I’ve raved (and ranted) before on here about games and the quality storytelling that is often overlooked when pundits wax philosophical about the violence our kids are exposed to. Unfortunately, conflict (and therefore violence of varying degrees) is an inherent part of storytelling. I challenge you to find a compelling, interesting story on TV, in books or movies, or any artistic, storytelling medium that does not involve conflict of some kind.
It can’t be done, because conflict is what defines storytelling.
As I’ve mentioned before, I subscribe to Gamefly, which is essentially Netflix for games. I usually add games to my queue that I would not buy myself, or that didn’t strike me at first, but upon reading reviews, look interesting. I do, often times, find some gems along the way.
This is not one of them.
A lot of ballyhoo (that’s right, I said it) has been made about whether or not Blizzard Entertainment, and a lot of game makers, actually, are hitting or missing with their current crop of games. Since we are in a Cycle of Sequels (my Journey cover band in high school) the comparison is constantly made to the past of game development and little to do with the current state of the industry.
So, the latest cinematic trailer for the latest World of Warcraft expansion has been premiered at Gamescom in Cologne. These cinematics are some of the best CG ever created, from the original through three expansions to the last, Cataclysm. Mists of Pandaria looks to be an interesting game, but it has spawned what seems to be the best of the cinematic trailers.
I typically buy the really top level games that I know I will want, reserving the “lesser” titles I’m interested in to Gamefly. Sometimes, you stumble upon something that is really worthwhile. This is not one of those times.
It’s rare to find a video game that is actually moving. Hell, it’s next to impossible. Even those touting “choice” and “morality“, in the end, just come up short 99% of the time. It’s not often you even find a movie that really touches you anymore.
Let me introduce you to Heavy Rain.