God of War does more than bring the series into the current console generation, it highlights the divide between Sony and Microsoft and what they’re doing to provide the best games possible for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players.
it's a whole bunch of games not just one take a moment and imagine if MS.. they got BioWare instead of EA and gave them creative freedom (like Sony do) with Mass Effect and Jade Empire they got Bungie and let them evolve Halo like how GOW evolved they make Obsidian co-devlop Fable let RARE evolve Kameo XBox would have carried over the 360's success at least, but MS had to put sales and marketing excs as heads of the XBox who have no passion for games and would never get it.
Having a passion for games certainly has it's advantage when it comes to running a gaming division of a company. Hopefully they get some people that can rekindle that spirit they had with the 360. Not the later years of 360 but the early years when you could see they had determination in their eyes to make the deals and deliver the games.
It must suck to get down voted when you write such a logical and unbiased comment doesn't it? Well I agree for a change(+1).
It actually wouldn’t matter if Microsoft first party did that. Because the most important is exclusives. If you can get those game on PC as well your gonna be losing install base market share. Most pc gamers will not buy a Xbox because of that fact.
it's all over for Xbox. Everyone knows. Fanboys knows. Regular gamers knows. MS knows. they're just dragging this dead horse now. MS coming out with 4 new games is not going to be enough. they'll probably have to buy EA, make sure the next Rockstar game is exclusive to them... basically burn lots of money.
Agreed, but Bungie was tired of halo and wanted to make Destiny.
We’ve seen the divide in how Sony and Microsoft operate in the industry ever since Xbox launched in 2001. This game doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t know prior.
I know right? It became apparent when Bloodborne dropped, then Uncharted 4, then Horizon Zero Dawn, and now God of War. And those are just some of the best exclusives. That does not even scratch the other more niche games like Persona 5, Nioh, Nier A, etc
A great example of why I am supporting Sony from the beginning of the gen and why I pulled the plug on xbox
God of War shows the divide between Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony. Only Sony takes the big responsibilty of making video games on par or even better than other entertainment industries.
I would say Nintendo deserves this as well I mean every Mario and Zelda game is critically acclaim which is not easy task. I know Mario and Zelda name alone sell millions but every single game to be 90+ Meta is very very impressive...
“God of War is a prime example of a risk that Sony took by funding it. The series provided a satisfactory ending with God of War 3, but was still spun out for a further two titles even though gamers had grown weary of Kratos, the unlikeable protagonist who’s answer to everything was to murder it gruesomely.“ Keep your opinions to yourself. Many people love Kratos specifically because of how vicious and visceral he is. Just because you’re not fond of the exceptional Ghost of Sparta & Ascension doesn’t mean everyone was. Would a character that most people didn’t like get a character driven ad with over 10 million views? https://m.youtube.com/watch...
Sure, Kratos has some anger issues, but he's fully justified in his hatred of the gods, it never made me not like him.
I must be a shallow meat head but I consider Kratos one of the greatest video game characters of all time. What SSM has done with the new iteration has propelled him to Legendary status. And, I never understood why Ascension got such a bad rap. I enjoyed it as much as any of the other games.
It at the very least had the best gameplay of the series up to last gen.
Its not just AAA games that Sony are heavily investing in but also their niche titles, TLG was a risk for Sony that paid off tremendously and Yakuza just had its biggest release ever not to mention their strategy to bring us the golden oldies back via remake.
"God of War shows the divide between Microsoft and Sony" What, is there any problem about that? This is competition, and the stronger wins.
It's too late for Microsoft this gen, everybody knows this. Game pass might be a great idea for the investors as they are getting revenue without and significant input, and it means they really don't have to invest in any new AAA franchises, as they are already collecting revenue. Backwards compatibility masks this issues very well, as since the xbox fanbase seems to be content with playing last gen games. Xbox doesn't have another 4-5 years to develop a AAA exclusive, the next generation of consoles is due to begin 2020 at the earliest, that gives them 2-3years max before it becomes a question of developing for the next generation of consoles. If MS don't have those AAA exclusives in development now, then it's obviously too late. In my opinion, this is the last E3 for MS to prove that they can turn the tide.
At this point im wondering if MS even cares about competing with the competition. Seems to me like they gave up a while ago.
The real competition is actually between Sony and Nintendo BUT the exclusives are more complimentary between the two systems so both will be able to thrive. Kratos and Mario are legends that don't have to compete head to head. They're for different people. MS has not been able to carve out a specific enough niche and has relied heavily on third party offerings to keep it competitive. That simply cannot compete with a system that has the exact same third party support and vastly superior first party titles. Both Sony and Nintendo have that advantage. I think the only other company that could have a viable third console and compete in harmony would be SEGA. I would love to replace MS with SEGA. They had great first party exclusives that could be re-envisioned to make SEGA great again.
"At this point im wondering if MS even cares about competing with the competition. Seems to me like they gave up a while ago." There are indications that support that. They may have settled for finding more ways to extract money from their hardcores. Out of necessity, they had to devolop this identity as an Xbox gamer to compete with more established consoles. They did this through online gaming. Now you had an online community of fellow Xbox gamers you were attached to, and a gamer tag with achievements to keep you invested. There were the comments from Phil Spencer about not competing with PS4 and the X being a premium console (indicating they didn't expect the X would turn around the sales disparity). The X does seem to be a device aimed more toward hardcores, and perhaps meant more to keep current Xbox hardcores than attract new gamers to the family. Add that to the GAAS comments and the state SoT launched in, and it seems they're trying to milk less gamers for more, but unlike with launch, they learned to put a "gamer friendly" spin on it. Xbox isn't talking up crossplay to be gamer friendly. They're doing it because it's hard to claim to be the best place to play even multiplats if your friends are playing on the other console. It's a move to keep more of their hardcores from fleeing. Game Pass is also marketed as gamer friendly, but it's not if you're getting releases like SoT. But honestly, is it logical to expect the company complaining that single player experiences aren't profitable enough to just give away full fledged experiences on a subscription service, without there being some type of catch?
Awesome analysis man. +1
you lost me at "Sea of Thieves is a really great game..."
I sold my Xbox S to buy a PS4 pro, just for this game. I have no regrets, God of War is awesome.
Of you did this, its really bad for MS. I hope they will sort things out.
Ar this point Sony would just tell MS "BOY, YOU NEED GAMES"
"BOY, WE MUST BE BETTER"
"Do not be sorry Phil, BE BETTER"
Sadly, I think the "Quiet Boy" thing is going to become a big Meme going forward, and since MS can't seem to be quiet for more than a week, it'll probably get lobbed at them quite a bit. While it might be funny once in a while, it's going to get old, and it is pretty disrespectful.
Microsoft has made a mess of the console. The only reason they did well with the 360 is Sony stupidly released a system with a non-common architecture making it a mess to program for and did it at a high price. This made almost every game run and look better on the 360. The 360 did well because cross platform titles performed better on it. Now with the X1, Sony dropped their ridiculous architecture and went with a standard, easy to program X86 architecture that was the same as Microsoft for the most part. The 30% increase in power isn't that big of a deal at the end of the day, what IS a big deal are the amount of killer exclusives NOT available on the X1 system. This is going too continue in 2020 with the PS5 and Xbox 4. Microsoft doesn't get it, their executives don't get it and they can't even take advantage of their original IP's anymore. I was an Xbox fan for the last 2 generations, but didn't bother with the X1, because their was nothing on it that I cared to play except Halo, which isn't a system seller for me. Meanwhile, I have had a tonne of fun on the PS4 playing the other games. The non-exclusives are irrelevant to me because I usually play them on the PC maxed out with my 1080Ti and 7700k.
Sony makes true games worth your money whilst MS gives you fully priced alpha test demos and expects more money for no return.
Haven't played this yet I'm sure it's excellent. But a heavily established franchise rebooting is not what makes this statement. Horizon, bloodborne, spiderman, Detroit, day's gone, death stranding, knack, dreams, driveclub, the last guardian, all new franchises just this gen and very well received both critically and by consumers.
For me, the reveal of each console marked the beginning and divide between Sony and MS. Each E3, their presentations pretty much shows the direction each company was thinking and heading towards.
Why is everyone acting like God of War is this New thing. It's not even the same God of war from the past. Its basically Tomb Raider 2.0 as would be expected taking that long to make. Graphics are great but not amazing. I've noticed alot of flaws. Also the way he dies is so laughable zero effect put into it. God of war is a good game , fun and I'll put many hours into 100% it since I love this game style from tomb raiders games.
I agree game is great but doesn't feel like god of war to me. Plus the ending and story was meh for me.
Proof cosmic. There is always one.
They've made the same fatal error as EA are doing, they're listening to the stockholders more than the fanbase. Mark my words, EA and MS will suffer from their recent choices. They aren't nurturing their developers, they're suffocating them. And they will lessen their fanbase inch by inch. They will make money short term, but long term they will suffer. People get tired of the same old shit, there needs to be a shift in the ways they're working. EDIT:This isn't a dig at fans of MS, or EA, but they aren't thinking how gamers think. I want them to do well, but it needs more commitment than a couple of years dev time. You need to let the devs have some breathing room. EDIT2:The biggest thing MS needs to do is take a chance on something they truly believe in, without the safety net that it will be profitable. Which is something that is likely not in their vocabulary.
This was obvious since last gen to any person that knew about the 1st party situation between the two. I honestly thought that MS would try and improve from last gen as they build up their talent base but instead they have went the opposite way while Sony has double down. Its always why it is hilarious when Xbox fans keep claiming that PS console does not have any games when anyone with knowledge would know that it was always just a matter of time before we get too many games because Sony 1st party were not just sitting on their asses getting paid for nothing lol!. I just really hope we can just stop with the BS come next gen that Sony does not have any games lol!.
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