So I may have been know to have a moan about the lack of creativity in gaming, in particular the vast number of sequels that have been released in the last couple of years. However not wishing to be a hypocrite (you can call me one if you want), I recently got to thinking that most of my favourite games of the last couple of years have been sequels.
When I thought about the list of excellent games I have played and loved in the last couple of years, two thirds of them were a sequel of some sort. Bioshock 2, Dawn of War 2, Uncharted 2, God of War 3, Mass Effect 2, even Red Dead Redemption was a sequel (kind of). Hell I even loved Assassin's Creed 2, which was a sequel to a game that wasn’t actually very good.
This is where I get to my point. Sequels to games seem to be getting as good as the original, and quite often better (always exceptions, Call of Duty seems to be getting worse not better). Now in movies this is often the opposite way round, and you usually get diminishing returns. I think the reason for this is that with games it is a lot easier for developers and publishers to get feedback on what went wrong and right with their games.
There are forums, and review sites, and blogs, and communities, and people playing there game day and night, constantly telling them what is good and bad. So we end up with essentially perfected (or nearly) versions of the earlier games. So I end up buying and playing loads of sequels because they are really great games, despite me moaning that I want more originality. Heh, I think this in part is why I brought both Enslaved and Vanquish, because they are great titles without a number after them.
So should I shut up about creativity and enjoy the great games, that seems unlikely. I will say this though, i am looking forward to Killzone 3.