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Posted 8/25/08 , edited 8/25/08
I dont know if its just me, but i'm starting to really get bored of all the current game franchises out there. Im tired of seeing all these games coming out with number 4's tacked onto them.

So my question is "Does anybody else feel the same way?" and do you think more gaming companies should venture into unmarked territory and try something new for once.

Because nowadays when going to buy game it can be hard to find something thats great and not all "hype".

"I dont know, maybe theres some disease going around infecting game companies that causes them to lose all creativity." - Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw (rough quote)
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Posted 8/25/08 , edited 8/25/08
Its Hard to say since we still buy the games from those franchises. Companies will hardly ever take the risk to make a new game that won't sell no matter how good the game is, so they like to make more games of the same tittle because they already have a fanbase that will support that title no matter what. So in the end, as long as we as consumers keep backing those franchises they wont bother to experiment with new stuff. You also have to remember that there are some franchises that usually have great games in every installment. For example Zelda. And yes I like it when companies take the risk to make something new like Ubisoft for Assassin's Creed.
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Well at this years E3 there were some new games I've never heard of, mostly on the Wii and PS3. For some reason all the games being made on the 360 are sequels to franchises, and thats where all the hype is. I would love for some no name companies to come out and make some new cool unique games no ones heard of.
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i know what you mean...........but theres nothing we can do..............unless more people (including me) take chances on newer games the developers wont take chances in making newer games.........just like us they stick to what they know..........but lucky for me i got the ps3 sooooooo i can download and play all the demos i want........and i kinda think other people will to so there might be newer games out by this year or the next.......



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Posted 8/26/08 , edited 8/26/08

gnomeonfire wrote:

I dont know if its just me, but i'm starting to really get bored of all the current game franchises out there. Im tired of seeing all these games coming out with number 4's tacked onto them.

So my question is "Does anybody else feel the same way?" and do you think more gaming companies should venture into unmarked territory and try something new for once.

Because nowadays when going to buy game it can be hard to find something thats great and not all "hype".

"I dont know, maybe theres some disease going around infecting game companies that causes them to lose all creativity." - Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw (rough quote)

I think Yahtzee nailed it quite alright there - problem with starting a new franchise lies in lack of originality, something that's especially evident in this modern day era (arguably the '90s were the best if you ask me). Not to mention it's always easier to rehash the same thing over and over again than to actually work on something new from the scratch and pray it catches on with wide audience (although, there are most definitely companies out there, such as BioWare, Blizzard and SquareSoft, who actually COULD pull this off... sadly, BioWare is the only one willing to give it a go (Mass Effect, anyone?) while others mostly cling to same old franchises and treat them as cash cows (Blizzard is probably most notorious for this strategy)).

And last, but not least, every new venture is quite a risk for every company out there and because of that only few daring/crazy will actually practice it (or if they have millions of dollars at their disposal, such as EA Games which, despite all the criticism thrown at it, is actually quite innovative and breaks the boundaries of traditional gaming more than all the other companies (Sims and SPORE, anyone?)).

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Also, eX_ZION raised a good point there - why bother making something new, creative and wonderful when base of loyal fans will buy anything you make, regardless of quality (yes, FF7 and EA Sports fans, I'm looking at YOU).
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