The 30-day game topics…thingy continues with a seemingly straightforward one. The game with the best cut scenes. At first, I took several things into consideration as I made my decision. Games with the best graphics. The best voice acting. The best humor. And my initial pick was Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time. Following along with my original criteria, the game looks like a Pixar movie. The voice acting is superb. And the humor? Hilarious! Nevertheless, something just didn’t feel right. This post…was too easy. Was I really going to just settle with the obvious? Or could I do better?
Turns out, I could, and after careful consideration, the game I choose is Portal 2. Yes, I understand your confusion. Portal 2 has no cut scenes. In fact, no Valve game I’ve ever played has had cut scenes. While that list encompasses a grand total of three games, Portal 1 and 2 and Half-Life 2, I still think that’s enough for me to throw out a little word here that I think describes Valve’s take on games pretty nicely. Immersion. What better way to break the illusion that a good game creates than a cut scene during which we have no control of our character and there are subtitles on the bottom of the screen. I don’t know about you, but I don’t lose control of my body and see words floating before my eyes whenever I have an important conversation with someone. That would…be weird, to say the least. Continue reading Day 16: The Game with the Best Cut Scenes