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About Cinematic Games (or the Lack Thereof)

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A few months ago I finished Batman: Arkham Knight (PC) and it was one of the best gaming experiences I've had in recent years.

Here's why I loved it:

  • It featured an amazing and well-thought story with no plot holes. Even the side quests were great (except for the Riddler of course).
  • Most characters were exceptionally portrayed. I especially loved Scarecrow who was genuinely scary.
  • The game was very aesthetically pleasing.
  • The experience was cinematic. Basically the game played like an interactive movie and a good one at that. In my eyes, Arkham Knight is the best Batman "movie" after The Dark Knight.
  • Mechanically it was (more than) adequate. It could be better and I would scrap most Batmobile missions but overall playing as Batman was genuinely fun.

Overall, if you haven't played it, I wholeheartedly recommend it even if you're not big on Batman. In fact, the game was so good that it made me want to invest in Batman graphic novels.

However, this made me realize that there are very few games that provide a truly cinematic experience with a great story and character development, that are aesthetically pleasing and fun to play, especially for us Patient Gamers and definitely for those who are PC gamers.

Basically, the only truly cinematic games that I can think of are Playstation exclusives (God of War, The Last of Us 1&2, Ghosts of Tsushima, Uncharted, and maybe Spiderman?) which makes me think that I should definitely buy a PS4 just to play just these 5 titles. Regarding PC games, the only one that I can think of that satisfies the above requirements is Red Dead Redemption 2 which, unfortunately, my PC cannot handle at the moment.

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When it comes to older games there's The Witcher 3 which however is not as cinematic as the rest and if we stretch it maybe GTAV, however, it's not that aesthetically pleasing and storywise it was just OK.

I don't know, maybe it's because I'm huge film and narration enthusiast but I feel that titles like the above are truly works of art and we should have more of them.


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