Verno wrote on Jun 5, 2012, 11:22:
Changing the game to be entirely action oriented also affects how you perceive the atmosphere. It's hard to appreciate a horrible situation if your adrenaline is always kicked up to 10 which is why the moments of quiet were so important in the previous games.
Jerykk wrote on Jun 5, 2012, 00:13:
I'm pretty sure the actual game will be even more of a shooter than the previous ones. They've added a cover system and enemies that use guns. Also, ammo is universal now and more plentiful, which suggests that there will be a lot more shooting. The E3 demo walkthrough was almost entirely shooting.
Jerykk wrote on Jun 3, 2012, 19:47:
TFU being "good" is a bit of a stretch. It was mediocre at best. The PC port was downright awful. TFU2 was awful as well.
The side-missions were literally the exact same thing over and over. "Go destroy this truck caravan" or "go kill this dude." There are only so many ways you can go about completing the exact same missions over and over. The stealth mechanics are pretty half-assed and there's no diplomacy route, so your choices basically boil down to what weapons you use. Not exactly a lot of interesting choice there.
Jerykk wrote on Jun 3, 2012, 01:27:
LucasArts hasn't released a good game in years and Star Wars has been thoroughly milked. I think those are pretty decent reasons to be negative.
Far Cry 2 had some cool ideas but the execution was pretty terrible. There were also a lot of design choices that were just outright retarded. Who thought it was a good idea to instantly respawn enemies as soon as you leave an area? Who thought it was a good idea to force the player to regularly take malaria pills? Who thought it was a good idea to have extremely generic side-missions where you literally do the exact same thing over and over? Having potential alone doesn't make for a great game. You actually have to deliver on that potential.
noman wrote on Jun 1, 2012, 21:09:
Clint Hocking, the lead designer of Far Cry 2, joined LucasArts last year and has been working on an unannounced title. I hope Star Wars 1313 turns out to be that project. Could be a very good game.
Verno wrote on Jun 1, 2012, 14:32:
I really liked The Force Unleashed for what it was (played it on the consoles) but I can see why people are skeptical since good SW games are pretty rare these days.
Verno wrote on Jun 1, 2012, 11:39:
Doom 3 is the third iteration and nowhere in the preview material back then did I hear them mention wanting to get back to the root of early Doom 1 gameplay.
Incidentally Rage suffers from similar problems. It apes many modern features and takes inspiration from other games but never really goes anywhere with them. Everything is rudimentary or implemented in a "safe" way so that they don't stray too far from their roots. I think its an id problem in general, they've never been able to decide if they're going to fully embrace newer gameplay design/mechanics or not.
Verno wrote on Jun 1, 2012, 13:20:
Are they really skeptical for the sake of being so though? There seems to be plenty of precedent in having low expectations. There's what, a handful or so of decent Star Wars games? Not many of them recent entries either. Put that against dozens of bad ones and LucasArts being really inconsistent in how it treats devs over the years.
Verno wrote on May 31, 2012, 12:50:
It is a different game though, it's more of a slow paced plodder with artificial gimmicks to induce tension. The flashlight implementation was an incredibly lazy design choice, I'm surprised to hear anyone defend it. The real problem with Doom 3 was that it should have been a more linear experience without things like monster closets, you can see they wanted to make something almost akin to Dead Space. They straddled the line with trying to accommodate fans and the traditional genre though. So they ended up with something in between that was disappointing to many.
Theo wrote on May 31, 2012, 11:52:
Masseffect 1 on the 360 minght be the worst game of all time in terms of technology; it performs like shit and has pop in no matter what - Me2 is fine tho.