On this episode of NTSOE, myself and Aaron Batten discuss the age old debate for gamers everywhere: Indie Gaming or Triple A Gaming?
I’ve talked in detail in the past of how in order for Independent Gaming Developers need to do to compete with Big Triple A titles and gargantuan developers is to create games that seem to focus on one area of gaming and do it to perfection, allowing a couple of things to fall to the more simplistic area to help push the game. We can look at Papers, Please as a game that sacrificed graphics and a well polished feel for immersive story telling and a challenging game. Journey focused almost solely on creating a visually stunning game that bordered on an artistic masterpiece. I for one think this is a great thing. Triple A titles these days seem to all be fighting with each other on what is the prettiest turd in the punch bowl of simplistic story driven games that it is nice that the independent scene has a plethora of alternatives to Grand Theft Auto XLIV and Call of Duty: 12 Year Old’s Wet Dream.
Independently developed video games have been winning me over for years now and after the release of the XBox One and PS4 last year, my journey to the light side became complete. So needless to say when I saw Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons on sale during the Summer Steam Sale, I had to pick it up and give it a go. Now granted it may be a bit of a gray area to call Starbreeze Studios indie when they created games like Payday 2 and the Chronicles of Riddick games, but considering them against some of the bigger names, I’m going to let it slide for now. I have heard some interesting things about the game, most claiming it to be one of the best independent games that they have played. So needless to say there was a little bit of hype as I went diving head first into a world of two brothers adventuring to save their sick father and after playing I was left with a great big heaping pile of ‘Eh’. It wasn’t that the game was ‘bad’. Because it certainly was a good game but it certainly did not live up to the hype that many people have been calling it. It certainly is no Journey… But it also certainly isn’t an Amy so I guess there is that. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons”