We are in a market saturated with game sequels, and that is both a good and bad thing. Good because if there is a game world you like that did well on the market, there is a chance you will be able to visit it again. Bad because the influx of sequels tend to keep some truly original game concepts at bay. But you know what I have noticed lately? There are plenty of good current games getting sequels but there are a TON of seventh generation games that, as great as they were, got ignored or shuffled aside. Maybe now would be a good time for developers to start looking back to move forward. What I am talking about is giving us some awesome eighth generation sequels to some badass and much beloved seventh generation games.
I will start this with a disclaimer. If you have not ever played any Team Ico games (namely, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus) you may not want to read this. Only because Team Ico makes a very specific type of game (one that tears out your heart and eats it like George R. R. Martin would) and I don’t want to ruin their other games for the few of you who may not have experienced them yet. By the way, they are brilliant games and you have no excuse, so run and get along with that so the adults can talk. Talk about how The Last Guardian looks like it is going to stick with Team Ico’s trend of making you fall in love with something and then forcing you to deal with its death (and maybe even your own). A game that looks like it could be its own Pixar movie. A game that people have been drooling about for for almost a decade now. A game that has moved its development across game generations and consoles. I am talking about The Last Guardian, and it’s potential to be one of the greatest video games ever made if they actually deliver what they seem to be promising.
Being born into the era when the Nintendo Entertainment System was growing in popularity, I had no choice growing up but to be a hardcore gamer. Why? There were no easy games. Hell, there were rarely even save points or passwords. If you wanted to beat a game (think Mega Man series or Mike Tyson’s Punchout) you HAD to become, essentially, perfect at these games. There was NO room for error. You either were perfect, or you didn’t beat the game. Though it drove me insane and caused me to smash many a controller, I WAS a hardcore gamer. The reason I was a hardcore gamer was because I had no other choice. There were no alternatives. All the best games were hard as f*ck to beat. But then something happened as the console age evolved. We slowly got the option to become casual gamers. Gone were the rage quits and broken controllers. Now WE were in control of how much of a game we saw, and we didn’t need to scream and punch walls to get there. It was nice for a moment. Then the Dark Souls series came out and pushed us all into two schools, no questions asked. You were either a hardcore gamer, or a casual gamer. Allow me a moment to explain both, as I have been both.
There are video games that transcend their medium. They transport you into a different world that is so engrossing, it actually starts feeling real to you. Though these game worlds are few and far between (think Rapture from the original Bioshock as another example), when they happen, they stick with you. Not just for days or for weeks, but for life. Much in the same way a favorite book or favorite song would. It just settles down in your soul and never leaves. When I look upon my last twenty years of gaming, I genuinely believe no game has achieved that quite as perfectly as Last Of Us did. From the scares to the combat to the pacing and narrative, Last Of Us might just be the single greatest game ever made. Yes, that was just put into print. Before you toss me to a pile of ‘clickers’ please just hear me out first. By the way, SPOILERS AHEAD, obviously.
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