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Monolith Soft wants to become "something like" Bethesda
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December 15, 2012, 06:19:09
 
I suppose this isn't a huge surprise, as Xenoblade had some major elements of WRPG in it. Albeit in context it seems that Inaba is talking more about the raw tech. (Xenoblade is a pretty technically impressive game...)

From Siliconera

Monolith Softs Michihiko Inaba and executive producer, Hirohide Sugiura, had a couple of quotes to share, regarding their upcoming Wii U game.

Inaba: Id like to make an HD game that will wow the players. I want to show that Japan can still keep up with the USA when it comes next gen technology. Our goal is to become something like the developers of the Fallout series, Bethesda Softworks.

Sugiura: I believe that todays Japanese gaming industry has lost its touch, and wed like to do something to change that.

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Posted: 12/15/12, 06:19:09    
 
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@Xbob42
That's cool, to each his own, but other people may disagree with you and it's not necessarily because they've never played an RPG before. Jeff Cannata on Weekend Confirmed loved Oblivion, he's always talking about how obsessed he was with it, and this is a guy whose played practically every major PC WRPG since the beginning of the genre, and who still thinks Ultima VII has never been surpassed.

Sorry if I get touchy about it but Oblivion is in my top 3 for this generation, along with Galaxy 1 and Burnout Paradise, I've never played Morrowind and I have no doubt it's amazing and probably even better than Oblivion, heck even with the dated graphics I'd play the hell out of it if they'd port it to PS3 or something. Hmm... if it's really that great I should just get a used Xbox for like $50 somewhere and play it that way...


Posted by 
 on: 12/18/12, 17:32:11  - Edited by 
 on: 12/18/12, 17:37:59
I didn't enjoy Fallout 3, like at all. I tried multiple times and really don't know what people see in it. To be honest it completely put me off trying Bethesda games full stop as there doesn't seem to be a great deal of difference between them.


Posted by 
 on: 12/18/12, 17:41:09
@warerare
I didn't care Fallout 3 even though I loved Oblivion, I think the world was just too drab for me, I got about 15 hrs. in and then just lost steam. I'm more into the lush medieval fantasy stuff than the bleak post apocalypse stuff.


Posted by 
 on: 12/18/12, 17:48:11
@deathly_hallows

"You only like this game because" -type statements are lame and should be avoided in general. It's just rude, especially from someone who doesn't know you.


Posted by 
 on: 12/18/12, 17:53:03
@warerare
I gave both Fallout 3 and New Vegas a few shots each and just couldn't get into either of them. It's not that I think they're bad games, they just didn't appeal to me very much.


Posted by 
 on: 12/18/12, 18:00:50
I want Monolith to make a post-nuclear apocalypse RPG.


Posted by 
 on: 12/18/12, 18:04:38
deathly_hallows said:
@Xbob42
That's cool, to each his own, but other people may disagree with you and it's not necessarily because they've never played an RPG before. Jeff Cannata on Weekend Confirmed loved Oblivion, he's always talking about how obsessed he was with it, and this is a guy whose played practically every major PC WRPG since the beginning of the genre, and who still thinks Ultima VII has never been surpassed.

Sorry if I get touchy about it but Oblivion is in my top 3 for this generation, along with Galaxy 1 and Burnout Paradise, I've never played Morrowind and I have no doubt it's amazing and probably even better than Oblivion, heck even with the dated graphics I'd play the hell out of it if they'd port it to PS3 or something. Hmm... if it's really that great I should just get a used Xbox for like $50 somewhere and play it that way...

This is exactly my point. I never said that anybody never played an RPG before. I said the people who tend to love Oblivion the most simply weren't familiar with ES games. Morrowind was literally a better game than Oblivion in every single aspect that counted, except visuals. (Although there was more visual VARIETY.)

It's like... If you never played a Mario game before, New Super Mario Bros U would probably be a pretty badass game. But most Mario fans wouldn't run around going "Oh man so much better than SMB3/World!" (And frankly the use of "New" in the title as they rehash the game 90,000 times in a year is getting tiresome.)

Oblivion is just flat out inferior to its immediate predecessor and immediate successor in every way. You should try either one.


Posted by 
 on: 12/18/12, 23:59:28  - Edited by 
 on: 12/19/12, 00:01:34
Not to butt in, but has it been pointed out yet that these quotes are a couple years old? Just curious.


Posted by 
 on: 12/19/12, 02:21:26
I had Morrowind when I had an Xbox. It's been so long that I don't recall specifics, but I remember liking the concept, but finding the game too big and aimless to get into it. I never played it very much because of that, it was difficult to get into.

The best thing about Xenoblade is that, even though it's a long game with huge worlds, it's still very accessible for the type of game that it is. Hopefully Monolith won't get so ambitious that their games lose that accessibility that made Xenoblade easy to play.


Posted by 
 on: 12/19/12, 02:35:08
@Xbob42
But how many people really said Oblivion was better than Morrowind? Most ES fans that I know will freely admit that ES3 is the better game, but that doesn't make Oblivion trash. It would be like saying MGS4 is garbage just because a lot of people think MSG3 is better, or Skyward Sword is garbage because Ocarina of Time is considered better, and I'm sure some people do say that, but I'm not one of them. But what if someone differs from the popular opinion and actually likes Oblivion the best, God forbid someone not fall into 100% lock-step with the majority opinion right? I don't even worry about shit like that, when I play a game I judge it based on it's own merits, regardless of how good or bad it's prequels or sequels are.

Besides, think about the nature of this argument, do you really think people's opinions shouldn't count just because they haven't played every game in a series? Does this apply to books and movies as well? If someone one goes to see Skyfall and likes it do you really want to be the guy who says "no way, Skyfall is horrible, you only like it because you haven't seen Dr. No, which is a million times better", it just seems... fucked up and elitist and fundamentally wrong to think that way.


Posted by 
 on: 12/19/12, 04:41:59  - Edited by 
 on: 12/19/12, 04:44:08
deathly_hallows said:
@Xbob42
But how many people really said Oblivion was better than Morrowind? Most ES fans that I know will freely admit that ES3 is the better game, but that doesn't make Oblivion trash. It would be like saying MGS4 is garbage just because a lot of people think MSG3 is better, or Skyward Sword is garbage because Ocarina of Time is considered better, and I'm sure some people do say that, but I'm not one of them.

Plenty of people try to claim Oblivion is better. I suspect most that do haven't actually played it and just want to defend Oblivion because they have 500+ hours in it. Which makes no sense to me. Why does enjoying Oblivion mean you have to "defend" it against other games being better, especially in its own series?

As for your quote about MGS4 garbage vs MGS3, I couldn't say, as I haven't played either.

But imagine... Imagine Zelda. Imagine it takes big strides and is really awesome. It innovates in every way. Now imagine instead of the next game innovating, or even stagnating -- imagine if it took 10 steps back in EVERY department. Like, everything was significantly worse. The story became total rambling nonsense, the combat was terrible, the world was no longer varied, instead being a single theme and also had no character at all to it. Imagine if instead of doing interesting things all over the world, you had to go inside big stupid gates and fight off a bajillion boring enemies. BUT IT LOOKS REALLY NICE. (I feel like I sort of described how a lot of people felt about Wind Waker, except Wind Waker was actually an awesome game.)

When everything goes backwards, FAR backwards, and the game fails to entertain me in every way possible compared to the previous game that JUST came out a few years prior, then that game to me is TRASH. Play Skyrim to completion and go back and play Oblivion. (No Shivering Isles) It will be BORING. You will be HORRIFIED at its badness. If you play Morrowind, it'll absolutely be dated, but it's very INTERESTING in its own way and is a different game that offers a different experience. Some things are worse, some are better, but it's not a universal leap backwards like Oblivion was.

Hey, if you enjoyed Oblivion, awesome. But to me, it completely and utterly failed to deliver a comparatively enjoyable experience to its predecessor. I hope that you'll have the time to try out either Morrowind or Skyrim, because I'm sure you'll have a great time either way.


Posted by 
 on: 12/19/12, 11:38:01
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