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The People Speak: Yearly Releases

Posted on Monday, November 22 @ 22:59:36 Eastern by
Here at Game Revolution, we have a very dedicated community. Seriously, they're great, but you should get in on it. Every week, I'll be asking our readers a question in the forums. If you register, log on, and answer the question, you might find yourself here the following Monday! Let us know what you think!

Don't worry, our forums are a friendly place! I mean... they're nice to me sometimes, but they won't hate you.

(Visual learner? Our forum-goers generally look like the fellows pictured to the right)

This past week, I asked everyone what they thought of yearly releases. Franchises like Call of Duty, Assassin's Creed are following the yearly route Madden and sports sims have blazed in the past.

Longo_2_guns said that "It really depends on two things: what they do to improve the series and whether they're singleplayer of multiplayer based."

"There have been few to no good games that have had a release in the series every year. All the best series release a new game every two years or so, and that tends to give them plenty of time to properly produce the game rather than just rehashing the previous game."

Green_Lantern replied that "Casual gamers aren't as willing to try out new IPs when the old tried and true games come out once a year and the casual gamer doesn't have to learn anything, just pop in the game and feel like a pro. This, to me, is one of the biggest detriments that yearly games bring to the table, with yearly installments of CoD, Halo, Madden, NCAA, insert any other title here, the majority of gamers won't ever try out the diamonds in the rough or little indie games which can sometimes be better than these AAA titles."

MattAY flip flopped by both revealing his own yearly purchase ("Tiger Woods PGA Tour...I get that every year simply because I love the game!") and criticizing others for picking up FIFA games. "FIFA 10 and FIFA 11 have almost NO difference, and I know a friend of mine who buys them every year, and I always think - what's the point?! It's the same!

"Saying that COULD make me a hypocrite" Sorry Matt, it DOES make you a hypocrite.

I_Hate_MGS made us all feel like poor bastards when he said that he doesn't " see how 60 bucks a year to get a refresh of a series you really enjoy can put a strain on your wallet. I can certainly save up another 60 over a year to get the next one."

SK wasn't too happy about this sentiment, but MattAY let us know why.

"SK is poor."

Thanks to everyone for participating in this week's discussion! Don't forget, you can register and throw your two cents in the mix too! Take your screen name and shoot your mouth off in our forums any day of the week.

Next Monday, we'll be able to find out what our community members thought was the most under appreciated game of the entire year. If you want to let us know which downloadable title, flash game, or budget release is deserving of this title head to this thread in our forums: The People Speak Week 2: most under appreciated game of the year
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