We Need Games With Cheesy Fun Back in Our Lives
Do you remember the game Destroy all Humans on the PS2? It was a superb game and one that brought me hours of endless, yet pointless fun. The game was hilarious, allowing you to destroy most of the town playing as the aliens for once, a change from the usual soldiers taking out the foreign species from space.
I miss these types of games, where you could pick up and play and find yourself immersed for hours. This used to happen back on my Playstation One as well with Driver 2. It was the first time ever you could get out of your car. The “Take a Drive” mode was completely pointless and all you could do was drive around and get in multiple police chases and not do much else. But it was so much better than Driver 3, even though that had some insane damage modifications made to it for when you crashed at high speed.
I find these days that then I pick up and play a game, I don’t find it as fun as the older games, on older systems. They don’t keep me immersed as much. Are we expecting more from games? Am I outgrowing games? Surely not.
Most of my gaming time has been spent on titles related to Simulation recently. These include Tropico 4, The Sims, Age of Empires Complete Collection and even RollerCoaster Tycoon. I find these games require a bit more skill and input on the higher difficulties to make things work as intended. The Sims is hard when you have children too early and you don’t get enough sleep for work, and Tropico brings in politics to make the challenges more exciting than what I found from titles such as Sim City. (Although I played when the problems hit the world, and I hear they have been resolve recently with patches)
GTA V will most probably change my mind. I love that style of open world awesome gameplay, but I find myself not wanting to enjoy my games as much these days, and the ones that I do give a go have not given me the level of longevity that older legacy titles managed to do. It probably is just me, so I asked around and it seems some people are in agreement with me on how games have changed, but then all the people I asked have been those who have grown up with me in this generation, when the PS2 was the highlight of our teenage lives. Maybe I spent too much time playing MMORPG games on the PC, and expect too much from a console that can’t be offered, but then I didn’t really enjoy Skyrim either. Yeah, probably just me.