As our gaming systems become more and more powerful, the expectation of “better” graphics goes along with that. Ask 95% of gamers what “better graphics” means, and they’ll likely answer “realistic.” So what they’re really asking for is more realistic graphics. It’s a shame, too, because realistic graphics aren’t all that they’re cracked up to be. Every generation’s attempts at graphics that try to imitate real life only look good until something comes out that looks even more real; after that, it’s hard to go back to the old style. The more realistic the graphics, the deeper into the uncanny valley they delve. And nobody likes the uncanny valley. It’s like looking at a soulless video game of real dolls.
Thankfully, developers are realizing that there are better ways to doing things. Now, we have games like Okami, Valkyria Chronicles, and now the new Prince of Persia — the latter conveniently being released this week. These games have diverged from the ever-popular life-like visual approach and instead opt for something a bit more, well, artistic. While such games might not draw in audiences with their graphics at the moment, they’ll hold up for years to come. Compare that to something like Condemned, which doesn’t look very good anymore — and it’s only three years old.
But hey, enough pointless rambling, it’s time for celebration. The winter rush will so be over, but already releases are thinning out! After the jump, witness the only two games worth a damn this week:
Prince of Persia: Ubisoft decided to reboot the Prince of Persia series, and boy did they ever. New Prince, new look, new story. If they could somehow capture the pure amazing factor that Sands of Time offered, this will be one helluva game. Fingers crossed.
Singstar ABBA: Everybody needs some ABBA karaoke. You all know the words to Dancing Queen and Mamma Mia, so don’t even pretend like you don’t want this game.
So yeah, that’s really it this week. Just wait until January when there’s a week with nothing but the newest Imagine: Babyz game.