You could balance yourself perfectly on the knife's edge that is the fence and celebrate/lambast the current state of video games. In one hand rests the argument that "games are more original and creative than ever", and in the other festers the argument of "sequel after sequel after annual release doesn't constitute a new, especial age of gaming. Where's all the fresh IPs at!?"
Well there's a game currently sat in Steam Greenlight that's igniting both sides of the argument, a game based on a board game that's been around longer than most of us have even existed, and it wants your attention. This is Snakes-N-Ladders: Origins - Episode 1, an FPS based on the classic purveyor of quality family time:
But instead of being the ancient Indian lesson in virtues and vices, basically a python sized metaphor for life, dev Sagnithi has created a desolate, swampy shooter where your tasked with taking out extra-terrestrial, fire-breathing snakes that pop out of the heavily forested ground.
Yes, I said extra-terrestrial snakes. Just... just check out the synopsis:
Millions of years ago there waged a devastating war between humans and reptilians for control over the galaxy. Knowledge of this war has been passed down the ages and now exists in the form of a board game which is played to this date.
Whether this is legit or not, or I've somehow been catapulted through time to April 1st is anybody's business, but this idea is as genius as it is completely batshit. But, in saying that, if Sagnithi includes a multiplayer mode where you get to play as a snake, this'll be day one for me!
What about you?
(Source: Kotaku UK)