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Posted on Thursday, September 18 2008 @ 23:23:02 Eastern

So I just finished up playing Mercenaries 2 today. And by finished up, I mean I've run out of things to do. I've destroyed all the oil rigs. I've blown up almost every building. I've picked tanks up with a helicopter and then dropped them on various things, including cars, boats, buildings, billboards, other tanks, and a helicopter. And I've delivered parrots and rum for a group of Rastafarian Pirates. And then somewhere along the line I beat the game. Sometime when playing I realized something, this is probably the most fun I have ever had playing a game in a long time, if not ever. So after either much or very little thinking I decided the games that I have had the most fun playing. Mercenaries 2, Assassins Creed, the first Mercenaries, and GTA: San Andreas.

So I thought, what do these games have in common that makes them so much fun? Well, they are all free roaming, they are all fairly open when it comes to playing, and in all of them there is a lot to do. However, these were all just minor things. There is one key thing missing that all these games share. Then, while reading a review for Mercs 2 it hit me like a tank falling out of the sky. The review marked down Mercs 2 for a lack of "gritty realism" that seems to be common in games now adays. This brought up two questions. The first was why the hell the reviewer thought the game was going to be gritty or realistic. The second was simply "Why?"

With this question in my mind, I decided to compare a few games. So I started off with two games that are so similar, yet so different, Grand Theft Auto: Sand Andreas and Grand Theft Auto 4. When it comes to which was a better game, I would say 4 little doubt. I mean, most of the problems in San Andreas were fixed in 4 and the story was quite a bit better. But as to which one is more fun, San Andreas would win by a mile. San Andreas had a feeling that you could do anything you wanted, beyond the simple going to place X and killing everything. It was more like you could jump from an airplane and live. In 4 you couldn't jump from on top of a truck without dieing. Keep in mind this is all kinda figurative, not literal, and I'm very tired.

Hold on, I forgot what this was all about. Um, wait just a second...

To summarize everything, I am tired of gritty realism in games. Well, realism in general. Sure with the recent technology, realism is much easier than before. I don't want to drive my friends around and get drunk. I don't want to kill someone in 5 hits with a pipe. I want to just drop a nuke on my enemies. After all, isn't that the American Dream?
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