At 2/17/13 05:43 PM, Ceratisa wrote:
At 2/17/13 05:14 PM, Jackho wrote:
Sonic 06, Alone in the Dark (360), Rainbow Six (PS1), Faceball 2000 (SNES), Final Fantasy XIII.No it isn't functional at all. And the game required an instruction manual to understand ANYTHING (nothing in game)
As bad as ET is, it's functional and it's over in 15 minutes. It doesn't waste your fucking time.
It might be bland and somewhat tedious, but it's really not all that glitchy. And as far as reading the manual... Aren't you supposed to do that for ANY game? Sure, they might not have been used to that in the 2600 days, when one button and a directional control were all that the standard setup had, but ET really shows all you can get out of that setup with its more complicated control scheme. It has sections with top-down view and side view, it makes its one-button context-sensitive (search for phone pieces, hide in some spots, and yes, the oft-maligned pit escapes) instead of just having it be the "shoot" button like in so many of its contemporaries. One might even say that ET was years ahead of its time, since many of these aspects have since appeared in better-received games (in particular The Legend of Zelda franchise, which mixed top-down and side-scrolling gameplay in Zelda II and later the Game Boy installments, and which has had a context-sensitive main action button since Ocarina of Time), and that if it had been given two or three times the time and budget that it had it would have been looked at as one of the best games of its era. Perhaps the vision behind it was too far ahead of its time, even; if people weren't used to reading manuals yet, the game's programmer, Howard Scott Warshaw, would have needed to playtest ET at least to hear that people thought its controls weren't intuitive enough and needed to be explained in-game or at least on the title screen, among other complaints that would have come up about its monotonous gameplay. He didn't have time, so a substandard game was made, people didn't like it, Atari gambled on the ET license and lost it all. But there are in fact things about ET that can be defended.