I suppose hate is a strong word for a video game. I guess I just feel that some games or series of games are over rated. It’s not that the games themselves are horrible, it’s just that some of them could offer so much more if they did a few things differently.
Sure the graphics keep improving and the world is well developed, but can they please add a little realism. I know it’s a fantasy game but do the swords have to be as big as a house when the guy carrying the sword looks like he couldn’t carry my groceries let alone a sword that big? And don’t even get me started on the cut scenes. It seems like as the series progressed, they even added what is effectively a cut scene to every spell in combat; it’s as if the game was designed with the intent of just making it even longer. Since there is a linear plot, there is also no reason to play the game again even if you can muscle your way through to the end.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Now here is a series that won’t seem to die. Don’t get me wrong, the Sega Corporation had some great new concepts when they came out with the original game but the game series has not changed much since it was created. While there are new things around in the games today the graphics are not much better than the old school games. In the newer versions of the Sonic series you can change the order you do things in but for the most part there is no real depth to the games, just run, jump, and spin. Sonic hasn’t changed enough to warrant pumping out game after game with Sonic in it.
Here is another of the “let’s crank out a game with the famous face on it” game series that keeps on going forever. Mario is like the serial killer in a horror movie; he just keeps plodding along and seems to be un-killable. The graphics of course are like all things Nintendo; the least amount of effort is put into the graphics to save time in programming. If they used this time to make the games more in depth or have larger worlds, it would be forgivable. Unfortunately it seems that in the Mario game worlds, quantity of titles always outweighs quality. Since the games are either so simple you do the same things over and over again or follow a set path, the replay-ability is not worth mentioning. While the gameplay is fun, it leaves much to be desired in new challenges as most of the games are repetitive.
Those who play Halo will not like this next part. This is supposed to be a first person shooter made on one of the closest game console systems to a computer in the world. The graphics should be breathtaking, the explosions deafening. You should be able to almost taste the blood in the air, and feel your pulse race as the game action commences. Instead you have a game series that falls flat. Other than a head shot it doesn’t matter where you hit someone. A shotgun slug to the arm does no more damage than to the heavily armored chest. Also, somehow nothing in this series is destructible. You can shoot rockets and throw grenades everywhere but no buildings are ever damaged. This would be a great game if injuries were location specific and the terrain destructible. After all, that sniper in the tower wouldn’t have a chance if you could knock down the tower. Another issue is the campaign. The campaign seems to be more and more of an afterthought. I realize that most players love the challenge of player versus player but I love an in depth campaign. Get it together people and make Halo the premier game it should be.
World of Warcraft
Here is another thorn in my side. Most of the gamers I know play WoW. That’s great. That means that you can go on and play and get help, right? No. I don’t think so. Most players don’t want to wade back through the lower levels with a new character. Instead they would rather come back with a maxed out character and slaughter everything in sight. While this may be a fast way to gain levels it quickly, it gets boring. Another problem with WoW is the PVP. Since it is almost pointless to PVP unless you have maxed out equipment, the game sucks for PVP until you are higher level. If you are brave enough to play in an open PVP environment, you can spend days trying to get somewhere as a high level enemy guards just where you want to go, killing you day after day. The graphics on such a popular game are not the best in town. I suppose this allows people with older computers to play but you should be able to have better graphics if your setting can handle it. There is also the problem with the sheer size of the world. Spending fifteen minutes waiting while a flying mount goes from one area to another is a bit much for a game that I pay for monthly. Another problem with WoW is the chatter. It seems like in town or even in groups and guilds, some constant chatter is going on in the text box. It could be about politics, religion, or anything that is not game-related and is annoying to someone else. I spent more time in Wow ignoring people in order to stop the text from scrolling constantly than playing the game once I arrived in a city. While the game itself is fun, the people in it are either too fussy to realize it is just a game or so bored they ruin the game for others.Well, I have grumbled enough for now. I think I will stop writing and go play DDO. It has an older crowd of players than twelve-year olds , a tighter world, and graphics that are good but not over the top. DDO is also designed for team play. You can’t do much on your own in DDO which makes it a better social game for the right reasons.