Before we get into the Thought, I wanted to give a quick update on this morning. At around 4AM ET my internet went out. I called my ISP and after a few tests, they told me that there was no outage in my area and that they would need to send a technician to my place to fix it. With the earliest spot available being 4PM, I was pretty pissed. But they assured me that there was nothing they could do since it was a hardware issue. But I didn't give up. From the time my internet went out, to 2PM I called my ISP 4 times to see if anything could be done. But every single person I talked to stated over and over that there was no outage, and thus it was a hardware problem.
And then, at around 3PM, my internet starts magically working again. And then I get an automated call telling me that the outage is over. Furious, I call my ISP again to see what was going on, and why I was told by four different people that nothing could be done until a technician arrived at my place. They dug and dug, and went through two different systems to find out that there actually was an outage, but it had never been logged into their system.
I wanted to give everyone a small idea of what has been going on over here, but I still take full responsibility for my internet not working, and I am looking into my options to make sure it doesn't happen for that long again. Luckily, I was able to post what I could from my phone without going over my data limit, and then caught up when my service came back on. Hopefully, not too many of you noticed the dip. Thank you again for your understanding. Now onto the actual Thought!
Naughty Dog recently revealed that they are experimenting with new worlds and genres for their next game. This has gotten me very excited as I am not the biggest fan of most of their recent titles. Knowing that they are at least considering trying something new, let's discuss what we would like to see them do next. Welcome to
If it were up to me, I would have Naughty Dog make a new Jak and Daxter. It would have to be a direct sequel or even star the same characters. But I would love it if they made a new game in that world. While I am not a fan of the Uncharted series, I do admit that they are very visually impressive. So it would be awesome to see what they could do with a Jak title using all of the new developing techniques that they have learned over the past ten or so years.
But even if they decide not to revisit Jak and Daxter, I would at least want them to make a game that gives off the same vibe. What I mean is something that, while having the potential to be serious at times, is mostly light hearted and fun. Their past two IPs are both visually realistic and gritty. In my opinion, at least, those two qualities do not provide much of a challenge when making a popular game, as people eat that stuff up. But what would be really impressive is if they made a colorful, jolly title that is great for completely different reasons than anything else they have ever done.
To be honest, I am not going to get my hopes up. While many developers have been trying new things this generation, or at least attempting to do things a little differently, Naughty Dog has been firm in their comfort zone. So I fully expect their next game to be very similar in visual style, and maybe even gameplay, to Uncharted or The Last of Us.
Now it is your turn! What are you hoping from Naughty Dog next? Do you want them to continue the same sort of games they have been making for years, or would you like to see them brach out and try something new? Be sure to let me know in the comments!