System Exclusives: A Way Of The Past

26 06 2015

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I’ve written a lot about system exclusives and how I believe the landscape is changing from what we as gamers have seen in the past. If E3 this year is of any indication, which I believe it is, then we may finally see the shift in philosophy that I’ve seen coming for a few years.

While the advances in technology, production value, and expectation have given us gamers a more immerse experience it has also ballooned budgets on the developer side. A misstep no longer is a small setback but instead could cost the company millions. So why would they exclude a possible section of their customer base by having a title exclusive to one system?

We have seen this portrayed more and more over the past years with titles like Mass Effect, Final Fantasy, Grand Theft Auto and more recently Titanfall losing their exclusivity rights and become multiplatform. It appears developers haven’t been wrong either as you look at the top ten rated games of last year a vast majority of them are multiplatform titles and not exclusives.

This transition has left Sony and Microsoft so starved for exclusive content that instead of titles being a system exclusive we now have timed exclusives like that of the new Tomb Raider game Rise of the Tomb Raider for Microsoft or Sony’s timed exclusive  No Man’s Sky. I saw this coming a long time ago as I wrote about it 6 years ago when I saw system exclusives falling to the waste side.

What will the new landscape look like? Well like I mentioned in a previous post when I revisited this topic 4 years ago, its exclusive content. We have already seen this develop over the past year with Destiny and Batman: Arkham Knight and the exclusive content for PlayStation users or with Dragon Age: Inquisition’s timed DLC for Microsoft users.

Obviously this excludes first party developers but in my eyes this makes these developers even more important in this current landscape of gaming. Sony and Microsoft need to do an even better job of recognizing talented teams to add to their holdings as the games they produce will be a large factor in differentiating themselves from their competition as titles like Uncharted, Halo and even the newer Bloodbourne have proved.

Without these third party exclusives to fall back on I believe Sony and Microsoft beyond looking for quality developers to shore up, or providing exclusive content to their system need something more to further differentiate their platform. These systems are no longer ‘just’ platforms to play games on but an entertainment hub in your living room and if either of these companies want to pull ahead this is where I see the most ground can be made.

I personally turn my PlayStation on more to watch Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Instant Video than to play games. Therefore these collaborations with the companies listed above and others such as Hulu Plus, Spotify, NFL, NBA and the recently announced PlayStation Vue will be the future game changers.





E3 2010: Day Three Photos

21 07 2010

As I stated earlier I wanted to express my E3 experience as best I can but instead of simply listing my experience in text format I figured a sideshow of pictures I took throughout the day would best showcase this event. This is a continuation of some earlier posts Day Zero, Day One and Day Two— I apologize for the delay but still wanted to share.

These pictures do a wonderful job cataloging my day by showing you what I did and saw while also allowing you to see the rare sights of E3 first hand. I hope I was able to capture the experience and express my enjoyment through these pictures  as Day Three was the last day of E3. Enjoy!

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E3 2010: Day Two Photos

20 07 2010

As I stated earlier I wanted to express my E3 experience as best I can but instead of simply listing my experience in text format I figured a sideshow of pictures I took throughout the day would best showcase this event. This is a continuation of some earlier posts Day Zero and Day One — I apologize for the delay but still wanted to share.

These pictures do a wonderful job cataloging my day by showing you what I did and saw while also allowing you to see the rare sights of E3 first hand. Enjoy!

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inFamous 2 Announced

14 07 2010

You probably read this title thinking, that’s old news and granted it is but my excitement over this announcement is so high that I could not help but share my enthusiasm even if it is considered late.

I heard this announcement along with everyone else days before E3 which is why I hesitated to write anything since so much was unknown and I had high hopes of playing or seeing more at E3.

Unfortunately Infamous 2 was not being shown at E3 at least for those with out an appointment. However even those that did have an appointment weren’t given much more than we already knew via the Game Informer cover article. Not being able to play or see any more information was one of my major disappointments of E3 as I absolutely loved inFamous as it was even in my top games of 2009 and I eagerly awaited an announcement for inFamous 2.

While not much is know we do know that along with a revision in design Cole will posses new powers, be exploring a new city and fighting against tougher more diverse enemies. Sucker Punch also has plans to make the city feel more inhabited while also improving and adding on to the traversing mechanic Unfortunately we will have to wait at least until 2011 but if your itching for more information then maybe these newly released screenshots will hold you over for the time being.

What would you like to see in the new inFamous?

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E3 Hands On: NBA Jam (Wii)

14 07 2010

As with my previous two hands on impressions this game was also not announced at E3 this year however unlike the previous two games NBA Jam is not in 3D nor is it a PlayStation 3 exclusive.

NBA Jam is a remake of the classic 2 on 2 style over the top arcade game that will be releasing later this year for the Nintendo Wii. As someone who enjoys both basketball and over the top arcade games I have been anticipating this title for some time now but was also skeptical if EA could pull off the same feel and enjoyment of the arcade title.

My first opportunity to play was with another media individual against the computer. Before the game started an EA booth representative explained the basic controls before setting us loose. NBA Jam uses the nun chuck and the Wii remote – to jump for either shooting or blocking shots you flick the Wii remote up, to finish the shot, dunk or block a shot you jerk the Wii remote back down. The nun chuck is used for movement along with sprint, to pass you simply press the A button. After only a few possessions I easily grasped the basic controls allowing me to perform absurd passes that lead to acrobatic dunks.

The gameplay is fast paced with no actual defensive or offensive plays to call or execute. The entire offensive repertoire is pass, crossover, shoot and dunk. While defensively you can steal, shove and block shots but be careful not to goal tend. Although that may seem limited to some I found it had just enough depth but was also basic enough that it allowed you to focus on having fun.

So, it passed the fun test, but did it feel true to the original? Yes, I was actually surprised while playing just how authentic to the arcade title it actually felt. So much so that they actually brought back the famous announcer. The visual style also stays true to the original with crazy dunks and fast paced action however this time the heads of players are actual photographs. While we weren’t able to play with anything but the current NBA rosters I was told that historic duos from the arcade will make an appearance in this new title.

To sum up my experience I found my self through out the expo continually going back to play NBA Jam on multiple occasions as it was so easy to pick up and play while being extremely fun. After playing this title for myself my excitement for this title has been renewed and intensified. I can not wait to play more of NBA Jam and I will most certainly pick up this title for my dust covered Wii – which says it all.

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E3 2010: Day One Photos

28 06 2010

As I stated earlier I wanted to express my E3 experience as best I can but instead of simply listing my experience in text format I figured a sideshow of pictures I took throughout the day would best showcase this event.

These pictures do a wonderful job cataloging my day by showing you what I did and saw while also allowing you to see the rare sights of E3 first hand. Enjoy!

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E3 2010: Day Zero Photos

27 06 2010

As I stated earlier I wanted to express my E3 experience as best I can but instead of simply listing my experience in text format I figured a sideshow of pictures I took throughout the day would best showcase this event.

These pictures do a wonderful job cataloging my day by showing you what I did and saw while also allowing you to see the rare sights of E3 first hand. Enjoy!

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