Last week, in the comments, we kinda got into it over the whole issue of reboots that are little more than retreads.
There’s tension between the whole thing of taking a game from 1989 and using that basic idea to tell the same (or similar) story with modern tools and taking a game from 1993 and ditching pretty much everything but the name and then slapping that name on a game that could have pretty much any name slapped on it.
I’m confident in saying that everybody hates the latter. I understand, however, the whole thought process behind saying “I can’t believe that they’re trying to reboot Bad Dudes!” (I went and Googled late 80’s Video Games and was kind of taken aback by how many memorable games from that era had already been rebooted… and at how many games from that era had a II or a III after their title that are still around.)
But, sometimes, the point of a game isn’t really the whole underlying story (e.g., Planescape Torment) or the universe in which it takes place (e.g., the Fallouts 3, New Vegas, and 4) but the mechanics. If the mechanics of the game are really good, really solid, and rewarding to play, it’s not so bad to get a “new” game that consists of little more than a new coat of paint on some really good, really solid, rewarding to play mechanics.
Which brings me to Far Cry Primal. (I guess marketing said that “Far Cry 5” was reserved and “Far Cry V” didn’t really fit with their vision for the series.)
The Far Cries did a good, solid job of taking some good, solid sandboxy mechanics and applying them to some good, solid first person shooty mechanics and duct taping them together to give a good, solid game. (And starting with Far Cry 3, putting some attempts at criticizing the tropes of the genre in there as well.)
This time around, however, they’re taking you back to the mesolithic era. Sabretooths! Mastodons! If we’re lucky, a megalonyx! Megafauna to conquer, technology to build out of rocks and hide and whatnot, and, huh, a language based on Proto-Indo-European… that’s actually kinda pretty cool.
They’re basically taking a game that you’ve played a hundred times already, changed some skins, and given it a new and improved setting and, holy cow, created a game that, seriously, I’m going to look into purchasing as soon as Lent ends.
So… what are you playing?
(Picture is “Untitled” by our very own Will Truman. Used with permission)