'Do devs just want to please the dumb, FPS-playing masses?'

Mailbox: Are there too many shooters about?

On last week's mailbox feature Niall from Ireland e-mailed into Xbox World 360 to ask if Microsoft are spending their money and effort in the wrong places.

This week Njmudluck (probably not his real name) got into contact with PSM3 and asks whether developers are taking the easy option and catering to the FPS market instead of really innovating.

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I was playing the Red Faction Armageddon demo, and I'm confused. Why is it set in a dark cave? How could they go from the vibrant open world of Guerrilla to this? Are developers stupid?

Has it really come to the point where all they want to do is please the dumb, FPS-playing masses? It's rare that we see something really innovative on PS3.

It's always said that PS3's full potential has yet to be realised - why? It's been five years. Developers must be lazy, stupid or just plain greedy.

PSM3 says: You could blame the developers for the dearth of originality in today's games, but the games-buying public is, at least partly, at fault too. As long as there's a demand for generic military shooters, publishers will keep making them. The CoDs of the world always top the charts, so people clearly want more of the same.

It's not all doom and gloom, though. There are loads of innovative, original games out there. Also, a good game doesn't always have to be original...

Think about Dead Space, for instance. Everything in that is 'borrowed' from horror and sci-fi films, and the mechanics are pure Resident Evil 4. Maybe the problem is that we just don't have enough inspired games?

CVG says: While we agree that there's far too many generic first-person shooters we also think you might be overlooking some of the more original games that are available now and are coming up.

Games like Demon's Souls, Journey, Pixel Junk Shooter and LA Noire are proof that not all devs are simply pandering to the shooter audience. As PSM3 has pointed out, people should vote more with their wallets, if you don't like a shooter, don't buy it and publishers will get the message eventually.