And why should I care again?
So, what does this all mean to us, the people who play the games and essentially put the money into the games market that enables all of these business decisions to be made?
Well, as I said above, the idea of a TPPEG is that we will get a very good game for one platform. If you don't own that platform then you miss out of course, but for those that do own the platform the quality of the games is usually very high. Examples such as Knights of the Old Republic
and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
are often held up as shining examples of their genre by fans and critics alike.
However, with time-limited exclusives becoming more usual what we are actually getting is quite mixed. If the versions of the game are developed in parallel and just released later on one console, then we get a good version of an old game on the second platform. If the game is just ported to another console, then we often get a sub-standard version of an old game on the second platform.
There are instances when the porting process allows for improvements in graphics and stability or for expansion packs to be included by default. I'm thinking of the likes of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
here. Unfortunately this type of game is thin on the ground.
So, what we are usually stuck with is a good version of a game for a platform we don't all own, followed by a later and possibly poorer version for other platforms. Or, of course, we can end up with simultaneous releases of good games with the promise of platform-exclusive DLC later.
None of those options seem ideal to me. As a gamer with an interest in most, if not all, platforms I'd like to see as many games released across all formats as possible. Let the format holders play their power struggle games with their own studios, it's what they exist for anyway, and let us enjoy third-party games on our platforms of choice.
Thoughts, opinions and flames in the forum as usual. In fact, no, not "as usual" - give it some discussion, I'm waiting to hear your thoughts on this one.
P.S. Overlord: Raising Hell
(PS3) - enjoyable game with the same issues as the 360 version and some extra content 75%. Okami
(Wii) - a fantastic game let down by surprisingly poor graphics compared to the PS2 and a fiddly Wii Remote controlled celestial brush - 89%.