Playing through Darksiders 3, it represents a continued lack of understanding that game developers have about From Software’s formula when it comes to Dark Souls and Souls-Likes. The only 3D game I’ve played that were the closest to capturing that magic was Nioh. However, so many established studios and first timers continue to fail when it comes to learning what made this franchise work.
Realism has been a never-ending mission for game developers since the days of the Atari. Over this past decade, we have seen game designs that attempt to simulate elements as realistically as possible and game engines that push graphical fidelity close to real-life. However, realism often gets in the way of accessibility and playability, and leads to me ask: is there such a thing as too much realism?
Recently I had a chance to play through Yooka-Laylee: A game pitched, designed, and executed as a throwback to 90’s 3D platforming. The game wasn’t bad, but it didn’t do anything to stand out in terms of design. With how hit-driven game development is, does playing it safe not work anymore?
This past week was the annual Bliz-Con where fans of Blizzard’s titles from around the world join in on celebrating the company and getting big reveals. Blizzard is a company that is fueled by its fandom, and that fandom is a perfect example of the impact of lore and lore-building has on elevating a video game.