The lights are on
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I won't bore you with all of the details of why, but I was
reviewing the list of games scheduled to come out in 2015 (Game Informer has a
great list of them here)
when I stumbled upon a game that caught my attention. It didn't catch my eye
because of the graphics, although they do look spectacular. And I didn't notice
it because it seems to have a unique storyline, although it kind of does. Nope...it
interested me because the website classified it as an FPX.
My first thought was, "Is that a typo? Do they mean it's an
Nope. Sure enough...it says FPX...and it meant FPX.
A First Person Experience (FPX).
The game is called ADR1FT, and it describes itself as an
ADR1FT is an immersive
First Person Experience (FPX) that tells the story of an astronaut in peril.
Floating silently amongst the wreckage of a destroyed space station with no
memory and a severely damaged EVA suit slowly leaking oxygen, the only survivor
struggles to determine the cause of the catastrophic event that took the lives
of everyone on board. The player fights to stay alive by exploring the wreckage
for precious resources, and overcomes the challenges of an unforgiving
environment to repair the damaged EEV and safely return home.
If you ask me, it sounds kind of like that Sandra Bullock
movie, Gravity...only this time, you
get to control the experience instead of just watching the experience.
Have I been too busy playing Titanfall to hear about a new
genre? I've done a few searches for it and there are a few mentions of it (and
usually they refer to this game) but it's a term that doesn't seem like it's
caught on...yet. But I kind of hope it does. Maybe the Three One Zero team (the developers of ADR1FT) are the
ones that coined the term...and if they did, I applaud them. I think there are
other games out there that might fall into this genre. And no doubt there are
other games being developed that might fit into this genre. Off the top of my head,
there are a few games that come to mind I think might be First Person
Portal has been around for a while now and I've always felt
weird calling or hearing it called a First Person Shooter. You don't really
shoot anything...but portals. But given the game uses a "first person"
perspective akin to traditional First Person Shooters, it often gets roped into
the genre. Some people simply call it a first person puzzle platformer.
Honestly though, I think First Person Experience (FPX) is a much better
description of Portal. I like it.
Here's my total experience with Outlast. My wife and I
played it for about 30 minutes late one night with all the lights turned off.
And after we both screamed and jumped and nearly gave ourselves a heart attack,
I seriously doubt I will ever play the game again.
Outlast is a
first-person survival horror video game developed and published by Red Barrels,
a company founded by designers previously involved with video game franchises
such as Prince of Persia, Assassin's Creed, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell and
Outlast centers around
a story driven survival campaign told in first-person narrative and set in a
dilapidated psychiatric hospital overrun by homicidal patients. Its
presentation is similar to the found footage genre popularized in horror films.
The protagonist, reporter Miles Upshur, is incapable of combat, except for
scripted sequences allowing him to shove enemies out of his way. Without any
traditional weapons, players are expected to navigate the facility's ransacked
environment with parkour: vaulting over low obstacles, crawling, and sliding
through narrow gaps. In addition, Miles may survive encounters with assailants
by hiding inside staff lockers or under beds; more intelligent opponents may
search the room for an allocated period before moving on.
If you're not familiar with the game, all you really need to
know is it's described as first-person survival horror video game. You're armed
with a camcorder and don't get any weapons. So, once again...is it a First Person
Shooter (FPS)? No, not really. But I do think it could be classified as First
Person Experience (FPX).
It'll be interesting to see whether this new genre is widely
adopted or just used locally to describe a handful of games like ADR1FT. With so
many different variations of the First Person type game, I think a new genre or
sub-genre is warranted.
What do you think about classifying some games as an FPX and do you have any games that would fit into this category?