Here in America FPS games tend to rule both purchasing power as well as the online community. From Halo to Call of Duty it seems to be a majority of what people are playing competitively save the first 2 months of Madden and NCAA Football. I enjoyed playing Halo 4 and I did buy it when it came out, but I have reached a point where I am just finished with it.
I enjoy the senseless violence just like any 24 year old college guy and it can be a fantastic waste of hours playing online with a group of friends, but the hidden cost is what ends it for me. Look at games like Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, it has DLC that comes out over the span of months to even a year, but the game itself it complete. They come up with new ideas as well as additional storylines that would enhance the gaming experience. I have no problem paying a bit of extra coin to gain extra weapons, armor, quests and generally between 10-25 more hours of game play. What Call of Duty Black Ops 2, Halo 4 and Battlefield 3 have done is take a game and essentially steal your money and I personally, am done with it.
Electronic Arts is at the center of my personal rage. The addition of charging you for purchasing a game used really disappoints me as a selfish cash grab. In order to get an extra $10 out of customers looking to save money they will let you play a game like Call of Duty Black Ops 2 or Madden 13 for about 3 days before they make you give them another piece of your hard earned money in order to play a game you JUST spent $50 on used in order to save that $10. That GameStop ok’d and backed this was just hilarious to me and showed who really runs things in gaming sales.
The first person shooter is a simple game to make. It takes far less code than an RPG because it is simply put, animalistic to a degree. Some games are exempt from this rule, such as Far Cry 3, because they are not JUST FPS games, they contain story and honestly guns are optional, but necessary. I mean the big boys like CoD and Halo.
I have no problem if more maps are developed for gamers to enjoy, but it’s getting to the point where they only give you a small hand full of 5 or so maps and then save they have upwards of 15 to 20 coming out as buy-able DLC. These maps of course could have been easily put within the game, but the company wants you to spend even MORE money on a game you spent $64.04 (using our tax here) on. That game will then increase from $60, which is still pretty expensive, to a whopping $90 to $120 by the time you download everything. Rockstar, creator of L.A. Noire and the Grand Theft Auto series is guilty of this too. Instead of just buying DLC, you can purchase a pass which will lower the costs of the DLC when you buy it… you are literally spending money to spend more money.
Electronic Arts has adopted this as well and is going after cash strapped players more than ever. When Ea released CoDBO2’s first DLC season pass, it cost (suggested retail price) $49.99… let me repeat that $49.99. You just paid $60 for the game and now, for $10 less than the actual game you are going to buy the maps to play said game on. You literally just paid over $100 just to play a game online that is going to continue to release more and more stuff to coax you into buying.
The world we live in today allows developers to make half ass games (look at the Wii) and throw them out there. If something hits with the public well then we can just make a bunch of DLC for it right?! For me first person shooters don’t have depth and their storyline is generally lacking in every which way with Halo being one of those few that actually does put some effort into their story. Games used to be complete, they used to need to wow you in order for you to be willing to put forth the hard earned money to willingly buy the game. Now, with our culture so obsessed with destroying and firing guns and being invincible, we are willing to just throw money at anything we think is cool.
When I grew up I was saving Hyrule… I was fighting with Pikachu and Mario and Captain Falcon… I was saving a world where Aries died in cut scene despite her useless self dying on the battlefield regularly only for me to bring her back to life with a phoenix down. I learned stories and language. I delved into world’s that I can only imagine and wish were real. I helped Yoshi save a young mustacheless baby Mario. These were all a part of my childhood, a part of my life and a part of gaming that made me today. These take talent to write, come up with and explore oneself to make.
Nowadays we have games where all we do is fight a fake war based on a real war with some storyline we couldn’t care less about. That’s if you even play the storyline. Most of the time they just sign right on and play online because that’s all that matters. Your kill/death streak bro! In Call of Duty Black Ops 2 they continue using the phrase:
“War… war never changes…”
Yet gaming… gaming always changes… and sometimes it’s for the worst. I’ll be over there playing NieR and Ocarina of Time. I would rather enjoy my gaming experience instead of spending money on a game that will keep my attention until next year when Call of Duty Black Ops 3 comes out.
Keep on keepin’ on Sheeple.