Which Franchise Would Best Make Use Of Next-Gen Power?
With a new generation of hardware comes more power and more overall technical capability. That's a given.
So what's the one established franchise that could take the most advantage of that extra power? Which is the one series that would benefit most from the tech boost? Which one could use more tech depth?
Me, I'm not going for something like Uncharted, as that franchise relies heavily on fantastic acting and writing, along with a host of other features that aren't necessarily dictated by technological capacity. I'd go with Grand Theft Auto, simply because it's the quintessential open-world adventure game that could likely use every scrap of next-gen power to blow us all away. Still, it doesn't have to be GTA; other sandbox franchises, such as The Elder Scrolls and Assassin's Creed could really do some amazing things with significantly more power.
Also, just bear in mind that some designers don't believe raw power and tech potential is the key to an advanced, progressive game. Quantic Dream boss David Cage has gone on the record several times saying that he "doesn't care" about technology, and he'd rather have game makers focus more on the storytelling and characters. He sees this medium through the prism of an artist, while most don't. So what do you say? What franchise would shine brightest when given fancy new hardware?
11/25/2012 9:21:07 PM Ben Dutka