Fighting the good fight!
- Aug 13, 2008
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An an aside, am I the only one who absolutely despises "linear adventure" games?
Linear adventure games can be good -- they just are more difficult to make, and appeal to a smaller audience.
Hell, the best games I have ever played were linear games; like Xenogears and Final Fantasy. Non-linear, open world games are different experiences, and are more about gameplay than storytelling. Some games can be a happy blend of both, like Knights of the Old Republic, or the sequels to Mass Effect.
But market demands really shift production budgets such that traditional "adventure" games barely exist anymore. Games like Blade Runner, Police Quest, Myst, Gabriel Knight (the old Sierra games in general)... There are few games as good as Blade Runner or Gabriel Knight (a masterpiece of a game) out today, and that genre doesn't even exist anymore.
And when you think back to those games, they all had strong foundations in their story; which meant, relying on a great fantasy or sci-fi writer.
I think Life Is Strange is a good example of a game with decent writing that presented a somewhat compelling, albeit pedestrian, story.. Very Young Adult book feel to it, but, well done nonetheless.