First person shooters; a popular form of gaming. Players have beckoned for quite some time for something new, if not revolutionary, or at the very least evolutionary from the creators of FPS games. Are the developers throwing this genre down an unclimbable hole by not giving more life to their games and fans rather than another “point and shoot” pieced with some cutscenes and call it a game? First person shooters could eventually become a thing of the past if the envelope isn’t pushed a bit further, the players could soon lose all interest by playing this repetitive form of gaming. Read more!
Moving forward graphically instead of thematically could give the genre a bounce-back onto the screen of players. The next generation of consoles could prolong its life, but it will not save this genre alone. I feel the popular titles such as, Halo, Call of Duty and Battlefield are in the clear since they paved the way for other first persons to be created. The developers of the less popular FPS titles are not aware of this problem. They think of it as another project completed and another game for the gamers, when in reality they are setting themselves up for failure. No one said making this style of a game would or could be easy, but there are so many of them, you have to find a way to make them stand out more and make their own mark in gaming history. Now the question is, how?
There could be more attention paid to creating more life-like surroundings/environments. The feel of the environment is just one thing that contributes to the “realism” and crests a certain atmosphere to help the players really understand their character’s predicament. Many people really do notice the detail that goes into making the world of the game so developers, your work is not going without credit. The setting is actually one of the key ingredients put into making a good, decent, or even great game.
Another perfect example is to add more interactive cutscenes. That isn’t too much, right? These types of cutscenes would include the game more, rather than just watching them play out. Not all cutscenes in a game should be interactive, but a few or a bunch would not hurt. To be honest, when games feature any number of interactive cutscenes, I love it and I am sure there are many others out there who agree. An example of a great game that has a good amount of interactive cutscenes featured is Resident Evil 5. They are great to add to almost any game, bringing more excitement and also adding some creativity. Interactive cutscenes also help tie the game’s story together by keeping the players on their feet, even sometimes surprising the players, often catching them off guard as well.
Most games tend to start certain trends. World War 2 was the most recent trend that was set in most FPS games. When it caught on, it stayed “in” for a decent period of time. Call of Duty: World at War is the perfect shining example of another setter. If I were to count the WWII games, I would run out of fingers and toes. A step in the right direction and another creation of the newest trend of the future and what it could possibly be like. To put it in black and white for you; the genre is losing all originality. We can all understand the concept and depth of popularity, but the developers take that risk of making something new only for copycats to take advantage of. The creators need to take that chance or “roll the dice” if you will, to start something new and break the old trend that died months ago. Bottom line, mainly for the developers, you will never know if you do not try. Bringing back some originality, in my opinion, would help resurrect the life of first person games.
I can see the FPS genre making a comeback in the future, only for a short time however. Judging by the upcoming titles; Bioshock: Infinite, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and especially Dishonored point towards my prediction to become true. Those titles will help save the future of first person games by bringing everything I talked about to the table. I am certainly not the only one wishing and hoping for another rise in first persons to get back on their feet. When FPS games were first majorly introduced and made popular, that single style of gaming alone was very unique and new to the players. I certainly hope we will see more to this genre instead of the death of it.