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Thursday Chat: March 13, 2014


I've seen a lot of chat recently about what you should expect for your money when buying a full price game.



Take the game of the moment for instance, Titanfall, it offers no single player campaign, instead sticking with a 'Classic' Online mode. Now to be fair, even this mode is missing quite a few of the standard features you'd expect from a full price multiplayer title, yet still people seem to love the gameplay so much that they feel the cost is justified.

The same is true on the single player side of things. inFamous for instance offers a 12 hour campaign and while it's likely that it'll have some replay value, chances are that those playing a FPS like Titanfall will probably end up putting more hours in.

So what is value for money? The Call of Duty series may be the game to hate on at the moment, but to be fair it includes a fully featured multiplayer package and a campaign and therefore offers quite a lot for your cash. The same could be said of Battlefield.

The question is, do you feel you are getting enough? If you purchase a game and get a month or two out of it do you feel it's money well spent? Is it any wonder that titles such as Call of Duty, FIFA and Battlefield are the most popular titles? After all they do seem to keep people hooked over a longer period of time.

What do you think?

Let's Chat!



Our Titanfall review goes live later today.

Edited On 13 Mar, 2014

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Dave 'BubbaJai' Aston's avatar
Dave 'BubbaJai' Aston 3 years ago
Value for money will always be a personal preference. If you're talking replayability, e.g. BF, CoD, Titanfall, etc then probably yes, there is value for money. But, on the other hand (for me personally), I'm not a big online player so I find value in a good campaign with story, things to do, etc. Such as AC4, Last of us.
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THE WEV 3 years ago
Boggles me how come MGS ground zeros hasn't been brought up here? I know its been given a price reduction, which is kind of positive but it is still essentially a payed for demo and we must not forget that they initially pushed to have a full price tag on it, very cheeky! Its only one level to play on, it may have multiple routes or ways of approaching it, challenges bla bla but its still only ONE LEVEL lol. Insane. In fairness it should come free with a game like the original MGS2 demo on PS2 or sell it at the very most for £10. But hey seeing as its high on the pre-order chart looks like the majority are happy with this and are happy to encourage more game companies to do this in the future.
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Pyroloveridge 3 years ago
As much as I don't want to agree with a decepticon; THE WEV has a very strong point, who has decided to pay for a demo? as you know consumers vote with their wallets, in buying this it will become the standard.!
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Pyroloveridge 3 years ago
with regards to the article, I play games solely for the story. Titanfall may fall flat with me on that count but if I can find a good group of friends to play with that won't stop it being enjoyable. But personal preference I'd always go with single player games.
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NathanW18 3 years ago
This kind of thing is all opinion. I'm happy to spend £40 on a game that has a campaign that I enjoy and lasts for at least 10 hours. I usually play games through more than once, anyway. You can't get this kind of entertainment that lasts as long as it does, for cheaper than a video game. I don't know what features Titanfall has, but if Respawn are shipping a blatantly incomplete game, just so they can profit from DLC, I heavily disagree with that. If the game is fun enough and DLC does not split the player base, it shouldn't matter. Games like FIFA and CoD are boring to me. I don't understand how so many people can play those games all year around and continue to enjoy them. Especially those players that play no other games.
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JoeToots 3 years ago
I don't like paying full whack for any game that's why i'm trying to get the funds together for a decent PC as i'm sick of paying between 45-55 for a ps4 game when most new games on PC are around 30..
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ZdravkoN 3 years ago
I have played the Titanfall beta. I liked the game and the mechanics a lot, but I don't believe that it should be fully priced. I have no doubts that the game will sell well, but I think that they are asking for too much. I will get the game eventually, when the price drops a little bit. And you are right, as much as I don't like Call of Duty, you DO get a single player campaign and a lot of game modes. The same was true for another Xbox exclusive - Halo. As BubbaJai said, value for money will always be a personal preference. There are games that may be 12 hours long, but you are not ready to pay the full price for them. You don't feel that the game deserves it, for other games (I will take Brothers: Tale of Two Sons as an example) that are quite shorter and don't have much replay value you are ready to pay the price, because the game is simply that good, and you feel the urge to support the developers. But then again, comes the issue with Ground Zeroes. Yes, you are paying for a demo that is 2 hours long, and I think that is not fair to the customers. They could easily bundle it with another game as an extra. @JoeToots: yes, I understand what you mean, but if you want to experience the games in a same fashion as you do on PS4, your PC needs to be a powerhouse.
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Bindiana 3 years ago
As others have said its all down to personal preference. For me its about quality and enjoyment. I completed South Park yesterday and enjoyed every minute of it but people have been complaining its to short but in my opinion it was just right as any longer the humour would wear off and would take away from the game. Always makes me worry when a single player game comes out and says it is including multiplayer as it makes me feel they havent put full effort into the single player. Achievements and Collectables seems to be the way at the moment the industry seem to be going to get value for money. Collect 100 widgets or whatever kill so many enemies not a massive fan of that but it gets the OCD players and there are alot of players that enjoy that sort of thing.
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JoeToots 3 years ago
I know my PC needs to be a powerhouse but i'm not bothered about putting down an initial £1500ish because persoanally i'll save money in the long run.
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RTLF 3 years ago
That's a fairly long "long run" you're talking about there Joe.... that's like a hundred new games at release to break even. How many non PS exclusive games do you think you'll be getting at release over the next 12 months for example?
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Marc Thomas 3 years ago
@Joe Toots. One good website I've found for cheap PC games is Kinguin. Google that. You'll be amazed at how cheap you can get games. I've bought a couple though there. Also, if you're building a PC yourself, you can build a fairly decent one for less than £1000. Check on eBuyer or Scan. I bought mine, only to find these things out after. Next time I will build my own and save quite a bit of cash.
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JoeToots 3 years ago
RTLF to put it into proportion i have a bad tendency to buy sell and buy back games since the ps4 has released i've had asc4 x4 lego marvel x 3 cod x3 need for speed x2 knack x4 killzone x3 battlefield x2 so as you can see i'm shit with money basically. People say just don't sell them but it's hard so i'm thinking if i get a PC i'll save tyhe money from not reselling games plus also the cheaper releases.
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JoeToots 3 years ago
@Marc thanks for the reccomendation.
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JoeToots 3 years ago
and i lost on average between 20-25 each time.
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JoeToots 3 years ago
ohh and also 3 controllers..
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Also Steam Sales
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
& Greenmangaming, Good old Games, Humble Bundle, Bundlestars, Indiegala, Indieroyale, Groupees. I have missed a few but those are my mains
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RTLF 3 years ago
@Joe I've got a friend I can put you in touch with, very good listener, reasonable hourly rate... let me know
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Isn't that what I do? You should really start paying me Toots
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JoeToots 3 years ago
haha you wish... you'll get your reward in the end Nox.
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superniceguy 3 years ago
South Park on PC is way overpriced, £35-£40 even in physical disc format, whereas other games like Dark Souls 2 is £25-£30 with the Black Armour edition costing only £30.
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Dead 3 years ago
For me value for money is all about fun, if a games not fun then it's not worth the money, no matter what it costs, I'd rather pay full whack for a short fun game than something tedious with a zillion hour campaign or endless online multiplayer.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Thing is Dark Souls 2 is the kind of game you buy day one & South Park is the kind of game you wait for a Steam Sale for
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
I agree Gloria. Vanquish was a 4-6 hour game but it was one hell of a game
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superniceguy 3 years ago
Not a lot of PC games cost more than £30, so don't know why South Park was. Looking at all in stock PC items, South Park is the 2nd highest priced game, with Rocksmith 2014 being the highest but that has a cable with it. It just seems Ubisoft were just extortioning it, and I bet Ubisoft will stop Steam doing a decent sale on it for quite a while
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
It is cos South Park is a big name so they feel they can get away with it. Obsidian are one of my favorite devs but no way am I paying £40 for a Digital Download & I'm not buying it on consoles cos I don't agree with censorship
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Also it isn't Steam that decide to put a Game on Sale it is the Publisher
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Joe2120 3 years ago
Here's some lunch time messing around from me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp4asDzrg7s&list=UUMnH5Ee4tpPL5H-Sxw_hUiw and another http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytGvfSB5Lug&list=UUMnH5Ee4tpPL5H-Sxw_hUiw
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JoeToots 3 years ago
I've seen it all now joe but you've just won another sub.
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Joe2120 3 years ago
Haha :)
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Really Joe?
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Bindiana 3 years ago
I cant believe you only gave it a 3 out of 5 your corrupt Joe must be a Galaxy fan boy haha

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