2016 was in many people’s eyes, a poor year for gaming. We had some really poor releases that in some cases failed to live up to the expectations of gamers and some that just outright lied about the content of the game ( I mention no names). Whilst PC gaming received yet more shockingly bad ports it did at least have a strong year in terms of hardware. 2017 then really does need to be a better year for gaming and in particular games but we all need to play our part. I’ve been saying for a while now that I’m frustrated with the games industry and the sheer amount of poor games being churned out. This year I’m determined to do more to be more selective about what I spend my money on.
Looking forward to what we can expect in 2017 we all need to have a bit of a reality check and perhaps start looking at games with critical eyes. We need to be more aware of the marketing tricks that publishers use to sell us their games and we need to be more selective about what games we invest in. I’m particularly bad about boarding the hype train I admit.
AAA games I think largely failed us last year, in fact I think AAA games have largely been poor for quite a while now with a few exceptions like The Witcher 3, Gears of War 4 and the likes of Uncharted 4. Too many games release with a multitude of bugs or mind numbingly boring and repetitive side quests that are repeated a hundred times over to try and masquerade as content. Activision topped it all off by holding a much loved game to ransom and then releasing micro transactions on that game. I mean how much contempt does a company have to show gamers before they finally learn not to reward them with a sale?
With all this in mind I’m certainly going to be more selective about where and what I spend my money on. As far as PC is concerned, if the game’s performance isn’t up to scratch then you can kiss your sale goodbye. If your game is riddled with bugs on console then I’ll look to buy something more deserving. There’s a few games this year that I think could really become great games and who knows, contender for Game of the Year 2017. Those games are:
- Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
- Horizon Zero Dawn.
- Sea of Thieves
- South Park: The Fractured But Whole
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Crackdown 3
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Mass Effect: Andromeda
You might notice there’s no Call of Duty’s or games of that ilk and that’s because in my opinion there are far more worthy games and developers in need of support. Why take a chance on the new Call of Duty when you can have more fun playing a game that offers new experiences? Seriously save your money for the summer sales or Black Friday deals. Steam has some great games going for a fraction of the price of the AAA disappointment like Astroneer (also available on Xbox One). We need to start paying more attention to these sorts of games and yes it can be hit and miss at times but there’s also a responsibility to do more research into games before we buy them, there should be no shame in holding off that pre-order to make sure you are getting the game you deserve.
We all have our parts to play but the onus really is on the developers and publishers to treat gamers with a bit of respect and create truly wonderful games that we can all enjoy. We need to break the cycle of pouring money into games that are undeserving of our hard earned money. We need to make the developers work for our custom instead of rewarding them for simply re-skinning last year’s space themed shooter and throwing it on the shelves for £40. 2017 has to be better because if the trend of poor quality releases continues I fear we might see the industry suffer and none of us wants that.
*Sources for Pictures
2017 Collage -Archangel470
Hype train -anon