July 7, 2011
Thought of the Week: Despite reception we hold on…..
Time for this week’s thought that has been bouncing around my head for two weeks since the Mirror’s Edge and lack of creativity topic; are there games that were either met with mixed reviews or panned by critics that you still hold dear or diligently hope for a sequel? Advent Rising is mine. I love this game and will defend it till the day I die (not to be overly dramatic). It had a story that sucked you in, a unique visual style and one of my favorite soundtracks of all time; but it was plagued by bugs and a shoddy frame rate, and the “flick” system didn’t work as advertised but what game is perfect? This is another game that sits in the categories of “best game no one played” and “creative game that gets buried amongst the tide of sequels”. There was also the blunder of Majesco and its million dollar give away that went sour, but that is not the games fault. I had followed the game from production to release getting my hands on any article and watching everything I could on G4 (back when they actually ran shows 24/7 about video games instead of running 24 hours of pure crap). It also helped that one of the composers, Tommy Tallarico, was on Judgment Day at the time. The game received mixed reviews, but I still bought it day one, and loved every minute of it. I still regard it as one of the best games of the previous generations despite what other critics think. If they ever threw around the idea to make this game a movie I would lose weight, buff up, grow my hair, take acting lessons, and petition to have the role of Gideon Wyeth. So know that I have confessed my undying love for Advent Rising, are there any games that despite their critical reception, you still love and adore?
Editor’s note: The two master minds that created the game Donald and Geremy Mustard are still in the industry at their dev studio, Chair Entertainment. They are responsible for three hit downloadable games; Undertow, Shadow Complex, and Infinity Blade. There is still hope for a sequel to Advent Rising, I would even settle for a XBLA sequel. No I am not desperate, just passionate.
Here is a two songs off it’s fantastic soundtrack, the game is not back compatible on the 360 (outrage!) but is available on Steam for a steal of $9.99.