Friday, 22 February 2013

1up Blog #32: Game Trilogies (09/03/2006)

A big trend in gaming lately seems to be this whole trilogy thing (sorry if this sounds a bit rant-like). Recent games like Mass Effect, Too Human, the Final Fantasy XIII: Fabula Nova Crystallis project and Advent Rising, all want a piece of this. I don't know why it has to be 3 games. Do these game makers think that a trilogy automatically equals "classic" or something (see the original 3 Star Wars and the Lord of the Rings trilogy)? Lets not forget that not every trilogy ends up that way (the Red Dragon/Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal movie series wasn't exactly anything to go crazy over). Lets also not forget that these are games, and not movies!

We've already seen this "multiple-game series" plan stumble recently: Xenosaga, once a planned 5-part series, quickly announced that a 3rd game will end it all (I know most don't know if the game succeeded or not, but you got to wonder how many important points in the story or other ideas went straight to the dumpster). Advent Rising was also supposed to be the first of a trilogy, but after mediocre reviews and perhaps even poorer sales, it seems the development team has disbanded (or fired, I don't know). Also, a lot of the time when I hear a sequel is/was planned (or two in this case) before the original has been released (God of War/God of War 2, Splinter Cell 2/Splinter Cell 3, Halo 2/Halo 3), it seems the story is lacking in the first game, like they saved a bunch for "the next game." While at the same time, many original games that didn't originally have sequels planned when they were made (Halo, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy X), have some of the best stories I've ever heard (can't speak for their sequels though...)

So, we can expect a vastly improved Advent Rising 2 to continue the trilogy sometime on the 360 right?... Right?...

Are most of these game makers looking too far in the future (maybe they are changing their minds over time! Surprise!)? Will Too Human and Mass Effect flop, thus canceling the rest of the series? Or will the sequels be half-assed continuations, rushed out the door? Well, I can't say, only the future can...

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