Officially E3 has just begun and all the important announcements have been made in the pre-conference presentations from Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft. We saw trailers/demos for Halo 4, Black Ops 2, Resident Evil 6, New Super Mario Bros. 2, New Super Mario Bros U, Assassin Creed 3 to name a few. The crowds cheered and the gaming blogs, for the most part, celebrated these announcements.
Is anyone else feeling sequelitis? I enjoy playing some of these series as much as the next person but as someone with less and less free time I'm not looking for similar experiences, but new ones. Furthermore, if these sequels showed something innovative or new I'd be singing their praises, but besides Assassin Creed 3 all of these other sequels feel like the same damn thing. Seriously, can anyone tell me what is different in Resident Evil 6? I've watched the trailers, read write-ups of that game, and can't see anything remotely interesting with the next installment of the horror franchise. If anyone can explain to me the appeal on this game, please do so in the comments because maybe I'm just oblivious.
Grousing about the appeal of a tired franchise aside, there were a couple AAA titles that used a newly created IP: The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls. More interestingly though, both projects have cast actress Ellen Page in a lead role. I've mostly enjoyed Ellen Page's work but why is it that the only two original AAA titles at the big three presentation's both have the same actress? Years from now much like I'm feeling fatigue from sequels will I get the same from seeing Ellen Page or maybe another famous actor/actress in every game?
This is of course is hyperbole, but if this does become more common as long as the actor does a good job and the developer makes a compelling game I could care less. Maybe through the use of established actors like Ellen Page developers and publishers will be more willing to take risks on new game IP because they wouldn't need to depend on the strength of the game's brand and instead lean on the brand of that particular actor. Just as in the past, this strategy may not work, but I'm willing to try anything to get new ideas into the gaming medium.
Now if you will excuse me, it’s my turn in Civilization 5.