Let's make this perfectly clear from the outset. I'm not bashing Rise of the Tomb Raider as a game - after all I haven't played it, in fact I'm really looking forward to it. Aside from the Halo 5 beta, the same applies for 343 Industries' game. What I'm really talking about here are the practices of modern gaming that we're all suffering from - PS4 and PC gamers included.
We've seen some pretty hilarious examples of how infuriating modern gaming can be - none top Albert Burneko's take on the Xbox One though. But these two games represent Microsoft's biggest exclusive titles for 2015. They haven't released a single AAA exclusive in so long, while Sony has been handing out games like Bloodborne, Until Dawn, Helldivers, and Everybody's Gone to the Rapture all year. But finally, Christmas is their opportunity. However, their games have some awful and upsetting problems attached to them.
What Do Halo 5 & Rise of the Tomb Raider Show Us About Modern Gaming?
The first problem is one that we've all become aware of. Halo 5 is removing one of the classic features of the Halo franchise, a feature that brought so many to the games on the original XBOX and Xbox 360 - split screen. The gaming world has become increasingly focused on online multiplayer. There are so many singleplayer games that have multiplayer modes haphazardly stuck onto them.
But that shouldn't arrive at the cost of one of gaming's most enjoyable and worthy attributes - the ability to bring us together IN PERSON. Sitting on the couch with a friend was what made Halo a go-to game for so many people. The Xbox was always a superior console for these kind of interactions, and Halo 5 has removed that possibility due to 343's desire for prettier and more sellable graphics. Or was it the Xbox One's capabilities that were the problem?
Perhaps not that many gamers mourn the loss of split screen availability. But I like to think that there are a few out there who see this as something worthwhile. Halo 5 is basically perfect for split screen, its entire campaign will focus on teams! But now these teams won't be able to sit in the same room as one another unless they have two XBOX One consoles. It feels like online multiplayer is pushing us further from our friends. Rather than play Halo 5 in the same room as my mates, I now have to go home alone in order to play the game with them. So sad to see.
On top of this, Rise of the Tomb Raider is indicative of one of the most controversial topics in modern gaming: pre order bonuses. Here's a new video for Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Modern Gaming: No Split Screen & Tons Of Pre Order Bonuses!
The Holy Fire Game Pack. Pre order now at GameStop. NOOOO! These pre order bonuses for Rise of the Tomb Raider remind me of one thing: cheats. Remember the days when developers would release a load of cheats for their games, you know, so we could have fun? The cheats would enable you to perform actions that are basically the exact same as what this pre order bonus is enabling you to perform in Rise of the Tomb Raider. It sucks!
Not only do you have to pre order the game in order to obtain these awesome features (that should have been included in the game) you have to pre order them from a certain retailer, too! It's a horrible practice that has ruined so many games in recent years. Publishers know how we feel about it, but it isn't going to change. These pre order bonuses show us that it's only going to get worse from here on out. Modern gaming really does suck and I'd love to hear if you agree!