I find it very surprising that this past summer movie season has seen a few good original ideas like Pacific Rim and Elysium, with that in mind it makes me wonder if I’ll ever be able to say the same about video games. This is an industry that is practically built on sequels, most of which do little more than rehash the first game. It pains me that old ideas continue to sell because there are plenty of sequels that don’t have any need to exist. Every video game has this apparent goal of selling well enough to justify making another one. Is making money the only thing that developers care about?
I’ve always believed that any story, be it a novel, movie, or a game should stand on its own. There are plenty of games I can think of shouldn’t have gotten a sequel, such as God of War, Bioshock and Dragon Age: Origins. These are all games that told a complete story and left little room for expansion. There was no need to continue, and the sequels to all three of these games do pretty much the same thing that the first games do. Games like Bioshock; Infinite are a different story as it does a lot of things differently with the original game in both gameplay and story (mind you I haven’t played it yet) , but that makes me wonder why it can’t be a completely different game entirely. Every single video game franchise, from Halo to Metal Gear Solid started with an original idea that was successful enough to merit a sequel.
This upcoming Tuesday (the 21st if you’re counting), Microsoft will reveal their next Xbox console to the world, bringing the video games industry even closer to the eighth generation of video game consoles. This month, there has been lots of speculation and predictions of the capabilities of this new Xbox. There are rumors of the console requiring a constant internet connection and then subsequent rumors that deny this claim. There have speculations on the look of both the console itself and the controller, and just about everyone has a different name for this new console. I feel the need to throw my hat into the ring. So here it is. This is what you can expect from the next Xbox.