Consciously Purchasing One Game Over Another...

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Today I come to you with a dilemma I'm currently experiencing. We are officially in the "high season" of video game releases and I'm in the process of choosing which games I am able to afford on my budget. Within the next couple days we will see the release of two games I have been highly anticipating for over a year. These games are Grand Theft Auto 5 and The Wonderful 101. Unfortunately, I can only afford to pick up one of these titles. This is where my dilemma lies. I know GTA 5 is going to be released to high praise and will sell millions upon millions of units at launch. On the other hand, The Wonderful 101 will most likely not even crack a million units in its life cycle, be extremely overlooked, but find it's niche audience that really appreciates it. I am currently leaning towards picking up The Wonderful 101 since it is in the hack and slash/beat em up genre which is honestly right up my alley (John Hammond Jurassic Park voice). It looks like a truly refreshing and unique experience. I really enjoy the crazy action titles Platinum Games puts out and want to support this new IP. Also, I truly believe we might see GTA V announced for PC and next gen consoles within the next couple of months. My question to the badass community here is have you ever been in a similar situation? Did you know one game was going to be extremely successful while another wasn't and chose to support the underdog? I feel a lot of times this industry complains about the lack of new IP but when it comes to voting with our wallets we go with established franchises. Not that there is anything inherently wrong with that. I can understand that most people will choose what they know over what they don't know. I really think this is a great topic of discussion so please chime in the comments section below. I'm really looking forward to hearing the Axehead Army's opinion on this matter.

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Comment by Amrit Randay on September 12, 2013 at 1:43pm

I'm feeling the exact same way you are feeling about Wonderful 101, except it's The Puppeteer for me.  The Puppeteer looks like a breath of fresh air.  It feels unique, the art style is absolutely gorgeous, and the critics seem to love it.  But, it's going up against Rayman Legends (pretty new IP itself which I hope sells well), Kingdom Hearts HD, and GTA 5 looming right around the corner.  Sony has sent this game out to die, so I'll be purchasing The Puppeteer this weekend.  I feel like the other games will sell well enough because they are established franchises from big companies, but I fear The Puppeteer will pretty much be forgotten. 

This is what I find so hypocritical about the games industry and gamers.  We clamour for new ideas, new and unique IPs, and we voice our annoyance with annual sequels of big budget franchises, yet when we get new IPs, most of us tend to go for the safe choice and pick up the 5th sequel.  I tend to support the underdog, especially if it's a game I really think looks amazing and should be supported.      

Comment by Israel Pacheco on September 12, 2013 at 1:54pm

I'm on the same page with you on Puppeteer. It looks like a gorgeous and unique new IP. Something I would really enjoy since I love platformers. So far I've only picked up Rayman Legends this month. I have room for one more purchase but I'm going to have to sadly pass on Puppeteer until maybe next month since I am picking up The Wonderful 101. Good to know I'm not the only one who feels this way about the game industry :)

Comment by Abberjam on September 12, 2013 at 1:55pm

Personally if I'm tied down by my budget I buy the game I want the  most, regardless of genre, category etc.

Comment by Inkuneko on September 12, 2013 at 3:58pm
I tend the support the underdogs because I almost never care about the big titles. I have the most minimal interest in GTA and only for multiplayer. But, I've also never even heard of the puppeteer as mentioned above.

If I have to pick between, it really just boils down to what I want most tho, not really what feels right. Then you might buy a game and feel good about it, but just want the other one even more.
Comment by Israel Pacheco on September 12, 2013 at 4:15pm

@Abberjam @Inkuneko: Good points! Appreciate you guys chiming in. I was already pretty much going to pick up TW101. I just thought it be a good time to discuss some other aspects of decision making when it comes to purchasing games :)

Comment by Tokyochuchu on September 12, 2013 at 9:18pm
Looking forward to The Pupeteer with the frevor of a fat man at supper time... However, it's going up against GTAV, which is possibly my most anticipated title EVER. Sadly, the big guns are going to win out this time 'round. But I just played and loved Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, so my underdog kamra is doing okay.
Comment by Israel Pacheco on September 12, 2013 at 9:46pm

@Tokyochuchu: Brothers definitely looks like something I want to play before the end of the year :)

Comment by Rialce on September 12, 2013 at 11:55pm

When it comes to something like your dilemma, I always choose to the lesser known game. First of all, it helps out the smaller developer and shows support for different ideas. Second of all, it's going to be harder to find that niche game in the future while that popular game will be around in droves, even well into the used market. Get the niche game now to ensure you don't have to search the internet for it in a couple months/years and pay about twice the original price.

Comment by Amrit Randay on September 13, 2013 at 12:42am


The good thing about Brothers, and all digital games, is that their stock won't run out.  @Rialce brings up a great point that factors in to why I also buy the smaller/known title.  I'm scared that once they run out of stock, they won't restock.  

Comment by Josh Schrier on September 13, 2013 at 12:51am

Well this just happened to me when I had to choose between Saints Row 4 and Tales of Xillia. I went Xillia precisely because I wanted to support the franchise and I knew Saints Row would be just fine. 


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