True & Honest Fan
- Jun 18, 2019
I could be wrong but wasn't Cuphead funded with Microsoft's money and was originally going to be an Xbox One exclusive?Cuphead
People have been clamoring for another crash for the last 15 years, if it hasn't happened by now it's not going to happen in the way people want another 1983 style crash, things are too decentralized now.we need another crash so things can get better before they get worse.
BURN IT ALL TO THE GROUND!
This is one thing where you don't see enough credit given, most AAA games are not really terrible in the way something like E.T. was terrible, usually they're just mediocre, but there's a way higher standard of quality control within the AAA sphere than there used to be, although the irony is now digital marketplaces are a sea of shovelware, but at least you don't have as much crap clogging store shelves.2. A LOT more people play video games now, so there is much greater demand for quality control. I don't see very many truly terrible games being made anymore by non-Indie studios (i.e. E.T: The Extraterrestrial for the Atari 2600) but I also see fewer groundbreaking ones like Doom (which made FPS explode in popularity). When I play a bad game it's more forgettable than it is offensively bad, and most good games are interesting but very few of them become all-time favorites.
Another thing people don't give enough credit for, the death of shoddy movie tie in games, from the NES days all the way to the PS2 almost every blockbuster type movie of note got a game that was mediocre to terrible with very rare exceptions like Escape From Butcher Bay.
These days there's still throwaway phone games to tie in with movies but again, at least that stuff isn't clogging store shelves.
That stuff is just terrible, whatever happened to the days where you'd buy a fucking game and that was that?3. Shady monetization schemes are the things I hate the most about newer games. I don't like lootbox gambling systems, buy stuff with in-game currency to win, and buy the DLC to see the true ending bullshit that I've seen with some games such as Dead Space 3. The AAA studios pull this kind of crap the most, so a lot of what I play are AA or Indie games.
Wasteland 2, Thimbleweed Park and Bloodstained are good, but yeah, a lot of Kickstarter stuff turned out to be a lot of hot air.4. I don't know why people invest in Kickstarter games. They take forever to release a lot of the time if they release at all. Also, they often don't turn out to be what people expected. You'd be better off donating your money to charity since you can at least take a deduction. Just because a dev made a great game in 1993 doesn't mean he will succeed today.
Are devs even really doing the crowdfunding thing anymore? I can't think of another recent campaigns of note, seems like a trend that has already come and gone.
It's only in recent years has it really gotten intolerable, I miss stuff like Battlefield 1 which was mildly Woke but not in a way that ruined the game.5. The "woke" stuff is annoying, but it's usually AAA devs that go overboard with this kind of stuff. There are a few Indies that have always been like this but I can still find plenty of Indies and AA games that aren't preachy with their politics.
Last of Us 2 on the other hand? Yikes.
And thank goodness for that since gaming journalism died, I miss when just reading a simple review would suffice.6. It's easier than ever before to find out if a game is shit because you have people streaming them or making YouTube videos before the games are released. As a result, I am generally satisfied with what I buy.
This is the truth.PS2 was the last great console, gaming peaked during 5th and 6th gen, when it was as mainstream as it ever needed to be.
There really was a wild level of creativity seen during that time that you very rarely see these days.