Hello, I wanted to review these games but I have no time, so here goes!
Here’s the piece I wrote for WhatCulture.com, critiquing and analyzing the worst performances in the Metal Gear Solid franchise. If you agree it’s better than most of the crap on the internet, share it on Tumblr or Facebook or wherever folks go these days, because I’d like this one to make some waves, if possible.
When you think of pretentiousness, you probably think of failed attempts at being intellectual or profound. It’s the failed attempts that you think of. It’s not pretentious to actually be profound or intellectual, but when an artist’s ambition is not matched by his talent, it usually ends up feeling phony. You might think of a college chick who wants to open up your third eye with a shitty tambourine dance and some pot; or you might think of some indie developer who tries to tackle the sensitive issue of rape with an 8-bit sidescroller. In both cases, you’re thinking of someone who bites off way more than they can chew. You think of Peter Molyneux.
When Satoru Iwata cautions investors that it’s becoming harder to impress players due to the plateauing effect of innovation, a part of my brain collapses. When he tells the world that games have been “improving steadily each year, but these improvements are becoming less noticeable”, gravity flips and I hit my head on the ceiling. Do you see the dark, ominous clouds on the horizon? It is the storm of doom that will hit gaming this “console cycle”.