Some highlights await us in the gaming year 2020. Blockbusters such as The Last of Us: Part 2, Ghost of Tsushima or Cyberpunk 2077 are still appearing and at the end of the year the new console generation will start with the Xbox Series X and Playstation 5. So all peace, joy, pancakes? Of course not! With the announcements that follow, we will definitely face some excitement and disappointment. In any case, in this special we have collected ten things that we have absolutely no desire for in the 2020 game year.
Yes, CGI trailers look cool and are good for short teasers, but in 2020, please don't show us pure CGI trailers anymore. Every gamer knows by now that the right game will not look like this, so don't hold us off like a sacred bait, dear publishers. We don't bite anymore. Show us gameplay, show us what will really await us in your game. That stirs up our anticipation much more.
And when we see that something is actually in the game and working, we do not have to question large-scale features first. Especially this year, when we have to squat a lot at home due to the corona pandemic, you can safely do without the CGI pomp and show us the truth directly. It won't be worse than the pandemic reality.
2. Self-adulation at game performances
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In recent years there have been fewer and fewer press conferences from manufacturers and now in the Corona year, the E3 will be completely canceled. The big games are therefore very likely to be presented in various shows by the publisher via stream. This is also a way to do without the usual self-adulation, bad jokes, which are of course totally spontaneous, and unnecessary gibberish. We all know that this is just fuss.
We don't want food for cringe compilations, we want to see the games. Show us gameplay, like to comment on the game scenes and explain the features, best also gives an approximate release date. We don't want more. And when the consoles are introduced, we don't want to hear any bubbling that the box can cure cancer. Give us the facts, explain the features, name the launch title. That is enough.
3. Annual updates that are sold as giant things
We all know in advance that some game series get a new branch every year. One can of course criticize that sports games could also simply get a major update with updated licenses or also discuss whether Call of Duty might not be able to suspend a year to modernize the gameplay, but that won't happen anyway. We are old and bitter and have resigned ourselves to the fact that a new FIFA, CoD, PES, Madden and Co. appear every year. That's okay, because as a fan of a series or a certain sport, the new parts always offer new facets.
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It is much more annoying when we are told that the new branches of these games are a giant thing, a game changer, even the holy gaming grail, because they now have a new mode or a new feature. Yes exactly. And Santa is celebrating a party in Hogwarts with the Easter Bunny, the Yeti and the Loch Ness Monster. New fetaures and game modes can certainly enrich and upgrade the titles, but it is unlikely that they will turn everything that has been there before. We know that, of course, because every damn year a new part comes out. There is not enough development time to take giant steps forward. So please don't sell us for dumb publishers!
4. The announcement of Shenmue 4
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Yes, some gamers will now wish the plague on our necks, but feel free to write angry comments, as much as we are above Salomon Kalou about the hygiene rules of the DFL. Without the pink nostalgia glasses on your nose, Shenmue 3 was a really bad joke last year. Graphically, the thing looked like it had actually been developed for the Dreamcast, the dialogues were stupid, the story was told boring, the necessary grind was annoying and the quests were so lame, so repetitive and so stupid that we preferred to do it times Ride to Hell: Retribution would have played. At least you can laugh about that.
In addition, some supporters of the Kickstarter campaign have been fooled. Finally, Steam Keys were promised and relatively shortly before the release, developers and publishers then made a time-exclusive deal with the Epic Game Store. No, a new part can stay where the pepper grows. In addition, Shenmue 4 would eventually appear on PS5 and Xbox Series X, making the game's lagging decades of technology even more embarrassing than in the third installment last year.
5. Too many remaster and remake announcements
It's not even that we are generally against remasters or remakes. If you missed a game in the last generation of consoles, it was nice to be able to catch up on PS4 or Xbox One. Of course we have nothing against complex remakes of classics like Final Fantasy 7 or Resident Evil 2. But you shouldn't overdo it either. The current generation of consoles can almost be called the remaster era, because pretty much every game that was coughed up by Wanne-Eickel in the electronics market a few years ago was given a new edition.
Since the new consoles are said to be backward compatible, remasters for Xbox Series X and PS5 are not necessary. But Nintendo also has to have more arrows in its quiver. If the rumors prove to be true, we will of course be happy to take the switch remaster versions of Super Mario Galaxy, Sunshine and 64, but that's not all. We also want new exclusive games from Big N and, of course, information about Breath of the Wild 2 and Metroid Prime 4. Publishers should also hold back with announcements of remakes. When new consoles are launched, we want to use them to go into the future and not always be drawn back into the past. Good remakes also take time and budget. Otherwise, a hook orgy like MediEvil comes out of last year.
6. A new game by Peter Molyneux
It is not very likely that Peter Molyneux will come back to budget for a larger game from a publisher or through a Kickstarter campaign. The Brit has simply burned too many bridges in recent years. Nevertheless, some colleagues still seem to be afraid of a new game from Baron Munchausen in the gaming world. In the past, Molyneux has put our patience to the test with cocky but unrealistic announcements.
But in an industry where a Yu Suzuki has been considered burned for ages, but still gets money for a new game, everything seems possible. Will Peter Molyneux soon tell us in interviews that you can do a headstand in your new game and catch flies with your buttocks? We very much hope that this will not be the case. The game couldn't do what the gentleman promised anyway, and that would pull his legacy even further. Finally, one should not forget that the man actually played good games and attracted attention with innovative ideas.
7. Unnecessary mobile game implementations of well-known game series
Oh, a new real Command & Conquer? – No, it will only be a mobile spin-off. – But here, a new Diablo! Finally! I hope my PC can handle it. – PC? Good joke. Don't you have a smartphone?
Hach yes, in recent years the publishers have led us around by not giving us a real successor to a beloved series, but only announcing a mobile branch as a quick cash grave. After all, only the name counts, then the fans buy it and microtransactions are not noticed at all.
Well, that's how they seem to have thought it. The reality is a little different. In any case, Blizzard did not expect the huge shitstorm for Diablo: Immortal. No, dear publishers, we don't let ourselves be sold for stupid here either. So please stop pulling popular brands into the dirt with mobile microtransaction rip-offs. Even Mario Kart Tour from Nintendo is an absolute cheek.
8. Games that are soullessly chasing a trend
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In the gaming business it works just like in any other branch: If someone has a cool idea, all competitors try to copy it. This creates trends and trends don't last forever because at some point the market was flooded with semi-cooked and soulless products. In the games area, however, one often has the impression that trends are being exploited and watered down even further than elsewhere.
As a gamer you get annoyed quite often and develop an anti-attitude towards certain trends. We only say Battle Royale … and we are sure that at least half of you rolled your eyes. This probably also applies to Free 2 Play MOBAs. How many games of this kind do we have to survive ?! Sure, new Battle Royale games or MOBAs have their reason to exist if the developers have cool, innovative ideas for them, but far too often we are served up a mashed-up uniform. The asymmetrical multiplayer shooter genre has also become a small trend, but even fewer studios can manage a reasonable game here. In any case, Resident Evil Resistance has some annoying problems and of Predator: hunting grounds we prefer not to start at all.
9. Konami is playing a different game than PES
Oh, Konami, what happened to you? The Japanese publisher was once known for first-class games. Ingenious brands like Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania or Silent Hill delighted gamers all over the world. However, company policy has changed drastically in recent years. Instead of continuing to develop triple-A games, Konami now earns the rolls with pachinko machines. Only the PES series continues to appear regularly and is actually still very good.
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But every few years Konami digs up an old brand and mangles it. Just think of this incredible groat called Metal Gear: Survive or the catastrophic contra: Rogue Corps from last year. Anyone who has been in the gaming business for as long as Konami must know before the release that these games are somewhere between 1. FC Köln and a container full of elephant excrement.
Therefore, it can be assumed that Konami just wants to milk popular brands quickly, because uninformed gamers access the title for nostalgia reasons. Konami, leave it! Seat, place, off! If you don't want to develop any more real games besides PES, that's a shame, but it's your thing. But please don't torment us with junk games that trample our beloved game series.
Do you know the scene from the Simpsons, where Homer, as a temporary Krusty, repeatedly hits the burglar thief lying on the floor until a little distraught boy shouts "Stop it! He's long dead!"? Well, Homer's left fist is EA, the right one is organic goods, the man on the floor is Anthem and we players are the little boy. Anthem is dead, EA! No matter how many patches, updates or whatever you still hit the game in the face, it will not come back to life!
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Of course, it is commendable if games that have problems or fail to start properly for other reasons continue to be taken care of. Ubisoft provided For Honor and Rainbow Six: Siege so well and listened to the community that the games were still a success. However, both games were completely okay for release. Anthem, on the other hand, was badly bugged, repetitive and went far beyond what players hoped for in a bioware game.
Faulty patches as well as some decisions and statements from EA then led to pretty much all buyers giving up hope a long time ago. EA still announces with great enthusiasm that it wants to change everything. We only really want to bury the body named Anthem. For over a year there have been only empty promises about the resurrection, but we don't want that at all. Check off the game as a flop and leave us alone!
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