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Has Next Gen Gaming Lived Up To Previous Gens?

So far this gen has all been about motion control and/or pushing graphics to their fullest. While some games try to imitate life graphically, currently none has been able to draw you into the game world and make you connect with the character(s) emotionally.

Some have tried. Heavenly Sword and Metal Gear Solid 4 are a couple of examples. However, MGS4 failed in comparison to it’s predecessor MGS3. The ending to MGS3: Snake Eater had me talking for weeks.

I can remember my first play through of Final Fantasy 7. By the time I reached the end of the first disc, I was drawn into the story. Sephiroth had to pay for what he’d done to Aeris. Nothing was more important than finding Cloud after they became separated . So far this gen, there seem to be few rpgs or other genres that have come close to that kind of emotion.

The 1st and 3rd Devil May Cry games were all about action, but you actually cared to see Dante and Virgil beat each other up in the 3rd game. You wanted Dante to settle the score with his brother after their first encounter…or at least I did. 

On the bright side, there’s still Heavy Rain. HR seems to promise an emotional roller-coaster ride and realistic graphics at the same time. We’ll have to wait and see if it delivers.

I realize not everyone wants to get heavily involved in a story in video games. Most people are satisfied with killing as many zombies/aliens/and everything else that moves as they can. But the way I see it, if developers want to make games more realistic, then they need to reach beyond graphics.