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Abzu and middle-tier games

Posted: August 17th, 2016, 5:10 pm
by VideoGameCritic
I was kind of interested in a new PS4 game called Abzu that lets you explore underwater. Then I found out it was a download only title which bummed me out.

I got to thinking, it seems like today's games fall into two categories: $60 "epic" titles like Call of Duty and Madden (snore), and download-only titles under $20. The downloads tend to be more experimental and interesting, although the quality varies.

Why don't they sell the best download games on disc for the $20-$40 price range? It doesn't seem like it should be so hard. Or do the major companies like EA also have a monopoly of the mass production and distribution system??

Re: Abzu and middle-tier games

Posted: August 17th, 2016, 8:06 pm
by Kevin
I haven't had much time to play too many games this generation. I've stuck mainly to my 3ds. With the NX due to come out in a year or so this will be the first time I'll have skipped out on a home console from Nintendo. I have noticed a few games that are successful getting retail versions. Azure Striker and it's sequel are coming to cartridge. Shantae for 3ds is getting a physical release and Shovel Knight is available on cartridge. I wish more companies could do this, even as a compilation for a few of the shorter games so that more people would play them. I have a few friends that refuse to buy anything but physical copies of games.

Re: Abzu and middle-tier games

Posted: August 17th, 2016, 8:08 pm
by ActRaiser
They are actually selling lots of download games on disk now. Those $20-$30 priced games you see at Target were all originally download only games.

Checkout the following:

Life is Strange, Back to the Future, Shovel Knight, Awesomenauts Assemble, The Walking Dead Season 2, The Wolfe Among Us, Runbow Deluxe Edition, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2, and all of the Shantea Half Genie hero games.

Re: Abzu and middle-tier games

Posted: August 19th, 2016, 12:00 pm
by ActRaiser
Limited Run games has Shadow Complex up for the PS4 this morning.

https://www.limitedrungames.com/

Get it while you can... :)