Some may say THQ’s recent re-invention centres around one Danny Bilson, American writer and prolific producer and a self-claimed ‘avid gamer’ – he’s been crucial to games like Homefront, delivering rich stories to a media not normally known for effective exposition.
But one of last year’s most story-based titles, David Cage’s PS3 exclusive Heavy Rain, didn’t find much favour with Mr Bilson. “I stopped playing,” he said. “I couldn’t get past ‘brush your teeth, make breakfast’.”
“I just thought, I’m not digging this, I don’t want to brush my teeth in a game.”
It sounds like he wanted to get past the very beginning, though – and obviously everyone should. “I probably should play it, I probably have some sort of responsibility to play it. But I’m still a gamer and if I’m not getting it, I’m not going to drive hard through it.”
Games he did play? Mass Effect 1 and 2 – “they have the best story-delivery system” and Red Dead Redemption – “my favourite game of the year.”
Bilson alluded to helping out with Saints Row 3 though – stopping short of answering whether he’s been involved from the start, but replying with a muted ‘yes’ when asked whether there were things he felt he could add to the series from a screenwriting perspective.
Source: Edge magazine, issue 226.