It is sad that anticipation for new games (particularly sequels) is so often a potent cocktail of both excitement and dread.
It seems sad we are all so worried about games falling short of our expectations. Are we too picky? Are games declining in quality? Are they losing a certain charm in their commercialization? Or are games simply over hyped?
The latter seems accurate, over extending promises and hyping games likely culprits.
I found Fable I to be one of the best games I've played. I was just about 7, I liked the box art, bought it, and fell in love with the beautiful environments, simplistic RPG elements, bright characters and interesting plot.
Years pass, and hype anticipating the release of Fable II reaches my ears, particularly Lionhead studios notorious blabber mouth Peter Molyneux's moronic statements - "It will be the greatest game of all time." I thought Fable II was a decent offering, but fell short on too many of the claims made such as proper co-op, interaction with the your dog, and the general options and choices offered within the game.
Fable III will be released next week and I'm terrified. I've been trying to ignore everything about it, but its hard to overlook now broken promises of Kinect (microsoft's new motion based controller) compatibility, and more grandiose claims by Molyneux. Which is sad, because the man is obviously an incredibly talented developer, and is always hilarious when he speaks. But some things he says must just leave his fellow developers face palming behind curtains.
It seems no coincidence that the amount of hype I have been exposed to concerning Fable titles has risen with my amount of skepticism and inevitable disappointment.
Certainly, not all games fail due to hype, Halo reach being a brilliant example - but hopefully on Tuesday I won't have one of my fondest childhood gaming memories dragged through shit by another mediocre, disappointing game that fulfills none of the promises made.
|Peter Molyneux - please refrain from talking.|