In this week’s column I bring some words of caution to a few of the hyped games at E3, although I’m not sure they’re needed. I think a lot of people were already skeptical of these games, not to mention the new motion controls.
There are some games I’m looking forward to, but almost all of them are aiming for 2011. (And I’m sure some of those will slip to 2012.) Portal, DC Universe Online, Star Wars The Old Republic, Mass Effect 3. Usually E3 feels like a preview for the holiday season, but this year it feels like a preview for next year. Although, I haven’t run the numbers. It’s entirely possible the distribution of release dates is the same, but my interest level isn’t.
About the only thing I care about right now – and I’m aware of how strange this sounds coming from me – is Fallout Vegas. It goes something like this:
New Vegas will be a disaster, just like Fallout 3.
But this game is by Obsidian.
But Obsidian has a reputation for shoddy work and bad endings.
But they seem to be saying all the right things in interviews.
But the trailer was an insult to the series.
But the trailer is just for FPS fans and not for RPG fans.
But Alpha Protocol seems to suffer from a lot of classic Obsidian problems.
But since both games were under development at the same time, this game must be coming from a different group of people.
This can’t save it from the prevailing console-itis.
But it will be using the established PC-focused Bethesda tools.
Which always seem to produce buggy games.
But this is a refinement of existing tech, not an overhaul, so they’re building on established tech, which you are always saying is the key to success!
…and so on. This could go either way. It’s simply too close to know how it will turn out. It’s like the pod race in Phantom Menace, except I care.
C++ is a wonderful language for making horrible code.
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A Lack of Vision and Leadership
People fault EA for being greedy, but their real sin is just how terrible they are at it.
Mass Effect Retrospective
A novel-sized analysis of the Mass Effect series that explains where it all went wrong. Spoiler: It was long before the ending.