I'm not sure why people put originality on such a high pedestal that makes it makes feel like you have to constantly reinvent the wheel every time you make something .
There are plenty of original games that flopped and great games that got there through iteration and refinement, for a game that had to cope with the restraints that come with being a sequel , I feel it it ticked all the boxes.
Bioshock Infinite like Bioshock 1 enjoyed the advantage of being in an original setting that we knew very little about unlike Bioshock 2.
One of the most compelling things about Bioshock 1 was its setting; this mysterious city that was so unlike pretty much anything seen in an FPS before. The second time around, it's just never going to be quite as special, once you've seen plenty of the city already and know its story.
Originality is prized because it makes for fresh, novel experiences.
You get no argument from me about originality making fresh novel experiences , but that comes with a great big IF, no matter how original if you don't have a good story and or game play ,you'r games originality isn't going to change it into a great game, but when you combined it with those factors it becomes the cream on top that takes it up and over other similarly good games.
One of my complaints is people don't take stock of their expectations , because the story that involved bioshock 1 and it's characters ended with Bioshock 1 Bioshock 2,being more a continuation of the themes underlying rapture rather than a continued story is criticised for not being new , now why would a game set in the same world, coming off the back of a tale that had spun itself out be expected to offer up the same kind of wonder that the original did with the star of the show Rapture unless your expectations where askew. Even Infinite with its new game template ,something not available to bioshock 2 had a hard time with originality while trying to get out from under raptures exotic aura, the deep sea becomes the sky , plasmids became tonics ,art nouveau replaces art deco.etc, still it told an original story with enough newness to keep it fresh and that last bit applied to bioshock 2.
Last edited by mjk45 - on 18 December 2018