For so long, gaming has been bound by specific genres, that limit, and sometimes even cripple, the games’ improvements. But as gamers began to explore different genres thoroughly and started wondering, what would it be like, if *insert game name* was played from a different perspective? And thus game companies started exploring the possibilities of developing games in other ways; the first I personally can relate to, on the matter, was Command and Conquer’s Renegade.
Command & Conquer: Renegade, came out early 2002, which was basically a first person version of the original Real Time Strategy game Command & Conquer, and it was very exciting when this game came out, it’s like, we always wanted to know what was going on in the ground level of this base we’re building! And Renegade came to the rescue, a few years later, came out Red Alert: A Path Beyond, which was particularly exciting for me, as Red Alert & Red Alert 2 are my all time favorite games, and a company actually makes a first person version of them? Yes please!
Blizzard then made the same move with World Of Warcraft, Warcraft has always been a real time strategy game, until 2004 when they decided that they can instead, make a massive multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) off of it! Which was a brilliant success for Blizzard, and helped in keeping the legacy and story of the Warcraft series alive.
Later on though, and this is the main point of this post, came Borderlands!
And with Borderlands came the true merging of game genres, developers 2k Interactive decided to merge the role playing game (RPG) elements that make us addicted to RPG games, such as leveling up and looting, to first person shooter (FPS) elements, which made the game even more addictive!
Borderlands was such a breakthrough since no one else had done what it had achieved so perfectly, the insane amount of weaponry you can find throughout the game world, with infinite customizations made Borderlands every step as exciting as when you start the game!
And with Borderlands 2 coming soon, there’s no telling what kinds of new games will spawn off of it! Who knows what genres will merge soon, we might see a sports game turn into an all out fighting game, we can only speculate so much, and in the end, we’re usually left jaw dropped from what we’re seeing!