All Things Tarun

  • 02:58:55 pm on June 19, 2010 | 0
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    This year at E3 we saw many game debuts that excited the crowd. Not because they were new, fresh concepts that could spawn franchises as big as Mario or Zelda, but instead games that actually revisited the roots of these great franchises. It seems the new wave of games coming for the next two years really seem to go back to the original, flagship games of the Big 3 consoles and perfect them for the latest 3D or HD phase.

    For example, Goldeneye 007 is being remade with Daniel Craig at the helm. Goldeneye’s trailer even suggests that “what ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The multiplayer seems to feel the same way and even the graphics of the game looks crappy.

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3KqiZr-AjI&w=320%5D

    Oh nostalgia, how I missed thee. Nintendo also teased a new Zelda, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Metroid and even NBA Jam (“You’re on FIRE”, Nintendo!). Actually, Nintendo is notorious for this sort of thing, but this is a bit extreme isn’t it?

    It’s not only Nintendo finding games in the back of the closet to redo: XBox decided to reach for Fatalities, Master Chief, and of course MGS and COD and GoW and Assassin’s Creed: 3000 (seriously when is that company going to leave the dude’s mind alone already). Sony was the only company that seemed to show some new moves, but even then they borrowed a page from the Wii by releasing the magic wand thing.

    So, I say this and come off maybe as annoyed. Actually, I think it is a useful formula to reinvent and revisit games. Especially if the franchise is re-imagined, as it will be for Goldeneye. Zelda is a useful addition and I’m a huge fan of the series. Maybe I’m annoyed because it is coming on the Wii (which is god awful for most games in general to play, perhaps because I’m a purist that likes a controller with a joystick). But, I won’t let the industry off the hook. In fact, I heard on the radio (I think via TWiT) that this will only allow for a major surge in the PC gaming market for a while. That’s good because the competition will definitely drive the consoles to just do something with the games – not just the systems.

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