I don’t get it. People nowadays are expecting a game that has been hyped and anticipated to be something truly epic – something truly glorious that will fill a person’s day with many hours of fun and joy. Well, at least that is what we would want to believe when it comes to today’s games.
There is just one problem with this theory – one mind-numbing issue……….the launches……..FAIL.
It seems that lately when big-name game companies come out with a game, they get all the hype and pre-orders, and then it just falls flailingly flat on its face. I think one reason why they do this is because these companies figure they can just poop a game out and then do in-game fixes and patches afterwards as time goes along – meanwhile, gamers are frustrated that the games are broken, buggy, glitchy, and overall just don’t work right.
Assassin’s Creed Unity was a victim of this maneuver. When it first came out, there were reviews, blogs, and videos of various glitches and bugs in the game, from parts of characters not being rendered, to people falling through floors, or any number of other issues. They’ve done a number of patches since then, but still………you would think this would have been more polished prior to launch.
Another issue with recent games was that the hype outweighed the actual gameplay – Destiny was the biggest example of this problem in 2014. This game had so much hype, it might have rivaled the presidential speeches or the last launch of the space shuttle. The only thing is……….this game was so short of story and focused so much on GRINDING. It was a game that should have been much more than it ended up being. Watch Dogs was also dogged for not delivering on promises – mostly based around the fact that the E3 footage was much better than what came out for PC. Granted, later on, someone found a mod to bring back the graphics, but by then, the damage was already done.
Another issue………..how about doing DAY ONE DLC? Oh yeah……..nothing says “money printer” than releasing a game, and right away touting all of the extra stuff you can get as add-ons for a game for more money! Evolve apparently fell into that money hole, which ticked off a number of gamers, which may be why the game isn’t being the huge thing that it was touted to be either.
When a new game comes out, and it shows off beautiful graphics, promises groundbreaking gameplay, and an overall mind-blowing experience, we expect these companies to put their money where their mouth is, and actually deliver on the goods – give the gamers what they expect – something awesome! We’re getting games for the new-gen systems, like PS4, Xbox One, and hopped-up PC’s – we’re ready for something cool! Why not step up to the plate and actually deliver that promised experience, rather than drive off the people you are trying to bring into the fold.