So, I was watching the Netflix movie BLAME! the other day and it reminded me of how I once had an insatiable appetite for games that told great (and sometimes even not so great) stories.
Half Life, System Shock, Fallout, Diablo, even the comparatively straightforward Doom would keep me glued to my PC for hours, lost in the pixelated tales they wove and driven by the ticking narrative doomsday clock that only I could stop.
And it occurred to me that I hadn’t really had a great story driven game in a very, very long time.
Open world games, on the other hand, were something I used to dream of immersing myself in and are now not uncommon. But, while their expansiveness is sometimes breathtaking, I’ve often found that the ability to stop defeating ultimate evil so I could go fishing for a few days or mine moon gold really takes the wind out of a story’s sails😄.
For instance, while I love having the galaxy spread out before me in Elite, the (undoubtedly true) realization that most planets are either gas giants or rocky crater scapes tends to produce a sort of planetary ennui in me. I’m not searching for the Net Zero Gene, or the Cosmo DNA, or trying to stop Shodan.
In short, I, as the gamer, don’t really matter.
So, I’d be interested in what all your feelings are about it. Are there any games in the pipeline that you loved or are eagerly looking forward to?
Or, is the great age of computer storytelling a thing of the past?