In these troubling times with everyone locked inside, bored out of their skulls, video games can be an excellent time waster. Gamers must be having a hay day with all of this isolation. Video Games are more interactive than a movie, with more to see than a book.
But listen – I’m a bit of an elitist when it comes to art. I do believe that, to an extent, art is objective. No one could convince me that Kim Schwieter’s minimalist gold lines hold the same merit as The Nude Maja.
I believe this is true with all forms of art – films; music; writing; even performance art. I think this is especially true for Video Games.
Games should teach us morals while also telling a well written and engaging story. In this case I do believe that there are some games that are objectively better than others.
A lot of online multiplayer games lack this substance and atmosphere; instead resorting to cheap thrills and competition to drive it’s player’s enthusiasm. Although I enjoy playing Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds more than I do, say, Final Fantasy VII, I don’t think there’s any contest to which game is better.
A few months ago an old friend of mine was getting rid of his PS4 and asked me if I would like his old games. Among these games was The Last of Us: Remastered, God of War, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
I’ve been told time and time again, from conversations with friends, to articles on the internet, that all of these titles are contemporary masterpieces.
It took me until a week ago to start playing any of them: I started with The Last of Us, and right now I’m in the middle of God of War.
These games are amazing – they have such scope and atmosphere that compliments the narrative so perfectly. I’m surprised I hadn’t played these games earlier; I am just awed at how beautiful they are.
Personally I found The Last of Us much more boring than God of War, but I think that it went to the story’s advantage.
I’m not that great of a gamer so I had some trouble beating The Last of Us, even on Normal difficulty. With this is mind, I rather enjoyed the moments of peace between battles where Joel and Ellie would just talk to each other while climbing walls and moving ladders around. It gave me, the player, and time to breathe.
God of War is much more exciting, sacrificing a down to earth tale with the delivery of a mythological and over the top action-fantasy experience. It’s been an absolute joy to be playing so far, I love the relationship between Kratos and his son, as well as Kratos’ own dichotomy – an aggressive, violent god, trying to teach his son restraint.
And as for The Witcher, I can’t wait to get started on it! I have no doubt in my mind that I will thoroughly enjoy it once I get around – though I have heard that the game is incredibly long. That’s why I saved it for last.
Anyways, my point is that these are amazing games, even if The Last of Us doesn’t age well. I haven’t had an experience like this playing a video game since I was a child and I first held an Xbox 360 controller.
These games have reignited my love for gaming, and I so much wish to thank the developers personally, but I’m sure they know what they’ve created. All I can do about it is just write about it on this soon to be short-lived blog.