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.
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ_hgmGEhsw
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSbTviFhHI4

2 comments

  1. thsoundman - July 7, 2011 11:52 am

    I actu­al­ly fol­lowed this game for a long time. It was appar­ent­ly sup­posed to be one of the biggest releas­es of the time and it had a mas­sive devel­op­ment time behind it. If I remem­ber cor­rect­ly it was also sup­posed to be a tril­o­gy. The game was a flop all around if mem­o­ry serves. i still have no played this game I think I’ll go pick it up on one of these steam sales.

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  2. ScrotusKilmystr - July 8, 2011 7:29 am

    Ahh cab­bie your undy­ing love of this game amus­es me… haha. I was real­ly fol­low­ing this game dur­ing the pre-lease and up until the reviews where released was going to snatch it up! beca­sue I was look­ing to fill the void that beat­ing Knights of the Old Repub­lic left.….
    I may have to check it out on Sream if it goes on sale one of these days.…
    As for games of yor that need a sequel/reboot… Armed and Dan­ger­ous! it was one of my favorite titles of the last gen­er­a­tion! The humor was great ” Death to the sal­ad eaters!” the game play was real­ly good for a last gen release…And yes it is back­ward com­pat­i­ble on the 360 and yes I still have this game too!! WooHoo!Obsidian
    Also A true KOTOR sequel not a rehash with an ok sto­ry from Obsidian.….and I’m not talk­ing an MMO either

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