Thursday, January 29, 2009

Eventually We Were On A Train

I've never played either of the Gears of War games, and this article is pretty annoying in many ways, but I do love Mr. Riley's description of the pleasure of a big dumb game:
If there was a purpose to all the alien killing in Gears of War I don't remember it clearly. I can say that there was at least one point where I was told to do something specific involving a bomb. Then the characters did it in a cutscene. This, of course, prompted swarms of evil aliens to explode from the very soil of the planet in an attempt to halt our progress. Well we dispatched them but good! Then we killed some more aliens! Eventually we were on a train. Then the game ended. It was radiant in its simplicity.

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