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Are games lacking innovation?

I recently picked up the new Tomb Raider and really enjoyed the first couple of hours, it doesn’t quite offer the unique experience the original but what does? This isn’t down to just Tomb Raider though its all games, think of the major titles in the gaming world right now:

Call of Duty
Grand Theft Auto
Football Manager
Metal Gear Solid
Need for Speed
Tomb Raider

Some of these titles have been going for 15 years. Maybe I’m just getting old but I really miss the buzz of playing something unique. When first person shooters became popular there were many variations, being a teenager I went in the hunt for the most violent possible, step forward Soldier of Fortune. Not the best game ever, but a game in which you could brutally dismember your enemies was a first. Something for you to tell your friends!

What happens now, “have you played the new Call of Duty?”, “Yep”, “Same as the last one isn’t it”, “Yep”.

Now don’t get me wrong games have come a long way, but I think that gameplay and storys have taken a back seat to the impressive graphics.

Here are some of my old favorites that I’d love to play again:

Blade Runner
Grim Fandano
Monkey Island
Day of the Tentacle
Full Throttle
Grand Prix 2
Command and Conquer
Age of Empires
Half Life
Quake 3 Arena
Mario 64
Sega Rally
X Wing vs Thai Fighter
Theme Park
Theme Hospital
Indiana Jones

What are your oldies but goodies? Theres no reason why some of these could be ported to the iPad and I’d snap their hands off.

But my initial point remains, I can’t remember the last time I played an original game, probably Loco Roco on the PSP.

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