Time to Face The Truth Of Id Software...
Okay, hopefully if you don't mind reading, then you might wanna get comfortable for this is gonna be mouthful. I always thought of Id Software as a legendary company. There games back then were huge hits that revolutionized the FPS genre. Wolfenstein introduced players into FPS, DooM pretty much took over, and Quake was just the final cherry on their sweet ice cream of awesome games. Unfortunately....after DooM 3, Id Software is now falling, and falling hard into a life of obscurity. Sure, many of Id's games were made by third-party companies, but remeber, Id software still played a huge roles in most of their third-party games as well in the dev phase.
You are probably wondering what I am talking about, right? Well, to put it short and simple: Id Software is dying and there games aren't really anything new. Now, many will disagree since everybody seems to hate modern FPS games these days but here is something I've noticed, Most people complain about how FPS games are now modern and too lame now. Question, what games come to mind when you think of this? Halo? COD? Battlefield? Medal of Honor? That is pretty much the games people focus on, which really iritates me. There are many GOOD FPS games out there that most people just judge based off a few. Here are a few: Serious Sam, Crysis, Left 4 Dead, Tribes, Borderlands, Guns of Icarus, Counter-Strike, Blacklight, Far Cry, I can go on and on. Yes, some of these are military shooters, but not bland, cookie-cutter ones, but, rather unique ones that people seem to single out all because of the basic ones that EVERYBODY knows which isn't fair (CS might be a little bit of an exception here...), which brings us to Id Software games, so many of you say these games are what stand out from all of those when really, these are not really ground-breaking in anyway. Sure, Id's games back then were, but now, when they release new ones, so many people freak out saying stuff like "Omg this is what shooters are about" or "better than any modern FPS games out there" and stuff like that. Really, and all honesty, there games these days are nothing I even seem to excite about. Sure, Modern FPS games kind of are lacking in variety at the moment, but still, there are tons of FPS games that you guys probably never even given a try. Many formulate opinions based off a few. And many of these games are fun. Not all military shooters suck (Yes, this is coming from a modern, and retro gamer) but most of you degrade them as another simple COD knock-off. Ever played Arma?
There games are simple: Shoot whatever moves and progress, sure this is fun...but only for awhile. Quake 4 I enjoyed but kinda lost interest into it towards the end, also, Return to Castle Wolfenstein was the same way (Yes, I understand that these were third party games as well, but still, Id employees did play a part in the development of these, same thing with Enemy Territory). I think ID relies too much on their past gameplay to help them in their success. As a user told me once for I actually made a forum post and defended Id's games, but, TBH, in that one I was being fairly generous. I said stuff like "Quake 4 was amazing in everyway" when what I really wanted to say "It was a little bit bland and repetitive at some points". Anyway, what the user told me was their graphics are advancing while their gameplay is still stuck in the 90's. And that, is a true fact. It's like a bag of chips, the flavor is only good for so long before you finally put the bag away for the flavor now lacks off, and that is how Id's games are becoming, a bag of stale chips.
Rage was their first step towards a new direction, and while it had sweet gunplay and smart AI, everything else fell flat, the navigation in the cities were frustrating for a lack of it, The story made almost no sense what-so-ever, and while the gunplay was sweet, it only lasted so long. Seriously, most gun fights were like 6 minutes before it stopped and you found a convient way back to the exit of each level. Quake 4 was just another version of Doom 3 really, but with Quake stuff in it, and nothing new here, shoot whatever moves and go.
When I heard DooM 3 BFG edition was coming out, I was excited but once I bought it, I was actually somewhat disappointed. The Lost Missions were OKAY, but I felt there were better levels in the campaign itself. And I already played RoE so nothing new here, and I think that they thought if they included the original Doom 1 and 2 that sales would increase. They even went as far as in the game description by saying "As a special bonus, Doom BFG Edition will also include the original Doom and Doom II games, making it the definitive collection of the revolutionary games developed by the studio that pioneered the first-person shooter genre". Look at how much of a big deal they made a game that you probably played 5 million times already. We get it, Doom was awesome, but they rely to much on that success and the formula of it to make new games, this is why their games lack the impact they did back then.
It seems that the only original founding father of Id software, John Carmack, seems to only focus on hardware these days, and while that is not a problem, it is just that this is making his games kinda, in a way, fail.
Their last hope is DooM 4 (TBH) and the new Wolfenstein game coming out, and if that fails, the only ground the company has left to stand on is Quakecon. Sure, some games were released like Enemy Territory which I found fun, but that is about it. It seems after DooM 3 came out, that the company just started to lose their charm, and yes, I do know ET was a third party game as well.
I understand this post is just asking for a flame war, but if you disagree, please act maturely about it, please no "YOU DUMB ♥♥♥♥♥♥, THESE GAMES ARE AWESOME" and stuff like that. Another point of all of this is that the FPS genre today doesn't suck, you guys just alienate EVERY single FPS game out their these days all because of a few that suck. I've played tons of unique FPS games that aren't like COD.
Id Software is a company that is simply dying and they are a far away from reaching the light at the end of the ♥♥♥♥ tunnel. Id really needs some new ideas fast and I hope when it comes to Doom 4, they will implement new things (No, not like regen health or ADS) that are original and unique that also boost the gameplay.
Lastly, for my proof on all of this, notice how most of Id's modern games don't really have much of a MP community, Quake 4, which was released around the same time as COD 4 doesn't even have that many players left, while COD 4 still has a large player base (And if you say COD 4 sucked, there is something wrong with you, no offense) and that is because COD 4 boosted their franchise for the better, before, there games weren't really that known until 4 came out which implemented new things while staying original, fresh. Quake 4 on the other hand did nothing new to do this which is why nobody plays this online anymore that much. Rage, which was only released a couple of years back doesn't even have many people playing this online. Quake Live also I've seen a lack of players, but I can defend that, for it is just a browser version of Q3 which I actually enjoy and still play to this day, but, you can really start to see a lack of players. If one thing Id is really good at still these days, is multiplayer. (Quake 4 was also a third party game but still had a big help from Id Software)
Multiplayer I see doesn't really need to be changed in their games for it is very simple, yet fun. Pick up a weapon off the ground and go, whatever will do. Lets not to say MP in FPS games these days don't have fun MP too, tons of them do. That doesn't mean though that Id should'nt consider adding new things in MP as well (Once again, no I don't mean regen health or ADS). If you're still reading, then holy crap, what the balls you made it! And I really thank those that took the time to read. Id Software is dying and will be dead soon if they don't start making new ideas soon. Tons of their games are being made by other devs as well such as Raven Software, but, Id Software still plays the main part in making these games. The third party games still go the way I see it, to both Id, and that Company for their help in the development of these so the whole third party thing should not be an excuse to defend Id when they did contribute to the factor. Hopefully, DooM 4 will introduce new things into their formula that I hope helps the company out for the better.
I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors Id Software, stay Strong and I still can't wait for Doom 4 :)