Remember when your teacher would give you progress reports and it always said something like, “Not living up to potential”?
Yeah, me either. But I am sure it happens to people out there, just as we know that some games are not living up to their next-gen potential. This post will examine these chronic underachievers.
Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction – Aside from the Sixaxxis motion controls and the amazing graphics…nothing next gen here at all. This game plays the same as the PS2 versions, which is fine, since that means it is fun as hell, but still…leaves you wanting.
Devil May Cry 4 – Same thing here. Better graphics, but who cares because the gameplay is identical, not to mention you play through the game as one hero, switch to another, then backtrack through the same levels and bosses with the other one. Lazy and not next gen.
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames – This one plays the exact same as the first one! Online Co-Op is a nice touch, but you have to stay a certain distance within each other, which is kind of restricting and not what I expect from a blockbuster next gen title! Plus, the AI is brain dead, which is getting inexcusable.
One game that I must mention is GTA IV. It’s kind of in between. The detail is amazing and could not have been done on the PS2 or Xbox, but they left out THINGS FOR YOU TO DO! It’s one detailed empty city with not a thing to do in it. Next gen, yes, but also kind of a setback.
So there you have what I feel are the biggest culprits of underachieving in this new generation. What games are living up to their promise? Well, Gears of War, Fable 2 and LittleBigPlanet all spring to mind. What games out have you guys felt were not really a step up from the previous era of gaming?