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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2012-07-18 08:29:06
Military Shooter Fatigue
And here I go ripping into EA for a second straight day. I realize that they have every right to pursue whatever business model they see fit, but do their executives have to keep insulting my intelligence? A different one, seemingly each passing day, spews needless and facile equivocation. I give them my money; is it too much to ask that they stop shoveling their public relations disingenuous at me? Just. Stay. Quiet.
There was a time when I was STARVED for military style shooters. Now we've got Modern Warfare, Black Ops, Battlefield, Medal of Honor, and Ghost Recon churning out rehashed sequel after sequel. They're all blurring into one meta-franchise with naught to meaningfully differentiate between them.
From the previous generation, before this glut, Ghost Recon 2, Rainbow Six 3, and Full Spectrum Warrior stand out in my memory. The latter in particular, emphasized genuinely *tactical* play. That word is COMPLETELY MEANINGLESS now, in the watered down way that it's bandied about in marketing pitches and bullet points. Modern Warfare 2 sent the entire industry exploding down a particular direction, and no matter how good those concepts were, we've long since rocketed past the point of over-saturation.
Please, we need genuine differentiation (not doubletalk) and interesting new ideas. Or even old ones that never got their due. You know, like actual tactics beyond hiding behind cover until your screen is no longer red.