sega have got to get their act together.
Maximo is very nice, and true to Capcom, and the great arcade game.
Rygar is nice, Gradius V and R-type F. are looking okay, but whilst i'll enjoy them, i won't enjoy them like the orignals.
I've not seen Ninja Gaiden, but you forgot Outrunners, which SHOULD be good.
I think its too early to tell but it does appear to me that some of the developers are finding it harder and harder to do something completely off the wall "new". But there are still alot of good games out there. E3 this year was the weakest for a long time esp if Sony had not announced PSP. I think most of the big 3 are looking to next gen already, which is a shame as I think the current gen of hardware really hasn't had a chance to shine. What is clear is that the Japanese have completely lost it in terms of the influence they once had on the market more and more games developed in Japan are no longer that special.
Don't let nostalgia blind you.
Originally Posted by Afterbirth
You can't keep innovation up without improving tech.
Originally Posted by NeilMcRae
When Atari did it during the eighties, every arcade had its own unique method of interactivity. All we get are Pads and wheels.
Sony's Eye-toy and Konami's Mats are taking it forward, but its not being done enough. Theres no catch, but the graphics.
thats not really true. Technology does not make good games! It may make things more possible but that doesn't lead to innovation. Foe me innovation in games means that the developer has a new angle on how a game is played - Mario 64 or Doom are good examples of this.
I'm not too happy with this generation either. It also seems like it will be one of the shortest yet, with the next consoles coming as soon as 2005.
I really hope all three are closer to each other next generation. During the Snes/Mega Drive battle, you got the feeling that they were working seriously hard to beat each other out with tons of mindblowing games, but now I really get the feeling Microsoft and Nintendo have given up on reaching Sony and just aren't giving it their all anymore.
On the other side, Sony knows that they're so far ahead that they're making little effort in the software side too. Sure, ICO and Amplitude are nice (Although I feel the latter is fairly over-rated), but I'm still pissed off how they've just let the Wipeout, Ape Escape and Parappa the Rapper franchsies dwindle in favour of generic American games.
Also, there's too much realism this generation. Not enough imagination. But then I expected this to happy when graphics reached this level.
I'm not. I play newer games for longer, but it takes innovation to keep things fresh.
Originally Posted by Sidez
Online will improve things, and create communities i suppose, and prehaps thats the natural course, the destiny of the Videochip if you will, but its hardly exciting.
You have to remember too, that its not notstaliga, but age, the blinds us.
We grow bored.