Rockstar Games: Fuckin' Shit Up Since '98
And thats awesome, yep. Skydiving, explosions, stopping traffic because you saw another lime green bikini that needed some bloody accents, and...whoa, what the fuck is happening to that cops head in that one picture?
Anyway, GTA IV comes out and some people go "WHERE THE FUCK IS MY SKYDIVING INTO A STRIPCLUB AND STEALING BICYCLES AND GIVING THE FINGER AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ITS TOO REAL"
Most people just had their heads explode, because of how good the game was. You really felt for Niko Bellic and his European ass. I knew people who were literally emotionally effected after the cab service was burnt; after Kate was shot, etc etc etc. The consensus between me and my friends is something along the lines of; Well that was awesome, but what the fuck is R* doing after that?
The answer was especially awesome to me since I loved Red Dead Revolver, a game most people overlooked for whatever reason. The only hidden gem Rockstar ever made, I suppose.
The fact that they would even have the balls to make a sequel to a relatively quiet and meh-received PS2 game was pretty nerd-cool. The thing that nobody saw coming was how good Red Dead Redemption really was. One of my favorite storylines in any game ever, MGS3 included. While John Marston wasn't unforgettable, Red Dead Redemption is an ensemble effort from the Heroin addicted Professor on leave, to Dutch, to Bonnie Macfarlane, to Irish, to you get the goddamn idea. The landscape was beautiful, story was great, gunplay was as good as ever, horse-riding was fun, and the only big problem I have with the game is that you have to join free roam to get to any other multiplayer game mode. But, the game was more or less GTA IV with all the kinks worked out, and set to a different drumbeat. Some tweaks for the engine and a whole facelift for the story change.
Now, LA Noire.
Looks awesome, like it might be my favorite game of the year already. But again, it kinda looks like another Rockstar game with some touches to make it better. Now whatever affiliation Rockstar actually has with this project I don't fully understand, but people seem to get bitchy whenever you say Noire is a Rockstar Game. Watch the trailers that show driving and gunplay. Does that look different to you? As far as i'm concerned its a collaborative effort that will basically just be GTA/Red Dead revisited in a different era, with different story mechanics IE detective work. Being said, it looks great. But what happens after LA Noire? GTA V? Will that be more of what we saw? I'm not complaining because R* makes awesome games, but where are they going? Are they just going to venture off into Max Payne 3 and then come back to the next GTA or Red Dead later?
Here's another good question to ask:
Where the FUCK is Agent? Ah gee, it sounds awesome guys. Really, it sounds like a game i'd pre-order and I fucking hate pre-ordering anything. But how come nothings been said about it in years? No screens, no announcements, no cancellation announcement even. Is this bastard in the works, or what?
My question to the GB community is, where do you see Rockstar heading next?