The New Game Purchase Gateway?

The following is an opinion post, the views and opinions expressed within are not those of bestlemongrass, its staff, or anyone else.  They belong solely to the author.
What makes a game good enough to be purchased on its release date? Is it trailers, video of the gameplay or demos? How about total game integration in PS Home? Killzone 3: Defender started this trend last year by turning the Central Plaza in Home into a war zone, with gamers having to defend the area and its citizens. This didn’t interest me because I haven’t been into first person shooters since Rainbow Six on the Playstation 2. I know it was a big game. I know the graphics are incredible, but that still didn’t do it for me.
The Uncharted 3 space seems like it fits perfectly with the game. Not only the environment, but the mini-game “Fortune Hunter” gives a great idea of how the Uncharted series is played. The use of total game integration in this instance would definitely interest me in purchasing “Uncharted 3.” Others who haven’t had a chance to play it and have only seen trailers, after visiting this space, I suspect they’ll be emptying their wallets.

gatewayThe usage of total game integration with “Dead Island” and “Street Fighter X Tekken” didn’t persuade me to buy them. There wasn’t a problem with either of those spaces in Home, but because of the first person aspect in Dead Island, and I have never been a Street Fighter fan. I loved “Tekken”, the gameplay style of “Street Fighter” doesn’t interest me. My favorite fighting games are the first “Mortal Kombat” for Sega Genesis, “Bloody Roar”, “Tekken 3″ from the original Playstation console, and the “Soul Caliber” series.
Let’s not forget pre-order bonuses. Along with the total game integration they help games to sell. Now that Home offers these bonuses, it helps gamers to not have to drive around town to GameStop. Especially if they don’t have one near them. Another marketing tool is the extra rewards you get in Home. Extra weapons, skins, codes for secret levels, it’s endless. Killzone 3 couldn’t have done it better in Home with the offering of a Helghast Jetpack, with flying action, for your avatar. They did it again for Street Fighter x Tekken where you received the “Boost Gem Trial Pack” once the game was shipped. The Home rewards we received within the other total game integrations were awesome as well. However, if you’re like me, no matter how good they are, most games you just can’t get on the release date because of financial reasons. Although, there are those that are worth it. One upcoming title I would sell my soul for starts with three letters and ends with a Roman numeral. I believe the total game integrations along with pre-orders through Home, will bring more consumers to purchase those specific titles. I Am Alive will be released on all platforms at the end of the month. Killzone 3 already created an apocalyptic feel with Central Plaza, so a dedicated space and a pre-order bonus would be nice. Maybe you have to kill a certain amount of the hostile survivors from the game within a limited amount of time to receive Home rewards. Max Payne 3 will be released in May. A space dedicated to that title with TGI and pre-order bonuses?! Need I say more?

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