How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Call of Duty

I haven’t played or bought a Call of Duty game since 2010’s Black Ops. I was sick and tired of the same game every year and supporting this business model. So I took it upon myself to boycott Call of Duty…until now. A couple weeks ago, I popped in Modern Warfare 2 (one of my favorite games of the last generation) into my Playstation 3. I had day’s worth of gameplay on the game’s PVP multiplayer, which is a lot for a gamer that mostly plays single player games. I played a couple of matches in Team Deathmatch and suddenly realized that this is the most fun I’ve had playing video games in months. I was having stupid amounts of fun getting kills with an ACR, running around only knifing people like an idiot, and sprinting around with a shotgun as a sidearm because the developers of this game were insane.

Video games have been slipping away from me for the past few months and suddenly; I was really enjoying games again. I missed this feeling of excitement and rush that video games used to bring me, and now I went and did something I vowed never to do again: buy another Call of Duty game. I went ahead and bought Advanced Warfare (and wrote a review here…shameless plug) and I’m enjoying it quite a bit.

The game isn’t perfect by any means. Some aspects of the multiplayer are ridiculous and absurd (System Hack scorestreak, awful spawns, the game maybe being a bit too fast), but the game is still some of the most fun I’ve ever had playing a first person shooter online because of that ridiculousness.

Sure, the campaign and the co-op are same old, same old, and aren’t the reason you are probably buying these games in the first place, but I still have been coming back to the PVP almost every single day and playing for a decent amount of time each time. Is it that different from most COD games? No, not really. It adds some new gameplay elements and has probably the best class set-up system the series has ever had, but it still keeps the same core gameplay…and I’ve sort of come to the conclusion that I’m okay with that. It used to piss me off, the laziness these developers had when they could make better games and I still believe they could be making better games, but I’m okay with it now.

I used to be one of those people getting angry with Call of Duty and its yearly bullshit, but I’m okay with it. People are going to love these games regardless of what I have to say about them and more power to them because I sort of understand once again. I’m having a blast with Advanced Warfare…and that’s okay that I am.

What do you think about Call of Duty as a franchise? Have you played Advanced Warfare? Do you boycott/not play Call of Duty like I once did?

Did you enjoy this post? Follow my blog for (almost) daily posts!

Author of this post (and the only author ever on this blog):

Jesse Jordon is an aspiring writer who writes this stuff on these blogs to make you learn something or laugh I guess. (Wait, why am I mixing 3rd and 1st person point of view when I’m the only one writing this?) You can follow him on Twitter @jjordon96 (if you want I guess). You can also purchase his first self-published book On Human Empathy for only $5.00 (you can buy literature or coffee, it’s up to you to decide. I’d go with the coffee personally).

Advertisements

Playstation Experience Keynote Overview/Review

Sony took it upon themselves to start their own video game event in December called Playstation Experience, an event open to the public that celebrates Playstation. They also had a keynote to kick off Playstation Experience which debuted new games, new content, and new footage of previously announced games today. I thought I would give you guys a general overview/review of the keynote and what was announced and worth looking out for from the conference!

Sony had no reservations: they opened up with Uncharted 4 gameplay. I’m sure most of you already saw the footage. It looks absolutely beautiful, is it mostly more of the same? Absolutely. Am I pretty much okay with that? Absolutely. They also added a rope mechanic, so who knows? We might get new innovations in this game and I will always have faith in Naughty Dog to provide more great, unique content. The gameplay also ended with a cutscene and we find out that…Drake has a brother? Yeah, you heard that correctly. It also appears that Troy Baker plays him, so it seems that Naughty Dog likes to grab some of the same talent, and I’m totally for that.

The keynote then goes to MLB The Show 15. I have no interest. You might. That’s cool. It’s another sports game.

A new title called Kill Strain is announced, it is a top down shooter that is free to play and will have a beta early next year. We have enough top down shooters so I’m not overly excited for this one.

New Bloodborne footage is shown of a dungeon and a boss battle and the games just continues to look really fantastic. I’m thoroughly excited for this game and it may be a day one purchase for me.

Adam Boyes takes the stage, head of publisher relations, and discusses the new Destiny expansion. It seems like this game will have endless coverage by Sony because it has exclusivity on Playstation platforms. I have yet to play Destiny so I can’t really comment on the DLC (though I plan to still).

Ultra Street Fighter IV was announced exclusively for the PS4. I found this announcement incredibly strange. Why bother to rerelease this old Street Fighter game when Street Fighter V is on the way? I mean I’m sure people will buy it so I guess I answered my own question.

Footage of a game called Killing Floor 2 was shown, it looks like a decent shooter, zombie survival-esque game but it’s same old, same old at this point.

Red Hook Studios announces Darkest Dungeon, a side-scrolling RPG for PS4 in 2015.

End Night Games announced The Forest for PS4 and this game immediately intrigued me. It appears to be a survival game of some sorts but the entire style of the game looks so interesting and truly frightening, at least the way the trailer was cut made it seem so. I will continue to follow this game for sure.

Geometry Wars 3 will be coming to the Vita in the spring.

Persona 5 will be a PS3 and PS4 exclusive. That is literally all they had to say about Persona 5.

Bastion will be coming to PS4 and Vita. I’m certainly interested in trying this game out because I hear nothing but good things.

Orcs Must Die: Unchained is coming to PS4. I’ve never played a title in this series, I’ve got nothing to say.

Peter Moore from EA comes on stage with a surprising announcement. Currently, three games are available as a free download on Playstation platforms: Need For Speed: Most Wanted on the Vita, Mirror’s Edge for PS3, and Planets Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare for PS4. These games are only available until Playstation Experience is over, so hurry up and go download them! I will gladly go try out Planets Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare because I’ve wanted to for quite some time.

Dungeon Defenders II is shown.

A barrage of indie game announcements comes forward: Skytorn on PS4, Severed, a new game from the developers of Gucacamelee!, Shovel Knight on PS4, PS3, and Vita (which I will gladly play), and Enter The Dungeon.

Batman Arkham Knight footage is shown with a guy who is way too excited about Batman Arkham Knight taking the stage. It is also announced that the PS4 will get exclusive content. Sony just seems to love to take all this exclusive content. (How much money are they paying for all of this?) Overall though, I found the Batman Arkham Knight footage surprisingly underwhelming. I guess I’m just ready for the game to come out and I’m sick and tired of seeing footage at this point.

Street Fighter V is announced (except everyone already knew about it the day before due to a leak) and is exclusive on the PS4 and PC with cross-platform play. I find it completely insane that Sony manage to get the exclusive rights to Street Fighter V. That is a huge blow to Microsoft, Street Fighter isn’t some small fry franchise, it’s one of the biggest around. I’m thoroughly impressed that Sony managed to get this. Regardless, I’m really excited to try out Street Fighter V whenever it comes out (and the footage looked pretty great).

Yakuza 5 is announced for PS3 for Summer 2015. Yakuza 4 and Yakuza Dead Souls are also now available digitally on PS3.

Suikdon I and Suikdon II are coming to the PS3 and Vita.

Towerfall Ascension and Towerfall Dark World are coming to the Vita.

Octodad is coming to the Vita (I never played the PS4 version and I’d rather play that one, to be honest).

Super Time Force Ultra is coming to PS4 and Vita in 2015 and Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony’s Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment, is in it! The game looks great but if I can play as Shuhei Yoshida that makes it game of the year material by default.

The Banner Saga will be coming to the Vita.

Resident Evil Revelations 2 will be coming to the Vita in the spring.

Gang Beasts will be coming to the PS4 and Vita.

Broken Age will be coming to the PS4 and Vita when Act 2 comes to the PC. I’m really excited to play this game; one because I think Elijah Wood is a great actor, and two because it’s Double Fine Game.

Grim Fandango Remastered will be coming to PS4 and Vita on January 27th and I will gladly buy this as well.

Day of the Tentacle Special Edition will be coming to PS4, Vita, PC, Mac, and Linux.

A new Fat Princess game is announced called Fat Princess Adventures. I absolutely loved the PS3 version of Fat Princess and I’m glad that this game is going to get another version on PS4; it’s such a fun little multiplayer game that doesn’t get enough credit.

A game is announced by Funomena, it involved exploding hats, I had no idea what the hell I was watching.

A new Giant Sparrow game, developers of The Unfinished Swan (a game you should absolutely play, it’s a really, really beautiful game) is announced called What Remains of Edith Finch. They didn’t show a whole lot but I’m pretty much interested by default because of how much I loved The Unfinished Swan.

More footage of The Order: 1886 is shown, a third person shooter developed by Ready At Dawn studios. I won’t lie, I just can’t be that excited for this game. People are excited for it but it just looks like a typical third person shooter that looks pretty to me. I don’t know, it could still be a really great game; I’ll still keep my eyes on it.

An extensive demo is shown off of Tearaway Unfolded, which I still don’t entirely get what this is. I think it’s supposed to be a remake/remake with more content than the original Tearaway on Vita. I haven’t played Tearaway, but it seems like the PS4 version is just going to be an improved version of it, so I guess everyone should just play this new one? I have no idea. The demo didn’t really convince to buy the game; I was like half-listening because I simply just wasn’t very interested in what they were showing me.

More footage of the absolutely not exciting Until Dawn is shown. And they even managed to use some of the same footage from The Game Awards last night! (You can read about my thoughts on The Game Awards here.) I have little to no interest in this game; it’s everything I don’t enjoy about games. It’s a game that is littered in button prompts and that’s the gameplay. Why would I want to play that? That isn’t even a video game anymore. It stars Hayden Panettiere, there’s that? Ya know, that one girl from that show Heroes…which was only good for a season…I’M REALLY SOLD ON THIS GAME SONY.

Square Enix takes the stage in which is literally the worst, most disgusting troll done by a video game company that I can remember in recent years. They show a long trailer for Final Fantasy VII. You know that game that a lot of people love (I don’t personally) and have been CLAMORING and WAITING for a real remake of for years on end. But guess what Square Enix gives you instead? The PC remastered version of the game that nobody really cares about! Coming to PS4 in spring 2015! Who’s excited? No one? Oh. I wonder why Square Enix. I sometimes think Square Enix is absolutely insane.

We then get a 20 years of Playstation tribute that is all done in-game on LittleBigPlanet 3, it was cool and all, but I mean…they were basically begging everyone to buy LittleBigPlanet 3 with this tribute. I just found it a little funny. It was a cool tribute though, I certainly recommend watching it.

More footage of No Man’s Sky is shown. I’m super excited for this game but even I’m a bit sick of seeing footage considering I JUST saw footage last night during the Game Awards livestream. I sort of just want to play the game now, especially because I still have no idea how in the hell this game can work. I have no clue, or if it will at all. It’s by far one of the most ambitious and interesting titles coming out next year.

David Jaffe comes onstage to announce his new game being made by his new studio (you can read more about that here). It is titled Drawn To Death and is very much a David Jaffe game: gorey, silly, over the top, and childish (in a good way). It is an arena shooter that takes place in the notebook of a teenager who draws all of these different creatures. The art style is absolutely incredibly and instantly reminded me of the Wii game, Madworld (a game you should really play, it’s a really underappreciated title). I’m sure this game will be a blast to play, but based on what David Jaffe said (it being in pre-Alpha), it sounds like we might not even be playing this next year. It might not be until 2016. Regardless, I’m pretty excited.

And that’s that. Playstation Experience was interesting and the keynote was pretty enjoyable to watch on the livestream (who am I kidding? I even like watching crappy video game conferences). I do hope that Sony keeps this as an annual thing to celebrate Playstation. I think it’s safe to say that Playstation is strong enough of an entity on its own after the extreme success of the Playstation 4, they can have their own conference on their own timeign.com and deservingly so. What did you think of the Playstation Experience keynote? Did you enjoy it? What was your favorite announcement? If you haven’t watched it and still want to, watch it below (I’ll link it once it’s available):

Did you enjoy this post? Follow my blog for (almost) daily posts on video game news, opinions, reviews, and a bunch of other stuff!

Author of this post (and the only author ever on this blog):

Jesse Jordon is an aspiring writer who writes this stuff on these blogs to make you learn something I guess. (Wait, why am I mixing 3rd and 1st person point of view when I’m the only one writing this?) He’s trying to be a video game journalist but is probably failing at that. You can follow him on Twitter @jjordon96 (if you want I guess). You can also purchase his first self-published book On Human Empathy for only $5.00 (you can buy literature or coffee, it’s up to you to decide. I’d go with the coffee personally).

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End to be playable at Playstation Experience?

A rumor has come out from the PS4Germany Twitter account that Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be playable on Playstation 4 at the Playstation Experience event. PS4Germany has gotten their source from “Play4 Magazine” because they received an early copy of the January edition cover that mentions it being playable.

Playstation Experience is taking place on December 6th-7th and the likely situation is that the game will be playable behind closed doors for the press only. (Source: Gamespur.)

Considering the fact that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is likely to come out next year (probably as a quarter 4 release for the holidays), I think it’s safe to assume that SOMETHING will be playable, at least I would hope so with only a year left of development time. What do you think? Are you excited for the release of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End? Is it your most anticipated Playstation 4 title like me? (How could it not be, right? We’ve been waiting for this game for so long now at this point.) To me, this is going to be one of the first genuine next-gen experiences we have because that tends to be what Naughty Dog does, they tend to shift and guide the console generation as each title comes out (if last gen was evident of anything with Uncharted 2 and The Last of Us). Let’s hope to see more footage of the game during Playstation Experience.

Did you enjoy this post? Follow my blog for (almost) daily posts on video game news, opinions, reviews, and a bunch of other stuff!

Author of this post (and the only author ever on this blog):

Jesse Jordon is an aspiring writer who writes this stuff on these blogs to make you learn something I guess. (Wait, why am I mixing 3rd and 1st person point of view when I’m the only one writing this?) He’s trying to be a video game journalist but is probably failing at that. You can follow him on Twitter @jjordon96 (if you want I guess). You can also purchase his first self-published book On Human Empathy for only $5.00 (you can buy literature or coffee, it’s up to you to decide. I’d go with the coffee personally).

Playstation Plus Lineup For December 2014 Revealed

Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition, the fighting game developed by NetherRealm Studios will be available, and the indie shooter Secret Ponchos, both for PS4.

Hitman HD Trilogy (Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Hitman: Contracts, and Hitman: Blood Money) and Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut will be available for PS3.

For Playstation Vita, tower defense game Final Horizon will be available.

Lastly, Titan Attacks! will be available for PS4, PS3, and Vita. (Source: IGN.)

December’s lineup seems like a decent one. I’m certainly excited to play Injustice as it is a game I’ve wanted to play for quite some time but haven’t bothered to purchase yet and I’m glad that the definitive version of the game will be available for all PS4 owners. Hitman HD Trilogy is also an interesting one. I’ve only played a bit of Hitman: Absolution when it was out for Playstation Plus and I enjoyed it for the most part but never got super into it. It’ll be interesting to go back to the older games in the franchise and experience them. But the title I find most exciting is Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut. I don’t know much about the game itself, but all I hear is how strange the game is and I like strange games. I’m all for really, really weird stuff and the fact that I can play this game for (basically) free is awesome.

What titles are you excited for in December? What will you be playing? Let me know in the comments below.

Did you enjoy this post? Follow my blog for (almost) daily posts on video game news, opinions, reviews, and a bunch of other stuff!

Author of this post (and the only author ever on this blog):

Jesse Jordon is an aspiring writer who writes this stuff on these blogs to make you learn something I guess. (Wait, why am I mixing 3rd and 1st person point of view when I’m the only one writing this?) He’s trying to be a video game journalist but is probably failing at that. You can follow him on Twitter @jjordon96 (if you want I guess). You can also purchase his first self-published book On Human Empathy for only $5.00 (you can buy literature or coffee, it’s up to you to decide. I’d go with the coffee personally).

Classic Gaming Saturdays: Castle Of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse

Classic Gaming Saturdays is a (hopefully) weekly blog post where I focus on a single classic video game and give my own personal perspective on the game, its importance, and whether or not it even holds up. So sit back, relax and maybe get a little nostalgic.

Mickey Mouse is one of the most iconic characters ever created and somehow, someway, he actually got some decent video games. Most games based on famous properties tend to be horrible, but during the 8-bit and 16-bit era, there were plenty of amazing games based on popular properties, especially Disney properties. Castle Of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse was one of those games, developed by Sega (specifically AM7, who have developed the first two House of the Dead, Streets of Rage, and Phantasy Star). The main version of the game was produced for the Sega Genesis, with other versions on the Master System and Game Gear (which I won’t be talking about). But does the game actually hold up? Sort of.

The game follows Mickey Mouse on his quest to save Minnie Mouse from the witch Mizrabel. The game contains multiple levels/boss battles and is a basic platformer for the most part. Mickey can collect items to throw at enemies or he can jump on enemies (while pressing down on the D-Pad) to kill (this sounds like a strong word for a game with a Disney character) them. The jump mechanic makes you “bounce” on enemies and you’ll actually have to use that ability in order to jump up to higher platforms. It’s sort of similar to the mechanic found within DuckTales on the NES, it isn’t exactly the same, but it’s the best comparison I can come up with.

Throughout the game’s levels, you are taken to a forest (with some ghosts), a land of toys (with mechanics to flip the world upside down), a waterish level (I mean there’s some water…), a land of candy and desserts (with a dragon licorice boss), a land of books, tea, and letters (I don’t even know…), and a final level of the castle itself. Each level ends with bosses that are fairly simple (although still difficult) and are typical video game bosses, except they seem to have way more health than most, as far as I can tell.

Now that we’ve established what the game is, is it actually good? I mean…it’s okay. It’s such a standard platformer, a run of the mill game in those days. Is it totally worth playing? Absolutely. Some of the game is cheap and a bit painful in terms of trying to lengthen an already really short game, but this was commonplace in this era of games, making games more difficult for the sake of being more difficult. (Although, I played the PS3 port, which basically has save states found on emulators…that might have made the game just a TAD easier.) I’m still impressed any time a game based off a property is actually decent though, which is what impresses me about the game.

But wait, there’s more! They remade the game last year into a 2.5 platformer for PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and (eventually) Mac. And…I actually enjoyed the remake more than the original game! This game sort of reminded me why I loved games in the first place because they’re fun! I know, crazy! The game is certainly easier, but still manages to have some challenge. It does a pretty great job of updating the Genesis game with 2.5/3D platforming sequences that flow really well within the context of the original game. Unfortunately, the game also has very strange frame rate drops and lag that does hinder the experience a tad, but it’s still worth playing. The game is incredibly short just as the Genesis game is, it’s a tad longer, and contains cutscenes that expands the “plot” (I mean…there’s barely a plot…) a bit. But it was just really fun to play a decent, well-designed platformer that isn’t on a Nintendo console (who still manage to make good platformers). I really do support the concept of remaking classic games, especially if they actually end up better than the original game, which I sincerely think the Castle Of Illusion remake is better.

So should you go back and play Castle Of Illusion? Sure, if you want a decent platformer. It isn’t great. It isn’t really a “classic” game. I still would recommend playing the original game and then the remake, simply because it is super cool to see the updated look of an old game. So, to answer the question, does it hold up? Sorta. That’s the best answer I can give.

Author of this post (and the only author ever on this blog):

Jesse Jordon is an aspiring faux writer who writes this garbage on these blogs to make you laugh or learn something I guess. (Wait, why am I mixing 3rd and 1st person point of view when I’m the only one writing this?) You can follow him on Twitter @jjordon96 (if you want I guess). You can also purchase his first self-published book On Human Empathy for only $5.00 (you can buy literature or coffee, it’s up to you to decide. I’d go with the coffee personally). (I think I just said my book was shit.)

Why I love video game culture so much

This may come across as preaching to the choir or something of that sort. I don’t care. It also might get personal. I don’t care. I’d rather be sincere and honest about video games. I just love video game culture, let’s forget about the vile hatred that the community brings up sometimes: the console wars, #gamergate, making fun of COD (I ENJOY COD…SORRY), and all that other garbage. Let’s just talk about how great this culture is and how it’s kept me sane. First, some context:

I was at the gym, listening to a past episode of Podcast Beyond that I missed. (The #1 Playstation podcast on the Internet. Obviously. Why aren’t you listening to it?) Toward the end of the episode Mega Ran (a rapper associated with the Nerdcore Hip-Hop movement) performed a song called “Dream Master” and I don’t know, it just hit me. I fucking love video games. So much. I love this culture. I love EVERYTHING about it (even the vile hatred I told you to forget about). The song itself is a simple song, just Mega Ran talking about growing up and how video games impacted him and what they mean to him. It was so simple, utterly sincere, and it felt so good and refreshing. I adore sincerity more than anything and I guess that made me realize how much I truly love this culture.

I don’t know. Maybe it just has a lot to do with the fact that I’ve been going through one of the most confusing points in my life ever. I left my home to go to college ten hours away and have never been more miserable in my life. So I’m leaving at the end of the semester, but one of the things that have helped me cope through this time is video games and writing about them. All I have with me is my Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita, but just sitting and playing Call of Duty, Sonic Adventure (you aren’t that good though, Sonic Adventure), Lumines: Electronic Symphony, etc. All of this has just kept me okay. Reading websites like IGN has kept me alright. Listening to podcasts like Podcast Beyond has made me feel less alone.

I never thought my dream of going to college where I am would actually end up being the worst time of my life. My ambitions had been to be a filmmaker for so long and that has changed. I do plan to go back to college as an English/Writing major but I’ve now decided, as a whole, that I want to simply write and talk about video games and video game culture for the rest of my life and I will make that happen. By posting here, by posting everywhere, by making video content, and I will make it my end goal to work in video games somehow. And I don’t think that’s ridiculous, for anyone else who is sitting here and posting about video games, don’t fucking give up. Keep doing this. Keep writing about this culture because this culture has kept so much of us okay. Has helped us find people with similar interests who can understand why we love these games so much. I feel like I’m part of the biggest cult culture ever and it’s fucking awesome.

It’s just as long as I can remember, it’s video games I go back to. Video games have always been the constant force in my life that remind me that everything is alright and that the people surrounding this culture are wonderful and I love that. I love it so fucking much. I hope people get what I’m trying to say here. I’m trying to be as straightforward and sincere here as possible. Keep playing games. Keep talking about this culture. Keep all of this alive. Because it’s pretty beautiful and means so much more than most people can completely understand. All of you people on these gaming sites and even the people starting their own damn sites right now as I speak (or write this), you’re awesome. I hope you know that. Life is pretty good. And so are video games.

Author of this post (and the only author ever on this blog):

Jesse Jordon is an aspiring faux writer who writes this garbage on these blogs to make you laugh or learn something I guess. (Wait, why am I mixing 3rd and 1st person point of view when I’m the only one writing this?) You can follow him on Twitter @jjordon96 (if you want I guess). You can also purchase his first self-published book On Human Empathy for only $5.00 (you can buy literature or coffee, it’s up to you to decide. I’d go with the coffee personally). (I think I just said my book was shit.)

Awkward Cut Scenes and Bad Voice Acting: Video Games and Growing Pains

Sonic Adventure is a frustrating piece of shit. Sorry. I’m just really angry. For some reason, I decided to buy the game during Sega’s sale on Playstation Network. And now it’s time to talk about the growing pains of video games! The early days of 3D games are strange. Very, very strange. We had plenty of bad voice acting, awful story writing, and broken gameplay mechanics! How fun! Just listening to any of the dialogue in Sonic Adventure makes my brain want to explode. The weird, awkward pauses that make you uncomfortable, the awful, nonsensical storyline, and the borderline broken gameplay mechanics that are emphasized throughout half the game. We had plenty of growing pains back in these days of gaming and it’s pretty insane to see how far we’ve gone. (Okay, maybe Sonic has gone that far. Sonic Generations and Sonic Colors were pretty good though, right? Oh, but that new Sonic Boom game is supposed to be garbage. Sega, what is wrong with you? MAKE UP YOUR MIND! DO YOU WANNA MAKE GOOD OR BAD SONIC GAMES?

But it isn’t just Sonic Adventure. Remember Goldeneye and how much you think you love it? You probably don’t. The game barely works too. It does not hold up. We live in an era of well-developed first-person shooters like Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Halo. And beyond that, the Nintendo 64 controller is incredibly awkward (even if I almost sort of love it for its awkwardness) and isn’t really designed for shooters in any way whatsoever. But at the time, Goldeneye was praised to no end (and so was Sonic Adventure). It’s almost hard to believe these games were incredibly well received at the time, which really shows how different video games were back then. There was almost an absurd amount of growing pains games had to go through in the era of Nintendo 64 and Playstation One.

Even looking at Super Mario 64 which is one of the few games that does hold-up really well from the era, it is still littered in glitches and other problems, including camera ones. Most games in this era had mediocre to awful cameras that really just didn’t work so well. I’m not claiming Super Mario 64 is a bad game by any means, it’s actually one of my favorite games of all time, but it still couldn’t be prevented from being hindered from the age of strange 3D games that sorta kinda worked.

If we go ahead and look at a lot of Playstation One games like Final Fantasy VII and Metal Gear Solid, they are filled with blocky graphics that don’t look so well today. Again, not bad games, (I’m actually not crazy about Final Fantasy VII, and I’m not afraid to admit that) but the age of shitty 3D graphics prevent them from aging well. And really, Metal Gear Solid is one of the few rare examples during this era that actually had a great story, great voice acting, and was very “movie-like” just in terms of storytelling qualities.

I’m not saying that the PSone, Sega Dreamcast, and Nintendo 64 era didn’t produce any quality. I just think it is really easy to signify this era as a strange one filled with an excessive amount of “growing pains.” Video games were still trying to find their footing and have now, for the most part, reached an era where that footing is pretty balanced. Games are now absurdly movie-like and have massive sweeping stories and gameplay elements that are making them the most interesting medium available. Uncharted is better than Indiana Jones. (Yeah I said it.) I just find it really strange to look back at the mid to late 90s and how ridiculous some of these games are. We were a lot more forgiving back then. I don’t know if that was a good thing. Seriously, fuck Sonic Adventure.

Author of this post (and the only author ever on this blog):

Jesse Jordon is an aspiring faux writer who writes this garbage on these blogs to make you laugh or learn something I guess. (Wait, why am I mixing 3rd and 1st person point of view when I’m the only one writing this?) You can follow him on Twitter @jjordon96 (if you want I guess). You can also purchase his first self-published book On Human Empathy for only $5.00 (you can buy literature or coffee, it’s up to you to decide. I’d go with the coffee personally). (I think I just said my book was shit.)