I don't necessarily want games to be "harder." I just want them to be more interesting. You know, actually stimulating.
Most games are just about mindless fun, which is fine sometimes. With movies, I enjoy mindless fun like in Avatar and The Avengers just fine. But I love
films like Their Will Be Blood and A Space Odyssey. Unfortunately, in the gaming industry, there just isn't enough money or consumer interest to justify making games like that.
I don't expect "art." I just want high-production-value games that treat me with some intelligence. What better way to create an intelligent game than with better artificial
Originally Posted by Vortex3D
Here's the issue I found with almost every game with difficulty settings. It's uneven. For example, action adventure games like Uncharted. If I set the difficulty higher, the action part gets harder but the puzzles are the same. Why? The developers didn't want to spend the effort to make the puzzles as part of the difficulty setting?
I agree, but it's not because developers don't want to do it. It's about time and money. As you scale up the difficulty, you're sectioning off the game to a smaller and smaller audience. Why would they spend more money and time creating strong AI for a smaller audience? From their perspective, it doesn't make financial sense.
The better answer is to make games with better AI that everyone
can recognize and appreciate. I'm floored by what I'm seeing in the demos for The Last of Us
and Watch Dogs
. Both of those games are promising some serious upgrades to AI that don't make the game harder, just more interesting and dynamic.
Out of all, game I missed the most is true adventure games that involve no action or shooting.
We've seen a big upsurge in these games at the smaller game end of the market. Have you played Machinarium
? All three are incredible adventure games. LA Noire
and Heavy Rain
tried to bring the old adventure gameplay into the mainstream, but I think both missed the mark. I've said it a million times before, but all the coolest stuff right now is happening with the smaller scale games.