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February 14, 2012
 

Chris’ Controversial Corner: No Hard Feelings

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Ladies and gentlemen, I have a treat for you because I saw something that could not go unpunished for being such an incredible waste of an article. As much as I hate the idea of promoting this article, you have to read it to understand. Gamingbolt recently published an article in which they listed ten games that need to die or take a break. We’ve all seen our fair share of articles such as this, but this one stands out for all of the wrong reasons. Normally these articles target game franchises that aren’t doing well either critically or commercially, but are released on an annual or semi-annual schedule. However, this article takes things to an extreme by not targeting poor performers, instead targeting some of the biggest franchises in the industry. This wouldn’t be so bothersome if the author had provided some valid arguments instead of rambling like an idiot making the same point for every game on the list. Even worse, he picked the most obvious argument for each, and even contradicts himself several times when he says why people do not like them. I could go on all day about how this is stupid, instead I’m going to tell you why he is wrong. One game at a time.

The Legend of Zelda

First off, did anyone read that first paragraph and see what I saw? “that while are giving”. I’m not trying to be a jerk about this, but come on. The article lost a lot of credibility right there. As far as Zelda goes, he is very quick to point out how much everyone likes Zelda. Not the argument I would make in favor of my selection if I was him. He goes on to mention that Gamingbolt gave Skyward Sword 9.5 out of 10. That’s a fantastic score for a game in a series that supposedly needs to die or take a break. He says that Skyward Sword changes things a lot, but then says it is the same thing as every other Zelda. Quite the contradiction we have here. Last I checked Skyward Sword is nothing like the original Zelda. Zelda has made a drastic shift in the last 25 years. That is why it has been able to stand the test of time while so many other franchises have not. He says people want change and people want growth. How about the evolution of Zelda as a motion game? How about using the Wind Walker style to make one of the best games ever to release on the DS? I’d call that enough of a change to warrant the scores those games have been receiving. He says nothing is wrong with Zelda, but then says it is tiresome. What sense does that make? Besides, it isn’t often that we get a new Zelda game. The way I see it, the current time between releases works for Zelda and quality never seems to suffer. Keep up the good work Nintendo.

Just try and tell me this is how you thought you would be playing Zelda 25 years later.

Call of Duty

Oh Call of Duty, it seems like every year you have new fans and new haters. This is one of the only games on this list I could agree with, but again, Gamingbolt contradicts itself with its own review scores. After giving Modern Warfare 3 a 10 the author goes on to say it was the same game as 2007, 2008, and so on and so forth. All I’m hearing is that according to Gamingbolt this is the best series ever, of all time. They say the changes between entries are so minor they could be considered DLC for other games. This point is hardly arguable, even to the biggest of COD haters. You don’t give a game a 10 if nothing changes from year to year, and you most certainly don’t give it a 10 if you consider it no better than DLC. Want to know the best part? He was the one who gave Modern Warfare 3 a 10. This guy gives the game the highest possible score he can, and then rips it for not being innovative only a few months later. Guess what buddy? That 10 helped Activision pull in millions more and you better believe they aren’t thinking innovation while they are raking in hundreds of millions hand over fist. You’re part of the problem.

Need For Speed

He is correct about Criterion revitalizing the Need for Speed franchise. There is no doubt in my mind that without Hot Pursuit, not to mention the excellent Need for Speed Shift, Need for Speed would be a dead on arrival series. I cannot agree that the series is being milked, at least not to the point it was a few years ago. I give a lot of credit to EA for trying some different things with the long running franchise. Sure The Run turned out to be a bit of a dud; at least they tried to do something new and exciting for the franchise. If you then say “Well sorry EA but I guess you’ll have to shelve Need for Speed until I feel it is good again,” then you are holding the series back. They won’t always get it right, but if EA learns from its mistakes as it did in the past, then the series will only get better as a result.

Final Fantasy

Let’s be honest. Sure Final Fantasy hasn’t been on its a-game lately with XIII and XIV, but the games still sell, fans still enjoy them, and the series is not being milked. XIII-2 was logical if not a bit premature. The world in which XIII takes place has a great deal of potential and I think it offered the best opportunity for expansion for any Final Fantasy game. Plus, XIII-2 was an opportunity to try and show fans that Square was listening and that their feedback was important. As far as the other two games are concerned, (Versus XIII and Type-O) they were both announced many years ago and have just been a part of an unfortunately long development cycle. You can’t turn around and use that as an argument that the franchise is being milked, it’s not like they were announced just yesterday.

If you don't like it, don't give it a 10

Assassins Creed

Assassins Creed is a tough one to call. It seems that every entry since Assassins Creed 2 has taken one step forward, one step back, and one step sideways, never making the forward progress it needs to stay relevant and keep gamers happy. It is clear that people want more Assassins Creed, and while I don’t think the series has reached the point where it need to be on this list, it is getting close. If the addition of multiplayer weren’t as successful as it is it might be a different story, but for now Assassins Creed does enough to make the yearly entries since 2009 worthwhile.

God of War

Is this a joke? Seriously? The last God of War game released was in 2010 on the PSP. The last on consoles may have been earlier that year, but they were different developers and both were considered among the best games to come out that year. Now with rumors of a fourth game God of War is being milked? In seven years there have been five games. Three of them were on consoles and only one of those three released on the PS3 while the other two were rays of hope for the quality starving PSP. Let me tell you, I’d bet any amount of money that any developer out there would kill for the track record God of War has with both critics and gamers alike. You can talk about the gameplay being the same all you want, but last I checked many have tried to do what God of War does and no one has done it better, or even to their level. When you’re the best at something, you keep on trying to stay the best at it. More God of War is always a good thing in my book. I see a severe lack of God of War on the Vita, so here’s hoping for that to quickly be resolved.

Say break again! I dare you, I double dare you!

Fable

Yeah, I actually agree with this one. Fable never lived up to its potential and at this rate, never will. This is the only game that deserves to be on a list like this.

Uncharted

I don’t even want to justify this with a response, but I’ll do it anyway. If God of War being on this list was a joke, then this is a sign of a delusional mind. Uncharted is the premier PlayStation exclusive. Each new entry has left in its wake a trail of high scores and satisfied fans. Everyone knew Naughty Dog was good, but Uncharted put them on an entirely new level. Every two years feels like just the right amount of time for a game like this. It gives players ample opportunity to enjoy the game while giving Naughty Dog enough time to make the next game stand out even more so than the last. Putting Uncharted on hold is like taking your star quarterback out of the game in the Super Bowl because he played all season and telling him it’s time for someone else to have a turn. I for one can’t wait to see what’s next for Drake.

Forza 4

Forza has been this generations highest rated racing series, and for good reason. From the selection of cars to the standout visuals, each entry has made a lasting mark on the racing game scene and has emerged as the biggest challenger to Gran Turismo’s legacy. You don’t put a game like this on hold; you take what you have already established as an industry leading racing game and continue to build upon it in new and exciting ways. Then again, it can be hard to innovate when it seems like most don’t even try to compete on the same level. I’m not saying that is the correct mindset, but it is just like Call of Duty. Until you demand change, there will be no change, and that goes for gamers and for other developers. If a game like Gran Turismo doesn’t make a dent in Forza, why should Forza change?

He didn't start the flame war

Fifa

It’s a sports game, but the best one out there. What do you expect? Don’t like it? Go play PES. EA knows you’ll be back, you always come back. Nobody likes PES.

 

It seems as though the main point of this list is that there are a lot of sequels coming out. That would explain why the only argument he could come up with was that they are the same as last year. Well go figure, they are sequels. Sequels share many similarities to the game that preceded them. Know why? Because they are based off of them. Maybe instead of writing this worthless article he could have brought forward some points about the industry needing more original titles. But then again, this is the same guy who gave Modern Warfare a 10, so he’s probably one of those people who only buys the original games out of the bargain bin.

Don’t get me wrong guys, I’m not out to bash people for the hell of it, that’s not what I’m about or this editorial. I encourage him to keep writing articles because being able to express your opinion for all to see is a unique opportunity when your work for a site like that, but just don’t write stupid articles just to get to the top 5 of N4G. Your dignity isn’t worth it. Neither is having your intelligence brought into question by everyone who comments on your post. That is usually a bad sign.

No hard feelings.

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