Last week a news piece that surprised everyone was revealed: Irrational Games is being closed following the release of the final Burial at Sea DLC. To say that this news was unexpected would be an understatement and is something that I really want to talk about.
Sometimes I can be thick when it comes to spotting an annoying pattern of game design, but this time I have the excuse of not having the money to buy too many AAA games.
Thanks to sales and such, I’ve been going through the backlog of AAA titles released and I noticed a pattern of content: third or first person shooting with excessive violence thrown in. When someone like me who has been playing video games for over 25 years has to stop and take notice, you know there is a problem.
We come to the final part for this series examining the worlds that modern AAA titles are built on. When we look at older series that tried to take place in the real world, there were a lot of unrealistic aspects of game design we had to ignore due to the fact that technology wasn’t at the point to show it all.
But with today’s graphics engines and millions spent on development, world design still feels trapped in the past.
Bioshock Infinite was a game that I wasn’t intending on playing, but thanks to a gift from a friend and everyone talking about it I decided to load it up.
Now, I may be the best (or worst) person to examine Bioshock Infinite as I disliked the first Bioshock and found it to be one of the most overrated games of the last decade: too much style, not enough substance. With Infinite, this is the third game in the series and the second one by Irrational Games. So, is third time’s the charm for me, or is it a case of crash and burn ?