At 6/6/11 10:00 PM, SlipperyMooseCakes wrote:
Well I think Nintendo pretty much has this in the bag. Microsoft and Sony were pretty on par with being mediocre. There were a couple core games but none of the newly announced ones really seemed like AAA hitters.
I agree Nintendo probably has it in the bag, just because a new console announcement is always going to garner more attention than additional software/hardware or new partnerships, but I wouldn't say MS and Sony were on par. I think Microsoft was a total flop, just as bad as the Riiiiiiidge Raaaacer Sony conference years ago. Maybe not as embarrassing, but it was just flat out boring and didn't really bring anything substantial to the table. All it seemed to do was seal the fact that this generation of consoles is on the downward slop and it's getting closer to bringing out new hardware. I think Kinect is going to be a total failure in the long run. It had good sales, so in that aspect it has already succeeded, but I just don't think it's going to hold people's attention for years, and with the money MS is investing in it and the push they are giving developers to support it, they must really have faith it's going to be around for the long haul.
To me, that's just damaging the 360's reputation has a core platform. Developers are spending more time and resources on Kinect games or Kinect features in games, which is hurting people like me, like us, who aren't really interested in that technology. At least with Sony and 3D tech and Move it's unnecessary extras that aren't really impacting core players. You you play all of these games without 3D, it doesn't really make a difference. The Move, while it's getting it's own Move enabled games and other games that utilize it, still seems like a side gimmick that you can just ignore. It's fucking impossible to ignore Kinect. It's all over my dashboard, it's all over both core and casual games, it's all developers are talking about when they discuss games on the 360, and it's a much bigger investment than 3D technology or Move.
Maybe I'm looking at this from a core gamers perspective, and not a business perspective, but I just feel like it does not have lasting appeal. I think Nintendo beat them to the punch long ago, and they came late to the party, bringing dated hardware that Nintendo has already perfected, and now tomorrow Nintendo has the possibility of announcing more innovative hardware that's going to just shit on motion gaming. What does Kinect do at that point? If Kinect is Microsoft's last stand for the Xbox 360, it's a weak one, and will probably be the nail in the coffin until new hardware is announced. Even third party games aren't the force they once were on the 360, look at all the exclusive deals Sony is making with developers/publishers for games like Saints Row and Bioshock Infinite, while MS focuses on Kinect.
With that said, as a "core" gamer, I'm also getting pretty burned out on these rehashed games. As repetitive as it might be, the FPS genre is so over saturated, I'm rarely excited for any new FPS. The only FPS I'm truly looking forward to is Battlefield 3, because I enjoy a good, competitive FPS game, and that's really the only option besides Modern Warfare 3, which looks painfully bland and unimaginative. Rage, Gears of War, Ghost Recon (not really FPS, but close enough,) Resistance, Call of Duty, FarCry, The Darkness, and even Bioshock Infinite, I'm not really excited for. Hell, I'm more hyped for the new Rayman and Sly Cooper game. I think this is why for a while I've just been more interested in news of Indie games than big blockbusters. At least Indie games still have the unique opportunity to take chances and be creative, and it's more fun to pay $10 and get a fresh (or at least fresher) experience than it is to pay $60 and trudge through another brown and gray atmosphere shooting at some terrorist I couldn't give a fuck about.
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