FFD: What 2015 gaming trends are great, and which need to die?

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It’s now more than half-way through the year, E3 is done and dusted and some trends are starting to take visible shape. For starters, there’s the obvious stuff; a huge focus on VR from just about every corner of the gaming globe.

Something else we’re seeing is the explosion of the MOBA – and I don’t mean a proliferation of MOBAs themselves, though that’s a long trend that’s still continuing. Instead, we’re seeing a great many features of MOBA games being introduced in to other genres, as with Battleborn and Overwatch (games which are interchangeable in my head) that borrow elements traditionally associated with DOTA and its ilk.

Another trend that’s continuing is one of remakes and remasters. This year we’ve already seen remasters of Saint’s Row, Borderlands, Devil May Cry, Dead or Alive, Dark Souls 2 – along with stuff hardly anyone cares about, like Worms World Party.

Wide open spaces seem to continue as far as trends go, with just about every big game – if not wholly open world – certainly adopting an open-world flavour. Uncharted 4 is an example of that, while Horizon, The Division, The Witcher 3, Arkham Knight and Assassin’s Creed give us great big open worlds to explore.

One trend that I’m glad for is that forced multiplayer is finally going away, it seems. Developers and publishers are finally starting to realise that it’s not necessary to tack a superfluous multiplayer mode on to every single game, and that there’s a market for games that let people play alone – as Fallout, Arkham Knight, The Witcher 3 and Skyrim have proven.

Another trend I’ve noticed? Player creation. Games like LittleBigPlanet paved the way, certainly – as did Minecraft, but there seems to be a big focus on letting players be the creators. Mario Maker is a great example of that, as is Media Molecule’s Dreams, and the announcement of Fallout mods coming to consoles.

Those are some of the better trends, in amongst the awful ones like huge day one patches, shoddy ports and egregious, superfluous DLC.

Tell us though: Which gaming trends are making you happy, and which need to die in a fire?

Last Updated: June 26, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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