5 Innovative Games
We gamers are a whiny bunch. It’s true. We don’t want to play games with the same mechanics over and over. We like variety. We can be mesmerized out of our socks when it comes to something different. Seeing a trailer that unveils something new or spectacular gets us all excited and our voices drop in bass and increases with “squee”. It is important for the industry to bring new ideas to the table and amaze the ol’ folk who buy their ware. Ware being games. Not Tupperware. Although a Tupperware bowl that shoots aliens in the behind would be spectacular and we would all sleep sound, feeling safe with our Tupperware puppy in the vicinity.
Getting sidetracked: check. It’s important for the industry to keep growing and innovating. We can always be happy with our purchase when we play something that feels new and fresh. Taking this into account, I present to you, my very own list of games that made me all bug-eyed and happy with joyous goodness.
5 — Singularity
It may not have the production values of something like Uncharted, but it is certainly a fun shooter with interesting gameplay mechanics. Early on in the game you will be handed the very crown jewel of the game, the Time Manipulation Device or TMD for short. It uses a rare element called E99 only found on the island of Katorga 12, the very same island you landed on. This isn’t your run of the mill, peaceful island. It’s infested by all kinds of hungry things that want you to stop breathing. The point I want to get to before I get carried away again is the TMD. This nifty device is a huge addition to the game, and no matter what you say, it’s awesome. You can use this device to make old things, new and new things, old. That’s right, you guessed it, even enemies. You can turn a soldier into dust just by using this totally awesome device. As the game progresses you will find upgrades for the TMD, that makes this totally awesome device even more bad-ass. Create a bubble that slows down everything inside of it? No problem. Pick something up without even touching it and throw it against the poor fellow in your way? No problem. Stand in front of a poorly aged barrel and continue making it old and new over and over again? No problem. It’s a great gameplay mechanic to a highly underrated game.
4 — LA Noire
A game developed by Rockstar where you are actually in the shoes of the good guy catching criminals and making their lives horrible? Yes, it exists. Actually Team Bondi is also in the picture so it makes sense that you’re not a psychopath on a rampage to kill everyone over someone else’s cocaine. LA Noire is a game that takes the open world idea and turns it into something else entirely. Yeah, there isn’t as much to do, open world-wise, as suppose to a Grand Theft Auto title, but you have to hand it to this game for being good and still be an open world game. Yes, the game focuses more on narrative than on the whole action massacre, and there is nothing wrong with that. Innovation is here in full swing. Interrogate suspects, stop street crimes, chase criminals, bust people for being mean to fluffy animals and still enjoy the occasional shoot-out. It’s more fun than it sounds, really it is. Being the good guy in a game doesn’t mean you have you can’t have fun. The interrogations and story sections benefit greatly from the superb facial animations, and also adds another layer to the innovation side of things. It’s something different, play it if you haven’t played it yet.
3 — Crysis and Crysis 2
Whether you’re in New York or a Cambodian jungle, being the guy in the awesome and bad-ass Nanosuit is a thing of dreams. The thing with Crysis and innovation is not only the fact that it is powered by advanced tech that makes the surroundings look insanely pretty, it’s also your Nanosuit and its abilities that makes things… wait for it… awesome. You have the ability to pick up a car and throw it at the nearest Korean soldier or alien. What’s not to love about that? You like being sneaky? You can become invisible and steal everyone money before killing them. (The whole money stealing thing is not actually in the game, although it would cause your awesome meter to rise.) Go out guns blazing, you betcha! Just don’t expect to be the bullet sponge to 20 guys’ guns and expect to make it out alive. You can take a fair amount of damage, yes, but that is only when your suit is charged and ready. Crysis 2 took all these gameplay mechanics and made it all the more fluid and accessible. You’re not in the jungle anymore, but New York can also be a dangerous jungle in it’s own way, especially with suicidal aliens running around. It adds another layer to your first person shooter that makes it super fun.
2 — Bulletstorm
Mix the people from Gears of War and Unreal Tournament with the people from Painkiller and you have one crazy end-result. Bulletstorm may appear as a mindless and vulgar shooter with too much gore, but that isn’t true. Yes, it’s crude, gory, and may not appeal to everyone. The thing that sets it apart from other shooters is your abilities to slide, kick and leash everything in your way. Kicking a virtual nutcase into one of various cacti is a thing of dreams. Slide into someone and shoot him point-blank with a four-barrel shotgun. And the crème de la crème being the energy leash. Yank the closest ruffian to your location and perform plethora of moves to make him no more. The game makes use of a skillshot system that encourages you to get creative with your killing. I’m pretty sure the old lady reading this will start crying, unless she is really cool. Each skillshot has it’s own name and recipe to pull off. It forces you to think of your surrounding and find creative ways to off your crazy enemies. It’s unique and loads of fun.
1 — BioShock
Innovation is the name of the game with this ADAM-infused beast. BioShock ups the ante in almost every category. The story is intellectual. The enemies are one of a kind. The moral choices offer different endings and quite frankly, the whole experience is one without equal. You are in the underwater utopia of Rapture and I think it’s important to note that utopia must be used in past tense here. All hell broke loose at the New Year’s eve of 1958, and everything has been one chaotic nightmare since. Your character has a dark history, you gain the power of shocking splicers with electricity and end their breathing with a quick arrow to the temple, Big Daddies and Little Sisters walk around not meaning to you harm you, unless you harm them. Having a weapon in one hand and powers in the other gives you a unique and powerful feeling. When it comes to unique experiences, BioShock is at the top of the list.
These are but five examples of interesting and innovative games. The gaming world is filled with jewels. What other innovative games made you fall instantly in love with them?