Are games getting repetitive every year?
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!