Gamers: Stop Complaining About Shooter Campaigns
Apparently, developers just can't make a first-person shooter campaign that anybody actually likes.
As much as I promote innovation and originality, I still enjoy the occasional shooter. And as it's my job, I've played just about every campaign of every FPS of the generation, from Singularity to RAGE to Killzone to everything in between. And you know, while there are always a few minor issues - as there are in any video game - and some were just plain "meh," I get really confused and annoyed when I see people bitterly complaining. They complain about everything.
Everyone is whining about the Battlefield 3 campaign, for instance. Why? I don't get it. Sure, the AI is outdated and there are a few bugs, but what more do you want? That campaign had just about everything and in direct comparison to other games, it excels in a number of categories. But nobody is satisfied. Nobody ever is. KZ3 didn't control exactly like KZ2 and people didn't like the end. Modern Warfare 2 was too short. RAGE didn't have a good enough story. Resistance 3 didn't have good enough graphics and wasn't as realistic as the military shooters.
It never ends. Just about every single time I hear someone talk about a campaign in a shooter, it's usually described as "meh," "lame," or "boring." There's always a problem. This may be a byproduct of the multiplayer explosion, in that the only people whining are those who only buy shooters to play online, and never cared about the campaign to begin with. But in truth, stepping back from both a critic and fan standpoint, I'm really not sure what we should be complaining about, over and over.
I actually think shooters get put under a microscope more often than any other genre, although I know the hardcore gamers will hate me for saying that. And when these FPSs are analyzed to death, it's inevitable that somebody will find something wrong. I just don't know why the negatives get so much attention, and why everyone seems to flat-out assume that every shooter campaign "could be a lot better" in some way. I'm not saying all campaigns are fantastic. I'm saying there are are fantastic campaigns, and they never seem to get any credit.
Related Game(s): Battlefield 3
11/6/2011 8:50:52 PM Ben Dutka