Mar 27, 2007
Now we all know how middle chapters of movies go. Much like “The Empire Strikes Back”,”The Matrix Reloaded”, “Pirates of the Caribbean 2″, “The Two Towers” and countless other trilogys the middle chapter likes to not provide a clear resolution to the story so you have to go see the third and find out how everything ends thus the movie studios suck you out of another $10 bucks. With movies I find this much more acceptable. Cliffhangers and continuations in movies don’t bother me that much. You spend two hours with a movie you spend a few bucks and then it’s over. The investment is minimal….
The videogame industry appears to be gravitating towards that model and it totally sucks. Few game series do it well (Metal Gear Solid is a prime example) where some it’s so amazingly frustrating it negates the fun you have playing the current title.
The original Halo and God of War games got it right. SELF CONTAINED ORIGINAL STORIES WITH CLEAR RESOLUTIONS. Their sequels sadly were created with further titles in mind. Thus we get stupid taglines like “Finish the Fight” and “The End Begins”.
See the thing is this. Videogames are a MUCH larger investment then going to the movies. You spend hundreds of dollars to have the equipment and if you are a fan you spend $50 bucks out the gate to buy the game the first week it comes out. Also to reach the end you can sometimes spend 10 times the length of your average movie playing though the campaign.
After your investment a conclusion should be your reward not the promise of more. Halo 2 and God of War 2 pretty much spit at your investment and to me say…
Thank you viewing “The End Begins”! Now to see the conclusion you will need to spend another $700 dollars to “Finish the Fight”!
Halo 3 will be released on the Xbox 360. God of War 3 more then likely will be released on the PS3. Big bucks….
It is genuinely frustrating finishing these games. As a gamer I feel I deserve a little more then this. Maybe that is why I hold a soft spot for games developed by Nintendo. Maybe it’s a trust where I know I will get a full complete game. Metroid Prime is a great example. You finish the games. You complete your objective. You get a clear cut ending. There maybe a little something at the end to bring you back but nothing like the ending to God of War 2.
The shame is GoW2 was an amazing game. For a PS2 title the graphics were great. The first 80% of the game was an epic experience and is a title geared towards adults. Seeing my non-gamer significant other engaged with the first level was a great feeling. The release couldn’t have came at a better time after the popularity of “300″. Penny Arcade has a great comic on the game and is totally true. The second disk was a great bonus I wish every game came with something similar. The first level of the game has more “WOW” moments then most games could ever wish to have.
I say these things out of love. Video games are the one thing from my childhood that is going to stick with me till “The End Begins”. With every game I buy I crave to “Finish the Fight” but please let me finish the fight $50 dollars at at time.