Yesterday, gaming website IGN posted a trailer for Ashfall, described as a “post-apocalyptic massively multiplayer online shooter/RPG.” Now, the same YouTube account has dropped a video for another title called Lords of the Fallena “spiritual successor to the popular soul action-RPG” of a game with the same name released in 2014. Later this year comes the “action game” Atlas fellwhile February showed that even VR cannot be saved After the Fall. Add to the launch of Redfalla much maligned “co-op looter-shooter,” and you have to ask yourself: why do so many games have “fall” in their names?
For one, the English language offers many other exciting words here. Fell, fell, fell. Don’t tell me you don’t play Ash bullets or Lords of the Tumble? (If on Game Pass.)
What do these fall games signal to us? Well, many of these titles suggest that there is a vague, uninspired fantasy world, with a dash of sci-fi or steampunk, that the player can fall into these environments and be rewarded for their button mashing familiar-looking particle effects. , with a chance to do some stealing, and maybe shooting. Or maybe the game devs are just showing respect for everyone’s beloved 2020 action RPG looter-slasher Godfall?
Generally, I just wish commercial game studios would show a little more creativity when it comes to naming. If there’s some kind of secret industry requirement to include the word “fall,” at least have the decency to relegate it to a subtitle, like this year’s Souls. Duration: Fallen Dynasty or the expansion for the live service looter-shooter Destiny 2: Lightfall.
Going forward, I’m asking for more effort in the titling of games. My grandfather existing series, such as Falloutwhich has existed for three decades, or Fall Guys, where the characters really, literally fall. But for others: find a new word!
Or, you know, make a game that isn’t a drab action fantasy RPG looter-shooter?