I’ve got to be honest. I’m sick to death of developers branching their series’ into every direction possible except the one that matters: straight down the line. Valve is notorious for the tactic: Half-Life, Half-Life 2, HL2: Episode 1, HL2: Episode 2, Portal, Portal 2… Um, how about just focusing on Half-Life 3? The Assassin’s Creed franchise is guilty of the same titling turn. You’ve got your original, the sequel conveniently numbered, and then a bunch of subtitled releases that you assume are expansions but are actually official sequels.
I’ll admit it. I’ve always been a Pro Evolution Soccer fan boy (forget all this modern day ‘PES’ malarkey). Life as a Pro Evo fan used to be a glorious, magical time. From the first incarnation of the series, which abandoned the International Superstar Soccer (ISS) tag, Pro Evolution Soccer quickly established itself as the ultimate football simulator.
Modern-day technological advancements occur at a remarkable and often frightening rate. Technology has revolutionised the world we live in today, from the way we interact with each other (be it through the world of social medial), how we go about our daily routines (Internet, personal computers, smart phones) to simply finding out where we need to go (via GPS).
Every calendar year, around the middle of August, men around the world rejoice. After a tortuous two months of waiting, yearning, hoping and dreaming, spanning from the end of May through to July (depending on whether an international tournament is taking place), the football season finally begins again.
The year is 2033. Life as we know it has changed. A brave new world exists that no man could have ever envisioned. The sky is torn; struggling to adapt to the foreign chemicals that pollute the atmosphere. The air is unbreathable, the scorched earth infertile and the surface that was once populated by humans is now a barren wasteland, occupied by twisted and incomprehensible creatures. This is the aftermath of an apocalyptic disaster.
Recently, Konami released the first of two promised PES 2012 demos for the PC and PS3 (the Xbox 360 demo was delayed at the final hour due to an unforeseen error). Konami have specifically stated that this demo is running on very early preview code and that the second demo…
Generally, when a game is developed to coincide with a blockbuster movie it’s almost a cruel guarantee that the game will be dreadful. Rushed gameplay, bland graphics and a rehash of a films storyline is usually a staple of the final product. There have of course been some outstanding exceptions to this disappointing cycle (Goldeneye on the N64 is a prime example), but the reason these games succeed is that they identify and apply the strengths of the film, whilst making sure that it’s first and foremost, a good game.