It seems that within the last few years, games have been promising top-notch graphics, polished gameplay, and major innovation. The developers of said games also create and publish some stellar trailers to supplement their bold claims of superior gameplay. So, of course gamers that see the trailers and read the articles pertaining to these games are seemingly foaming at the mouth in anticipation. They just want to get their hands on the new, must-have IP, or the newest iteration of their favorite series. Yet, thanks to games like Watch_Dogs that promised only the slickest gameplay and gorgeous graphics, games just aren’t meeting expectations.
But for every Watch_Dogs, there’s a Grand Theft Auto V- a game which promised many features, and more than delivered on such promises of grandiosity. Not every game can be as majestic and massive as a GTAV, as it was backed by an equally massive development team and years of work. And, in my opinion, the trailers were created to show off just the right amount of gameplay and features without spoiling everything it had to offer. We need to keep in mind that not every game has a huge [development] team or budget at their disposal, and that sometimes trailers just don’t turn out how they were envisioned. It just isn’t fair to base a game completely off of its trailer- just look at movie trailers and their ability to make or break what could potentially be a great film. The only fair way to judge a game is to play it for yourself, and that means actually giving it a chance and not basing your opinion off of someone elses, (like a review).
There have been many games that the critical masses panned, yet gamers loved. Not every game needs to have the best graphics or the utmost innovation to be a fun, solid experience. It’s actually a lot more charming if it has some flaws here and there, yet keeps my attention due to other feats in gameplay or story. As a community we need to keep our minds open, and maybe at times, our wallets closed. Just because a game looks to be up your alley, maybe you should wait to pick up the title until you’ve played the demo or watched several videos on it. I tend to wait to pick up most titles either for price drops, or for the patches that most modern games seem reliant on.
As a gamer, I’ve come to expect some disappointment in titles that interest me, it’s virtually impossible for a game to live up to limitless hype. And it seems as the [game] industry progresses, and innovation peaks, the amount of hype for games does as well. We, as gamers, need to realize that falling into such hype can and will ultimately lead to unavoidable let downs. I’ve personally distanced myself from titles that could potentially be my new favorite. I want nothing more than to climb aboard the so called “hype train”, but I’ve just found it isn’t going to take me to the destination I want it to.
One last example to prove a point- Fallout 4 should’ve been the game I would spend hundreds of hours of limitless joy in. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve still spent about a hundred hours playing it, but that’s over almost a year now. Fallout 3 is my favorite game, and I couldn’t put it down for months. I spent hundreds of hours with it in under a year, with multiple playthroughs. With Fallout 4, I’ve put it down several times, even for weeks at a time. It’s still a great game, but I fell into the hype trap, and it ultimately led to disappointment. I still find it to be a very enjoyable experience, but I can’t help thinking it could’ve been better, and more polished. If I wouldn’t have watched every video and read every article I could get my hands on, I know I would’ve enjoyed it much more.
Hype can be a very dangerous thing for us gamers, and we need to tone it down otherwise no game will ever live up to our standards. Maybe next time a game is announced that excites you, keep yourself a little in the dark and avoid the hype- it just might become your new favorite.