Indie AAA (The Jimquisition)

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You want a positive Jimquisition? You want praise? You don’t want to hear about microtransactions for a week?

Just so happens we had something prepped. The Jim giveth as much The Jim taketh, good friends.

Let’s look at Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and delight in the success that could prove a game changer.

Bonus Content: Fuck Konami News

Chris Topher
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Chris Topher

I dont want hellblade but ill buy it because of this as we all need to save gaming from aaa.

I should say that zero dawn was bloody good though…

Chris Topher
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Chris Topher

Amazing jim. It’s a shame that people will claim you didb this because you felt bad after nearly sinking the holy grail of gaming with youre 1/10 but i think you realised what you did and this video is another clear demonstration that you’ve made up for that and more…and many might argue you made the right choice at the time as it caused them to fix it. I hate the way gaming has become. It’s sick and sad. Destiny 2 is a perfect example of a great game which is suffering under the weight of aaa. Titanfall 2 improved… Read more »

Xion Eternum
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Xion Eternum

Would’ve been better if the plaque was either #FucKonami or just FucKonami, but it stands on its own I suppose.

Scott C Stewart
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how to lose you loyal fan base by 2k

eljueta
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Good one Jim, see? How does that feel?

SadOldGuy
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Unfortunately all of the crap of AAA publishers make me worry about the NieR IP, which Square Enix now considers a “franchise” after NieR: Automata selling over two million copies. I am glad the mad genius Yoko Taro has gotten recognition but worry that Square Enix is going to fill the next game with microtransactions.

MuddyScarecrow
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Another way Hellblade could be good for the industry is that (and I could be wrong here) I don’t think it’s meant to start a franchise. From everything I’ve heard about it it seems to be very self contained and only has one story to tell. Which is something the industry sorely needs to learn: that not every goddamn game needs to be a huge franchise cow to be milked dry. Watch_Dogs did this so horribly that I didn’t even feel like I was playing a game. I felt like I was playing a trailer where the game was promising… Read more »

Dj_Ziio
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Dj_Ziio

Larian Studios is another great example of a developer that has been able to make a great experience without AAA budget. Kickstarter was how they got a large portion of the money for their productions, and the players were a big part of suggesting how to make D:OS 2 better than its predecessor. Currently sitting with a 94 on metacritic, I’m pretty sure its the highest rated game of the year as of this posting. Adding voices to the game was an afterthought and a gift from the producers that wasn’t planned and wasn’t budgeted but, seriously, adds a great… Read more »

Kirk Hammer
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Kirk Hammer

I can’t believe that it’s taken me this long to realise that the NBA and Wrestling games have 2K in the title because they’re published *by* 2K. Bloody hell.

machine_dirty
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machine_dirty

I think Homefront Revolution is a good game and not “awful shit” at all.

Jiryn
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Jiryn

I’m actually glad to see the full sized experiences being released at lower price points.

Along with HellBlade, Sonic Forces is releasing at a price point of $39.99 WITH free DLC contant right out the gate (Shadow), and Hidden Agenda (the follow up to Until Dawn) is set at a modest and awesome $19.99.

It just goes to show that you don’t need a $60 price point, or AAA Publishers to release an awesome, quality game.

MuddyScarecrow
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While I personally have no interest in playing Hellblade I absolutely hope it ushers in a new era where good games can be good games without having their content cut up and drug to the digital corners of the digital Earth where we need to seek them out like we’re fucking Indiana Jones or Lara goddamn Croft. As much as I love Samus Returns my blood is still boiling at a gentle simmer that an entire difficulty mode has been gated off behind a piece of plastic I have to pay a double digit price for. And I still have… Read more »

machine_dirty
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machine_dirty

I personally dug FUSE, though I am curious what it’s original version would’ve been like.

We still do get the occasional mid-tier game like Ghost Warrior 3, Re-Core, the Surge, and Technomancer.

Amy
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Anyone who has played a God Eater game or a Devil May Cry will know that AAA isn’t even a good score. Its all about the S, SS or the SSS! So AAA industry, your level score sucks, might want to practice a bit…

Arella Jardin
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Arella Jardin

A few minor nitpicks. But first, I want to clarify, I want more mid-tier games, and I agree that publishers’ “all or nothing” approach harms developers. — It’s weird to hear people crow about the obsoletion of retailers and laud digital only distribution, when just 4 years ago, the gaming community had a collective aneurism when MS tried to push always online and kill used games. I hated what MS did, too, and I’m glad they reversed everything, but let’s be honest. Digital distribution requires internet connection, which cuts out people without internet, or a bad connection. And you can’t… Read more »

Greene Scott
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Greene Scott

… I’ve just realized how confusing my post is… Whoops

Greene Scott
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Greene Scott

One problem I’m having though is the elitism and nastiness that’s coming from some news media and fans, same thing that happens with indie darling like Jim has mentioned in the past but I’ve been finding way more nastier. Hellbade is just a game that does not interest me, as someone with mental disabilities and issues, I always feel uncomfortable when games taut how they show what it’s “really” like, and like Polygon brought up, nearly always screw this up because they present us as all weak, pathetic and implies issues like that are the same for everyone which is… Read more »

Sperium3000
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Fuck 2K games. Carry on.