EA Thinks Gears of War has ‘Zero Innovation’

AlainTascan.jpgI’m not sure how many of you saw this piece of news, but last week at the Montreal Games Summit, Alain Tascan, general manager for EA Montreal, stated that he feels Epic’s Gears of War has been overrated by critics and gamers alike. To quote portions of his panel discussion:

“What is Gears of War? I mean Gears of War brings nothing in terms of innovation to the shooter… Like, zero.”

“Only two very brave UK-based journalists said, ‘You know what, Gears of War is a great game but it’s like what Quake was a few years ago.”

“Why are people loving it so much? It’s like added production value, incredible cutscenes and the best ever graphics ever. I’m sure it’s going to be a great success, I can’t wait to play it, but let’s face that graphics are still number one.”

“I’m not talking about my tastes, I’m just saying, when you go to metacritic and you see a 96 for Gears of War, then you read the critics saying, ‘Okay, storyline – there’s none, gameplay is not innovative…’ Then I say, why did they give this 96? They were blown away by the high quality of the graphics… Myself, I prefer something more creative.”

First, I, and many other readers on the site, can attest that Gears of War is the best title out there right now for the Xbox 360. Second, what right does a general manager from EA have to claim that a game has “Zero Innovation?” Considering that EA is known for releasing a Madden every year that has little to offer in improvements over the previous year’s title, they have no room to talk.

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