Coming to a Console Near You: More Shooting!

by Randall Cleveland

I play video games. A lot. More often than a grown man should, I'll admit. I still have nagging doubt and self-loathing instilled in me by my parents for wasting time playing video games, but that's me. The point is I play a lot of stuff and I spend more time than I'll admit reading about upcoming releases and the like. So naturally, when the new Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer was released, I was interested to see what was featured:

 If you're like me, I know exactly what you're thinking after watching that:

 
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWN.
 
I get it, I really do. Violent games, particularly First Person Shooter games, satisfy some kind of aggression center in our tiny simian brains. Before I start bashing Black Ops 2 I have to admit I own the first one, as well as Modern Warfare 2 and 3, Battlefield 3, Brink, Halo and Halo 2, and other more forgettable versions of the same game with a different coat of paint: point at bad guy, click "fire" button, repeat. So I'm not here to say FPS games are stupid or worthless or anything crazy like that.
 
I'm just saying I'm kind of sick of them.
 
Part of my problem is I only play games on a console. This is due in part to my wife drawing a line in the sand at the amount of electronic time wasting stuff I'm allowed to bring into the house (I only have my Xbox because she waited 'til the last minute one Christmas, felt terrible for not having a gift, and went way overboard to compensate). So my gaming options are a three year old MacBook (on which I can just barely eek through a game of Civilization V), the Xbox 360, and my iPhone. I'm not trying to start a debate about PCs versus consoles, but I will say that the keyboard/mouse combo allows for another level of dexterity and complexity of input that a console controller just doesn't, so you don't see a lot of involved, intricate games on consoles. They tend to be more straightforward, "shoot that thing" affairs.
 
But is it too much to ask for some innovation in games? Feel free to suggest titles, because I'm sure I'm missing a bunch, but every time I hear about a new "groundbreaking" game it either A) falls short of what it promises (Spore), B) has Peter Molyneux's name associated with it, or C) both. I'm not asking for a lot, just a game that grants me unlimited, omnipotent control to create a universe and seed it with life, then watch it grow and evolve as I interfere with benevolent blessings or malevolent disasters and curses so that the creatures eventually evolve sentience and worship me under myriad names and religions while I ignore them to go start a new world.
 
Can we make that game? And can we put it on a console? I think I have this power trip fantasy because in real life I'm not allowed to buy a computer for myself.
 
Are you an FPS fan excited for the new Black Ops? What kind of game would YOU make if you knew how? Let us know in the comments!