Posted 12 May 2013 - 03:12 PM
Peds exploding into gibs is way cheesy.. amen to that. Doesn't fit with the game. But I also agree IV was too tame, not just with the lack of gore, but most of the gruesome details and situations in general were more hinted at than outright shown. Max Payne 3 did a much better job at that and had a pretty good level of gore. V could benefit from that.. I know it'll probably be controversial again anyway without, but I can't help it the entire christian right wing in the States is clinically insane.. so screw them.
For me, I want GTA to become that game again that shocks everybody and just has subversiveness written all over it. But I have to explain that as I don't want it to be like this cartoony, over the top gorefest. I want it be a statement.
Gaming has become way too politically correct and it would be great if the biggest game out there would set that straight. To bring the discussion to a broader level, I don't see why games have to adhere to the hollywood standard. Because it's an interactive medium it could just do amazing things with violence. Not in an exploitative way. Make some actual real statements about violence in our society, ourselves and how we all participate in it in ways no movie every could. I saw that IV already tried doing that in places, of course within the confines of what 'goes' in the gaming industry, but it does send out some powerful messages (some pretty confused ones as well.. but f*ck it, life is confusing). That's what it'll always put it on a higher level than other games for me.
My disgust with wargames like Battlefield and CoD isn't that they are realistic depictions of modern combat, it's that they take all the consequence out. That move where Medal of Honor changed the name of Taliban to 'opposing forces' scared to offend anyone just says it all for me. Make them faceless already, let's 'realistically depict' modern war scenarios as simple but epic goodies vs. baddies struggles and leave all the political and social context out.. .because that would be 'offensive'? Let's not show what modern weapons do to a body because it isn't schizofrenic at all to admire a piece of engineering but no what it does, right? That's just the biggest pile of horsesh*t ever. I seriously would let my kids play GTA way before I let them anywhere near CoD. I'm fine with them seeing violence, as long as there is context that also shows the reasons for it (never valid), the impact (big) and consequences (ugly and unpredictable).. that way they'll learn to handle it in a mature way. CoD doesn't do that.
And sometimes people need to be offended.. it's good for them.
So I want V as gory as it can be, but with the above in mind. No exploding gibs, no glorification, just show what happens and allow the player to make up their mind about it. IV was a good step, RDR and Max Payne 3 too, so here's hoping.