PlayStation Store Global Update – April 5, 2011

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ftwrthtx2751d ago

What is it with all of these games coming out as top down shooters? Lara Croft did it. Then Ghostbusters. Now Red Faction.

BigWoopMagazine2751d ago

And Burn Zombie Burn, Zombie Apocalypse, Dead Nation, Alien Breed, and depending on your perspective, Geometry Wars and Blast Factor. They must sell well... or be easy to make.

ftwrthtx2751d ago

But those came out as top down shooters. These other ones weren't originally.

It must be easy to make them.

decimalator2751d ago (Edited 2751d ago )

It's reverse product evolution. Most big franchises started out in the era when all you COULD do was top down or side scrolling shooters, then evolved into first and third person shooters.

But with the advent of digital distribution, developers are realizing that they can spend 3 years toiling on a product that may or may not sell, or they can spend less time (and less money) working on a game, and can make decent amounts of money. You won't have a billion dollar game like Call of Duty, but you can easily recover the investment you put in and maybe even turn a profit.

It's a good in-between-big-releases kind of project, it helps to keep the name of your franchise in people's minds, and in some ways can be better than the big budget games.

Call of Duty did it too, sort of... but their top down shooter was a hidden mode in their main game, Black Ops.

I think a part of it is the popularity of retro gaming. Part of it is it is much cheaper to make a smaller scale game. Part of it is to keep a team busy during a down economy where it is harder to get funding for a bigger project -- better to keep your team busy on a smaller project than having to cut staff and then re-hire and re-train a whole new team later. I'm sure there are a million more.

ftwrthtx2751d ago

It's definitely a step backward, but not necessarily in a bad way.

Most are relatively cheap and are fun to play.

FACTUAL evidence2751d ago

Ok, so did they stop with the avatars now?....We have a lot of avi's now, but mostly capcom stuff that leads to either a street fighter, megaman, or a darkstalker.

BigWoopMagazine2751d ago

Cool, demos and Sonic, I'm down with that.

T3mpr1x2751d ago

Yep, any week with a classic Sonic game is fine by me!

dragon822751d ago

Not a bad update. Not the greatest either.

HolyOrangeCows2751d ago

I'm hoping for something big soon, like when they gave away Stacking for free.

Omegabalmung2751d ago

Just DL sonic 2 and the Qore episode. Thinking about getting Stardome for $4.99 and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light for $7.99

ftwrthtx2751d ago

If you have the PlayStation Move, StarDrone is worth the price.

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