This is how I feel with some works. I'll use some video games I like as an example (flame shields up.
The Call of Duty
series took the stagnating Medal of Honor
games and made a better title. Then there was Call of Duty 2, still a great game. Then Call of Duty 3 which had been done, World at War which was refreshing with it's different perspective, but even so I didn't feel there was anything new. Modern Warfare
gave us something new in bringing in...um, modern warfare, it made it look realistic yet stylish and it was fun. Then came Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield3, and that last one some might feel ripped off the protagonist being interrogated idea from Call of Duty: Black Ops
. It's Been Done
. Give us something fresh, original, new.
Sports games are a good one. Let's take NBA 2K
as an example. NBA 2 K 3
, NBA 2 K 4
, NBA 2 K 5
, NBA 2 K 6
, NBA 2 K 7
, NBA 2 K 8
, NBA 2 K 9
, NBA 2 K 10
, what's different from one year to the next? Now to be fair there was The Association, 24\7 and 2K11's Michael Jordan
mode and the game was polished to a mirror shine, but this is a common problem with sports games and yearly installments in general, how are they different?
From a storyline perspective let's again look to video games. In Mass Effect
you have to find the McGuffin
. Isn't that the plot of Knights of the Old Republic
? Or Neverwinter Nights
? My answer is so what? Each not only had a fresh idea story wise but they made it appealing and developed good games on top of the story.
Or take Splinter Cell
: isn't Sam Fisher just Snake from Metal Gear
? Yes. However the stories are much different, the former is more political and realistic for one, the latter is more fantasy. For another both tell the story in different ways, Metal Gear is more philosophical, psychological, and those behind the game have Shown Their Work
just to the point of showing off. Splinter Cell doesn't feel like it needs to discuss the threat of nukes for half an hour, it cuts into the story a lot quicker. Third, Metal Gear is very much anti war. Sam Fisher has some anti war in him as well, but it's left to questioning some of his actions or orders, he doesn't need to go on and on about it. But in short yes Splinter Cell had been done but it still works.