Here at Play Some Video Games we are constantly brainstorming ways of bringing new and unique content that you can’t find anywhere else. Every day the PSVG staff engages in a group chat in order to share news, ideas, have fun and keep connected during our free time. This chat can lead to some conversations and debates, and yes, even the occasional angry tirade or rant. This is where I (Kevin) enter the picture. Having just encountered such a heated debate I thought, wow this might make for a good read, or video, or possibly even a ten minute audio session. Welcome to the first public PSVG staff debate;
Two separate gaming related news stories broke yesterday. One was the announcement of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Zombie Mode: Zombies in Space & the second being Metal Gear Survive. (Both announcements have been published on the site Here & Here)
STOP USING A FRANCHISE’S NAME TO SELL A GAME THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FRANCHISE!
Metal Gear Survive is not a Metal Gear Game! Metal Gear Survive appears more like a Resident Evil / Left 4 Dead hybrid, It doesn’t even look like a better version of Left 4 Dead. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare: is a great space shooter game it seems (without having Zombie mode), but is it Call of Duty? I don’t think it is. When I think back on the once great franchise rooted in our military history is now just a generic (albeit very good) first person shooter. Why can’t these new space and zombie themed installments be their own separate thing? Zombie mode (a fan favorite of many) could be a GREAT stand alone release. Just listen to the voice talent associated with Zombies in Spaceland, clearly they are having a TON of fun making this game. But HOW is this Call of Duty? It’s not! Its just a way to appease the fanbase with an annual game titled Call of Duty because giving the game a different name would hurt Activision’s profits.
Now, I am not the biggest indie gamer on the staff (I strongly believe that title belongs to Kyle and Seth), but I adore developer’s ambition to create something new and different. As a fan of gaming, I enjoy seeing something new and different and still like to take a trip into familiar territory. But I am completely okay with waiting a few years in between those trips. I remember my trips to Toys R Us as a kid and walking down the video game aisle and looking at all the box art for the games and in most cases every game was different and unique. I enjoyed reading the game descriptions on the back of the box-art, seeing screenshots and story snippets. Now you can walk down the aisle of your local target and see this (and I mean this literally) in your PS4 of X1 aisles:
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III
- Call of Duty: Ghosts
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Minecraft Story Mode
- Assassins Creed: Syndicate
- Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
- Assassins Creed: Unity
- Assassins Creed: Chronicles
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes
- Lego Marvels Avengers
- Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Lego Batman 3
- Lego Jurassic World
- The Lego Movie Video Game
- Lego Dimensions
- Lego The Hobbit
- Tales from the Borderlands
- Borderlands The Pre-Sequel
- Borderlands The Handsome Jack Collection
- Far Cry 4
- Far Cry Primal
I think you get my point – variety is good people! We wouldn’t have the franchises we have now unless people tried something new, whether they failed sometimes or landed a hit, it’s part of the industry. Every director has their share of good and bad movies, every TV show has good and bad seasons, and yes sometimes a game won’t be better than the last game.
I have said previously on the podcast, that this is my gripe with Metroid Prime Federation Force. It may be a great game, I will not hold that against it, but it is not a Metroid Prime game. This is not a new strategy in the industry by any means. Some of the most famous examples would be Super Mario Bros 2 in the US which was not even a Mario game originally. In Super Mario Bros 2, they just altered the visuals of the he characters with minor gameplay adjustments. As a lifelong Mario fan, I can honestly say, if I were to rank all the Mario games I’ve played SMB2 would be towards the bottom of my list. Star Fox Adventures on GameCube was originally Dinosaur Planet, but they decided to capitalize on the Star Fox franchise. Even though Adventures wasn’t bad, still it was NOT a Star Fox game. So why jack the name? Knock it off. Take a chance people.
Feel free to agree or disagree with me and leave your comments below. Either way I hope I’ve given you some food for thought, until next week boys and girls.