Are games getting repetitive every year?

Gaming has evolved by leaps and bounds over the last few decades. We have seen massive technological advancements in the world of gaming. Games have significantly evolved from 90s to now¬†and so far we have seen almost every kind of narrative and game play. From massive open world experiences to linear game play, we have seen games grow with us. But over these years of advancements there have also been some repetitiveness that has come along with it. Let us see what’s happening.

Hardcore gaming mostly happens on PC or consoles. No matter how advanced mobile gaming gets, it will never truly replace the sheer joy of playing on a desktop or a console. However, the games coming out for PC and consoles have started to feel all the same. Especially sports game francises like FIFA, Cricket, Golf and others. There’s almost little to no changes that can be done in these games but still we see them coming out every single year. And to add more to it, these games come out before their intended year in the title! So you get FIFA 2018 in 2017 which seems vaguely absurd logically.

Sports games can still be made an exception, however, big studios have been seen churning out same games of the same genre with almost little to no improvements in them and sometimes they end up making poor development decisions thereby hampering the gameplay. We have seen the likes of Call Of Duty, Battlefield coming out each year one after the other wherein players no longer feel compelled to get drawn into the game world anymore. Also, the recent mobile penetration has significantly shifted developer’s attention on milking as much out of a franchise as possible. Today we see in app purchases even in PC and console games. Gone are the days when we used to have a full price game with no in app purchases. It was such a delight to play in the good old days when games were made for one purpose: to entertain.

Also, the top developers are more focused on just cashing in on the existing franchises rather than experimenting something different. However, there are some really exceptional studios like CD Projekt Red and Rockstar Games who understand the gamer mentality and push themselves to offer something unique and exciting but the majority of developers are just busy pushing out titles that have become boring to play any more.

It would be really interesting to see what happens in future. As a gamer we expect some sort of a new experience every time we boot up a game. These repetitive games that come out every year should slow down a bit. Heck, they would even be interesting if they would just come out after a little gap in them.

Let’s hope for the best and see what’s in store next. Happy gaming!

  • Jerichow

    I agree with a lot of this, that games are getting boring and repetitive, or have core design mechanics that are blatantly and shamefully obviously geared towards milking every last penny out of a customer as humanly possible. Like in Gears of War 4, with the more expensive versions, season passes, and other add-ons to make the game more expensive not being enough, the game is laden with micro-transactions to nickel-and-dime customers left and right. It’s as if paying $100+ for a video game isn’t good enough anymore.

    The only thing more insulting than this is that the game is equally filled with crippling glitches (like the infamous ‘BIGELOWE’ bug) that prevent you from accessing online servers to play on…. But still the store, and its money-bleeding micro-transaction services are 100% A-OK! With 24/7/365 uptime!

    Clearly, the priorities of video games have long since shifted from being a medium of entertainment, creativity, and inspiration to now being nothing more than a means for companies to siphon ever-increasing amounts of money from customers.