Video Games make sale history in 2007 - but is it a good thing?

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Video Games make record sales, gaming suffers?
2007 seems to have been the year of the gamer. With sales topping £1.52billion and some games (Microsoft and Bungie's Halo 3), taking £84million in the first 24 hours, there hasn't been a better year for developers to make a lot of money.
The question on my mind though, are we selling out by buying the big franchise games?
halo 3
I mean let's look at the example given: Halo 3. I'm about to have a lot of fanboys arguing with me now when I say: it's simply not good enough to be billed as one of the best games ever. Sure the multiplayer is decent but in all honesty the buck stops there. Single player was utterly disappointing and it's just more of the same which is hugely sad from such a talented developer as Bungie.
assasins creed
Now let's pick up on Assassins Creed, one of the titles that promised so much in 2007. It is a "good" game...but not a "great" game. Some promise was shown in the actual assassinations, but there was mind-numbing boring gameplay stuck in the middle of these missions that made it very hard to play. I think Zero Punctuation's Yahtzee summed it up best.
I'm going to save my views on gaming for the moment and spare you my rants now, but the question I'm trying to pose to you is this: do we as consumers want to see watered down sequels and rushed out games in 2008? Do we really want Metal Gear Solid v105 and Gran Turismo 33.3? Hell I'm sure some of us do...but why can't we have more innovative games?
Because if not, I suggest we make sure that we look, listen and look again before buying a game that sells out to the hype.
Spore looks fresh and new, but will you vote with your wallets?
There are a few games that really got our forum members going this year and a lot of good titles. We'll be showing you just which game our members tipped as the best in 2007 soon.
Angry at a lazy game industry, or simply at me for slagging off your favourite game? Have your say here
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18-12-2007, 16:46:44

So come on then

I'll start off by naming some popular ones in a poll, request me to add more as/when

Any format, any platform

Choose more than one if you're a confused personQuote

18-12-2007, 16:58:29

I loved Crysis! And still love it.

Very very impressive game engine. Cannot get over how clever it is. Quote

18-12-2007, 17:25:10

Bah I don't have any of them

Was thinking of getting the orange box for TF2 but not really been that bothered. I was all hyped about UT3 until I played the demo and waited for the game thinking it would be better, but sounds like it's just as bad

I'm sticking with counterstrike source for now.Quote

18-12-2007, 17:28:36

COD4 and The Orange Box for me Quote

18-12-2007, 17:28:37

All great games apart from UT3 which for me was the big disappointment of the year No innovation and ran horribly. S.T.A.L.K.E.R was very buggy but there was a good game in there to be found

As a racing sim nut I loved ProStreet and DiRT this year Quote

18-12-2007, 17:57:03

COD4 and Crysis for me

Although World in conflict needs to be up there!!Quote

18-12-2007, 18:23:06

I don`t feel qualified to poll this. I lose attention too quickly in modern games and end up pick flaws in them. (then go back to playing totalwar & fifamanager >.<)

I would like to pick the UT3 engine tho. Maybe not as good as I would have liked it to be, and after the 3rd or 4th game u see using it u get the same `ole same `ole, but it is ~good~.Quote

18-12-2007, 18:56:52

I've said CoD4.. Only started playing it last night but it was immense..

I would have said Football Manager 08 too as it takes away quite a chunk of my life.Quote

18-12-2007, 18:59:01

Went with UT3, Bioshock, COD 4, and the Orange Box

I found UT3 to be awesome personally dunno why no one else likes it, me and Jim will play lol. Bioshock was great, I haven't gotten addicted yet, and my PC just died, so I can't start again. I order COD 4, and I can't wait to play it, it looks great, and I loved Portal so I went with Orange Box.Quote

18-12-2007, 19:01:46

Originally Posted by name='MikeEnIke'
... and my PC just died,....
Oh noooeeesss >.<Quote

18-12-2007, 19:17:11

Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
Oh noooeeesss >.<
Yea, I don't want to talk about it Quote

19-12-2007, 02:58:32

UT3, Crysis and COD4

UT3 was demo on my PC, Crysis was on my dads PC and COD4 was for the 360

Not for long though Quote

19-12-2007, 04:19:59

I voted UT3, i am a UT fanatic. Sidenote, brooksie, did you photoshop that sig together? It's great.Quote

19-12-2007, 04:25:53

i havent played any of those games yet except S.T.A.L.K.E.R though now i have my pc bits i can see what they are likeQuote

19-12-2007, 04:32:47

For me Crysis and one that is not in the list, TimeshiftQuote

19-12-2007, 04:47:45

Well I have to go Crysis and Stalker. I've had a lot of fun with Crysis the last week or so, okay it's not particularly groundbreaking but the graphics are lovely and it is a very good gaming environment, which gives you options in whatever you want to do.

Stalker was I think the single game that made me want to expend money upgrading my pc back when it came out. Very enjoyable game, I never experienced and major hitches with it. Except updates destroying my save games! Nice visuals, good sound. Totally enjoyable and completely imersive, I could and probably still can play it all night, sad as it is, I think that's the true test of a good game.

Also I'd like to throw some kudos the way of The Witcher, which I haven't got that far in, but is a very enjoyable RPG with very good features. The first proper non dungeons and dragons prg (baldurs gate etc have been awesome) that I have enjoyed Quote

19-12-2007, 05:32:22

Originally Posted by name='youpla'
For me Crysis and one that is not in the list, Timeshift
Now that is one game that is good to jump into and frag about.Quote

19-12-2007, 17:40:23

Stranglehold is good - like Resevoir Dogs was good.

U start it thinking, pffft @ gfx, then u get into the storyline.

Just as easy too, probably hence the content.Quote

20-12-2007, 03:35:39

Originally Posted by name='Bungral'
I would have said Football Manager 08 too as it takes away quite a chunk of my life.
Hell yeah! FM08 FTW!Quote

20-12-2007, 07:09:29

Originally Posted by name='Mandible'
I voted UT3, i am a UT fanatic. Sidenote, brooksie, did you photoshop that sig together? It's great.
I did indeed Quote

20-12-2007, 08:44:22

Originally Posted by name='!TIMMY!'
Hell yeah! FM08 FTW!

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