skytrot wrote:Saint Ste7en wrote:And Mikami didn't create a genre. Survival/horror was around before Resident Evil was released. Alone in the Dark started the 3D survival/horror genre; Mikami just made an incredibly better game that skyrocketed him to fame. He also didn't "revolutionize" third person shooters in the slightest with Resident Evil 4. If he did, they would all have tank controls and everyone would have to pause the game to switch weapons. Bleszinski is far more influential on 3rd person shooters than Mikami ever was.
Resident Evil was the first game that defined the term Survival Horror and is also what defined the genre. Sweet Home and Alone in the Dark weren't called survival horror games back then.
I also have to disagree with you on CliffyB. RE4 was the first game to introduce the over the shoulder camera in a third person game that is now seen in over 90% of third person games. (for eg. Dead Space, Uncharted, Tomb Raider and etc) CliffyB has even said that he was greatly influenced by RE4 when creating Gears. Before that, third person games that utilized guns had the gunplay of the older Tomb Raiders, which is clunky as heck or had to completely switch to first person view when aiming. It was also the first game to have that offset camera angle which is now emulated by all TPSs. Games before that had their cameras placed directly behind the player character. There was no other game like RE4 and it was way ahead of it's time.
And while Gears did manage to evolve the genre, Shinji Mikami made a game years later that blew every single Gears game away, and that game was Vanquish. That game makes Gears look like a slow clunky mess. No TPS comes close in terms of control, speed and action. Vanquish also reinvents the cover system by not only having it easily destructible (yes this was done before) but also having bullets coming in all directions. This meant that you had to zip around constantly and not just stay at one spot and just pop and shoot which is what Gears and most TPSs were about. Also, almost all third person shooters now have the slide to cover mechanic which was first introduced in Vanquish.
With that, I reiterate that Shinki Mikami is more influential then CliffyB in the TPS genre.
Couldn't agree more, Vanquish didn't get the attention or recognition it deserves. It's a really great game, far better than Gears imo.