Whilst watching the final episode of Utopia, Channel 4's bleak drama about the future of mankind, an advert appeared for the next version of the video game Crysis 3, which will be released in the UK tomorrow. Here is the link to the trailer: Crysis 3
Whilst I don't play this myself, I irritate DB to hell and back yelling out things to him, such as "watch out, duck, to your left, to your right, they're behind you". We have a 'vested' interest in this as DS, amongst many, helped create it. It is all too easy to have very negative feedback about games such as these (in this case fighting aliens already on our planet as well as those who chose to be their allies) yet the graphics are superb and you really feel as though you are at the cinema rather than in your front room.
There is more to games like this than the mere shoot em up types, which I find incredibly boring to watch and DB finds them even more boring to play. We like a story to our games and believe it or not, you actually care very much about not only the person you are playing in the game but what happens to them, do the good guys win etc. A whole gamut of emotions is played out in this and similar games.
Two other games DS has introduced us to (but who is not connected with) are Red Dead Redemption whose lead character John Marston (he of the very sexy voice) is forced by government agents to do their bidding otherwise he won't see his unfairly jailed wife and child again. You really care about what happens to him and I for one, felt shattered at the ending. It was very similar to watching a really good western that has an unexpected ending, leaving you feel angry and sad at the same time.
Finally, the Nathan Drake series, a charismatic character who seems to be a cross between James Bond and Indiana Jones. Another character you care about, get angry with, annoyed at yet want will him to succeed. A bit like being a mother in real life, you want to remonstrate with him yet ruffle his hair at the same time. A very likeable and lovable rogue!
The only comment I would make to the makers of these games is to not
put all your energy into the multi-player versions. Anyone who is
slightly older (or even greatly older) than the age range such games are
aimed at, cannot react as quickly and often find the multi-player
versions too fast and confusing (which is irritating as those are the
versions DS works on!). Just a comment which I hope someone might take