Hello Gamespot users
I would like to write my first blog about videogames. Nowadays video games are popular among us. There are millions of games to play with. They are classified into different genres; arcade, simulation, MMOs or even flash games. It is great to have such massive videogame library in our life. You have large selection of games to keep you amused. The most annoying thing about videogames are the unnecessary 'sequels' and this is the topic about my blog.
I would like to exemplify with the sports games. Unfortunately we get annual releases of each sport games like football, soccer, basketball etc. Every year we get an annual release of Pro Evolution Soccer or FIFA games. I bought Winning Eleven 2008 years ago and it was enough for me. But the next year Winning Eleven 2009 got released and now Winning Eleven 2010 is released. The only differences between the sequels are the additions of some new official football teams or the substitutions of some football players between the teams and on top of it there is no major improvement in the graphics or the gameplay. The ideas of the football games are simple: 2 different teams with 11 players in each, chasing after the ball for 90 minutes trying shoot at the goal posts! So why do we get these annual releases of these game? Can't we just connect to the internet and update the game every year for once? If there is a big addition to the game like adding officially licensed teams, buy the update for $10 or $20 and change the game title from Winning Eleven 2009 to Winning Eleven 2010. They are just wasting time and money in producing the copies of their games. They have to burn millions of DVDs and produce millions of game boxes for a game that has very few changes in the sequel.
The game is the same but the titles of the game are changing from Winning Eleven to Pro Evolution Soccer
It is not the sports game only but we also Guitar Hero and Rock Band series. It is like an endless struggle in the gaming history. Activision must publish a music rhythm game of every famous rock band on earth! Last year we got:
- Guitar Hero 5
- Guitar Hero: Metallica
- Guitar Hero: Van Halen
- Guitar Hero: Smash Hits
- Band Hero
- Rock Band: Beatles
- Rock Band: Unplugged
- Lego: Rock Band
Just wow! Aren't the developers of Guitar Hero being ashamed of themselves for publishing such unnecessary sequels? At least they came up with a fresh idea which is DJ Hero. The gameplay can be the same but at least it is played in a different way. Now DJ Hero 2 is coming, yet I am neither surprised at all nor interested about it!
Same game, only the titles and the musics are different
I would like to give my final example and that is the Dynasty Warriors series. Since Dynasty Warriors 2 came out on PlayStation2 it had 4 more sequels to its game plus loads of spin-offs but I merely call them as sequels. Koei is very smart in making sequels to its own games. They add few more new characters, new maps and some new little game elements but in the end the game is the same. The story is always the same, you start fighting with Yellow Turbans, then defeat Lu Bu then fight against the Three Kingdoms till one of the kingdom survives. Not only Dynasty Warriors but his brother game Samurai Warriors is using the same idea. As if Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors series didn't have enough sequels, they made another game called Warriors Orochi! It is just the mixture of Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors contents. They even made a sequel to the Warriors Orochi. Last year Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce was released on PSP and it was much more different than the original installment yet the story was the same. I wonder how many Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors sequels will be made. There are also sequels on PSP, Gameboy Advance and even on PC.
...there will Dynasty Warriors 7, Dynasty Warriors 8, Dynasty Warriors 9 and forever!
The only way to solve this problem is the DLCs. I really love those DLCs and online patches. Plug the internet, download the latest patch to fix the game's problems and buy more additional content if you want to have more fun with your favorite game. At least I don't have go to the store, buy the sequel in a box (that is more like an expansion pack) and take space in my library. Like Fallout 3, instead of making sequels, DLCs are published. The game is the same but only the content gets some new elements such as weapons, enemies, quests etc. One game disc but loads of new contents of the game on my HDD. That's what I want!
We only need sequels to the game when there is:
- Complete new story line (Final Fantasy games are all the same but the storyline of the games are completely different and none of them has relevance to each other)
- Major changes in the graphics (Forza Motorsports 3 has much more better graphics than Forza Motorsports 2 due to its new graphic engine)
- New next-gen consoles (having Tekken 6 on Xbox 360 is a great idea because Xbox never had a Tekken game)
That's all I can say folks! I hope you enjoyed my blog and agree with my point of new. Please leave a comment about the blog or add some more game references that suit the topic of this blog.