Submitted by ltachiUchiha 922d ago | opinion piece

Let’s hope The Last of Us isn’t the last shot at blockbuster gaming

By Derek Brown

We all love a good blockbuster – films such as Titanic, Saving Private Ryan, and The Lord Of The Rings.

Some beardy critics may look down on them but cinema-goers lap up their lavish production and enjoy the fact bundles of cash have been thrown at making them.

It’s no different with games. Despite a wealth of cracking budget games on phones and consoles there’s nothing like booting up a mega AAA title such as Call Of Duty.

But unlike movies, the blockbuster game could be an endangered species.

Epic, sprawling games can literally destroy companies financially if punters don’t lap them up in their millions.

Expensive voice actors, orchestral scores, film-like animations, professional scripting and years of coding mean games are now multi-million pound productions. (Culture, The Last Of Us)

NukaCola  +   922d ago
Last of Us isn't the last of big budget gaming. After this we have GTAV & Beyond and then getting in nextgen.
ltachiUchiha  +   922d ago
I agree with you but then I kinda understand what the writer means. Good example is tombraider. Despite its good sales to us gamers, its prolly a letdown for square enix because of the time & money put in to make tombraider. I dont think it will go away anytime soon but im afraid that if developers dont see the money they need to make back for these big budget games, it can lead to very negative outcomes like closing down a studio & as a gamer that would kill me inside. Can u imagine if a studio like naughty dog closed down? It wont happen but wow I would be devastated.
Baka-akaB  +   921d ago
It was only a letdown to SE because they sneakily pinned their hopes of songing off company debts onto the eidos produced titles .
ltachiUchiha  +   921d ago

True dat, I just hope that this never happens because these AAA games are the ones I enjoy the most. I love all types of games but something about triple AAA games just makes you want to buy it and see or is it worthy of being a big budget game.
KwietStorm  +   922d ago
But what's more important to you, a great calendar year for gaming or a premature headline to get a fruitless topic discussed, again??
Awesome_Gamer  +   921d ago
Looking forward to all 3; especially GTA V and The Last of Us.
TripC50  +   922d ago
Next Gen will be more cinematic and blockbustery...
dboyc310  +   922d ago
And it all started why? Uncharted cinematic take on gameplay. For those who disagree I would kindly like to debate about it.
camel_toad  +   922d ago
Uncharted is great no doubt about it but if you think Uncharted started it then you've missed out on a lot of cinematic/gameplay games that came before it.
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JoGam  +   922d ago
U only got three bubbles. Not going to be much of a debate.
peowpeow  +   922d ago
Honestly I noticed the trend after CoD4. Uncharted 2 just nailed it.
Irishguy95  +   922d ago
So long as it's not at the expense of gameplay...i'm fine with it. Other genre's following Uncharted would be a bad thing. Again, unless they can manage the visuals without sacrificing content or gameplay.

SE - "HD towns are impossible" = facepalm
Blackdeath_663  +   921d ago
MGS4? is that not a recent example of cinematic game play?
ProudGamer  +   922d ago
I don't think it will be. Naughty Dog will see to that.
ziggurcat  +   922d ago
it won't be, so don't you worry...
ThatCanadianGuy514  +   922d ago
Maybe if certain other companies contributed, it wouldn't all be up to a select few to handle this.Too busy chasing the casuals, unfortunately.
Jovanian  +   922d ago
You can sorta tell ND are trying to avoid this, we already have the extremely unnecessary multiplayer mode shoehorned in. I hate when resources are needlessly diverted from a good single player to make a sort of good single player and a sort of good multiplayer
NonApplicable  +   922d ago
Sorry, you've played the multiplayer mode? Please explain how it's "unnecessary and feels shoehorned in". Oh wait! The Multiplayer hasn't even been detailed yet...

You clearly have no clue what you're talking about.
NonApplicable  +   922d ago
One of the most ridiculous headlines I've read in a while.

Like it or not, Call of Duty is the definition of blockbuster gaming. That franchise isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Hell, Uncharted nails the cinematic experience better than any game out there. You can bet your ass there will be a new entry in the series soon.

It's all about sales people! Countless other blockbusters(GTA, Battlefeild, Assassain's Creed, ect) have proven that there is major profit to be made on big budget investments. As long as that incentive exists, so will the blockbuster titles.
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MasterCornholio  +   922d ago
Death to the casuals. May they burn forever in the depths of hell

chestnut1122  +   922d ago
As Long as Naughty Dog lives, It Won't.
Looking Forward to Uncharted 4,5,6 ,and so on + The last of Us 2 and 3 :D.
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remanutd55  +   921d ago
Beyond: 2 Souls, Grand Theft Auto 5, Gran Turismo 6 ( 2 bigger games than The Last of Us)
Gamer-40  +   921d ago
Gran Turismo 6 the biggest system seller this year for Ps3, not The Last of Us.

Gran Turismo 6 the king this year for Ps3.
IRetrouk  +   921d ago
Yeah gt6 is gonna sell well, i think the last of us is gonna do well too, two diffrent games, gotta own both i think lol.
mayberry  +   921d ago
Adult electronic entertainment at its finest!

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