Velocity Gamer: Whether it was the publisher, developer, or game franchise there used to be a time when you could buy a game on that brand recognition alone. Are there any brands left you trust?
Definately the 'Uncharted' series for me. No need for review scores or anything. Instant must buy for me.
STALKER Half Life Battlefield Arma Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War I gotta have them and like ArchangelMike i don't need any stinking reviews or scores just take my money and let me go back to my PC in utter joy as these games over the years have provided me with endless hours of happy gaming.
has way more to do with purchasing than scores. Sometimes you cant get people to change their mind on buying a game if they are so inclined because they like the series or something. Halo, Gears, God of War, Uncharted, Mario (not all mario, just the action platform type), etc... I was very picky about my RPG's though. I didnt buy into Final Fantasy because they were Final Fantasy. I did buy into the Phantasy star games though. And I really dig anything in the Shining series.
Uncharted was one of those games for me but I didn't really feel 3 was worth $73... The Dark (insert whatever here) series from From Software is one as is Half Life and pretty much any Valve game that's not L4D actually...
Valve is definitely a great developer. I had never played any of their games but bought Portal 2 (PS3) based on what I had seen of it and I LOVE that game. Now, I know I'll be getting Portal 3 for sure even though it's not been announced.
The Dark Soul's /Demon Souls's series, definately. I'm sure to pick up the next one regardless.
Its funny, the image has a picture of square soft. Back in the day if you were buying a square soft game it used to mean it was probably a great RPG. These days square enix are making any old crap and are going to be holding back parts of FF XIII-2 for DLC.
Any game from Valve is a must buy for me.
For Brands specifically... Bungie (Halo) Epic (Gears/Unreal Tournament) DICE (Battlefield) Eat Sleep Play (Big fan of Jaffe) Sony Santa Monica (God of War) Naughty Dog (Crash/Uncharted) Polyphony Digital (Gran Turismo) There used to be more but EA has upset me, as such has infinity ward, activision, and other companies alike. Again this is just my opinion, I love to game and don't rely on scores nearly as much as I used to.
Any Blizzard game, as they have yet to make one game I didn't like and pay for well over 100 hours. Maybe with the exception of WoW expansions, since I'll only buy them if I'm playing the game, and I've been off of WoW for about a year or so. While I know some people will disagree about it, any Call of Duty game, I don't expect them to be revolutionary or to have the best graphics, I just expect them to have a short but focused SP campaign coupled with a fast-paced arena shooter, and they have yet to disappoint me on that. The Gears of War franchise, Persona, Valkyria Chronicles, Motorstorm, anything made by IO (yes, even Kane and Lynch), Warhammer 40K, Saints Row, civilization just to name a few. There are basically quite a few franchises that I trust, they're not always putting out great games, but they always are enjoyable to me.
basically anything from ATLUS, Kojima Productions, Capcom japan, Platinum Games, Team ICO, Quantic Dream, Square Enix and Nintendo
I was waiting for mention of ATLUS. I'd also say NIS or Banpresto, for the most part, as well.
Platinum Games really impressed me with Mad World and ever since I bought everything with their name on it. Gears Franchise Street Fighter Bayonetta(hopefully we will get more games about here and her universe) Borderlands The Souls Franchise, God of War Batman(the last 2 at least) BioShock Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Final Fantasy...to a degree. I Gamefly about 75% of the games I play and only buy true gems. This method not only saves me money, it allows me to quickly get B.S. outta my disc drive that should of never been priced at $60 anyway. I'm so glad I rented Too Human instead of investing $60 dollars in that half-ass game that I wanted to do so well. Maybe the second installment will fair better than the 1st.
Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted, inFamous, Dead Space, Souls series (From Software), Assassin's Creed and Batman (Rocksteady). Edit: Oh! And should there be any other in the future: White Knight Chronicles.
Everything God of WaR has exceeded my expectations. Just when I thought what could they possibly do next, Kratos goes and sinks Atlantis. Literally. And that was on the PSP! Guaranteed sale. I've been buying Metal Gears too for over 20 years, so they must be doing something right.
Anything from Rockstar, Bethesda(developer) and Irrational games.
Assassin's Creed, obviously. Anything Naughty Dog and Insomniac makes, aswell as Rockstar.
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