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Black creator: Latest shooters are “fucking boring”

Wednesday, 24 February 2010 11:15 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Stuart Black, senior designer on EA Criterion’s Black, has told OXM that the latest shooters on the market are “fucking boring”.

“There’s a lot of cover-based shooters out at the moment,” said Black. “But when a guy hunkers down behind something, you’ve just got to sit there and wait for him to pop his head up.

“Pops up, couple of bullets to his head, pops back down again… and I’m waiting for him to pop back up again?

“Fucking boring. I can’t be bothered hanging around like that.”

Recently, Black joined a new studio formed by Codemasters in Guildford, where he and a team, which includes ex-Black Rock and SCEE devs, are working on a new shooter for the company.

It’s unknown yet what the title is, but both OXM UK and OPM UK are due to cover it in their next issues.

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29 Comments

  1. Gekidami

    So what? In his next game all the enemies are just going to stand on the spot shooting at you?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Gheritt White

    At least he’s opinionated – I’ll be keeping an eye on this, so far I like the cut of Mr Black’s jib.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Whizzo

    “But when a guy hunkers down behind something, you’ve just got to sit there and wait for him to pop his head up.”

    Or you could do something called “flanking”.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Mrkk27

    3. = win.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Ianman

    I really wanted to play Black al those years ago but never got a chance :(

    #5 5 years ago
  6. mington

    i felt killzone 2 suffered from this

    but it’s all dependent on the AI, if an enemy is popping up and down in the same spot thats just poor programing

    i didn’t come across this in uncharted 2, MW2 or even mass effect 2

    he’s obviously just been playing some bad shooters, get with the times Stuart Black

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Yoshi

    He obviously hasnt played Bad Company 2 PC BETA ;)

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Tonka

    Heh, n00b. Wouldn’t last 2 seconds in a real fight amirite?

    #8 5 years ago
  9. daytripper

    he’s right, the first person shooter genre is boring especially multiplayer

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Blerk

    I remember them saying something like this about ‘Black’ – it was the shooter for people who didn’t like shooters, who wanted to just get into it instead of doing all the boring stuff. And then when I tried the demo I discovered that if I didn’t spend 90% of my time hiding behind a wall I got cut to ribbons. So…. what do you say to that, Mr Boring? Eh? :-D

    #10 5 years ago
  11. mington

    only boring people get bored ;)

    #11 5 years ago
  12. absolutezero

    That might be because you were rubbish at Black though Blerk.

    Flanking is only possible when the environment allows it, in something like Rainbow Six most of the time was spent sending your guys down the sides of rooms to their deaths. Mass Effect 1 was criminal for this but two really freed up the biotic powers so cover is not really much of a defense anymore.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Blerk

    How dare you, sah! :-D

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Robo_1

    Nice of him to piss on many of his colleagues work. Let’s see how his new shooter fares.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. onyxbox

    i didn’t come across this in uncharted 2, MW2 or even mass effect 2

    you are joking right?

    KZ2 on Hard had f’ing cool AI that moved around a lot etc. really kept you on your toes. But the king of good AI (from memory) was F.E.A.R (the first one).

    Halo games are very good too but I find the lack of enemy numbers a bit boring in Halo games (music’s pumping, nothing much to shoot most of the time).

    #15 5 years ago
  16. szaromir

    For what it’s worth, Black was fucking boring as well. Although the cover mechanic got old a long time ago, so I agree with him on that front.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Grimrita

    he probably played OFP2

    #17 5 years ago
  18. NGCes26294BIV

    I really don’t understand why any of you are jumping on his comment in such a literal way – This is clearly part of a larger feature from OXM, and I’m more interested in seeing what else he said to justify this, rather than getting hung up on whether it means his new game will have terrible AI or not.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. endgame

    he has a point. this is what can happen in shooters like mw2. that’s too generic. now Yoshi has a point with bfbc2. there u can just blow the fuck out of the guy along with the wall or w/e he is hiding behind. then again bfbc2 is not out again so Mr. Black’s statement stands. :)

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Zarckan

    feck me, he gets a game named after him and thinks he’s god’s gift to FPS’

    TWAT!

    To be fair, he’s right, however, his game was still a bag of wank.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. polygem

    yeah black! give us a shooter where everyone hiding for cover has to instantly wear a pink chicken costume!

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Michael O’Connor

    “I really don’t understand why any of you are jumping on his comment in such a literal way.”

    Because its the internet, and people like to bitch and whine like know-it-alls about things taken completely out of context, as if it was some giant statement shouted from the roof-tops instead of the tiny quote from a much broader piece of writing, as this and most other quotes almost unanimously are.

    It’s called sensationalism, and people fall of it hook, line and sinker.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Stephany Nunneley

    @15 – I agree. I played a bit of Killzone 2 and I thought the AI was really top notch. Every game has a bit of stupid AI in it at some point or another – not all enemies move around perfectly – or they just trace the same path time and time again.

    There were very few instances (if hardly any at all) of this in KZ2, that I personally came across. Then again – I kept getting my ass handed to me around the 3/4 mark and had to put it away for a while before I broke something – so from that point on I have no idea. :-D

    #23 5 years ago
  24. RGW1982

    MW2 & Bad Company 2 Are Both Fucking Boring Because They’re Both Made For Little Kids & You FPS nOObs That Play Them.. I Bet He Wants FPS Made For Adults Not These Kiddy FPS Games You Dorks Play.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Michael O’Connor

    So tell us, Oh Capitalising One, what is a “hardcore” FPS?

    #25 5 years ago
  26. RGW1982

    Soldier Of Fortune: Payback, Rainbow Six: Vegas 1 & 2, Resistance: Fall Of Man (R2 Fuckin Blows), Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway, Operation Flashpoint, Call Of Juarez, Medal Of Honor.. These Are All FPS Games Aimed Towards Adults, That’s Why Most These FPS nOObs & Little Kids Hate Them, I Guarantee There’s Not A CoD Player That Could Go Head To Head With Me In Soldier Of Fortune, They Would All Get Destroyed (I’ve Already Proven This To A PSN Friend Before)

    Kids Games Are CoD 4, CoD:WaW, MW2, Bad Company 1 & 2, Battlefield 1943, MAG, Killzone 2‚ The Punisher: No Mercy.. All Them Games Are Fucking BORING To Adult Gamers That Aren’t FPS nOObs, Playing A CoD Game Is The Equivalent Of Play Any Of The Old Super Mario Bros Games But With Auto Jumping, Games Are Just Too Fucking Easy These Days & Games Like CoD Just Make Them Even Easier, It’s Pathetic.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Michael O’Connor

    Resistance: Fall Of Man – Terrible
    Rainbow Six: Vegas 1 & 2 – Terrible
    Call Of Juarez – Absolutely Terrible
    Medal Of Honor – Mediocre

    The fact that you didn’t even list Team Fortress 2 amongst your choices tells me everything I need to know, frankly.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Mike Honcho

    Funny …. I’ve completed Black a few years ago & found nothing special with that shooter.

    I liked Killzone 2 (and to some extent the 1st one), Resistance 2 & the older Medal Of Honor games.

    I’ll be on the lookout for this guys next shooter …. for his sake, lets hope its not rated 5/10 (FUCKING BORING).

    #28 5 years ago
  29. RGW1982

    Team Fortress 2 Isn’t On My Console Is It, So Why Would I Name It?

    “Resistance: Fall Of Man – Terrible
    Rainbow Six: Vegas 1 & 2 – Terrible
    Call Of Juarez – Absolutely Terrible
    Medal Of Honor – Mediocre”

    That Right There Shows Me How Much Of A Dumb Ass You Are, You Call Call Of Juarez & Resistance Terrible But Medal Of Honor Mediocre When Medal Of Honor Barely Even Made The List, HA.

    Rainbow Six: Vegas Is Too Hard For Most Players So I Understand Why You Don’t Like It But Playing On Realistic Difficulty Offers More Of A Challenge Then Any Of Those Little Kid FPS You Play Ever Will, I Bet You Couldn’t Even Clear A Terrorist Hunt On Realistic Difficulty Simply Because You’veBeen Playing Them Kiddy FPS For So Long.

    #29 5 years ago

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  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

    Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad alongside Mac and PC, and to give you an idea on how it plays on the tablet, a new video has been released. Watch below as Pete Murray and lead producer Stuart Zissu show off the iPad version. The 4X space-strategy releases on March 12.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]