Last week we wrapped up my Borderlands series, and this coming week will be the start of my series on Wolfenstein: The New Colossus. These things generally take months to write, so it’s time for me to begin work on the next one. I’ve got a few candidates I’ve been batting around, and I thought I’d discuss the pros and cons of writing about each one.
Fallout 4 is obviously a game people never get tired of talking about. I’ve had a few essays on it lingering in Google docs for over a year now. The problem is that it feels a bit like beating a dead horse. There are things wrong with the game, and I think Bethesda knows they’re wrong and I think they don’t care. This series would be less about constructive criticism and more about cathartic bitching and moaning. Also, writing this series means playing through the game without mods, and that’s not a lot of fun for me. So the main thing holding this series back is basic laziness.
It might be interesting to do a deep dive on Grand Theft Auto V. (And do a bit of a retrospective on the series as a whole.) I’m conflicted about this game. It’s probably one of the greatest feats of open-world construction I’ve ever seen and some of it can be really fun, but I can’t stand the game’s snarky Holden Caulfield approach to comedy where the writers just piss all over a strawman caricature of American culture and accuse everyone of being phonies. I enjoy playing this game, but sometimes I want to punch it in the face. So that might make for a worthwhile discussion.
Arkham Knight. This is a game made with the best of intentions that – in my estimation – was a horrible misfire that harmed the core elements that made the series great in order to sell an obnoxious and shallow tank fighting game that nobody asked for. The story is wrong, the characters are wrong, the gameplay is wrong, and even the art is wrong. I hesitate to do this one since I’d have almost nothing positive to say. I mean, I enjoyed playing Fallout 4 despite its willful stupidity, but I really hated most of Arkham Knight.
If I’m in the mood to write something positive, I could always do a retrospective on Half-Life 2 and the episodes. The thing is, I sorta did that way back in 2007. It only covers Episode 2 and it’s not up to my standards of today, but I’m not sure it’s worth a re-write.
I might eventually cover Prey 2017. It’s another game I really like and I’ll have positive and negative things to say about it. I played through the game four times in 2017, so I don’t want to cover it soon. I want to spend some time away from the game before I do another batch of runs.
Another idea I’ve been kicking around is a possible Deus Ex series, starting with the original, skimming Invisible War because I never want to play through that again, and then ending with the modern games. This would probably be a really long series and there’s no way I could play all three games and finish the writing before New Colossus ended. So this idea will probably stay on the back burner until I get some ridiculous lead time going.
So that’s what I’m considering: GTA V, Fallout 4, Arkham Knight, Prey, and someday maybe Deus Ex. I’m not looking for votes or anything. Consider this an open thread to discuss the games in question.
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