Saturday Shorts: Skyrim baby, BF vs CoD, Batman, Sony 3D TV bundle switcheroo

Saturday, 6th August 2011 22:06 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The weekend is finally here. Thanks be to the Gods or however the phrase goes – we’re just happy. So happy in fact, we’re dancing.



  1. JimFear-666

    the skyrim thing … this is so pathetic…

    #1 3 years ago
  2. NeoSquall


    #2 3 years ago
  3. Maximum Payne

    @1 It is so pathetic that is funny :)

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Mike W

    Skyrim looks exactly like Oblivion. I don’t know why everyone is getting excited over this game.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Bluebird

    Because Oblivion was rather good, maybe. ;P

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Maximum Payne

    @4 Then you can said that for 90% of games with sequels ?

    #6 3 years ago
  7. OlderGamer

    “@4 Then you can said that for 90% of games with sequels ?”

    I do. In fact I would say that franchise fatigue is a growing problem.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. DSB

    I hope Anno 2070 won’t suck, but it seems kinda silly at this point.

    That IGN flamebait really isn’t very wellmade. Why spend all that time doing a fancy chart when you aren’t going to spend a minute looking at the actual material?

    Euro Forces and Armored Fury for BF2 were both free. Special Forces (30 dollars) isn’t on the list. Neither is BF1942: Road to Rome (20 dollars) or BF1942: Secret Weapons of WW2 (20 dollars), or the SPECACT Kit Upgrade (10 dollars)

    @7 Considering that sequels outsell original IPs by several lengths (Rockstar somewhat excluded) I don’t see how that could possibly be the case.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Mike W


    Lol, maybe it was to some, but I just couldn’t get into it. So now when I see these new videos for Skyrim, I’m thinking to myself it took Bethesda almost 6 years to make the same game? I don’t know, I can’t make any judgement until I have the final product in my hand. Let’s just hope Bethesda doesn’t send out a buggy ass game like they usually do.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. OlderGamer

    DSB. Not all sequels are bad. In truth most of them are technicly improved over the prequels. But still. And we here it all of the time, esp when it comes to Nintendo games, for example – how many times does Mario needs to rescue the princess?

    And Mario Galaxy 2, for example is head and shoulders above Mario 64, but people care less. I enjoy nintendo games for what they are, but what they aren’t is fresh. Just new twists on old formulas. It works because it the games are sold and well made. And it works because every year millions of kids turn ten years old for the first time.

    But ask yourself, do you want to play a Mario game? Ask the masses the same question. More will likly say no then yes. Yet for three generations of hardware, Mario was king.

    Now take Mario, and substitute Master Chief. Marcus. Drake. Ass Cred. CoD Online. EA Sports. Forza. GT. MoterStorm. Elder Scrolls. Dragon Age. Mas Effect. Rock Band. GH. Tony Hawk.

    You get the idea.

    Franchise games come fast and often. Many of them anualy each year.

    It isn’t that they are bad games. Nope. Just that even great games can suffer from over exposure. But just like every year millions of kids turn ten. Every year millions of people play Halo for the first time.

    And after awhile we become conditioned to playing franchises. We know what we are getting, know what to expect. And when games cost 60usd to buy new, why take a risk on something you haven’t played already?

    But, in the end. I hear and read a lot of gamers saying the same things. They are sick and tired of the same ole selection of games. Go read Pats E3 this year, he even said the samething. Not only personily, but reverberated other people saying it too. He even knows a lot of people that used to buy a lot of new games, now they mostly play XBLA/PSN/Steam/indie games because of the very same reason.

    Its not like franchises will go away. But it would be better, imo, if they stopped coming out so frequently.

    The biggest game on my (not so)soon to be released list is Diablo III. Its a sequel. But if it was Diablo XIV I wouldn’t be anywhere near as excited about it. I prolly wouldn’t even buy it tbh.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. DSB

    Don’t get me wrong, you’re totally entitled to that view. I just think that projecting it onto everyone else and proclaiming “franchise fatigue” as a problem is out of proportion.

    To me it’s not a question of the practice, it’s purely a question of execution. I can like Mario 64, dislike Super Mario Sunshine, and yet still like Super Mario Galaxy. I don’t mind whether a game is brand new or a sequel, as long as it’s good. In the case of Assassins Creed, the first game was basically a bare bones tech demo. I might not get what was so great about the second one either, but essentially it seemed to vindicate a lot of the tedium of the first game for a lot of people.

    I see a lot of people complaining online, but I also see that none of that supposed indignation is ever reflected in the actual choices those people make as consumers. That can only lead me to conclude that people are essentially full of shit, and simply use the internet to blow off steam, apparently based on minor details that don’t really hurt their general experience that much.

    I see your point, I just don’t support your conclusion. I’m not denying that games have been increasingly pulled into the safe, middle-of-the-road territory. Yesterday I was looking at Elixir Studios. What an amazing studio. They made Evil Genius and Republic – The Revolution. Two really clever, really original games. And they got fucked for going that way. It’s sad.

    At the same time, I’d love to see sequels to stuff like Jagged Alliance, Startopia, Little Big Adventure, or Psychonauts. Ultimately I see no reason why a new IP can’t be every bit as flawed or tired or worn out as one that we’ve seen before.

    #11 3 years ago

    I’ve been playing different versions of Streetfighter since about 1991.

    So that’s about 20 years of 100-hand slaps, hurricane kicks and tiger uppercuts.

    I’m still intending to buy StreetFighter X Tekken.


    PS. I also still play Tetris on a regular basis.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. OrbitMonkey

    I imagine Sony are bundling Motorstorm because they have a warehouse full of unsold discs they need to shift…

    #13 3 years ago
  14. NeoSquall

    DSB check your sources.

    When first released both Euro Forces and Armored Fury were paid DLC.
    I myself paid about 12 euros each back in the day and they still figure in my former EA Downloader (now Origin) page.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. DSB

    @14 My bad. It’s still a strange way of doing a chart like that.

    If you choose to look at DLC in a prohibitive sense, then it’s mostly down to who adopts the method first. An addon is an addon, no matter how it’s delivered, and EA weren’t exactly cheap with those expansions.

    There are quite a few details that are left out that way, like DICE Canada doing BF: Vietnam and BF2: Special Forces, Easy Studios doing BF: Heroes and BF: Play4Free, Neowiz doing BF: Online, or the CoD4 and WaW map packs being free on PC.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. NeoSquall

    @15 Well, we’re talking about IGN, what did you expect of them?

    #16 3 years ago
  17. stretch215

    They also left out the map pack from cod4

    #17 3 years ago

Comments are now closed on this article.