16 December, 2006
A short but deep challenge this week:
What is one of the most innovative console games from the last 2 years? What is one of the least innovative console games during the last 2 years? Focus on console games, if you will. But, if you’re not a console gamer a PC game is fine. Give your rationale for your choices. Pick at least one, but you can go up to 5.
My choices are after the break.
One of the most innovative games, in my opinion, is probably Brain Age. This type of game isn’t 100% original, but the marketing toward older players was brilliant. This spawned a lot of other games that followed in the same mold. I also think Guitar Hero was pretty cool. One could argue that this type of game has been done, either as other rhythm games (DDR or Samba de Amigo) or even as Guitar Freaks (although it was mostly available in Japan). But, the combination of the this type of gameplay with American (and U.K.) rock songs was a brilliant stroke. Konami obviously missed the boat by not bringing over something similar given the popularity of DDR.
For least innovative, I’ll have to bag on poor old Madden. It’s the classic example of just improving a few things while updating stats. To be fair, they have tried to do some new things such as the first-person camera, but there’s a reason why the game can come out once a year when the normal development cycle for a game is about 2 years.
So, what’s your thoughts? What’s innovative and what is just too derivative?