Titanfall and inFamous have seen their fair share of praise and critical acclaim but both have glaring faults which have been overlooked. This is of course due to a drought in gaming goodness for the supposed ‘next-gen’ consoles. It’s been a long, cold, dry spell if you’re an Xbox One or PS4 owner. Never in the history of the Playstation or Xbox have I ever been so bored or underwhelmed by the offerings a few months in to their console lives. Have they just capitalized on a severe lack of games for each system or did we actually start believing the hype?
Before I start the rant
First things first, I am not saying that either game is particularly bad in anyway. I have discussed Titanfall in quite some depth and pointed out it’s numerous faults but its ‘one more game’ appeal should not be overlooked. Neither should we overlook how fluid and beautiful inFamous looks and feels either, the combat being a true winner despite it’s repetition and monotony.
The problem both of games have is that they have been caught in a raging console war, a war more fierce than ever seen before. Xbox One fans preying for the public to fall in love with Titanfall so sales figure will rise and Playstation fans preying for high review scores of inFamous in order to justify their purchase. The fact remains that whilst both may have helped sales, neither will be remembered as an all time great or the game that makes people buy a particular system.
BUT…They both have over 80 on Metacritic!!
That maybe true, but an 80 these days is a 6 or 7 in reality. Reviewers have been consistently getting worse in their scoring systems, a 9 today would of been a 7 about 15 years ago. The fact that Titanfall scored an 86 is totally unjustified, with the complete lack of content and without even basic options available. I have come to the conclusion that reviewers are just as starved as the gaming public.
Most of the praise for both of these games has come from the fact that the public want them to succeed. They’ve just spent a good few hundred dollars on a shiny new console and they’re stuck with a handful of playable games and they’re angry. They want justification in their purchase and they want everyone to love any game that is released on their chosen system. I’m one of the few who bought both consoles at launch and I’m sick to my stomach that I did so, with both consoles offerings not good enough.
What was actually wrong with Titanfall and inFamous?
I’ve already shared my thoughts about what was wrong with Titanfall, you can find the article here so I shall focus on the shortcomings of inFamous.
inFamous: Second Son suffers from a poor story and an unlovable hero in Delsin Rowe. A single player game needs for you to feel something towards the main character but I feel absolutely nothing. I don’t care if I live or die as there is no punishment for doing so either. I kind of think they were shooting for a ‘lovable rogue’ type character in Delsin but ultimately this fails and he soon becomes an annoying little prick with a moon face who I want to punch and punish. The choices we make have little or no effect on his character and so we are left with a generic, ‘unlikely’ super hero in a game again.
It falls in to the category of tech-demo like many others before it. I think we’re past the stage of wanting to see how good a game on looks on the new consoles, we want games with substance, infinite replayability and an experience much bigger and better than last-gen. This isn’t the case in inFamous. Everything apart from the graphics feels last-gen, from the city of Seattle to the core gameplay. It just doesn’t build on the previous installments, it doesn’t have the massive scope and ambition and I would go as far as to say that the surroundings in Second Son are less explorable and less interesting than we seen before. The cool combat soon becomes stale and you’ll soon forget about how pretty the game looks when you’re grinding out the same moves over and over again.
If these games came at a busier period no one would care about them
This is true. How many of you seriously bought a PS3 for inFamous last-gen? Probably not many but because there is no good games out you suddenly act like it’s the greatest game ever made. Likewise, if Titanfall dropped the same time as Call of Duty, Battlefield or Halo then it would fall on deaf ears.
What I’m trying to get at is that if you’re currently an Xbox 360 or PS3 owner waiting to take the plunge then save your money. There are far better games on their way and games which will be far more worth of your time and money in the future. Don’t fall for the hype of either of these games and don’t make the leap in to next-gen just yet. You’ll save money and the grass certainly isn’t greener, yet.