Style Alone Can Save a Game

Today on COG Considers, we're going to talk about style and the way it can save otherwise deeply flawed games. Yes, we do have examples.

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TheOptimist1157d ago

Style doesn't save a game, the background mechanics do. DMC is stylish but also has the deepest combat system to exist in any single player game.

Also, the theory behind cult classics builds on what is said in the article:

"dull and repetitive to actively trying to sabotage the player"

Modern gaming is spoilt by the requirement to pat the player on small achievements and provide them with instant gratification.

Cult classics are usually games where going through tedium has bigger payoffs if the player tries to understand the intent behind the tedium.

Godmars2901156d ago

No, substance within style.

A concept that's been lost in modern culture overall, not just gaming.

Nacho_Z1156d ago

Deadly Premonition was diabolical in terms of gameplay but I still very much enjoyed it because of the characters and overall style of the game.

jznrpg1155d ago (Edited 1155d ago )

The story helped Deadly Premonition a lot not just the style imo. Combat was garbage , a little better during boss fights but just slightly less garbage . The story was interesting and quirky and I wanted to know who was behind it all. I’d love if they made a polished combat & graphics Deadly Premonition along with its interesting mystery story and style . It could be so much more .it is still fun and such but it’s could be an amazing game . Unfortunately with 2 it kept its interesting story but also kept the crappy combat and janky graphics .

Nacho_Z1155d ago

True the story was good and I was invested in it from the start. I think if it was more of a straightforward serious investigative setup though without the quirky Twin Peaks vibe I wouldn't have enjoyed it.

I'm hoping the sequel comes to PS, jank or not I want to play it.

jznrpg1155d ago

Style alone doesn’t save a game. Substance has to be there as well. Style helps, but combat & story have to play a major part with at least one of those being good .


Game Pass Users Should Expect More Price Bumps in the Future, Says Analyst

Wccftech spoke with MIDiA Research games analyst Rhys Elliott about the recent Game Pass price increase. He believes there will be more of those in the future.

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Jin_Sakai2d ago

Phil Spencer really bait and switched Xbox fans. Lol

Alexious2d ago

I mean, they couldn't possibly add all this stuff and keep the price the same

Tankbusta401d 23h ago

Its the way of all subscription services...the initial offering is an extremely good value because they are after capturing market share.. once any company gets enough people and ingrains their service into their subscribers they always increase prices

Einhander19721d 23h ago (Edited 1d 23h ago )

They could have not bought all these publishers and still got the games.

Then not had to close 4 studios fire 5000 people from their gaming division or had to raise the price because they spent 70 bn for CoD.

How much does the price of game pass need to increase to cover all this development. Is it even possible to get the price high enough to cover the costs before it's unappealing to consumers anymore?

How many more studio closures and price increases need to happen before game pass becomes profitable or even breaks even?

Obscure_Observer1d 22h ago


"How many more studio closures and price increases need to happen before game pass becomes profitable or even breaks even?"

Gamepass subscribers aren´t worried about that. That´s a MS concern.

Let them worry about their money. As long as we continue to get our day one games I couldn´t give a damn.

Already paid for my two year Ultimate subscription plan before the new prices, so I´m good. :)

Einhander19721d 22h ago


Closing Arkane and Tango affected everyone who enjoyed their games, all the people who have lost their jobs were affected. I don't think many game pass subscribers are happy with how Microsoft handled those concerns.

You're not getting any more day one games from those studios and whatever studios get cut in the next round.

And the reaction shows that most game pass subscribers would disagree with you.

You better hope Microsoft doesn't have any more "changes" planned for the next two years...

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ChasterMies1d 22h ago

Xbox fans knew what they were getting. If you got the $1 uograde price for 3 years or Game Pass Ultimate, you probably got your money’s worth.

darthv722d ago

Im not a fan of price increases... but I dont mind paying more so long as nothing is taken away at the same time. I've had my share of subscriptions where the prices went up but they also removed some features. Those situations are what really grinds my gears.

VersusDMC1d 23h ago

So gamepass console that included day one games at 10$ a month being replaced with Gamepass standard at 15$ a month with included core but no more day ones must really grind your gears.

darthv721d 23h ago (Edited 1d 23h ago )

It probably would... if I wasn't already an Ultimate user. As such Ultimate is still Ultimate. Nothing has been removed, so the couple extra $ don't really bother me.

Hofstaderman1d 23h ago

Bet you by the end of next year its $30. Bookmark this.

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