Folsom Lake College's Online Newspaper
by Jacob Peterson
In the past year a big question has been coming up among gamers, and that’s whether the content in the games they buy justify the price they're paying for them. Should a game that’s only 5 hours or filled with glitches be sold for a full price of $60, even if its budget was that of a triple A game? Or should the price be determined by the amount of content being purchased by the customer? These questions have become more prominent over the last year, and it's an argument worth discussing for anyone interested in gaming.
The main reasons for the issue gaining steam recently has been due to controversy caused by several high profile releases last year. These games were either plagued with performance issues upon launch, or ended up being much shorter than players expected. There have also been issues with the actual quality of certain full price games, leading many to regret their full price purchases
Some of the most expected games of the year also ended up being filled with the most issues. Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed Unity, both had major performance issues upon launch, damaging the experience of players around the world. Watch Dogs, released May 27th, was noted as not only having issues with pop in on all platforms, but was also had noticeably lower graphical fidelity than the early trailers from back in 2012. This controversy became even bigger after it was discovered that the graphical settings that were present in the 2012 trailers were hidden in the games config files on the PC, but not actually in the game. Assassin's Creed Unity, released November 11th, had huge drops in framerate in crowded sections of the game, making it almost impossible to play in some sections, as well as cases with NPC’s (Non-Playable Characters) walking through walls and disappearing, causing players to be unable to finish missions. It should also be noted that both these games were developed and published by French company UbiSoft.
Another huge issue that has come up is the actual quality of the game compared to the price of it. Once again Watch Dogs comes up, having made several promises of innovation that many players felt were unfulfilled. A more recent example of this was the release of the game Evolve, by Turtle Rock Studios, notable for their work on the Counter Strike and Left 4 Dead games. The game, being sold at full price, was found to provide a very inconsistent gameplay experience, with many people complaining about the games having long stretches of nothing really happening. This, combined with the amount of downloadable content that came with the game, has led people to saying that the game isn’t worth the $60 price tag.
The final issue that has come up is that of the actual amount of content available in the game compared to the price of it. Last year, the gameMetal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes stirred up controversy after players started to finish the game in roughly 3 hours. The game, which was priced at $50, ended up having an additional 4 or 5 hours of bonus content, but many still felt that the main part of the game should have had this time put into it. More recently, the game The Order 1886 was called into question after a walkthrough of the game uploaded to YouTube was completed within 5 Hours. Though its main gameplay was longer than that of Ground Zeroes, players have noted that there is also no where near as much side content. It was also noted that there was roughly 2 hours of cutscenes in the game, which would have extended the gameplay to around roughly 7 hours, with many feeling being that this was done to pad out the experience.
Gaming is not a cheap hobby; when you are paying full price for your games it is just that much worse when the content does not justify the price. While there are some things that will depend on the the buyers taste, most people have agreed that the issue of content compared to price is becoming a bigger issue than it ever was before, with more cases every year of games coming out that were either low quality or had performance issues. Either way, it may be better to wait for some info to come out about a game before making your purchase.
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