On this mechanized edition of EBC we talk all things Titanfall to evaluate the game’s human player count. Plus, does The Last of Us really need DLC?, Call of Duty runs out of ideas, SimCity goes offline and Brent has a baby (well, almost…)! Join us in the cockpit of this rapid-fire edition of gaming’s most brutal video podcast!
TOPIC: THE NUMBERS GAME - After Respawn confirmed what some seem to be a limited amount of human participants in Titanfall’s multiplayer, we discuss the reaction and evaluate the developer’s recommendation for quality over quantity. Is bigger always better? We make a move towards our mechs in this numerical, mind-numbing debate.
I feel a little bit strange commenting a sport video game franchise because I have slightly less interest in sports video games than Brent does. That isn't to say I don't like them, I just favour arcade style over simulation and couldn't care less about how accurate the rosters are.
With that in mind, there is probably no better time for publishers to start doing what I and many have been thinking they should do for years. Subscriptions! Yearly sports titles are often dismissed as roster updates so why not make that more or less the truth? Let people buy Madden/MLB 2015 but then let them upgrade their game digitally the following year. Allow a yearly subscription that offers a bit more with updates throughout the year that keep the biggest fans engaged. Details? That isn't my problem but it is clear that this would be the best way to maintain some franchises by rewarding their most loyal fans and putting out a yearly retail copy that will get new players in the door.
I wrote about my most anticipated game last week and it is surprisingly still the Witcher 3! But Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze must once again be pimped. It is barely a month away and I am betting it will be the best game this year for at least a month.