Actually, "boring" isn't exactly what a former EA Criterion Senior Designer (Black) said about current FPS games on the market. But because Tom's is more of a family-friendly site, we can't quote Stuart Black's true feelings about the current crop. Needless to say, he's not too thrilled, and made his feelings perfectly clear in a recent interview with The Official Xbox Magazine.
"There's a lot of cover-based shooters out at the moment," he said. "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?"
His summation? The gameplay is boring. "I can't be bothered hanging around like that."
Currently Black is working on an FPS for Codemasters, stationed at the company's Guilford Studio. The details around the game are rather scarce, however the April edition of the Official Xbox Magazine UK touted the FPS as "the shooter that everybody asked for." This will also be Codemasters' first new IP since the launch of Operation Flashpoint, GRID, and DiRT.
Will Black create something so entirely new and fresh that it will reset the entire FPS genre? Probably not.