Newsweek has an interview with Brian Allgeier, the creative director of Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. Allgeier gives five traits that make for really good video games. According to Allgeier, good games:
- Begin with a bang
- Have a compelling main character
- Have a good pace of the progression
- Contain a Strategic Meta Game
- Fulfill a fantasy.
This is a a great read that illustrates what makes video games so engaging for players.