A look into a highly competitive industry
In today’s world of yearly Call of Dutys and Fifas, the video game industry has stagnated somewhat. Titan franchises bask in the glow of publicity, forming a throne from the corpses of failed franchises. It’s becoming harder and harder for developers to achieve any sort of success and profit from a new title that dares to be different. Let’s take a look at three games which not only managed to fend for themselves, but were able to stand shoulder to shoulder with video games leading IPs.
Copies sold: Over 4 million. (up to 2010.)
Metacritic score: 94%.
Why it succeeded: Startlingly original in theme and issues tackled, it was a “mature video game that succeeds in making you think while you play.”
Bioshock is one of the games I tend to name when giving examples of just how far the video game medium has come. Beautiful, tragic and utterly unique, the underwater city of Rapture captured million’s imagination, dealing with issues such as humanity, politics and family with startling maturity. A pearl in the ocean.
Copies sold: 4.5 million.
Metacritic Score: 84%
Why it succeeded: Produced a shoot ‘n’ loot system that was highly addictive, “where plenty of other Diablo-inspired games have failed miserably.”
Borderlands came out swinging, a quirky cell shaded Role playing Shooter that took the gaming world by storm. It’s inspired looting system gave gamers reason to come back again and again, while it’s distinctive charm separated it from the rest of the field. It’s sequel, Borderlands 2, is doing even better.
Copies sold: Over half a million so far.
Metacritic Score: 91%
Why it succeeded: Original and emotional.
A clever mixture of open – ended game play, a beautiful art style and an authentic feel, Dishonored got so much right with a “design that stands apart from its contemporaries as something different.” Expect great things from this franchise and Arkane studios.
What’s you favorite new franchise? Scribble away below!