TitanReviews writes: As games go more mainstream are yearly releases just a money-grab that affect the quality of the games? David Cage thinks quality takes time.
One great example of this is cod.
Yes they sure do and remember that the next time you whine about Halo God of War or Half Life taking forever to make. Quality first!!!
Quality, yes but sales wise CoD still sells like hotcakes and that's what Activision only cares about
I agree... not only CoD, but sports games even more so. Why not revamp sports series every 3 years and just release a major DLC patch with updated rosters and some new features for $15 - $20. As much as I feel CoD comes out too often, I really think sports games are worse.
depends wich sports games . Take soccer games , imo it's easy to see those , especially pes , featured more changes than the last 3 cod combined within a single new game . At the very least sports games significantly update their graphics on a regular basis .. cod has been pretty much looking the same , according to some even worse , lately .
I don't think annual sports games, or to be more precise the EA line-up is worse than CoD. They're keeping a sky high standard at the current games in almost every EA sports franchise, but you do have a point. FIFA 11 was a bit too similiar to FIFA 10, and knowing that FIFA 12 will be out next year makes it less fun to invest in FIFA 11. Wish they'd make one every three year and back it up with DLC as you say.
NBA 2k11 got better every year. S2k11 is WAAAAY better than any basketball game I've played.
Really??? $60 better?
Another im sad to say insomniac. 06- R:FOM - awesome 07- R&C:TOD - Cool 08- Resistance 2.... Eh, was a nice game, but definetly lacked the polish that R1 had (extremely noticable in the tower stage, where you fight the widowmaker, if you look outside, the ground below is just a picture taken from google maps. looks horrible. Luckly they've realised their mistakes and done a 2 year cycle for R3. And opened up another branch for the new ratchet game.
Id much prefer time in development rather then a anual game like cod. and also if a game is not ready maybe give us a date in like say 4Q 2011 and not november 2011 then come to that 4Q to say the games been delayed. what im saying is also do away with Timelines. so the developers dont have to worry about deadline as i beleave that also plays a major role in games being not finalized then we see patches.
I thought that was a Patcher headline for a second.
I really dont understand Activision. They're pumping out CoD like it's Rock Band, just a dying breed and they're squeezing every ounce of cash out of it before it smashes into the ground. They're so busy focusing on the profits they can make NOW rather than the marathon-attitude from companies like DICE or Valve or Relic, who release every few years or so and make SUCH BETTER games. AND they have income from WoW...how could they want more each year? It must be a contractual agreement with stock holders or something. There must be a much bigger, underlying reason as to why they are pumping CoD out so predictably and at such a low quality. They've turned into the McDonalds of the gaming industry. Yet people lap it up. They raise the price, doesnt affect sales..wtf is wrong with the gamers of today?
Though off topic, Rock Band isn't being "pumped out", and i dont think Harmonix is squeezing it for cash. Harmonix has been making music games long before Guitar Hero. Most of the developers (Including Alex and Chris Rigopolus, Kasson Crocker [Freezepop anyone?] Godforbid, etc.) have their own bands, and they develop the charts as well. They're all just music lovers. I dont think they will ever stop. I'd kill for a sequel to FreQuency/Amplitude but i sadly dont think that's gonna happen. Rock Band still gets between 3 to 15 DLC songs per week. I'm sure Harmonix is doing just fine. Especially considering the new Gibson licensed pro instruments, and their huge online community that never stops playing - including me. Rock Band 3 is definitely the best music game on current gen consoles and me and my friends play it all the time. >.> On top of that, It's not like Rock Band is even milked. There's really only been 3 games in the franchise since 2007. Rock Band 2 was slightly unnecessary, sure, but Beatles Rock Band was a damn good quality game for any Beatles fan.
seriously , you're way off base . Why couldnt you just say "pumping cod like it's guitar hero" ? Might have been more relevant then
"I'd kill for a sequel to FreQuency/Amplitude" isn't that rock band unplugged ( PSP ) ? or did i mix up games ?
no. frequency/amplitude were DJ/mixing type games for the PS2. if they made another one I'd buy a PS3.
Rock Band Unplugged was similar. Kind of. But totally not the same. It was all mainstream rock music, no remixing, no online, FreQs, etc. Still a good game though :D @Morbius420 Haha. Hell yeah... I still play amp quite a bit :p
And water is wet, I am told.
Pretty much what I was thinking too.
I think the first 3-4years of "yearly" releases on major franchises like a COD or even a Madden and you wont really feel that drop off...but after that I think it really does hurt the franchise in the long run. They may still put up numbers but in the long run their consumer base will be very volatile to jumping ship to the competition or just not carring to buy the next one. 2009 was the last Madden I bought...and prior to that I had been loyal for a good 7 years skipping only 2007 after the debacle of 2006 madden. COD has also had me fairly loyal... COD2, 3, COD:MW (skipped [email protected]), COD:MW2 and Blops.... but I will most likely skip COD:MW3 or whatever it will be called.
I dunno, MW2 was pretty bad to me, WAW had nothing on MW. And blops was the best to me since MW, despite the absolutly dreadful spawning. Even being the best since Cod 4, it as only alright, Cod 4 is still better.
but what if there isn't any competition like for baseball on xbox 360?
COD franchise doesn't care about quality when each new game outsales the last.
We already knew this.....just look at the music industry...
I agree, i just wish it didnt.
I guess getting more of the same crap every year isn't as bad as waiting years for the next Final Fantasy and then getting crap. >.<
Where is Captain Obvious when u need him??
arguing with General Sarcastic.
No it doesnt hurt quality at all. I would rather wait a year for a game with very few improvements then wait 2-4 years with very few improvements. Look at Gears of war/Halo/God of War etc etc... These take years to make but have they really improved?? Does the fact that it took them 2-4 years to make the game show in the end product??? No it doesnt. Its the same game just a little prettier with a couple of gameplay changes. They could have done this in a year.
that's what i've been saying for years. not only does it mean titles are rushed but they have to put in unnecessary features to justify this years version over the practically identical version from last year, and they don't have time to fully test and plan these features so they're rarely an improvement, that's why fifa has 9 pages of its manual dedicated to the controls. it's called feature creep and it has ruined many a game for me.
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