My new years resolutions for developers
1) Pick a goddamn save location and stick to it. It gets extremely frustrating every time I want to find one of my save games I have to google. There is no excuse for it at this point and I'm surprised and disappointed microsoft didnt dictate this with Win8.
2) End this fad of always online crap please. I should not be playing single player games online, this has been getting frustating on my laptop when I'm away from home that I'm being more and more limited. Theres also the fact that its killing mods, imagine if Diablo3 could have been modded.,....
3)DLC. I will pay more for better DLC. I will not pay 10 dollars for a different appearance or a few extra weapons. I will pay 20 for an "expansion". I really miss the kind of content expansion packs like shivering isles and I fail to see why DLC has to be bite sized. The DLC i've bought in the past has been the stuff on steam sales for 2.50 because quite simply its not been worth more than that.
4) No more MMOs. 2012 was the year of it, I want proper games again please. You dont have to blend multiplayer and single player, pick 1 and go with it.
What do you want to see from gaming this year?
- What I would like more for developers though is none bias online passes or DRM, Steam has already a stupid DRM in place already so I cannot play my brother's games that's installed on my computer.... I understand Steam is great for indies since they don't have to spend like thousands of dollars to distribute their games.
- EA, stop being jealous of Valve and get rid of Origin... seriously I like Battlefield 3 but you make me go on a stupid web browser to go and pick my matches that requires me to install a plug-in in order to launch my game. Best part is the website doesn't support 64-bit web browsers so I have to use chrome all the time if I want to go on Battlelog. Is it so hard to just browse through the servers in game, like in the past (Battlefield 2142 is personally my favorite FPS on PC)
-THQ I hope to god you survive but you seriously need to focus on good games not this WWE or Spongebob whatever the fulp it is. Focus on games that you know will sell: Company of Heroes, Darksiders, Metro, heck you're sitting on a IP that can probably sell millions just by slapping the name of it (Warhammer 40k, I bought all of Relic's WH40K games lol)
-Also for the love of god PLAY TEST YOUR GAMES! I understand that day 1 patches can happen if a bug slipped somewhere after the game went gold. But somehow we're seeing more and more of these mess ups because they never tested their games. Remember the NES? They play tested the heck out of it to make sure there's barely any bugs... and it works... well except LGN games...
My only issue really is essentially your point #3 muse, DLC need to be more appropriately priced for what they bring.
I would to a lesser degree add the online requirement for single player games, but only because if their servers drop you can't play.
I would like to see proper work put into PC user interfaces, and not just ported over from consoles. Borderlands 2 was supposed to have a PC-built menu and game interface, and it still isn't what I would call 'built from the ground up' for a PC (in fact I mostly use the keyboard to navigate it). Even after Gearbox promised us the PC version would have dedicated work put into it.
Far Cry 3 is another example from recent memory, the menus and in-game interfaces are straight console ports if you ask me, the map being my biggest complaint.
When Steam has an ever increasing concurrent online user count of nearly 7 million at my last count, you'd think developers would notice and not just shy away. Look at the top sellers list on steam even as far back as before the winter sale: Far Cry 3 was in the top 10 from release and thru the entire 2 week sale or wasn't very far out of it for very long, and continues to be after the sale. That's a $50 game selling like hotcakes even with the interface like it is. Hell even Skyrim made it back into the top 10 the other day. I hate to keep using Steam for examples but the numbers are easier to come by, 50 million registered users, minus the bogus accounts of course. But maybe the bogus accounts make up for those who boycott Steam DRM and go to Gamersgate, Gamefly, Greenman, or others.
These are great topics to make a point of, I just hope Canadian Devs like Ubisoft and Eidos take notice. It's got to be so much more financially easier to release patches for PC games than consoles, every day that goes by with no updates to my fave games like FC3, makes me a little bit sadder.
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