Red Faction Thinks You’re An Idiot
“Red Faction” either thinks you’re a moron, or it’s the clingy, needy girlfriend of the gaming world. Why are there two separate “Red Faction” games in existence in the span of a few months? May I remind the good people at Volition–actually, “good people” is a stretch when dealing with the architects of “Saint’s Row”–that “Armageddon” does, in fact, have multiplayer.
Hit the jump as I continue to verbally lacerate this ridiculous display of crass consumer terrorism.
“But not competitive!” they might reply stiffly. Too true. One wonders, then, why they didn’t just go nuts and bundle “Battlegrounds” into the game they just released. I fear this is the new wave of game development: taking what we used to pay a flat rate for, and splitting it up into a la carte, pre-digested segments, and billing us separately for each over a period of time. Maybe they’re not clingy after all: maybe they just think you’ll fall for this.
You know, THQ, most game companies try to be at least a little discrete about it when they want to bend me over a table. Bungie lets me sit on “Halo” for awhile before they start charging me for access to 60% of the playlists by releasing a new map pack. There’s just something classy about it. But oh no, you moved in for the kill before “Armageddon” even came out. What kind of girl do you think I am?
Think about THQ’s line of reasoning here: we had these game modes, they were finished at about the same time, they run on the same engine and employ many of the same basic game mechanics, but you shan’t have them all at once! I guess some brilliant Imagineer over there dared to dream: why can’t we have seventy dollars instead of boring old sixty? Let’s dismember our game and mail it to them in pieces! The silly fools will pay for anything!
Now I hear “Armageddon’s” not a bad game, and I enjoyed the demo. But I’ve got serious second thoughts about supporting this kind of slick, snake-oil-salesman technique. You’re on notice, guys.
And while I have you here, Volition, what’s with the future jets in “Saint’s Row: The Third”?
do you have to use so many curse words?