Monday, July 8, 2013

Disconnected from the past

I don't want to talk about Fuse anymore. It blows my mind that the same people who did this

Ratchet, there is no Santa Claus. And God is dead.
did this:

Chest high walls! Grey everywhere! What's not to love?
It's not bad, it's worse. Fuse was boring. Ratchet and Clank was never boring, it was colorful and whimsical and an absolute blast to play. Insomniac knows how to make a shooter, I actually liked the Resistance games. What they don't know how to do is fight back against EA when EA is footing the bill for a game and decides that it needs to look just like everything else.

Ratchet and Clank: Full Frontal Assault can be forgiven because my own inadequacies were the problem. I am sure it was, at worst, an average MOBA. It just wasn't what I wanted. Fuse, though? Nobody wants this. Now I will pretend that it didn't happen and eagerly wait for a new Ratchet and Clank on the the PS4.

...

Right after my whiny doldrums post on Friday I remembered that there was a new Walking Dead episode out. Not really a full episode, mind you, just a few hours to set up Season 2. A few hours with all new characters that I don't care about. There was no mention of anyone from Season 1, not even a hint as to what happened to Clementine after she shot Lee in the face.

400 Days is a teaser designed to get the player ready for Season 2 and set up who is going to be there via choices the player made. The same illusion of choice is present, and it still worked, but without any emotional investment the difficult decisions were not quite as difficult. It will all tie back into previous events somehow, and I am too invested to not play through Season 2 when it comes out, but I am not excited.

I'm worried.

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