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July 26, 2012 at 1:19 am #16152I773D33MABL3Member
I was taking a glance at my ever growing backlog this morning and noticed that I've barely touched most of the recent PSN titles. I've been gathering quite a horde through PS+ but with the exception of the odd one, none of them catch my interest and with the exception of The Walking Dead and some of the larger games no-one on here seems to be playing them either.
I think From Dust and Magic 2013 are the only ones I've actually paid money for in the last year. So does anyone else actually bother with them anymore or are they being ignored?
And if it's the latter, why so? Do you guys think the quality of the games has fallen or are we only drawn towards something with a plat at the end?July 26, 2012 at 3:36 am #72103scotty243Member
Personally, I try to buy PSN games when I get the chance because I simply love the idea of most of them being a hop on/ hop off type deal, if that makes sense. For example, PAYDAY: The Heist (although not worth a full $20 ($15 is reasonable but too pricey)), is the type of game where I can just go to any mission I want play it for 20 minutes or so before I go out and turn it off whereas starting a whole new single player in Mafia II where you're forced to complete chapters at a time.
Great example, PixelJunk Shooter, a game where the only sort of plot is to save some survivors and I played it for 10 minutes or so before I went to bed and I had a great time. Just because I haven't played it for a month or two, I'll end up losing the plot and having to restart to get a grasp of it. Instead, I can hop on it before I do something for 10 minutes and just have fun instead of, kill this guy because he killed your buddy's friend's dog or something like that.
On the issue about the plats not being on PSN titles as much, I do believe they have an affect or simply just trophies on it aswell because I've personally skipped out on some supposedly great games like Sideway simply because I didn't feel like earning 3 trophies after completion and having to collect collectibles for 100% completion. Along with that, I think PSOne classics if you want to add them aren't bought as much because of trophy updates and HD collections coming so it questions, why play them?
I do want to add my personal opinion for this though, it seems as if when a PSN game doesn't get rave reviews or doesn't have a big named company attached to it, it simply doesn't get bought at all. Games like Rocketbird: Hardboiled Chicken is one of the top PSN games I want to buy but I haven't seen anyone playing it for I don't know what reason but they'll just end up buying the next Telltale game or whatever PixelJunk throws out next. I have to look more at the PSN games to back up my conversation but hopefully you get what I'm saying.
And for the final one of has the quality fallen? I don't believe so due to the fact games like Journey have proven to give you basically a journey that doesn't cost $59.99 to play. Games like Battlefield 1943 gives you that great DICE multiplayer so much of us have come to love but without the $59.99 price tag including a pointless single-player, instead it gives us what we all love which is the multiplayer for 1/4 of the price (although there's only 3 maps ). There are great PSN games in the store IMO that puts most $59.99 retail games to shame by providing a 6-12 experience, extra game modes, and sometimes a platinum or fun trophies for a quarter of the price of a normal retail game.July 26, 2012 at 8:46 am #72068gr8jrfanMember
In short, I keep my eye out for the good ones. Limbo, Payday, TWD, Flower, etc.. The tough thing is knowing when it's actually quality. So often I've played a DLC game that on paper should be magic but it just isn't fun. There are so many PSN games I've played and the fun lasts 10 minutes. The good games I mentioned if I bought on a disc, I wouldn't have minded. So often I think the developers are like, “Oh it's downloadable and halfway decent. People won't mind it's short of potential because it's a DLC game.” If I'm to buy a PSN game, it better be of the same quality as a disc or I won't bother. There are some benefits like what scotty summed up, but they're not for a person like me. I have the time and the money. What's stopping me from buying a full price disc then? Nothing. If you have a creative idea, I'll support it. A high quality shooter (or insert genre here) with a lot of content that beats most disc shooters, I'll support it.
I think the quality has definitely risen. Look at PAIN and Fat Princess. A couple years ago, those were the PSN must haves. I don't ever hesitate a purchase due to a lack of a plat. After all, I don't settle for plats, I go for 100%sJuly 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm #72106I773D33MABL3Member
I understand what you mean about the hop on/hop off aspect. I find them handy as a diversion or change of pace if I'm stuck in or grinding a retail game.
In terms of trophies I'm not too bothered about there not being a plat but I will be put off by a title that takes 20-30 hours to complete for only ten trophies. Very few PSN games warrant that much time based on quality and I'm not willing to grind for a couple of days to grab a plat-less 100%.
And PS1 games are falling by the wayside because they're just too old. I've bought quite a few that I loved back in the day but they're near unplayable now. Even if you can forgive the graphics, the game mechanics are just far too dated.
I'm not so sure about the quality though. While there are some great examples like Journey (BF 1943 is a bit old to compare as the current crop) I think for the sheer number of them floating around now there's far too much chaff. And gr8jrfan touched on the lack of creativity which I also think is a problem. For me, a PSN title has to do something original to be worth picking up. I don't want endless HD remixes of old shooters (Super Stardust was the first and knocks the piss out of nearly everything that has followed) or watered down versions of a full retail game. I genuinely don't get why they release half-assed FPS like Section 8 or Blacklight: TD. They're never going to offer the enjoyment of MW, BF or MoH. I think BF 1943 was the only one that came close.
I think it's a genre where RTS and puzzlers have a chance to shine. And of course games like the Walking Dead. Back to the Future left a lot of people tepid but the genre is still workable.July 27, 2012 at 5:03 am #72090jenkem_addict88Member
best psn game ever. wish some other APT'ers had it…….July 31, 2012 at 1:19 am #72123Doc-BMember
A lot of the games I play are SP games so I use the PSN store to pick up MP games I can play when my friends come over… I also love 'Twin-stick shooters' I used to be a BEAST at SSHD
Other than that i think of them as my own little 'arcade centre'… I've spent my fair share of money on sh!tty arcade games and it's cool to have a little collection to yourself… Something to play offline, with mates or like most say just for a 'Pick up and play' 5min game…. So I'm not to worried about the quality or price, although I'd say the quality of most games on PSN is pretty high? I don't play my Ps3 as much so i don't really buy to much nowadays anyway…
Metal slug and Beat Hazard FTW!!
If you listen to good electronic music and like stick shooters you should def. check out Beat Hazard…
I'm just glad there's no Ps3 version of 'Indie Games', wtf?
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