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Are Beta Pack In's Getting Ridiculous? -StickTwiddlers

The trend of multiplayer betas is continuing with yet another high profile game having it’s beta packed into another title. This time it’s not the 360 with its Gears of War 3 beta packed with Bulletstorm, but coming from Sony.

To me it’s becoming increasingly transparent with game companies putting high profile betas in games that might not sell as well usually but should this be happening?

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devilhunterx2437d ago

Crackdown with Halo 3 beta

Active Reload2437d ago (Edited 2437d ago )

That was the first one I've tried. On consoles there are only like 4 maybe 5 games that have done this. I wouldn't call myself a PC gamer so I can't verify if they've been doing this or not.

"Uncharted 3 beta pack in with Resistance 3, anyone?"

You maybe onto something...

ReBurn2437d ago (Edited 2437d ago )

I ended up enjoying Crackdown infinitely more than the Halo 3 beta. Crackdown was a heck of a lot of fun, especially in online co-op. Halo 3 was just more Halo to me.

TronEOL2437d ago (Edited 2437d ago )

I don't get it, they're giving you something extra above buying the game. How could getting something you wouldn't have otherwise be a bad thing?

It's like saying no to getting an extra Mocha frap from Starbucks for free because you think handing out extras is getting out of hand.

Honestly, I find it funny how people will literally go out of their way to complain (unless there is a more meaningful reason as to why beta's should be kept small).

StickTwiddlers2437d ago

The fact is that a lot of these betas will 'suddenly go open' shortly after the release of the title they were packed in with.

If you already intend on pre-ordering a title and you get a beta access with that, then great, but I doubt a large amount of GoW 3 fans were planning on getting Bulletstorm until a beta was offered.

To use your analogy, it's more along the lines of Starbucks offering an extra mocha frap to everyone who has placed a coffee order to be delivered in the afternoon. Then once the order has been delivered, they start handing them out to anyone, even if they haven't ordered previously.

Beta's are being used as a very clever marketing device. They drive sales up of other titles that would otherwise not sell as well, the game get's free promo from it's beta and possible potential customers and the developers get free testing out of it.

If you look at the majority of recent beta's, the majority are for multiplayer features. The only beta purpose that these beta's are really providing is server stress testing, hence why they'll open it to everyone.

If it was to do with bugs, they would want a smaller focus group which they do in house.

dead_eye2437d ago

I've already replied to you below. But this comment you made here was way better than the article itself.

StickTwiddlers2437d ago (Edited 2437d ago )

We published a full feature on what I discussed in my comment (different writer) that you may find appeals to you more.

http://sticktwiddlers.com/2...

The comments made in this article are a brief version of that feature as we didn't want to repeat ourselves.

Raoh2437d ago

well its not like they are pushing off a low profile game on you, they are giving you beta access to a high profile game with the purchase of a high profile game.

Sounds like a good deal to me.

dead_eye2437d ago

Waste of an article. It's fine until Sony do it then it's work of the devil.

Beta's with games has been happening all generation and now you want to complain.

And the fact that the socom 4 beta is running now means it's getting all the exposure it needs.

StickTwiddlers2437d ago

If you read the article we comment that SOCOM 4 needs all the exposure it can get and specifically use the Bulletstorm GoW 3 beta as the prime example, an X360 title, which we commented on in a previous article.

dead_eye2437d ago

I read the article. That's why I mention the exposure of Socom 4. Any beta that's not total private is exposure for a game. Yeah you mention gears 3 beta but it's more about socom. I don't think there's anything wrong with betas as extras to buy a game. The article should comment more on how that public betas might not be best for game development as most people play them as a demo or complain about things in the game that maybe they shouldn't.