It's no fun when games take themselves seriously all the time. Gamers need a break every now and then; there is still room for simple, mindless, entertainment.
And while all shooters are often accused of being mindless, there is a difference between something like Killzone 3 and People Can Fly/Epic's upcoming over-the-top FPS, Bulletstorm . Speaking in a recent Qore episode (as cited by Game Sector Network ), Epic boss Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski said he believes most shooters take themselves "so seriously," and the aim of Bulletstorm is "fun" and "pulpy:"
"The biggest challenge with this game was getting to the point where we could develop an IP that was fun, something that was pulpy, but wasn’t really over the line , there’s a really fine line there, if you look at where the state of shooters are right now it’s very serious."
He went on to say that one could "put a montage of all these military shooters together and you wouldn't even recognize them." …well, that might be pushing it; even those who aren't too enamored with the genre should be able to tell the difference between Call of Duty and Operation Flashpoint . Still, we certainly understand his meaning. As for People Can Fly and their promising project:
"Bulletstorm’s just like screw that, let’s just put a big boot in peoples face, let’s have crazy lines of dialogue, over the top weapons, just put the fun back in the first person shooter. I think its hands down one of the most fun games I’ve played in years."
While we always like games that force us to think and are progressive or innovative in some way, there will always be a place for the fun Bleszinski references here. It's why I have NBA Jam sitting right next to Gran Turismo 5 . Gaming is now capable of offering such massively diverse experiences, so we might as well take advantage.
Related Game(s): Bulletstorm