Strange, me and Leala play in the same room. I am constantly checking out new titles for work and when she gets time off from working on her own game, she likes to play games. She nabbed Diablo for 64 bucks (!) and seems to be enjoying it mostly.
As I watch it, I really see nothing new. Sure, there are some nice animations and cut scenes, but was this really worth the wait and the cash? Players have already ran through most or all of it. We are already desensitized to the hack and slash genre (thanks to games like Diablo, don’t get me wrong.) Is that enough to make me look the other way?
Rare, beautiful games that make players feel like he or she has stepped into an entirely new world are more and more rare. AAA titles are mostly a series of mechanics padded by a same same story.
I look to indie because their numbers are greater. The chances of finding something unique are greater, even though indie can be filled with crap as well.
It’s simple math: there are less AAA games and more indies. I’m rolling the dice either way, but just trying the safer bet.