Take a look at the most popular games of this year and last year, you’ll all notice that they’re sequels to previous games of the same title. FarCry 3, Black Ops 2, HALO 4, Dead Space 3, Mass Effect 3, Crysis 3, Resident Evil 6, Assassin’s Creed III; they’re all sequels, or a part of an existing title that require some knowledge of the previous to play the campaign. This got me thinking, are video games excluding newcomers?
It’s a little bit of an open ended question but look at it this way. Let’s say you’re interested in playing on an Xbox 360 and you like the look of Crysis 3 so to prepare yourself you’ll have to buy Crysis and Crysis 2. If you’re not familiar with the series, Crysis was a PC only title, and Crysis 2 is going pre-owned at around £12. Obviously you’re unfamiliar with Xbox Live and it’s Marketplace so you won’t know that you can buy both Crysis and Crysis 2 on demand via the market place. Bare in mind that both games will set you back £15 each.
So already you’ve spent around £200 for the console, and before you can play the game you want to play you’re going to have to fork out around £30 for the previous games. That’s not including the time you’re going to have to take to play those two games. The same goes for the Black Ops series, the original game is pre-owned for £12 with around 3-4+ hours of game play. Not to include World at War (£10 pre-owned) that’s technically the start of the Black Ops Story.
Last year alone there was around 37 out of 103 games released for the Xbox 360 that had no previous titles attached to it though games like XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Devil May Cry: HD Collection, and Zone of Enders HD Collection are all re-boots of older titles.
Not to mention the console exclusives; Buying a new console is a big investment, forking out £200+ for a games console as well as £30+ for the game of your choice is a lot of money to some people. To then find out that there’s an incredible game that you’re desperate to play is exclusive to another console is a huge slap in the face.
I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing that developers release sequels to their most popular games; there’s a story to be told that people enjoy experiencing and I for one am one of those people. I just think it’s becoming increasingly difficult for newcomers to get into gaming, even existing players like myself can fall into the trap of playing and getting sucked into one or two video game series missing out on other titles – and don’t even get me started on the price of video games..
I’d love to know your opinion on this, leave a comment below and get into the discussion!