So this is my little rant on my opinion on the Video Game Industry and its consumers.
I am a little concerned and worried on the reality of what consumers are buying from Video Game companies. Many good games are overlooked and stepped on because they don't have a famous title or developer.
Take a look at the debate on which game will be better, Torchlight 2 or Diablo 3. Honestly if you put in the time of development the cost of each game that tl2 is prob the better game on that regards. If both were lets say the same amount of money prob diablo 3 is the better game with better graphics and more money backing the development. Many consumers these days just look at the title and the developer and that is it. If someone sees the title call of duty, many won't care how similar it is to its prequel just that it is a new cod with new weapons and a new somewhat mediocre and uninteresting story.
Activision doesn't care about new ideas. They only care about reusing the same old formula of CoD and other games and just counting the money. Small companies such as Runic (torchlight) make games that most big shot developers won't even think of doing. Of course everyone pursues wealth but the smaller company looks for being different because runic will always lose to Blizzard graphics wise because of their budget. Smaller companies have to stand out and by doing that they must be out of the norm with their games. If a small company tried to make a CoD clone, believe me cod will beat them out of the water due to superior graphics and same old formula.
Would u get a game like Audiosurf made by an indepdent game for 10 bucks from Activision? 10 dollars? Never! Look how intersting this game is and how unusual it is. I could loose 100's of hours in this game going through my itunes library and playing a tetris/beat driven game.
This little rant of mine is a reaction to the greedy consumers that just want the new WoW expo or new CoD game. Many mainstreem consumers of video games want the same old same old. I am a huge fan of smaller budget games such as Mount and Blade and Torchlight. Each cost 15 dollars. I have put more hours into Mount and Blade than any 60 dollar game i have. I have played soldier front more than any CoD. Sometimes big budgets, big companies, and great graphics don't make a good game. CoD maybe a fun game, I won't lie to that, but I believe Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Crysis 1 are so much better than CoD. CoD2 and CoD4 were the best but what happened to the last 4. It is because Activision got greedy and were tired of thinking of new ideas and started just milking on the old "safe" original ideas.
Can you name one major thing that is different of the core formula from CoD modern warfare 2 and CoD black Ops? Can u name one major thing that is different of the core formula of CoD4 and CoD world at war? I know I can't. The core gameplay is the same.
Now can you name one major thing that is different of the core formula of CoD4 and CoD3. I know I can!! How about the class system or the killstreaks or the new surprising era that no company would dare to go to in the past. MODERN WARFARE.
Try something new and don't be stuck on the same military fast action shooter. Try Portal 2 instead of a military shooter. Try Shogun 2 total war instead of Starcraft 2. Try Mount and Blade instead of Dragon Age 2. Try Torchlight 2 instead of Diablo 3.
GO OUT AND TRY SOMETHING NEW. There are many good games out there that are new and different than the mainstreem games such as CoD, Starcraft, Warcraft, Diablo, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and many others.
You know why companies such as Activision charges 60 dollars for a game that should be a 20 dollar expo. I am looking at you Black Ops. It is because they can and people are buying these games. What happened to the story driven games that I used to love and play endlessly?
Starcraft 2 should have been at the most a 50 dollar game with all 3 of the Protoss, Zerg, and Terran campaigns in one. But instead Blizzard is going to crank out 2 more expos and charge probable 30-40 dollars each for a couple new units and a story that should have been included in the main game. If people stop buying these overpriced and broken down games then maybe companies will stop being greedy and give us games that we deserve.
Stop with this 60 dollar mark up. Stop with these worthless $15 dlc's (aka map packs). Stop with these rediculous spread out games (Starcraft 2). Stop with the same old games (Recent CoD). I myself am sick of these big companies taking our money greedly for games that could be much better and cheaper.
Thank You for everyone who had the time to read my block of text. Plz Respond at the bottom and we can continue this discussion.
This is a list of my favorite small budget games:
Mount and Blade: