@JoyfullOFrockets: Actualy with @TorgoGrooves89 's mention of Crysis 2, it makes me realize that Crytek has been looking to do what I've been talking about for half a decade. Here's hoping Crysis 2 does something more for people than the original did.
@JoyfullOFrockets: Of course, the game had tonnes of issues with it, but it took some strides in others. Being attacked all the time by nameless, chipmunk speaking African mercenaries: not fun. Being able to distract a group of enemies with a forest fire, than flanking them in a boat and not taking a single bullet: FUN!
I think taking open ended/world elements, similar to that of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series or what Rockstar did with Red Dead Redemption, and filtering them to keep the genre "general public" oriented is the way to go. Far Cry 2 is likely the closest to his idea so far and if more is built on it, we could get some very cool games that don't go over the heads of some people while getting a more visceral experience.
@President_Barackbar: Wow, there's been a lot that has come out since then. Episodes 1 and 2 were re-released on the original Xbox and Gamecube and there was a DS game, Phantasy Star Zero, that came out just last year.
" @CL60: No, i looked at the sword in the demo, and IMO it looked better then the sword models on the PC images ive seen. Also, I thought the cell area looked better in teh demo. maybe its the shadowing, but it still looked better. Also, if you find the other parts of this demo he did, I still think the open world areas look better. Also, what is the obvious reason for removing it? "
Try hitting a goblin when everything is pitch black. Yeah, that wouldn't be fun.